Greetings, friends . . . and I say that quietly because there’s a dog sleeping next to me here on the sofa and she is clearly enjoying her snore-punctuated nap here, indoors where the temp is reasonable.
I’m still reeling from two incredible quartet shows last week–July 4 at FitzGerald’s 38th Annual American Music Festival, in Berwyn, IL, followed by another full house on July 5 in Columbus, OH, at Natalie’s up there in Worthington. We sure do appreciate you coming out to the shows–on both nights, y’all made our little musical bonfire set the whole joint ablaze. Who knew that not long after having a big ole’ bear hug with the mighty Jon Dee Graham backstage at FitzGerald’s, (and him declaring me a motherf*cker, in the most complimentary fashion) after his own incendiary set, that he would suffer a cardiac event, and end up in the dang hospital, where, it seems, we’re all always “out of network.” (Don’t get me started.) Let’s keep brother Jon in our thoughts as he makes what is expected to be a full recovery. The older you get . . . well, you know what I’m saying: count every day as a good one. Because it is.
Goin’ up the road feeling good next week–4 shows in Wisconsin and Minnesota, in trio formation:
THURS 7/18 NORTH STREET CABARET MADISON WI
FRI 7/19 HOOK & LADDER MINNEAPOLIS MN
SAT 7/20 KAXE MISSISSIPPI RIVER FESTIVAL GRAND RAPIDS, MN
MON 7/22 MUSICAL MONDAYS MILWAUKEE, WI
Ron Eoff and I will be joined by drummer extraordinaire Bobby Schneider, whom some of you Wisconsinites have seen playing with the great John Sieger, among others. Looking forward to these shows! Check venue listings, my own tour page, or the usual, Google, for more info.
Stuff I’ve been into lately: I loved the film Django Unchained, which my film expert daughter Charlotte exposed me to, though it still seems that a southern accent (not that there is only one) is the most elusive for any actor to absorb and maintain. Mr. DeCaprio, despite an otherwise great performance, talked like a Mississippian who’d had a slight stroke or other injury that flattened his tongue a bit, thereby establishing his character’s place of origin as being off in some kinda Hollywood Nether-land. This, I’m sure, was unintentional. Otherwise–great film, and one that runs much deeper than its very active surface. Currently I’m reading The Sympathizer, by Viet Thanh Nguyen, a novel which won the Pulitzer for fiction a few years back. Musically: Meade Lux Lewis and Miles Davis. (Sometimes a vocalist has to get away from vocals!)
I’ve also been back in the back room lately, doing some rough edits on various live recordings–(basically taking sets recorded as one file and breaking them up into individual song files)–will keep you posted on the developments! Patience, please . . . .
Hope to see you next week, Midwesterners–if you can’t be there, please share the news with someone who can! Coming up in a few weeks: California!