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I stopped by my friend Drew’s house in Lafayette before playing New Orleans. We did a little recording and I photographed his unique home.
I visited Orange Twin Records in Athens Georgia, finally. A place I’d wanted to say hi to for a long time. Digging out this strawberry patch gave me a taste of home and got my hands in the dirt, much needed. Upstairs in the hostel room I spread out some poetry from over the years and read it all to get a feel for where I’d been coming from then. Ate fresh eggs, laughed ass off with Laura and Kate.
Texas. Even more.
In Houston, this sweet singer-songwriter Pedro played a song he thought I’d like and he was right.. “Betty Can’t Help…” so delicious, a la early Jonathan Richman. Leaving Texas, I saw this horse trailer… Lady Sugar Dusty… and thought of Dusty Springfield, and how much I love her music… “Live here with you…”
Texas - SXSW moments
My shows at SXSW were fun this year. Yes, it’s changed tremendously over the years. If one doesn’t expect what it used to be, it’s still very fun. I had the pleasure of staying in the home of the lovely Luna Tart, hanging out with a new Austin collective called Circus On The Moon, and making more merch for tour, on tour! Not to mention seeing lots, and lots, of bands…
Texas. More Austin. A chance encounter leads to a temporary roommate. Road Office.
I decided to stay in Austin for the duration of SX even though my shows were done. I had a little extra time on my schedule and it had been years since I’d spent time in Austin, the last time being my friend’s trek to talk to Daniel Johnston, who we ended up having dinner with at his parent’s home and talking rock for several days. Finding a housemate in Jenna was a real oasis in the week’s mix and I took the opportunity to move my road office into my little room and work in between coffee shops, performances, and taking in the city. Rio’s Brazilian Cafe was one of the reasons I’ll be returning to Austin sooner rather than later! SXSW has everything - even a showcase that’s also a pool party. So much partying, so much crazy. I understood why the residents talk about SX as being a mixed bag, they are relieved when it’s over…. a cousin I grew up with came to see me down from San Antonio, we had a blast catching up.
New Mexico. Had to get a photo of Twin Peaks road. Great show. But what really captures in New Mexico is the land, of course.
Making new friends is the best part of any journey and my time in Phoenix and surrounding areas was certainly full of new friends! Visiting Canyon, I was so taken up with meeting everyone that I didn’t do my usual snap-happy camera tour, but did get some nature shots in and, of course, abandoned buildings.
Home state, San Luis Obispo. I surfed with Van Curaza surf school and being up in the hills in Norcal, feel too far away! It was amazing… I had wanted to surf since I was 11 years old, and am excited just to be getting in the water. I played at The Sanitarium with Emily Wryn, beautiful composition in terms of songwriting, not to mention a great voice. Carver backed me up on a duet before playing some of his own passionate material.
My first gig of spring 2013 once I got back to the united states portion of turtle island was Rasputin Records in Berkeley. Breakfast the next day was in another coastal town, and if I remember which one, I’ll come back and edit this! Took home these super cute salt and pepper shakers.