Alright. All the balls are in the air, but they are set to come down with a bounce. I’ve got three shows booked for what I’ll call the South Texas Triangle Tour. Inside this triangle is a relatively unpopulated portion of Texas. Even if you are curious enough to zoom in, you’ll find only a small town or two. It’s all south Texas plains, brush country and some hill country…Open Spaces. But on the points of this Triangle are vibrant centers of human activity. Laredo, San Antonio, and Corpus Christi. Here is an illustration of what all this looks like:
In Laredo, The Empty Orchestras are in the process of securing a venue. I’ll be playing with Boone Graham of Boonesboro at Wolverton Home Concerts. In Corpus Christi I’ll be playing NASA (formerly Studio B) with Rene Sandoval.
This tour is inspired by a very limited cassette that I’m recording. This is music that I’ve been working on over the past few months that may or may not be officially released on a studio Vinyl LP. I will make more than 50, but less than 100. I’m focusing on pure sharing of a tiny physical thing. These are home recordings, so they’re meant for the cassette deck in your truck or maybe the boombox you have in your kitchen. I’m not done yet, but I intend to complete the recording, mastering and production in the duration of this turkey stuffed month! I may book an Austin homecoming show that Sunday, Dec. 14th, but that’s still in the works. So, the triangle could be totally different. Anyway. That’s all for now.
Dear friends, I’m writing to let you know of a few things. I’m playing at Patsy’s this Wednesday the 27th with Amy Hawthorne. We’ll play mostly songs from The Black and a few covers sprinkled in. A note about Patsy’s: I always have fun. It’s weird in a good way. With the jackrabbit, western, and cowgirl art and spotlights, on the outskirts of my life, slightly intoxicated, there are moments when it feels like I’m on a David Lynch set – a left turn where you usually take a right. Come to this one. It’s a good time and they sell good drinks. I recommend the veggie enchiladas.
I’m also playing a ranch show friday around 9pm which is not listed here. If you want to go, send me a message, and I’ll shoot you the directions. It’s in Blanco, Texas and it’s recommended you camp overnight. RF Shannon, Jesse Woods, Dana Falconberry, Sleep Good are playing.
…also I’m planning for a limited edition cassette release in October. I’ll say more later.
…and here’s a little video of me jamming Sister Kate
So, 2 things. 1.) I’m playing a show that I’m looking forward to at Holy Mountain (617 E 7th Street, ATX) with El Campo and Sweet Ghosts this Thursday night. Doors open at 9pm and I’ll probably play at 9:30 or so. See you there. and2.) I just read a gripping article on Geeshie Wiley and Elvie Thomas, two female blues singers who recorded in 1930. Until recently there was almost no information on these women…there was some vague second order knowledge of their relations and where they were from. They recorded some of the most compelling music I’ve heard. They’ve always been thrown into the category of Delta blues originating in the Delta of Mississippi, but this misses the mark by some state lines. One of their songs “Last Kind Words Blues” was featured in a strange montage in Terry Zwiggoff’s movie “Crumb”…this scene added more logs to the mysterious fire. There is a story that I won’t say more about. Read the article and see some video supplements featured in that rag, the NY Times: X
Thinking of Terence McKenna, the philosopher, writer, who explored and talked about consciousness and the psychedelic experience: I found this quote of him speaking about dying. He died on April 3rd, 2000.
“I always thought death would come on the freeway in a few horrifying moments, so you’d have no time to sort it out. Having months and months to look at it and think about it and talk to people and hear what they have to say, it’s a kind of blessing. It’s certainly an opportunity to grow up and get a grip and sort it all out. Just being told by an unsmiling guy in a white coat that you’re going to be dead in four months definitely turns on the lights. … It makes life rich and poignant. When it first happened, and I got these diagnoses, I could see the light of eternity, a la William Blake, shining through every leaf. I mean, a bug walking across the ground moved me to tears.”
Dear friends, It’s cold and rainy in Austin, Texas today: a good day to update this site. I’ve just returned from Big Bend National Park on a trip with my girlfriend. We had an amazing rugged time camping and hiking and even getting food poisoning on our last night there. We territorially marked our campsite with vomit in the night. It was a death drive home the next morning…9 hours or so from Rio Grande Village to Austin…something reminiscint of a bad lsd trip through deserted lands…all natural though.
In other news, I’ve four shows lined up. I’m making a return to Patsy’s Cafe this month. If you haven’t been there and you have some kind schedule where you can’t catch my late night performances, it’s just right. It’s more of a sprawling set of tunes in a lighthearted fork in your chicken fried steak during happy hour type of thing. Chew yr food. I’m excited to have a show coming up May 1st at Holy Mountain with El Campo, and Sweet Ghosts(member of Calexico). I’ll leave you with this photo of the south rim view in the Chisos Mountains. HOPE TO SEE YOU ALL! -DL