Santa Barbara tonight

  
Tonight I venture north to Santa Barbara. Come see the show. It’ll be fun and you’ll meet other weirdos.
SOhO Restaurant and Music Venue

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Dangling conversation action

  
–>3 voices in my head<--

One says, "Let's go outside and sneak into that place where the horses run for money. What's it called? Oh yeah, the racetrack. Let's look for gamblers that seem to know what they're doing and peek over their shoulders and steal their exacta and trifecta picks. Old men in visors seem to know how to bet the ponies. It'll be easy, just like when we used to read the newspaper over people's shoulders on trains."

The other voice says, "Yeah nah. Let's not. There are easier ways to make money. I think we should start selling weed in Denver. It's totally legal bro, and since we don't partake in the bud we'll make millions because we won't forget where we left the cash register."

Then the third me (the invisible me) chimes in with an authoritative voice and says, "these are both good ideas and we appreciate your Steve-ish input but after a long and arduous staff meeting we've decided to keep our day job and continue touring and playing live to punters in various locales."

End of conversation.

There's always a conference call taking place in my weary noggin. Please press 1 for Hungarian.

* means co-bill with Grant Lee Phillips

May 12 Santa Barbara Ca Soho (solo no Grant Lee Phillips)

May 13* Berkley Ca Freight and Salvage

May 14* Humboldt Ca Humbrews

May 15* Ashland Oregon- The Armory

May 16* Sisters Oregon The Belfry

May 18* Seattle Wa Triple Door

May 20* Portland Or Alberta Rose Theater

May 22 San Diego Ca Reuben H Fleet Science Center

June 5 Cambridge Massachusetts Club Passim

June 6 NYC Rockwood Music Hall stage 3

June 7 NYC Rockwood Music Hall stage 3

June 10 Easton Maryland Stoltz Listening Room

June11 Ashland Va Ashland Coffee and Tea

June 13 Bryn Mawr Pa Bryn Mawr Twilight Concerts

June 14 Vienna Va Jammin Java

June 16, 17, 18 -Charlottetown Prince Edward Island Canada Festival Of Small Halls

June 19 Margaretsville Nova Scotia Canada- Evergreen Theater

June 20 & 21st- Halifax Nova Scotia Canada - The Carleton (2 nights!)

July 3, 4 & 5th- Quincy Ca
High Sierra Music Festival

July 10, 11 & 12th- Winnipeg Manitoba Canada-
Winnipeg Folk Festival

July 21- steve sings the national anthem at Petco Park in San Diego 7pm Padres vs Giants

Aug 1 & 2- Cisco Grove Campground - Guitarfish Music Festival

Aug 21, 22 & 23- Owen Sound Ontario Canada- Summerfolk
Festival

Aug 26 Oakville Ontario Canada -Moonshine Cafe

Aug 27 Toronto Ontario Canada Hugh's Room

Aug 28 Wakefield Quebec Canada
The Blacksheep Inn

Aug 29 Eaglewood Ontario Canada Eaglewood Folk Festival

Sept 19 & 20 Ottawa Ontario Canada City Folk Festival

Oct 9 Melbourne Australia The Caravan

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Santa Monica Ca tonight (Happy Mothers Day!)

  
Our flight from Phoenix to LAX got cancelled so we rented a car and we’re driving. See you tonight at McCabe’s Guitar Shop in Santa Monica California.

Grant Lee Phillips is driving right now so I’m typing.

Oh- Happy Mothers Day to all you beautiful mothers out there.

I love you.

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Crazy person alert

  
Hey, I got a good idea- let’s go get in some trouble. We can throw dirt clods at each other in the rainy rain here in Denver. C’mon, everyone’s doin’ it.

Woo hoo! Go nuts. Thanks Denver. Fun crowd tonight.

I fly to Phoenix tomorrow. Oh wait, it’s already tomorrow. I better get some sleep. Does this look like the face of someone who sleeps?

* means co-bill with Grant Lee Phillips

May 9* Cave Creek Az The Roastery

May 10* Santa Monica Ca McCabe’s

May 12 Santa Barbara Ca Soho (solo no Grant Lee Phillips)

May 13* Berkley Ca Freight and Salvage

May 14* Humboldt Ca Humbrews

May 15* Ashland Oregon- The Armory

May 16* Sisters Oregon The Belfry

May 18* Seattle Wa Triple Door

May 20* Portland Or Alberta Rose Theater

May 22 San Diego Ca Reuben H Fleet Science Center

June 5 Cambridge Massachusetts Club Passim

June 6 NYC Rockwood Music Hall stage 3

June 7 NYC Rockwood Music Hall stage 3

June 10 Easton Maryland Stoltz Listening Room

June11 Ashland Va Ashland Coffee and Tea

June 13 Bryn Mawr Pa Bryn Mawr Twilight Concerts

June 14 Vienna Va Jammin Java

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Fun with Woz! Denver tonight

  
So this happened last night. Steve Wozniak surprised me at my show at Coach House Concert Hall. I always love seeing him. That’s my sister Kath on the other side. She’s my hero.
I’m having so much fun with Grant Lee Phillips on this tour.

Tonight we play Daniels Hall at Swallow Hill in lovely DENVER COLORADO!

Thanks to everyone for coming out to San Juan Capistrano last night.

See you in Denver tonight.

* means co-bill with Grant Lee Phillips

May 8* Denver Co Daniels Hall at Swallow Hill

May 9* Cave Creek Az The Roastery

May 10* Santa Monica Ca McCabe’s

May 12 Santa Barbara Ca Soho (solo no Grant Lee Phillips)

May 13* Berkley Ca Freight and Salvage

May 14* Humboldt Ca Humbrews

May 15* Ashland Oregon- The Armory

May 16* Sisters Oregon The Belfry

May 18* Seattle Wa Triple Door

May 20* Portland Or Alberta Rose Theater

May 22 San Diego Ca Reuben H Fleet Science Center

June 5 Cambridge Massachusetts Club Passim

June 6 NYC Rockwood Music Hall stage 3
June 7 NYC Rockwood Music Hall stage 3

June 10 Easton Maryland Stoltz Listening Room

June11 Ashland Va Ashland Coffee and Tea

June 13 Bryn Mawr Pa Bryn Mawr Twilight Concerts

June 14 Vienna Va Jammin Java

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Good first night 

  
Great first night of the tour with Grant Lee Phillips. We played at Saint Rocke. Fun show. Grant is hilarious and had me laughing so hard at soundcheck. We’d never actually met before until last night. We’d spoken on the phone but never actually been in the same room. New friend- good. A folksinger bromance is blossoming.

Coach Renfro (my wrestling coach from Palm Springs High School) has a daughter and her name is Ashli. She showed up! With her cool hubby Marc and they took me out to dinner this amazing old school place called Old Tony’s. Our waitress has been working there for 36 years. Seriously, if you’re ever in Hermosa Beach you need to visit this place. It’s like going back in time. It reminded me of Mad Men.

Tonight we play Coach House Concert Hall San Juan Capistrano. So close to San Diego. Come on up!

* means co-bill with Grant Lee Phillips

May 7* San Juan Capistrano Ca Coach House

May 8* Denver Co Daniels Hall at Swallow Hill

May 9* Cave Creek Az The Roastery

May 10* Santa Monica Ca McCabe’s

May 12 Santa Barbara Ca Soho (solo no Grant Lee Phillips)

May 13* Berkley Ca Freight and Salvage

May 14* Humboldt Ca Humbrews

May 15* Ashland Oregon- The Armory

May 16* Sisters Oregon The Belfry

May 18* Seattle Wa Triple Door

May 20* Portland Or Alberta Rose Theater

May 22 San Diego Ca Reuben H Fleet Science Center

June 5 Cambridge Massachusetts Club Passim

June 6 NYC Rockwood Music Hall stage 3
June 7 NYC Rockwood Music Hall stage 3

June 10 Easton Maryland Stoltz Listening Room

June11 Ashland Va Ashland Coffee and Tea

June 13 Bryn Mawr Pa Bryn Mawr Twilight Concerts

June 14 Vienna Va Jammin Java

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Feeling lucky

  
I woke up this morning feeling hunky dory. Set to begin this next leg of my tour. Hopefully everything goes ok. I’ll be traveling a bit of ground and seeing some good friends and meeting new ones.

Thanks for helping me promote these upcoming shows. It really means a lot to me.

Some of you may be saying “Dude, this looks too busy for you. Weren’t you supposed to take it easy?”

Yes, you’re correct. However, I’ve been given a clean bill of health by doctors. I’ve been on a break here at home. Resting. Here’s a secret: I don’t like resting. I get restless. But I promise you I’ve been resting.

The doctors told me to take it a bit easier than in the past. This schedule is me doing that. It ain’t easy. I want to play everyone’s house and venues.

I keep getting asked when I’m coming back to Texas. Working on it for November. Cleveland too.

I could easily play 365 different venues in a year in different cities and still not play all the places I want to.

I started doing this years ago in little old San Diego back in the early 80s. I used to think to myself “man, that would be so cool to be able to play a show in a different city like LA or Phoenix.”

I saw Loudon Wainwright the 3rd at McCabe’s Guitar Shop in the 80s. I remember thinking how cool it would be to do what he’s doing. Now? I get to play Santa Monica at McCabe’s on Sunday May 10. Mothers Day!

I’m only saying this because I promise you that I willed it to happen. I wanted to be a traveling troubadour more than anything in the world.

I am one.

So you— yes you! Can do anything. You have to visualize it. It might not be exactly what you want but it’ll have some sort of semblance. It just matters how bad you want something and how willing you are to sacrifice.

Me? I wanted to be as big as Bruce Springsteen or Neil Young. I love them both so much. Guess what? I’m not nearly that big. But fucking A, I’ve had fun trying and along the way I’ve achieved a modicum of success and many heartaches and let downs. It’s definitely given me callouses.

So now today I start this new journey and I have tears in my eyes as I type this out. I feel very grateful and lucky. Lucky that I’ve been able to eek out a living in this crazy business I’ve chosen. Lucky to be alive.

I may not be playing the enormo-dome but holy crap I’m playing some really freaking cool venues.

As long as my health holds up I promise to give 99.9 percent. Maybe even 100.

Thanks for your support.

See ya along the old highway
xoxo
SP

* means co-bill with Grant Lee Phillips

May 6* Hermosa Beach Ca- St Rocke

May 7* San Juan Capistrano Ca Coach House

May 8* Denver Co Daniels Hall at Swallow Hill

May 9* Cave Creek Az The Roastery

May 10* Santa Monica Ca McCabe’s

May 12 Santa Barbara Ca Soho (solo no Grant Lee Phillips)

May 13* Berkley Ca Freight and Salvage

May 14* Humboldt Ca Humbrews

May 15* Ashland Oregon- The Armory

May 16* Sisters Oregon The Belfry

May 18* Seattle Wa Triple Door

May 20* Portland Or Alberta Rose Theater

May 22 San Diego Ca Reuben H Fleet Science Center

June 5 Cambridge Massachusetts Club Passim

June 6 NYC Rockwood Music Hall stage 3
June 7 NYC Rockwood Music Hall stage 3

June 10 Easton Maryland Stoltz Listening Room

June11 Ashland Va Ashland Coffee and Tea

June 13 Bryn Mawr Pa Bryn Mawr Twilight Concerts

June 14 Vienna Va Jammin Java

June 16, 17, 18 -Charlottetown Prince Edward Island Canada Festival Of Small Halls

June 19 Margaretsville Nova Scotia Canada- Evergreen Theater

June 20 & 21st- Halifax Nova Scotia Canada – The Carleton (2 nights!)

July 3, 4 & 5th- Quincy Ca
High Sierra Music Festival

July 10, 11 & 12th- Winnipeg Manitoba Canada-
Winnipeg Folk Festival

July 21- steve sings the national anthem at Petco Park in San Diego 7pm Padres vs Giants (Taco Tuesday! Seriously.)

Aug 1 & 2- Cisco Grove Campground – Guitarfish Music Festival

Aug 21, 22 & 23- Owen Sound Ontario Canada- Summerfolk
Festival

Aug 26 Oakville Ontario Canada -Moonshine Cafe

Aug 27 Toronto Ontario Canada Hugh’s Room

Aug 28 Wakefield Quebec Canada
The Blacksheep Inn

Aug 29 Eaglewood Ontario Canada Eaglewood Folk Festival

Sept 19 & 20 Ottawa Ontario Canada City Folk Festival

Oct 9 Melbourne Australia The Caravan

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A few things

  
Looks like Rudford’s in San Diego named a breakfast special after me.

I’m going to really miss Mad Men when it ends. There’s only 2 more episodes left. I feel like they’re my friends. How’s it going to end? Last week’s episode was brilliant. The way each shot was framed was simply beautiful.

I did three of my favorite things this week.

1. Met with my accountant
He’s lovely. Keeps me organized. I don’t know what the hell’s going on.

2. Got my teeth cleaned. My dental hygienist is a guy named Joel and he’s great. I get my teeth cleaned quarterly. So I guess in math talk that means 4 times a year. We always talk music and politics and art and film.

3. Saw 3 movies.
Citizenfour – documentary about Edward Snowden. Won an Oscar last year. Amazing! Wow wow wow. I want to watch it again.

Dior and I- documentary about Christian Dior and a new haute couture fashion rollout. Fantastic. Just beautiful.

Pretty In Pink- yes! I have this thing about 80s films. Molly Ringwald. I remember thinking how cool it seemed when it was first released. It was hip. Now?? So dated. How do our eyeballs change when it comes to fashion?

Gotta go to yoga. Peace out.

Here’s where I’ll be

If you see an asterisk* well—-> that means—-> those shows are a CO-BILL with the fabulous Grant Lee Phillips. (Santa Barbara – no Grant Lee)

May 6* Hermosa Beach Ca- St Rocke

May 7* San Juan Capistrano Ca Coach House

May 8* Denver Co Daniels Hall at Swallow Hill

May 9* Cave Creek Az The Roastery

May 10* Santa Monica Ca McCabe’s

May 12 Santa Barbara Ca Soho

May 13* Berkley Ca Freight and Salvage

May 14* Humboldt Ca Humbrews

May 15* Ashland Oregon- The Armory

May 16* Sisters Oregon The Belfry

May 18* Seattle Wa Triple Door

May 20* Portland Or Alberta Rose Theater

May 22 San Diego Ca Reuben H Fleet Science Center

June 5 Cambridge Massachusetts Club Passim

June 6 & 7th NYC Rockwood Music Hall stage 3 (two nights!)

June 10 Easton Maryland Stoltz Listening Room

June11 Ashland Va Ashland Coffee and Tea

June 13 Bryn Mawr Pa Bryn Mawr Twilight Concerts

June 14 Vienna Va Jammin Java

June 16, 17, 18 -Charlottetown Prince Edward Island Canada Festival Of Small Halls

June 19 Margaretsville Nova Scotia Canada- Evergreen Theater

June 20 & 21st- Halifax Nova Scotia Canada – The Carleton (2 nights!)

July 3, 4 & 5th- Quincy Ca
High Sierra Music Festival

July 10, 11 & 12th- Winnipeg Manitoba Canada-
Winnipeg Folk Festival

July 21- steve sings the national anthem at Petco Park in San Diego 7pm Padres vs Giants

Aug 1 & 2- Cisco Grove Campground – Guitarfish Music Festival

Aug 21, 22 & 23- Owen Sound Ontario Canada- Summerfolk
Festival

Aug 26 Oakville Ontario Canada -Moonshine Cafe

Aug 27 Toronto Ontario Canada Hugh’s Room

Aug 28 Wakefield Quebec Canada
The Blacksheep Inn

Aug 29 Eaglewood Ontario Canada Eaglewood Folk Festival

Sept 19 & 20 Ottawa Ontario Canada City Folk Festival

Oct 9 Melbourne Australia The Caravan

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Coach House – close to San Diego. Easy

  
I was wondering how far from The Belly Up my show in San Juan Capistrano California is. This is too easy! 43 minutes! It’s like not even being on tour. I like it.

Hope to see my San Diego friends next Thursday night May 7 at The Coach House Concert Hall. 8pm with my friend Grant Lee Phillips

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Finally returning to Phoenix area

  
You know where I haven’t played in a long time? Phoenix Arizona area that’s where! So I’m happy to say I’ll be back on Saturday May 9. I’ll be playing The The Roastery of Cave Creek with my friend Grant Lee Phillips. It’s a really cool place— very intimate with only 100 tickets being sold. There are only 20 left and I hate to see people not get in so here’s The link

Here’s the rest of the dates with Grant Lee Phillips.

Except Santa Barbara. That’s just me so solo.

San Diego friends? Drive up to The Coach House Concert Hall in San Juan Capistrano. It’s super close!

May 6 Hermosa Beach Ca- St Rocke

May 7 San Juan Capistrano Ca Coach House

May 8 Denver Co Daniels Hall at Swallow Hill

May 9 Cave Creek Az The Roastery

May 10 Santa Monica Ca McCabe’s

May 12 Santa Barbara Ca Soho (solo- no Grant Lee)

May 13 Berkley Ca Freight and Salvage

May 14 Humboldt Ca Humbrews

May 15 Ashland Oregon- The Armory

May 16 Sisters Oregon The Belfry

May 18 Seattle Wa Triple Door

May 20 Portland Or Alberta Rose Theater

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