Washington D.C., Durham NC and Badalona Spain It was the idea of Music Maker to get 2 new members of their Next Generation program together to preform as a duo. I traveled from Fort Collins to Durham last Monday and Leyla McCalla picked me up at the airport. She is a 25 year old multi instrumentalist who had just driven from her home in New Orleans to meet me. She is managed by the president of Music Maker and the newest member of our pride and joy, the Carolina Chocolate Drops. She is one of the more pleasant young women you will ever meet. We made the short drive to the Music Maker studio, had some food and drinks and got to know each other. I enjoy visiting with all the members of the Music Maker staff and look forward to visiting Durham every chance I get. On Tuesday I rehearsed with Leyla most of the day and we all enjoyed dinner. I had more guitar home work that night and finally got to bed around 1AM. Wednesday morning we were up and started recording some of Leyla's songs. her banjo, guitar, and cello work is great. We made it through 4 songs, had a quick photo shoot and then it was time to hit the road. Our trip to Washington was around 5 hours of driving. I'm not that familiar with DC but the GPS seems to get you wherever you need to go. We stayed at the condo of great supporters of Music Maker and rehearsed there a bit more the next day. On Thursday the venue was in downtown Washington DC at The Hamilton. This is a fairly new venue in town and a great place to perform! The staff and management made us feel right at home. The headliner was the Holmes Brothers, Leyla was the opener (with me) and I was the opener-opener. I did about 7 songs and at the last minute closed with 'W'. I couldn't resist, I was in DC after all. After the show and a great dinner we loaded up and started on the 5 hour drive back to Music Maker arriving around 4am. I dont often set an alarm for the morning but did this time. We got up in time to GPS to WUNC FM in Durham for Leyla's performance and interview on the popular show The State Of Things. She did a great job and I was impressed with the production. That night we performed near Chapel Hill at The Art Center and had some chicken wings after the show. I think I may need to stress the need for and amp on stage since I couldn't really hear my guitar, but other than that it was a great trip. The next morning I ignored my alarm but was still to my flight back to Colorado. I always welcome the opportunity to perform with new friends and see new places. Many thanks to Music Maker for making that possible and for donating another classic guitar to my new home! After traveling home on Saturday and wandering around Old Town Fort Collins a bit, Sunday and Monday were spent moving my classic 70s Streamline trailer to it's new home. It will continue to be my guesthouse if you need a place to rest your head. Tuesday I boarded a flight for Barcelona and as I write this I am sitting on the coast of Spain ready for another adventure with the Pura Fe Trio. Through the miracle of modern medicine I slept nearly the whole flight. More good friends and music for the next few weeks. The people here are still wearing jackets and scarfs but it feels pretty warm to me! We have a show here tonight and the day off here tomorrow. Leyla is back on tour with the Carolina Chocolate Drops in the US but I hope to see her again late summer. I'm back home in mid April to continue the never ending quest for fun (and work)!