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
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
The Moose is Loose
From the sunny California coast to the snowy mountains of Maine and Ontario… After our west coast tour, we headed back to the northeast to chase the last days of winter. We were allegedly in some of the moose capitols of North America, but alas, we had no wild encounters.
First up was a real fun show at Merrimack University (thanks to the NACA Conference for breaking us in to the college scene). Then we made room in the van for some ski and snowboard gear and headed up towards the frozen tundra of Rangeley, ME for two nights at Moose Alley. It’s a very cool venue run by a fellow Oberlin alum, Nancy. We capped off our first night there in classic Maine-by-way-of-Ohio fashion by rolling a few frames and having some brews while our music was blasting through the sound system.
First time we've ever bowled to our own music. Here's Andrew showing off his skills. Thanks for a great couple of nights Moose Alley in Rangeley, Maine.
Posted by Roosevelt Dime on Tuesday, March 8, 2016
Eben and Craig made the most of the day in the wilds of Maine by hitting the slopes, while Andrew and Tony wandered out to the middle of frozen Rangeley Lake.
We kept rolling north for three shows in Ontario, which has firmly cemented it’s status as our Canadian province of choice. We kicked it off at The Cameron House in Toronto with the fantastic Boxcar Boys. It was a great crowd, including one very enthusiastic and complimentary Scotsman who we thought looked familiar. A little light Googling afterwards revealed it was none other than Rory McCann, who plays The Hound on Game of Thrones. Hell of a missed photo opp, but we hope he’ll keep in touch.
Next we returned to Peterborough, Ontario, a city we’ve felt preternaturally comfortable in since we found out that’s where The Band first cut their teeth with Ronnie Hawkins back in the day. We performed one night at The Tankhouse with our old pals from The Pinebox String Band, and wrapped it up the next day at an intimate concert at The Gilmour Street Music Hall. We were graciously offered political asylum by several members of the audience should our upcoming presidential election go for a certain comb over sporting hate mongering goon. So do your research, search your soul, cross your fingers, and punch a ballot America!
Tags: Americana, Americana Rhythm and Blues, banjo, Bluegrass, Blues, Boogie Woogie, boxcar boys, moose alley, Ontario, Peterborough, Pine Box String Band, rangeley, ronnie hawkins, Roosevelt Dime, sugarloaf, the band, Toronto