West Virginia Moonshine, Celebrations as Dime Family Grows One Larger!
If you ask a lot of touring bands around the East Coast about their favorite venues, you’ll hear plenty of mentions of The Purple Fiddle in Thomas, WV. And for good reason. It’s in the coolest artists mecca mountain town this side of the Rockies, and music lovers flock from far and wide through winding switchback roads to hear some of the best Americana bands on the scene, and enjoy local craft brews and homemade iced cream. We had the pleasure of playing there for the third time to a packed house, including our new favorite fans Tom and Tami, who exceeded all expectations by bringing us some of Elkin’s finest white lightning. And if you do take our advice and make it to this awesome mountain sanctuary, be sure to check out The White Room art gallery and the brilliant illustrations by Seth.
Afterwards we shacked up for a few days in Virginia to continue the new recordings we’ve been working on. So much love and thanks to our good pal Ellis Paul for lending us his gear. He’s made some wonderful music with those very same microphones, and we were feeling some of that magic seep into our own songs.
We rounded out our last run of the summer with some really fun shows in Philly and Gettysburg, as well as a return to the always hopping Stomping Ground Cafe, and an event at a summer camp in the Poconos that was like a real life Wet Hot American Summer. But alas, it’s time to take a few weeks off from the road so that the Dime family can get a little bigger. That’s right – our own Eben Pariser and his lovely wife Molly are expecting their first child any day now! The wonderful fans and dancers in the Poconos hoisted Eben into the air and sang the Hora in celebration of the impending birth (see picture at top). Please be sending these soon-to-be new parents lots of love and good vibes, and we can’t wait to introduce you to our future road manager/tambourine player.
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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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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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