This weekend I reached a milestone of 60 shows since April, and by the end of this month I'll hit 70 gigs!! I admit, I'm a bit tired and sore; but, I keep on ROCKIN'!!!
It was beautiful weather for the drive to Richland and Yakima and of course my air-conditioner went out of my van!! So I had to roll old school style with the windows down. Oh well, it was a nice drive.
Friday night in Richland WA. was sweaty and hot but it felt great to return to Rattlesnake Brewing Co. I really feel I'm making a new home there. I recognized a few of the regular crowd and they stayed for my entire 3hr set. Singing along when they knew the words. I'll be back in August.!!
Then Saturday night as I rolled into Yakima I could tell it was going to be a great night because the streets were PACKED with people walking around and hanging out. Turns out that was the night all the hotrod cars cruise the main drag, so yeah, I was right.. it WAS A GREAT NIGHT!!! I just LOVE the staff at Kana Winery, they make it easy for everyone to have fun. I know I did.
Sunday, not normally a day for gigs but Leavenworth WA does NOT follow the rules!! I started the day off with a nice drive over Blewitt Pass. On the way I found a Forest Service road and a few miles of gravel later I found a spot to pull over and hang out by Liberty River. I had some time to kill so I made myself (another) ham sandwich then took a nap.
Leavenworth was bustling with tourists walking around and taking in the damn cutest little town you ever did see!!! It was my first time at Stein and I'm glad I was early because I had to park a block away. Now really, the best way to describe the crowd at Stein is to click this link and watch the video. https://fb.watch/enZCa-5h6B/
I've been so busy that I haven't even had time to catch up on my tour blog!! That's a GOOD thing!!
June was action packed with shows and and more miles on the van. I always love playing a regular rotation at Birdsview Brewery in Concrete WA and Mikes Tavern in CleElum WA. Such good 'hometown folks" that hang out in those places.
I'm building a following in Snoqualmie WA at Sigillo Cellars which is exciting to see. I like meeting new friends.
Mid-June took me to Spokane for the Goodguys Car show. I've been doing that event for years now and it's always nice to see my Goodguys family.
The Bindlestick in Snoqualmie was a perfect night for music outside and only my 2nd outdoor show this year.
All work and no play makes Toby a grumpy boy, so my friend Lyle and I packed up the 4x4 and drove up into the Blewitt Mountain Pass and went wandering around the forest service roads. I found a couple places that I'm going camping for sure!!
Ok, were FULL ON ROCK AND ROLL NOW!! with 16 shows in July!!!
Writing this at the halfway point of the month and getting ready to head back to Yakima and Richland WA. I played a new venue called Seasons Bistro in Yakima and was asked back to The Rattlesnake Saloon and Kana Winery in eastern Washington. I'll be returning to Leavenworth at a new venue called Colchucks.
The search for a new (used) RV continues and I'm weighing my options to possibly get a camper trailer instead. I've managed to save up about 1/2 of what I'd need for a down payment on something decent. So hopefully by the end of summer I'll have enough saved to make this a reality. The van is doing great but it would be nice to stand up when I put on pants. LOL