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“Losin’ Hand”

I spent most of the winter on Echo Hill Ranch in Medina Texas visiting with Kinky Friedman, Tony and Nancy Parker-Simons, and the many assorted creatures who live there, Sophie, Winston, the cats under the house, and Chum, too, for awhile, the hummingbirds of April, and a seemingly endless string of wild and woolly visitors that came and went.  I did a lot of writing. I moved around from building to building as company and weather dictated. I recorded this little video in the White Trailer as Spring got near. The song is called “Losin’ Hand” and I wrote it down in the red dirt Palo Duro canyon South of Amarillo. I didn’t think I’d be going back there to Texas until the Fall, but in just a few weeks there are a string of house concerts that have sprung up and I’m looking forward to visiting and playing for my friends in Texas again. Really looking forward to performing at the Utopia Rescue Ranch on Saturday, June 21st, which is the Summer Solstice, longest day of the year (already?), starting at 6:30pm. Contact Cousin Nancy for tickets and details at There are three deer sleeping in the side yard this morning under the apple tree and it’s a windy sunny day in Colville...

Getting Ready to Travel and a CD Release

Well as usual I wait until the very last minute to pack, getting ready for my trip to Austin and Echo Hill Ranch in Medina, home of Utopia Rescue Ranch and Kinky Friedman; up today at 2:30am to start packing and putting stuff together. Very excited to see my friends in Texas again. I get in tomorrow night and Thursday night will play a show at Joe Pope’s house in Manor on the outskirts of Austin, then drive on over to Medina and perform at the ranch. Originally I planned to go back down there in November but this is great, Mercury retrograde or not (I’ve noticed things just take a little more attention during this time). These last two months in Washington, I got my bus moved up to the hill, which was no easy feat, driving a 30 foot Bluebird straight up three miles of windy dirt mountain road full of ravines and large rocks and drop offs, but I took it slow, and that old diesel just creeped on up and didn’t even overheat. And I started a garden which is growing like crazy already, going back up there today to check on it, drop off Willie the dog for a two week vacation with Mom, visit with the folks a bit, then it’s back down to town to catch the bus early to head to Spokane to get the plane. This morning I made available by digital release my “new” CD called “Because of You.” It’s been done for a little while now, The CD can now be found here, and the money will actually...

June 1st

It’s June 1st already. Somebody stole the gas can off the porch last night. Even in small towns now I guess, eh? I remember living in East Nashville and while fixing the gutter on the the back of the roof of my girlfriend’s house, well, I took the old one off, and that was gone in the morning. Every thing that wasn’t nailed down there was gone. So off to Wal-mart to buy a new gas-can (god bless the dude or lady who invented/designed the new gas can spouts, how I love spilling gas on my clothes and shoes every time I use it; if you can, don’t use the spout and pour the gas into a funnel.) Had a family gathering last night in Marcus, at Galen’s house, Bill Packer’s daughter, I plugged in my PA system and played guitar for an hour or two, got the looper looping, picked away for awhile.              ...

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