Get well soon, David Egan
He played Thursday nights, and regulars came to the bar just to hear him play. It was, afterall, David Egan. He was always at the piano or on a smoke break.
Born in Shreveport, Egan left LSU to pursue a career in music. Ill-advised for most, but fortuitous for him. He played in bands like A-Train, File´ and 20 Years of Trouble.
Although an astounding musician in his own right, perhaps Egan is best-known for his songs when performed by other artists. He can boast (but won’t; he is entirely too nice) about his songs being covered by Grammy-winning artists, beginning with Joe Cocker and his version of Egan’s “Please No More.”
He built his songwriting repertoire to include icons like Percy Sledge, Etta James and Irma Thomas in addition to English blues singer John Mayall, the late jazz and gospel singer Johnny Adams, Texas-Louisiana storyteller/vocalist Marcia Ball and local up-and-comer Marc Broussard.
People may not know who David Egan is, but they know his work. That’s the beauty of Egan’s career.
The best people paid attention.
Those who are in-the-know — including Elvis Costello — know about Egan’s supergroup Lil’ Band O’ Gold. The swamp-pop band contains of some of the South’s most influential musicians, including (but not limited to) guitarist C.C. Adcock, saxophonist Richard “Dickie” Landry, blues guitarist Paul “Lil’” Buck Senegal and UL Lafayette’s own history professor, John Troutman, on steel pedal guitar.
Seeing them perform is entertainment in its purest form, as those who attended the Downtown Alive! tribute concert in Egan’s honor on Sept. 19 know.
That’s how I found out about his lung cancer returning.
The aerial shots of that show confirm that this was the biggest DTA to date. He deserves that.
A lot can be said about a state that can yield as much talent as Louisiana does and still remain attached to its roots.
A lot can be said about a man who can show as much talent as David Egan does and still remains humble and hardworking.
The outpouring of support for Egan and his family has been beautiful to watch. He has the sort of career that enabled him to cross paths with innumerable artists at interesting stages of their career, including Robert Plant, who Lil’ Band O’ Gold opened for on a brief tour of the South last year.
I couldn’t think of anyone more fitting for the job.
The Downtown Alive! performance attracted artists from around the state to Parc Sans Souci in celebration of Egan. Band members from A-Train, File´ and 20 Years of Trouble came back to Lafayette to perform Egan’s songs as well as Tommy McLain, Roddie Romero and Sonny Landreth.
But what’s in a name?
Names aside, Egan’s work speaks for itself. He doesn’t need that kind of validation; his work is just plain good.
Egan can perform in a restaurant’s bar or alongside Robert Plant with the same vigor. Here’s hoping we see him next time his supergroup emerges.
Get well soon, Mr. David.