Last Night: Fred Eaglesmith At McGonigel's Mucky Duck

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Photos by Jason Wolter
Fred Eaglesmith
McGonigel's Mucky Duck
February 22, 2011

Rocks Off Sr. wanted to know, and he wanted to know now.

"What kinda crowd is this? Canadians?"

"Yeah, some, for sure." Aftermath understands these things. Instinctively. It's like drinking good whiskey.

"But look at this bunch. There are people who drove over from Beaumont. And there are people here who never stay out this late."

"So how many Canadians do you think there are in town?"

Aftermath had encountered anti-Canadian sentiment before, but never at this level of toxicity.

"A bunch. You should see the Albertans who turn out for Corb Lund's Tuesday shows here. Way more Canadians than you think. But this crowd cuts across it all, Robert Earl Keen, Hank Williams, Gordon Lightfoot, Anne Murray, Shania Twain, Celine Dion, Sarah MacLachlan, you name it.

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"All those crowds show up for Fred."

Aftermath has seen Eaglesmith a dozen times the past few years, but Tuesday night it had, as it often does, some "that's not where I'm at any more" element, some sign of moving beyond what's gone before.

By the time he was done, he'd brought his local tribe together anew. But at some other place than they assumed the meeting would be.

Like a limping, bankrupt circus or a no-label, brown-bottle medicine show, Eaglesmith's latest stage reinvention, with its hoochie women and seedy midway aura, made a perfect visual backdrop for his songs for parched souls. One could almost visualize this tour moving across the back roads in a Conestoga wagon drawn by two oxen with bells, selling patent medicines to people who would later star on Corn Flakes boxes with pitchforks.

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McGonigel's Mucky Duck

2425 Norfolk, Houston, TX

Category: Music

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Maple Leaf
Maple Leaf

Mucky Duck. Nice to see aftermath expanding your horizon's.


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Vernon Williams
Vernon Williams

For myself, I love Fred's music AND his politics. And I'm not a Canuck, either, but a native West Texan. And to tell the truth, I knew a lot of people at the show, and none of them were Canadians that I know of, though I have no doubt there were a number there. I liked Fred's joke about the seal going into a Canadian bar (I'll have anything but the Canadian club on the rocks), told him a Cajun joke I heard from Adam Carroll recently after the show, which he liked.

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