Wednesday, March 27, 2013

tour, rest, and other four letter words

Hello to you from the Slocan Valley! We've had a busy string of dates on tour. Much has happened, most of it great. Of course, every good story has it's bits of colour offered by villians, trolls, and danger, and our's is no exception.  But the general feeling is captured in the photo: bright, blurred and fun.

We have three more shows, all along Highway 3 – a beautiful stretch of road through British Columbia and Alberta.  It's a relaxing way to spend the final days of the journey.  Short drives along a winding highway through the rolling mountains.  Not bad at all.

The trip has been a success, largely because of the people that have helped me pull the whole thing off.  Jeremy and Beth are obviously deserving much credit for their talent and devotion.  They divide the duties of eating, driving, scheduling, advancing, housing, etc, etc.  Honestly, I'm not sure if I do anything anymore.  We have a wonderful publicist, Susan Busse, who seduces the media into writing about our shows. (And then kind people read the articles and attend the shows! Huzzah.)  There's also my dearest Michael who is always doing something helpful.  Taxes, accounting, photography, online sales, website maintenance, motivational speaker, and more.  Great rates too.

And then there is everyone out on the road.  All the people who are patrons of Belle Plaine.  You welcome us into your homes, and on top of giving us a comfortable place to rest, you cook us incredible meals and let us do our laundry.  Others drive long distances to see us play either for the first time, or because you caught us on the last tour.  Sometimes you even drive to see a second show on the same tour.  You're all crazy.

I'm not sure how we could continue to tour and succeed without this generosity that we have come to depend on.  It's impossible to imagine.  So, thank you.  Thank you, thank you, thank you.  I am touched and humbled by your kindness.

We've had a good run, and I thought I'd share some of the things that have happened through the wonders of the internet...

1. A selection of tour photos.

2. A video of us at CTV in Edmonton.

3. Two videos of us at City TV in Edmonton here and here.

4. A live audio recording of our show in Penticton.

5. A video stream of our performance in Kelowna.

6. A lovely photo taken by my pal, David O. Mitchell.

That's probably enough media stuff to keep you entertained for the moment.  I'm off to enjoy the splendor of the valley.  Keep well, and keep in touch.

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