Friends far and wide, greetings from I-40 Eastbound, in the beautiful state of Oklahoma! We are in route to Memphis for the Beale St Blues Fest.
The last two weeks proved not for the road weary. As luck would have it we embarked on a ten show run with fellow Carolinians the Avett Brothers, which routed from Oakland to Reno to Boulder, Tuscon, Pheonix, the Stagecoach Festival in Indio CA, back up to Sacramento, Santa Cruz, and finally down to scenic San Diego.
It was a complete honor to support these brothers, as they have been road burning since we met early in the 2000's, and whipping the greater part of the world's music enthusiasts into a frothing frenzy of ultimate fandom. As our good friend Greg Cimino put it "The Avetts are white hot." Sounds hot to me.
We complimented each other well, and I think we made some new friends in the towns we visited. We definitely rekindled friendship with the Avetts, as time had us on quite separate trajectories for a spell.
We had a good ole time at Stagecoach. Golden Voice puts on one fine festival. All the crew was very hospitable and carted us around in golf carts and plied us with noon thirty libations.
Our trailer was right next to legendary country star Little Jimmy Dickens, he spent a long time making the Grand Ole Opry extra special.
Good picture of Adam Grace and Dickens here.
Our show was great. Mid way through the set the power shut off which brought us to an impromptu a Capella set which went over real well with the crowd. All in all it was spectacular.
On the last night of the tour, during our signature last number "Pure Mountain Angel", the Avetts graced the stage with a bombardment of energy and crowd jubilation. They worked us into a frenzy.
Remarkable, remember able times! It was great bonding with the brothers again. We are all still super touched by the experience.
A lot can be said of their purity of purpose.
And the fact that twenty of their songs are stuck in my head.
And twenty different tunes are stuck in Timmy's head.
It was a blast.
Tomorrow Memphis, the lineup: T&Sco, John Hiatt, Band Of Horses, & Alison Krauss. Then the Midwest and then the record drops May 25, celebration at the Grey Eagle in Asheville, NC!