14, 2003 (Tulsa, OK)
raining in Oklahoma. Had a nice time last night at the Spotlight
Theater in Tulsa. Thanks to the Tulsa Folk Music Society for making
me feel so comfortable there on my first visit in a lot of years. November
started out with a "bang" at the Coble Opry in Tennessee
on the 1st. Thanks to my pals Julie Schrader and Rusty Rust for
setting me up with this gig, and to Hugh Waddell (Johnny Cash
Band) for sitting in on drums. What a wild night! Spent a few
days in Nashville hanging out at the "Love Shack" and
working on new songs with Julie and Rusty. Darlyne Cain was in
Nashville for a concert as well, so it was good to catch up with
her. She's got a great new CD available. Folks in the Midwest
might remember she and I did a Midwest tour together a few years
Tennessee, I headed back to Chicago and Wisconsin before coming
here to Tulsa. Now I'm heading up to the Iron Horse Concert
Hall in Kansas for a gig tomorrow night. Don and Mary have a great
venue there and it's always fun to go back.
29, 2003 (Clearwater, MN)
guitar buddy Dan Neale joined me yesterday in concert
at the Millstream Arts Festival in Minnesota. Despite the cool
weather, we had a great crowd and a lot of fun. Dan showed off
his new electric banjo when we did "Northern Lights"!
October, I'll be laying low working on plans for the new album
and also the kids book we're hoping to put out next spring. This
going to be one busy winter! I'll be on the road most of November.
Hopefully, I'll get to see some of you at the concerts.
11, 2003 (Clearwater, MN)
The summer tour officially ended yesterday with a wonderful
concert in my hometown of St. Cloud, Minnesota. Over 200 people.
Lots of fun. Great to see so many friends and people I haven't
seen in years! Truly a nice way to end the tour. I'm looking forward
to a few weeks of R&R before heading back on the road in September.
Did several concerts this past week in Northeastern Minnesota,
including the north shore of Lake Superior. Gorgeous up there,
as always. Thanks to everyone up that way for the great hospitality
and to Ginny Richmond for organizing the concerts.
reminder that the Persius Meteor Shower goes on this week. It'll
probably peak Tues or Wed (8/12-13). The later you stay up, the
more shooting stars you'll hopefully see! Best viewing
is usually 2-3am if it's a good year. This experience is what
I wrote the song "STAY UP" about, from the Perfect Morning
28, 2003 (Lincoln, NE)
been warm (okay, sometimes really, really hot) this last week,
but that's too
be expected in the heartland in July. It's been a fun week. Big
crowds everywhere. Even did a show with Miss Nebraska, Jane Noseworthy,
in Grand Island. Guess I'll be watching the Miss America pageant
this Fall now that I know someone in it. I'll be rooting for you,
Signed over 500 autographed postcards today in Lincoln. My hand
is tired. It meant a lot to me to have that kind of response.
Nice to see some familiar faces in the crowd, too. Last time I
played out here was 1999.
10, 2003 (Clearwater, MN)
Hey...I'm home tonight! Wasn't supposed to be, but my outdoor
show in Brainerd, MN was rained out. Rescheduled for Thursday
night, July 31st. It's been a busy week, so I'll take the night
off. Played Monday at the University of Wisconsin/Eau Claire,
Tuesday in Grand Forks, ND and yesterday (Wednesday) at North
Dakota State U. in Fargo. It was pouring in Fargo, so that show
was moved inside, too. That's THREE times in a row the weather
has forced us inside at Fargo. The odds are catching up with us
to be able to do it outside! Next time, right Conner? (Conner
runs the program and is also a first class "roadie"!)
I head to Brookings, SD for the big arts fest. It'll be great
to see everyone there again.
24, 2003 (Black Hills, SD)
Before my evening concert in Spearfish, I went for a long
walk in the National Forest. Cold, but beautiful! Scared up a
fawn only a few feet from me. The Mom tracked me down a 100 yards
later and let me know with lots of snorting and hoof stomping
that I was to stay away from her kid! I promised I would.... :)
23, 2003 (Black Hills, SD)
Hail tonight! Large hail! Temps are in the 40's. This is June,
right? All kinds of tornadoes in central South Dakota and Minnesota
tonight. 4" of snow west of here in Yellowstone, so I am
lucky indeed! But marble sized hail in the van is very LOUD! Luckily,
Last night I camped at my favorite spot along the Missouri River,
just south of I-90 in South Dakota. This is where I camped the
night of September 10, 2001 heading to Minnesota from a festival
in Nebraska. The next morning, our world changed dramatically,
so this is a special place to me. A peaceful, safe place.
been looking forward to this leg of the tour. It's been a few
years since I've performed in this very special part of the world.
10, 2003 (Joplin, MO)
Well, the summer tour is now in full swing. I think we're
doing 40+ cities this summer, about half of my normal summer.
My back surgery this winter is limiting my touring for awhile.
Had a wonderful time in Detroit Lakes, MN last weekend, the "official"
start of the tour. I'll be down here in Missouri and Kansas for
a week before heading "north". I really enjoy this part
of the country. Great people. Bring on the grits!