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We're going to be back out on the road again. A west coast jaunt kicked off in San Francisco at The Outside Lands Festival!
We're getting the tour rig primed and ready and hope to see you out there.
8.23.08 Outside Lands Festival (w/ Tom Petty, Ben Harper, M. Ward, Devendra Banhart)
8.24.08 Old Ironsides (w/ Parson Red Heads, An Angle)
8.26.08 Tractor Tavern (w/ Parson Red Heads, Elder Mason)
8.27.08 The Space (w/ Parson Red Heads, Easterly)
8.28.08 The Artistery (w/ The Parson Red Heads & Oh Darling)
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Well....were do I begin, I suppose by saying this tour has been amazing, spiritual, eye opening, tasty, and.....fun as all get out!
We've shared the stage with My Morning Jacket for several shows and it's been so fantastic. The nicest guys in the world, and such a good band!
Jim, Bo, and Carl have joined us on some of the shows to play Bob Dylan's, "You Ain't Goin' Nowhere". Its a pleasure to play with those dudes for sure.
I'll fill in the details in a massive journal entry once we get home, but for now its gotta be the short overview. We are well and happy to be in Europe and
touring with friends and peers.
Oh...and...we played with Neil Young in Ireland last week!! All I can say is it was a dream come true for us. He is a hero, and he plays his heart out every
night. He's a living example of purity.
More very soon,
Hello from a loft in Berlin above the club... What a city! We're staying across the street from one of the last standing pieces of the Berlin wall. We're finally out of the van for a bit, and have a long time between soundcheck and show, so we're currently trying to catch up on sleep, emails, paying bills, conversing, etc. Apologies that we haven't been able to update the site much lately but we've been traveling so much we haven't been able to sit and connect with the interweb much. I'd love to fill you in on each moment of the last few days, but "hello" will have to do for now.
Yesterday was a memorable one. Started the day with a jaunt around Bristol, home to Massive Attack and Portishead, and as I was soon to discover ... Banksy (above). It's incredible to round a corner in a fancy new condo-encrusted neighborhood and find yourself staring at a church built in the year 1200. Some of the buildings had age-old facades that disguised shiny new skeletons just behind, remnants and reminders of the bombings these towns bravely withstood during The War. History is all around us, and our drives between British towns are so eye opening it makes it really tough to fall asleep. In a good way.
We arrived in Sheffield and went to a place called Banker's Draft for a pint. The last time I've been in this town was ten years ago, and I don't recall hanging out much, just playing the show and heading to the next one, so it was nice to sit down and get a feel for the town.The show was pretty cool, we played to a half full room at the Leadmill. They seemed into the show about midway through and we enjoyed our set. My Morning Jacket came out and killed it luke warm audience.
On to Bristol:
This is a beautiful city, full of life and cafes and clubs and smiling faces. We're playing The Academy, a nice sized room with a cool vibe. We're looking forward to playing here tonight. More on that later.
We landed yesterday and were picked up at the airport by our our friend and brother Ajay.
We piled into a small van and rambled up the M1 towards the north. We stopped at a roadside
service area and sat down for a meal at Little Chef. A personal favorite. We had English Breakfast
which for the vegetarian consists of a fried egg, beans, toast, fired tomato, mushrooms and veggie sausage.
the meat eater my find the egg, and several other meats on the plate! Wow...much more to write about...gotta go
to soundcheck now....to be continued....
Tomorrow, we board a plane bound for London. I can't tell you how excited I am to play in this band over in Europe for 3 weeks. Its a dream come true. We'll be sharing the stage with our hero Neil Young and we can't really process how cool that is, what an incredible honor. On top of that, we'll be opening for our friends My Morning Jacket! It couldn't be a better tour. So, wish us luck...I'll try and keep the blog updated as much as possible, but I may be a little slower on the draw.
I'd like to say thanks on behalf of the band to our families, who've supported us in ways we'll never be able to repay, thank you all so much. We couldn't do this without you!!!
Quick recap of Spaceland and Pasadena shows:
Spaceland was amazing. Best one yet!
Pasadena was interesting. Played an outdoor courtyard to a bunch of friends and family and a lot of people who didn't know the band. I think it went over well. It was so hot, we felt like we were baking up there...so the energy was a little low. It was a good show though and afterwards we hung out with family and it was really sweet to be together and catch up. The night ended perfectly...as it always should.
The rig is parked for now and we're home for a week before we fly to Europe to open for My Morning Jacket and Neil Young. I cannot put into words how excited we are!
Thanks to everyone who came out to the shows and supported us on our first trip across the country and thanks to the staff at all of the venues for hosting us. We'll see you next time and we appreciate you more than you'll ever know! A special thanks to Mr. Joel Graves for working harder than anyone we've ever known. Without him, we wouldn't have made it! We love you Joel!!