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AMA week, so far

Been a great week here in Music Business City. Perfect weather for anything, including the Americana Music Association’s annual Festival/Conference. I’ve done little business, but have made some music–and that continues tonight and tomorrow with two quartet shows: tonight I’ll be playing the Family Wash along with Amelia White and Margo Price; Saturday afternoon I’ll be at Grimey’s Americanarama at 2 pm.  Hope to see you there, if you’re around these parts. We’ll be doing a few new songs that have been recorded for the new project, as well as  . . . who knows?

As is usual with a Todd Snider gig,  I had no idea of what was going to happen beforehand, other than having been invited to sit in on Down to the Well at The Cannery on Wednesday night. At soundcheck that afternoon, though, it became apparent that I would sit in with the band for pretty much the entire set. Such a pleasure–Todd, Dave Schools, Jesse Aycock, Duane Trucks, and Chad Staehly of Hard Working Americans put me completely at ease. So did the large and enthusiastic crowd. Great fun to have Elizabeth Cook and other friends Jeff Austin and Vince Herman up there with us, too. Last night I went down to the Wash to see my friend Amy McCarley play a set, accompanied by Joe V. McMahan. Got there early and heard a great set by The Smoking Flowers; Amy and Joe followed with terrific performances of songs from her new release, Jet Engines, produced by Kenny Vaughan. My old friend Jeff Black silenced the room (which can often be a little chatty) with his timeless songs and impeccable delivery, and Kim Richey and Mando Saenz closed–two great singer-songwriters who can really sing–and when they sang together . . . well, I’m not sure I can put it into words. Stark raving beautiful? At least.

Upcoming shows in Louisville, KY(opening for the mighty Government Cheese), Ashland, VA and Huff’s Church, PA! 

Happy weekend, wherever you may be–

 

 

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Early September Update: That Vicodin Confidence

 

clouds over Lincoln Parish, LA (8-31-14)

clouds over Lincoln Parish, LA (8-31-14)

Well, I intended to post something before taking off for Louisiana early on August 30, but didn’t quite get there. I offer the usual apologies for my relative silence over the last several days, but maybe we all needed a break, ha ha. I’ve been more of a lurker online lately–busy with gigs and other issues (see below)–and sometimes . . . sometimes . . . if you can believe it: I just don’t FEEL like being such a relentless self-promoter. It’s not always who I am, for better/worse. So, anyways, onward and upward:

Had a good time on my trip–the best part being the fellowship with my pals Bill Davis(from Dash Rip Rock), and Monty Russell. Though our shows were under-attended (ah, the joys of high school and college football . . .), I really enjoyed sharing songs with these very talented gentlemen, and just hanging out. I hope we can plan another round of these shows, maybe when the head-knocking/pigskin chasing (on Fridays and Saturdays, at least) has finished up its season. I get it, totally–it’s a Fall thing, and man, am I ready for some Fall. And, my touring down south isn’t exactly “seasonal” . . . no matter when you missed me, I’ll always be back!

 

Monty Russell at the BEATnik, New Orleans

Monty Russell at the BEATnik, New Orleans

 

Had another joyous dentistry-on-the-road incident while I was down there, with the same tooth that caused the prior trouble a few years back; ended up seeing a dentist in New Orleans, and getting some pain meds and antibiotics. Didn’t affect the shows, really, though that night at The BEATnik I did refer to a phenomenon I called the “Vicodin confidence effect”–during which my mistakes felt just as good as the better parts . . . . At Spirits in Alexandria last Friday we had a good crowd; I felt fine on the gig, but when I got back to the hotel my tooth was killing me, so much that I thought I was going to be making a lonely 3 a.m. trip to a local ER for some kind of mercy. But–I upped my medication a bit, got some sleep, and felt better Saturday morning, I suppose because the penicillin had started working. But who knew (well, my dentist did): adding ibuprofen to the mix did wonders–swelling down, pain gone. I’m fine now; got it checked out yesterday, and all we can do now is see if the infection comes back–if not, I’m FREE! If so, then it’s back to the endodontist.

Going back into the studio tomorrow and Thursday with Ron Eoff, Paul Griffith, and Joe V. McMahan; please send those good vibes our way! 

Yes, the sponsorship campaign is still rolling strong–jump aboard, kids, it’s fun! More info here: http://kg.kevingordon.net/2013-sponsorship-campaign/

 

 

 

 

 

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Waiting on my (appliance repair) man: shows this week/a zen rant

Waiting on my (appliance repair) man: shows this week/a zen rant

Happy Tuesday, friends and lurkers,  I had a fantastic, if exhausting, solo run over the weekend; just got back last night. Audiences strong in number and enthusiasm make a troubadour feel damned fine. I thank you for being there, listeners and hosts. Thanks too, to my booking agent, Rodney Metoyer, for making all of these […]

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So long, PA, NY; hello Iowa, Missouri

So long, PA, NY; hello Iowa, Missouri

On my way to Iowa City today, for the first of 3 shows this week. Had a very restful night at Gary and Joann’s in St. Louis; what highway angels they are to house me (and many many other troubadours) on my way through. Yep, the coffee is working its magic; the cinnamon roll is […]

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