By Katherine Cole
I’m just back from two and a half weeks touring around India—wish I could have spent twice that long in that wonderful country. I didn’t get to any clubs or concert halls on this trip, but that doesn’t mean I didn’t hear any good music. Breakfast at our hotel in Udaipur featured a santoor serenade each morning. Please note the CDs for sale—some things are universal!
The santoor is a wooden trapezoid shaped instrument with steel strings. You play it by striking the strings with a pair of curved mallets, traditionally made of walnut. It’s also known as the “hundred stringed lute.” I recognized the sound of the santoor when I heard it, but this was the first time I’d seen one being played.
And in Mumbai, my friends gave me a preview of next month’s Mahindra Blues Festival. Eight acts including the Los Angeles band Walter Trout and the Radicals and Robert Randolph and the Family Band are featured this year.
Besides the concerts on February 16th and 17th, the festival will include a blues guitar masterclass by Michael Messer along with some Cajun and Creole food (the cuisine from the home of the blues, the Mississippi delta).
If you’re wondering what it would be like to see Mr. Vaughan in concert, check out this set recorded for KGSR in Austin, Texas a few years ago.
Get well soon Jimmie!