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.