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 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.
Tags: Americana, Americana Rhythm and Blues, Amsterdam NY, Bald Mountain Community Center, banjo, Bluegrass, Boogie Woogie, Community, deering banjo, dimsum, Drums, Empire State, gibson guitar, lamb bao, Local 207, Mardi-Grass, Music, NBC, New Music Video, New Orleans, North Orland, Portland Empire, Portland ME, r&b, Rhythm and Blues, Riverlink Concert Series, Southbury CT, Southbury Training School, steamboat soul, Summer, The Way Life Should Be, Upright Bass, Vacationland
In the cradle of presidents. And horses.
Much love to all of our fans and friends in VA and DC. We’re fresh off a marathon run of 8 appearances in 5 days – The Communiverse (DC), WTJU and The Whiskey Jar in Cville, WHAN and Ashland Coffee and Tea in Ashland, Clarendon Day (Arlington), Clementine (Harrisonburg), and the Misty Mountain Music Fest (Crozet). Big thanks to some of the great bands we worked with – Bellwether Hall, Sweet Fern, Many Nights Ahead, The Hackensaw Boys, and Gallatin Canyon. Between all the hustling and caffeine, we still had time to go to a horse race.
see those ponies run
Mug shot at Ashland Coffee and Tea
We only accept currency bearing TJ himself at our Charlottesville gigs
Tags: ashland coffee and tea, clementine, foxfield, hackensaw boys, Music, Roosevelt Dime, Virginia