Summer Bucket List
We’ve been lucky to be spending time in some cooler climes during these dog days of summer. A few days in the beauty of Vermont was just what the doctor ordered, and the Green Mountain State lived up to it’s hype as one of the best music scenes out there.
We returned to the legendary Nectar’s in Burlington for another Thursday night bacchanal, and then made our way to the ski mecca of Stowe to play the Rusty Nail. It’s a beautiful room with a killer sound system, but unfortunately we got the news when we walked in that the sound man was sick, and they couldn’t find a replacement! No worries, as our drummer/sound engineer extraordinaire Tony stepped up and navigated his way through a maze of cables and vague signal chains until they found someone to come in and run the board just before the downbeat. You never quite know what life on the road will throw at you, and we do our very best to hang in there and keep putting on the best damn show we can. With the brief downtime we had, we ran down the Vermont-summertime-bucket-list: lake swimming, back road driving, driveway b-ball, maple creemees, grilling, and tasty craft brews.
Next we took a roll through our old stomping grounds of Ohio with a show at the Music Box in Cleveland, not far from where Eben and Andrew first met at Oberlin College. It’s an awesome new venue right on the river, and we look forward to getting back there again before too long.
A roll towards Columbus brought us in-studio at the awesome independent radio station and NPR affiliate WCBE, in advance of our show at Natalie’s, which was a great room, great sound, great people, and GREAT pizza. This is coming from some jaded NY and New Haven residents who take their pies very seriously, but let me tell you, this place is the real deal and a wonderful supporter of the Americana music scene. Next up was the capital of the Keystone State and a stop at a fantastic new venue called the Harrisburg Midtown Arts Center. They’re working real hard to coalesce the arts scene there and are doing all sorts of very cool programming beyond just music (including a live Halloween production of Rocky Horror!) so be sure to check them out if you’re in the area. We also had a chance to drop in for a live TV appearance at the local ABC affiliate (check out the footage here) for a performance and the requisite clowning around on set.
Then was a homecoming in the Hudson Valley, as we played for the third straight year at the Falcon Ridge Folk Festival. It was a magical few days with perfect weather and our main stage set was just a blast with the sun shining down on music lovers spread out all over the hill . And big thanks as always to our family at the Blue Camp (Davey, Josh, Mindy et al.) who are behind the scenes helping to run the show and always making sure that we’re well hydrated and properly relaxed.
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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
Tags: Bluegrass, Blues, Caffe Lena, Chevy Suburban, Crozet Arts, Folk, Mississippi Rail Company, Rock 'n' Roll, Roosevelt Dime, Sellersville Theater, steamboat soul, tour
Late Nights and Early Mornings
This weekend, we hit up two shows we’ve been looking forward to for a long time. In New Haven, we played CT Folk First Fridays, but not before doing an 8:15am in-studio radio appearance in West Hartford. You know what they say about having a real face for radio? Well that’s about how we felt (and probably looked) that morning. A few catnaps and some left-over Thanksgiving turkey sandwiches later, we were ready for the show. It was rainy, so we bid the good folks a safe farewell with an encore performance of “Bring It On Home to Me.”
Saturday brought us way upstate to Cazenovia, NY and the Nelson Odeon- a music venue converted from an old Grange Hall, and one of the best run and most delightful places we’ve ever played. The owners Jeff and Linda not only opened their home to us, but plied us with more home-made stew, desserts, and popcorn than even we could handle. Linda even baked a special five layer “Half Dime” cake for our appearance! The truly excellent Jeffrey Foucault kicked off the night with some really stunning blues and country tinged tunes, and the packed house kept us grooving late- after nearly 3 hours they still wanted more, so we sent them into the cold snowy night with an encore performance of “My Baby Just Cares For Me.” Something was in the air, and Jeff, out of courtesy (or potentially stupidity) left the sound on, so we continued jamming til nearly after 2am, and partied with our friends old and new.
It’s a real gas to be playing the tunes from the new record for you, keep in mind Full Head of Steam will be available online January 14th! See you down the road…
Tags: banjo, Blues, CT Folk, Folk, Jeffrey Foucault, Live Music, Nelson Odeon, New Orleans, soul, Syracuse