Friday 23 August 2019

A surprise birthday cake for Margaret…the first time I’ve ever seen take a ‘beamer’…!!! MARGARET wakes me just before 8am…she’s been up to sort some breakfast for Caroline who’s about to live on the next leg of her West...

Thursday 22 August 2019

Almost home… I WAKE up just as the cabin crew are dishing out breakfast. Think I slept for a couple fo hours, but now I’m feeling like shit. There’s an hour or so to go before we land and, after going to the toilet, I stare at my coffee and breakfast...

Wednesday 21 August 2019

Margaret makes good use of the stopover time at JFK to try out some new makeup… THE alarm goes of at 7am. We’re pretty much packed, so there’s just a few things to shove in the bags then we take everything downstairs to the hotel reception nd grab...

Tuesday 20 August 2019

BREAKFAST at the HoJo is basic but gets us up early and we get a lot of baggage organisation and rationalisation done before we hit the road. Today’s drive from Gothenburg, Nebraska to drop off the rental car in Denver, Colorado is around 300 miles…but we...

Monday 19 August 2019

UP early for breakfast…it’s a bit of a struggle, but once we’ve eaten and had a couple cups of coffee we’re ready for today’s long drive. We share the driving, stopping at a Panera Bread in Des Moines on our way to Gothenburg, Nebraska....

Sunday 18 August 2019

Great finale to the tour at Montrose Saloon, Chicago… AFTER a lovely breakfast at the stunning National House Inn we hit the road to Chicago. A three or four hour drive. A brief stop for some fuel and a snack then we find a Capital One cafe (open on a Sunday!)...

Saturday 17 August 2019

Hot and sweaty fun at the Dark Horse Brewery’s Chicken Wing Thing… PENULTIMATE show of the tour this evening at Dark Horse Brewery in Marshall, Michigan. I get the usual emails, social media and ‘day of show’ promo done before we leave...

Friday 16 August 2019

We film a video session in Bellefontaine before the evening’s show at Brewfontaine… AFTER a great breakfast and chat at Doug and Micki’s we leave Kalamazoo, Michigan and head for Bellefontaine, Ohio. It’s a four-hour journey and we need to be...

Thursday 15 August 2019

On stage at Founders…we love this place! WE’RE up at a reasonable time at Sue and Jim’s and I get a bit of work done while we have breakfast. It’s midday when we hit the road to Grand Rapids, stopping off at a Panera Bread for some lunch....

Wednesday 14 August 2019

Unplugged at the Acoustic Tap Room in Traverse City… WE wake up in Detroit and have some breakfast. It might be my birthday (55 already – jeez!) but no time to sit back – lots of online stuff to do and some last-minute promo for tonight’s (Wednesday)...

Tuesday 13 August 2019

Time to share a Smokehead after the show 😉 AFTER catching up on some emails and the usual ‘day of show’ online activities and promo we pack our bags, say cheerio to Jim and head for Detroit. We’ll be back in Traverse City tomorrow (Wednesday) for my...

Monday 12 August 2019

Grand night out in Traverse City with Jim, Mike, Don, Sally and Sue 🙂 AFTER a late rise at Sue and Jim’s we have coffee and breakfast. Once my blog and emails are out the way I tackle the machine heads on the guitar…National didn’t the Waverly tuners...

Sunday 11 August 2019

My show at Short’s, Bellaire goes by in a blur 😉 WE’RE up and packed at the Air BnB to go and join the post-wedding brunch at the Hilton hotel five or six miles away. It’s great to catch up with everyone at breakfast and chat for an hour or to until its time for...

Saturday 10 August 2019

Brilliant day/night with everyone at Will and Mia’s wedding in Toledo… DESPITE a 3am bedtime we’re up just after 7am to get form Fort Wayne, Indiana up to Toledo, Ohio for my cousin’s (well, second cousin’s son, if that makes sense)...

Friday 9 August 2019

Our pal Pete Dio and his band kick things off at O’s in Fort Wayne… WE wake up late at the Brown County Inn…but not too late to get some work done before we meet our pals Ken and Carol in the foyer at 11am. They want to the us for brunch 🙂 After packing...

Thursday 8 August 2019

Awesome night at the Brown County Inn…and great to catch up with our pals Carol, Ken, Breezy and Rev… 🙂 CHECK out at our hotel isn’t ’til midday…but I spend the entire morning fighting with online banking to try and shift some funds from...

Wednesday 7 August 2019

Part three of the USA tour shenanigans – 4, 5 & 6 August… IT’S 11am when I wake up at Debbie and Mike’s…Margaret’s already awake. Margaret gets dressed and goes downstairs, but it takes me a bit longer to get my shit together. I join...

Tuesday 6 August 2019

I have a great show at the Stones Throw… WE GET some work done before we pack up and leave Monticello for the 130-odd mile drive to Eau Claire. After a lunch stop at Panera Bread we carry on our journey and arrive at our pals Mike and Debbie’s in Eau...

Monday 5 August 2019

Amazing time playing at Nordic Brewing, Monticello… AFTER a great night in Minneapolis we get up and I deal with the routine morning’s work and ‘day of show’ promo for Monticello tonight. We need to find a bank and the only Capital One branch...

Sunday 4 August 2019

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...

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