It was a busy 2 week run of Oklahoma and Texas in support of our new album "California Jones". Despite an early snafu by a venue (whom doesn't deserve to be mentioned here) canceling a two night stand on us with less than 24hr notice, the tour was a definite success.
We opened in Oklahoma City at Grandad's which is a new venue for us. The staff there is absolutely awesome and became instant friends to us. When they got word that our two nighter had been unprofessionally handled/canceled, they IMMEDIATELY stepped up to do their best to see that we had a place to perform over the weekend. Not only was our scheduled opening nighter an absolute blast, Grandad's ponied up and had back that Saturday so that we weren't left without a gig.
A SINCERE THANKS FOR THE CONSIDERATION, SUPPORT, AND KINDNESS! It will never be forgotten. If you're ever in OKC, please stop by and support a great bar that supports live music!
Opening weekend also allowed us to spend time with our favorite Okemah'ites; Melissa and Bruce! Our most awesome friends that really are just like family. How grateful we are to have y'awl in our lives!
The tour also took us on up to Tulsa. Home! It'd been awhile since we'd been there and it felt great to be back. The Colony is one of my favorite intimate music venues anywhere and to play it twice in 3 days was good for the soul. Shout out to Kb, Paul Benjaman, Tom P, and all the Oklahomies that make the Colony so awesome.
It was also a perfect time to catch up with our old buddy Matt Mason (Hurricane Mason)! Matt is sincerely one of the nicest, truest friends anyone could ask for. It was great catching up with him and his hospitality is always a blessing. Matt was in a bad car accident on NYE and despite it all, he's carrying on like a trooper. I can't imagine going through an ordeal like his and have nothing but love and respect for him and his positive attitude. Matt is good people !
It was of course great to see lots of old friends while in Tulsa and their support is priceless to us! We love you all !
After Tulsa, it was on to Texas. Texas !
Music lovers in Texas are pretty amazing. They always treat us like friends and really do support and love live music. The Basement Bar in Ft. Worth is always so fun to play. Great stage and a great sound man in Thomas Flynn! Thomas also happens to be a good friend. We have much appreciation for him! It was also great to catch up with my cousin Diana from California who now lives in the DFW area! I hadn't seen her in years and meeting up in Ft. Worth of all places was a total surprise. Super sweet!
On our way down south we got to spend a night off with Mandy Marie and John out in Bartlett, TX. Mandy is like a sister to me and John is the big English guitar shredding brother I never had ;) Love those two!
Then is was on to hill country! Spicewood, TX to be exact. Poodie's Roadhouse! It was a great time as always and it's ALWAYS an HONOR to play a stage that so many legends have graced. The hospitality by the staff is always so warm and welcoming too!
Into Austin we went for a Saturday gig at Ginny's Little Longhorn! My favorite bar in maybe the whole world. Terry, Richard, Libby...everyone there...FAMILY! Just being there is always amazing. Getting to perform on that stage is bucket list level achievement to me. I can't give enough thanks for getting to be part of that place. To top it off, the crowd there was AWESOME! We more of less filled it and the support they gave us was heartwarming. Thank you all so much!
It was a highlight of my "career" when ms. Ginny herself walked up to the stage and tipped us! Afterwards she took my hand and said how much she just loves to listen to us.
It means the world to me!
From Austin, we worked our way to Lubbock for a two nighter. I'd never played Lubbock before, but again, those TX music lovers know how to make a band feel welcomed! Thanks to Steve Forcade and Bar PM and Local Bar for having us! Playing in Buddy Holly's hometown was a thrill and the crowd response re-energized us after 2 full weeks on the road. When went busted out into a few of Buddy's tunes and the house went wild at Bar PM, it was a reminder just how important Buddy and his music is. One of my childhood heroes !
From Lubbock it was a long haul back to Denver.....: End of Pt. Juan
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