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Friday 19 October 2018

NEEDLESS to say we sleep through breakfast…I’m aching all over after kicking he ass out it physically and otherwise last night. We checkout the hotel at midday and stop at a  McDonalds for a quick breakfast before leaving Appleton. Margaret drives the 100...

Thursday 18 October 2018

AFTER breakfast at the hotel we have a fairly relaxed morning and the advantage of not having to pack up and drive. I post some video around social media to promote November’s shows in Scotland when we get back…and also some for Tenby Blues Festival. The...

Wednesday 17 October 2018

I know we’re in the USA…but I have to start promoting the Novmber’s Scottish shows now! ONCE I get some work done we get packed up and leave Nan and Mark’s….stopping off to see Nan at Bloodshot Records’ HQ. Next stop is Panera Bread...

Tuesday 16 October 2018

AFTER  a chilled morning catching up on work at Nan and Mark’s we venture out into the sunshine and get some brunch. On the way back we scout out some locations to film a wee Facebook promo video for the upcoming shows in Scotland when we get back. We find a...

Monday 15 October 2018

A DAY off! That means a long lie and a lazy-ish morning catching up on some admin and online stuff with coffee at a more leisurely pace than has been possible the last ten days or so. We head out for a walk and have a late breakfast at a cafe nearby Nan and...

Sunday 14 October 2018

IT’S snowing when we wake up in Winona…and we’ve a good five hour drive to Chicago ahead. We pack up, say cheerio to Ken and hit the road, stopping at Perkins for some breakfast. The weather eases up and we take turns driving, arriving at our pals...

Saturday 13 October 2018

WE have a fairly lazy morning getting packed and checking out the hotel then we meet JJ for breakfast at Bob’s on Sheridan. The food is amazing. Margaret has a fairly regular breakfast, JJ a Philly steak omelette and I have a breakfast burrito as big as my head....

Friday 12 October 2018

A BIT of a fluster this morning…we need packed up and on the road as soon as possible. Four hundred and thirty miles to Racine today. There’s some stuff we need to pick up then we hit the road. We keeper eyes peeled for a Panera Bread but end up having a quick pit...

Thursday 11 October 2018

AFTER clearing the decks work-wise, we’re out the hotel by 11am and on the 150-mile journey north to Annandale, Minnesota. We stop for fuel and pick ip some stuff in a supermarket, grab a snack and continue on our way. Load in is 5pm and we want to get checked...

Wednesday 10 October 2018

WE move pretty swiftly after breakfast – a fairly long drive to Eau Claire, Wisconsin and we’re not sure about load in times at the venue. The satnav takes us a pretty slow route and we spend a lot of time stuck behind slow moving vehicles. It’s 5pm when we roll up at...

Tuesday 9 October 2018

AFTER breakfast and the now normal routine of emails, social media and last minute “today’s show” online promo we hit town. Margaret want to go to T J Maxx and we need some stuff to fix my necklaces. On the way back to the hotel we pick up some stuff...

Monday 8 October 2018

My fifth session for Paste Music Magazine/Daytrotter… WE’VE to be at the Daytortter studios for an 11am load-in. It’s only a few miles from the hotel, but breakfast finishes at 9am, so we’re up at a  reasonable time. Jake meets us at the back...

Sunday 7 October 2018

UP at 7.30am after a 2.30am get-in…we need to be on the road by 9am latest. We’re a few minutes late leaving Fort Wayne, but make up enough time to stop for lynch at a diner en route to Warren, Illinois. Pot roast for Margaret and a sesame tuna Asian salad...

Saturday 6 October 2018

WE’RE up sharpish and have a quick breakfast before packing up and hitting the road. Only a couple of hundred miles to go to Fort Wayne, but we need to get back into Nashville before the bank shuts to cash the cheque from last night’s show. My worries are...

Friday 5 October 2018

AFTER getting the usual ‘on the road’ tasks – last minute social promo for tonight’s show, blog etc – done we wave goodbye to Pittsburgh and start the 400-mile drive to Nashville, Indiana. Margaret does the first shift in the driving seat then I take...

Thursday 4 October 2018

NOT too long a drive today so no great rush…and breakfast is surprisingly good for  Super8! I get a some let minute promo done for tonight’s (Thursday) show in Pittsburgh and do some prep for gigs further along the way. En route, we make out first Panera...

Tuesday 3 October 2018

MY cousin Betsy’s arrived when we wake up…a frustrating 12 hours ‘flight’ from Michigan involving bad weather, delayed and rerouted flights and even a train ride. She was meant to get into NYC at 7.30pm last night. Lovely to see her and catch...

Tuesday 2 October 2018

GOOD morning New York! The guitars have arrived and the concierge guys have ’em downstairs. I go and pick them up and all’s well so we celebrate by going for breakfast at the Silver Dollar diner a couple of blocks away on 2nd. Back ay Ginny’s we go...

Monday 1 October 2018

WE’RE scrabbling around with last minute stuff when Martyn and Louise come to pick up up at 6am to take us to the airport. Out first flight – to Heathrow – isn’t ’til 1040am, but we like to be early with all the gear so hitching a ride with our pals,...

Sunday 30 September 2018

STILL a load of stuff to be done before we can even think about starting to pack. We take a break to wander along to the local village hall where our pal Fiona’s holding tea/coffee/cake event to raise money for MacMillan cancer. It’s nice to see some...