The Texana Dames, September 5, 2008, Patsy's Cowgirl Cafe
La Conni Hancock
The Texana Dames--Traci Lamar, La Conni Hancock, and Charlene Condray Hancock--graciously allowed me to photograph their show at Patsy's Cowgirl Cafe last night.
It was a great show, too! They performed many of their songs from The Supernatural Family Band days. Also, it was Charlene's 70th birthday. She gave a really nice talk about staying "in balance" that couldn't have been said better by Sensei Matl himself.
I don't get out enough to be able to name the Dames entire line-up--there were seven musicians on stage at least for some part of the show--but the incredible Eric Hokkanen, one of Austin's premiere fiddle players, played throughout most of the set, and their lead guitarist, whose name I don't recall, was excellent!
I encourage people to visit the Texana Dames Web site. The Dames are a family band who have been playing in one line-up or another since the 1950s. Their photo slideshow, which I looked at yesterday, is pretty darned incredible.
The service at Patsy's was excellent. The chicken fried steak was pretty good--the steak itself was extra large; I couldn't eat all of it; the mashed potatoes were foo-foo, not whipped, full of all sorts of herbs or something, and therefore not authentic; the gravy was way too peppery. I can make better mashed potatoes than any restaurant, but only my dad knew how to make great chicken fried steak and gravy, every time. Both require cooking with bacon drippings, and no self-respecting restaurant is going to do that nowadays.
Me, I think restaurants should try to get by with a little less self-respect and better gravy. But I'm a dreamer.