Rollin, Rollin, Rollin
It’s been a crazy couple of weeks as evidenced by my lack of posts. It’s been one adventure after another on the Mystic road. Our friend, the immensely talented, fun to hang out with, singer / songwriter, Memphisian, Reverend (not really) Jimmy Davis has been sharing the stage with us since the 1st of July. Gruene Hall, San Antonio, Austin, a blow out blast in the heat at Luckenbach on the 4th of July, and although it took hours of driving through rain to get there, we just returned from a weekend in the mountains of New Mexico.
When the van starts to climb up towards Taos, everyone’s mood changes. It feels a bit like my childhood summer vacation trips. Everything is suddenly vibrant and exciting. Jimmy turns into our tour guide with bits of info he’s picked up from his many trips to the enchanted circle. We had a long drive from Lubbock and were running late when we arrived at the Old Blinking Light in Taos, but everyone was cool calm and collected there. No worries. We got the gear set up, ate some green chilli’s and played under the stars. I had to wear a jacket!! In July!!! We had a slow day on Saturday since all we had to do was get up the mountain to Red River, so we walked the plaza in Taos, Jimmy got to watch the World Cup. Food, beer and a relaxing time was had. On the way up to the Motherlode we stopped by the River for a bit of nature and another beer.
The Motherlode opened it’s arms as always and welcomed us back. It’s starting to feel like home up there. There’s so many great musicians up in that area. Michael Hearne sat in with us in Taos (and made sure we had a p.a.), and Jed Zimmerman was playing in the Lodge Bar in Red River. We rocked hard with our six piece 4 guitar show and laughed the night away with Jed and friends at the Lodge. It was good. The only hard part was leaving. No offense to Amarillo, but it just doesn’t sound that good when you’re standing in the crisp sunny morning mountain air on the main drag in Red River. We put it off as long as we could and headed down the mountain and back on to the high Texas plains.
After a long drive like Red River to Amarillo, I’m pretty much ready to be out of the van, play the gig and be done. However, we agreed to do an interview with nod internet radio station in Amarillo, Texas Drive Radio, hosted by Jeff Williams. We pulled in during a rain storm and got ourselves situated in the studio. I didn’t know what to expect and it turned out to be really fun. We answered a question or two and played three songs. It was a good way to arrive and feel welcome in Amarillo and a nice warm up for our show at Hoots later that evening. It was a slow night (Sunday) at the club, but the sound was great and we were inspired to play. And play we did!
Jeff Williams shot a little video of our visit to Texas Drive Radio, which you can see below. Hope you dig it. Me, I’m enjoying being home for a few days until the next adventure begins.
See you out there,