I’m gearing up for another stretch of tour dates starting this Friday. The past couple of weeks have been lovely; I spent some quality time amongst the wonderful community that comes together each year for Winfield, and visited St. Louis for the Folk & Roots Festival, where I taught a fiddle workshop and sat in as a judge for the Folk School’s fiddle contest. The bonus from the contest was a finale fiddle tune played by the judges: myself, Geoff Seitz, and Marc Rennard, joined by Andy Gribble and Dave Landreth. Now that was an all-star jam! I also had the immense pleasure of seeing the one and only Ralph Stanley perform. So inspired and grateful for these experiences.
Before I leave for my tour of the Appalachians and Midwest, I’m playing a very special event in KCMO tomorrow night. Jeff Harshbarger curated and organized this program called “The Sounds of True Grit” – it will be held at the Kansas City Public Library’s Plaza Branch at 6:30pm. It’s free–more information here!
The first stop on my October tour is Knoxville, TN, where I’ll play live on-air WDVX’s Blue Plate Special on Friday, October 4. I’m looking forward to a return to this super awesome program (more information on the show and attending it can be found here). You can stream Blue Plate Special live online at wvdx.com, come out and watch it happen in person for free, or tune into 89.9FM if you live in the area–the show begins its live broadcast at noon Eastern time. I’ll also be playing in Abingdon, VA on the 4th, at a BBQ joint and music venue called Bone Fire. I’ll perform solo, and then a band from ETSU, Crazy Water Crystals, will take the stage. We’ll round out the night with an old time jam…Yum!
Saturday, Oct. 5, I’ll be sharing the stage with some talented acts forAbingdon’s Crooked Road Festival. My set starts at 1:00pm and will be on the indoor stage at the beautiful Heartwood Building. Click herefor details.
After a couple of days in Abingdon, I’m hitting Nashville on Oct. 6 to open for JD Wilkes and the Dirt Daubers album release show at The High Watt–this will be my solo debut there, and I’m excited about it. Then on to St. Louis for a show at the Venice Cafe on Oct. 8! Thanks toJenny and the Late Nite (a kickin’ country outfit) for making this night happen, and Seaby too…I hope to see some of my good friends in St. Louis out that night. Then I’m off to Urbana, IL to play at The Iron Post on Oct. 9 before heading to St. Paul, MN for a gig at Turf Club on Oct. 12. I’m opening for Charlie Parr in St. Paul, who is an excellent blues picker and folk singer. The Wilders played a show with him in Seattle a while back and I’m really looking forward to seeing him again – it’s sure to be a special night!