We headed back out to the Shakori Hills GrassRoots Festival again this spring.
It was good to see everybody, as usual. It was extremely wet by the second day, but a very good time again.
We played on Fri. right after the huge rain storm began, the power even went out once, somehow it gave the whole thing a more communal feel. stomping and shouting and splashing around.
That was cool for the first few hours, then it just got annoying and wet.
We also played the Kraken Bar, which we had never done before. It was a pretty cool time. They allow dogs and we like dogs. I will say their muzzles were all supiciously wet, alcoholic dogs, maybe?
We headed down to Florida, to hit the same old suspects, plus a couple of new spots. Always good to see the folks at the Ale and the Witch and the Belle Isle Yacht Pub and Will's Pub, of course.
We did Bryan Childs 9 Bullets radio show in Tampa, which he claims will soon be called the Sad Bastard Song Club. Then we drank a lot of craft beers with said Bryan Childs at a place called Southern Brewing Company, I believe. Really good beer and neither one of us likes craft beer.
This caused us to be late for our show at the 8th Avenue Pub in Safety Harbor, but I think we still pulled it off o.k., despite having to play the whole night, which means, covers(not my favorite thing) and more work. Luckily our buddy Animal jammed along with us and we made it through.
Thanks to everybody who helped on this run and everybody who didn't can piss off. Another one's coming soon.
We've had a good winter so far, had some fun playing with the cast of characters for the Bocomo Ramble on New Years Eve and playing Steve Earle songs at Mojos. I guess all we have to do is tell people we're not playing our own songs and hundreds of people show up.
We just got back from a weekend spent in Springfield, with our buddy Matt Netzer, it's always a good time. We also played a really long show for a 417 magazine event called, "Whiskey Fest". 1000's of bottles of whiskey sitting around to be tasted for free. Suprisingly, it was a fairly low key event. We only saw a few stumblers and nobody puked in the ballroom, as far as I could tell. It seems like a dangerous idea to give people tons of free whiskey, but the fairly high ticket price and a classy atmosphere seemed to keep most people under control.
I can't say I was too unhappy to see 2012 go away. It was a tough year on a personal level, but hell, maybe they all are.
We did put the new recording for sale online recently. It only has 9 songs in the online version, for reasons you'll have to ask us about in person, but it's still a good thing to have, I think.
Anyway, we're heading out to do a few shows the week before Mardi Gras in February and we'll be doing another "big long run" in April. Summer should bring some new recordings. The details on that stuff will be here, or on the Facebook page Brock runs, or both.
We made the run down to Knoxville on Wed. Oct. 3 and played the Well again. Everybody there is so extremely nice and laid-back.
We have had a great time both times there.
We played with Glossary, very cool band, they did a SlobberBone cover.
I am informed that in Texas, SlobberBone are as big as Tupelo, etc.
I however, had not thought of them in years.
We ran into a place called Sessions in Greensboro, NC, the next night.
I drove all night over the mountains in Tennessee and North Carolina
and we arrived in Greensboro at about 6 a.m., not that fun.
Sessions was a cool little place and people seemed to like us, I believe we'll head back there in the early spring. Lots of craft beer, lots of coffee.
Shakori Hills was a good time, as usual.
Brock slept in a puddle.
Both days we were greeted at the gate by Dyno, awesome fella'. The first day we checked in and I was happy to see Jack, who used to run Mojo's when the King first bought it, behind the desk.
It's always good to see Adam Roehkle and Jeff Cobb, your sound and lighting is guaranteed to be taken care of.
We played the first day on the main stage and then dealt with a news man who needs to work on his interpersonal skills a little, maybe he was just hot, we'll give him the benefit of the doubt. You can judge for yourselves in the link lower in the blog. Professor Fat Knee talked to him for a little bit and then we headed back to town.
Did I mention it was hot?
Day 2 was the first anniversary of us putting the record on line.
We enjoyed the Mike and Niki Pratt wedding and had a little time at the reception, before we headed South. It was much cooler.
We followed the Hatrick, in the Elderberry Barn, we screwed around long enough for some people to trickle in after their crowd wandered off and ended up with a nice-sized rowdy group. I learned the lesson of playing with four .36 gauge G strings on my mandolin. Brock says they hurt when they snap.
After the set we once again sold all the cd's we had with us, not a bad habit to get into. I then consumed a lot of hot dogs and pizza. My one bitch about this festival, no nachos.
I totally enjoyed Hickory Moon's set in the barn and showed Professor Fat Knee how to "jump-in" to his dance moves. Hopefully he can now raise up in the Mountain Dance rankings(watch out Steve Fritz).
We headed back to town to discover the Bride and Groom still holding court at 1a.m. at Campus. I expect nothing less from the Pratt's(even after 7 hours of open bar) and was glad to not be disappointed. They both asked me what we were doing for after-bars, now that's a wedding night.
All in all, good weekend. Thanks to everybody involved with the Elderberry Festival and Rodger we'll be in touch soon.
Congratulations Micheal J. and E. Niki Pratt.