Got back last night after a week on the road. I am so grateful that I had the company of my dear friend Laurel, expert in go-with-the-floetry, positive heckling, puppies, and keeping it real. <3
A brief recap:
On Thursday I played a solo set at Oberon's Restaurant and Bar in Ashland. Then it was on up to Portland for a rockin-raucous Paddy's Day house show, where I thoroughly enjoyed jamming with Ben Walden and his band, Nevada Sowle and Richard Crookston. We played another show at the Armory Skatepark in Astoria the following day. (I attempted a brief pre-show experiment on a skateboard involving my fiddle *kids don't try this at home*)
Arrived to the steep streets of a mellow Seattle, where it rained sporadically, with stretches of sun that almost fooled me into thinking it was spring. After a visit with old friend and soon-to-be doctor Mackenzie Hild, we met up with touring minstrels from the east coast Nicolas Horner and Lucas Chohany, aka Nick and Luke, and played at the Outlander Brewery and Pub on 36th St, joined fortuitously by army vet turned singer-songwriter Caleb Tesnow. I met Caleb weeks ago in Arcata leading up to his trek north, and it was a pleasure to see him setting up his roots in Seattle while planning his future long-term tour.
Great to party with the Pony House: Brendan Bishop, Susannah Thiel, Casey Baird, Andrew, and Sarah! Thanks to our wonderful musician friends for hosting us and providing your hospitality, Lisa Lipton, Steve Hunter, Caitlyn Faircloth, Farhad Tyabji! :) They say it takes a village... for a traveling musician, the village is a remarkable collaboration of many individuals from many villages.
Till the next time!