Monday, December 08, 2008

Alligator Alley






After leaving the Keys we traveled along Alligator Alley. There seem to be thousands of them. This is not a place I care to hike through.

From there we went to Naples, Fort Myers and then Sarasota. Naples is beautiful. The whole of southwest Florida is impressive. I will return soon. This has been a good relaxing trip.

This coming weekend it's back to work with Friday at Sugar Mill Creek and Saturday at Chickasaw Point, Lake Hartwell in South Carolina.

Friday, December 05, 2008

The Florida Keys






I decided to take a few days off and have a mini vacation, so here we are in the Florida Keys.
We checked out the African Queen at Key Largo, the sunset in Key West and then came back to Islamorada. Our house is just forty feet from the ocean.
The temperatures have been pushing 80 Deg. It was snowing when we left Cornelia. There are so many English people here. It must be the weather....

Sunday, October 12, 2008

Back at the farm






During the 70's and 80's we ranched on the farm in Banks County, Georgia. We raised polled Shorthorn cattle, goats, horses, sheep chickens, ducks and peafowl. It seems like I was always fixing fences where trees had fallen, or deer hadn't jumped quite high enough to clear. Baling hay was another big chore. We had one of those square balers and sometimes had to pick up 500 or more bales and carry them to the barn in temperatures hovering around 100 Deg. It"s good to go back and relax there. We did just that this afternoon.

As you can see the colour change has not quite reached there but will arrive at any time. The fresh air and quiet were very enjoyable.

Georgia fall 2008



I was fortunate to see the aspens change in New Mexico and now I'm beginning to see my second fall of the year. The Georgia D.O.T. plants many native wild flowers by the highways and the first photograph shows some of these.

The photographs were taken on Highway 76 on my way to work in North Carolina this past Saturday. They are not quite at their peak but some time in the next couple of weeks we can expect to see a blaze of colour.

Friday, September 26, 2008

The Aspencade Festival




The first time I got close to antelopes was in Ardmore, South Dakota. It was dusk and I was driving through downtown when a small herd ran across the dirt road in front of me. At first I thought they were someone's goats. The one's in the photograph were grazing in a pasture by the side of the road in Springer, New Mexico.


My last bookings on this trip were in the park for Aspencade, a three day event. I also performed one afternoon with the Houndogs featuring Mike, Jeff and John. Aspencade is held in celebration of the changing of the aspen leaves. Once more I get to see and enjoy two falls this year.

And yes, there are snakes at 10,000 feet.

The Days of 1895... Red River, New Mexico



"The Days of 1895" is a celebration of the founding of Red River as a town. Everyone dresses up in period dress and it's quite a spectacular sight. I performed a concert on the porch of the Community House and went on to the Double C in Cimarron. This is a really nice restaurant with great food. It was once called Kit Carson's, but now has new decor and a new owner.

I was on the stage in the park singing my song "The St. James Hotel" when I was accosted by Clay Allison. He was actually the great grand nephew of Clay Allison, the gun fight/rancher who spent many days in the bar at the St. James.

I also managed to fit in another engagement at the Adobe Bar in Taos. It's known as the living room of Taos. My friend Bob showed up. I see him all over the place. last time was at Bongo Billy's in Salida, Colorado. He was on his way to Greenville, South Carolina. Safe travels Bob.

Michael Hearne's Big Barn Dance



On September, 5th I performed at The Big Barn Dance. It was held at the Old Blinking Light in Taos, known locally as the O.B.L. My show went very well and I was called back for an encore. I got to see many musician friends, plus meet others for the first time. Thank you Michael Hearne for all your hard work in making this the premium event in Taos.

The Ridges, Hayesville, North Carolina


On Monday, September, 1st I performed for a private group at the Ridges in Hayesville, North Carolina. The views overlooking the golf course were incredible. The interior would fit perfectly in the rockies with each room decorated with a Native American motif.

The next morning I set out for Dallas, Texas, then on to Red River to appear at Michael Hearne's Big Barn Dance.

Tuesday, September 09, 2008

The Silver Star Mine





video

I spent all day yesterday in the Carson National Forest taking photographs etc. for the video of the Silver Star Mine. It was located up Goose Lake Road above Red River. It tells the story of the unfortunate miner who lived there in the cabin. The story is told by a pair of ravens who live close by.
Thank you to Ron Weathers for the use of two of your fabulous snow photographs. Also thank you to Ray Seibert who agreed to portray the miner.

Friday, August 29, 2008

Lake Burton and tropical storm Fae.


The level of lake Burton must have raised about two feet at one point this week. All thanks to tropical storm Fae. We really need all that rain. My boat (with red cover) is still tied up to the dock, only the dock is still under the water. It has receded some and I have to watch to make sure the level doesn't go down leaving the boat on the dock. This morning is bright and sunny with a very moderate 66 deg.
last night I was in Young Harris at the Old Hiawassee Grill. Tonight Sugarmill Creek, Saturday the Chop House in Murphy and Monday, a private function in Hayesville, NC.
Tuesday morning I have to leave early and drive to Dallas. Wednesday I will drive to Red River. Friday the 5th, I'm appearing at Michael Hearnes Barn Dance at the Old Blinking Light in Taos, New Mexico. On Saturday I go to Albuquerque to appear at Olive. A big week with lots of travel. Have a great Labor Day weekend!!!

Monday, August 18, 2008

Taos Plaza Concert 2008









I received a package today from John Denne of Penasco, New Mexico. He kindly sent me copies of photographs he had taken during the Concert on the Plaza in Taos this past June. This was a wonderful evening with 1000 people in attendance. Thank you so much John. There is a CD in the mail for you, Philip.





I look forward to being back in Taos for Michael Hearne's Big Barn Dance the first weekend of September. On the 6th, September I have a new venue in Albuquerque. I will post more information on the upcoming "mini tour" in a few days.

Murphy, North Carolina




This past week was really good. I started at Sugarmill, then The Old Hiawassee grill, before going on to The Murphy Chop House. New places to perform are always exciting. The Chop House was no exception. I performed on a really nice deck with a great audience.

The first photograph was taken from a scenic overlook on Hwy. 76. This was between Lake Burton and the Little mountain town of Hiawassee. the second photograph was taken at the Chop House in Murphy, North Carolina. Yes this was my first performance in that state. I'll be back at the Chop House on Saturdays through the end of the month and back again in October.

Tuesday, August 12, 2008

The Murphy Chop House, Murphy, North Carolina

This coming Saturday I have another new venue. It's located in Murphy, North Carolina. The restaurant has only been open for a couple of weeks. The name is "The Murphy Chop House" and it's right downtown. When I think about it, this may be my first booking ever in North Carolina. This week... Thursday The Old Hiawassee grill, Friday Sugarmill Creek, then Saturday in Murphy.

On Sunday my Scottish friend John is joining me and we are taking the boat out on Lake Burton. I'll try to post photographs later this week.

Sunday, August 10, 2008

LaPrades Marina, overlooking Lake Burton.



For almost ten years I performed at the Primetime in Seneca, South Carolina. During that time I made a lot of friends. I have managed to stay in touch with many. A big thank you to all who took the time to drive all the way to LaPrades this past Saturday. It was a joy to see you all. Thank you!!!

I have a new video posted on you tube called "The Dolphin Bar" Check out this link
http://uk.youtube.com/watch?v=6E2mVGChydc

Wednesday, August 06, 2008

The Old Hiawassee Grill






I'm back at LaPrades Marina on lake Burton(top Picture). I was there Sunday lunch, Tuesday for a private dinner, and I'll be back on the deck this coming Saturday.




The second photograph is at Sugarmill Creek. I will be there every Friday this month. It's good to be back and I always look forward to Sugarmill on the deck.





I have a new venue. It is the Old Hiawassee Grill on Lake Chatuge near Young Harris and Hiawassee, Georgia. Lake Chatuge stretches way up into North Carolina. I'd love to put the boat in on this lake. This is a good venue and I will be here every Thursday through the month of August.



The fourth photograph shows the view of the lake from the porch. You can sit out here for dinner and still enjoy the music. If you're in the area, please stop by and say "Hello".

Wednesday, July 30, 2008



Hi Folks, It seems like a long time since I updated my blog. After arriving back in Red River, I set out for DeSoto, Texas. I was saddened to learn that Ruffino Restorante was closing. I shall be looking for a new venue in the Dallas area.

I have been at Sugarmill Creek and Laprades this past week. My friends Randy and Vanessa visited from Santa Fe. We spent all of Friday afternoon on Lake Burton. They really enjoyed Sugarmill Creek and all my friends there, plus we celebrated the birthday of David Sosebee with a big feast. All the food was provided by visitors and locals. We had some great "buck" dancers to delight my visitors.

This week I have another new venue. It is the Old Hiawassee Grill on Lake Chatuge. The north Georgia lakes are really beautiful at this time of year.

Monday, July 14, 2008

The Porcupine Quill Blues


This has been a hectic but satisfying week. I started out at the Community House in Red River. This was for the Historical Society and there were about forty five people in attendance. Thursday I was back at the fabulous Adobe Bar in Taos. I met folks from all over, including Canada, California, Oklahoma and Scotland.

Friday I drove up to Florissant, Colorado to the Thunderbird. This time I set up outside. There is sand in front of the stage and when it got dark it was like performing on the beach. On Saturday I went to the Freshwater Saloon in Guffey. I wasn't sure what time my hours were, so I arrived right at noon. There were several groups there and Suzanne suggested I start right away. I ended up playing from about 12:30PM until 8:00Pm. Quite a marathon, but still very enjoyable.

After loading the Subaru I set out for Salida. My intentions were to spend the night there and meet friends the next day. Unfortunately the places I usually stay had "no Vacancy" signs so I decided to drive back to Red River. Just south of Fort Garland my car was attacked by a porcupine. Look at the photograph. I finally arrived home at 2:00Am.

Sunday Fritz and I played on the deck at Mountain Treasures. There were many friends from Texas, some I haven't seen all summer. Fritz was in Albuquerque this week and he picked up my bass guitar from Pimentel. It is a Cort fretless electric bass and I had bought it for my son John. Both John and I came to the conclusion that we needed frets so I had asked Rick Pimentel if he would fret it for me, which he did. Thanks Rick, for a very fine job.

On Tuesday I will be heading back to Georgia and I'm looking forward to seeing Rita, Melissa and Eddie at Sugarmill creek.

Tuesday, July 08, 2008

A Busy week!!!!

I have a busy week coming up. Wednesday - Red River Historical Society at the Community House, Thursday - The Adobe Bar in Taos, Friday - The Thunderbird in Florissant, Colorado, Saturday - The Freshwater Saloon in Guffey, Colorado. Finally if I can make it back to Red River, I'll be on the deck with Fritz Davis at Mountain Treasures for our last booking together this summer. Next week I head for Texas and three days at the fabulous Ruffino Restorante on Hampton in DeSoto. Wow !!! this tour has gone by quickly.....

Sunday, July 06, 2008

The Beatles and other sixties music.

I once again played on the porch at the Community House. My friend Fritz Davis Challenged me to play all different music on my second night in a row at the Community House and I took him up on the challenge. I played all fifties and sixties music from Buddy Holly and Eddy Cochran, to the Beatles and Eric Clapton. It was well received and I had many voices joining in on the choruses. We had about 110 people from as far away as Texas, Oklahoma, Kansas, Indiana, Albuquerque and England. This was so much fun, I wish I could stay here all summer. Thank you to Ian from Arizona for stopping by. Maybe I'll see you in Cave Creek before too long. Red River needs a sixties festival complete with tie dye shirts and painted micro buses.

Saturday, July 05, 2008

The Community house in Red River, New Mexico



As soon as the parade was over I performed on the deck at Mountain Treasures, then later, on the porch of the Community House to two happy and enthusiastic audiences.
Later Jean, Mike and I went back to the house and enjoyed some Black Beauty wine from Black Mesa Winery. It's chocolate flavoured and incredibly tasty.

Red River, 4th of July




July, 4th is a great time to be in Red River. The parade starts at 10.00AM and usually takes over an hour to pass by. There is so much enthusiasm to be seen amongst the participants and onlookers. Hope you all had a great July, 4th.

My friends Mike and Jean Armstrong stopped by to spend some time with me in Red River. Thank you Mike and Jean for coming all the way from Cornelia, Georgia. I hope you enjoyed your stay... The truth is I have talked so much about Red River that they had to come and see for themselves.

I need to mention my friend Dan Arterburn. He plays multiple instruments up at the cowboy evening on Bobcat Pass and has been there ever since I met him around 1992. That's Dan with his banjo on the front of the covered wagon.

Santa Fe and the Tin Star Saloon.



On June 26th, I was at Paige's house in Santa Fe. That evening we went over to Tom and Colleen's house for dinner. We had a really nice time and made some new friends.

The next night I was at the Tin Star Saloon and there were at least four people present that have been featured in the songs on the Canyon Road CD. The Tin Star was also celebrating their second year in business. A good night was had by all.

Saturday morning I had to drive back to Red River to perform at the Community house. Congratulation to Matt, Eddie and everyone else who is helping to make this summer so exciting for the kids and parents who live in, or are visiting Red River. This summer alone, they have over 300 events planned and participation is free to everyone.

Sunday I appeared on the deck at Mountain Treasures with Fritz Davis. He is so much fun. Fritz has two new CDs out and they will soon be available from CDbaby.

Tuesday, June 24, 2008

Mountain Treasures in Red River.


This morning I did what I do most mornings in Red River, I went to Mountain Treasures for breakfast. It's a delight to sit outside and watch the world go by. In the space of an hour, it seems like the whole town stops by for coffee, or a trip to the bank next door. At 2:00PM it's a very comfortable 73 deg. today.

Tomorrow I'm going to Santa Fe and it will be noticeably hotter down there.

Monday, June 23, 2008

Freshwater Saloon, Guffey, Colorado




On July, 11th I'll be back at the Thunderbird in Forissant, followed by The Freshwater Saloon in Guffey on the 12th. This is a new venue for me and I'm looking forward to being there.

Bongo Billy's in Salida is always a treat and I renewed friendships there from past visits. Thank you Clark Roberts for providing this venue on the banks of the beautiful Arkansas River. Bongo Billy's is always one of the highlights of my visits to Colorado.

After Breakfast on Sunday I reluctantly left Colorado and set out for Taos, New Mexico. In Taos I went for a radio interview on K-tao. This is a 100,000 watt solar powered radio station. I was interviewed by Rick Destafano, played some songs live and played some tracks from the Canyon Road CD. At the end of the show Rick and I retired to the Old Blinking Light (OBL) for a glass of wine and a chat. Then it was back to Red River to catch up on my sleep.

Salida, Colorado



Thursday, I left for Colorado. I stayed the night at the Woodlands Motel in Salida. It's a really nice, clean place within walking distance of downtown.

The next morning, after a nice breakfast at Bongo Billy's, I was interviewed on K-HEN by Jane Carpenter. We played some CD tracks and I performed some songs live. You can see from the photograph that Salida is a vibrant, attractive town.

Then it was off to perform at the Thunderbird in Florissant via HWY 50 following the Arkansas River. It is such a beautiful drive. As always, the Thunderbird was a lot of fun. Thanks to Doug, Elaine, family, and friends from St. Louis, for dropping by.
I spent the night in Woodland Park (The City above the Clouds) before heading back to Salida.