My set at the Hook & Ladder goes by in a blur…

WE’RE in the same hotel tonight…so no travel. That means we can have a relatively relaxed breast in the hotel.

Back in our room I get busy with the usual ‘day of show’ promo for tonight’s (Sunday) show and some other odds and ends of work.

We make some lunch then go out to catch a few songs from our pal Don Fitzwater who’s playing an afternoon show just a few miles from my venue.

My load-in at the Hook & Ladder is 4pm…doors at 5.30pm and showtime at 6pm, so we have time to enjoy Don’s first set before we have to go.

Booker/promoter Chris and the venue’s Mark give us a warm welcome. Lowland Lakers are sound checking then soundman Matt sort my sound in a jiffy. It’s a really nice room.

There’s time to chat to some folks who’ve come out especially to see yours truly, then I get changed and blast my way through 45 minutes. One of the best sets of the tour so far.

There’s corn and brats on the grill outside and we grab something to eat then enjoy The Lowland Lakers’ set.

I was chuffed to spot lgendary photographer Peter Lee shooting my show…we’d met him a couple times before when I played the old Bayport BBQ and he took some amazing shots after the show. So when he suggested we go up on the roof to catch the sunset over Minneapolis and take some pix I wasn’t gonna say no!

The Lowland Lakers are coming to the end of their set when Peter checks the light and gives me the nod to climb up to the roof. Mark, from the venue, accompanies us and holds the flash for Peter who has me precariously balanced on the edge of the roof. Jeez, it’s a long way down!

Safely back from our escapees on the roof we chat with folks round the merch table, take photos and are a few drams of Smokehead.

It’s nearly 11pm when we load out and stop at the supermarket for some snacks. I eat, have a nightcap and am out for the count before midnight.

…and The Lowland Lakers take the stage after yours truly.