Monday, June 20, 2011

Yesterday I performed at Washburn Days in Washburn, ND. It was the third show in a row where I arrived from a trucking run with only minutes to spare before going on stage.

After the first set, Hana and I walked down Main Street to check out an antique car show. By chance we saw a flyer advertising a James Talley show--that very night, at a barn only five miles away!

James Talley, in case you don't know of him, is a great American songwriter. My dad often played his Tryin' Like the Devil album back in the mid-70s, and I used to perform his song, "Are They Gonna Make Us Outlaws Again?"

We made it to the show, which was terrific, and afterward we struck up a friendship with him and his wife, Janice. Wonderful people. I bought three of his new CDs (Happy Father's Day, Dad!), and received a fourth, a Woody Guthrie tribute album, in trade for one of mine.

I look forward to corresponding with Mr. Talley in the near future. I'll need a mentor if I'm gonna keep troubadouring, and he'd be a dandy one.

6 comments:

Anonymous said...

Whats yer fav truck stop, whats the worst? is the walcott ID stop the biggest in the world?

Sandman said...

I used to like Flying J's, but Pilot bought them out recently and their food isn't as good. Now it's more fast food, less sit-down. And Pilot's fuel is slightly higher, too. We roll 22 hours a day so we don't hang out much in truck stops except to fuel up and eat. I've never been to the Walcott, ID, truck stop....

Anonymous said...

How about a trucking song ie "Driving my Life Away". When will you retire from the diesel and dust?

Sandman said...

I've got one I'm working on tentatively called "Gravity of a Homeward Bound Semi." Not sure when I'll quit . . . I meant to quit this year but got sucked back in.

Shane said...

Hey man, i been listening to your stuff for years and have only just found this here blog. I'm from Australia and really would encourage you to come out here and tour the pubs. Keep up the good work you're one of my favorite muso's...

Shane

P.S Do you have a facebook or Myspace

Nothing like free advertising in Australia

Sandman said...

Shane,

Thanks for your comment. I'd love to visit Australia one of these days. I've never been overseas, so I'm due for a trip somewhere. Email me your email and I'll start an Australia folder (rappincowboy@hotmail.com).

My FB page: http://www.facebook.com/christsand

I haven't used Myspace for a year or two, but here it is: http://www.myspace.com/sandmantherappincowboy

Chris