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Pumpkin Spiced Blog 

Fall is here, and with it a new chapter for Redleg Husky and a new blog post from your favorite bassman. Today was bittersweet, as we helped Misa load her life into a U-Haul bound for the great white north (known to the intrepid polar explorers that dare venture into it as 'Connecticut'). Although Tim and I have been playing as a duo for more than a month now, today felt like the official beginning of this new iteration of the band. 


Far from sitting around in anticipation of this change, though, us two remaining huskies have been crisscrossing North Carolina non-stop in these last weeks, working up new songs faster than the speed of sound and having a blast doing it. We've had some great adventures along the way – fending off gators in the swamps of South Carolina, being serenaded by Miami fans ahead of their team's game against Appalachian State in Boone, and enjoying our favorite annual party, Circus Mutt's Livestock Festival. We hope to have some video from that event to share with you all soon. 

In the couple of free days that sneaked onto our September calendar, an even more memorable event took place in Tim's life, as he got engaged to his longtime girlfriend, Laura. It's been an ongoing celebration in the couple of weeks since the proposal, and we're all looking forward to continuing that with Laura's family on our upcoming tour of her native Maryland. You all can also thank her for the new pictures of Tim and I that grace both the website and our new show fliers. 

Another new website development is to your left if you're reading this on the home page – the all new, highly confidential, very, very serious, binding, consequence-laden Employee of the Month Poll. In the weeks since this highly esteemed honor was first created by yours truly, I've taken it upon myself to reward myself with it, given my estimation of my own incredible work ethic, funkiness, and generally inspiring presence. But, in the interest of democracy and of giving Tim a chance to win something for once, we've decided to give you all the opportunity to decide who wins and who fails to win with this handy voting tool. We promise not to stuff the ballot box any more than we already have, and we'll be announcing the results at the end of each month, so consider the candidates, cast your vote, and stay tuned! 


If you're not sure who to vote for, why not come out to a show and find out who you think is most worthy in person? We've got some great ones coming up, including the aforementioned, long-awaited first tour of Maryland, which includes stops in Frederick, Accident, and Frostburg. On the way, we'll have the chance to return to a couple of our favorite Virginia venues – The Camel in Richmond and Starr Hill Brewing in Crozet. After that, we've got a very full slate of shows around the Carolinas and Tennessee before the Thanksgiving break, so check out the list below or the 'Tour' page for details, and come on out. I should mention, too, that we recently got resupplied with t-shirts, meaning that we now have Meg Lemiuer's beautiful My Old Heart album art, on heathered red, in all men's and women's sizes. We've got koozies in four colors as well...come get 'em! 

9/28 – 5 Walnut Wine Bar, Asheville, NC 5pm 
9/29 – RJ Rockers Brewing Co., Spartanburg, SC 5:30pm 
9/30 – Nantahala Brewing Co., Bryson City, NC 8pm 
10/1 – Sycamore Brewing Co., Charlotte, NC 2pm 
10/1 – 220 Cafe, Statesville, NC 7pm 
10/2 – Blue Mountain Pizza, Weaverville, NC 7pm 

10/5 – The Camel, Richmond, VA 8pm 
10/6 – The Blue Side, Frederick, MD 8pm 
10/7 – Dante's, Frostburg, MD 9pm 
10/8 – The MoonShadow Cafe, Accident, MD 7pm 
10/9 – Starr Hill Brewing Co., Crozet, VA 3:30pm 

10/12 – One World Brewing Co., Asheville, NC 8pm 
10/13 – The Table Restaurant at Crestwood Inn, Boone, NC 6pm 
10/14 – Sycamore Brewing Co., Charlotte, NC 6pm 
10/15 – Fonta Flora Brewing Co., Morganton, NC 3pm 
10/15 – Barley's Taproom, Spindale, NC 8pm 
10/16 – Dark City Deli, Black Mountain, NC 3pm 

10/19 – Old Hampton Store, Linville, NC 12pm 
10/19 – The Joint Next Door, Fairview, NC 7pm 
10/20 – Town Pump Tavern, Black Mountain, NC 9pm 
10/21 – Burgers, Beats, and Brews at Old Rock Cafe, Chimney Rock, NC 6pm 
10/23 – Old Hampton Store, Linville, NC 12pm 

10/26 – Foggy Mountain Brewpub, Asheville, NC 9pm 
10/27 – Renaissance Hotel, Asheville, NC 6pm 
10/28 – Sycamore Brewing, Charlotte, NC 6pm 
10/29 – Burgers, Beats, and Brews at Old Rock Cafe, Chimney Rock, NC 6pm 
10/30 – Lenny Boy Brewing, Charlotte, NC 4pm 

11/2 – Straightaway Cafe, Black Mountain, NC 6pm 
11/3 – JRH Brewing, Johnson City, TN 7pm 
11/4 – Soaring Ridge Brewing, Roanoke, VA 6pm 
11/5 – Right Turn, Clyde Brewing, Narrows, VA 6pm 
11/6 – Blue Mountain Pizza, Weaverville, NC 7pm 

11/9 – One World Brewing, Asheville, NC 8pm 
11/10 – Town Pump Tavern, Black Mountain, NC 9pm 
11/11 – Yee Haw Brewing, Johnson City, TN 7pm 
11/12 – 5 Walnut Wine Bar, Asheville, NC 6pm 
11/12 – Backyard Bar, Black Mountain, NC 9:30pm 

11/16 – The Joint Next Door, Fairview, NC 7pm 
11/17 – Renaissance Hotel, Asheville, NC 6pm 
11/18 – Lost Province Brewing, Boone, NC 7:30pm 
11/19 – Blue Ghost Brewing, Fletcher, NC 7pm

Misa's Farewell 

Son the Blogman here, with some big news – Misa Giroux, co-founder of Redleg Husky and songwriter, vocalist, and multi-instrumentalist extraordinaire, is leaving the band. Please read her letter to all of you, and then read on to find out more about what Tim and I have in store for your ears: 

Dear friends, 

I moved to North Carolina four years ago searching for a lot of things, but never expected to find the perfect musical partner and a life so filled with adventure. Tim and I started playing music together the day we met and started Redleg Husky just a few weeks later, I think. I grew through the songs we performed together in so many ways: they helped me feel at home, bond with new friends, and mend a broken heart. Eventually we were able to tour the country for three months by playing shows, exploring places I’d never even dreamed of getting to see. We’ve played so many more shows since then, creating a full-time career out of something we started in my Boone apartment, probably after class, over beers and records. Our cross-country trip also brought us the wonderful Son, who seamlessly fit into our crazy world. We’ve been a family, spending so much of our time together, and I wouldn’t change what we’ve experienced for anything. 

I’ve come to realize, though, that I want a life different from what the road can offer and have other passions I want to pursue. In September, I’ll be moving back to New England, but Tim and Son will continue to fight the good fight as a duo. I want the absolute best for them and remain the biggest RLH fan, and I look forward to seeing how they continue to grow. Please keep supporting them at shows - and keep ‘em in line for me. They’re the best musicians I know, and the best bandmates and friends a girl could ask for. I love them with all of my Husky heart. Thank you to everyone who has come out to a show, let me crash on their couch, or just supported me in any way. I’ll never forget it. 

My final band show will be Sept. 8th at the Town Pump in Black Mountain, one of my favorite venues to play. There will be cowboy boots, at least one yellin’ and stompin’ Lucinda Williams cover, and all the feelings. We’re gonna have a great time and you will, too! Come on out and celebrate this new chapter with us! 

Love, 
Misa 

Ready for new adventures

So there it is, everyone. Personally, I'm trying to hold off on feeling the sadness of losing a bandmate and roommate until she actually moves out at the end of next month, so for now, here are a few words on the positive side of Redleg Husky's future. 

As of last week, Tim and I are carrying the RLH torch as a duo. He's continuing in his role as guitar phenom, banjoman, vocalist, and USDA ceritfied 100% American heartthrob, while I hold down my patented one man rhythm section bass technique and also step up my share of lead and backing vocal responsibilities. From time to time, you might see a guitar in my hands as well. 

We're excited to be intensifying our practice schedule to both re-vamp some classic Redleg tunes and introduce a wealth of new ones, focusing more and more on classic country, bluegrass, and blues songs, all arranged with the dedication and performed with the energy that you all have come to know and love over the four years of this band's existence. Our drive and vision haven't changed – we want to be the hardest working roots band in North Carolina, and to travel as much of the country as we can, sharing our passion for heartfelt, old school American music with everyone we meet. 

On that note, I'd like to close this post with a look at our upcoming shows. In our sights, we've got trips to Winston-Salem and Raleigh, to Virginia, and, for the very first time, to Maryland, in October. Those dates are outlined below. For those of you local to the North Carolina mountains, we have our first ever show at The Grey Eagle this Thursday, August 18th. It's a chance for you all to hear our new sound and to come celebrate our breakthrough into one of our favorite hometown venues. We hope to see you there and at Misa's last show on September 8th, and at many other shows down the road in the months and years to come. 

Looking forward to a whole lot more music together

8/17 – The Joint Next Door, Fairview, NC 7pm 
8/18 – The Grey Eagle, Asheville NC 5:30pm 
8/19 – Sycamore Brewing, Charlotte, NC 5:30pm 
8/20 – Grandfather Vineyards, Banner Elk, NC 1pm 
8/20 – Innovation Brewing, Sylva, NC 9pm 

8/24 – Straightaway Cafe, Black Mountain, NC 6pm 
8/25 – Blue Mountain Pizza, Weaverville, NC 7pm 
8/26 – Sycamore Brewing, Charlotte, NC 5:30pm 
8/27 – Blue Ghost Brewing, Fletcher, NC 7pm 
8/28 – Sanctuary Brewing, Hendersonville, NC 3pm 

8/31 – Foothills Brewing, Winston-Salem, NC 8pm 
9/1 – Ruckus Pizza, Raleigh, NC 8:30pm 
9/2 – Sycamore Brewing, Charlotte, NC 5:30pm 
9/3 – Legion Brewing, Charlotte, NC 8pm 
9/4 – Apple Festival, Hendersonville, NC 12:30pm 
9/4 – Bold Rock Cider, Mills River, NC 4pm 

9/7 – Foggy Mountain BrewPub, Asheville, NC 9pm 
9/8 – Town Pump Tavern, Black Mountain, NC 9pm (Misa's Farewell Show!) 

9/14 – One World Brewing, Asheville, NC 8pm 
9/15 – The Table Restaurant at Crestwood Inn, Boone, NC 6pm 
9/16 – Lost Province Brewing Co., Boone, NC 7:30pm 
9/17 – Watauga County Farmer's Market, Boone, NC 9am 
9/17- The Hotel Tavern, West Jefferson, NC 6pm 
9/18- Bhramari Brewhouse, Asheville, NC 2pm 

9/21 – The Joint Next Door, Fairview, NC 7pm 
9/22 – Oskar Blues Brewing Co., Brevard, NC 6pm 
9/23 – Yee Haw Brewing, Johnson City, TN 8pm 
9/24 – Livestock 8 Festival, Fairview, NC 1pm 
9/24 – Trailhead Restaurant, Black Mountain 8pm 
9/25 – Dark City Deli, Black Mountain, NC 3pm

9/28 – 5 Walnut Wine Bar, Asheville, NC 5pm 
9/29 – RJ Rockers Brewing Co., Spartanburg, SC 5:30pm 
9/30 – Nantahala Brewing Co., Bryson City, NC 8pm 
10/1 – Sycamore Brewing Co., Charlotte, NC 2pm 
10/1 – 220 Cafe, Statesville, NC 7pm 
10/2 – Blue Mountain Pizza, Weaverville, NC 7pm 

10/5 – The Camel, Richmond, VA 8pm 
10/6 – The Blue Side, Frederick, MD 8pm 
10/7 – Dante's, Frostburg, MD 9pm 
10/8 – The MoonShadow Cafe, Accident, MD 7pm 
10/9 – Starr Hill Brewing Co., Crozet, VA 3:30pm 

10/12 – One World Brewing Co., Asheville, NC 8pm 
10/13 – The Table Restaurant at Crestwood Inn, Boone, NC 6pm 
10/14 – Sycamore Brewing Co., Charlotte, NC 6pm 
10/15 – Fonta Flora Brewing Co., Morganton, NC 3pm 
10/15 – Barley's Taproom, Spindale, NC 8pm 
10/16 – Dark City Deli, Black Mountain, NC 3pm

I Know Where the Summer Goes 

Hi friends! Misa here, with a playlist just in time for the heat of the summer. It's been a pretty good one so far - I took a trip to Maine to see my family, two birds built a nest in my window, and I still have an Emmylou Harris/Mary Chapin Carpenter show to look forward to. While I spend the rest of the year mostly listening to sad folk music, summer is a time for alt-country (Wilco’s A.M./Lucinda Williams’ Car Wheels on a Gravel Road for sure). Also, all the Tom Petty. I can confirm - all of these playlist songs work as solid accompaniment to a really sunny day or an afternoon thunderstorm. Below is the YouTube version, but you can also find it on Spotify


There are so many songs that are just right for that time of year when the weather gets warmer and I can finally roll my windows down, but if I had to pick just one, “Noisy Night” is the ultimate summer song for me. I first heard it on Tift Merritt’s old podcast, The Spark, and immediately fell in love. The Indigo Girls’ “Devotion” is a perfect song for hanging out around a campfire. I’m pretty sure that’s how the song started out… Also, singing along to “Frankie’s Gun” is pretty much my favorite thing. Let me know what essential songs I missed!

Maine in the summertime

If you’re still looking for more music, you should pick up a copy of Music in the Mountains, Volume 1! We're honored to be a part of this lovely compilation CD that benefits Boone's Hunger and Health Coalition. It features our song "Katie" along with a bunch of other great tunes from fellow WNC artists. Copies are available at Lost Province Brewing Company in Boone, and other High Country locations!

Summers Are for Touring 

Hello everyone! It's Son the Bassman here on blog duty once again. I just wanted to post a short update on our plans for the coming months, so that we're not the only ones excited for a summer and fall full of shows and travels. In the next two months, we're planning return trips to some of our favorite towns – Boone, Roanoke, Richmond, Charleston, and Raleigh/Durham. In the fall and winter, we've got our first treks to Maryland and to the Deep South on our radar. We'll have updates forthcoming on those last two tours, but for now, here's our full schedule for July and August, both at the bottom of this post and via the 'Tour' tab, above. 

I also want to announce a development that is small in size but big in awesomeness – the release of our brand new stickers, which will be followed by brand new koozies in the weeks to come. These came about as the result of a joke, which came about as the result of a story, which came about as the result of a bit of history. A few months ago, we added the fiddle tune 'The Forked Deer' to our repertoire. Legend has it that it was one of Thomas Jefferson's favorite songs, so we started introducing it on stage as such. That introduction spawned an ever-growing narrative about a young TJ hanging out in his mom's basement, waiting for his friends to come pick him up, zoning out to his favorite music on his headphones. Misa took that and ran with it, drawing up this sweet design, while making a subtle nod to one of our favorite movies: 

Like our previous stickers, these are high quality vinyl from Sticker Robot, the finest sticker people in the sticker game. Unlike our previous stickers, these are pre-cut on the back, so peeling them off is a breeze. Also like our previous stickers, we're offering up these sweet pieces of art for free at our shows, which means they can be yours soon. Now, to tie everything together in a brilliant conclusion to this blog post, here's where you can see us in the months to come, and where you can get yourself a sticker, or five, while listening to the very fiddle tune that inspired the whole tale: 

6/29 - 5 Walnut Wine Bar, Asheville, NC 5pm 
6/30 - Town Pump Tavern, Black Mountain, NC 9pm 
7/1 - Sycamore Brewing, Charlotte, NC 5:30pm 
7/2 - Catawba Brewing, Asheville, NC 3:30pm 
7/2 - Velo Fellow, Greenville, SC 9:30pm 

7/7 – Table Restaurant, Boone, NC 6pm 
7/8 – Old Hampton Store, Linville, NC 12pm 
7/8 – Lost Province Brewing, Boone, NC 7:30pm 
7/9 – Watauga County Farmer's Market, Boone, NC 9am 
7/9 – Hotel Tavern, West Jefferson, NC 6pm 

7/13 – One World Brewing, Asheville, NC 8pm 
7/14 – Pedalin' Pig, Boone, NC 6pm 
7/15 – Sycamore Brewing, Charlotte, NC 5:30pm 
7/16 – Yee Haw Brewing, Johnson City, TN 8pm 

7/20 – The Joint Next Door, Fairview, NC 7pm 
7/21 – BoneFire Smokehouse, Abingdon, VA 8pm 
7/22 – Soaring Ridge Brewing, Roanoke, VA 6pm 
7/23 – Blue Bee Cider, Richmond, VA 2pm 
7/23 – Triple Crossing Brewing, Richmond, VA 7:30pm 
7/24 – Saude Creek Vineyards, Lanexa, VA 2pm 

7/28 – Oskar Blues Brewing, Brevard, NC 6pm 
7/29 – Sycamore Brewing, Charlotte, NC 5:30pm 
7/30 – Linville Falls Winery, Linville, NC 2pm 
7/30 – Innovation Brewing, Sylva, NC 9pm 
7/31 – Barley's Taproom, Asheville, NC 7:30pm 

8/3 – Awendaw Barn Jam, Awendaw, SC 7pm 
8/4 – Tail Race Tavern, Moncks Corner, SC 8pm 
8/5 – Holy City Brewing, Charleston, SC 5:30pm 
8/6 – Tattooed Moose, John's Island, SC 3pm 
8/7 – The Dinghy, Isle of Palms, SC 6pm 

8/10 – One World Brewing, Asheville, NC 8pm 
8/11 – Table Restaurant, Boone, NC 6pm 
8/12 – Barley's Taproom, Spindale, NC 8pm 
8/13 – Pub 319, Waynesville, NC 9pm 
8/14 – Bhramari Brewhouse, Asheville, NC 1pm 

8/17 – The Joint Next Door, Fairview, NC 7pm 
8/18 – French Broad Brewing, Asheville NC 6pm 
8/19 – Sycamore Brewing, Charlotte, NC 5:30pm 
8/20 – Grandfather Vineyards, Banner Elk, NC 1pm 
8/20 – Innovation Brewing, Sylva, NC 9pm 

8/24 – Straightaway Cafe, Black Mountain, NC 6pm 
8/25 – Blue Mountain Pizza, Weaverville, NC 7pm 
8/26 – Sycamore Brewing, Charlotte, NC 5:30pm 
8/27 – Blue Ghost Brewing, Fletcher, NC 7pm 
8/28 – Sanctuary Brewing, Hendersonville, NC 3pm 

8/31 – Foothills Brewing, Winston-Salem, NC 8pm 
9/1 – Ruckus Pizza, Raleigh, NC 8:30pm 
9/2 – Sycamore Brewing, Charlotte, NC 5:30pm 
9/3 – Legion Brewing, Charlotte, NC 8pm 
9/4 – Apple Festival, Hendersonville, NC 12:30pm 
9/4 – Bold Rock Cider, Mills River, NC 4pm

Tim's Take - Seriously, Don't Give the Bass Player Waffles 

The time has finally come for me to share a recap of Husky adventures from my perspective.  It might not include all the big fancy words that Misa loves employing or the comedic tone Son is so adept at, but I’ll give this thing my best shot.  Now, let’s pick back up where we left off. 

May treated us well.  We welcomed in Misa’s 26th year with some country karaoke at West Asheville’s Double Crown, and performed at new venues close to home and in what seems to be our second home, Virginia.  At the Dogtown Roadhouse in Floyd, VA, we played our hearts out as folks danced the night away, and at the Twin Oaks Community in Louisa, we played for what might have been the most attentive crowd ever.  There were definitely nerves by all accounts that night, but it sure felt good to have an audience listen so intently.  Other memorable shows from May included performing at MAD Anthony’s birthday party in Waynesville and performing as part of Hendersonville’s Garden Jubilee Festival in their Streetside Serenade. Starting a Sunday picking and singing on the street of downtown Hendersonville, while festival goers slow their stroll to listen… good times. 

Tuning up for the Red Barn Radio

Despite May and her flowers, this past weekend was one of the most action packed we’ve had in awhile.  On Wednesday, we returned to the Red Barn Radio in Lexington, KY and on Thursday we played our first real venue show in Lexington at Al’s Bar.  I think Son takes the cake for having the best time that night, as we watched him dance to the Restless Leg String Band for a good hour after we played.  And yes, everyone, I’ve heard your requests to give him a few dance lessons, lord knows he could use it. 

I was so elated on Friday night, when we were welcomed back to my hometown of Cincinnati by friends and family that packed the house at the Crow’s Nest.  Irish Car-bombs were had, as well as a great night of music.  Saturday morning was a little rough though: getting on the road at 6am to make it to Pittsburgh for a festival after an all night long show in Cincinnati is a turn around we are not itching to do again anytime soon.  However, it was all worth it, as the Three River’s Arts Festival did not disappoint.  Redleg Husky went to the big city that day, playing on a stage amidst skyscrapers for a wonderful crowd.  We wrapped up the tour with a show in the beautiful Marietta, OH that night, and at Bold Rock in Mills River, NC on Sunday.

 Strolling the streets of Marietta, OH

While things slow down a little in June for the trio, Son and I have some duo shows lined up in the WNC area if anyone is itching for their acoustic roots fill.  Check out the show tab for dates! 

Also, it is time for the second Husky playlist, created by yours truly.  While Son started things off with a mix of funk, soul, and rock and roll sure to awaken the inner rhythm section, I chose to get a little historical.  My goal of this playlist is show how intertwined blues, country, and jazz were back in the day.  I’m kind of a nerd when it comes to this stuff, but really think it is so cool! Below is a little info for each track if you're interested: 
https://open.spotify.com/user/redleghusky/playlist/6svN0srkvQBXHJYLYvGpns  

  1. While the first track is by the “Queen of the Blues,” Bessie Smith, and the second by the “Father of Country Music,” Jimmie Rodgers, they share similarities, especially since Louis Armstrong plays on both tracks. 
  2. *see above* 
  3. The “King of Western Swing” - Bob Wills!  I chose this song, not only because Bob Wills added jazz elements to create his new sound, but also because Chuck Berry’s big hit “Maybellene” is known to be an adaptation of this song.  It all comes full circle again and again. 
  4. While “All of Me” is a jazz standard, country fans might recognize this song as a Willie Nelson hit - Willie will be the first to admit he loved him some jazz. 
  5. This song is an attempt to highlight my point in #4 - “Autumn Leaves” is another jazz standard, this time played by Hank Garland, one of the most influential country guitarists of the 20th Century. 
  6. The guitar artistry of Chet Atkins, enough said…. 
  7. I chose a T-Bone Walker song because I hear jazz elements in his blues, and his song “Stormy Monday,” is akin to what “T for Texas” was to Jimmie Rodgers. 
  8. Early B.B. King.  One of his biggest influences and a reason he said he got his guitar and was inspired to start playing was hearing T-Bone’s “Stormy Monday.” 
  9. Not going to lie - I just love Muddy Waters and this song is one of my favorites. 
  10. I figured I’d follow the Mud with some Hank.  Talk about two pioneers and pivotal 20th Century artists. 

Hope you enjoy and can hear how these folks all inspired generations of musicians to come, especially the one whose words you hopefully just read. 

See you soon! 

Tim