Seeing live music is always good. It’s easy to discount the work of musicians when an ocean of music is available through a simple web search. The thing is musicians work hard on stage and sometimes magic happens. The magic exists in live performance not recordings. I remember one such performance many years ago by a single musician in a small bar in Nevada City California. I also remember a performance by Paul Cauthen in Luckenbach Texas not that long ago.
Some Saturday afternoons I ride out to Luckenbach to photograph musicians playing on the outdoor stage. That is how I happened to be present when Paul Cauthen took the stage with his new band. I have to admit I didn’t know who he was. Or that he had recently split from his success with Sons of Fathers.
When the band took the stage you could see they were nervous, maybe a little unrehearsed. Hey its Luckenbach how bad can it be? Well they got down to business and made magic right there behind the old post office. They delivered a powerful and emotional performance. Both the band and audience were drained by the end of the set. You could not ask for more.
I look forward to the next time magic happens.