Hi All -
It’s been a blustery winter here in Massachusetts. We’ve been living on Cloudberry Farm and have enjoyed connecting to the land a bit more- even though it’s more of an isolated existence compared to Jamaica Plain. Lefty and Kitty Cat Kodak are most pleased by our temporary relocation. Aside from looking after the little ones, Sybil has been busy as ever with her interior design foray with sister Farley (named SirTank Design after my old dog who years ago informed an animal talker friend of ours that he felt that Tank was a bit demeaning and he would prefer Sir Tank or Tankers) and I’ve had more time than I’ve had in years to work on new songs and unearth old ones.
For much of January, February and March I’d walk down to the cottage where my aunt and uncle used to live (now a halfway house for whichever brother is breezing through town) to light the wood stove and slog through the process (sometimes like wading through mud, but the occasional moments when you’re so deep in something that the physical things around you disappear - make it all worth it). On some of those cold February days, I’d swear I’d just get the cottage to a livable temperature and then the sun would be setting signally my work day done. My friends JR and Brad Corrigan both visited to play around a bit. I did a couple of shows in New Hampshire and a show in Virginia — (the show in Virginia was the coldest one by a long shot. - I kept having to stick my hand down my pants in-between songs and make up something to discuss with JR to buy some time to keep any kind of feeling).
Calling All Crows teamed up with Oxfam America at Aeronaut Brewing Company in Somerville, MA to commemorate National Women’s Day with some help from our friends in the killer band The Dingo Babies and a cameo from poster boy Darren Buck from The Hank Wonder Trio. I also went into my old junior high school for Martin Luther King Day to talk about activism and service — toughest crowd of the year so far - good kids, but man is that whole teaching thing tough.
Oh yeah, and there was a trip to Sundance Film Festival in Park City, Utah for a show and a some turns in the snow. I also went down to SXSW to play a couple shows and speak on a panel about doing service in the music industry that Pandora put together.
Spring is here and I’m on the edge of my seat waiting to see if the trees we transplanted into the ancient ashe stumps are going to take root. I've also been fixing up the old chicken coop in hopes of getting some feathered friends back on the farm. Also found a tick on me and so I’ve been taking a regiment of my veterinary aunt's horse antibiotics - makes you feel like a 100 bux.
As I look forward to the spring, JR and I are psyched join up with my friends in Elephant Revival for a little east coast run.
April 27 - Philadelphia, PA @ Ardmore - Tickets | Info
April 28 - Washington, DC @ 9:30 Club - Tickets | Info
April 29 - Boston, MA @ Paradise Rock Club - Tickets | Info
April 30 - Woodstock, NY @ Bearsville Theater - Tickets | Info
Then it's off to Europe with DISPATCH:
July 2 - Cologne, DE @ Summerjam Festival - Tickets | Info
July 3 - Wiesbaden, DE @ Raucherkammer - Tickets | Info
July 5 - Nuremberg, DE @ Hirsch - Tickets | Info
July 6 - Innsbruck, AT @ Weekender - Tickets | Info
July 7 - Innsbruck, AT @ Weekender (sold out)
July 8 - Feldkirch, AT @ Poolbar Festival - Tickets | Info
July 9 - Burg Clam, AT @ Harvest of Art Music Festival - Tickets | Info
Basically every Tuesday has been a nail biter to see where and how this election is breaking down. Supposedly the Bernie Sanders camp is going to reach out to see if i have any interest in playing some tunes somewhere — I’ll keep you all posted on that — I’m game - I love that guy.
Be well folks, spring is here, well it was here and then it left, but now it’s back. Thanks for your support.
Hi All -