There are probably words to describe to the outside observer the sublime bliss of riding through the foggy Appalachian midnight with my bandmates in a vehicle piled high with instruments, speakers, and clothes, listening to Highway 61 Revisited and talking about the nuances of the just completed show, knowing that the promise of more days of shows and drives awaits on the other side of the night. I don't have those words in me, though, so I'll stick to recapping what we've been up to.
In addition to another run of four shows in three days in two states, last weekend was about taking the chance to update our media presence in the world, with photo and video shoots meant to relay the fact that we are now a trio, with bass and long hair added to the band's auditory and visual palette. My Richmond friend and videographer extraordinaire Zoë Dehmer happened to be back in her hometown of Carrboro between travels farther afield, and agreed to shoot a video for us. So it was that we spent a couple of hours on her beautiful back porch, playing a newer Redleg Husky original and chasing chickens around for B-roll.
Sunday we found ourselves in Boone with Tim and Misa's friend Sarene Cullen shooting some pictures of the three of us on her porch as well as by a beautiful mountain swimming hole nearby. I'd like to think that we can be proud of being a porch band – one that plays down home music in the homiest of settings, or at least takes pictures there.
In between those shoots we played some fun shows, including a late night romp at The Cave in Chapel Hill, and two shows in Virginia. The first of those was at the legendary Floyd Country Store, a tourist attraction but also an honest hub of Americana music. Its stage has been graced in recent years by Old Crow Medicine Show, Tim's hero Bryan Sutton, and many other greats of the roots music world, so we were very excited to be a part of their Americana Afternoons concert series. Sure enough, it was an intimate show in front of a warm audience, and an honor to be a part of.
That night we headed up the road a piece to Callaway Brewing – a beautifully homemade brewing operation in a converted garage that felt like the perfect place to play some heartfelt Appalachian music. People and dogs filled the place up over the course of the evening as the cicadas and the setting summer sun provided the backdrop to our songs. Again, a pleasure, and a perfect way to wrap up the run.
That about covers it for this edition of the Redleg Husky blog. The blog might be on hiatus for a few weeks as I unfortunately have to take my leave of the band for most of August, to wrap up some things back in Richmond, and to go see my sister get married. But I hope that you all will still come out to see Tim and Misa perform, and that you'll tip them when you do. Most of all though I hope that all of you out there have a great month and that I'll have the pleasure of seeing you at a show in September.