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May 2013

Well, it’s supposed to be spring, but you’d never know it here…it’s cold and the rain just keeps on coming. Red Bluff Park has flooded twice in the past two weeks. The park hasn’t been able to open on schedule and I’ve had no chance to go fishing! RATS!!!
We had three shows at the end of April. Mary and I flew out early and stayed with our friends Marc and Sharon Smith. It was a great time although we did learn that Smith isn’t really their last name. Apparently they’re part of the ‘witness protect plan’ and they’re uncle Bud was actually ‘Bugsy the Beast’ Cohen. Meanwhile, Mary has a close girl friend who’s the director of the Mark Twain home and museum in Hartford and so we all got a tour of Twain’s home in Conn…really amazing to journey back in time.
The next day we had an acoustic show at Infinity Hall. Infinity Hall is always a great time. The people who run it are so together. Everyone from the sound mixer Fred, to the backstage assistant Darryl, makes playing the Infinity a pleasure. Then we hit the Mayo Arts Center in Morristown, N.J. with Firefall and P.P.L. The show sold out, about 1,300 seats filled. Actually, all the shows on this trip were sellouts. After Morristown we played an acoustic show at Stage One in Fairfield, Conn. That show was cool because Michael played the whole show on a baby grand piano and I pulled out the banjo on Pucky Huddle Stomp and Child’s Claim to Fame…FUN! Next weekend we’re in Wyoming and Rockport, Mass. the following weekend. Then we’re at the Levitt Pavilion in Bethlehem, PA. on the following weekend.
Sad news, Berry Fey died this last week. He was a major promoter around the Colorado area during the seventies and eighties, promoting shows on everyone from Creedence to the Stones. Back in the 60’s George and I played the very first show Berry ever promoted, (he later told me it paid for the birth of his first child). He also promoted the festival Poco played in Denver in 1968 where the police tear gassed the audience…there goes the encore! He was quite a character and we’ll miss him.
Good news on Randy Meisner. He’s home and getting better. He has two full time nurses making sure he behaves himself and Lana is laying down the law! He has to take better care of himself! I’ll let you know when I hear more.
I’m going to drive down to Nashville this month to work on another Scholastic DVD with Jack and see my new grandson. Both my kids just bought new houses in Nashville and I’m anxious to see how the moving is going…and I’ve got to check out the ‘Dad bedrooms’.
Another cool thing is that ‘All Fired Up’ is now available on vinyl for those of us who are old school. Check out the website to get yours. And finally, did you know that the band members have some pretty talented better-halves, you can check out their creative arts on the web-site store. Anna’s Artwork, Sam’s Stained Glass and Mary’s Children’s Books.

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