A relaxed morning around the hotel while Barry Mead drove a few of the crew to an outlet store in search of cheap designer gear.

 

The sky is blue. Looks like a summer day from the warmth of my room. Watching the cars zip along the freeway. The low hum of traffic. American flags fluttering in the breeze.

Left for Pawtucket at 1pm for the penultimate gig of our mini tour. A two hour drive to Rhode Island. Country roads, woods, a dusting of snow glistening in the bright sunlight, country music on the radio.

Tonight's venue is a real rock 'n roll joint. Murals of Jimi Hendrix, Buddy Holly and Janis Joplin adorn the bare brick walls. Our hosts Frank and Sarah greet us warmly and show us to the dressing rooms where organic food, wine and an assortment of teas are laid out for a late lunch.

For the acoustic guitar mad among you Sadie's loan guitar tonight is a beautiful five thousand dollar Taylor. I want to take it home!

Set up and sound check over we retire backstage and chill out for a while. Wine, laughter, and more wine.

There's  a surprise in store tonight when the opening act turns up and it's legendary blues guitarist Duke Robillard.

Co-founder of 'Roomful of Blues' with pianist Al Copley in 1967, Duke was also a member of 'The Fabulous Thunderbirds' and has recorded with artists such as Jimmy Witherspoon, Pinetop Perkins, Tom Waits and Bob Dylan.

And what a lovely man he is, coming up to us after the show full of genuine enthusiasm for our songs and performance.

After the encore and the meet and greet session we head off into the night. It's a late one and we get lost leaving Pawtucket, arriving back at the hotel at 1.30am!

Next up, our final gig. This one is being filmed by PBS for broadcast in 2015. The venue is a two minute walk from the hotel so a relaxed morning, no travelling, and a few post tour drinks afterwards!

Steve 

You have no rights to post comments

Share