With joy I announce the South Texas Tour. For those of you who remember the South Texas Triangle Tour of late 2014, this is a modified return to that tour. This time I’ll be going deep into the South Texas Valley. This last show in Harlingen will be a song in the round with two local songwriters. I’m very happy to be able to play in the valley because this is where my Longoria family is from. If you know any friends or family in these South Texas towns, share this poster with a note and invitation (you can do so with the icons at the bottom of this post) Ask them to introduce themselves to me; it will be much welcomed.
Today I went to McKinney Falls with Rich and Chris. Besides talking and hanging out Rich had something that he had to do on his phone, so he was on a text line with his bandmates. Chris was writing in his journal, and I was ‘trying’ to let the stream work on me, but mainly I was snacking on apples and cheeze. We did some swimming and all of us are slow water enterers. The water wasn’t even very cold, but we’re all just wading there for minutes not getting in. I like to say all kinds of mantras or prayers about why I’m getting in the water…intentions. For example I’ll go swimming in January and the water will be cold, and I’ll say something like “I’m diving in this water to put out the fires of war” and there I go. But lately I just count down from 5. Like with kids in a classroom, you start counting down from 5 and everyone shuts up and knows that when 1 comes, something has to happen. So, I’m counting down from 5 for many things in life.
Later we went to lunch and we talked about some theoretical phone call that we would get that would say “You’ve made it”, “you’re off the hook” or “here’s some money, stop worrying”. We wondered what that phone call really would be. Seems like I’m always getting some kind of call. But maybe the call is “You’re making it”. That’s what I think. It’s 70 degrees and clear, and It’s like getting constant encouragement from the big Koonaklaster as John Fahey would’ve called it. The encouragement I’m getting this time around is I’m getting to play some awesome upcoming shows. Spring-Fed Arts Series, Song in the Round with Colin Gilmore. I’m playing shows in San Antonio and Corpus Christi in May. Not to mention the encouragement of waking up this morning.
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We left Christian Anger’s home, met with Calvin LeBaron, and played a triple feature at Il Tavolino. It was really something. After the show Frieder took us to our flat. The hospitality here is incredible. We slipped out and went to the bar in the zentrum. “Schickeria” Bar. (if anyone can find the German countrified dance song by that title please share it with me). We stepped in and all conversation halted, and all eyes were on us. “Where are you from?” in German accents. Texas…Oregon. We ordered beers from the Russian bartender. They asked for Mexican folk music, and handed me the Spotify tablet and I chose the song Un Puño de Tierra, then we listened to a Flaco Jimenez album. We danced around and twirled the old ladies. Some rowdy young men and women arrived bought us tequila shots. Since we were musicians they asked us to play some music. Of course we didn’t have guitars but there was a piano in the small lounge upstairs. So, up we go and we lit the place up and these boys went totally wild. They didn’t want me to stop playing the chorus of country road…dead flowers. Many smartphone cameras on us, and a couple in the corner making out. Zwickau hot nights. And now it’s snowing.