On the morning of July 24, 2015, I heard local and nationally celebrated country musician, Jack Ingram, on KOKE and COLE In the Morning on KOKE FM inviting listeners to join him at a local South Austin dive bar, Sam’s Town Point, for a video shoot for an upcoming soon to be released single from a new future album.
I got to the shady little bar in an unincorporated part of Austin a little bit after work, hardly a car in the parking lot. Walked up to the bar, signed a waiver, waited for the next pause in shooting, then entered and seated myself at the bar and ordered a $2 PBR. Only about 20 or so folks in the little haunt. Told all of my friends, but only one ever showed, Weaver. Together, along with the other bar patrons, we enjoyed the show and special intimate evening.
We had both recently seen Mack, Jack & McConaughey – MJ&M 2015 benefit and fundraiser, and pet project of Coach Mack Brown, Jack Ingram, and Matthew McConaughey for their annual Gala/Headlining Concert at ACL Live – The Moody Theater for the Headlining Concert, featuring about everybody you could think of that night. Anyhow, we ended up backstage and then to the after party and met Mack, Jack, & McConaughey, as well as most of the UT football team and Heisman Trophy winners and other celebrities. But it was Jack’s performance that really hit home for me, it was the first time I have heard him tell the story of and sing the song of “Blaine’s Ferris Wheel”, my new favorite!
Anyhow, we both jumped at our chance to see Jack at a dive bar. Take after take of Jack’s new “I’m Drinking Through It” song was played and shot. We were definitely fans of the new song by the time it was over. Between takes he would play a cover or two, mostly by his idol, Kris Kristofferson. Jack played lot’s of his own songs as well. Even Charlie Sexton (Bob Dylan, Arc Angels) played guitar in his band. When the video shoot ended, he played a little mini-concert by playing some of his more well known songs and hits. And even obliged my shout out request, which he ended the show on, my personal favorite, “Biloxi”.
Today I saw the video posted on the Rolling Stone. If you don’t blink, you may catch Weaver and myself doing a metal fist pump at the 03:06 mark.
Jack also took the record’s concept even further, as he made a short film to help promote the Midnight Motel album release. Where you will also find me at the 08:36 mark, and in the credits as an Extra.
UPDATE: After posting this article and signing up for a contest, Rita Ballou emailed me because I won 2 tickets to the Nutty Brown Cafe & Amphitheatre Labor Day Celebration Bob Schneider’s Labor Day Concert!