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As a traveling bard/minstrel I’ve given updates before on the repair of my guitar Smokey Joe. But- Smokey Joe’s guitar case does a lot of damage control. My case is a 995 dollar gem made by Calton Cases out of Austin Texas. These babies are flight proof and able to withstand the roughshod treatment that many airlines baggage “handlers” bestow upon wayward guitars en route to gigs in far away regions on Earth. Simply put, they’re the best if you’re serious about protecting your axe. My friend Jon Green owns the company and yesterday I visited the factory and his wonderful team members gave my case a tune up and some love. It finally needed a short hospital stay. Now it’s ready to travel a gazillion more miles and be Smokey Joe’s secret service agent. Yay Calton Cases. If you ever want to order one for your guitar then go here- Huzzah!
Tonight Aug 1 I play in Dallas at House Of Blues I open for Toad The Wet Sprocket.
Tomorrow night Aug 2 I play Luckenbach Tx at The Hill Country Food Truck Festival
Sunday August 3 I’m in Shreveport Louisiana at Shreveport House Concerts dot org. Look em up!
I ran into this beautiful soul last night after my show in Austin. Alejandro Escovedo is a sweet dude and we chatted about KC Turner and Mario Escovedo and The Dragons and Mike Campbell who owns The Carleton in Halifax.
I play one more Austin show tonight at Strangebrew at 10pm. Can’t wait.
A promoter for an upcoming show I’m playing in Texas just called and requested a current publicity photo and I asked him “how current?”
“Ohhhh really current.” He replied.
So I snapped this picture of myself while I was talking to him and said “I have a really new one. I’ll send it now. It was taken by a professional photographer who shoots for Thyme Magazine.”
But he only heard the word thyme and I guess he thought it was the other magazine that is more famous and doesn’t focus solely on herbs. I haven’t heard back from him yet but hopefully he uses this photo. This is how I want Texas to see me. It’s my “new look”.
Thank you for coming out to San Antonio to witness my set with Toad The Wet Sprocket. It was an extraordinary evening and one of the best nights in the history of best nights. I gave everyone at the show a free car (A Lamb Bore Geeni) and a blow dryer and some apples and 1 cookie. This made most of the people like me.
Tonight AND tomorrow night I play Austin Tx at Strangebrew. Two nights in a row. Not 1 but 2. If you show up to both shows you get extra credit and I’ll give you the answers to Mrs
Danforth’s geometry test on Thursday morning. Also- you will be able to wash your feet.
I never loved anyone as much as I love clean feet.
You people are beautiful. (Whaddya mean “you people”?)
I mean all the people that I see with bubbles around their heads. Bouncing with words ricocheting and zig zagging off far away skyscrapers. I love your smiles and your road mapped eyes. You bring me more joy than I could ever carry even if I had a wheelbarrow.
Thank you for that.
This is what I grew up believing. This was in Time Magazine when I was 9 years old. It must be true dammit all. Let’s eat some freaking sugar. C’mon everybody! It’s good for us! Woo hoo! Let’s go effing nutso magutso!
In case your wondering where I’ll be next week here’s the goods—>
7-27 Novato Ca Hopmonk Beer Garden
7-28 San Antonio Tx The Aztec Theater w/ Toad The Wet Sprocket
7-29 Austin Tx Strangebrew
7-30 Austin Tx Strangebrew
7-31 Denton Tx Dan’s Silverleaf
8-1 Dallas Tx House Of Blues w/ Toad The Wet Sprocket
8-2 Fredericksburg Tx Hill Country Food Truck Festival at Luckenbach Texas I play at 8pm. Tix shreveporthouseconcerts.org/reservations”>Shreveport House Concerts
Hope I get to see some of you on the lost and found highway.
P.S. All tour dates with ticket links are listed here.
I’ve peed on a lot of fire hydrants but this is one fire hydrant I haven’t peed on yet. I’ve never played Denton Texas. How is this possible? Well guess what? I’m gonna pee all over this place and mark my territory.
Dan’s Silverleaf ya say? Any of you cobbers ever been there? He seems like a nice bloke. He wrote me an email yesterday and we discussed Chaucer, Poe, Maughm and even the film criticism of Pauline Kael.
I told him that I’m going to put a dent in Denton. I won’t total it but I’ll do enough damage to cover the deductible. This means all my Dallas friends can caravan and we’ll have ourselves a convoy. It’s only 45 min from The Big D.
Let’s do this. Let’s all hold hands and pee. C’mon brothers and sisters, you need a new fire hydrant!
We can all sing that classic summer song by Mungo Jerry:
Chh chh-chh, uh, Chh chh-chh, uh
Chh chh-chh, uh, Chh chh-chh
In the summertime when the weather is hot
You can stretch right up and touch the sky
You know the words! Let’s all go to Denton.
Dan’s Silverleaf -Thursday, July 31 ***early show 8pm***
So I’ve decided I’m going to walk to San Antonio from San Francisco. My show is the very next day after I play Novato California. Google Maps says it’ll take 23 days and 14 hours and that the route includes a fairy. But I walk really fast. That’s so cool that it includes a fairy. I wonder if it’s a good fairy that will protect me and sprinkle gold dust on my walking trail? Maybe it’s a tooth fairy and he/she will leave me 50 cents under my pillow.
Oh wait– I just checked again. It says ferry. Never mind! Dang it. What a rip off. I guess I’ll fly.
Why don’t things ever go my way. I hate Mondays. What day is it? Oh, Wednesday. I like Wednesdays. Hump day. Ride a camel save water. Oh wait– now you tell me it’s Thursday? Named after the Greek God Thor? Thorsday? Well shit howdy, how did I miss Wednesday? Go get em Thor! Happy Thorsday!
Today I fly back to San Diego in another episode of Where’s Waldo. New York and Boston were good to me. Thanks for coming out to the shindigs. I wonder if that’s what people who dig The Shins call themselves? Shindigs. Deadheads. Shindigs. Hmmm. Rugburns – Rugheads? Sideburns?
I’m confused. What was I talking about?
Oh well, I can’t remember.
Oh I know what I was gonna say–
My July 27th show in Northern California at Hopmonk in Novato is sold out.
So if you want to see a show, I’m playing 2 nights in a row in Austin Texas July 29 and 30. Austin isn’t too far from the San Francisco Bay Area. You could walk there if you leave today and have comfortable shoes, a flyswatter, fishing pole and a knapsack.
Get you tickets early and save money.
Tues July 29 tix-
Wed July 30 tix-