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I’m rolling down the highway headed south to Santa Cruz area. Specifically Felton California where I rock this evening with Shook Twins. A total of 4 Northern California shows. Roll on and on and keep your hands on the wheel and your eyes upon the road. Watch out for flying saucers and llamas. Oooh look at that Easter Bunny hopping along in my rear view mirror.
Last night I got the best Redding hospitality. I stopped at Vintage Wine Bar and Restaurant to see my friends Janis and Janelle. They fed me and gave me a room at their beautiful Bridgehouse B&B. I’m energized and ready to drive like a space trucker. It’s nice to have friends in Redding. I will smell clean for tonight’s shindig. Things are looking up.
Just this morning this hat slid into a bar and hopped up and ordered an ice tea and a water and the bartender said “I think I know you. I wore you back in 2003 at an Amway meeting I attended in Boca Raton. I left you on the head of a woman from Tel Aviv who was a journalist covering the event for The Haaretz newspaper.” The hat eventually ran away and hopped on the head of a man who had become a member of The Likud Party but eventually the man discovered marijuana and walked away from it all. The fellow got such strong weed that through osmosis the hat became permanently stoned and ended up sliding around Israel until a nice flight attendant from El Al brought him (if a hat can be a him) back to America. The hat hired a private detective and through a combination of DNA testing and hair follicles tracked down the original owner. I can’t believe I got to witness this momentous event. I’m crying just watching the reunion. It’s one of the most beautiful things I’ve ever witnessed. After I snapped this picture the hat told the bartender that he would like to travel with me for a spell. It’s not my hat, it’s just my turn. It’s my lucky day. Things are looking up. Drink up you thirsty little cotton mouthed hat. We have miles to go before we sleep.
Do you guys like The Grateful Dead? I feel like I just discovered them. I have a rental car that has satellite radio XM Sirius and there’s a Grateful Dead channel. I sort of turned it on by accident and then just left it there. There’s something about driving around listening the these long ass grooves. I finally get it. Eureka.
I was always listening to Little Steven’s underground but now…. I’m seriously into this Grateful Dead journey. There are so many live recordings and I love just driving and not thinking. I love when they play Sugaree and Beetha and Mexicali Blues and Long Distance Runner and I love their versions of Dylan songs. I wonder if I’m becoming a Dead Head? I love it all. What the hell happened? I took a left turn and ended up in Grateful Dead land. Help!!
Last night was the first night of this new little tour I’m on with the Shook Twins. We played Portland and the place was sold out jam packed. They have a great crowd and people were rapt. It’s going to be a good run.
I wish I could sleep more. Why oh why oh why can’t I sleep in?
Tonight I do my own show in Pacific City Oregon at Twist Wine Bar. It’s an early 7pm show. Sean and Chenin Cilurzo Carlton own this place and they also own The Ribcage next door. Chenin grew up on a winery in Temecula. Cilurzo!
Her brother Vinnie owns Russian River Brewery.
I hope you make the trek. It’s pretty in Pacific City. Tonight Pacific City! If you show up I’ll give you a dollar. You can put it in Greek bonds and in ten years that dollar will be worth ten gyros. I’m feeling bullish on the Greek economy.
Tonight Twist Wine Bar. Right next to The Ribcage.
I have heaps of shows. Tell your friends about them and come say hi! Win the lotto and buy a private jet and show up at weird places.
Look at all the places….. it’s nutso magutso —Australia is on in June!
4.11 – Mississippi Studios – Portland, OR (w/ Shook Twins)
4.12 -The Ribcage – Pacific City, Oregon
4.13 – Applegate Lodge – Applegate, OR (w/ Shook Twins)
4.16 – Don Quixote’s – Felton, CA (w/ Shook Twins)
4.17 – Freight & Salvage Coffeehouse – Berkeley, CA (w/ Shook Twins)
4.18 – HopMonk Tavern - Sebastopol, CA (w/ Shook Twins)
4.19 – Humboldt Brews – Arcata, CA (w/ Shook Twins)
4.24 – Wild Buffalo – Bellingham, WA (w/ Shook Twins)
4.25 – Tractor Tavern – Seattle, WA (w/ Shook Twins)
4.26 – Live From The Divide – Bozeman Mt
5.21 - Strange Brew – Austin Tx
5.22 - Kerrville Folk Festival - Kerrville Tx
5.23 - Meadowgrass Festival – Colorado Springs Co
AUSTRALIA TOUR! JUNE 2014
6.3 - The Round at The Dowse – Brisbane QLD
6.4 - Lizotte’s KIncumber- Kincumber NSW
6.5 - Lizotte’s Newcastle – Newcastle NSW
6.6 - Camelot Lounge - Sydney (Marrickville) NSW
6.7 - Bunkerfest at Coogee Diggers- Coogee NSW
6.8 - The Brass Monkey - Cronulla NSW
6.11 – The Jade Monkey - Adelaide SA
6.14 – The Flying Saucer – Melbourne Vic
6.15 – Tombstone Country – Teesdale Vic Noon show!
6.17 - Rosemount Hotel Four5Nine Bar – Perth WA
6.18 – Mojos Bar – North Freemantle WA
6.20 – Spotted Mallard- Melbourne Vic
6.22 – Lizotte’s Dee Why- Sydney (Dee Why) NSW
End Of Australia Tour
7.5- 6 - High Sierra Music Festival – Quincy Ca
7.12 -13- Atlin Arts and Music Festival- Atlin BC Canada
8.7-9 - Live From The Rock Festival - Red Rock Ontario Canada
8.27 – Marigold Cultural Center- Truro NS Canada
8.28 – The Carleton - Halifax NS Canada – HUFF
8.30 and 31 - Fayetteville Roots Festival- Fayetteville Arkansas
9.5-7– Sisters Folk Festival- Sisters Oregon
There will be more shows added. Like for instance; The Philadelphia Folk Festival on 8.16. Shhhhhh! There will be blood. There will be fun. You are perfect.
I love you.
Here’s where I’ll be for the next couple of weeks. Come find me!
I’ll be opening all of these shows for my friends The Shook Twins and playing a good 45 minute set. The only show the Shook Twins aren’t on is April 12 in Pacific City Oregon. That’s just me all night.
I look forward to this little jaunt and I know you guys are going to LOVE the Shook Twins.
4.11 – Mississippi Studios – Portland, OR
4.12 -The Ribcage – Pacific City, Oregon
4.13 – Applegate Lodge – Applegate, OR
4.16 – Don Quixote’s International Music Hall – Felton, CA
4.17 – Freight & Salvage Coffeehouse – Berkeley, CA
4.18 – HopMonk Tavern Sebastopol – Sebastopol, CA
4.19 – Humboldt Brews – Arcata, CA
4.24 – Wild Buffalo – Bellingham, WA
4.25 – Tractor Tavern – Seattle, WA