Journal

Wild West Winter Tour (posted 6 days ago)

Our Wild West Winter Tour starts in Jackson Hole, Wyoming this Friday January 23rd and ends in Las Vegas on February 9th. In between we stop to perform in Arcata, Chico, Sacramento, Mill Valley, Petaluma, Crystal Bay (Tahoe), Salt Lake City, Boulder, Frisco, Aspen, Durango, and the Gem & Jam Festival in Tucson, AZ. You may have spotted something of a winter sports resort theme: this is because Eddie has developed a mid-life crisis ski obsession, and the tour was his idea (not Pete's, who hates the cold and will be hibernating when not on stage.)

New Orleans Studio Recording Session (posted 13 days ago)

We just finished a week's recording at a great studio in NOLA called The Living Room. We were joined by some amazing musical guests and have pretty much got a new album out of the process. Hurrah. More details to follow in coming weeks and months...

The New Masterpod (posted 20 days ago)

Just got back to New Orleans after an intense weekend in Miami playing interlocking / overlapping sets with Dopapod from midnight to 4am both nights. Which took place just after we had recovered from a super-fun New Year's Eve set at NOLA's Joy Theater (thanks for having us two years in a row, btw!) We're all having an early night tonight in preparation for this week's recording studio adventure.

Bear Creek with Bernard Purdie (posted 2 months ago)

What fun we had at Bear Creek again this year! We were honoured by funky sit-ins from all sorts of musical luminaries: George Porter Jnr, Grant Green Jnr, Pee Wee Ellis and for the first time, our hero, Bernard Purdie. The excellent FunkIt blog captured the moment where Bernard joined us on second drum kit for a rendition of "Who's Making Love." After the set our keyboard player Joe chatted to Bernard, who was full of smiles and extremely pleased that Pee Wee had talked him into coming to Bear Creek. Now aged 75, and possibly the world's most recorded drummer, BP said to Joe: "I'm having a blast - this festival takes me back 40 years!"

Our next show is a double-header with the amazing Dumpstaphunk at the Joy Theater in New Orleans on New Year's Eve, before we head over to Grand Central in Miami to play 2 nights of Phish after-show parties with Dopapod on Jan 2nd & 3rd.

A New England (posted 2 months ago)

Woke up today in Portsmouth, New Hampshire where we start the final run of our Fall Tour (this evening at The Press Room). We're all tickled by the stunningly unoriginal names of other nearby towns, like Durham, Dover, York, Rochester, Manchester, Weymouth, Worcester, Shrewsbury, Taunton and Leominster, all jumbled up in the wrong topographical relation to each other, but presumably pronounced in a much less counter-intuitive way than their Old-English namesakes ("Wuster" "Shrows-bree" "Lemster" etc..) We're darting around this general area in a Dodge Caravan for the rest of the week, before flying down to Asheville and picking up another Dodge Caravan to start a little run down towards Bear Creek Festival in Live Oak, FL, where we play next weekend. (This tour would not be possible without our generous support of American Airlines and Avis, for which we hope they are suitably grateful.)

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