It's May. It's hot. We now start sweating BEFORE we play a note. I'll take it. After one too many treacherous drives this winter, when the trailer's trajectory didn't always seem to necessarily coincide with that of our passenger transport, I'm ready for a few seasons where black ice is not a regular concern.
So, we've got a couple of things under our belt already...The Nashville IPO Fest, and O'Connors Spring Music Fest. We used each of these to test our newly-expanded repertoire, and we'll continue to do that with the rest of our Spring/Summer dates, starting this Thursday(5/14) at Nashville's Daisy Duke's, where we'll be special guests of Black Shag for their Thursday night residency series there. The next night(5/15) we'll be back in Louisville, KY, closing out a rather eclectic bill at Third Street Dive.
The following weekend we head north, and back to our Marion standard John Brown's On The Square on Friday(5/22). We've got 3 full sets to deliver that night, so we've been working on a few things that will get their official unveiling there in Southern Illinois, before we trek the next 250 miles or so to Pekin the next night (5/23), to open for the live debut of Thomas. Thomas, for anyone who frequents the Central Illinois club scene, is the new project from Bubblegum Jack frontman Tommy Edwards, who I've been writing and producing a new record for with my buddy and former Best Of Seven bandmate Joshua Ketchmark. This will be their first official show, and there might be a guest or two on hand for the event that will make it one not to miss if you're in the area. Check our calendar for details on all of the above.
That wraps up May, but in June we have a few dates on the books, and maybe one or two others shaping up as I type this that we'll have to get into later. For now, we've got an acoustic engagement in Madisonville, KY at The Crowded House on Friday, June 13th, followed by two more back to back Central Illinois dates. The first is opening for former Guns N' Roses drummer Steven Adler's new band Adler at Hat Tricks in Pekin, IL on Friday, June 19th, before doing an acoustic set on Saturday, June 20th, in support of Mr. Big's Eric Martin at The Twisted Spoke Saloon.
That's all the scoop fit to print at the moment, but stay tuned for further details, as I'm certain things will change as soon as I press "publish".
Cheers.....and be good to your mothers,