Who doesn’t love “Layla?” Well, there was a lot more to Derek & the Dominos than their most-beloved song. And part of that had to do with Bobby Whitlock, one of the founding members of the short-lived band (which also featured Eric Clapton, Duane Allman, and others). Their album, Layla and Assorted Love Songs, is one of the great rock collections of the early 1970s. Pick it up either in person or online, next time you get the opportunity. Or, maybe you’ve heard of another album in which Whitlock performed: George Harrison’s legendary All Things Must Pass?
So, anyway, why bring up Derek, the Dominos, and Bobby Whitlock? Because, as reported recently in the Austin Chronicle, Whitlock and his wife moved to the Austin area about a month ago. And, they’ve already taken up a solid gig at the Saxon Pub. You can catch them, somewhat regularly this month, at the bar on South Lamar. And, now that I’ve read the news, I can’t wait. A quick scan of the Saxon calendar indicates that Whitlock and his wife, CoCo, will be onhand for a performance on Tuesday, December 19. In addition, they will be available to sign copies of the new historical book by Jan Reid, Layla and Other Assorted Long Songs. See you there.