"Who knows where the time goes..." as Sandy Denny said so eloquently. We're back in Nashville again, after spending our summer in Denver, Colorado...visiting family and friends, spending a little time in the mountains, and making some new friends and fans along the way. We even brought the cat; he approved. We burned some gas, weathered a few storms, got some sun, shed a few tears. Sold a few CD's. Can't complain.
We kicked off the summer with a June show at The Park House in downtown Denver (a new venue that just celebrated its second year in operation, and a beautifully cozy place to hear live music...never mind the fact that there is a first class recording studio in the back run by our friend John Macy, still one of the best steel players I know, and a fine producer and engineer as well).
Next, we did two dates out at the ancient and venerable Toad Tavern in Englewood, Colorado. The first night, as part of the Toad's regular "Acoustic Circus" series, we had the chance to re-connect with three of our favorite Denver songwriters: Andy Ard, Trinity Demask, and John Nathan. What a pleasure to hear all three of these talented folks. After the show, we all sat around trading war stories until the bartender had to throw us out. It was great!
In July, we were on the radio! We made the drive up to beautiful Fort Collins and played the "Live At Lunch" segment that airs on KRFC Fort Collins Public Radio every day. That was fun...and a real delight to know that friends and fans were listening all over the country. Thanks so much for tuning in, and for taking the time to let us know about it!
The very next night we returned to the Park House for hooks At the House, a songwriters' night hosted by singer/songwriter Ed Skibbe and his band, featuring ourselves and two more excellent writers, Casey Frazier and David Starr. David Starr enjoyed us so much that he invited us to come and play at a festival that he hosts every year in Colorado on the Western Slope...a little more about that in just a moment.
Finally, our last official show in Denver came at the end of August in Lafayette, Colorado at Cannon Mine Coffee, sharing the bill again with the lovely Trinity Demask. It was a great night and between us all we packed the place!
Playing in the Denver area was the best...looking up and seeing the faces of friends and family enjoying our music is the biggest blessing there is. Our thanks and love to everyone who came to the shows, and took the music home with you...we appreciate it so very much!
We kicked off our arrival back in town earlier this month with a couple of writers' nights, one out in Goodlettsville hosted by our buddy Billy Lee, and another at the Back Alley Diner downtown hosted by Angela Hesse. Last night we found ourselves downtown again at one of our favorite venues, The Fiddle and Steel Guitar Bar, at the Thursday writers' night-and-guitar-pull, which I don't mind telling you is nothing short of legendary. Times at The Fiddle have taken on a bittersweet flavor lately, since the venue will be closing at the end of the year (apparently to make way for somebody's version of progress...but that's a whole different blog from this one)...but we'll be back there as much as possible till the doors close for good. It's a special place with a rich history, and home for quite a few with singer/songwriter-ish/guitar monster inclinations. You know who you are.
Anyway...time waits for no man (or woman), and the calendar is starting to morph again.
Next week we'll be out at Ri'chard's Louisiana Café in White's Creek (Come for the music, stay for the beignets) for another writers' night with John Nemeth. Week after that we'll be doing a short set for the skinny jean/fedora/ big beard crowd out at The Five Spot in East Nashville for Two Dollar Tuesday (always a blast with Derek Hoke hosting and playing).
To our surprise, we'll be turning right around and heading back to Colorado for two more dates in the area at the beginning of next month. On October 1st we're playing at the Dickens Opera House in Longmont, Colorado...our first time in a classic venue and a lovely community. Pretty excited to get in there!
Then, on the 4th, we head to the Western Slope and Applefest (thanks to David Starr who I mentioned earlier) in Cedaredge, Colorado...a two-day mountain festival with music, a beer garden, a pie contest, food vendors, crafters. artists, a 5k run, an antique car and tractor show, a motorcycle show, and...something called an 'outhouse stuffing contest' which I, for one, will clearly not miss because my life is not complete without knowing what that entails. All of this will take place in an area known for beautiful scenery, and hopefully we'll be blessed by one of those beautiful October Indian summer weekends that Colorado is capable of!
Right after that we'll be jumping back in the car and tearing back across the country again to Woodstock, Georgia, to play on October 10th at Copper Coin Coffee, another new venue that I can't wait to check out. On October 11th, I am pretty sure we'll be at home, asleep.
Just a recap of the upcoming dates for you:
September 17 Ri'chard's Louisiana Café 4420 White's Creek Pike, White's Creek TN 8:00 pm
September 23 The Five Spot 1006 Forrest Avenue Nashville, TN 9:00pm-ish
October 1 The Dickens Opera House 300 Main Street Longmont, CO 6:30pm-9:30pm
October 4 Applefest Cedaredge, CO ( noon ) see www.applefestmusic.net
October 10 Copper Coin Coffee 400 Chambers Street Woodstock, GA 8:00pm - 10:00 pm
All in all, we've been pretty busy, and most of it has been with guitars in our hands. I feel graced to have a life where we get to keep doing this strange and lovely thing we do.
Wishing you all every possible blessing, until the next time. Victoria