This is John Arley. Singer/songwriter. Hanging out on Rainey Street.
I was heading to El Naranjo for some din-din. They were closed, but directly across the street, John was playing guitar and waved me (a total stranger) over. Clearly he’d had a few beers, but was kind enough to offer me one. After a long day, there’s nothing better than a cold beer and hanging out on your porch/lawn/terrace/etc. I grabbed two beers and he commenced playing four original songs. All of them really good.
It was interesting. Lot’s of people walked by. He invited everyone to hear a song, but nobody took the bait. Most people are so caught up in their own world. I let my guard down for a second, and glad I did, because I was able to join him in just relaxing with good music, company (even a stranger), and cold beer. That’s what I love about Austin. John says he doesn’t know how to use a computer, but if he ever manages to get online I hope he finds this.
I hate to say this but…. John kinda creeps me out. Don’t get me wrong, I am the type of person that will talk to ANYBODY, my friends will attest to that, it drives them crazy. As a woman walking down dark Rainey street with a friend, he gives me not such a great vibe. Sorry to be Debbie downer.
John Arley is fantastic. My girlfriend and I were in town on a long road trip a month ago, and when he waived us over we stopped and hung out for a while, listening to him play. So glad we did.
so odd, we ran into him last night as well. He played pluto something for us..pretty interesting fella.