I’m writing this from the back seat of our tour minivan, just as we have crossed the border to North Carolina, where I’ve never been! I find myself steeling away moments on the internet at truck stops, and trying to do as much work as I can intermittently. Strange though, there really isn’t a lot of work to do, I suppose. But despite the fact that I have that strange pounding of heart that comes with a person who runs a business, whose business is their livelihood, I’ve been having a very nice time!
It was a long drive to Richmond, VA from NYC, mostly long trying to get through New Jersey, and when we finally entered Delaware (to which I had also never been until day before yesterday) it was as if we had survived some great and terrible battle. Richmond is beautiful, by the way. To those of you who don’t know, it’s a great old historic town, full of beautiful old houses and hospitable people. We drove straight to the gig at The Jewish Mother, kind of a Jewish Deli/Pub for music time. We started the the night off with the musical stylings of Pokey LaFarge, a slight but earnest and sincere fellow. The Gentlemen followed and Special Ed and the Short Bus capped the night off with great and impressive theatrics! The gentlemen are so often the best dressed fellows in the room, there was a mood of one up man-ship, as Short Bus showed up in suits and Zombie attire, which I though embraced their spirit of eating brains and having a general good time as the undead.
My gentlemen press shot made it into the local paper at Virginia Beach!
Husbone making out with invisible females. The Councilman expresses his enthusiasm. Husbone was very sad to find that his pet name has crossed over through the internet and to the road. I say quietly to myself, he loves it :).
Open Mouths. The banjo player there is my new favorite artist. He makes all the posters for Short Bus music shows, and they are wonderfully quirky and slightly dark landscapes of hot dogs and animate instruments with arms and legs, droopy eyeballs, wonderfully detailed with meticulous splendor.
Aaron, the bearded fiddler of Short Bus.
A little tilt shift for lone Pokey at The Camel in Richmond, VA.
I hope all is well for you and your families! Happy New Year!!