The mighty Dave Alvin reeled off the following words of wisdom just before launching into the final song of the evening, a rip-snortin’ take on the classic twangin’ “California Sun,” in which Alvin’s band, the Guilty Ones were joined by the marvelous masked musicians Los Straitjackets:
“There are a couple of rules in show business – and despite what you might have thought watching the show tonight, this is show business. First rule, never work with children or animals, right? Good rule. I’ve been down that road. It’s bumpy, and it’s a dead end. (pause) And then I quit the Blasters and moved on.
(rim shot from drummer Lisa Pankratz)
Oh, come on…
The other rule in show business is that you can never – and it may be true – you can never rock and roll on a Sunday night. What do you think? Sounds like it might be true. Can you rock and roll on a Sunday night in Hudson, New York? Can it be done?”