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Thacker Mountain Radio / On Tour with Todd Snider / 30-A Fest

Greetings from here, the tail end of January; hard to believe. Seems like I was just in London, spilling fabulously expensive red wine on someone’s fabulously expensive carpet (on New Year’s Eve) as we were leaving the party; my way of putting a cap on the festivities, I suppose. Oops. It’s always come a little too naturally to me to play the “ugly American”–though our hosts that evening were extremely gracious, despite my being absolutely ZERO help with the world geography quiz. Since getting home a few days later, it’s been a pretty chill opening to the new year—but I have a few gigs coming up, and thought I’d spread the word:

This Thursday, January 31, you’ll find me in quartet formation (w/Joe V. McMahan, Ron Eoff, and Joshua Hunt), playing the awesome Thacker Mountain Radio Hour, at Off Square Books in Oxford, MS. It’s broadcast live on Mississippi Public Broadcasting, and we close the show—you’ll get three or four songs from us. In addition to the live broadcast Thursday at 6:00 p.m. CST, it’s also rebroadcast on Saturday at 7 pm on Mississippi Public Broadcasting. If you’re attending live and in person, admission is free. For those of you off in the distance–tune in! It’s been a long time since I’ve played this show and it’s always been a great experience. 

Then, starting on February 12, I’ll be opening several shows for the mighty Todd Snider, who I’m proud to count among my friends. All the dates should be on my schedule, as well as his; of course always follow up with a visit to the venue’s site, for any show you’re thinking about attending. I’ll be on the tour bus for this one, and man am I ever relieved that I don’t have to pilot the minivan on this one. Always a blast touring with Todd—hope to see you out there! You can find my schedule at  

 It’s twenty degrees or so outside today, and though I thoroughly loved playing the 10th Annual 30-A Songwriters Festival down in Florida recently, I tell ya: it was pretty chilly down there too. But I got to hear a few of my favorite people/artists, in addition to playing two rounds with great folks (Will Stewart, Korby Lenker, and Ryan Culwell) and conducting a workshop on Sunday morning at 10am: one night my pal Aaron Lee Tasjan was blowing the roof off the place around the corner from where I was staying; the next night I heard John Fullbright, my friend Amy McCarley (who has a fabulous new album produced by Kenny Vaughn coming out soon), and later that same night(night of the full/blood/wolf moon), the astounding Darrell Scott. After Darrell’s set we all stood in the parking lot looking straight up at the odd red circle up there among the stars, while a fellow who may be a full-time wanderer in this world recited poetry to us out loud. It’s the strange little moments like this that I love about traveling. Anyway, thanks to festival producer Russell Carter, his staff, and all of the extra-helpful staff and volunteers at the venues who helped load gear in and out, sell merch, etc. And I can probably speak for at least a few of my fellow troubadours when I say that we do notice these “little” things, and appreciate them very much.

Yes, in case you’re wondering, I still have a few copies of my latest release, Tilt and Shine, recently ranked #2 in Paste’s Top Ten Roots and Blues Albums of 2018, available for purchase:

CDs and Vinyl LPs:

Digital downloads & streaming: Well, you know. All those usual places.

I’ll spare you another childhood tale today–though that last one was fun to write; some things in there I hadn’t thought about in years. I’ll ramble on again sometime soon. Thanks for reading!

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