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May 30, 2006

I got a call from my friend Ken this last week letting me know he heard my song "Train Dream" on KMTT the Mountain's Sunday Brunch Program in Seattle. Thanks to Drew Dundon for giving it a spin. It's very cool to get played on such a great station. They are always playing new music. "Train Dream" got added in Eugene, OR. too. Thanks to all the programmers for giving it a listen. I just had a look at this week's Americana Chart and was pleased to see that "A Case for Case: The songs of Peter Case" Tribute Album was well up in the charts just one peg below Tom Russell. I got to know Peter when we toured together in the UK in 2003. There is a cover of the Peter Case/Tom Russell/Bob Neuwirth song "Beyond the Blues" on my recent Rosetown. Great song.




May 15, 2006

I want to welcome everyone to the new and improved website put together by Bronwen Duncan. The photo above was taken at the Singing Camel in Wells, BC by the very talented bass player Rob Becker. You just can't beat pulling up to a joint with a real live camel tied out front, a converted garage turned into a livery/performance space, artist accomodation at the Hotel across the road, amazing vegetarian restuarant next door, and liquor store and gas station just down the road .... and all in the middle of the wilderness.

April 2006 was a busy month. I was out on the road and played shows in some of my favourite spots and some new ones too. It was a casual drive of about 5000 kms in 10 days, and I did shows in BC, Alberta and Saskatchewan. I was totally moved by the friendliness of folks at the Main Street Cafe in Nanton, AB. I just love performing in heritage buildings.

After getting back to Vancouver Island, it was up to Duncan to the Duncan Garage Showroom do a show with the lovely and talented Cara Luft. We first met at the North Country Fair in June 2005, and just seem to keep doing things together. We did our first show together in Winnipeg in October 2005, and are pretty certain to do some more. On April 22, Cara and I put on a show at the Open Space Gallery in Victoria. It was an amazing night of music - and once more in a beautiful heritage space. Word has it, that this show was the first folk/rock and roots show to be produced in the venue since Jethro Tull played there in the early 1970s.



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