Posts Tagged ‘Bluegrass’





The Way Life Should Be


The summer swing continues! We’ve been pin-balling around the northeast these past few weeks, and finally made it up to the sweetest summer state of all – Maine. They’re not kidding about that whole “the way life should be” thing. We played at the newly renovated and reopened Portland Empire right downtown. They’re located right above a great Chinese dimsum restaurant, so you know we were well sated and ready to rock come showtime (the lamb bao were divine). We also stopped by the local NBC affiliate to play a few songs for their “Local 207” segment that will be airing shortly (stay tuned!). Of course, we had to take the obligatory clowning-around-the-news-desk photos (“Stay classy Portland!).

 

Then we headed up to the more rural environs of North Orland to play a benefit concert for the Bald Mountain Community Center. They’re a pretty new organization set up in a old Grange Hal they’re restoring, and they rolled out some of the sweetest hospitality we’ve ever had. It was so great to be part of a real community event made up of old friends and families, and as much as we love playing the festivals and clubs, it was so refreshing to do something a little more homespun with folks who really pick up what we put down. Much love to Shawn, Brian, Jay, and the whole crew for a splendid time.

 

We also had the privilege of playing a really lovely concert series at the Southbury Training School in Southbury, CT. They’re an institution that works with adults with intellectual disabilities, and their concerts bring together their students, teachers, patrons, and the town as a whole in a really special way. It was yet another reminder of how powerful music can be in building a community, and it was humbling to see our songs play such a central part in that.

 

Then back to the Empire State for the Riverlink Concert Series in Amsterdam, NY. It’s a beautiful band shell right on the Mohawk River. Awesome crowd, awesome venue and an awesome way to cap off what’s been an exhilarating but exhausting few weeks. We’ve got a little time off the road for now, but we’re busy planning and scouting locations for our new music video that we can’t wait to share with you shortly.


 

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New Whip


We’re starting to rack up the new miles on our new band van. Actually, it’s a Chevy Suburban, and it’s running smooth as silk so far (knock on wood). As much love as we had for our dear old van Rosie, we needed to send her to her great reward. So keep an eye out for this sweet champagne-colored chariot on the highways and biways. Our current placeholder name (Pappy) has been getting some push back, so we welcome your suggestions.
 
Early May took us up to beautiful Saratoga Springs and the historic Caffe Lena, We got into town a little early and took a detour to the state park to get our fill of some that pure uncut mineral water. While there we met an awesome local couple filling up a few dozen Carlo Rossi wine jugs that they use for all their drinking water. We got to talking about music and the show, and lo and behold there they were front and center on the downbeat. We may have to start hitting up the local watering holes before every show! Next up we headed to the gorgeous Earlville Opera House, a beautifully restored 19th century theater. It was their first show of the season, and we were energized by the good folks who came out to boogie after a long winter cooped up. A Sunday afternoon show in Shelburne Falls wrapped up a great early May run.
 
Next up we returned to the always excellent Sellersville Theater, another gem of a venue in PA. We played with a third New Orleans band in as many weeks; this time it was The Mississippi Rail Company. Great buncha guys with a sweet NOLA groove. Then we made tracks for the Blue Ridge, with a live in-studio session at one of our favorite radio stations and biggest supporters at WTJU and a sweet little festival appearance in Andrew’s adopted hometown, at the Crozet Arts Festival. It was a great crowd and proof positive of what they say about southern hospitality.
 

w/ Mississippi Rail Company @ Sellersville Theater

 

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