WORDS & IMAGES: On the Road
Here are a few pictures (click on each image below to view full size) from our last two seasons of performing. My husband Ed did most of the driving, Erich and I did all the performing. Chuck joined us for some southern dates and the best food in the world.
It has been an incredible journey. We've been from the Florida Everglades to the northern Rockies, bad weather both places. Best weather; San Diego, California any time and Asheboro, North Carolina in October. We drove more than 65,000 miles, bought snow chains to get over Togwotee Pass, Wyoming and dug ourselves out of snow in the mountains above Moab, Utah [ after making a wrong turn "this looks like a good short cut, we'll save some time" it was beginning to look like a reunion of the Donner Party ]
We drove 15 mph for 8 hours across Nebraska at night in an ice storm. Scariest rides, Rabbit Ears Pass and Craig to Hayden, Colorado, in white outs. Don't underestimate Route 17 and the Appalachian Gap in Vermont with 3 inches of new snow on top of glare ice.
We hiked the Arches in Utah and along the Snake River in Idaho looking for Evel Knievel's launching ramp. We skied Wolf Creek and Vail. Spent Halloween in Tombstone, Arizona and Easter at the Greenbrier Hotel in West Virginia. We lost money at every casino we walked in to and discovered that no matter how fast you drive you can¹t stay ahead of the sunset.
We followed Gram Parsons to the Joshua Tree Inn, danced to Fats Domino by the river in New Orleans, looked for Robert Johnson¹s crossroads near Rosedale, Mississippi and made it through Roswell, New Mexico with just a ding in the windshield. Most outrageously fun time... visiting Uncle Buzz in New Orleans. Some of the nicest people can be found at the Cozy Cafe in Fairview, Kansas. Most unexpected chance meeting; telling stories huddled around the wood burning stove with Lucky and his family somewhere in the Florida Everglades drinking hot tea and pushing furniture into the stove on one of the coldest days in gater history..
We had the best southern fried chicken at Miller's Soul Food in Dublin, Georgia, the best steak at Doe¹s Eat Place in Greenville, Mississippi and best crab cakes in Baltimore, Maryland. We discovered the difference between east Tennessee BBQ and western Tennessee BBQ. The ladies in Holdredge, Nebraska really know how to feed musicians. Cheese Wiz and crackers is not a meal, coffee should never be made with water from the swimming pool and non-dairy powdered creamer is not the same as half & half.
Hard day; 16 hours drive from Jacksonville, Florida to Baltimore, Maryland.
Easy day; snowed in, Brockton, Mass. changed guitar strings, had a manicure, several naps, movies and microwave popcorn.
We loved every mile and can't wait to do it all again. This is an absolutely amazing country and I have been so lucky to have the opportunity to perform from one end of it to the other.
Thank you for being a part of my inspiration and success, and for enjoying the music I love to create.