This blog was written after I got back to Reno looking at the 60 polaroids I shot on tour. There will be plenty of pictures shortly as I get to scanning the road-worn instant photographs.
The tour was a broadly a 1,000-mile figure eight, centered on Manhattan. It began with a flight to La Guardia, a white rental Jeep and a drive through New Jersey to Delhi NY.
We hung out in the cool Shire Pub where we watched the Deadstring Brothers. At the end of the night we drove to Oneonta for the Super 8 and Denny’s breakfast. The next day we returned to Delhi and drove through the 1870 Fitches covered bridge over the west branch of the Delaware River for soundcheck and then played a set under the red and white tent.
Our friend Todd Russell was great to us and the down-home feel of the Taste of The Catskills was a downright wholesome experience. I got another Fuji Instax 210 for the trip. Here is the first shot with it, from the stage. These prints got beat up on the road, even though I put them into sleeves right away.
Immediately after our set, we drove to Pawlet Vermont to a venue called The Barn. The scallops I had were amazing. The crowd was enthusiastic and we had a great time. Our friend JD hooked us up with his gear for all of us. Later that night we crashed at his place and hung out with the Pawlet locals until very late. There was a whole bluegrass ensemble of instruments including an old snakehead Gibson mandolin I had a great time playing. It was cold in Vermont.
Gas stop, Salem VT. This barn is at Main and McDougall streets. While waiting around here, a lady pulled into the cramped parking area on the south side and slowly but surely backed her gray SUV into one of the huge boulders around the parking lot perimeter. Though we warned her repeatedly, all we could do was shake our heads.
The next day we made our way to New Paltz, NY.
There we had an impromptu show (booked that day) at Snug Harbor with the scheduled band, Cutthroat Shamrock.(Print was too dusty to worry about saving))
We met some nice folks, including large format photographer Gilbert. Unfortunately a drunken Indian accidentally knocked him to the ground and he left before we got too far in the photographer-geek-out talk.
There was some interesting experiences with the local law enforcement. Afterwards Rico and I went to the New Paltz diner and met a cool waitress. (Cali from New Jersey living in New York after Nebraska). She told us about evaluating menfolk; I had one plus mark for “hot activity” but a negative mark for “playing with rocks.”
Another Super 8 and diner breakfast-at-noon later, we made our way to La Guardia to return the Jeep, which we had easily turned into a raunchy touring van in just three days. None of us were familiar with New York so we stayed next door at the Comfort Inn. But we had to get to Avatar studios for some vocal overdubs with engineer Charlie Kramsky. We caught the M60 bus, and a nice gentleman named Miles helped us get onto subway in Harlem. It is cool how people help each other, especially if you look really lost and dirty. Our manager Darren Hagen met us at Columbus circle and took us to the studio.
After that, we checked out the venue of the planned after-party at Zirzamin.
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