Linzay here. Hope the world's been treating you alright, or at least you've been treating yourself.
Since I decided a couple of years ago to further my education and build a home with my lovely wife, Emma, out here on the prairie, RSR's touring schedule has slowed down considerably. I've missed seeing many of the friend's I've made over the past 14 years touring with the band, but I also missed seeing my family and enjoying being at home in the place I've oft bragged about to all of you.
While the other fellows have also been keeping themselves busy with other pursuits, we've managed to squeeze in some of the choicer gigs that have come our way, along with some of the regulars that we just can't stay away from. Aside from our usual music gigs, the Ramblers were thrilled to be featured in a season finale of Anthony Bourdain's "No Reservations" entitled "Cajun Country". We had the great pleasure of entertaining TVs most popular chef/globe trotter during one of the traditional Cajun "Boucheries" that I grew up participating in with my father and grandfather. Of course, we had to throw a little pre-party the night before and show off some of our other local delicacies as well. He called the food "shaming". Enough said.
"No Reservations" was not to be our only television appearance in the last couple years, though. The Red Stick Ramblers were written into the 3rd and 4th seasons of HBO's critically-acclaimed series "TREME". While the Red Stick's were performing on "No Reservations", "TREME" series creator and mandolinist David Simon managed to look up from his plate of fricassé and gratons enough to recognize that the group would be perfect to play the backup band for "Annie Tee's" character (played by Lucia Micarelli). We were featured in 8 of the 10 episodes of season three, and look for us in 2 or 3 episodes of the upcoming 4th and final season.
This summer will be another sparse one in terms of shows, but check out the updated tour schedule to catch us in an area near you.