RD ❤ CO
We’re still feeling that Mile High love and dreaming of the mountains even as we’ve settled in back east. Our second tour to Colorado blew away even our high expectations and cemented the state in our minds as one of the true music capitals in the country. We kicked off the tour with a couple of great sets at Jack Quinnn’s in Colorado Springs and Waterloo in Louisville. Then we performed as part of a co-bill with some awesome Denver bands at Lost Lake Lounge, including sitting in with Joe Johnson and his swampy Mississip-by-way-of-Denver blues. Big thanks to Jen and Steve from Trout Steak Revival for the hospitality and insider’s view of Denver.
Next we headed towards the wild western part of the state for a show at the magical Crested Butte Center for the Arts, one of the finest concert series we’ve ever had the pleasure of playing. Our man Joel B. made us feel at home in this truly magical mountain town. Then on to the Sherbino Theater in Ridgway where we were joined by the enchanting Free the Honey. What a wonderful crowd that joined us in this funky historic venue, and what a blast playing John Hartford tunes to close out the night with one of our favorite group of gals.
Then we had a day off to cool our jets – we headed to Buena Vista to soak our bones at Cottonwood Hot Springs where Andrew penned an ode to Colorado…
We capped off our time out west with a hike up The Incline in Manitou Springs, an invigorating 2000+ elevation gain over less than one mile…
The shows in CO were tough to top, but the incredible vibes kept rolling as we performed in Middlesboro, Kentucky. It was the inaugural concert for their Levitt AMP series, an incredible program that builds communities through music and gives new life to underused public spaces. Thanks to Mountain Tech Media for capturing sights and sounds.
Then we topped it all off with an intimate show at the beautiful Blenheim Vineyards in Charlottesville, VA and it was a July to remember. In the midst of all the down time in the car thinking about the divisive political landscape, we also did our best to spread some #reststoplove along the way – keep an eye out for us when you’re on the highways and pass it on.
Tags: Americana, Americana Rhythm and Blues, banjo, Bluegrass, Blues, Boogie Woogie, Charlottesville, Colorado, crested butte, free the honey, lost lake lounge, manitou springs, Roosevelt Dime, sherbino theater, trout steak revival, Virginia
Peeping & Picklebacks
Mulled ciders, October baseball, and ironic pumpkin carvings… it must be October! We kicked off the month with Harmony Presents at the second annual Hawley Harvest Hoedown after having played their excellent Silk Mill concert series twice before. It was an excellent triple bill featuring ourselves, Caribou Mountain Collective, and the hometown Coal Town Rounders in the beautiful old Ritz Theater. A real gem with some sweet leaf peeping in the Poconos.
Post-show with promoter extraordinairre Jill Carletti
Next up we had a fantastic hometown throwdown at our old haunt, Rockwood Music Hall. It’s been a whirlwind since we last played in NYC, so we arranged a little pre-party with some our nearest and dearest to help us get back in the New York state of mind (thanks to the excellent bar Hill & Dale for the round of picklebacks). After a great time catching up with our people, we were geared up to play to an unbelievably warm and enthusiastic crowd. The night was topped off when our brother Bruce Harris emerged from the crowd to join us on “I Want Mo’.”
Our man Bruce on the horn
Then on down to our southern home away from home in Charlottesville, VA for the Levitt AMP series at the IX Arts Park. It was an incredibly cool space with all sorts of funky murals, giant bubble machines, a bullmastiff named Mozart, and was all put on by our good pals at WTJU, one of the finest radio stations in the land. It was a fluky winter day in October with chilly winds a temperatures below freezing, so we had to really amp ourselves up to play outdoors. The fans who stuck it out with us gave us more warmth and good vibes than the stage lights, and once our fingers loosened up, we had a big ol’ time. We were even joined by one of our old Oberlin buddies and former Sister Sparrow and the Dirty Birds alum Ryan Snow on trombone for a few tunes.
Color/Contrast at IX Arts Park
Meanwhile we’re still hard at work on our new recording, expect to hear some big things coming soon….
Playback in the Map Room
And finally – LET’S GO METS!!! (this message is approved by Andrew, not so much by Craig)
Tags: Americana, Americana Rhythm and Blues, banjo, Bluegrass, Blues, Boogie Woogie, bruce harris, Caribou Mountain Collective, Charlottesville, Coal Town Rounders, hill and dale, ix arts park, Rockwood, Roosevelt Dime, silk mill, Virginia, wtju
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.
Tags: Americana, Americana Rhythm and Blues, Andrew Green, artists mecca, banjo, Boogie Woogie, Craig Akin, Eben Pariser, Elkins WV, Ellis Paul, Gettysburg, Hava Nagila, Hora, Mardi-Grass, Molly Venter, moonshine, Mosaic Outdoors, New Orleans, new recordings, Philadelphia, Philly, Poconos, Putnam CT, Rhythm and Blues, steamboat soul, Stomping Ground Cafe, The Purple Fiddle, Thomas WV, Tony Montalbano, Virginia, white lightning, white room art gallery