I was with Swahoogie at the LA show he attended in 2014, right in the front row at the Troubadour. What an incredible show that was! Thanks to Swahoogie, I had just become a huge fan of Blitzen Trapper, and seeing the band perform that night truly lived up to...as well as exceeded my expectations.
There were times during that show when the band seemed to transcend the songs themselves and travel to a place beyond the infinite, into what could best be described as sonic ecstasy. It blew my mind that evening, and cemented for me the greatness in all things Blitzen Trapper.
Tonight, I was blasting my BT Spotify playlist at the gym, and at home. Each song reminded me of a time, a place, and a feeling I once had, still have. I found myself longing for a listen to "All Across This Land" in its entirety, as I did last year...over and over again, right up to the excellent Teragram Ballroom show last November. At that concert, as I did at the Troubadour show, I stood front row center, singing and dancing to each and every song as if I was visiting a best friend I've known for years.
Thank you Michael, Brian, Marty, Erik, and Eric for the music, and for the inspiration. Can't wait to see what Blitzen Trapper has in store for 2016 and beyond...