RD ❤ CO
We’re still feeling that Mile High love and dreaming of the mountains even as we’ve settled in back east. Our second tour to Colorado blew away even our high expectations and cemented the state in our minds as one of the true music capitals in the country. We kicked off the tour with a couple of great sets at Jack Quinnn’s in Colorado Springs and Waterloo in Louisville. Then we performed as part of a co-bill with some awesome Denver bands at Lost Lake Lounge, including sitting in with Joe Johnson and his swampy Mississip-by-way-of-Denver blues. Big thanks to Jen and Steve from Trout Steak Revival for the hospitality and insider’s view of Denver.
Next we headed towards the wild western part of the state for a show at the magical Crested Butte Center for the Arts, one of the finest concert series we’ve ever had the pleasure of playing. Our man Joel B. made us feel at home in this truly magical mountain town. Then on to the Sherbino Theater in Ridgway where we were joined by the enchanting Free the Honey. What a wonderful crowd that joined us in this funky historic venue, and what a blast playing John Hartford tunes to close out the night with one of our favorite group of gals.
Then we had a day off to cool our jets – we headed to Buena Vista to soak our bones at Cottonwood Hot Springs where Andrew penned an ode to Colorado…
We capped off our time out west with a hike up The Incline in Manitou Springs, an invigorating 2000+ elevation gain over less than one mile…
The shows in CO were tough to top, but the incredible vibes kept rolling as we performed in Middlesboro, Kentucky. It was the inaugural concert for their Levitt AMP series, an incredible program that builds communities through music and gives new life to underused public spaces. Thanks to Mountain Tech Media for capturing sights and sounds.
Then we topped it all off with an intimate show at the beautiful Blenheim Vineyards in Charlottesville, VA and it was a July to remember. In the midst of all the down time in the car thinking about the divisive political landscape, we also did our best to spread some #reststoplove along the way – keep an eye out for us when you’re on the highways and pass it on.
Tags: Americana, Americana Rhythm and Blues, banjo, Bluegrass, Blues, Boogie Woogie, Charlottesville, Colorado, crested butte, free the honey, lost lake lounge, manitou springs, Roosevelt Dime, sherbino theater, trout steak revival, Virginia
Big Band, Big Fun
Roosevelt Dime + an 8 piece horn orchestra? Yes please… We’ve had this show circled on our calendar for a long time, and it certainly did not disappoint. We were joined by our former bandmate (and current member of Shuffle Along on Broadway) Bruce Harris and his orchestra made up of some of the finest horn practitioners in the Big Apple. What we lacked in rehearsal time together we made up for with incredible energy flowing on the bandstand and in the crowd. The excellent Kevin “Dot Com” Brown (of “30 Rock” fame) was the special guest MC, and he did an amazing job getting the room loose. And this venue…wow. National Sawdust is the finest room we’ve played in NYC if not the whole country. Their programming is unbelievably diverse and well curated. See a few pics from our uber talented photo muse Kate Reeder, and stay tuned for some incredible video footage shot by Michael Croce. Fingers crossed that this is a show and a band that we’ll take on the road.
All this came on the heels of our sojourn in Virginia, where we had a run of great shows at The Southern (Charlottesville – and special thanks to WTJU for presenting the show), The Tin Pan (Richmond), and the Rooster Walk Festival. The latter is one of the coolest festivals we’ve ever played in a beautiful setting with some amazing bands. One artist that was new to us that we particularly dug was Jarekus Singleton, a smokin blues guitarist out of Jackson, MS. Check him out, and keep supporting live music people!
Tags: Brooklyn, jarekus singleton, national sawdust, roosterwalk, shuffle along, the southern, the tin pan
SHOW ME somethin’ good
We kicked off a whirlwind tour through the heartland with a stop at one of our favorite haunts – The Purple Fiddle in Thomas, WV. We joined the bill last minute, as we were looking for a route to make our way westward, and found ourselves passing through Appalachia when our fellow Brooklynites Yarn were playing this little mountain hideaway. We’ve long wanted to share a bill with them, and it did not disappoint. The fans came out of the woodworks and those guys put on a simply killer show and we had a great hang with them.
We then set up our Missouri residency as we hustled through to St. Louis for a show at Oak Tree Concerts, presented by some of our pals from the John Hartford Memorial Fest. This marked our first outdoor show of the year and man was it nice to feel the breeze and hear the birds while we laid it down for one of the finer audiences we’ve ever played for. They were real receptive to both the vibe and the message of our music. Not surprising, as we later found out that St. Louis hosts the biggest Mardi Gras celebration in the US outside of Nawlins. I think I know where we’re headed next February…
Next we headed to beautiful Lawrence, Kansas (home to Craig’s alma matter) for a very special in-studio appearance with a radio legend, Bob McWilliams. His show Trail Mix covers the gamut of Americana, Roots, and Folk, and he’s also got an encyclopedic knowledge of jazz and is a history buff. Our kind of dude. The whole staff at the station was world class, and it was a blast to play and chat with him about our new album. Look for that show to air in June.
Then on to the land of jazz and brisket (two of our faves) – Kansas City. We performed as part of the Middle of the Map Fest, which is an incredible event that takes place at venues all across the city and presents a vast array of local and national talent. We followed that up with a show at The Social Room, a very cool speakeasy located through a secret door in the back of a beauty salon. We shared those bills with 16 year old Julian Davis – a really phenomenal flatpicker who you’ll certainly be hearing about for years to come.
Unfortunately we turned our wagon back east a few days earlier than expected due to some issues with a promoter who we were supposed to be working with. Suffice it to say that haters gonna hate. A rotten experience like this only served to make us realize how fortunate we are to almost exclusively work with and play for great people. It’s essentially a blind leap of faith every time we hit the road, so we count our blessings for all the generous fans, honest promoters and bookers, and gracious bands who we’re fortunate to walk with on this path. As we say – “Love, Liberty, & The Pursuit of Boogie.” (hey, that’d look good on a T-shirt, huh?)
Tags: Americana, Americana Rhythm and Blues, banjo, Boogie Woogie, John Hartford Memorial Festival, Julian Davis, kansas, Kansas City, KS, Lawrence, Live Music, Middle of the Map, Missouri, Music, New Orleans, Roosevelt Dime, St. Louis, The Purple Fiddle, Yarn