Last week took us to Roanoke, Fredericksburg, and Washington DC. It was so much fun (and so much delicious… barbecue, korean, soul food?!). Rarely have I spent a 5-hour car ride thinking about how much I love my job. To be honest, I was also thinking about how the entire band probably shouldn’t have ordered kim chi at the beginning of the drive. But that was secondary.
Ben Bonin of No Depression reviewed our show at Hill Country Barbecue DC. Check out what he has to say here, then come out and see for yourself! I’ll give you a hint… we might start calling Luis “monster chops”.
This week we’ll be playing two sets at Shakori Hills – 9:30 Friday night (4/19) on the Grove Stage, followed by a 2:30 p.m. Meadow Stage set on Saturday 4/20. Also on Saturday 4/20, we’ll play a free 11 p.m. show for Hillsborough Street Live and Local at the Keg in Downtown Raleigh, NC.
Thank you to everyone who came out to see us play last week. We love doing what we do, and we are immensely and perpetually grateful to you for making it possible.
Where have we been? Long time no see. Gearing up for a very busy (yay!) spring, with lots of shows all over the state and SE. Tonight I’m headed to the Huske Hardware House in Fayetteville, NC to compete in their Unplugged Songwriting Competition. I’m looking forward to hearing some great songs and meeting great songwriters!
Next weekend you’ll find me playing solo in Wilmington at the Satellite Bar, 9:00, April 5. April 6 I’ll be playing at Morris St. Market on Oak Island, NC, and April 7 I’ll be celebrating Jordan Lake at Jordan Lake Farm near Pittsboro NC from 3-5 in the afternoon. More details later!
For now, I’ve got to get the axe in top form. It’s time for new strings and a little maintenance. See you soon…
It’s my birthday today! The wood stove is cranking, Red Dog is panting at my side, and I’ve got a day of writing and playing in the works. A little bit of business, too – we’re booking more and more shows for the spring and summer, which helps me to maintain the beach mentality when it’s 19 degrees outside. As long as I don’t have to resort to Jimmy Buffett, we’re golden.
On an unrelated note (Cut me some slack. It’s my birthday, and transitions are not my strong suit.), I’m currently consumed by The Tenth of December by George Saunders. I’ve been doing my best not to devour it in one huge gulp. I love the hilarity of his writing, and the fact that it expresses honestly the complexities of being alive. To him, no situation is ever black and white. No situation is even within the bounds of the visible light spectrum.
One day I hope to be able to write songs that are as expressive and genuine. I don’t mind if it takes me my whole life.
…I guess I better start with the transitions.
Thanks, friends, for making it possible for me to do it for another year. Here’s hoping there are many more.
In my family, a Christmas morning of coffe and cats jumping through wrapping paper is followed by a day of lazy play and reading. Since the aughts brought us the interwebs, our paper pleasures have morphed into a web surfing bonanza.
Some favorites from the post-Christmas computer binge:
This one, because it’s fantastically addictive, adorable, and pleasantly eerie.
This one, because I’m glad someone’s saying it.
This one, for the ground-breaking cinematography (obviously).
And don’t forget! If you want something by the 25th, order it soon! I will get orders in the mail the same day I receive them, and you can drop me a line at firstname.lastname@example.org if you’re late and want to rush shipment.
I am somewhat scrooge-ish and maintain that it’s too early to wish anyone a merry Christmas. I’ll give you my best holiday wishes now, just promise not to open them for a week.