Wednesday, February 22, 2012

February 16-18: Great Georgian Galapagos Gigs

Hello all you Big Love Bussin' Daddios,

02.23.12 - High Rock Outfitters (Lexington, NC)
02.24.12 - Murphy's (Boone, NC)
02.25.12 - Main Cellar City Club (Hickory, NC)

We spent last weekend in the great state of Georgia. It was great to see some familiar faces and meet lots of new ones.

We had a 7 hour drive down to Statesboro.   Fortunately, technology allows us to stay connected and work on the road...even for the Wookie.  This is our rolling office. 

February 16: Buffalo's, Statesboro, GA

   To answer the question: "No, we do not play 'Statesboro Blues' while we are in Statesboro, GA."

When you don't drink before playing you have to find other ways to pass the time.

We'd like to thank whoever changed the sign out front while we played.  We saw this on the way out and had a good laugh about it.  We appreciate creativity in all of its glorious forms. 

February 17: Stillwater Taproom, Augusta, GA

After the gig in Statesboro, we drove to Augusta, and a very nice couple who first saw us a few months back in Columbia, SC graciously offered us their guest house for the two nights we were in the area.  It was easily the nicest accommodations that we've had so far.  

Nice relaxing morning

Little Cabin in the Woods.

The Wook on his way to his favorite activity; DISC GOLF! Hippie Olympics watch out!

The Stillwater Taproom is always a fun place to play, even if our playing space is a little cramped!  It's the smallest stage we ever play but we love the venue and the owner so much that we keep coming back.   This place has so much history to me personally, as you will see in the following photos.

You can barely see Daniel on the right; he had to stand in the floor!
The Taproom has been around for quite a while, so they have this great collection of old press photos framed and hung up everywhere, including two of my old bands and several other familiar faces!  I played in both Wiseapple and Boss Hawg for almost 10 years up in Boone, NC.  Both bands played the Stillwater Taproom several times.  In fact, Boss Hawg was playing one night and Joey Recchio walks in out of nowhere.  I hadn't seen Joey in a few years and he just showed up at our gig in Augusta GA.  Blew me away. 
L to R: Ben McPherron, Brian Swenk, Jon Hill, Tim Marsh
Jon Hill, Chris Lovejoy, Brian Swenk, Kim France, Jonjon Davis

Probably one of the first press pictures they ever took.  And now they're at the Grammy's. 

The following picture shows a "who's who" of southeast string band music.  Matt, the owner of Stillwater Taproom, has gone out of his way to support great music and you can tell he has found some of the best through the years.  I think I know half the bands shown here. 

February 18: Little King Showcase, Atlanta, GA

Many of you may know Thomas Helland, aka "T-Dawg." He's a huge music supporter, promoter, and festival host; we'll be playing his annual Back Porch Hootenanny the end of March. This past weekend, he hosted a Little King Showcase, held in the soundstage area at Encyclomedia. We played last, after The Internationals and Evergreen, but the building had plenty of ways for us to keep busy. 

In table tennis, form is important.

Ok guys, tonight's show will go something like this...

The back drop for the stage. 
Overall, we had a great time down in GA. See you again soon!

Brian and Big Daddy Love
Lonesome Banjo Chronicles

And the winner of the contest is Claudia Kelly. We'll be in touch to get your prizes to you!

Here are the correct answers.

1. Yellow Galactic Seed--Ashley Sutton

2. Red Galactic Skywalker-- Brian Swenk

3. White Spectral Wizard-- Daniel Smith

4. White Crystal Wind-- Joey Recchio

5. Yellow Magnetic Star-- Chasper Horton

We would LOVE for you to help us out with the street team activities. If you'd like to help promote an upcoming show, email and we will set you up with everything you need. We've got great e-flyers, widgets, and other tools you can use to help promote online, so if you've got Internet access, you can help! If you want to hang up posters, hand out flyers, and talk to real people, feel free to print up the digital posters. And of course, we'd also love your help over at the merch booth! Check out the list of places we could use help spreading the love.

02.23.12 - High Rock Outfitters (Lexington, NC)
02.24.12 - Murphy's (Boone, NC)
02.25.12 - Main Cellar City Club (Hickory, NC)
03.02.12 - Martin's Downtown Bar & Grill (Roanoke, VA)
03.03.12 - Dante's Bar (Frostburg, MD)
03.15.12 - Clementine Cafe (Harrisonburg, VA)
03.16.12 - Cary St. Cafe (Richmond, VA)
03.17.12 - Lincoln Theatre (Raleigh, NC)

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