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.
So, since the 15th of May, when the last update was done, that's a lot of
space to cover.
We have written new songs and recorded them and played a pretty fair amount of shows, with old friends and new.
It's interesting, in the last couple of years we have played for a 100th birthday party, until 4a.m. and at 7:30 a.m., recorded 30 some songs and played hundreds of shows all over the South and MidWest. We, however, certainly still
feel we're at the very beginning of what we're trying to do, because we are.
As October starts, we'll be heading out for shows that take us far SouthEast
and far SouthWest. We know, very firmly that we would have no chance of doing any of them without a support system of friends and family that is consistently more welcoming and enthusiastic than we could possibly deserve.
We recorded 10 songs a couple of months ago with Johnny Kenepaske at his Dead Horse Sound Company studio in Independence, MO. We did everything in probably less than 16 hours of recording and had a blast doing it.
It's kind of a big step for us, when we started doing this we didn't know if we'd ever go back in a big studio again. Johnny's place was sort of dipping our toe back into actual production, but trying to keep it pretty rough and ready at the same time.
The record shoud be available online around the 16th of October and we're all ready selling c.d.'s at the shows. They have an extra song on them that won't be available online, until someone uploads it less legitimately (not that we're against that).
We've played shows with our buddies in the area, like Scott Ford and Dave & Dyno and jammed with many talented musicians.
We did a Labor Day Ramble, inspired by Levon Helm's legendary efforts (I feel like and hope that's happening all over the world) and shared the stage with people I had wondered if I would ever get to play with (and in one case see) again.
It was a huge rousing success for all involved and I think paid off the mortgage on a local taco truck.
So, that's about where we stand, getting ready to do a couple of shows for good causes and then head out to North Carolina, for our 3rd time at Shakori Hills and first time in Greensboro. We also get to go back to Knoxville, which is awesome.
We hope to see everybody soon and I'll be updating this as we get back on the road and head for all these familiar and new places and experiences. Check the shows page, as things will be expanding rapidly.
We drove in from Louisville and arrived around 6 in the morning
thinking to wait until check-in and get a room to loll about in.
Let me tell you something about Asheville. Until November, rooms are
We drove around for a long time, until we thought we were going to have
to join Occupy Asheville, just to get out of the car.
Luckily, a kind lady directed us to the Acorn Motel in Black Mountain.
Black Mountain is an awesome, awesome little town. It is scenic and friendly
and we got to watch someone in a van, with Florida plates(of course), drive
straight through the front doors of the local Keller Williams office.
In a strange coincedence, I had not long ago finished reading a post-emp speculative novel about the town. Odd, but it made me feel like I knew
where to go and who to talk to.
We had a really great time at the Fairview Tavern, a private club on the east side of Asheville. We sold a lot of cd's and met and talked to some really
interesting local folks, who were doing very interesting things with
Among them was our buddy Skylar, who moved back there to work his families
award-winning organic farm.
It was just a really good and laid back time and a good thing.