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
* 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
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