Philly Lurking / Boyer Unincorporated / American Babies / Our Griffins

Lurking around Philly. Our Griffins honored Elliot Smith at The World Cafe. Dylan and Ben drove me up and we checked out some prog and awkward podcasts.

Eventually found myself at Tom Hamilton’s place in..idk…I want to so say fish town? We immediately discussed how crazy we are. GREAT. passed out. woke up to an egg sangwich. 

We did some rehearsing with Steve Lyons (Nicos Gun) who was also just filling in. We played down some of the material as fast as we could. Adam showed up and smoke a bunch of joints and lost his wallet. Did some playing too. HE sounded brilliant! 

Enough time had passed that I could start to form some concrete feelings on how things go round in this camp. You can really only assume leading up to actually being in the same room for while what it would be like. Some song-writers ARE TOTALLY ANAL which also more often than not makes the rest of the band sound like they are playing on thin ice. the worst. but sometimes its ok. Tom is not that way. HE puts alot of trust in all the musicians to do the homework and be ourselves. He isnt grinding his teeth at you if the part isnt exactly right…He is just as excited about happy accidents popping up in transitions and solo sections as the actual part executed how it is on the recording. NICE! 

So on top of the relaxed musical vibe everyone is hilarious and barely sleeps. We left Philly at around 4am. 6 1/2 hrs to WV. 

 

We arrived here at about 11 AMImageThe Boyer Motel. Bloody Sheets, bugs of all kinds roam free, cigarette burns, aplenty. Our TV worked. 

So even after driving all night it was really hard to get some sleep knowing we were going to have to play in 4 hours. I forced my eyes to stay open. I listened to Dave King’s “April in Gary” on repeat. found some cats. found some more cats. We were staying in a town inside of a town. That “area” was called Boyer Unincorporated the only radio quiet zone of its kind in the world. We are talkin no cell service, wifi, or radio stations. If you wanted to get away with murder, or i guess throw a music festival, this is where you go.

Driving through the mountains to festival was gorgeous. Upon arriving to artist check-gate there was a little community of trailers before we hit the dirt roads. Really shitty trailers. Firewood, child toys, and hunting dogs on chains littered what was left of the  yards. I mean these folks better have been getting compensated for us “city folk” trashing the land behind there trailer park. who the fuck knows though.

We drove through the winding dirt paths to play our set on the little cafe stage tucked into the base of second campground. Quick line check and we’re off. We did some great playing considering the lack of sleep. Sometimes I think that I perform better with the flu or no sleep opposed to a home town hit and 8 hours uninterrupted.   

We proceeded back to the main stage area for some food and watched some bands play. Tom and I ended up sitting in with Tea Leaf Green which was nice! I see these guys all over the country and they are some of the coolest I run into. Amazing musicians  the lot! Great to run into Nigel Hall, Jans Ingber, Joey Porter, Keller Williams, TLG, The Broadcast and all the rest of you. Somehow I feel like I will be back in Boyer Unincorporated one day. IF not for a music festival, for a murder, or alien related shit. 

 

BYE!

 

EO Dates Continue —> SK at GOTV –> Our Griffins back at Johnny & Brendas and Madame Freak makes her debut!

Hey. Just drove 10 hours from Bethlehem P.A. down to Asheville NC. Staying at the manager of the Everyone Orchestras house. To be more specific in his daughters room. She is 3 and apparently she got kicked out so I could be in here. That feels weird. Crazy looking stuffed animals, dolls, books, flowers, and pink pillows surround me. Home for the next few days. ahh the road. EO is at the Asheville Music Hall for the next few nights. Last time we played there it was an amazing sold out crowd and we barely train wrecked. I love EO. Its so on the edge! 

Oh and Ive got some Our Griffins shows coming up in the tri0state area. def come check this band. We have been really hashing this shit out in a real way. SOUNDCRAFT/SONGCRAFT. OG is on to something and Im happy to be along for the ride. Everyone in the band also fucking rocks as human beings which is not always the case in bands! hahaha ❤ here is some footage from our last JBs show. ——-> http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ahqX-OyT-OI

I keep hearing about the french. and how they are coming. that must mean all this recording ive been doing with Jessi T is finally mastered and ready to be played out live. I hope I remember it. The rest of the band arrives from france in the next week or so and i dont speak any french. fuck. i guess that means more playing. def com check out madame freak and the funky fever. and like this page ——-> https://www.facebook.com/madamefreakmusic?fref=ts

check out the music here ——–> https://soundcloud.com/madamefreakmusic

 

Last but certainly not least. Steve Kimock & Friends will be making an appearance at The Gathering of the Vibes in Bridgeport CT. Its a great fest. you can also catch Phil Lesh, John Scofield Uberjam, The Roots, Grace Potter, and a crap-ton of amazing other folks/bands, and folk bands. 

 

i think that just about covers everything….oh!!! here are some dates for july……Imagethe look at the photo

West Coast Update

Dont ever try to mix something you care about on an airplane. especially if you care about what you are doing. like you should. 

Im 3 hours into a 5 hour flight from SFO — EWR. It was a wonderful trip out west. Ive got four more EO shows under my belt. yay! Thanks to ”everyone” who made it happen and for dealing with my flemming around  backstage areas, private parties, and rental van. Somehow my chest cold has taken on a life of its own since Keller and the Kimocks at Steel Stacks (13 days ago).  Ill be be surprised if I’m asked back. Time to rest and prepare for some shows coming up. I will make a post about july soon! This WEEK i will be playing with Steve Kimock, Bernie Worrell and Andy Hess at The Lunar Bay Festival. 

 

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