Archive | June, 2008

6/20/08. Portneuf Brewing Co, Pocatello, ID

20 Jun

We spent most of the morning in our motel room, a nice little vacation. It’s nice to not have to drive and just hang and cook up some food in the room and watch tv. We finally saw the rest of The Karate Kid – it’s been on a lot whenever we are at motels and we usually only catch a bit of it before having to leave for the gig or sleep or push on driving (it seems like it’s on all the time). The show tonight was at a local brewery that had really good beer. I enjoyed playing there and it was nice to talk shop with some of the musicians from the night before.

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6/19/08. First National Bar, Pocatello, ID

19 Jun

We like this town quite a bit. It is a college town and pretty small, surrounded by mountains, but with enough here to keep it interesting. We weren’t really ready to hit the road again, it woulda been nice to be home but once you’ve driven 8 hours you forget about home and you are where you are. Traveling definitely compresses time, I believe. Yesterday feels like a week ago, you just see and experience so much, I guess. I did a stripped down set at this very western looking bar, nice place. I was the featured artist and afterward there was open mic. Kinda fun to be a stranger at an open mic in a new town. Some good players here. Most people played old cover songs so I was definitely the only one playing originals and with a looper. The bartender told me, “I’ve never seen anything like that here before, you rocked”.

6/15/08. Wedding at Wapato Point Winery, Lake Chelan, WA

15 Jun

So we puttered along yesterday, taking our time and taking in Guitar Center and great Korean food for lunch. We had a little hippie fest on a patch of grass under a tree in the mall parking lot. Eric and I changed our strings with Vinnie sprawled out on the grass and it was great watching people driving by staring at us like we were from the 60’s or something. We hit a Mexican grocery store in Bridgeport that was great and a taco truck and found a campground that was super nice on the Columbia River, but super full, so we pressed on to Alta Lake. It was also full of hundreds of people camping, but there was enough space in this little city of tents and rvs for us. It is strange to “camp” amongst so many people and showers etc, but it was fun. We had a great conversation on politics and the world and how it could be better than it is. I think we came close to solving the world’s problems, but I’m not sure if we have the resources to put our new system into place. Maybe if we can sell a few more cd’s… We had to wake up at 7 am,way too early, thanks to the sun and people up and about and a big dog with a low bark that I believe enjoyed barking just to hear it echo all the way down to the lake.

The wedding went great. It got hot there under the desert sun, but we sweated and survived and people sweated and danced and we jumped in the lake (cold) afterwards. Congratulations Hillary and Rob!

6/13/08. Eichardt’s, Sandpoint, ID

13 Jun

This was the first gig with a band for quite some time. We rehearsed two times and here we are playing at Eichardt’s on a friday night. Vinnie on the drums and Eric on the 8 string bass/guitar and me doing my thing. I got to use my looper as well and it worked out pretty well, most of the time, anyway. It’s great to have other musicians to play with up on stage with me. I hope I can do more touring with a band this year. We camped out tonight, that was a nice change from the motel routine as well.

6/2/08. Whitefish Farmer’s Market, Whitefish, MT

2 Jun

A beautiful afternoon, no rain, no wind. It’s been raining here almost every day so I was very grateful for the sunshine. It’s a great scene here, it was nice to be a part of it again, thank you Jay.