Something I must preserve


I include this not as a self congratulatory piece but because the person who wrote it, years ago, is no longer with us. I found this while cleaning out my old cache of news items while doing some website editing. I have written about the individual before and forgotten about him sending me this. I still miss Dennis Brooks.

This from Dennis Brooks

Elam, It was well worth the wait. What a double bill! How does one ever follow John Lowe?
Elam, you and Keith were great. After a 1 1/2 hour set I could have heard more. Your originals were exceptional especially the one about the three legged dog and the one about the kid with the pistol. Your covers of John Estes and Sonny Boy II were right on too.
I especially liked the length or should I say the shortness of your selections. Most seemed to be just 2 or 3 minutes long. I’m not a big fan of the 5 or 6 minutes that most acustic artists seem to labor with. I also liked that you played three guitars. I don’t know what they were but I liked the varied sounds.
I feel that this mini-tour of the Delta will do wonders for you. The exposure will surely land you more gigs. Too bad the Brownsville Fest folded as you would be a hit with your Sleepy John renditions.

As for John Lowe what else can you say after your acurate discription. What a different person on stage than off.

Thanks to both of you for making my friday nite!

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