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Sep 09

September 9, 2008

Just back from a few weeks at home. Flew back to Florida from Cleveland for a visit with 'The Wife'. Had a great time with Family and Friends. Still plenty of Summer left down there! Luckily the hurricanes slid by us or around us. We didn't even get the 20 plus inches of rain many Floridians did!

Got a few gigs in Ohio coming up, before I do The Canadian tour. Looking forward to visiting our Northern neighbors, it's been a long time...Will stop and visit my Pals in Buffalo, NY before crossing the border. Special thanks to Canadian "Bluesmen", Mo Kauffey and Tim Williams for making my tour possible. It is never easy trying to set up a tour for someone else.

My 65th Birthday at The Fur Peace Ranch should be a lot of fun and that's coming up the first weekend of October. Rory Block, John Cephus and Kenny Sultan will also be teaching that session. I hear that there are still a few open slots in my class, so give the Ranch a call if you can be there!

"THE GREATEST ACOUSTIC BLUES SHOW ON EARTH", is shaping up at MERLEFEST for 2009. Throughout the weekend, MF will be presenting "bonifide" solo Blues performers who have kept the tradition alive adding their own stamp to the music Merle, Doc and so many of us have always loved! Rory Block, Pat Donohue, Jimmy 'Duck' Holmes, Patrick Sweany and Doug Macleod have all agreed to be there and I am proud to host the event for the 14th year in a row! No Blues Festival in the world has supported and celebrated 'The Country Blues' tradition as MERLEFEST has!

That's it for today, hope to see you out there somewhere, enjoy every day and keep smiling!

Bye For Now,