We have had three days of clear blue skies. The temperature hasn't risen all that much, but the sun feels a smidge warmer, I have spotted an occasional dripping icicle and the other day I came upon a bunch of robins pecking and bob-bob-bobbing along…so change is in the air. Spring can not be far behind (at least that is what we keep telling ourselves). If we had put our marketing caps on before we began this leg, we would have printed up a bunch of “F@%K, I Hate The Cold” t-shirts for this run of dates. It has been the unofficial anthem and we have opened every show with it….it's our way of helping to chase away those winter blues.
Along with enjoying the sun we have also been enjoying the towns we've been in for the past few days. Ridgefield is one of those Connecticut postcard towns, with sprawling 18th century homes and a pedigree that stretches back to before the Revolutionary War. It's about as archetypical New England as these places come. Our venue in this town is the Ridgefield Playhouse, which we have played a few times over the past ten years or so. Its a good sounding little theater with a nice sized stage and a good crew. We did a Trinity show tonight. I thought we were a little sleepy, not quite clicking on all cylinders, maybe it was a hangover from three days in NYC.
We spent Friday at one of our favourite places: the Stone Mountain Art Center. This is a beautiful little venue nestled in the Maine woods just across the border from North Conway, NH. It is owned and run by Carol Noonan an ex-touring musician, who knows what its like to be on the road. She understands that providing the most basic things, like decent food and a comfortable clean backstage area, can make all the difference in a bands day and therefore in their mood and ultimately in their performance. Carol and her staff take that extra step to make every band that comes through her venue feel special. We had a great day and an excellent show in front of an excited full house.
Today we are in Great Barrington, MA. A very vibrant little town, nestled in the Berkshires…and today it definitely feels like Spring…I think we may have broken Winter's back. It's also the last day of the tour. We played here for the first time about four years ago and have been excited about getting back here ever since. Another very nice theatre and another excellent crowd, we gave them the last few drops of energy that we have left. It was a very good show, our tenth in eleven days.
We have a light touring schedule ahead of us for the coming year. It's time to pull back a bit and see where the post Nomad phase takes us. We'll be doing a short run in Southern California in June and then a few scattered dates throughout Ontario in the summer. We hope to see you out there, but if not, please keep in touch through the website or Facebook….pray for Spring…we'll see you soon.
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So glad you made Great Barrington your last stop on the tour,great concert and song selections.Safe travels and have a great Spring and Summer. Visit us again soon !!!!
I always enjoy your shows….thanks for cranking it up in Ridgefield…the Nomad stuff in the first set was great….do you have a Junkies version of Take Heart for sale? great song…
Caught the Great Barrington show (thanks!)
Picked up the Nomad box-set (also, thanks!)
Hope y’all shake that cold.
Best to the hockey hero.
We saw your show in Brownfield, Maine, and what a great show it was! SMAC is an awesome venue, and it’s bands like you that make it even more special. You guys rocked it and we really hope to you back here again! Have a great Spring, and F@#K We Hate The Cold!
I discovered your music in 1996 when I was living in Massachussets. I fell both in love with your band and New England so it’s really a treat to get news from these special places to my heart by the band that created the music attached to so many good memories. Thank you all for the music and don’t hesitate to bring it to Paris some time soon! (no fear, Spring already hit town). Vive la musique.
Suffered all of the potholes and frost-heaves to wind our way up to Brownfield to see you folks. We usually try to catch up with that Cowboy Junkie thing every year or so, and Stone Mt is a great place to see any band (I think it’s three times seeing you there). Enjoyed the show very much, liked hearing the Nomad stuff, which we’re not as familiar with (but nothing from Renmin Park??). We don’t need to hear the hits — we have those on record any time we like — but happy to hear what you’re putting out there. My wife, a Jersey Girl was gratified to see Thunder Road (not for the first time), I dug Don’t Let it Bring You Down and Just Want to See (my first show was the Common Disaster Tour). Thanks for putting in the years and putting up with the long miles of the road, your fans appreciate you greatly. ‘Til next time, best wishes, safe travels and good music!
Would dearly love to see you guys head to the Pacific Northwest one of these days!! Portland?? Love your music so much. Happy Spring!!!