Here is Joss rehearsing Drive All Night in Portugal
A favorite lyric....“No ones ever drove for miles to make me smile before.”
Joss performing Karma on Jay Leno
Dearly enjoyed meeting Vernon the morning bartender, who was about as sweet as they come. He used to own the bar before and is there to help Grady out. Due to the heat, the ice machine was on the brink, so Grady was busy getting that fixed. Once Grady got his shit done, he had some time to kick back and visit with us. The beers were going down well and we laughed a great deal. The bar had several other groups of people enjoying the morning as well.
|at the request of mrs. bee there was some cheek pinching going on|
The evening was full of bonuses. Grady reserved us the best seat in the house and spelled my name correctly.
He assured me, he knows how to get shit done. Several of our friends from OK and Nebraska joined us for an evening at Grady’s. Nick Jay was even in the house!
Grady, with a very large "stuffed cow" above him. Along side it is a framed childrens' book, with Grady's name in the title. Not the best picture, that's why you need to get to Yukon in person.
Didn't think to ask about that? I think it was a cow?
|The Turnpike Troubadours|
The show schedule was right on the money. The Turnpike Troubadours hit the stage right at 4:30, with No Justice and Stoney following. There was a great vibe all around. Ran into several more people we knew.
Some from OK, Texas and others from Iowa. I was even lucky enough to find Robin Cross in that crowd. She was sweet to get a hold of me for a quick chat, before the big show. There were Troubadours & Quails all over the place. Unfortunately I missed the Damn Quails, passing out a bunch of cd’s & MAC at the fence. Luckily Mrs. MAC, scored a couple Damn Quails cd’s for Lawrence. Thank you Scottie and thank you Lawrence for sharing.
By the time Jason Boland hit the stage it was dark and the place was packed. The crowd was in place. I couldn’t get over how fast the arena filled up. I had gone inside Tumbleweeds for about an hour and a half and it was just a magnificent crowd when I came out.
Not positive of the exact time The Great Divide took the stage, but I know for sure that they played until 12:22. I was no where near the front row for this one, but back about 4 rows and very comfortable. I bobbed in and out and found another place to stand, because of the heat and the crowding. It was so viewable from the jumbotron TV. You couldn’t miss a thing.
|A very large Tiny|
I was so amazed by all the LOVE. I just know that it was an over the top emotional night and everyone was either really into the music or they were puking somewhere. The heat and the beer took its toll on everyone who let it. I was into the music!
Please forgive my layout, grammar and timing on this blog. I just want to get it done at this point. Not sure how I got so side-tracked. But I guess I have been working a lot and had a family wedding the very next weekend, so I guess I'm BUSY again.
Saturday morning arrived without fail. Meaning we had roughly an eight hour drive ahead of us. Many of our old CCR friends were going to be gathering in MO and since that was on our way home, it worked out. The John D. Hale Band threw a helluva barn party, I'd have to say. The place was packed. The fields were covered with cars and trucks. Unfortuneately we arrived late, missing Matt Stell :( and had a hard time finding everyone and some didn't make it. :( Big Thanks to Jeff A, for getting us to the back so we could find Rick Priest. It was great to see him and definitely enjoyed his spider photo session. hahaha
The Departed took the stage at around midnight and entertained the crowd for about an hour and a half. I enjoyed immensely hearing Jeremy sing To Find My Love and watching Steve Littleton play his keyboards. I really dug this Departed show, because I finally know the music. My first two show experiences didn't compare to this one. I was able to get my dance on and tried my best to get the rest of the crowd going. There aren't too many people who know this music and it shows in the crowd. I only heard one person asking for "Alabama", but I did hear Cody proclaim, "we are a new band, with new music and if you don't like it, then get the @$#& out". He then giggled, so I believe he's just trying to get his point across to the crowd, that he isn't going to be playing Alabama & 17. Also right before he sang Dimebag, he dedicated the song to the assholes from last night. I guess some people just can't accept the change. Move on people, The Departed has talent, let them show it. Ragweed is over for now, let it be.
8th Robert Earl Keen-Joe's Bar
9th Pat Green-Joe's Bar-Chicago, IL
Matt Stell & The Crashers-Whiskey Down-Poplar Bluff, MO
Mike McClure Band-Grady's 66 Pub-Yukon, OK
10th Robert Earl Keen- The New Castle Theatre-Bloomington, Il
The Damn Quails-Grady's 66 Pub-Yukon, OK
Brandon Jenkins-The Beaumont Club-Lawrence KS
11th Eli Young Band-B100 17th Birthday Party-South Bend, IN
13th CD RELEASE DATE for Reckless Kelly
16th Wade Bowen-Joe's Bar-Chicago, IL
17th Todd Snider-Ferdinand Folk Festival-Ferdinand, IN
The Departed-Copper Dragon-Carbondale, IL
18th The Departed-Blue Moose-Iowa, City, IA
20th The Departed-Cabooze-Minneapolis, MN
21st The Departed-People's Court-Des Moines, IA
22nd The Departed-The Granada-Lawrence, KS
23rd Jonathan Tyler & The Northern Lights-Taste of St. Louis-St. Louis, MO
John D Hale-The Woodshed-Leon, IA
The Departed-George's Majestic-Fayetteville, AR
24th John D Hale-Gas Lamp-Des Moines, IA
30th Chris Knight-Old Rock House-St. Louis, MO
5th Jonathan Tyler & The Northern Lights-Cabooze-Minneapolis, MN
6th Jonathan Tyler & The Northern Lights-Avoid The Rush Series-Des Moines, IA
7th Jonathan Tyler & The Northern Lights-Garbaldi's-Milwaukee, WI
8th Jonathan Tyler & The Northern Lights-The Canopy Club-Urbana, IL
Eli Young Band w/ Dierks-Emens Auditorium-Muncie, IN
9th Jonathan Tyler & The Northern Lights-The Loft-Lansing, MI
Dierks Bentley Music & Miles for Kids-Joe's Bar-Chicago, w/ Eli Young Band
12th Jonathan Tyler & The Northern Lights- Old Rock House-St. Louis, MO
13th Jonathan Tyler & The Northern Lights-Cosmic Charles-Lexington, KY
14th Jason Eady-Otis Campbell's-Washington, MO
Reckless Kelly-The Blue Note-Columbia, MO
21st Stoney Larue-Joe's Bar- Chicago, IL
Bleu Edmonson-Grady's 66 Pub
27th Hayes Carll-Varsity Theatre- Minneapolis, MN
28th Hayes Carll-Shank Hall-Milwaukee, WI
Seth Candan-Grady's 66 Pub-Yukon, OK
29th Hayes Carll- Lincoln Hall-Chicago, IL
Jason Boland & The Stragglers-The Woodshed-Leon, IA
1st Jason Boland & The Stragglers-Exit Inn-Nashville, TN
2nd Jason Boland & The Stragglers-Off Broadway-St. Louis, MO
Reckless Kelly-Six Strings-Bloomington, IL
3rd Reckless Kelly-Shank Hall-Milwaukee, WI
4th-Reckless Kelly-Joe's Bar-Chicago, IL.
9th Todd Snider-w/ Elizabeth Cook-Fitzgerald Theatre-St. Paul, MN
10th Todd Snider-w/Elizabeth Cook-Riverside Ballroom-Green Bay, WI
11th Todd Snider-w/Elizabeth Cook-Park West-Chicago, Il
17th Red Wanting Blue-Kemp's-Lexington, IL
18th Red Wanting Blue-Bailey's Pub, Taylorville, IL
26th Mike McClure Band-Grady's 66 Pub-Yukon, OK
16th Brandon Jenkins-The Woodshed-Leon, IA
Mike McClure Band-Otis Campbell's-Washington, MO