With all the snow we've been getting, these boots are made not just for walking, but also to climb over snowbanks taller than my little cousin Maggie May. Yes, my friend, we find ourselves in a hazy shade of winter. However, it was nice and warm inside O'Connell's
on Friday, January 21, as the Crosstown Country All Stars sang songs about the open road, love lost and found (including a mighty fine cow named Elsie), and alcohol, tobacco, and firearms.
Tampa brought along his brother Dave
and his friends Anthony Pocetti and Michael G. Ronstadt
to sing a few songs to entertain the folks between sets. Michael brought this overgrown fiddle that he calls it a cello, but around here we don't like all those foreign names. But I do say, he really knows how to play that fat fiddle. The trio played some of their original tunes as well the bluegrass favorite Wagon Wheel.
Just as the evening was starting to wind down, the empties were collected and everybody was looking for somebody who has all of their teeth to go home with, the fine and honorable mayor of Jersey City, Mr. Jerramiah T. Healy
, stopped by O'Connells to sing Folsom Prison Blues with the CCAS fellas. It's not just any old town where the mayor will step up on the stage to sing Johnny Cash. You see, Jersey City actually is a country town. I know, you don't believe me, you say, "how can any city with a Trump Tower be a country town" but I have proof stronger than Uncle Milo's moonshine. First, many Jersey City-ians can't afford a car, although in the country it is more often the case that they can't afford to keep the car running, so it becomes lawn art. Also, people in JC are rather fond of used clothing (although they call it "vintage") and drinking beer out of cans. Finally, Jersey City folks just love country music!