Friday, August 22, 2008

Tour pics, part 3

These are the last of them. Washington DC to Nashville in 4 days. Go take a look.

Wednesday, August 20, 2008

Tour pics, part two

Here they are! These cover from 7/31 to 8/5.

Tuesday, August 19, 2008

Natural Bridge

Disclaimer: this is one of those stream of consciousness blogs, like those I used to write. If it don't make sense, then it don't make sense.

To get my head clear after the tour, we went camping in eastern Kentucky. There's a state park I wanted to check out. It was a nice trip, but I had a premonition. And so there was terrible unexpected news in my great Aunt's side of the family.
After visiting with her, we toured through Morehead and on down to West Liberty. It is always emotional for me to return to the homeland of my mom's side. Our family was so prominent in the early days of Kentucky. Like so many people, our family history is laced with the changes brought about by migration, frontier life, then world wars and the industrial revolution. These thoughts seem to overtake me each time I've visited. I always feel sad for the death of my great uncle Arthur, and how sad it must've been for them all and how sad death during war is for every family.

A long hike up to the arch, and a beautiful drive through Red River gorge helped clear my head. The indian food in Lexington helped clear my sinuses, and then we returned all the way across Kentucky. The only answer I have as to why I temporarily settled way out here instead of out there, a seemingly more obvious choice, is exactly the lack of those family ties and my connection with them. I really thought I could focus on my songs and my musicianship away from 'it all.' Furthermore, it is probably a good thing that the not-so-nice things I have to say about this part of Kentucky are more about Henderson, Daviess, and Ohio counties and the folks who live here, than about Kentucky in general.

Be that as it may, I am becoming more southern in certain ways and longed to be back here many points along the way on my cross country tour with Hellbound Glory. Eastern Kentucky is a place I will return to many times in the future. For now, I am trying to feel my way to Nashville. It seems as though I am no closer to a foothold in geomorphology or music than when I left Reno. Many things are happening now that defy my understanding but are bolstering my spirit as I set my sights on getting to work.

Monday, August 18, 2008

Natural Bridge

What is it like in Kentucky? Well, it's beautiful.

And the layer of American 'propaganda' is insidious when it is not overt. Call it what you want.

These photos were from a really nice camping trip to celebrate my return after a three week tour with Hellbound Glory. Monday, August 18, 2008. More photos from Natural Bridge in the full album. There's some shots of Morehead, KY, too.

Wednesday, August 13, 2008

Travel pics

Today I managed to get through the first five days of photos. Here are my pictures!

home again

We had a cool jam session before the boys headed home for Reno. Haven't had too many visitors to our Kentucky home, so that was fun. In the coming weeks I'll try to put up photo sequences. Some of the best photos came from days of lousy shows. Funny that way. For example, Buffalo was one of our most fun shows, but because of that, my camera didn't even get out of the case. Same with Raleigh, NC.

I lost:
2 rechargeable batteries
1 bandana
1 SonyEricson w810 and charger

I broke my iPod and two harmonicas.

Now I have time to figure out all of the wild shit we saw and heard, and regroup for the move to Nashville that I came out here for.

Thursday, August 7, 2008

Tonight begins our 4 shows in the south

We're now im north carolina. Hard to believe that last thursday we were in wisconsin. New york was a beautiful state to spend a couple of days in. I got to catch up with my old friend orion from high school in brooklyn. That show was like playing back home at davidson's on a tuesday. Afterwards we escaped NYC down the jersey turnpike and stayed at a nice place called Lums Pond in delaware. We got to d.c. At about 5 yesterday and had time to walk all around the memorials and such. I have taken 812 pictures so far! But my time is rapidly coming to an end with 4 shows remaining. The show im d.c. Was not well attended even though there were 4 bands. Billy woodward put on a good show, but only he stuck around for our set. There was a duo from oxford mississippi. Something about a kick drum of death. Anyway, this kid john had Adam Gussow for an american studies class. Small world since that guy's you tube lessons helped of a lot; i'm even 'featured' on it for a few songs on this trip. Which is a very cool. People seem to dig my harp playing. In the future i'll have an amp just for harp.
Well, it's good to be back in the south. Though i've had my trials in kentucky, yet the south is my home now. I look forward to getting things going with work and music when i am off tour. I met so many folks to follow up with and over all, i've been getting much needed validation about my musicianship.

Tuesday, August 5, 2008

Multimedia message

While driving south of syracuse, i spotted a sign for the new york state country music museum and rv park. So we bought a bottle of jameson and proceeded to have a rowdy evening off. We were running through the woods without lights. The crazy stories we've heard, the cool and strange people have really made things interesting. We play in brooklyn tonight. I'm excited to get back to the south. Our nashville gig has a change of venue. Details soon.

Saturday, August 2, 2008

Off to cleveland

We're now headed to cleveland. Being on the road is tough because every night is a new crowd, often unfriendly or small. I've been playing harp on a couple songs; sounds pretty good. I'm hanging in and the band gets tighter every show. It's fun to do it in fast forward by playing every night. I like seeing the country, but the way this outfit goes, we spend a lot of time in parking lots.

Friday, August 1, 2008


We made it to detroit. Pretty haggard. Opted for all night driving beating chicago traffic. I haven't slept for shi t. We're all doing fine.

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