Bomb Misses Zippers; Whew!

He was

late, late, late. But the Squirrel Nut Zippers' multi-instrumental Jim Mathis

had a perfect "dog-ate-my-homework" excuse. He got caught in traffic due to a

turned over truck hauling chickens to meet Colonel Sanders. "There were

feathers flying everywhere," he said. Luckily Mathis' timing was a lot better

when he and his band left Atlanta, Georgia the day before that nasty bomb went

off at the Olympics.

The Squirrel Nut Zippers had played two shows a day

for a week in the Centennial Park as part of the Southern Crossroads Festival

which focused on Zydeco, Cajun, Blues, and Gospel music and was held half a

block form the explosion. Mathis was surprised as anybody when he heard the

news. "There were security people...

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