Friday, February 29, 2008
Gig tonight at Mojo's in Columbia, MO. Good Jamaican chicken. This is a college town. But guess what the local Vox newspaper had to say about the show? "Americana Crooner specializes in No-Frills, boot tapping, confederate-flag waving southern Country." Jesus, I thought I might get lynched. But the gig went well, although it was a Rock n' Roll club. Tomorrow we do KDHX radio in St. Louis, then onward to a gig with Gretchen Peters in Mt. Olive, IL, where Mother Jones is burried, and there's the last working gas station on route 66. Paying our dues.
Great Thursday night gig at Knuckleheads, it was good to see our old friends Corky and Bill from Village Records. These guys are your best resource for Americana music http://www.villagerecords.com/, also John Yuelkenbeck who runs our main website and is a Thursday bartender at Dave's Stage Coach Inn. Knuckleheads is located on the edge of Kansas City, but somehow it works. Freight trains pass by every half hour and the sound of moaning whistles melted in perfectly with the new songs like The Most Dangerous Woman in America about Mother Jones. We move on to Columbia, MO and Mt. Olive, IL through the Heartland. I've been doing new songs like "Don't Look Down", "Darkness Visible", "Santa Ana Wind", "Guadalupe", "Crosses of San Carlos", and "Mississippi River Running Backwards."
Thursday, February 28, 2008
Here we are in Kansas City beginning another Midwest Tour, alongside another US-Highway. Highway 70 East, there's a Taco Bell outside and 200 semi-trucks pass every 5 minutes. Stay tuned for further happenings! Just got back from Memphis, where we got the award for "Song of the Year" for "Who's Gonna Build Your Wall?" and sang with Ian Tyson when he got a life-time achievment award from ASCAP. Bob Dylan sent a letter of congratulations to Ian.