Howdy Partners! Sorry for the hiatus, we’ve had a busy weekend and travelled about 1200 miles since the last blog. Here’s the story:
Friday we rode back down to northwest Arkansas to Siloam Springs where Dan and Lynn Paskiewicz put on a house show for us. Many thanks to them for sharing their home and cooking a few very memorable meals! Great show too! About 40 people came out and hooted and hollered for us, which just made us feel great. Also in attendance was David Farley, our good friend and fine dobro player. David joined us for some songs and never complained about not having played them before. Thanks David! Thanks to everyone who came out Fri. night for some live, homemade music.
Take me to Tulsa! So Saturday we went to Tulsa and played for folks at the Agora Coffee Shop. The Agora C.S. is a great sounding room. We played one long set for an attentive audience (we love attentive audiences), and I think they even laughed at our jokes. First time for everything I guess. Thanks to Laury and Wendell for having us, we had a blast.
Sunday – A day in the car. It took roughly 10 hours to drive from Tulsa to Albuquerque. We watched Oklahoma turn into Texas and then into New Mexico. The landscape goes from cows in rolling hills to cows under windmills to cows in vast, flat expanses to cows in the desert. Saw our first cow processing plant too – cows laying in mud stinking to high heaven – careful what you eat folks. Lots o’ wind farms on the side of the highway, pretty windy out there. When we finally got to Albuquerque we crashed and slept a whole 8 hours (thanks Mike)!
Today we woke up to a beautiful sunny day in Albuquerque and went out to ride the world’s longest tram up Sandia Peak. It’s 10,000 feet to the top and once on top you can see all the way across the desert. After falling off the mountain we travelled south to Truth or Consequences, New Mexico where we spent the afternoon relaxing in the hot springs at the River’s Bend Hot Springs Resort. Then we played some songs for about 50 people – really, really fun night. Now it’s time for more hot springs.
Thanks for reading! We’re getting to know Highway 40 a lot better than we did before. By now we’ve driven on it from Asheville to Albuquerque (there’s a song title for you) and we’ll be getting to know it even more tomorrow as we drive across the rest of New Mexico and Arizona into California. We’ll be out there all day tracking windmill farms and watching the desert go by. See you in California. Seriously, cancel your plans and come to San Francisco this weekend!!