Thursday, July 28, 2011

Buses and Music!

It's about time for a band update. If you have not been following along, you may have missed our big change. We are slowly making the move towards becoming a full time band, and started by selling our home, purchasing an RV converted school bus, (see Benny the Bus on our web site!), then moving in!

The bus is currently parked at Grandma and Papa's home, where it will remain until we can make that leap, hopefully in January. We are currently looking towards south Texas and Arizona for a short tour in January, we'll be back late February to Colorado, then we will look for some mid-western places to play in the spring. Late summer and early fall will hopefully lead us out east. Right now we are pretty wide open and would welcome suggested playing locations and leads. Please contact us!

As it turns out, the acoustics in the living room of the house are far superior to our old living room, and we have been granted permission to make it our practice area. As soon as we get a bit more moved in and settled, we'll hunker down in there to put together the new songs for the CD we have planned. We will head to Austin to record this one in late October! The official release should be some time in January.

Tonight we are praying for good weather so we can play for Commerce City's Music in the Park. Colorado has had an unusually wet summer and they have had to cancel the previous shows. Go sunshine! Send the rain to Texas. I hear they would really appreciate it. Saturday we travel down to Fiddlers Along the Arkansas in Canon City. The weather there is supposed to be lovely. We will head down early to enjoy the festivities, and perhaps stay a bit late to jam. Sadly, we won't be able to bring the bus and stay overnight. The Colorado Department of Transportation is requiring a lot of paperwork and effort to transfer the bus title and get tags, so the bus is stationary until we can resolve this. We'll be in the "mini bus", our 15 passenger van and making the trip back that evening, but there will be time to socialize and have some fun.

Exciting stuff, eh?

Happy Pickin'!

Sunday, July 3, 2011

4th of July Weekend!

We are nearly to the end of our busy weekend! Friday kicked it off with a visit to the residents at the Sterling House in Greeley, where they are always so appreciative of the kids' efforts.

After that we headed to all-you-can-eat pizza to fill everyone up for a Streetmosphere in Fort Collins. The crowds were fantastic this weekend! A local pizza kiosk showed up half way through our three-hour set and needed us to move over a bit. We happily complied, and in appreciation, the owner gave the kids a slice each of cheese pizza. It's a good thing the kids will eat pizza anytime.

After heading home long enough to sleep, we jumped back into the van and went to GospelGrass on the Divide. This was a first time festival, and I was amazed at how nice it turned out! Often you get smaller audiences and many things require some ironing out, but they had a great crowd, concessions, vendors, antique car show, and a lot of great music.

Prior to the event, the parents of three sets of identical teenage twins, all bluegrass players in bands, conspired to put together a band called "Triple Double Trouble". They practiced a bit at last week's festival, and a bit before their show, then did a 20 minute set with the six of them.

Of course, we had to sit back and enjoy ourselves, too, including the younger two, full of their ornery ways. They ran around, played in the volley ball sand pit, got nice and dirty, ate hamburgers, brownies, and stuck a big cone on the head. All in a day's work.

This morning we were privileged to play for our church's service at the reservoir, where they had seven baptisms, we played some great bluegrass gospel, and had some BBQ'd hamburgers.

Tomorrow we are excited to play two music sets for Laramie, Wyoming's "Freedom has a Birthday". We'll be there at 11am at the bandshell, and at 1pm on the center stage.

When that is finished, the real adventure begins. We *MOVE*. We close on the house on the 22nd. Everything will need to go. I think we have our work cut out for us!

Happy Pickin'!