Tour Diary – Charlotte, NC (March 7, 2013)

I  awoke today to the news that Stompin’ Tom Connors had died. Most of you (anyone who isn’t Canadian) probably wouldn’t know who Stompin’ Tom was: he was an original. He made his mark as a folk singer, in the true sense of the term, he wrote songs about the people and for the people. I got to know his music through the tv show that he had in the early 70’s. I watched him pound his board each week and was fascinated by this stern looking man, with the cartoon songs and black cowboy hat. If I was honest about it, I would probably list him as one of my first influences even though I haven’t listened to his music in many decades. He was an original, and the passing of an original should always be mourned, because there aren’t a whole bunch of them out there.

The tire that we got put on two nights ago was faulty so we had to sit 2 ½ hours last night at a truck stop waiting for a bay to open up. That’s ok, it just meant a quiet patch to sleep through, until they started changing the tire and the power tools came out. We got in to Charlotte late, set up, soundchecked, ate and did the show. We have played this venue (Spirit Square) a few times and it is a beautiful sounding hall. We had a very enthusiastic and excited crowd, thank you for sharing your energy. I made a truce with my guitars tonight….there were a couple of quarrels, but I think we made up. We had a fun night, the audience would not be denied.

Pete's ipad sketch of Spirit Square:


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9 Responses to “Tour Diary – Charlotte, NC (March 7, 2013)”

  1. Rusty Cloninger Says:

    March 10th, 2013 at 1:02 pm

    One couldn't tell that you had such a trying time getting into Charlotte.  It was a magical performance and I've been unable to get the songs out of my head since the show.  Come back often.

  2. Mike Montanaro Says:

    March 10th, 2013 at 10:31 pm

    A bad day is boredom in heaven. A good day is getting to experience Cowboy Junkies in concert on earth. 

    Thank you -all- for making the time to bring a few moments of shear beauty to our worlds. 


    I was fortunate enough to see the show March 09, 1994 in the same venue, Spirit Square, in Charlotte. I recall the sounds, the senses… an incredible indelible experience. I finally had the opportunity to bring my wife to a show, and she was as impressed with the performance as I was 20 years ago. 

    Being the same age as Mike, I've seen a fair share of musical entertainment, and enjoyed them all in many different ways. But my appreciation for the music of Cowboy Junkies comes from a different place. It wasn't a conscious choice, more the reaction of my senses to your art. After enjoying some, and simply loving some, of your music for decades, I still can't reduce it eloquently to words. Nor must I.

    It is. I do. Thank you.


    Peace and love,


    P.S. If my wife didn't have to work early in the AM, we would have stayed and enjoyed the opportunity to chat with Margo. If I'da known before the show that Margo has 2 Rhodies, my bride might have taken a nap in the front row while I listened to stories of her dogs (sure, and Graham and Ed) until the bus was pulling out.) Safe travels y'all. Until next time…



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