Here’s the craziest part of this whole tour: I LOVE The Handsome Family’s music SO much and have for quite some time now. And I get to listen to them play after each Wildewood set once I get my things out of the way. Their songs transport me to the time when Wildewood was first playing together and I was much younger and much more foolish (except for my taste in music, of course).
Alex is sitting in on piano for Tiny Tina right now and Greg is enjoying a beer with James and Jesse. They have ended up being so helpful and fun to hang out with, and I’m not surprised. I’m writing this from the half of Axe & Fiddle that is a darkened closed book store.
Goodnight from Cottage Grove.
Jesse and James made it just in time to shoot our set. The drive from San Francisco to Arcata is so beautiful I’m surprised they made it at all.
Tonight Alex saved me from the craziest stage fright I’ve ever had… there was something in the air, I swear!
Rennie just asked the audience, “Which is more sexy, gravitational pulls or magnetic fields?” Tough question.
I love Arcata and I love this tour.
Stroll through Oakland with some ice cream, check.
Lunch at Russian River Brewery, check.
Eerie drive past the Redwood forest, check.
Those of you that know me know that I’m what most call a workaholic. This tour
makes all of the work I do in Albuquerque worth it. We’re about to play five nights in a row and after two days off we’re all ready to play again. It’s been especially cool to have Jesse and James along for the ride. Glad they’re with us till Portland.
We had a full day off in San Francisco and I was lucky enough to catch the evensong service at Grace Cathedral. To get there I walked up steeper hills than I ever could have imagined. A good day of wandering and discovering.
Thanks, Travel Channel.
About to enjoy Andersen’s delicious split pea soup.
The sunset was beautiful. A long day of driving has almost come to a close and we’ve got Hank Williams and Waylon Jennings crooning to us all the way to Bakersfield. Goodnight to day 1!
Anticipating the exchange. We’ve got an Albuquerque start to the tour (where “let’s leave by 9:30” means “sometime Friday”). Tele, Gretsch, Hofner, and some pedals are my official gear for the road thanks to The Handsome Family letting us backline. I’m ready to go. Actually, I’ve been ready for about a year. That highway is just waitin…