Pagosa, Taos, Albuquerque, Mars…
Riding in the van, heading back to Texas.
The last weekend of the tour was a real whirlwind, with all different sights, sounds and experiences to take in. The shows were a real reflection of the great fans, old and new that came out and made us feel so welcome.
Friday- Pagosa Springs, CO – Solid Gold
We were met by some overly friendly locals who hit happy hour a little bit earlier than normal. Let’s just say we had to enact the 3 foot rule when talking to a few happy folks.
Remember everybody, gum is always a good idea, especially when enjoying your favorite cocktail.
The band really pulled together and threw down the goods with an old fashioned rocking set, spawning frenetic dancing, partying and unintelligible requests. It was Dance Party USA.
The natives were restless.
Special thanks to Scott and Terri for coming up from Texas and rallying the troops.
The nightcap was a tried and true bar-room argument between a liberal and a conservative about God, country and love. Let’s just say nobody won except for the band, who had a good laugh watching a couple of guys trying to convince each other that they actually had intellectual merit after a dozen or so scotches.
Saturday – Taos, NM
In what was perhaps the best played show of the tour, we got to watch the sun-set over the Sangre de Cristo Mountains while rocking the shit out of a very appreciative audience.
The band really came to play, stretching songs out, improvising and just laying out an incredibly soulful performance. It started out great and just kept going.
Standouts were: What’s a Man to Do, Paradise Awaiting and Love Me Til the Sunshines. I’m sure there were others, but I can’t remember them right now.
After twenty-five songs and three hours, we called it a night and trailed off to Truches to watch a meteor shower paint the sky. It was a small glimpse of what has drawn so many amazing artists to New Mexico.
Thanks again to eRic and Peggy for their amazing hospitality, friendship and support.
Sunday- Albuquerque, NM
The final show of the tour was more of a relaxed affair. We toned way down, broke out the acoustic guitars and had a back-porch revival in our new friend’s living room.
It’s always fun doing these types of shows. Playing and singing in a lower volume setting really allows us to focus and emphasize the small subtleties and nuances that sometimes get lost in the big rock type shows.
We ended up being the 100th and final show in this house concert series hosted by Jeff and Neal. It was a first-class affair, great fans and vibe in a cool space. It was really an honor to send it off.
That leads us back to the beginning of this entry. Speeding through the night, chasing the black and hoping to be rescued by the dawn.
To all of the folks who came out and made this tour possible, we can’t thank you enough.
We hope to see you again soon.