MBIRD US Tour: Road Stories

Well it’s a live day here in Philadelphia.
Every time I think of this town I always think of that Tom Hanks movie…is that normal? I dont know. What I do know is I just ate a real breakfast for the first time in two weeks of being on the road and I loved every minute of it. Weird…but the days just flow together and this is my first moment alone. Michael (my guitar player and co writer) and I have been looking at each others dumb faces for hours and hours and hours!!!! Thank god I like him or this would suck. I kinda wish I could paint the picture of this trip so far for you with mind shots but that technology hasn’t really been released yet. Maybe soon but for now the written word will have to suffice.
Comin off two great jazz shows in KC was a great send off; lots of good music and good friends big hugs to y’all. The next day I went to Nashville got our shit together meet up with Michael, get with our publicist, get records, and head to Louisville KY to jangle our gypsy music in a gallery type music joint called Derby City. That day was interesting since we also played live on a Louisville radio show that morning. After we piled everything in the car and started driving we realized our GPS was saying wrong time of arrival. We were both like “What?! Why does it say it takes four hours to get from Nashville to Louisville? I live in Nashville and I’ve played in Louisville before why would it all of sudden take this long!? Yeah, well, it doesn’t take that long however it does initiate a time change!! So, we drove like mad, freakin out…called our radio publicist huffin and puffin and we made our LIVE radio interview two minutes before air-time. No shit. We walked in and we were just in awe of how beautiful this station was. They really take care of the public radio there…the joint was off the hook. Efficient and huge!!!! We met our interviewer named Marion Dries, plugged in and broadcasted live. We were also able to broadcast from our own system as well for the first time to our fans through live video. The site is called justin.tv you type in MBird and boom anytime we have a show or live broadcast you can watch from your home or office. ITS AWESOME!!! My Grammie in North Dakota watched the radio interview which was great and we’ve been pickin folks up all along the way watchin every show in every town. We also always post a link on FB and our website of course:)) The interview and live songs went great we were so happy to have made it and been in such a lovely establishment it was a great time. After the interview we had a live chat with our online viewers and then went to the park and practiced a little. Michael and I have put this tour together by ourselves from scratch and we have had no chance to practice at all. The radio show was our first time playing together in months. So needless to say the few hours before the show that night were needed. Especially for me since I am filling out the fiddle and guitar parts on about six tunes plus singing of course. Since theres only two of us it’s a nice variety during the show especially the longer ones. That night we showed up at Derby City and played about ten tunes. It was very cool. The room was silent as people really listened to the lyrics. It was a great, cool vibe since it had been bustling loud right up till when we started. The room was lit up with art on the walls and heavy drinking outside and inside. The fifty people in the place were dispersed throughout the venue and in the living room style area we played face to face to twenty people with their eyes glued to us. Like I said, with so little rehearsal Michael and I just threw our hats in the ring and said “whatever, we wrote em, let’s just play!!!” It was great no mistakes…
The bands after us were great too Fork and Socket, Bu Hau Ting, and the DJ Eric was a personal high-light for me. Specializing in Regae music Eric loves lyric heavy tunes from that genre, it was really cool to hear the tunes he chose. He also let me know he is refining his technique on the growing of mushrooms of all kinds. It seems random but it’s really not. Apparently he has been pushing to be in the leading line for spiritualized and medicinal uses of the mushroom and has been asked to speak at the earth fair this year in Louisville. I really enjoyed our talk since I’ve spent a great deal of time in communities that celebrate the San Pedro Plant Medicine and Shamanic Journeying of all kinds. I have also been exposed to many communities that have released the uses of plant medicine and use techniques located in the focused breath and drum to reach the same experience which I shared with him. It was a fabulous exchange. We also had friends from The Shakespeare Company come out and hang with us. They made for a great audience. Thank the Arts for creating listeners….This town was full of great people and great music. I had a blast. We stayed the night. Left early in the morning to wait through easter before heading on a 9 hour drive to Charlottesville VA!!!
More to come I am taking one city at a time for now…I will write more about VA., Baltimore, and Philly in a few days. Plus I have some vlogs coming up in the next few days to show ya’ll. Please stay connected to us AT….





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