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Jul 18

Greetings From Virginia

The Northeast tour was good. We finished up with some cool gigs in New England. Middle Earth in Bradford Vt. was a very pleasant surprise. Nancy and I enjoyed a fine meal, a gracious club owner, a good sound-man and a nice crowd at our first visit to this very cool club. If you get a chance, check it out.

Later that week, we camped out in New Hampshire and enjoyed a few days of swimming, canoeing and even a little fishing. Seems I lost my touch in that department...didn't catch any fish! Nice evening soaks in the jacuzzi too. Sometimes I don't know how we stand this constant touring...

Had a nice gig in Woonsocket, RI at CHAN'S, The coolest Chinese Restaurant/Jazz club in the world. Maybe the only one? One of my early Folk-Blues heroes, Ken Lyon, shared the bill with me. Back in 1966 when I got to Providence, Kenny was one of the most exciting players and singers on the scene. He was an inspiration for sure. We hadn't seen each other for over 30 years! What a great night, Ken has been working with bands for years so I was thrilled that he agreed to appear solo at this show. He played a great version of a Bob Wills tune that knocked my socks went something like, "if you want me to leave p.d.q. you'll have to divorce me c.o.d". Great guitar arrangement and fantastic vocal.

Had some old Pals from years ago in the audience as well which was a real pleasant surprise and that too, added up to a real fun night.

So now we are headed South to the Carolinas and things are warming up already. The cool days up North were a real blessing! Looking forward to all the upcoming gigs, especially my week's residency at The National Storytelling Center in Jonesborough, TN.

Will sign off for now, You all take care and be careful...

Bye For Now,

The Book & Mrs.