I was down in
the woods below our house yesterday and heard frogs for the first time this year
and realized how the year is turning. On Sunday I was at Mt. Baker with my
son, Orion, and I realized there is still winter to be enjoyed. In this transition,
I'm reflecting on the last few months and an amazing adventure.
Gentri and I
began our Winter tour at the Green Frog in Bellingham, WA on the last day of January.
We had such a great turnout and such a warm response - we felt so blessed that it
made it hard to imagine that our trip could get any better before we even left town.
We jumped on a plane the next morning and flew to Las Vegas, my dear friend and
brother, Dave Spillman picked us up at the N. Vegas airport and flew us in his little
sexy Comanche Twin to Flagstaff. We played Flagstaff Brewing Company that
night to a crowd of Grand Canyon river runners and old friends. Again, blessed
and so grateful for all the support and love. The following night we headed
down to Skull Valley with no idea what we we're getting into or how many people
would show up to a show in the desert middle of nowhere AZ. Again, blessing
and probably the most intimate evening we've played so far. Then we were off
to Kanab, Utah. That show will remain for me one of the more profound experiences
I've had in my life. I've been playing my music in my river community for
so long around the fire and on the beach along the Colorado River, and at the back
of the boat; to be on a stage was uncomfortable in its formality and incredibly
gratifying in the same breath. From there, Gentri and I parted. She headed back to AZ to spend some time with her dad and lead
a Yoga course on Lake Powel, and I headed to finish off the tour with Katherine
Beck in Oregon. We had two shows in Portland –
one at Pints Urban Taproom and the other at Shaker and Vine. Both shows were a blast in very different ways, and again, so
many friends and family showed up in support.
Among the tour days, Maketa and I have been
playing shows in Minnesota and Tacoma, Washington, continuing our ever expanding
journey to connect music with social justice and education. We are headed to Portland tomorrow to work with a group of high
school students at Oregon Episcopal School.
We’re back in Oregon next week. Gentri, Katherine, our good friend Stephan
Connella, and I have a radio show in Eugene on Tues. March 13, a show at Axe and
Fiddle in Cottage Grove that night at 8, a show at a so far unidentified location
on Thursday night, a show with the Portland Music Collective on Friday night, and
Tim’s Tavern in Seattle on Saturday night.
Events are posted on Facebook at
Come on out if
you are in the Eugene, Portland, or Seattle area.
If you’re not, as always we appreciate it if you let your people know
I really want
to thank all the people who have offered us support and incredible hospitality –
from media and promotion to guest rooms and in the case of Dave Spillman –
private plane transportation, driving, and 4 star accommodations
– and (we must include Stephen Connella) undeserved rodie services.
Thank you and deep, deep, heartfelt gratitude
to Dave and Katherine Spillman, Kelly Grey and Richard, Marty and Sara Mathis, Art
Thevenin, Jessie Rey, Joy Lawrence, Stephen Connella, Susan Hand, Allan Gillman,
Desert Dog Productions, the City of Kanab, Grand Canyon Expeditions, AZRA, Colorado
River and Trial, Western River Expeditions, Peak Audio, Briddick Webb, and Christian
In closing, this
is a hard game with two kids at home and thank you to my beautiful wife, Naomi. It was a hard road to get the “Secrets
Like Bones” album out. It’s an even harder
thing to get it out there. There has
been a part of me that hoped that touring would be a flop and I could just give
up the dream. Well, you all are making
quitting very difficult and I thank you for that.
I don’t know where the hell this is all going but I’ve been feeling
a spirit on stage I haven’t felt in the last 10 years of playing music on
the road. I’m not ready to give
up. I want to continue giving this
gift in support of justice, harmony, sustainability, and community. Keep in touch and I will continue to get closer to your town
or rural community!