Last night’s show at Tales From The Tavern -at The Maverick Saloon- in Santa Ynez, California was nutso magutso. Glad we filmed it. Steve Forbert is a great songwriter and so nice and now we’re texty pals. I remember my sister bringing his record home when she was a DJ at KCR Radio at San Diego State. I loved that album. I never thought back then that I’d be doing a show with him. Life? It’ll throw curve balls at ya.
Got 2 &1/2 hours sleep and drove to LAX at 5am. 3 hours of early morning no traffic and then all of a sudden lots of traffic drive. Got some petrol and turned in my rental car. Now I’m flying to Houston Texas for a 7pm show tonight at McGonigel’s Mucky Duck. You’d think I’d be tired but I’m excited to see my Houston pals Rusty and Theresa and Shane and the rest of The Mucky Duck staff.
Sleep? No thanks. Sure, sounds great but I’m a freaky deeky plane sleeper. I’ll usually doze off for about two minutes then startle myself awake, rinse my leg or arm with drool and repeat.
So this means my Mucky Duck show will be even loopier than normal.
Normal? What is normal? I am now leaving normal for a new destination: the corner of Abnormal and Hallucinogenic Psychosis. It’s a great intersection and there aren’t any stop signs or rules. Laws are bendy like salt water taffy and everything is viewed through a lens of distorted reality. The overwhelming color is mauve and Benjamin Netanyahu is the Master of Ceremonies as they shut down The 405 corridor and armed guards are dancing like Pee Wee Herman to the song Tequila. Their eyes are twitchy and nobody seems all that trustworthy.
No time to exchange pleasantries because we already speak the unspoken language and our minds are connected through a network of tunnels. The CRAZY THING is that we are now able to walk through the brains of anyone we so desire. It’s a labyrinthian maze sort of like English hedges at a countryside mansion but it’s no different than figuring out the next level of a video game. Close your eyes and picture yourself riding a bike. You crash into the back of a construction truck and slide a bloody slide down the side of the white truck and the antenna lodges in your temple and you tune in and start writing songs. The songs already exist except no one’s heard them so you catch them like butterflies in a net. Let the stitches heal but keep the songs in your heart and the butterfly song catcher net in your soul. Then share the songs with the world. It’ll be fine. Everyone’s doing it.
So what have we learned?
1- pizza is good.
2- clean underwear is not overrated.
3- Gandhi wasn’t into blogging.
4- deforestation has five syllables but THINKS it’s
cooler than the word dick.
5- the word dick makes me laugh.
That’s all for now. Please read the syllabus and be prepared for a pop quiz tomorrow.
Until then I remain ever faithfully yours.
With Steven Soles and Steve Forbert right now. We 3 Steves.
I play with Steve Forbert tonight in Santa Ynez Ca at Tales From The Tavern at The Maverick Saloon.
Hello, I am Frietag from the planet Tralfamadore. I speak whatever language you like except the rare C-32-dPo that seems to have gone the way of Myspace and Blockbuster Video. I’m here to listen to your needs and serve you. I am ready to help. I have several recipes at my disposal for hair braiding and carburetor rebuilding. I am able to distort images with the wave of a finger. My eyes are like pop tarts; they’re sweet and shiny and safe for most toaster ovens. Kurt Vonnegut left me his mustache before he passed away and I kept it in a box buried in my sunflower garden. Last time I opened the box the mustache morphed into a caterpillar and crawled up my slender arm and I almost felt empathy and love. The mustache is now gone and living in the corner of a post office in NYC. I have your phone numbers in my data base and will be reaching you with good tidings of joy. The harmonic convergence is upon us and things are going to start happening. Keep your ears to the ground and your grapes peeled. I know where Jimmy Hoffa is buried. Peace be with you – and also with you.
I will be doing a short tour with my friends in a band called Shook Twins. I shall open the following shows. Probably a 45 min set each night. They’re amazing and it’s going to be a hoot and a half.
Here’s the dates and venues:
Fri 4/11 – Portland, OR – Mississippi Studios -
Sun 4/13 – Applegate, OR – Applegate Lodge -
Wed 4/16 – Felton, CA – Don Quixotes -
Thurs 4/17 – Berkeley, CA – Freight & Salvage -
Fri 4/18 – Sebastopol, CA – Hopmonk Tavern -
Sat 4/19 – Arcata, CA – Humbrews –
Thurs 4/24 – Bellingham, WA – Wild Buffalo -
Why am I smiling so big? Because I’m standing next to Dan Bern! Folk Alliance Kansas City. You have no idea how much I love this man. His music is transcendent. So freaking good. One of my heroes. Life is good.
Hope springs eternal in the human breast;
Man never is, but always to be blessed:
The soul, uneasy and confined from home,
Rests and expatiates in a life to come.
– Alexander Pope, An Essay on Man
It’s nearing that sweet time of baseball. Hope is springing eternal in my loving loins for a nice day at the old ballpark. The crack of the bat and the sound of the ball smacking a glove and the boos and cheers and the red dirt getting kicked up. Let’s do this.
Yes you are. Even when you cut me off on the freeway.
This dude- Louis Meyers started South By Southwest with 3 other partners. He left the group went on to take over Folk Alliance. He’s really done a great job at expanding the reach of this little festival and now he is stepping down after a long stint as President of FA. We had a great chat last night at his outgoing party. Good luck on your new journey Louis. Go play the banjo and relax somewhere in Arkansas and enjoy life. Thanks for all your hard work. LOVE!
Here’s my nutso magutso schedule for today at Folk Alliance in Kansas City.
FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 21
11:00am Write a song with Ben Arthur for Acoustic Cafe at Knuckleheads in Kansas City. We debut the song tomorrow at 11:30am Then I teach a class called:
4pm- Steve Poltz-Let Your Freak Flag Fly (Chicago A) at The Sheraton Crown Center Hotel.
A class on taking chances, making mistakes and finding your voice as a performer.
Then– I play the following shows at The Westin Kansas City at Crown Center
Fri- 9pm Official showcase at Century C
Fri 11:30pm tikly showcase room 727
Fri 12:00am Jenni Finlay Promotions room 715
Fri- Feb 21: 12:30am room 737 Poltz and Pressmam’s Sanctuary of Jamz
I’m at the airport headed from San Diego to Kansas City. I’ll see all my pholk phreak phriends tonight. Huzzah! Raina Rose Rob Hanning Andrew Pressman Matthew Sever and the list goes on and on and on.