We're going to air out a pile of new songs, His and Hers, boxing the compass in 15 states.We've got a 9 year old Tour Manager who doesn't have an i Pad. EAST - In October we play the Northeast on the first leg of a three-month North America tour with Kris Delmhorst for the release of her new album THE WILD, which I co-produced and played on with my band.The road life has been good to her and it's going to be tough going back to the fourth grade. My band has a special relationship with the Spring Lake police department, a story I don’t choose to relate just now but will let it suffice to say it’s how we learned the town motto, ‘Come on vacation, leave on probation!’ Then it’s back to City Winery Chicago (12/3) which is just an awfully nice room.I’m going out west to hunt birds for four days with my old friend Chris Dombrowski, after which I’ll fly to Milwaukee and rent a van, in order drive to Detroit the next day and meet the band, in order to start a Midwest tour in Ann Arbor on 12/1.Even I am confused by that sentence but let’s proceed on the assumption that it’s a reasonable plan.I know it because an old friend celebrated his wedding anniversary, and I stood up in that wedding with a clean shave and a four-in-hand, not because I liked it, but because I grew up with my grandparents and I thought there might be grandparents on the scene, the kind of people for whom I was willing to observe a certain form.
If you're looking for solace, go find Bo Ramsey's album In the Weeds.
We finish up in Milwaukee at the Back Room at Colectivo coffee (12/9) and then it’s time to break up the band for a few months, and get a record out.
Thanks for keeping us out on the road, coming out to shows, buying records, sending our tour dates to the people you know in the towns where we’re headed, while the industrial world teeters on its stilts and we all lay awake at night wondering when the wheels will come off.
Most of what passes for the music industry now is a farce, a put-on in which we all agree to curate an image of relentless cool while being slowly bled dry. We still drive to a town and set our gear up in a room full of strangers and try to tell the truth for an hour.
We do it for love, and we'll keep doing it, if we can. Thanks, - JF It’s been ten years since I shaved, or wore a tie.