FAN PHOTOS: April 9-14, 2015

Check out my favorite fan photos from French Quarter Fest weekend and more!
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ENJOY!

Rockin’ the Rails Concert Series – Covington, LA
April 9, 2015

Pictured: Vanessa Niemann (vocals), David Brouillette (bass), Greg Good (acoustic guitar), Izzy Zaidman (electric guitar), Michael Sollars (drums)

French Quarter Festival 2015 – New Orleans, LA
April 10, 2015

Many thanks to local dress shop, Trashy Diva for my GORGEOUS dress. www.trashydiva.com
Pictured: Vanessa Niemann (vocals), David Brouillette (bass), Greg Good (acoustic guitar), Izzy Zaidman (electric guitar), Michael Sollars (drums)

Chickie Wah Wah – New Orleans, LA
April 12, 2015

Pictured: Vanessa Niemann (vocals), David Brouillette (bass), Greg Good (acoustic guitar), Dave Rosser (electric guitar), Michael Sollars (drums)

Troubador Tuesday @ Cottonwood – Houston, TX
Lone Star Jukebox, KPFT 90.1fm
April 14, 2015

Pictured: Vanessa Niemann (vocals), David Brouillette (bass), Greg Good (acoustic guitar), Adam Burchfield (electric guitar), Doug Gay (drums)

I Quit

It’s the morning of Day 2 on my campaign to quit smoking. I’ve quit about 10 times, once for over two years and every time I say it’s the last. I started when I was 14 or 15 and now I’m 37. It freaks me out that I’ve been a smoker for over 20 years so I’m calling it quits. Day 1 was super easy, a hangover occupying my physical day and no alcohol consumption. I’ve never really been a daytime smoker so this afternoon should be no trouble but I plan on having a drink at our gig tonight. Willpower!!!

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Gal Holiday and the Honky Tonk Revue. Last To Leave.

Here’s a fantastic review of our latest album by Scottish blogger, Blabber ‘n’ Smoke. Read on and make sure to pick yourself up a copy on our website at http://www.galholiday.com.

Blabber 'n' Smoke

Isn’t the internet wonderful? A few months ago I happened on a video that stood out for two reasons. First was the one take approach to it as the camera panned and dollied around the band playing, nice. Second however was the band itself. A Patsy Cline like singer with an intriguing look sang wonderfully over a magnificent blowsy Spanish inflected twang laden backing. The band was Gal Holiday And The Honky Tonk Revue and the song was To Make Amends. It stuck with me so Blabber’n’Smoke eventually acquired a copy of their latest album, Last To Leave, and lo and behold, To Make Amends is but one of the gems contained therein.

New Orleans residents, Gal Holiday And the Honky Tonk Revue are fronted by Vanessa Niemann, a wonderful singer, fired by the likes of Cline, Wanda Jackson and Loretta Lynn. She’s a formidable looking lady, the…

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Keitum/Sylt, Germany: Captain Corl

The Gal Holiday band was mentioned in a hilarious “strange happenings” column in the Keitum newspaper called “Captain Corl” Published the day after our public show on the Island of Sylt, a German island in the North Sea, it speaks about our band, a “wild squad of Country musicians from…New Orleans…” and calls me a “Sangermaus” which I feel needs to be included in our band bio now.

(Translation below, courtesy our friend Sabine.)

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TRANSLATION: Captain Corl: Sunshine at night

Sylt is indeed well-known if not infamous for all kinds of curious occurrences, especially during mild summer nights. I have already seen shadow figures, clothed in Asian garments, standing on the beach, mumbling to themselves while repeatedly bowing towards the setting sun. Or a group of quite slender and very blonde Yoga ladies, who first go about dreadfully straining themselves in various directions in the dunes, and then stop dead in a peculiar pose. I think it’s called Sun Salutation. But all this was outdone in Keitum the other day when late in the evening a wild squad of Country musicians from, you better believe it, New Orleans, took over with a really cute sweetie pie of a singer who then shortly before midnight sang: “You are my sunshine, my only sunshine,” and that in the dark…

Bar signs: Chickie Wah Wah

My band has a Sunday night residency at the fabulous venue Chickie Wah Wah, located in Mid-City a streetcar ride away from the French Quarter. Smoke free, super clean and with a stellar sound system, this venue offers a really amazing line-up of musicians 7 days a week! It’s quite an honor to have a weekly show there.

The owner, Dale has amassed a cool collection of signs, a few of which I am happy to share with you here.

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