...That's where we took this lady when we snatched her up in Brooklyn and lumbered our way up the coast for our 2013 Northeast Tour. We're pretty sure that she feared for her life a couple of times, (like when we drove away from the gas station with the pump still in the tank), but she kept her cool. When we reluctantly returned her to Williamsburg, we were gleeful that she'd get to keep a little of the magic and mischief we'd turned up together, in rainbow form...
We kicked it all off with a night in Fredericksburg VA. Since our beloved Ariel couldn't make it, and we had yet to collide with Ms Hilary Hawke, we hired a few of our favorite musicians.
Once we met and fell in love with Hilary, it was a pretty swift voyage. We took some popcorn "to-go" from Cafe Nine in New Haven,
...got caffeinated reeaaaallly early in Portland,
...played live underwater for the WMPG Sequester Buster!
We swam back down the coast to Cape Cod, met the Queen of Provincetown, hung around with old friends, ate a lot of shrimp, made up a few new dance moves...
...and washed ashore at Club Passim in Cambridge, where we dried off and played our last show before slinking down the steps of the I-95 corridor to return our newest friend to her homeland,
PS: Don't tell her, but, without our beautiful Ariel around to keep us so fresh and so clean, this is what the van looked like:
This weekend, we got to play Skunk Fest for the first time, and it was fantastic. They cooked tons of delicious food for us, and we got to hang with Sam Doores and the Tumbleweeds, Hurray for the Riff Raff, Town Mountain, Rayna Gellert and Lake Street Dive! Festival season is the best. We love you, SkunkFarmers! Thank you for everything!! FESTIVAL!!!
This week, we've done a lot of things for the very first time. For example:
1. We let Chloe drive the tour van.
2. We sold out our show at the Grocery in Atlanta
3. We won our first band competition at the Chattanooga Old Fiddler's Convention!!
Yes, yes, yes!!
We kicked the week off with a ham luge at the Marketplace in Asheville. If you've never guzzled bourbon that's been funneled through a country ham....well, don't. Or, rather, do so at your own risk! There were hand crafted cocktails, old Judy Garland movies on the silent screen, and we were fed like Queens. Yum.
The next day we headed to Cullowhee to play at the Heritage Center at WCU as part of their First Thursdays Bluegrass Series. The audience was very sweet, and we got to hang out and play tunes with some of the locals after the show. We had been under the impression that it was only an hour from there to Chattanooga, (ahem, you know who you are) though we soon discovered that it was more like 4! So we pulled in to Chattanooga in the wee hours and let ourselves in to the Folk School, where we were graciously put up for our stay. We woke to the sounds of the lessons going on, and the smell of coffee, and headed out to WUTC for a live in-studio performance. That night, we played with The Woodford Sessions, who were very gracious local hosts, and really drew a crowd.
Saturday brought with it the Chattanooga Old Fiddler's Convention, where we saw dozens of friends...and then competed against them in the band competition. And WE WON!! It was our first contest victory, and we were very, very excited. We celebrated at Champy's with some of their famous fried chicken, and a 40 oz beer which Ariel poured expertly.
On Sunday, we played a sold-out show with the Little Country Giants at the Grocery in East Atlanta. The whole night was satisfying. Great music, homey venue, and a very attentive crowd. We drove home to Asheville feeling very happily accomplished.
Since our wonderful Meredith has spent a month away, and our little locust honey hearts have felt 1/3 empty, we are excited to have her returning home and we are excited to work on some of our new songs together! We are adding some new instrumentals, originals, kick drum, and much more to our repertoire! We will be playing in Asheville on Feb. 18th at the Isis in West Asheville and spending a weekend in Knoxville on Feb 23rd to play the Blue Plate Special at the Knoxville Visitors Center and at the Jig and Reel that evening!
Come out for the show! We'd love to see you!
We've had a blast playing a bunch of local shows this last month, and we're using the next few weeks to work up some brand new material for ya'll! Check out our "shows" page to see where we'll be playing in the spring! We'll be headed a few different directions-- up north and then to the mid-west!
Hey guys! We have two more weeks left in the Jack of the Wood residency, the next two fridays from 5-7pm during happy hour. It is a free show so please come out and enjoy! This saturday we are playing the fletcher Feed and Seed which should be really fun and then next saturday we are playing the brasstown square dance at John C Campbell folk school! Hope to see y'all there!
We have recently been playing in Asheville a large amount. We just started a residency at Jack of the wood--and will be playing Friday happy hour from 5-7 pm for the next three Friday's Come out and see us! We enjoyed playing at jack of hearts and French Broad Brewing Company recently. Also really enjoyed playing at the Get Down with Sam Doores, Riley Downing and the Tumbleweeds, and at Steve's live music in Atlanta! We have been playing a lot, trying out some new material, and looking forward to several tours in the spring time and possibly a tour in the UK this summer! Stay tuned!
Our CD just arrived yesterday---just in time for our CD RELEASE PARTY TONIGHT!!!! The show is at the Altamont Brewing Company at 9pm!!! It will be so much fun, playing with us is asheville's famous BIG NASTY JAZZ BAND.! Be there or be square!!
We are excited for our new cd "He ain't no good". Just sent it to the press to be ready for our CD release show at the altamont brewery in two weeks!! Hope to see y'all there!!