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May 20

May 20, 2008

Boy Howdy! Been on the road for a month already! It sure goes by fast. Things kicked off with MERLEFEST back in April. We had a big time there, lots of familiar faces and plenty of new ones too. "The Greatest Acoustic Blues Show On Earth", was just that!

Paul Ocher was a knockout. He of course was Muddy Waters first White band member back in the late 60's. He had stories to tell, and played some real deep blues. Great singer, interesting guitar player and of course a brilliant harp player. Catch him if you can.

Tom Ball & Kenny Sultan were real crowd pleasers as were Mike Dowling, Terry Garland, and of course, Ruthie Foster. Poor Ruthie got rained on pretty bad, but she did finish up an incredible set after the weather cleared.

Headed North after the festival and enjoyed a cold rainy Spring in New England. Got to visit my old pal, Paul Geremia, who is always inspirational when it comes to playing 'country blues', he is just phenomenal! Did a few gigs and boy is it great to be performing again. I think next Winter, that I will have to fly out and do a few gigs each month.

Camped out in Jersey City, at the Harbor Marina & Campground for a few days. It is so cool to be right on the river and to be able to see the Statue of Liberty and the NYC skyline. A short walk to the Path train and Manhattan is yours!

I took the train into the city, a subway and a cab to make it to my session with Stefan Grossman. After a double espresso and a fried egg and bacon sandwich on a 'hard roll', at the corner luncheonette, Stefan & his crew arrived and we got started. I recorded about 18 tunes in the course of the day and finished up with a pretty long chat about who I am and what songs I did. I felt pretty good about the session, everyone seemed to enjoy it and back to 'the bus' I went.

Next was a nice visit with my Mom on Mothers Day. She is an amazing woman approaching her 94th birthday! We had a Family get together to celebrate the Mom and we all had a big time. Great to see the Brothers, the Niece and all the Nephews and of course the first 'Great Niece' Sofia!

Another cool and rainy week as I headed West thru Maryland headed to 'Jormaland'. Gas prices hovering around $4 a gallon is making me nervous but all I can do is pay up and move on. Something is going to happen...I wonder what it will be...

The Fur Peace Ranch weekend was fantastic as usual! Great time with many new players and a treat to meet a most incredible man, Tommy Emanual. This Cat can play...anything! We had a few little sessions on the porch and I told him if I could afford to have him on the road, that I'd be a star! Tommy is about the most complete musician I have ever met! Comfortable and incredible in any style!

Good to see old pal, Steve James too. Jorma was on the road out West with Barry and Pat Sweany who joined the tour when Jim Lauderdale had to bow out. Nice break for Patrick who no doubt is making lots of new fans out on the West coast. I love his music!

So we said our goodbyes and I started South. I'm camped out at the Flying J Truckstop in Whytville, Va, where I have spent many a night over the years. Good Wi-Fi, and the best gas price in weeks....'there's no place like home'.

Expecting Summer to start up soon, and I'm looking forward to some warmer weather as I head West on the cross country tour. Hope to see some of you on this tour....take care and be well!

Bye For Now,