Hope you’re having a great weekend watching those temps fall, my fellow northern hemispherians. (No, I don’t think that’s a word either, but you know what I mean.) Before I get started finishing my ’14 income taxes, (no, I’m not joking) I thought I’d sit down in front of the warm glow of the iMac and let you know what’s going on in my world this week:
1) Our World Cafe session airs THIS TUESDAY, Oct. 20. Check your local public radio station schedule for broadcast time in your area. I played a few songs with the band (Joe McMahan, Adam Bednarik, and Josh Hunt), and talked with host David Dye in between; we recorded this at the WXPN studios in Philadelphia, PA back in September. If you can’t catch it Tuesday, I think the sessions are archived for a while on the WXPN site.
2) Speaking of PA, if you are in the area, or just feel like traveling, I hope you can make it out to one of my favorite places anywhere, Landhaven, in the village of Huff’s Church, for my record release show there this coming Saturday, Oct. 24. There might even still be rooms available if you want to stay over, but they will go fast. I’ll be joined by Ron Eoff on bass, and Paul Griffith on drums. Yep, these guys played on the records. All of ’em! This will be a special night, one of a few “Gene Shay Presents” shows of the Landhaven Fall Concert Series. Mr. Shay is a legendary figure in the history of Philadelphia radio(well, radio period!); just “do the Google” to find out more about him. This is sure to be a special night–please get your tickets early, before this one sells out!
3) Looking ahead, I’ll play the Family Wash here in my beloved and overdeveloped 37206, on Friday, Oct. 30, with Ron Eoff, Paul Griffith, and Joe V. McMahan. Looking a little further ahead, the 4 of us will play Music City Roots, down in Franklin TN, on Wednesday, November 4. Freakishly phenomenal keyboardist Tyson Rogers will be with us that night, too.
Don’t forget that the new record, Long Gone Time, is available here and just about everywhere online, as well as at your local independent record store. Renowned author/cultural historian Peter Guralnick recently said about LGT: “I think it’s Kevin’s best yet — and that’s saying something.” And those t-shirts have also been getting rave reviews–check them out here!
We had a great tour up in the northeast earlier this month. Thanks to all of you who attended the shows, promoted the shows, hosted us, bought stuff to keep fuel in the rental Suburban(same price as the minivan; I couldn’t help myself); or were just plain nice (certain toll booth attendants do stand out!). I had a fine time playing WDVX’s Blue Plate Special again, on the way north. And I think that my good friend and incredible bassist Steph Graham would join me in thanking two extraordinary drummers for jumping into our little conflagration: John Sands, and my old friend Marco Giovino. Thanks also to Sue, John, and Folk Alley Senior Director of Content Linda Fahey for such a great time recording, eating, and hiking up at Saranac Lake, NY. (Stay tuned for details on the premier of our Folk Alley session.) I’m still talking about that soup at The Shamrock! And my interview on Sirius/XM‘s Freewheelin’ show on their Road Dog channel in NYC was a lot of fun, with hosts Meredith Ochs and Jack Grace.
Have a great week!
With love and gratitude–