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Nov 15

Lots of Miles, Lots of Smiles

Been almost a month since I have been here! Lots of miles, lots of smiles. Finished up the Mid-West tour, Summer is definitely over....

After having such a great time with my old buddy Robert Lockwood Jr. a few weeks ago, I was shocked to hear that he had a stroke and was in the hospital. I was so upset that I ignored Mary Lockwood's request on the internet not to call or send e mails as she was to busy to deal with them. I finally had to call, last Saturday and Miss Mary said she didn't mean for me not to call. I told her that I loved that man and she said that she knew, and that Robert did too....Just today I called the hospital and spoke with Gene Shwartz, Robert's bass player and old friend. He is doing fine and is in satisfactory condition. He will recuperate!! At 92, Robert is still an amazing man.

Had great packed houses in Syracuse, Buffalo and Rochester. Spent a few days with my pals Rich & Sharon in Lewiston. They put out the Western NY Blues magazine, BLUES BEAT, that featured me on the cover a few years back. Their Blues Society sponsored my concert at The Lafayette Tap Room. The Lafayette Hotel is a beautiful Art Deco landmark in downtown Buffalo. The concert was a private party for all the Blues Society volunteers! And they were a great audience for me...I had a ball...

The night before the Blues Society put on a show featuring my pal PATRICK SWEANY, who is more amazing than ever! He recently signed with the Mongrel Music Agency and his latest cd has been on all the rootsy Americana charts....I said way back that he would be a star........www.patricksweany.com Playing an electric hollowbody guitar, he blew the crowd away performing mostly originals and some great covers including a Bobby Bland number! Not many solo acts can pull that off....but this boy can really sing and play too....

Next was Rochester NY. Had a nice visit at BERNUNZIO'S Guitar shop recently relocated downtown in a beautiful upscale part of town. Hadn't seen John and Julie for years and I got to play some cool guitars. The concert for HEARTLAND MUSIC that night was lots of fun and it was good to see so many old friends and fans.

On to Itaca, to perform on BOUND FOR GLORY. Phil Shapairo has been hosting this live folk music radio show gig for 40 years on the campus of Cornell University! Nice to see some young students digging the music we all love.

The tour is winding down now, I have 5 gigs in a row this week. Nancy will meet me in Providence Saturday and we will be doing a show with Paul Geremia that night in Shirley Mass. Thanksgiving with Family and then we start South for a well needed Winter at 'the wifes house'......

Bye For Now

The Book