This past week while visiting my Sister and her family in Baytown, Texas I was treated to a surprising find that I must share with all of you.
After more than 16 hours of straight driving, my son and I arrived in Texarkana, Texas greeted by a blazing 110 degree heat wave. We finished our journey the following day arriving in the Houston area just in time to attend one of my Sister’s music engagements at the popular Neon Moon Saloon.
Along with the excitement of hearing my sister perform, backed up by one of the best group of musicians I have heard in some time, I was introduced to two very talented 13 year old bass players who were being showcased that evening during the jam.
Lifelong friends, Michael Thompson and Tommy Freeman were helping the band set up the stage when I arrived and I knew that this was going to be not only exciting for the crowd that was starting to assemble but also an unexpected treat for me.
Michael Thompson is the youngest son of Kelli (Dinky) Thompson and the late Mick E. Thompson from La Porte, Texas. His mother Kelli shared with me that Michael comes from several generations of musicians which for me was quite evident as soon as he took the stage. Not only does he look like a performer but really demanded attention as he pounded out the bass riffs on his guitar and sang backup during his two performances.
What was especially exciting was watching his Mother (Dinky) playing lead guitar by her sons side like nobody I have ever witnessed. Mom’s performance left no doubt in my mind where her son Michael’s musical ability came from. With musical talent like this flowing through this boy’s veins he can only be destined for a career in the music industry. … Continue Reading