Tour Diary – July 23 – 24, 2010

the stage

Day 6 – Asheville, NC: It was a very bumpy and uncomfortable ride through the mountains last night. No one got much sleep. Tim and I took any early morning walk through the streets of Asheville and found an exceptional breakfast at the Early Girl Eatery. Today was day one of a three day street festival in downtown Asheville. It’s a huge affair and we are in direct competition. Margo and I did a short set at the local radio station.  It was hot as a @#*he%#uc%&r. We had a pretty decent turnout tonight despite all of the free stuff going on outside. We love this place, this town, this club. We had a fun, we played loose with lots of energy. An excellent crowd despite the small gaggle of geese near the bar that Margo had to quiet down. Playing for an audience like this is what makes touring worthwhile.

mural

Day 7 – Atlanta, GA: We spent the morning in a hotel parking lot in downtown Atlanta. Jared and I decided to kill some time and we set off for the new-ish Georgia Aquarium. The line-up to get in was stretching out the door and winding along the treeless plaza, so we headed back to the bus. It is freakin’ hot…no metaphor or simile is needed. Throughout the week we have been watching bits and pieces of 2012 on satellite TV. This morning we filled in the few missing pieces. You all should know that it doesn’t end with a whimper, but a bang. Once we got settled in behind the venue (The Variety Playhouse), next to the stinky dumpsters, I did the obligatory stumbling around the Little Five Points area. There was a Cake Boss marathon on the satellite this afternoon, so we partook. What a bizarre premise for a show. We figure that one could create an excellent reality TV show (in the Cake Boss mode) set around a tour manager:  following him or her through their day and watching them deal with all of the hic-ups that occur. You could even have different bands guest starring as the tour manager moves from tour to tour. That is now a copyrighted idea so if you want to develop it you need to contact me first. We had another very good show tonight. It started off a little bit shaky but gathered steam as it went along. Another excellent crowd helped us to focus. We needed them tonight , it was show number six in seven nights…and did I mention how hot it was…..

We fly home tomorrow. The rest of the Summer and September (between time off with our families) will be dedicated to finishing off Demons, Volume 2 of The Nomad Series. We are aiming to have it available on the site by late October. In the meantime I’ll be posting a lot more stuff about Renmin Park and we’ll also start to post some of the work that we are doing on Demons. So check back often (or join us on Facebook or put us in your RSS feed). We’ll be back on the road in October, in the meantime, have a safe and fun Summer.

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10 Responses to “Tour Diary – July 23 – 24, 2010”

  1. Leslee Says:

    July 25th, 2010 at 7:18 am

    Your Atlanta show last night was fantastic. Margo sheer perfection start to finish, with her characteristic stunning voice, beauty, grace and humour. Jeff Bird blew us away, love that recorder! Michael,Peter and Alan, as always can’t get enough – keep the vibe flowing! Thank you for coming back to ATL.

  2. Jeanne Bonner Says:

    July 25th, 2010 at 8:30 am

    The show was great. Thank you for playing “Walking After Midnight.” That’s my song! Lots of other greats, too, including “Good Friday” and “State Trooper.” Nomad series sounds very interesting.

    Next time you come to Atlanta, I’d like to show you some other parts of the city.

  3. Mike & Symantha O'Byrne Says:

    July 25th, 2010 at 2:28 pm

    Had a great time at the show last night in Atlanta (for Symantha’s birthday). Your voice is amazing and the band is fantastic. Loved the story about being designated “mom” by the guy in the parking lot. You have a long way to go before you can consider yourself old. We wish you much continued success.

  4. Christine Burke Says:

    July 25th, 2010 at 4:01 pm

    We had a great time at the show last night. Margo, you look great and your voice is amazing! Thanks for enduring the sweltering oven that is Atlanta. Love you guys!

  5. Woody Says:

    July 25th, 2010 at 6:55 pm

    Y’all were amazing last night! Brought a friend with me who wasn’t really familiar with your music, and he’s been raving about the concert all day to everyone. You got a new fan!

  6. Todd Rasko Says:

    July 26th, 2010 at 10:03 am

    We were at the Asheville show. Wife’s first time seeing the Junkies and she absloutely loved it. We came down from Pennsylavania to Asheville to meet some friends of ours and then headed east to the OBX for a family vacation. No better wat to start a vacation then by listening to the Junkies live AND THEN enjoying Ashville’s night life.

    Intimate setting proved to be a great experience for my wife’s first show and she is now a die-hard fan.

    Thanks for a stellar show even though the temp was out of control! We took up residence to the left of the stage and found the seats to be exceptional. Got to wave to the band when they enter the stage and left the stage. A wonderful experience for someone taking in their first show. Set list was awesome and the band sounded great. Thanks guys for a wonderful evening and for converting my wife into a Junkie fan!

  7. Kaara Says:

    July 26th, 2010 at 11:32 am

    Thanks for touring and coming through the south! I hope you all have an excellent and safe trip home, and I hope you get to enjoy some rest!

  8. kviscardi Says:

    July 26th, 2010 at 12:52 pm

    great show as always,i have seen you guys many many times over the years and what can i say you guys are the best!! i hate people who hate!!! get a f life!! oh well have a great summer with the family and be safe!! see ya on the road soon!! thanks margo for being such a sweetheart really you rock!! peace kviscardi(the new yorker who landed in atlanta ha)

  9. Francois Says:

    July 26th, 2010 at 4:35 pm

    Always a rare pleasure to see a Cowboy Junkies concert. Beyond the poetry, the voice and the music, one has to salute the artistic integrity: they follow their vision and make the music that they want, without any concession to crass commercialism. How precious in this era of mediocrity and vulgarity!
    I especially enjoy seeing the band at the Variety Playhouse, as this was the venue for my very first CJ show in the summer of 1996, a few days before the Olympics.
    I hope you guys had a safe trip home and are enjoying a well-deserved rest with your family.
    Cheers!
    Francois (The French Junkies Fan who lost his way in the Deep South…)

  10. kviscardi Says:

    July 27th, 2010 at 12:51 pm

    i was refering to the pictures posted by the way when i said i hate people who hate!! north carolina and escepially ashville is a great place!! but i guess ther is one idiot in every crowd!! peace guys and again great atlanta show!! enjoy the summer!!