Time for another free wireless update. What a day. Didn't have time to post stuff before our last two gigs.
Root beer attracts them. What is it with Bees and this tour?
Dickey James Schools Me Again
The Dickey James band were on fire at Birdys. Wow.
Ken Tucker is a Bad Ass Player
Got the chops.
Travellin Mac is our guiding saint.
God bless you Mr Novak
Garlic Festival was Amazing
Every now and again you have a day that forms the foundation of a memory. To be aware of it whilst it's occurring is a gift. Thank you Dave.
There can be no greater honor than to be mentioned in dispatches. Jim has a heart as big as a planet. It was a rare pleasure.
The Hoosier Darlings
I got footage. you'll see it when I get a chance. Awesome.
Notes on a day
At the end of all things there is nothing left but love. When you feel it, there's nothing else.
We love you too dear reader.
More when I get back from seeing Jeffs water buffalo. No I'm not kidding.
Good Mroning and welcome to the Stormcellar News Network, the only channel dedicated to stuff what happens to the boys (and Jo) whilst on tour.
This Mornings Headlines:
Mark from Spirit Wear in Fort Wayne is a Legend
Getting that custom shirt for Mac done at 0 notice, picking up a tshirt and driving it to the gig? Bravo Sir, Bravo. Yes I'm plugging his business, go see him for Stuff in Fort Wayne, like printing.
Bill Lupkin Schools Me Again
I had to play harp last night in front of another master player. Bugger. Bill very kindly joined us for some songs. I got schooled. I know that phrase is rather poor English, speaking of 'schooling', but it remains true. Tone, skills, taste, a true Master of the instrument. Thank you Mr Lupkin. I am totally going to rip some of those phrases off.
Tommy Lee Drives 12 Hours to do our sound tonight
What can I add to that? Thanks Tommy Lee.
Zico is one funny Guy
X is quick but Zico is quicker. Thanks for coming out to see us. See you in KC.
Hey Mo, Mr Balt seems like a genuinely nice bloke
I know you read the blog and Mark came out to see us. I ought to run a personals column.
You can get good eats at 3 am in Fort Wayne
Thanks to the gang at Henrys.
I miss my Harpmaster 3000
I left my custom harp case back in Oz 'cos it was too bulky. I miss it. I have a miniature replacement case and it's just not working. Harps scattered across the floor, can't find the key, ARRRGH!!!
I love these guys
Travelling with this irregular outfit of miscreants remains a pleasure and their onstage performance are truly a thing of beauty. It's a peculiar world with random events that take us away from the course we chart. Whether we're headed in the correct direction, or following the GPS down some obscure back alley, I am in good hands.
575 Road Deaths And Climbing in Illinois
When we arrived it was 522. They post it on the sigboards as you drive down the freeway. Take it easy out there folks.
Right, coffee finished, free wifi burning, time to google a breakfast nook, round up the cellar fellers (and lass) and go out into the sunshine. Where's the famous stormcellar weather? Hmmm.
Stay tuned for more headlines when we have'em.
Howdy Folks, tonight we're in Terre Haute, taking the high ground with the Ken Tucker band.
I've been listening to this for two days now and I love it...
What happens when we go on tour? This happens. With love to Dee and Becky. We'll get a studio version of this song done at some point, maybe soon, but meanwhile, here's the live, unfiltered iPhone mic recording from beside the Rock River at the Blackhawk Trail Lodge. http://youtu.be/rUBnC5TBR5Q.
For you lyric freaks (MJEB what wrote'em)
Sliding down Rock River
A feather past a log
Somewhere they wont find me
Find me a place to get me gone
And Rock River keeps on Rockin on
High Above Rock River
Hunter spies his prey
in the hush of the waters
hear the spirit of the river say
i will still be here when you are gone
Rock River keeps on rockin on
Down by the Rock River
Feel my seasons change
Fill my eyes with water
yet the same
The only constancy I know
and when you are gone
I will remain
Let the river take you where you goin'
Rock River keeps on Rockin on.
FTR its Bill on Mandolin (far out man) , Mr Wizard on Slide, Rosie on Guitar, Jo and me singing and Theo on bongos. The atmos sound is the Rock River itself.
Did I mention we wrote a Soul song too? Wait til ya hear it. Jo's gonna sing it.
Been a productive few days.
Inidiana here w comes!
Well...maybe not quite 'rampaging'...hmmm....then again, we are at full complement + Rosco'es on Deck.
Blame Mac. We're coming back.
Tonight we're at The Phoenix in Fort Wayne, tomorrow night atThe Wagon Wheel in Terre Haute with Ken Tucker, Saturday Night at Birdy's in Indy with Dickey James & The Blue Flames (love it) and Sunday at the festival of the stinking rose in Bloomington.
Howdy Folks, from the Byron Public Library in (SHH!!!) sorry...illinois
I gotta type quietly, the librarian's lookin at me..
So much happening, I'll keep it to the headlines.
Old Town Pub goes off.
Happy Birthday Carla and Tall Paul.Thanks Tina.
The Rhtyhm Roosters featuring last years Stormcellar Tour bassist Paul E-Recht (don't ask thats what they call him now) were great. Alex got up to jam with us during our set. A strong night.
Mo is an angel
And knows where good pickles can be obtained.
Cesar Spoils Angus
But SIR are the best equipment provider bar none. Now sit Angus. Down boy. Down!
Crossroads Festival Awesome
The rain came bucketing down, the crowd was drenched, Theo was almost washed away. It dried out. Van bogged down. Pushed by volunteers. Music all day and night.
The acts were spectacular. Bravo to Mr Jones for curation
There are Two South Bend Roads
GPS problems almost created a disaster before our set. We got there just in time.
Rosie, Master of Bees
Rosie fought off a bee during a solo and nailed the solo. Boss move.
MJEB Gets Schooled
I was lucky enough to join the Joe Filisko harp workshop at the festival and picked up three new techniques. Wow.
Soul Food Is Good Food
Love to Gary and Gayle at the Authentic Smokehouse in Rockford. Mindblowing ribs and pulled pork.
Ms Jo Sparkles
Watching as Jo soaks in the culture and the adventure is a joy. All the crowds want her to sing more.
Songwriting produces Bumper Crop
After all the effort, planning etc to get here, the sudden release of tension brings out five new songs in two days, including a song we hope Jo will sing for us.
Rock River Keeps On Rocking On.
Dee and Bill provided the basis for one of the new songs, cut beside the river. It's good.
Our Mojo Is Strong
The storms have been in abatement until we arrived. Winds, rain, weather, all happening. It has even followed ua from Byron up to Wisconsin, the storm travellin ahead of the stormcellar. I'm not saying we're causal, but it's certainly a good circumstantial case...
Bill and I watch a pre tornado
Twist, twirl and...evarporate...spooky
Cheeseheads have big hearts
Thanks to Dave Potter for having us up at the Monday night session at Sara's Pub. Wisconsin-ites are the most polite and enthusiastic applauders, not to mention buyers of CD's Of course, if Jo smiles at you you'll just hand over the money.. Go packers!
I could tell you more but there's so much to go absorb. We're heading for Indiana, via Chicago, and we best be making a move. Hopefully I'll have data reception when we head towards town and might get some pics up online. I have some footage of some of the great players we've seen so far.
Stay tuned folks, this tour is just getting started!
Greetings from the windy city. I'm on the free wireless service here so as per usual, my blogs will be light on the pics and vids until I get a chance to process them, but, here's todays Tour Headlines:
QANTAS Got Better
Yep the flying kangaroo as improved out of sight. well done.
Macquarie Bank must own LAX
otherwise why would a sandwich and an apple cost $18 usd. FFS
The Van Blew Up
Yep, five minutes after picking it up, kerplooie. Thank heavens we weren't on the freeway. This will take some sorting out...
Media Interviews starting to pile up
Just who the (BLEEP) are Stormcellar and why are they on my show? Looks like we'll be doing a few interviews. Stay tuned.
Breakfast in America remains great!
Would you believe the folks at the AWESOME route 66 diner in Joliet read our blog? Far out! Cheers to Helena. The Corned Beef Hash is facebookable. one of us is bound to take a picture.
Fresh White Illinois Corn
Some places on Earth are gifted for produce. Tasmanian apples, par example. I now add fresh, seasonal illinois corn. Far out.
Mid Westerners remain the nicest folk.
Bless their hearts. Mo, I am talking about you. And you too Mercedes...and Steve, Mark, Dan..jeez....i am gonna be writing a looong thank you list.
Ms Jo is amazed
Only her second trip on a plane. The boys just took her to the big guitar store here. She rode the Rock Island Line. what an adventure.
Th adventure continues and I'm gonnna get back to it. I'll post some random stuff over the next few days. We have a Jam to go to!
Howdy Folks, we're on a plane tomorrow, heading for the Il of Nois in The States of United.
Maybe things will be better, in Chicago.