We're having fun on the "Merlefest on the Road" tour. Everyone is honored to represent the festival and, by extension, the legacy of Doc and Merle Watson.
When the tour started, Chloe in Locust Honey was sick. The next day their bass player John was sick too. Johnny and I avoided the green room all together. It was hard to make friends.
John played bass with two acts a night anyway. He made our set a hundred percent better. A lady said to me after the show, "I'm a nurse and your bass player does not look good." Meredith from Locust Honey somehow managed to avoid the plague.
Last night, Mark Bumgarner and I started a new song in the green room. Chloe and Meredith joined us on stage to sing backup complete with Motown choreography.
We made friends. We have four more shows and they're getting better.
***Merlefest on the Road***
MAR 2 THU
MAR 3 FRI
Johnson City TN
MAR 4 SAT
MAR 5 SUN
The week after, we're going out to Minnesota and Iowa with Charlie Muench of the Stray Birds on bass. Johnny Hermanson of Storyhill will join us in Minneapolis for a powerful double bill.
MAR 9 THU
with Johnny Hermanson
MAR 10 FRI
MAR 11 SAT
MAR 12 SUN
And then later this month a very special show with the McTell Brothers and two-time IBMA Bass Player of the Year Mark Schatz. The Tin Pan has good food, great sound, and a drink named after one of our songs.
MAR 24 FRI
I come every morning when it is still dark to talk to God. I kneel and I listen.
It is like I have come to bed with my clothes on.
It is like I have a hammer with which knit a sweater.
I have forgotten some part of the order.
I look up and God flashes by like a face from the window of a train. I shout I love you and God waves.
The offficial Monday Report instagram photo is what happens when Johnny Waken met wildlife biologist and singer/songwriter Jay Clark in Knoxville TN. This is how we get a head in show business.