Whenever I play a show on a big stage I think of Country Dick Montana of The Beat Farmers.
Many moons ago at 4am in Kelly’s Pub in San Diego they let us (the Rugburns) stay in the bar after hours. Never a good idea. Or maybe it was. Anyhow, Country Dick showed up and put his arm around me and and said “It’s a big stage scumbag, use it all!”
I say that phrase to myself a lot. And then I smile and walk out and play my gig.
Cool Photo by David Harris
Upcoming New South Wales Shows!
Tues 20 Mar The Acoustic Picnic
Sydney, NSW, Australia
Wed 21 Mar Lizotte’s – Newcastle
Thurs 22 Mar Camelot Lounge
Sydney – Marrickville , NSW,
Fri 23 Mar The Bunker, Coogee Diggers -Coogee NSW
Sat 24 Mar Leadbelly
Sunday 25 Mar Brass Monkey
Wed 28 Mar 2018 Nowra Golf Club
Hey Sydney Australia! How are ya? I’ll be in Marrickville Mar 22. That’s right in yer neighborhood. Camelot Lounge Marrickville!
I took this photo of Stephen Hawking back in 1988. I was with Jim Wiggins and we were in Barcelona just off of The Ramblas. His book A Brief History Of Time was just released. We waved to him and took his photo. He acknowledged us and we were excited. Then we pulled out my guitar and went back to busking to earn some cash for a place to sleep. We were backpacking and had just returned from Morocco. A few weeks later we got the film developed and voila.
I was reading about Mr Hawking this morning and I guess this quote really moves me. I like the sentiment.
“Remember to look up at the stars and not down at your feet. Try to make sense of what you see and wonder about what makes the universe exist. Be curious. And however difficult life may seem, there is always something you can do and succeed at. It matters that you don’t just give up.”
This is a photo from my forthcoming book- Lonely Desks I’ve Photographed From My Travels On The Road. This is page 43. It was going to be page 44 but then I thought it looked better on page 43. For a second I actually thought it would be better to put it on page 44 after I already changed my mind and put it on page 43 but the book was already at the printing press in the Aleutian Islands. Now I’m happy with my choice and I truly believe that page 43 is the optimum choice. But- last night I woke up in a cold sweat and had a nightmare that it was put on page 44. So I called The Aleutian Islands and everyone was asleep except for Mike. But Mike is only on vacation and didn’t know what I was talking about. In the end it’s all been worked out and it WILL be on page 43. So please don’t worry about it anymore. It’s all good. Kind of.
It’s been far too long since I’ve been to South By Southwest in Austin. I’m missing it again this year. Boo! I love SXSW. The energy is crazy. Running into so many music livin pals. I just want to say that I miss you guys.
I’m far away in a land down under. Im not complaining about that. Australia is stunning and wonderful. I’m lucky.
It’s just that sometimes I wish I could be 2 places at the same time.
I think I went to about 15 SXSWs in a row. I kept going year after year. So many good memories. I think my favorite was ending up atCarrie Elkinn’s place and for some reason we all ended up getting temporary sailor tattoos with sharpies. Everyone was there. We were all so tired and giddy. Modl was our tattoo artist.
Another fine memory was watching Chuck Prophet play a killer cover of Iggy Pop’s I’m Bored. It was a crappy PA with distorted speakers that were wobbly and it was in the back at Yard Dog and beer was spilt all over the ground and it was perfect.
I also remember dancing withRoggie Baere at a New West party while Old 97s played. That was AWESOME!
Another great memory was playing with The Truckee Brothers backing me withShawn Rohlff because I had a broken left hand. We went nuts inside the lobby of The Four Seasons of all places. For a live radio thing. Lyle Lovett was there and gave me his number!
I could go on and on. And on.
Good times brigade.
But hey- I get to play some amazing shows this week. See ya in Melbourne on Thursday! At a cool club called Memo. You guys would love it here.
Next weekend I play Blue Mountains Music Festival in Katoomba NSW.
Have a sweet week! Xx
Oh man. I’m feeling so worried for my dear pal Dan Bern. He got hurt this morning in a snowblower accident. His left hand fingertips got cut off. He’s going into surgery. He is one of my all time favorite guitar slinging songwriters. Simply the best. We gotta help him. Here’s a link to a go fund me page.