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Thursday, September 9, 2021

The Vortex: Getting Ready to Leap


My Streamline tour rolls out in a few days: old school: pushing the Big Lincoln over the hump of the Great Lakes, and onward, onward to the Pacific Coast. Tours like this used to be a rite of passage for Canadian musicians. Where are they now- the ones I used to meet in truckstops up and down the line? There's a whole lot of blues DNA spread alongside these roads. A whole lot of stories. Mill towns with boarded up windows. Ghosts and dust. More than a few dark secrets.

Now it's big spaces between small places across this map. But I'm not done yet: I know where the neon still spins its cool magic. Three chords and the Truth. My name on the battered marquee outside: the Blues is back in town. It's about letting go entirely, and being sucked down the strange vortex of this highway. You: you have no idea what joys I have lost to the storm. I'll tell you a story sometime, sometime.

Sisters, not twins. Working girls. Rough and tough and ready. In Covid times, we're riding a greatly diminished tour across Canada. Venues have restricted numbers. Politics are playing a role province to province. I was hoping that restrictions would be lifting by now, but it seems that the front end will be tight. Who knows what the numbers are going to do? I'm fully vaccinated, and I'll do everything I can to cooperate with each venue in every region to see that my shows are as safe as possible for all of us. Distancing. Restricted numbers. Masking where appropriate. Let's take care of each other.

Saturday, July 17, 2021

The Hustle is On: Booking into Five Countries


Yeah, baby. The Hustle is on as I settle in to book about a hundred shows across five countries. Some are in Covid crisis, and others are on fire. On fire. This Great Burning is not about purification: it's about an environment in crisis: it's about greed finally bursting into open flames, sucking up hopes and dreams in a horrid roar. It's about having and not having, the bitter fruits of retribution, and the wings of change.

But the Tour. The Tour. Looking ahead: song lines and dream lines. I'm looking at the horizon and planning for a better future. The shows are trickling in now now, and it's all about hope. Let's make a plan, let's book a date.

Tuesday, June 15, 2021

Streamline Blues Tour Announced

Taking back the Blues Highway, one show at a time. Making a plan. Covid could sneak in to kick us again, but that's a gamble. If we don't plan we'll definitely have nothing! It's been a strange time for me, caught in a world between dreamlines and songlines. Streamline, streamline. The witches chant beside the waters. Candles float away into the night, and a new story begins. There's a time to hold on, and a time to let go.

My National Steel "Streamline" Blues Tour will roll out in September 2021 for 35- 50 shows across western Canada. By early January I'll land up in Cape Town, South Africa. The 2022 portion of the Tour will see stops across most of South Africa, with a leg up into Botswana, Zambia, and Zimbabwe. Real deal, blues tour by land. Follow it here.

The Vortex: Getting Ready to Leap

  My Streamline tour rolls out in a few days: old school: pushing the Big Lincoln over the hump of the Great Lakes, and onward, onward to th...