October 2016 Newsletter
Thursday, September 29, 2016
LIVING THE DREAM
Autumn is my favorite time of the year in New England. Aside from the deeply evocative seasonal changes--crisp nights of woodsmoke mingling with the final strains of the crickets and katydids--it's also a busy time professionally. I have traditionally reserved Octobers for staying closer to home, hitting my favorite spots in the region and reconnecting with audiences who have literally watched me grow up.
Not this year. I'm writing this from the Josh Ritter tour bus, which has been our rolling home for the last week or so. I wake in a different city every day, having driven (or more accurately, having been driven) through the night after the previous gig. We've been staying south thus far (Alabama, Georgia, etc), where the 90-degree days have been anything but crisp. We're mostly opening for the gracious and completely bad-ass Jason Isbell, though we have some headlining shows of our own as well. All in all, it's part rock n' roll dream, part dad vacation.
Though I reflexively miss my autumn routines and traditions, it's also a bit of a relief to have basically one job to do. It's the first time in 9 years I don't have to juggle any other responsibilities besides putting on a great show for people who go through the trouble of getting a babysitter, buying tickets and coming out to hear some good music. My entire day is spent thinking about these shows. Is all my gear working properly and set up as best it can be? What songs will Josh want to play, and do I need to rehearse anything on my own time? Are my stage clothes clean? How is my voice feeling? These are all relatively small responsibilities, but they help me do my job to the best of my ability and that's why I'm here.
Of course I wouldn't have the luxury of such singlemindedness without my family and our friends helping take care of business at home. I'm deeply grateful for their hard work that allows me the opportunity to be on this tour, and in part I honor them by being the best I can be. I miss them like hell, but I'll get to see them in a couple weeks when the tour rolls briefly through New England. And as an added bonus, I look forward to the fall foliage, a perfectly tart apple, and that hint of woodsmoke on the cool evening breeze.
Next month, it's back to reality (and shows of my own!). For now, I'm living the dream.
MP3 of the MONTH: I apologize if I've released this song once before as an mp3 of the month, I honestly can't remember. But I neglected to prepare an October track before I left on this trip, and all my audio archives are at home. This is an acoustic demo of a song that never quite took flight called "Satisfied Man." I know it doesn't sound like much, but it is FREE for the month of October on my Bandcamp page. Download it HERE. Enjoy!
Tue Oct 4th - The Kent Stage, Kent OH - 8 pm
Thu Oct 20th - Ponte Vedra Music Hall, Ponte Vedra FL - 7:30 pm
I'm very excited to be able to open a couple of Josh Ritter's headlining shows on this tour. Honestly, I'll have to find a way to get my brain back into my own songs again, but have no fear, I will get there! I've never played either of these towns or venues before, so I don't know what to expect. But YOU can expect a great show. Guaranteed.
The Jason Isbell tour, with special guest Josh Ritter, rolls on:
Sun Oct 2 - Des Moines IA
Mon Oct 3 - Grand Rapids MI
Tue Oct 4 - Kent OH
Wed Oct 5 - Hershey PA
Thu Oct 6 - Syracuse NY
Sat Oct 8 - New Haven CT
Sun Oct 9 - Portland ME
Tue Oct 11 - Burlington VT
Wed Oct 12 - Lowell MA
Thu Oct 13 - Concord NH
Fri Oct 14 - Red Bank NJ
Sat Oct 15 - Greensboro NC
Sun Oct 16 - Columbia SC
Tue Oct 18 - Fort Myers FL
Wed Oct 19 - Clearwater FL
Thu Oct 20 - Ponte Vedra FL
Fri Oct 21 - Mobile AL
Sat Oct 22 - New Orleans LA
ON THE HORIZON:
Nov 4-5 - Moab Folk Festival, Moab UT
Nov 12 - Parlor Room, Northampton MA
Nov 18 - Passim, Cambridge MA
Dec 3 - South Shore Folk Music Club, Kingston MA
Dec 4 - Tamworth Lyceum, Tamworth NH
Dec 16 - Club Passim, Cambridge MA (Under the Covers with Jake Armerding, Rose Cousins & Zachariah Hickman)