Seven horses swimmingAll granite head and mossy eyes Eleven bands of ripples wake Iron brown and veed like geese

They stop for a moment in slow unison The ripples gather around them in circles Stones in the gravel bed of a zen garden Stopping for a thousand years to pay their respects To their destination, as if reaching it would relieve them of the struggle that they came for. As if they have traveled this far to see God And now they are afraid.

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I'm on tour this month with my chart-topping duo The Barn Birds, by myself, and with epic chamber-twang ensemble The Pickup Cowboys.

Friday, September 13 House Concert LaGrange, IL 705-352-6463 ernsthouse@comcast.net The Barn Birds

Saturday, September 14 WFMT’s Folkstage Chicago, IL http://www.midnightspecial.org/folkstage.htm The Barn Birds

Sunday, September 15 Cafe Carpe Fort Atkinson, WI The Barn Birds

Monday, September 16 49 West Coffeehouse Annapolis, MD with my buddy David Glaser

Friday, September 20 UU Coffeehouse Columbia, SC http://www.uucoffeehouse.org/ The Pickup Cowboys

Saturday, September 21 Casbah Durham, NC The Pickup Cowboys *a very special night with Barhop String Quartet*

Thursday, September 26 Raleigh Convention Center Raleigh, NC IBMA showcase with The Pickup Cowboys

Friday, September 27 The Crimson Moon Cafe Dahlonega, GA The Pickup Cowboys

Saturday, September 28 Jammin' at Hippie Jack's Crawford, TN The Pickup Cowboys

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