Calabasas Rd. on the Ranch

We’re on the farm for a couple days!  Thanks so much, Bruce Edwards and Annette Coulon for letting us stay at their Mountain Icelandic Farm just outside of Watsonville.  Such a treat to be around the horses again, with the sun and fields of strawberries all around…

Chooch flexes some muscle on the riding track while Miles chaperones.
Visiting with old friends Lettir (left) and Hekla (right). Such sweet animals!
Farm house. Check out that solar array!
Hanging out on the guest house deck with Mr. Zanzibar.

Our show at the Rio Lounge tonight is going to be fantastic!  Can’t wait to play some good music, and then head over to see our new friends John C. Reilly and friends play their set at Moe’s Alley.

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Central Valley, Nevada City, and Santa Rosa

Wow, whadda week it’s been!  Sunny most of the time, and a lot of good friends palaver’d with along the way.

First, we played in Santa Rosa at the Last Day Saloon.  Kevlar James was there to lend support.  We shared the night’s bill with Sean and Marty, who are great musicians.

Last Day Saloon!

Chooch's gig-face.

Kevlar and Chooch busk before the show.

Sean & Marty tear it up.

Next we headed to Nevada City for a KVMR in-studio spot with Kim Rogers.  Thanks to Che Greenwood and Kim for setting that up!  While in town, we made sure to say hello to Utah Phillips’ grave site, along with Celia Hackley and her kin.

Graves

We played at the Fox & Goose in Sacramento that same night, but I think those photos are on Chooch’s cam.

Friday!  Day off after eight gigs in a row.  Phew!  San Mateo County, here we are!  San Gregorio is a great little town with dead fish impaled on fence posts, and lovely farm scenery only a mile from the gorgeous coastline.

San Gregorio farmscape.

Impaled fish on fence post.

San Mateo coastline.

Flowers in california's hair.

Last night we camped in Butano State Park.  A little way outside of Pescadero village, this state park was quietly magnificent with its giant coastal redwood scenery and minimal tourist presence.

Butano Campsite.

Cloud King at rest.

Next day, Saturday the 28th of April.  We left early to get some beach time in before rolling into Santa Cruz proper.  Here’re a few shots of this morning’s toodle!

San Mateo/Santa Cruz county line...

Chooch gathers it up.

Cloud King, King of the Clouds.

A Gnome mailbox on Hwy 1! Sweetness.

That’s it for now!  It’s been a great tour so far, and many more smiles than frowns throughout!  We’re gonna hang out with some friends tonight and tomorrow before our Rio Lounge show.  More pics to come!!  🙂

Southern Oregon and NorCal!

Dearest Beloved Friends Of Ours,

Basho here with a brief update of our whatnot.  We’ve successfully navigated our way out of Oregon and into NorCal, as far south as Santa Rosa!  Synopsis below:

Ashland:  This is a great little town!  Local food was awesome, as they’ve got a great agricultural scene (Applegate Valley) and some good folks trying to bring as much from the surrounding land as possible to feed the local populace.  The town itself is quaint but bustling with tourist activity, as this is the land of Shakespearean plays.  Nonstop.  We got a chance to hike around with friends while here, which is always a pleasure.  Lithia Park is most certainly the natural jewel of Ashland, with some extensive trails to assuage anyone’s recreational inclination.

We played a great show and met some great new friends while also communing with old ones.  Couldn’t ask for more than that!

Yep.

Mt Shasta:  Sleepy little hippy town with our good friends tucked away in the mountain’s shadow!  For a sunday, there was a good crowd to be had, and they were very attentive throughout the set!  Days spent hiking and lounging near large bodies of water: check.  Nights spent playing for cool folks: check.  Tour so far is going swimmingly well, I should think!

Tonight we play on KRSH-FM‘s “Americana” show with the legendary Bill Bowker hosting us.  It’s gonna be great!!

Outfitting the van Pt. 2

Putting together the platform bed.

Our new tour van!!

So here’s our new tour mobile!  A 2003 Mercedes Sprinter!!  First things first, clean this sucker out and get it ready

for l-i-v-i-n-‘.

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Now to put the kitchenette and tubs in, to see how the bed’s gonna fit!

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Happy campers!!  Miles approves.

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