I met Rodney Bursiel in Wimberley, Texas at Blue Rock Studios

Blue Rock is a stone fortress and one of the best recording studios in the world, tucked high in a live oak forest in the rolling Hill Country. Everything at Blue Rock is the best. Rodney Bursiel photographs the artists who play at Blue Rock. Because Rodney is the best. 

He also photographs sharks, crocodiles, humpback whales, and now wild horses in France. Every iteration makes me see the subject in an unexpected and visceral way. Rodney Bursiel makes me wonder what photography even is. The texture is a super-realistic illustration. Or a classical painting. 

Follow Rodney on instagram. Every picture is incredible. Every picture will make you wonder how. 

More updates after these tour dates:

APR 6 THU
The Foundry
Athens, GA
benefit for 17-year-old Jacob Ohl, who lost his legs recently in a train accident. Also playing: Natti Love Joys and Dyrty Jay's Gangstagrass Gospel Hour

APR 7 FRI
White Horse Black Mountain
Black Mountain, NC 

APR 9 SUN
Muddy Creek Music Hall
Winston-Salem, NC 

APR 21 THU
Pearl Company
Hamilton, Ontario

APR 23 SUN
The Black Sheep Inn
Wakefield, Quebec

APR 26 WED
Gladstone Ballroom
Toronto, Ontario 

APR 29 SAT
Eddie's Attic
Decatur, GA

Johnny and I stopped in Fayetteville, Arkansas this week to shoot some video with Red Barn Studio. Thanks to our friends The Steel Wheels for having us open for them at George’s Majestic Lounge while we were in town. 

Two days later, we were in Richmond, Virginia. One of the coolest things we’ve done lately is invite The McTell Brothers to open for us. They’ve been coming with their mom to see us for years, shyly asking for autographs and taking notes on what gear we were using or how our show had changed from the last time. Then one evening at a show, they gave us their CD. I of course asked them to autograph it. We listened on the way home and it was great! Fine guitar playing, harmony singing, and song writing. 

I think the McTell Brothers are eighteen years old now, though they sound like they’re from the 1970’s. They played a mesmerizing opening set opening at The Tin Pan, by turns sounding like the Everly Brothers, Simon and Garfunkel, and the Beatles. Look for them to take over the world soon. 

We love The Tin Pan and are dreaming up a CD release show for the fall. The bartender creates a new drink for every show based on one of the band’s songs. This time it was a Temporary Tattoo, a mix of bourbon, lemon and ginger. One too many and it turns into a Permanent Tattoo. 

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Food report: Our friend Bayard Blain, a great luthier in Fayetteville, greeted us with stewed venison and vegetables. I had a great chorizo and grits omelet the next morning at Arsaga’s Depot

We left Fayetteville very early the next day and got breakfast at our favorite spot in Little Rock, The Root Cafe. We stopped for supper at Graze, a vegetarian restaurant in East Nashville. Neither of us are vegetarians but we think they’re delicious. 

Then we had Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams, which is right next door to Graze. Then we had an espresso for the road at Ugly Mugs, two doors down. Talk about touring right. 

But the best meal I had this whole week was homemade curry chicken and saag paneer, and a side of breaded bacon to welcome daddy home. Yes, breaded bacon- with cornmeal, pecans, brown sugar, and cayenne. Either she loves me or she’s killing me very slowly. 

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We’re bringing Corin Raymond back! Arkansas, Oklahoma, Texas, and Louisiana, get ready for the tall-teller and song-singer from the north country. He’s got a head full of hobo jungle fever dreams and a heart as big as Ontario. To top it all off like handmade tartar sauce on fresh Maryland crabcakes, Mark Schatz will be with us on bass. The show will be unstoppable. 

MAY 10 WED
Eureka Unitarian Church
Eureka Springs, AR

MAY 11 THU
Buffalo River Concert Series
Fayetteville, AR 

MAY 12 FRI
Newton County Cabin
Western Grove, AR 

MAY 13 SAT
The Rock House
Reeds Spring, MO 

MAY 14 SUN
The Vanguard
Tulsa, OK 

MAY 16 TUE
McGonigel's Mucky Duck
Houston, TX 

MAY 17 WED
Gruene Hall
New Braunfels, TX 

MAY 19 FRI
Lake Charles Raquet Club
Lake Charles, LA 

MAY 23 TUE
Shipping and Receiving
Fort Worth, TX 

MAY 27 SAT
Kerrville Folk Festival
Kerrville, TX

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Thanks for reading, y’all. You give all my dreams a place to go. Your fan, 

JByrd

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