Frenchies Blues Destroyers

Frenchies Blues Destroyers | 6pm – 9pm

On a Sunday morning in July 2001, a 20-year-old Kevin “Frenchie” Sciou was sleeping on the couch in the living room of an Arizona home when he was awakened by Waylon Jennings and Jessi Colter singing “Storms Never Last.” Not on record, in the flesh, just a few feet away, with Jessi on the grand piano! The parents of Frenchie’s then-bandleader Shooter Jennings were gently stirring a house full of late-night partiers- and then Jessi made breakfast for their guests. “It was surreal,” says Frenchie, who also got to take a photo of himself sitting on Buddy Holly’s 1958 Ariel Cyclone motorcycle, which the Crickets had given to Waylon on his 40th birthday. “Just two months earlier, I was in L.A. with a backpack and two hundred bucks, answering ads for ‘guitar player wanted.’”

After a late night jam session in L.A., Frenchie was approached by Shooter’s drummer Lex Lipsitz, a native of Waco, Texas. Their hard rock band Stargunn needed a guitarist just like him, so Frenchie went down to their rehearsal space at the corner of Hollywood and Vine to audition on the spot. “After about 15 minutes, Shooter asked me where I lived and I told him it was at a youth hostel a few blocks away. He said, ‘Nah, you’re living with us at the band house from now on’ and they took me down to get my stuff.”