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Iowa, July 2013

I recently spent a week rolling around Iowa, playing shows in Des Moines, Knoxville, Burlington, and Pomeroy. Just about every day that I was on the road, the weather was this sort of perfect: sunny with rolling clouds that seemed to go on forever. On Sunday morning outside my room at the Arrowhead Motel in Burlington it was 66 degrees. In July. It felt like September in Iowa, or October in Tennessee. Saturday evening before I played Burlington I walked the two blocks from the venue down to the water, to hang out by that “big river” that I cross so often in my travels. Sat on a bench, no one else around except a few fishing boats scattered across the water. A cool breeze carried some good, if undefinable, smells coming from the Drake, a restaurant nearby. I guess I’m stating the obvious to say that damn, it felt so good to be sitting out in the weather, staring at an endless cerulean sky, the only lens being my rx sunglasses; no camera, no windshield. And when I do take photos, (yes, Mom, often while going 75 mph) the effect is never the same–I know things are inevitably reduced because of the digital conversion of the “analog” subject–but it feels like something else–maybe the change from 3-D to 2-D . . . but the images always fail me. The “nowness” of the experience isn’t there, either. Ain’t nothin’ like the real thing, baby . . .

Heading to Little Rock to play the White Water tonight, our pal Isaac Alexander opens, 9:30pm; Saturday we’re at MOLA Music Fest in Monroe, LAstill great deals on VIP tickets, folks. Check out the details at I’ll be playing guitar for north Louisiana’s own Chris Canterbury, at 3pm, then I play at 6pm, with Paul Griffith and Ron Eoff, two guys who know how to get you into trouble, but also know how to get you out.  Music from 2-10pm, at the ULM baseball stadium.

Thanks to all who came out to the Iowa shows–I had a great time with you, and look forward to the next one.

In case you were wondering, yes, the sponsorship campaign continues for the new recording. To date we’ve raised $5K towards the tentative goal of $20K. Wa-hoo! Find out more here:

See you out there–


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