This here is my man Gary Shackleford. He drops it like it's hot out in front of the Kerbey Lane on Anderson Mill in North West Austin every Saturday and Sunday Morning. In the tradition of great street performers he plays all day with nothing but an open guitar case for tips. He's been playing there for since I can remember.

It took me awhile to cozy up to him. He's kind of big and looks a little like Grizzly Adams. One day while I was outside waiting for a table Gary made the mistake of putting down his guit-fiddle and walking away for a break. I grabbed a little bit of that Carpe Diem stuff and took up his axe and started playing. I couldn't help it! Now those of you who go camping with me know exactly what I started playing. "Every Rose Has It's thorn." You know it. I took the stage at Margaritaville in Panama City with that tune, so there was no real reason to think Kerbey Lane in Austin was too good for it.
Well, apparently the Poison tune works better when people are already a bit lubed up and near a glittering beach rather than waiting for their first cup of coffee in the morning. I think I may have cost Le Shaque a few tips by the time I was done. I pretty much cleared the area out. It was like someone was dropping roach repellent or something. And I don't think Gary was to pleased to see me fondling his 6 string in such a harsh fashion.
But we've moved on since then. Gary has really long hair that he's been growing out so he can get it cut as a donation for kids with cancer. They use folks hair to make wigs for kids who have lost their hair from chemo. Old Shaque has a huge heart to go along with his fine fine playin'.

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