Tuesday, April 30, 2019

So much has happened, IS happening, since my last blog post.

Besides the constant rewards and challenges of parenting and work . . .

I started a BEAT HAPPENING cover band with my friends Bente & Drew. We opened for CALVIN JOHNSON at The Roxy Theater. Then we were featured on ANDRAS JONES' amazing RADIO8BALL podcast: https://www.radio8ball.com/2019/04/15/andras-jones-beauts-do-beat-happening/

I spent a week in Elko, NV, bunking with my talented buddy, ANDY HEDGES, and listening to some excellent cowboy music and poetry at the 35th Annual National Cowboy Poetry Gathering.

Made this cowboy poetry video with KIER ATHERTON on our drive down to Elko: "Honky from Montana / I Never Lie"

Flew to New York City to see the Broadway smash hit HADESTOWN  (14 Tony Award nominations!) which was written by my pal ANAÏS MITCHELL. She invited me to the afterparty where I had the pleasure of mingling with the cast and sharing songs with an array of other folky musicians. While in NYC I had the best few days visiting many friends--even found time to play an intimate show in Brooklyn organized by JOE KUJAWA. This whole trip was magic, and I would be remiss to not mention that my flight there and back was funded by the spontaneous generosity of a few very wonderful people who sensed the importance of my journey.

And NOW, I'm about to embark on a national tour! It's only about half booked, and I leave in a week.

My first show was actually two nights ago here in Missoula, USA--a wonderful fundraising send-off dinner organized by my dear friends Mike and Kelly. Local friends donated over $1000! I love this town. Next stop Sacramento on May 8th. Then Petaluma. Then Sand Mancisco. San Luis Obispo. Los Angeles. Albuquerque. Lubbock. Marfa. San Antonio. Austin. Dallas. Memphis. Nashville. And places still to be arranged. Please pray for me and my black '97 Toyota Tacoma steed.

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