Just made it out to Marin County, north of San Francisco, to do some recording with Dispatch. My usual 7 o’clock wake up on the East Coast is a gentlemanly 4AM out here so I've got some time on my hands to write a little update here. It's amazing here! I can see the Pacific Ocean from where I sleep.
On the solo front, Willy, JR and I are doing a run of shows on the East Coast in mid-December. $1 from every ticket will benefit the efforts of Everytown and Calling All Crows to curb gun violence in the United States. Check out Everytown’s 7 WAYS TO ACT NOW if you’re interested in getting involved. This year Calling All Crows has been concentrating on helping to end gun violence. It is too easy to kill someone in the United States and the statics reflect that. 91 Americans are killed every day by guns.
Incidently, Willy has been doing some hitch hiking in the UK and he was talking about this sketchy guy who picked him up. Although it did get weird, Willy said that it wasn’t a big deal because he was pretty sure the guy didn’t have a gun. Here in the United States, you can go into a pawn shop, show your license and purchase something that can instantly end someone else’s life. All you have to do is pull the trigger. It's really crazy, but there are things we can do. Thank you in advance for helping and supporting our efforts.
Here are the dates:
12/14 - Brooklyn, NY @ Rough Trade NYC (21+) - Tickets | Info | Volunteer
12/15 - Philadelphia, PA @ Boot & Saddle (21+) - Tickets | Info | Volunteer
And lastly the studio at Levon Helm's barn!!! I’ve been dreaming about playing this place for years! He was my hero!
12/17 - Woodstock, NY @ Levon Helm Studios (All Ages) - Tickets | Info | Volunteer
Tickets go on sale Friday October 21st at 12PM EST. We'll also be announcing our annual December CAC show at The Paradise in Boston shortly. More on that soon.
Willy, JR and I have some new tunes to play at these shows that I hope will eventually make their way into a rock opera, in the vein of Tommy, The Wall or Hair (hopefully).
The December shows will be the last ones before I have to go under the knife at Mass Eye and Ear. One of my vocal chords is starting to bleed so I need to have surgery on it, after which I'll need to be quiet for a few months.
In case you didn't see it on Facebook, I had to cancel the 10PM show on the October 28th double header in Northampton, MA. My doctor said that I could sing between now and surgery, but not to push it. It wouldn't be the first time that I've had a blood vessel rupture (happened in 2002 right before State Radio's first tour, which we had to cancel). With that in mind, I unfortunately needed to listen to the doctor's orders and cancel the late show. Please get in touch if you bought a ticket for the 10PM show on October 28th and haven't received a refund for the ticket price.
Thanks for listening and take care,