9/17/14 – We left Phoenix this morning, just ahead of Hurricane Odile moving into Arizona…
Ended the day in Las Vegas, New Mexico — where we got to stay at
The #1 SUPER-8 MOTEL in the world!
FREE SOUP! Really nice staff!
9/18/14 – We arrived at our first destination, Fort Morgan, Colorado…
which, as nearly as we can determine, was named after Morgan Fairchild.
(Though, why she needed an entire fort, we can’t say…What was she feeling so threatened by?)
(which, apparently, was NOT named after Morgan Fairchild).
We had a great show! Big audience turn out…
(seems like we’re in the right place, at the right time, to pass the music on)
9/20/14 – Cozad, Nebraska…
and a fellow named Kyle Vincent took some really great new photos of us during the performance –
9/21/14 – Concordia, Kansas…
We had a wonderful* matinee show in Concordia, Kansas for a packed house at a historic (restored) theater called “The Brown Grand”, originally built in 1907…
(*despite the fact that they spelled our name wrong on the marquee ~ not the first time that’s happened ~ oh well…)
While we were setting up, the house manager told us that the theater had a mischievous ghost-in-residence… apparently it’s true because, during the second half of the show, he was messing with my electric upright bass (the sound cut-out right at the beginning of “Zhankoye”… and then, mysteriously, came back on just in time to play the last four measures). Made a believer out of me, I can tell you….
We also filmed this performance…
Here’s the return of the dreaded “FOLK RAP”:
9/22/14 – Today was a travel day. We drove from Concordia, Kansas… to Newton Iowa.
The big “drama” of the day came when we were informed that the presenters in Newton would not be able to provide coffee backstage tomorrow night.
Well, no one ever said that life on the road would be easy!
9/23/14 – Newton, Iowa
Another great show tonight!.. and our friends Scott and Kim Thomas drove all the way from Springfield, Missouri to see us!
9/25/14 – Osage, Iowa…
We got to perform in this beautiful concert hall!
We had a great audience, cheering us on…One of the best concerts of the tour so far!
9/26/14 – Glencoe, Minnesota
We performed in a beautiful church with amazing acoustics!
Passing The Music On at The First Lutheran Church
In Minnesota, they call this sandwich a “beef commercial”….why?… anybody?
(the worst Super 8 Motel – – >)
9/27/14 – Ely, Minnesota
first fall colors waaaaay up North…
Drove from Glencoe to Ely…played a matineé…
drove back to Twin Cities
= 557 miles today
9/28/14 – THE CORN PALACE!!! Mitchell, South Dakota…
(a very unique experience!)
(We videotaped this show & the footage turned out great…)
The next morning, the fire alarm went off in the motel, waking us up at 6:00 A.M.- –
apparently somebody burnt the toast while making their complimentary continental breakfast…
9/29/14 – Willmar, Minnesota
Our good friend Dave Stoddard (from Fergus Falls, MN) joined us onstage with his accordian for a very cool rendition of “Those Were the Days”
9/30/14 – Yankton, South Dakota
This was ONE big flag! It put in an appearance during “This Land Is Your Land”
Another great show!…
One of the friendliest towns we’ve visited so far!
10/1/14 – Yankton, South Dakota to Belle Fourche, South Dakota
(via Mount Rushmore)
and I got a new hat…
10/2/14 – Belle Fourche, South Dakota
We had the day off…
We had another great show tonight!
10/3/14 – Today was a travel day. We drove from Belle Fourche, South Dakota to Grand Junction, Colorado. The route took us through
10/4/14 – Grand Junction, Colorado
We had a wonderful show in Grand Junction, CO with nearly 1400 in attendance! We were welcomed by some of the nicest, most hospitable people we’ve encountered so far…
10/5/14 – Glenwood Springs, Colorado
We were joined on-stage, for a mini-reunion, with our old bandmate, Mack Bailey.
10/6/14 – Craig, Colorado
10/7/14 – Cheyenne, Wyoming
We had a great concert and we got a great write-up in the local newspaper (link below)
10/8/14 – Cheyenne, Wyoming to North Platte, Nebraska
Sheep heading in the wrong direction…please advise!
10/9/14 – North Platte, Nebraska
I love these old theaters!
10/10/14 – Hot Springs, South Dakota
The last concert on the schedule, in Hot Springs, South Dakota was a great finale to a terrific tour! Everybody had a wonderful time, including one lady who was celebrating her 98th birthday…
(now, it’s a very long drive home)
10/11/14 – Hot Springs, South Dakota to Ft. Collins, Colorado
10/12/14 – Ft. Collins, Colorado to Las Vegas, New Mexico