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The Pickup Cowboys

Do you think The Pickup Cowboys are distinguished looking gentlemen? You ought to hear them. Friday, September 20 UU Coffeehouse Columbia, SC www.uucoffeehouse.org

Saturday, September 21 Casbah Durham, NC www.casbahdurham.com Barhop String Quartet opens

Friday, September 27, The Crimson Moon Cafe Dahlonega, GA www.thecrimsonmoon.com

Saturday, September 28, Jammin' at Hippie Jack's Crawford, TN http://www.jamminathippiejacks.com/

Download free live shows: https://jonathanbyrd.bandcamp.com/album/live-at-billsborough

https://jonathanbyrd.bandcamp.com/album/live-at-the-red-wing-roots-music-festival

Tell your friends. Share. Spread the Byrd. Your fan,

JByrd

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Destinations

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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Trouble

Florida, the world's largest pier. Orchids and streetwalkers. Panhandlers and mansions. Cowboys and shark steaks.

In the midst of this fruit salad, there's a folk music community as strong as any in the country. There are songwriting fans here to rival Texans, and I don't say that lightly. Community-run radio stations with socialist goals and libertarian means, WMNF and WSLR completely remodeled my ticket sales this weekend. Thank you.

It's turning fall. The high was only 97 yesterday. At night it dipped into the 80s. Sitting outside in downtown Sarasota at midnight, I remembered waking up in my mother's lap in church, warm and salty, my face in a small spot of drool on her polyester dress. Today I drove out to Indian Rocks Beach and waded into the great blue womb, tiny fish darting around my legs in a crystal bathwater ocean. Looking back from the water, it all made sense.

Gun runners and green grocers. Spanish moss and Cuban bread. Mickey Mouse and the mafia.

I walked back out and put my towel to my face but it was already dry. Two hundred yards to the car and my suit was dry too. Sand so white I was blinded, now a salt rub on the dark floormat of my rental car.

Tonight's gig might have been the best of all in a carpeted, paneled living room with a cheap sound system and plastic chairs, a raised triangular plywood stage that peaked out from one wall and sounded like a kick drum under the toe of my right boot. The air conditioner couldn't keep up. My head went swimming. People gasped. They laughed. They sang and clapped. I swam aloud and gulped warm water between lungfuls of songs that I vaguely remembered were mine.

After the show, a public defender kissed me on the cheek. A woman with dementia, otherwise silent the entire night, sat up and sang an old song so beautifully I thought I was dreaming, as if the moment was so fragile that we could simply wake up from it. A retired Navy man told me he A-bombed Christmas Island in 1962 and then marched in Washington DC in 1963, holding high a picket sign and listening as Dr. King said, "I have a dream." He still has the program.

We drove out after the gig tonight to the Colonnade, a vintage Tampa restaurant with a view of the bay. I ordered tuna sashimi and a deep-fried crab cake. I was getting the hang of this milieu. Our waiter was sweetly apologetic for the items they'd run out of and apparently delighted to wait on us as we held the last table on a Sunday night. My friend asked him what his name was.

"Trouble," he said. We all laughed.

He twisted his head to the side and said, "Did I pronounce it wrong?"

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download the live radio performance from yesterday

Here's the live interview and performance from WMNF in Tampa yesterday. Now read carefully. This is "pay what you want." It's a bandcamp designation that's only semantically different from "free." Bandcamp is going to ask you how much you want to pay. Enter "0." Let the download begin.

If paying for free stuff is your spiritual yoga, then who am I to judge you? I spent a couple hours editing and uploading. Don't pay for the meal, just leave a tip. Seriously. Enjoy it and thanks for listening.

Spread the Byrd. Or, in Pirate English, "Blabber t' yer mates."

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Norwegian Woodwinds

I saw my beautiful family for about an hour. I washed my clothes and ironed a couple of shirts. Can you believe I still have to iron my own shirts? I know. Me neither. I'm driving to Florida. One of the top five interview questions of all time is: "What are you listening to?" http://editionrecords.bandcamp.com/album/birds

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Florida bound

Florida this week. I'm bringing as much cool Cascadian air as I can fit in my guitar case. I'll probably still have coffee grounds on the soles of my boots. Y'all come. Friday, September 6, 8pm Fogartyville Community Arts Center 525 Kumquat Ct Sarasota, FL 34236 www.sarasotapeacenter.org

Saturday, September 7, 8pm House Concert Seminole, FL 727-422-6583, Huegelc55@aol.com www.ourkindoffolk.com

Sunday, September 8, 5pm South Tampa Concerts Tampa, FL gsholloway@Email.com 813-837-6572

Spread the Byrd.

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We're #1! And #2. What a world.

I woke up this morning, after the first leg of The Barn Birds' CD release tour, to find we are #1 AND #2 on folk radio. TOP SONGS OF AUGUST 2013 Compiled by Richard Gillmann from FOLKDJ-L radio playlists

1. "We Used To Be Birds" by Jonathan Byrd & Chris Kokesh from "The Barn Birds" 2. "One Night At A Time" by Jonathan Byrd & Chris Kokesh from "The Barn Birds"

Folk DJs are the last real DJs. They are mostly volunteers, spending hours of their week listening, planning, and hosting only because they're the biggest music fans on the planet. They listen to the whole record and play what they like. They don't play what they don't like, no matter how much money or hype is behind a record.

Thank you to our excellent radio promoter, Erik Balkey of Hudson Harding Music. Thank you to the folk DJs for getting behind The Barn Birds. Thank you to our fans for making requests and tuning in. "We're not in the music industry. We're in the music community." - Mitch Podolak

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All over the damn map

I ate lunch at a gas station yesterday. Roasted vegetables with goat cheese and shaved hazelnuts for $6, in a compostable container. There was kombucha on tap. I have to get out of Oregon before I lose my edge. No fear. I'm going to Florida after this. I have a concealed Bic and I'm not afraid to use it.

I don't get down to Florida much and I need your help to spread the word and get folks out to the shows. Here's what's happening. First, two more shows in Oregon.

Tonight, 7pm Dover House Concert Portland, OR 503-730-3189 ddover2@earthlink.net www.facebook.com/pages/Doverlaff-House-Concerts/215303358498372

Monday, Sep 2, 1-7pm Timberline Lodge Labor Day Americana Festival Government Camp, OR http://www.timberlinelodge.com/americana-music-festival/

Then Florida. (I gotta talk to my agent about routing.)

Friday, Sep 6 Fogartyville Community Arts Center Sarasota, FL

Saturday, Sep 7 House Concert Seminole, FL http://www.ourkindoffolk.com

Sunday, Sep 8 South Tampa Concerts Tampa, FL gsholloway@Email.com 813.837.6572

Then the Barn Birds are back on the road.

Friday, September 13 House Concert LaGrange, IL

Saturday, September 14 WFMT's Folkstage Chicago, IL

Sunday, September 15 Cafe Carpe Fort Atkinson, WI

And lastly, back in the south with The Pickup Cowboys:

Friday, September 20 UU Coffeehouse Columbia, SC

Saturday, September 21 Casbah Durham, NC W the Barhop String Quartet!

Friday, September 27 The Crimson Moon Cafe Dahlonega, GA

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

Thanks for helping me spread the Byrd.

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Go Northwest, young man!

I'm touring Oregon with Chris Kokesh and our new CD "The Barn Birds" starting on Thursday. Thursday, August 29, 7:00PM The Dalles Art Center 220 E 4th St The Dalles, OR Get your tickets now. Email victor@victorjohnson.com

Friday, August 30, 8:00PM Tsunami Books 2585 Willamette St Eugene, OR Tickets available at Tsunami Books. Call 541-345-8986. www.facebook.com/pages/Tsunami-Books/136747863022307

Saturday, August 31, 8:00PM Pistol River Friendship Hall 94235 Carpenterville Rd Pistol River, OR Call Laura at 541-698-7819 or prcalaura@gmail.com. Tickets available at Wright's Custom Framing (Brookings) 541-469-7900 or Gold Beach Books (Gold Beach) 541-247-2495. www.pistolriver.com

Sunday, September 1, 7:00PM Dover House Concert Portland, OR For information, contact Dan at 503-730-3189 or ddover2@earthlink.net. www.facebook.com/pages/Doverlaff-House-Concerts/215303358498372

Monday, September 2, 1:00-7:00PM Timberline Lodge Labor Day Americana Festival Timberline Lodge 27500 W Leg Rd Government Camp, OR

For more information, call 503-272-3134 or email info@timberlinelodge.com

http://www.timberlinelodge.com/americana-music-festival/

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The Barn Birds CD has been getting good reviews!

http://www.nodepression.com/profiles/blogs/cd-review-the-barn-birds-the-barnbirds-waterbug-2013

http://www.cmt.com/news/country-music/1711900/vince-gill-guy-clark-contribute-summer-great-music.jhtml

Good ol' hard copies and new-fangled downloads are available online from Waterbug Records, CDBaby, iTunes, Bandcamp, Amazon, Barnes and Noble - go have fun looking for it. We need reviews on all those sites. If you like The Barn Birds, keep it simple and tell people why you enjoy the record on any and all of those web stores. Your reviews, and even just visiting the pages, helps us become visible on the internet when people are searching for cool new music.

More dates coming up for The Barn Birds:

9/13 LaGrange, IL. Ernst House Concert 9/14 Chicago, IL. WFMT’s Folkstage 9/15 Fort Atkinson, WI. Café Carpe

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Getting in touch

I'm in Ontonagon, Michigan, on the southern shore of Lake Superior. Time moves slowly here. I met a man yesterday who was upset that Simon and Garfunkel broke up. I was respectful, but I wondered silently how you can stay so out of touch. He and his wife have never attended the festival I'm playing, only ten miles away.

The main stage of the Porcupine Mountains Music Festival is at the bottom of a ski hill. After my set yesterday, I walked up the hill and turned around to survey the greatest of all lakes. If you lost your floater in the Nipigon River, it might be two hundred years before it reached Lake Huron. You could sink South Carolina in it. The stage was a pitiful postcard against that backdrop, a fleck of humanity on the beard of a great cold maw.

So maybe Simon and Garfunkel did just break up. 43 years ago. That's my age and, from the top of the ski hill, I can't even make it out.

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We need reviews!

If you're a fan of The Barn Birds, we need two things that you'll probably enjoy doing. First, our album The Barn Birds is live on iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/the-barn-birds/id691431130

We need you to write a review of our record. Keep it simple and tell people why you love The Barn Birds. Feel free also to listen and share the iTunes link with your friends.

Second, our record is live on CDBaby. We need reviews there, too.

http://www.cdbaby.com/cd/jonathanbyrdandchriskoke

If you go to iTunes and you see a few good reviews, go over to CDBaby and write one. And the other way around. CDBaby is fiercely supportive of independent artists and is, in fact, the reason that our record is on iTunes, Pandora, Spotify, and most every other digital provider. CDBaby made that possible and efficient for indies.

These reviews and page views will make us visible on the web and in searches for cool new music. Thank you for helping us turn people on to what we think is a great album and live act.

These are The Barn Birds dates for the rest of the year. We don't expect to add any more. See us while you can, and please SHARE.

Thursday, August 29, 2013 | The Dalles Arts Center | Dalles, OR Friday, August 30, 2013 | Tsunami Books | Eugene, OR Saturday, August 31, 2013 | Friendship Hall | Pistol River, OR Sunday, September 1, 2013 | House Concert | Portland, OR (503-730-3189, ddover2@earthlink.net, www.facebook.com/pages/Doverlaff-House-Concerts/215303358498372 Monday, September 2, 2013 | Timberline Lodge American Music Festival | Timberline Lodge, OR

Friday, September 13, 2013 | House Concert | LaGrange, IL (705-352-6463, ernsthouse@comcast.net) Saturday, September 14, 2013 | WFMT's Folkstage | Chicago, IL Sunday, September 15, 2013 | Cafe Carpe | Fort Atkinson, WI

Thursday, October 3, 2013 | The Hezekiah Stone Coffeehouse | Leicester, MA Friday, October 4, 2013 | Folkus Project | Syracuse, NY Saturday, October 5, 2013 | House Concert | Hamilton, NY (jbary@colgate.edu) Sunday, October 6, 2013 | House Concert | Rochester, NY (585-342-3995, ricmon31@aol.com) Wednesday, October 9, 2013 | The Burren | Somerville, MA Thursday, October 10, 2013 | B Side Ballroom | Oneonta, NY Friday, October 11, 2013 | Steel City Coffeehouse | Phoenixville, PA Saturday, October 12, 2013 | Moore Music (In the House) | Derwood, MD Sunday, October 13, 2013 | Village Concerts | Palmyra, VA Friday, October 18, 2013 | Columbus Performing Arts Center | Columbus, OH

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The Barn Birds are on tour and the album is out!

Howdy we're in Lexington, Kentucky for the Woodsongs Old-Time Radio Hour, also with Melissa Ferrick, live webcast tonight at 7pm EDT. It's also broadcast on over 500 radio stations, Armed Forces radio, and on some PBS stations. Check the website for details on that. And dive into the archives! - Joe Lewis Walker, Aoife O'Donovan, The McCrary Sisters, The Deadly Gentlemen - it's an amazing resource of great American music. The Barn Birds album is out! We love the words "album" and "record." They have outlived format names like "LP" and "8-track" and "MiniDisc." It is an album of our best work, recorded for you to enjoy. We hope you love it. If you hate it, turn it up really loud and leave it playing in your house while you're at work so your neighbors can check it out. You can listen and download on bandcamp or order a CD from Waterbug Records. It will be on iTunes this week, Spotify, Rdio, Pandora, and your mama's new music website by Friday.

Back in the analog world, you can come out and actually smell us on tour at these shows:

Thursday, August 29, 2013 | The Dalles Arts Center | Dalles, OR Friday, August 30, 2013 | Tsunami Books | Eugene, OR Saturday, August 31, 2013 | Friendship Hall | Pistol River, OR Sunday, September 1, 2013 | House Concert | Portland, OR (503-730-3189, ddover2@earthlink.net, www.facebook.com/pages/Doverlaff-House-Concerts/215303358498372

Monday, September 2, 2013 | Timberline Lodge American Music Festival | Timberline Lodge, OR

Friday, September 13, 2013 | House Concert | LaGrange, IL (705-352-6463, ernsthouse@comcast.net) Saturday, September 14, 2013 | WFMT's Folkstage | Chicago, IL

Sunday, September 15, 2013 | Cafe Carpe | Fort Atkinson, WI

Thursday, October 3, 2013 | The Hezekiah Stone Coffeehouse | Leicester, MA Friday, October 4, 2013 | Folkus Project | Syracuse, NY Saturday, October 5, 2013 | House Concert | Hamilton, NY (jbary@colgate.edu) Sunday, October 6, 2013 | House Concert | Rochester, NY (585-342-3995, ricmon31@aol.com) Wednesday, October 9, 2013 | The Burren | Somerville, MA Thursday, October 10, 2013 | B Side Ballroom | Oneonta, NY Friday, October 11, 2013 | Steel City Coffeehouse | Phoenixville, PA Saturday, October 12, 2013 | Moore Music (In the House) | Derwood, MD Sunday, October 13, 2013 | Village Concerts | Palmyra, VA Friday, October 18, 2013 | Columbus Performing Arts Center | Columbus, OH

Stay tuned to facebook.com/jonathanbyrdmusic, this website, @jonathanbyrd on twitter, and also facebook.com/chris.kokesh.music. Most importantly, tell your friends how much you like our music. Bring a group to a show. Bring a date; these are love songs.

Share everything you can and help us launch The Barn Birds into flight!

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Do You dream?

http://jonathanbyrd.bandcamp.com/album/live-at-billsborough Good Sunday morning! The Pickup Cowboys and I were blessed with another great recording two weeks ago at Billsborough in Hillsborough, North Carolina. We picked the best of our performances and made an 11-song live album. Just between me and 3,541 of my closest friends, here's the link to download it.

Pay if the spirit moves you, enter zero if you've fallen on hard times. It's just like the offering plate. The Lord loves you either way, but the church needs your support.

Spread the Byrd. In the digital world, there are always enough loaves and fishes to go around. I'll leave you with the same words that end this live performance, from the original pickup cowboy, Matt Fockler.

"Do you dream? Do your dreams come true? What do you see? What do you do to make it happen?"

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Shalom, y'all.

We went to a family wedding this weekend on the mighty Hudson River. Mary's family is Jewish and a good Jewish wedding is a real wang dang doodle. They drink right at the table. In my family, you had to go out to your truck to drink. Jews dance, too. Even the preacher! The whole thing would be a scandal among my people. I went along with it and raised a bunch of hell too, to be respectful. I kept my hat on during the service so I wouldn't stand out. I enjoyed the preaching. It was in several different languages, like an international flight. I picked up that the word "shalom" means "peace," and the preacher said the root of "shalom" means "to be complete."

Then the bride and groom drank cheap wine in front of everybody. The preacher handed them another glass and they were already so drunk they threw it on the ground and stomped it flat. That got everybody riled up and we all jumped up, went inside and got our own drinks. We never did get back to the ceremony and the preacher left.

After a day with my rowdy Jewish family, eating, drinking, praying, eating, dancing, eating, telling jokes, eating, drinking, dancing some more, eating, and then dancing until the band got fed up and went home, I felt at peace. I felt complete. I sure wasn't hungry.

This little guy danced everybody into the ground. His mama is Jewish. They say that means that he's Jewish. I think they're right about that. If you'd seen him dance, you'd know he damn sure isn't Baptist.

Shalom, y'all. If I keep having this much fun, I might have to convert. I already had the required surgery, but maybe we could rig up something with velcro. Just to make it feel complete.

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The Barn Birds fly

The official release date of our new record, The Barn Birds, is August 13th. Thanks to everyone who downloaded the digital pre-release in December. You made a CD possible. The artwork is the gorgeous photography of Rodney Bursiel (Willie Nelson, Shawn Colvin, Lyle Lovett, Sarah Jarosz, Patrick Duffy...!) and John Dixon's dimensional design work. Quality control for the disc was seen through by Brent Lambert of Kitchen Mastering. My guitar sounds like it's on your face. Chris Kokesh is a fiddle player, singer, songwriter, and guitarist from Portland, Oregon. I met her at a song academy near Sisters, Oregon, playing songs around a fire. She had taught songwriting all week, and knocked me out that night with her fine fiddle playing. I brought her on stage with me at the Sisters Folk Festival and again the next year. We toured the Pacific Northwest together. It all went so well that we built the momentum into an album and the album into this tour.

"(Chris) Kohesh's songs of lost love, regret, community, and brave persistance... float effortlessly into the place where longing, love and nostalgia meet.” ~Eugene Weekly

Here are the dates we're playing this fall:

Thursday, August 29, 2013 | The Dalles Arts Center | Dalles, OR Friday, August 30, 2013 | Tsunami Books | Eugene, OR Saturday, August 31, 2013 | Friendship Hall | Pistol River, OR Sunday, September 1, 2013 | House Concert | Portland, OR Monday, September 2, 2013 | Timberline Lodge American Music Festival | Timberline Lodge, OR

Friday, September 13, 2013 | House Concert | LaGrange, IL Saturday, September 14, 2013 | WFMT's Folkstage | Chicago, IL

Thursday, October 3, 2013 | The Hezekiah Stone Coffeehouse | Leicester, MA Friday, October 4, 2013 | Folkus Project | Syracuse, NY Saturday, October 5, 2013 | House Concert | Hamilton, NY Sunday, October 6, 2013 | House Concert | Rochester, NY Wednesday, October 9, 2013 | The Burren | Somerville, MA Thursday, October 10, 2013 | B Side Ballroom | Oneonta, NY Friday, October 11, 2013 | Steel City Coffeehouse | Phoenixville, PA Saturday, October 12, 2013 | Moore Music (In the House) | Derwood, MD Sunday, October 13, 2013 | Village Concerts | Palmyra, VA Friday, October 18, 2013 | Columbus Performing Arts Center | Columbus, OH

Stay tuned to my website, facebook.com/jonathanbyrdmusic, thebarnbirds.com, @jonathanbyrd on twitter, and also facebook.com/chris.kokesh.music. Most importantly, tell your friends how much you like our music. Bring a group to a show. Bring a date; these are love songs!

I'll post more info soon with contacts for the house concerts, show times, etc. Share everything you can and help us launch The Barn Birds into flight!

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Happy Mothers Day

I was on the run from the law once for about three months. I rented an apartment, set up utilities, got a job, and navigated an emergency room visit with an invented identity. The US Navy and the police looked for me but they didn't find me. My mother found me.

My mother loves Jesus, America, and a good steak. Being impolite is just short of a sin for her. She did not turn me in. She called to make sure that I was safe.

When the Navy gave up and mailed my discharge papers home, she called me again to let me know. She drove four hours to see me play in a heavy metal band. She is not, to put it mildly, a fan of heavy metal.

The band didn't work out. Mama welcomed me into her home. I got a job and started another band. And another. Out of desperation I toured as a solo songwriter and accidentally hit my stride. Before I left home, Mama earned her Masters at night school while working full time at UNC and probably cleaning up after me. I did inherit this: If no one else will do the dishes, I must. Even at someone else's house.

Now I have a child and, Mama, I am so sorry. Oh God. It's hard. My only armor is this doctorate in Unconditional Love from the master.

Rock star. Saint. My mother. Happy Mother's Day, Mama.

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I'm selling out.

This weekend was astounding. You gave me so much. Three sold out nights in a row. Three gifts for Rowan from people who've never met him. Three nights with Chris Bartoš on my right side turning the sonic camera on my lyrics. Three thousand dollars to take home to my family. What I really want now is to sell every last ticket for Hugh's Room on Wednesday night. Hugh's Room is Toronto's perfect listening room with great sound, amphitheater views, table seating, a menu and a full bar. Toronto Life called it "a Canadian version of Austin City Limits.”

Chris Bartoš will join me on stage and I can't say enough about him. He's the perfect frame for that painting you love. He's the paper lanterns at the Mexican restaurant. He's the thing you barely notice until he's gone and then you can't believe how much of him was there and how perfect he was. Chris Bartoš is the reason that The Law and the Lonesome was Tamara Kater's "album of the decade" in Penguin Eggs. You thought it was me, but I just wrote the script. Bartoš made the movie.

Also playing that night is Catherine MacLellan, accompanied by Chris Gauthier on guitar. Honestly, I have a hard time sitting still for a whole show, I'm not a good spectator, but I sat in a chair for their whole show last week at the Legion Hall in Tamworth, mesmerized. http://www.catherinemaclellan.com/

Wednesday, March 6, 8:30pm Hugh's Room 2261 Dundas Street West Toronto, ON M6R 1X6 (416)531-6604 www.hughsroom.com/ Make your reservations now online, http://hughsroom.com/reservations/

Please share this status, tell your friends, get a group together for a great night of dinner and a show. Everyone you turn on to this will thank you for weeks.

On Friday, we're bringing this same show to another one of Canada's most legendary venues, the Black Sheep Inn. I love this from their website, "Arrive at least 90 minutes prior for a chance at seating because seating is very limited. For busy shows, it is mostly standing, really. You need to know that we are a club venue, which means a mix of seating, standing, wandering around and dancing. We are proudly a workingman's jukejoint divebar tavern. We are in a dusty little Quebec village, north of Gatineau. Please do not expect a quaint inn, bistro, theatre, or hall."

Keeping it real, Friday night:

Friday, March 8, 8:30pm Black Sheep Inn 753 Riverside Drive Wakefield, QC (819)459-3228 http://www.theblacksheepinn.com/ with Catherine MacLellan -from the website: "both blacksheep favourites, highest recommendation possible"-

and then my last show in Ontario this time:

Saturday, March 9, 8pm MERA Schoolhouse McDonalds Corners - Elphin Recreation & Arts 974 Concession 9A McDonalds Corners, ON K0G 1M0 shakeyacres@hotmail.com -WILL ALMOST CERTAINLY SELL OUT-

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tour dates February-March 2013

Saturday, February 16, 7:30pmSippin' Lizzard Coffee House Greater Flint Arts Council Gallery 816 South Saginaw Street Flint, MI 48503 rongail1@charter.net www.flintfolkmusic.org

and the rest of the tour...

Sunday, February 17, 7pm Salt of the Earth 114 East Main Street Fennville, MI 49408 www.saltoftheearthfennville.com 269-561-7258, music@saltoftheearthfennville.com

Saturday, February 23, 8pm Abbott Hall 714B Addington Street Tamworth, ON L0K 3G0 moliver@bell.net, (613)379-2808 w/ Catherine MacLellan, www.catherinemaclellan.com/

Friday, March 1, 8pm Folkway Music 163 Suffolk Street West Guelph, ON N1H 2J7 info@folkwaymusic.com, (519)763-5524 www.folkwaymusic.com

Saturday, March 2, 8pm House Concert Sudbury, ON housecon.sud@gmail.com, (705)920-4753

Sunday, March 3 House Concert Hamilton, ON -SOLD OUT-

Wednesday, March 6, 8:30pm Hugh's Room 2261 Dundas Street West Toronto, ON M6R 1X6 (416)531-6604 www.hughsroom.com/

Friday, March 8, 8:30pm Black Sheep Inn 753 Riverside Drive Wakefield, QC (819)459-3228 http://www.theblacksheepinn.com/

Saturday, March 9, 8pm MERA Schoolhouse McDonalds Corners - Elphin Recreation & Arts 974 Concession 9A McDonalds Corners, ON K0G 1M0 shakeyacres@hotmail.com

Sunday, March 10, 6pm House Concert Oswego, NY 410-739-2225, 315-532-8240 triciashouseconcerts@gmail.com

Tuesday, March 12 House Concert Somerville, MA tombianchi@gmail.com 617-256-4527

Wednesday, March 13 The Burren Somerville, MA http://www.burren.com/

Thursday, March 14, 7pm River Spirit Music Hastings-on-Hudson, NY 347-687-4276, peter@riverspiritmusic.com www.riverspiritmusic.com

Friday, March 15, 7:30pm Occasional Concert Series Plainfield, VT 802-454-7334, kbmt@ezcloud.com

Saturday, March 16, 7:30pm Chocolate Church Arts Center 804 Washington Street Bath, ME 207-442-8637, 207-442-8455 (venue), bbowers@chocolatechurcharts.org www.chocolatechurcharts.org

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The Badger, The North Star, and The Lone Star

I'm touring both ends of I-35 in November. It's good to be home for a couple of weeks. Mary made some pear-ginger pancakes for breakfast and headed off to work. Rowan and I had a good morning at home. He helped me wash clothes and built about 3 miles of wooden train track. He's sleeping now.

Friday, November 2, 7:30pm Pump House Regional Arts Center 119 King Street, La Crosse, WI 54601 608-785-1434, toni@thepumphouse.org www.thepumphouse.org

We hung a clothesline up in our living room. Until a few weeks ago, we had a folding wooden clothes dryer that belonged to Mary's grandmother. After a couple of years of gluing, taping, and drilling little screws into it, Mary finally took it out back and shot it.

Today, I washed a load of silk thermals and wool socks. I wrestled with my masculine side about whether to put them in the dryer. In the end, I decided that if I was wimpy enough to be wearing thermal underwear this early in the season, that I wasn't man enough to put silk in the dryer.

I went to the garage and got a hank of paracord, brought it in, and anchored each end around the head rail of the blinds on opposite sides of the room. Rowan said, "What are you doing?"

"I'm making a clothesline."

"Can I help?"

Saturday, November 3, 7pm Creek House St. Paul, MN 651-633-5353, glenn@elvig.com www.creekhouseconcerts.com

Sunday, November 4, 4:30pm The CamelBack Studio Rochester, MN 904-614-1680, camelbackconcerts@gmail.com www.timhildebrandt.biz/studio.htm

Tuesday, November 6, 7:30pm House Concert Fergus Falls, MN 218-205-1589, lindamellon@mac.com

Wednesday, November 7, 7pm Locust Street Hotel 720 South Minnesota Avenue St. Peter, MN 56082 612-990-0090, sabine@hickorytech.net www.locuststreethotel.com

Thursday, November 8, 7pm Riehle House Concert Callaway, MN 218-234-6700, riehleconcerts@hotmail.com

Friday, November 9, 7:30pm Live Well Nightclub and Coffee Bar 5459 County Road 18 Nisswa, MN 55468 218-829-4092, 218-838-4266, grassrootsconcerts@charter.net www.grassrootsconcerts.org

Saturday, November 10, 7:30pm Carson Meeting House 49521 County Rd 3 Delft, MN 56101 507-830-0395, bboldt@mindspring.com www.mnriv.com/windfolk.html

I stood on a chair. Rowan helped me pull the brightly-colored line through for the end knots. Once we had it tied, I got clothespins out of a drawer in the kitchen. "Do you know how to squeeze these?"

"Yeah." I held him up so he could put the clothespins on the clothesline. He said, "Clothespins." Slowly and deliberately. "Clothespins."

I went back to get the wet clothes. Rowan sat down on the floor to play with his trains again. I hung up clothes. He kept asking, "What are you doing?"

"You know how water turns to steam?"

"You put it on the stove and it boils."

"That's right. These clothes are wet. The water is going to evaporate. It will become steam." Kind of. He's two and a half. I'm not ready to explain the difference between steam and vapor. I had another idea, though.

Wednesday, November 14, 7pm Artworks 1840 Nacogdoches Road San Antonio, TX 78209 210-862-2787, lisamares@yahoo.com www.artworksartstudio.com

Thursday, November 15, 9pm JAX Neighborhood Cafe 2828 Rio Grande St Austin, TX 78705 512-382-1570, barber333@gmail.com www.jaxjoint.com

Friday, November 16, 7:30pm Barnes Concerts Houston, TX bildeann@swbell.net

"Did you know that ice is water, too?" I went to the freezer and got a couple of ice cubes. I put them in a little cooking pot and came back into the living room. I showed them to Rowan. "See? It's just hard water." I knocked on them. A small pool of water was forming fast. "Look. They are becoming water because they're getting warmer."

He looked at me and smiled. "We can put them on the stove and make steam!"

"Yes!" I picked him up. We went to the range and put the ice cubes on a low flame. I swirled them around and they became water.

"Now." I said. "We took ice and made water. Now we're going to take water and make..." I waited for his answer.

"Pancakes."

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