That 1st trip included a solo show at The Colony, sitting in with many great bands: Tom Skinner’s Red Dirt crew, Paul Benjaman Band, & Wink Burcham, along with many other talented musicians. Best of all, was seeing old friends and making new ones. That tour was capped off with 3 days at the Stone River Festival in Chandler, OK. All the great talent from the region shared the stage for a really fun weekend. I believe I was the only performer from out of state.
We are currently on a tour that put us in Tulsa for about 10 days. The shows included a house concert at the lovely James’ estate and one at the beautiful Taylor Farm with Monica Taylor, our gracious hostess, a solo show, and guest spots with 7 great Tulsa heroes including another round with the father of the Red Dirt music movement, Tom Skinner. Sunday at Guthrie Green “Eat Street” with Dustin Pittsley was a gas. Make sure to check out Guthrie Green next time you’re in Tulsa – a state of the art outdoor venue! I will include links here but remember that this will just be a sample, if you want to really look around, you will find so much talent in Tulsa it will make your head explode.
I can’t thank all these artists enough for their kindness and support but I believe that is just what they do for visiting artists. There is a camaraderie among Tulsa musicians, the likes I’ve never seen. The fans support the music and the music reflects the scene. I hope to see all these folks in our area more often.
The good folks at Tulsa Guitar and Electronics spent a ton of time sorting out the numerous issues with my old Fender pedal steel, and it’s now a different guitar! Brad James is a genius guitar player and fixer-upper. I had the pleasure of playing that restored Fender with Brad and a bunch of other guys on our last night in town. I wish there was a recording of the night but I guess you just had to be there.
We are planning our next visit to Tulsa and look forward to it knowing the possibilities are endless!
So far here in Austin I’ve played a KOOP radio show - Kim Simpson’s International Folk Bazaar, a Balcony TV spot, and a solo show at House Wine. I’m looking forward to sitting in at The Whip In here in Austin, and then we are off to Sealy Flats in San Angelo, and a date in Amarillo before we head back to Colorado. Again, we are blessed with wonderful and supportive friends here without whom we would not be able to make these trips a reality. Thank you Chico & Polly!
Upcoming events will include SXSW, The New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Fest, and another European tour in February.