It is September, and quite toasty in the SF Bay Area. I am just back from the Strawberry Music Festival over the Labor Day weekend. Since the old home was burned out in the fires of 2014, this festival was held just outside of the town of Tuolomne. It was dry and dusty, and we missed the beautiful trees, but that didn't hold back the flood of fine music, in camp and on stage. Dave Alvin and his band, and the Brothers Comatose put on great shows; and the T - Sisters were angelic. New to me, were the Wood Brothers. All three of them are innovative and stand-out players; and with great songs and arrangements, they were dazzling !! Their videos are good, but live they are something special. Put them on your list of bands to see.
Playing into the wee hours at Strawberry, and then at Labor Day jams has gotten me limbered up for this coming weekend. By now you have hopefully heard about the JC & Laney show this coming Friday at the Monkey House in
Berkeley. JC & Laney are from Arizona and don't get out here often -- I think this is their
first time performing in the Bay Area. I
have posted a number of their videos in earlier newsletters, and here is one more. Michael Hanna and I have some new songs to share
with you too. Please join us; you will be very well entertained. As George Zimmer says, "I guarantee
The following night, and further north in Cloverdale, I will be at Ruth McGowan's with Country Floyd Latimer. We start playing at and go to 11. Ruth's is a wonderful place, and it has been awhile since we played there. If you are in the area, come on by. Good beer, good food and a bunch of fun. And more of my dates are here.
That's a bit of my news and I hope to hear a bit of yours. What's up?