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Notes from the Road   by Dennis Warner

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October 9, 2010 (Chicago, IL)
Back in the Windy City. I spend more time here that anywhere else outside of Minnesota. My GPS is doing more than driving me to my destination. It's driving me crazy! It seems to take me on the longest route possible in Chicago. What's up with that?

It was fun to be a part of the FARM conference (Folk Alliance Regional Midwest) today. It's a great organization run by people who truly love folk/acoustic music. Tomorrow I perform at the Unity Church Northwest in Des Plaines, IL. I know it will be a very wonderful morning. :)

September 14, 2010 (Kelly's Island, OH)
I love this job! I've had some amazing concerts in the last few days and now I'm camped out on an island in Lake Erie. Off season camping is the best. The campgrounds aren't busy and I get to spend time thinking and dreaming. There's just something about being camped out along a shore that makes me feel at home.

From here I head to Louisville, KY. Then Lexington, KY for the Woodsongs Old Time Radio Hour. I'm looking forward to seeing how that great NPR show goes down live.

July 14, 2010 (Bismarck, ND)
Hey, I'm in Minot! Okay, I WAS in Minot, North Dakota tonight for a concert. A beautiful, perfect evening for an outdoor concert. Thanks to everyone who came out to see me. Some traveled a great distance and I'm very appreciative of that. Minot is a wonderful city, but is about as remote as you can get. Funny though, there were no motel rooms available because of the big oil boom up this way. Thanks to the nasty BP oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, the push is on to develop the nearby Bakken oil fields as fast as possible.

Anyway, the oil workers have all the motel rooms, so I'm 90 minutes south in Bismarck, the capitol city. A beautiful moonbeam tonight.

May 10, 2010 (Somewhere in Colorado)
After four truly fun concerts in the Denver area, I decided to take some personal time up in the mountains. Find a place to camp out, climb a mountain and do some meditating. Really nice weather, though it's cool at night. I'm enjoying the hot springs and have met some really cool people. I was even able to do some writing today during a long, exhausting hike. It takes a while for this flatlander to adjust to the altitude.

April 7, 2010 (San Francisco, CA)
It was with great happiness that I was anticipating my stay at the downtown Hilton Hotel. Upon arrival, it was surprising to find out the hotel workers went on strike that morning. Yikes! Then trying to work in my room on the 15th floor proved taxing while the striking workers below on the street were making their point with drums and bull horns. It was really quite a surreal experience. Hopefully, the workers and management can get this figured out soon.

I'm getting ready for a performance this weekend in Walnut Creek, about a half hour east. Tomorrow I'm looking forward to having coffee and doing some writing over in the Haight/Ashbury district.

February 15, 2010 (Clearwater, MN)
I haven't been traveling as much this winter, which means I've been able to hibernate in the studio recording a lot of music. It was about a year ago when I completed building my new studio and began work on my next CD. This will be my nineth album. It's been a great experience creating this music in my own space, without the time restrictions associated with renting a "normal" studio.

I'm getting closer to completing this project. I have one more song I want to write.

In a couple of days I head to Memphis. From now until August the schedule is a little crazy, with concerts from Ohio to California. I'm looking forward to being back on the road. If anyone's reading this and wants to host a house concert, let me know. Hopefully there'll be a new CD to show off sometime soon!





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