Hey everybody! I thought I’d let Son have some time off from updating the blog and share what’s going on down here in the Husky world from my perspective (4’ 10” from the ground). It’s hard to believe we are already into the second month of 2016! With the recent snowstorm here on the east coast, we unfortunately had some January shows cancelled but made the best of our time off. Tim explored the quiet streets of Asheville while Son and I remained snowed in for the duration of the weekend - he experimented with his birthday gift, a MIDI keyboard, while I made my way through Season Three of the X-Files. The truth is out there!
Tim, wandering Asheville's snowy streets (photo by Laura Connor)
Luckily for us (especially cold-blooded Son), the cold spell seems to have passed and spring’s weather seems to be making its way here. It felt great to be back on the road this past weekend, all crammed into Tim’s Honda CR-V just like our cross-country touring days of yore. We brought the ruckus at Ruckus Pizza in Raleigh Thursday night, playing our favorites and eating slices twice the size of my head. Friday brought us to Liberty Brewing in High Point, a new town for us, and Saturday at the 2nd Wind in Carrboro absolutely filled our Husky hearts with joy. Old friends aplenty came and we made lots of new ones with the banjo’s siren song. We can say unabashedly that a great time was had by all! The next day I let the music help fight back my cold (I’ve got a fever, and the only prescription is more cowbell) while Tim and Son enjoyed some delicious brews at Fullsteam Brewery in Durham. We played to a serried crowd enlivened by the warm breeze outside – a wonderful ending to the weekend.
All of this gear (plus 3 people) fits into 1 car
This Triangle run also marked the debut of my new mandolin, handcrafted with love by my uncle Paul. It started out as a crazy idea we had over a year ago, and I never imagined it actually coming to life in such a harmonious way. I’ve always been interested in lutherie but I was slightly intimidated by the actual construction process. Enthusiasm won over, however, and my dad, my uncle, and I jumped into the project head-first, using two pieces of spruce from some old shelves for the back and front and a perfectly curved branch of mountain laurel from my parent’s neighborhood for the neck and headstock. We planed the wood until it was thin enough for Paul to begin construction, and after months of gradual progress, he brought it over in December, all strung up and ready to play. Come see our newest member at an upcoming show!
We've received our education in mandolin creation, me and Paul
In equally exciting news, My Old Heart is in the most final of final stages! Both art and audio have been uploaded, so now we hold our breath, press send, and wait for the coveted packages to appear on our doorstep. We’ll have more updates for you on that front very soon! 2016 has been off to a great start for us, and we have only more good things to look forward to in the coming months. If you’re in Asheville next week, come join us at One World Brewing – we are stoked to announce we will now be playing there on the second Wednesday of every month!
The front cover of My Old Heart, designed by the wonderful Meg Lemieur
2/3 - Foggy Mountain Brew Pub, Asheville, NC
2/4 - Oskar Blues Brewery, Brevard, NC
2/5 - Lost Province Brewing Co., Boone, NC
2/6 - The Hotel Tavern, West Jefferson, NC
2/7 - Blue Mountain Pizza, Weaverville, NC
2/10 - One World Brewing, Asheville, NC
2/11 - Yee-Haw Brewing, Johnson City, TN
2/19 - Holy City Brewing, Charleston, SC
2/20 - Hourglass Brewing, Longwood, FL, w/ Applebutter Express
2/21 - Terra Fermata, Stuart, FL
2/24 - New World Brewing, Tampa, FL
2/25 - Sheila's, Sebring, FL, w/ Santo Feo, The Andeeks Roadshow, and Scotty Crow
2/26 - Barley Mow Brewing, Largo, FL
2/27 - The Hub, Tampa, FL, w/ Derek Forrester and Jeff Brawer
2/28 - Harry's, Anna Maria, FL