Burns Alley Tavern, Charleston, South Carolina….

WHEN we wake up we realise there’s no coffee machine in our room! Margaret call’s reception and gets some bullshit about renovating rooms and replacing them…if so, why would they throw out the old machines before the new ones arrive.

It’s stated on the Wyndham website that all rooms at this place DO have coffee machines..also, the toilet’s coming away from the wall, the shower curtain rail is falling down and there’s a huge hole in the wall. Not what you expect from a $70-odd room. I reckon that’s worth a refund – or at least part refund – from Wyndham.

Anyway, lots of good feedback from last night’s show at Slim’s which is nice.

After packing up we decide to treat ourselves to brunch at a nearby Panera Bread. It’s a bit expensive and we’re trying to keep pour costs low on this trip…but hey ho!

We share the drive to Charleston, South Carolina. While I’m driving Margaret finds a hotel and a few hours later we check into a nice new Wingate by Wyndham hotel nine miles from tonight’s venue.

After a picnic dinner in our room we head to the Burns Alley Tavern. It’s kinda hard to find, tucked in – as the name suggests – a wee alley behind one of the main downtown shopping streets.

Owner/booker Jimmy gives us a warm welcome and get set up. He has a regular Tuesday night guy playing, but has very kindly moved him to a later time to give me a slot.

The PA is a basic ‘self-op’ system but sounds pretty good. Things are a but grim when I kick off my set tho’ – just one guy at the bar, a barmaid on her phone and the guy due after me playing some kinda shooting arcade game at the other end of the room. Jeez!

Thankfully, it all comes good and after a few songs the place quickly fills up and the folks are mad for it 🙂

We’re back at our hotel soon after 11pm and enjoy a snack and a nightcap before a relatively early night.

….Smokehead after the show at the Burns Alley Tavern