Beach Break Grill Hilton Head Island SC 10-11
The Beach Break is a great spot. Living in a "tourist" community, there's nothing I like less than a bar filled with loud mouth tourists. I prefer a bar loaded with loaded locals. That is why I love the Beach Break. It is the bar in HHI where the locals go and everybody knows each other and they act "REAL". I had a great time playing and afterwards I met one of the most unique locals who was pushing 70 but partied like he was 20. He was OLD SCHOOL HHI at its finest, with stories of ,, well too many to speak of and many not appropriate, but you'll have to take my word,, he was a character. I sat with a pen and wrote down some things that he said. One of my favorites was, " I can get along anywhere,,, as long as I keep my mouth shut". Also met a couple cool painters and always cool to hang out with Yacht sellin Craig. I went to sleep out back after I couldn't keep my eyes open no longer.
In the morning, I got up and made my way to Summerville to stay with my old pal Jeff Treadway and his mom Gloria, for whom he has stepped up to the plate for to care for. For all of you who remember Jeff, he has grown to be a real stand up hard working man. He got me a gig at a place called Rockafellas, which turned out to be a lot of fun. I played a 90min set and got to hang out with the folks there including the bar owner who is a retired touring musician who played a rockabilly gig in the 70's. We went back to his house and crashed after, as he had to work early, and in the AM I made some breakfast for me and his mom and I hit the road to Wilmington.
I played my gig at Ted's fun on the River, which is a great place to play. It's a listening room where I get to tell stories and say stupid stuff between songs that people actually listen too. As a matter of fact, the story is really the headliner and the song is a symptom. Not a huge crowd, but thanks to the supporters there, it was my highest paying gig of the tour. After the gig I checked into the hotel I have come to love in Wilmington, and payed homage to Tram and Les Hart by going across the street to Hooters for a few beers, a shrimp Po'Boy and some football. I closed the place down and got some shut eye.
I had a couple days off so I decided to make the drive to Charlottesville VA to visit my friend Crystal. I arrived in the evening and we sat around discussing what we were gunna do the next day. Crystal suggested we go to the home of Thomas Jefferson nearby, and you should have seen the look on her face when I said I would like to go to Washington DC to do 3 things. 1). get a picture in front of the White House. 2) get a picture of the Washington Monument as my junk. 3). get a video of me playing Ostrichized(life in the hole) in my underwear at the Capitol. It was a couple hour drive each way and we only had a couple hours to spend in Washington, but thanks to Crystal, we pilled it off. With the government shut down, it was easy to drive there and park right at our destinations. We figured we would start with the video and pulled up in front and parked. It hit me that carrying a black guitar flight case may make me look like a bomber so I laft the case open in the car for inspection and carried the guitar to the building. On the walk over we noticed about 20-30 people jumping around the steps holding up signs and protesting something about the government. I thought it was gunna blow my chance at said video but befor we made it up there, they had came down from the steps and were milling around. The other obstacle was the 20 or so Capitol Cops that were milling around the top of the steps. I usually prefer asking for forgiveness rather than permission, but with all the heat and secret service guys around I felt my only option was to walk up to the first cop I saw and say, "Hey uhh,,,Question for you, I want to film a video of one of my songs on the steps,,,in my underwear... will I get arrested for that?" we discussed it for a minute and he went back to the group of cops and they had a short little cop meeting and he walked towards me and gave me the "thumbs up" I asked him if he would be in the video, which he declined, and he warned me to not let anything poke out or there would be trouble. I expressed that theres not much chance of that happening and went for it. There was a small group of people who heard my conversation and they thought that was pretty hilarious, but as soon as we started the shoot, people came out of the stonework. I had thought of doing the video as more of a "chicken coop session", just something to have for myself, but before I knew it there was probably 50 cameras out and people crowding around and taking pictures and videos with themselves in the foreground. After I was done, I was going to leave and all of the sudden I was surrounded by reporters, who had been there to cover prior demonstration, asking me all kinds of questions and having me remove my clothes again for more pictures and even an encore performance of the song, then more pictures with tourists who wanted a shot next to me in my underwear... the whole thing was and is pretty surreal. We then scidaddled out of there and spent the next hour walking around checking the boxes of other things on the to-do list for the day. Success. We then got in the car and immediately received a message from old friend Chris Constant who lives in Alaska, informing me that tales and pics from the scantily clad event had started to appear on some national publication websites... Crazy... so for the next few days, my social media sites were blowing up...ya just never know I guess. anyhoots,,,, we headed back to VA,,, gorgeous drive through historic towns,, got some BBQ and called it a day...
I headed down to Durham NC and played at a great spot called the Blue Note Grill. The owners and bartender were great . I played during their monthly beer tasting night and it was a bunch of fun. After, they fed me the most delicious bread pudding ever,and sent me off with a care package of BBQ. I made to the van and tucked myself in for the night,, Boone tomorrow
What a great drive down the Doc and Merle Watson Hwy to Boone...
I had met my new found cousins Dave and Wit at my cousins Jessica and Dave(other dave)'s wedding in Napa in September and was looking forward to hanging out with them. We had a blast just sittin around and shootin poop and poundin pops of the barley variety. Real nice way to spend a day off, and looking forward to seeing them again in Spring when I hope to play in Boone. I got up early and headed for Waynesville.
BLUE RIDGE PARKWAY,,, what a drive, especially since I left early and had the road to myself. What a site with the trees changing colors
10-20 to 10-23
You may remember me talking about Frankie and Jodie Bell, who I met at the Pioneertown Motel in Sept.
They had offered me a spot at their humble abode to spend a few days off and I gladly took them up on it. I drove the Smokey Mountain Parkway( also spectacular) to the outskirts of NC and headed to Georgia WOW,, what a place. The land(origianally 1000 acres) had been in Jodie's family since the 1830's. 350 acres of silence, sounds, and hay. I had my own spot a bit away from the main house and had a great time hangin and actin goofy with Frankie during each day, each being a different adventure. Im running out of time, so I'll post pics later. But heres one
THIS IS WHY I DON'T BRING WEED ON TOUR
Heading down on the long 9 hr drive to play at 5pm, I entered Arkansas and was cruising along the 40. Those who know me know that I have never had a ticket (traffic school once when I was 19) and I drive like an old lady. Only arrest on my record is failure to appear on leash law violation. But boy did I find a DICK Trooper in Arkansas. I was passing a truck who was going 55 in a 70 and a cop was in front of him.. I'm doin 65 and when I passed the cop, the lights went on. The road was super busy too so it was pretty intimidating when he came to the van and informed me that I was using the fast lane too much and it is for passing only. He completely grilled me far a few minutes then had me sit in the cop car for more grilling. I knew better than to protest as I felt it would draw the ordeal out more. I was thankful that he didn't search the car, as I didn't want everthing I own spread out on the side of the freeway,but his questions were trying to lead me to offer a search. I think he finally realized I was riding clean and sent me off with a warning
Another 10 hr drive.Great place La Diosa Cellars in Lubbock. Showed up, set up, took a nap and played a few hours there. Great time, but a little uncomfortable in the van that night as drunken revelers from nearby bar were leaving. one who decided to pound on the roof of the van. I don't think he knew I was in it, just think he didn't like the CA plates.. oh well. I'll probably take the owners offer to crash at their place next time in Spring. 15 minutes left to check out time so I'm speed blogging
Happy to have a short 7 hr drive to Mesilla NM
What a cool drive through Roswell, Ruidosa and other small towns on the way. Showed up in the historic Downtown Mesilla and checked the place out and went for a room,, spent s little more than I wanted, but after all the driving I had done the last few days, I wanted a HOT TUB,, the ol' back is killin me... Problem though, WIFI no worky and the Hot Tub was a cold tub,,, so after an hour I went down and demanded a refund and went to a flea bag motel, where I feel more at home. Ate a t the connecting bar and headed to Vintage Wines to play a really intimate gig on the patio.. The seats were filled with people who wanted to hear music and it was great. Back to the room and getting ready now to head up the road to Hillsboro to play at Vintage Wines mother operation Black Range Vinyard from 5-7 today.. the place sounds great and the owners have offered me their guest house, but I'm ready to get back to Pioneertown. After todays gig I am going to head as far as Tucson to shorten the 11hr+ drive and sleep at a truck stop and by this time tomorrow I'll be in Pi Town,,, I'll definitely be eating a ribeye from Pappy's tomorrow,,,,,, That's all folks