I have just a breath of WiFi and relative warmth and safety on this peril-filled Frostbite Tour (see blog posts) to let you all know that The Boot is premiering our latest Elevator Session: Hank Williams’ heartfelt, infinitely sad lament, My Bucket’s Got a Hole In It.
We snuck into The St. Francis Hotel in San Francisco, famous for its towering, glass, open-to-the-epic view elevators. We met the right Hotel employee (huge fan of bluegrass) and commandeered an elevator for about 10 minutes. Most everyone was enthusiastic. One couple was quite snootily put out by the whole affair.
It was great fun.
Big thanks to Pint of Soul for mixing the audio and Jacob Skaggs for filming and editing our tomfoolery.
We are on tour… and great adventures are afoot.
But, to all of ye far afield and not in the path of this current tour – we offer you our Elevator Sessions, Part 2: To Be Young (Is To Be Sad, Is To Be High) – our cover of Ryan Adams… as played in a mall elevator.
Thanks to Jambase for the exclusive premier of the new video.
See it HERE.
Enjoy, and wish us warmth and clear roads!
Hope you enjoy our new video. We’re really into facing our fears, and between us, we’re Acrophobic (fear of heights), Claustrophobic (fear of enclosed places), Ophidiophobic (fear of snakes), and Melophobic (fear of music). We decided to take the bull by the horns, and we stared down 3 of these 4 phobias by playing music in a crowded elevator (no snakes). We’re going to be doing more of these so stay tuned for more in our Elevator Sessions video series. Check it out on Live for Live Music!
Or right here:
Also, we updated the UC Theater artwork and look who’s there!! Horseshoes and Hand Grenades!
If there’s anything better than a band named after something your beloved grandfather used to grumble at you regularly, I don’t know what it is.
Tour leaves tomorrow!
See you out there.
We thought that a mere 17 dates for a NW tour was a bit weak.
We were mocked by our peers. Bands that live in actual weather stopped returning our calls, and sent us snuggies in plain brown packages to taunt us. Ashamed, we put our rain-addled heads together.
The Frostbite Tour continuation… (though, if we’re still frostbitten in April, I will be very bum-med):
April 5: Arcata @ Humbrews
April 6: Ashland @ Brickroom
April 7: Bend @ The Volcanic Theatre Pub
April 8: Eugene @ The Hi-Fi
All ticket links will be findable on the tour page!
We’re headed back to some of our favorite places, to play for some of our favorite crowds. Can’t wait to see all you crazy wild folks there. Recommend the coffee stops now, so I have something to look forward to.
The Blog has been a bit of an ignored wasteland of past glories.
I’m re-committing to the Blog as of this tour, and I’m trying to focus on what I do/know/love best. Coffee. More specifically, espresso.
So I give you The Coffee Report. Enjoy, share your espresso experiences, and I’ll be seeing more of you all over on yonder blog.
Oh – P.S. – The Infamous Stringdusters rip shit up. They have been crushing their shows that we’ve been opening, and y’all should (probably are already) be familiar with these fine gentlemen of the road.
See you in southern California soon.
March 31, 2017, we’re playing a giant beer party in the East Bay. The UC Theater will be hosting Fieldwork Brewing’s 2nd anniversary party, and we’re headlining. There’s a very cute livestream video here that Ben and Alex did to promote it. Let’s take bets starting now for:
Winner gets the pride and joy of being right, knowing us too well, and selecting good beer parties to party at.
GET TICKETS HERE! It will be my birthday, so come and enjoy the spectacle as I’ll be looking for ways to prove myself in the vain effort to deny the wheel of time’s constant grinding upon my mortal coil.
We’re also touring.
We’re leaving in late February for a Northwest tour with some awesome friends – The Rainbow Girls (who will be along for the whole tour) and our buddies Hillstomp (who will be along for only select dates. John, Henry – I am totally down for sitting in on bass. You know. If you’re looking to shake up that duo thing… just sayin’…) Get tickets to that RIGHT HERE!
We’re also heading to the tropics… very soon.
We leave in two days to go on a cruise. This will be the first cruise of my life. It will be a Jam Cruise. Please don’t ask me how our band has gotten onto this cruise, and please don’t tell Jam Cruise that we may not (really don’t) know how to ‘jam’, as the hep cats say. We will, I assume, be given some instructional materials and a ‘jam coach’, to see us through the cruise. Expect lots more ‘jamming,’ ‘stretching out,’ and ‘serious wankage,’ when we get back port-side. (Is that correct? Starboard? The poop deck? I am not nautically trained. Will we be hoisting sails and singing lusty songs whilst we work and chew our hard tack? Only time will tell. Jam Cruise, here we come.)
Folks, we made a new thing!
It’s a covers EP, and we are playing some songs that other people wrote, but that we love and just had to get our mitts on. We have some Hank Williams, some Cake, some Huey Lewis (hi Huey!), and some Ryan Adams on there for your enjoyment. And ours.
Also, we’ll see you at the New Year’s Eve shows.
Hail hail folks!
Behold the slides that do slideth above thee!
We’re taking to the deep reaches of outer space for our NYE shows. It’s a very deep and old tradition among bluegrass and string bands to have science fiction themed shows / albums / songs / clothes. (We all remember those famous albums, “Gravity & Singularity” by Flatt and Scruggs, and the classic “Theories of the Multiverse” by The Stanley Brothers.)
We’ll see you in deep space at the end of the month!
Also, we’ll see you all over the damn place in February and March. We’re winging our way back through the Northwest, and we’ll be stomping in all of our favorite and beloved stomping grounds. Please come out and stomp with us.
Stay warm folks, and happy holidays!
Our bassist, Gio Benedetti, loves the metal (and I’m writing this post). He (I) tries to sneak some into the shows every once in a while. You might notice some excessive head banging, and the gratuitous use of his (my) distortion pedal during our acoustic, string-band sets.
What happens to all of this pent-up metal energy while we’re (I’m) touring in a string band all year? It gets focused, distilled and made powerful through repression and frustration. And now, you can all hear the fruits of this most brutal of metal-distillation processes.
We have 4 Brothers Comatose songs all metal-ified. Gio (still me) arranged it all, put it together, and rocked the guitars, bass, and drums (programmed – not live. Sorry). Ryan shredded the solo on Valerie, and Ben and Alex put on Corpse Paint and laid down some doom vocals, and we made this. Enjoy.
We’ll see all you Colorado folk this weekend as we open up for Rising Appalachia on Thursday and Friday! Can’t wait to see you all!
We’re going to tour on horses through the foothills of the Sierras!
If I was you, I’d bring some hemorrhoid cream and ice packs to each show, and see which one of us breaks first.
We’re doing the tour with our friend Ismay and it should be tons of fun. We’ll be absolutely sure to document the tomfoolery (thanks to the video skills of Colin Blackshear and company – the team responsible for our Black Light Moon video -) and share it with you all… I’m sorry ~** y’all **~ as soon as we can.
Grab your tickets to the grand finale show right here!
If you have any spare wranglers, chaps, boots, hats, bolo ties, padded saddles, maps of the foothills, or horseback riding lesson coupons, send them to:
Thanks for the support!