Archive | July, 2014

7/26/14. PiggyBack BBQ, Whitefish, MT

27 Jul

Our car was vibrating on the highway so we pulled over and the lug nuts were loose on one of our tires. Problem solved, we hurried down to Whitefish to set up and tune up and eat some amazing barbecue and fried okra and relax for a few minutes before playing. Absolutely perfect dry, hot weather; hot but not too hot. A great crowd outside that actually requested my originals instead of “Freebird.” Kidding, nobody really requests that. They often say it, but we all know that is a joke. The request, not the song. Someone did seriously request some Skynard at the Biker rally and I did play them “Simple Kind of Man.” This was a super fun evening. I have been thinking about just getting off of Facebook but posting my show did bring some people out that wouldn’t have come otherwise and so I have to admit that FB still has value even though most of it seems like a giant waste of time to me.

7/22/14. Farmer’s Market, Whitefish, MT

23 Jul

Perfect weather for this great ever expanding farmer’s market. At least until the intense lightning and rain that only lasted about fifteen minutes but soaked me pretty good while I was trying to save our gear from being water damaged. We were running around trying to get musical gear under the tent, running for tarps etc. I love playing this event

7/18/14, 7/19/14, and 7/20/14. Arts in the Park, Kalispell, MT

21 Jul

Linda and I have loved doing this event and this was our twelfth year doing the sound all day for three days for almost twenty performers. I played two days as well. It is almost like a real 9 to 5 job for us except that it is almost more real. An hour and fifteen commute each way and eleven hours at the park with lots of heavy lifting. We get a bit sleep deprived but it’s worth it.

Our sound gear is getting old and there some ghosts in the machines that we had to deal with, but our gear made it without any major issues and the weather was great except for a bit of rain the last day. We tarped everything and got a bit wet but our gear stayed pretty dry and then it stopped and we dried out. I found some giant cream cheese frosted cinnamon rolls to have with our morning coffee and eating it was like taking a psychedelic drug – it was so big and delicious and it made me so happy. The worst part of this event is at the very end when they pump out the port potties while we are packing up and we have to smell that smell. Nasty.

7/12/14. Mt. Marston Biker Rally at Jerry’s Saloon, Fortine, MT

15 Jul

Another hot and sunny day and this time there was no shade. Linda had to set up a shelter for Sam (playing drums) and I. We were going to get there early and set up early and be all prepared to shoot video with good audio but the World Cup was on and we had to watch the first half and so we rushed a bit to be ready in time, I hate that, rushing that is. It happens more often than I would like. Playing with Sam for two hours was amazing. I play solo most gigs because I can make more money that way, but what a great pleasure to play with a great drummer. It felt like I was being played, effortless. I would turn and stare at my guitar amp as if something else was producing the sound. I was the one playing, but it felt so much easier than playing alone, the drums driving me along, that I wasn’t sure it was me at times. I remember saying, “I don’t ever want to play alone again.” Well, the women’s mud wrestling was supposed to start at 6pm but it didn’t start until almost 9pm. I played solo for another three hours. Time flew by quickly, though, I didn’t realize that I had been playing for five hours until I was all done and then I realized how tired and hungry and thirsty I was. A great time.