North American Tour 2014
Oct 2, 2014 - We left Ottawa bright and early to head out on our two month tour of North America:
It was a very long drive to Chicago where we will sleep tonight before heading to Minneapolis for our first show tomorrow.
Oct 3, 2014 - The rest of the drive to Minneapolis was a breeze after the 14 hour marathon yesterday. We arrived at Famous Dave's and we were treated to this delicious BBQ feast (ribs, pulled pork, chicken, corn on the cob, fries, corn bread, baked beans!):
If that's not the perfect way to start a tour, I don't know what is. The show was fun, and some great folks from the area came out to cheer us on!
Oct 4, 2014 - It was another monster drive today back into Canada to play at the Saskatchewan Cultural Exchange in Regina.
Fortunately, I had time to "unwind" in the hotel pool before the show. Yep, that's a big ol' water slide!
Oct 5, 2014 - On to Calgary today, down the never ending highway...
All the way to the Ironwood Stage & Grill.
Oct 6, 2014 - This morning we woke up to this great view of Calgary:
And, after a much shorter drive to Edmonton, we got all settled in for our week long residency at Blues on Whyte.
Getting all set up!
This is what I'm looking at this week...
When we played here last year, the real highlight was the friendly, fun staff:
Can't wait to hang with these great people and play a LOT of music!
Oct 7, 2014 - Today is the official Canadian release date for our new album "Belmont Boulevard"! We celebrated by playing 3 hours of blues.... Just kidding, we are doing that every night!
Live at Blues on Whyte!
Oct 14, 2014 - This week we performed for 23 solid hours, made some new friends, caught up with some old friends, and even had time for a trip to the water park at the Edmonton Mall! The highlight of the week, though, was when our friend Darren joined us on stage and started rapping in one of our songs!
Live... all week long!
Darren joins us on stage...
As fun as the past week has been, it is time to move on!
Oct 15, 2014 - We drove through the spectacular Rocky Mountains into Banff today to play at Wild Bill's.
Oct 16, 2014 - Jamie and I got up early this morning (in other words, 10am), to go on a mountain hike. It was so beautiful!
We saw these huge Elk just hanging out by the side of the trail.
Every corner we turned we said, "this is the best view ever!" Only to find an even better view a few steps later!
Oct 17, 2014 - We played at the Blue Gator tonight, which is a pretty cool venue where it seems like anything can happen. Everyone danced all night.
Oct 18, 2014 - This afternoon we enjoyed another scenic drive into White Rock, BC where we performed at Blue Frog Studios. I mean, I'm assuming it was scenic; we could not see more that 2 metres in front of the car because the fog was so thick!
I've never seen fog like this in my entire life!
Luckily, we made it to Blue Frog Studios in one piece. This venue is normally a recording studio, but they put on theatre style shows from time to time.
(in the lobby)
The audience was so receptive and enthusiastic.
Oct 21, 2014 - After two relaxing days at Mario and Tina's home in Vancouver (thanks for having us again!!)...
We spent the day trying to drive as close to San Francisco as we could. We made it to Chico, California after about 12 hours....
Oct 22, 2014 - With a short drive into San Fran, I enjoyed the unfamiliar California landscape.
We performed at biscuits and Blues tonight, which is a pretty cool venue in downtown San Fran.
Oct 23, 2014 - Jamie and I got up early this morning to explore downtown while JW went to a radio interview.
We found this cool statue which I read about online a few months ago. There's a bench across from the statue, and when you sit on the bench, the statue sits down too!
Also, this 1707 pound pumpkin....
Oct 23, 2014 - We arrived at the Torch Club, in Sacramento this evening.
Charlie Baty, of Little Charlie and the Nightcats fame, came out to play with us tonight. We regularly cover some of Little Charlie's tunes (like Percolatin'), so it was pretty cool to actually get to play them with him.