Going ALL OUT On Tour!
I'm sitting in my Winnebago, Rita, at Fort Yargo State Park in Winder, Georgia. The soft rain has stopped falling and the music of birdsong has risen above the whisper of water dropping from the trees. It's around noon and my stomach is grumbling; Shredded Wheat has a short shelf life of satisfaction. The past couple of days has been spent in two basic areas: recreation and work. The mountain bike trail here at Yargo is famous for its beauty and challenging 12.5 mile course so I hit it twice in succeeding days, enjoying the workout as well as the awesome sensation of hurtling downhill through the woods. I've also been editing episodes of "Dulcimerica" which are all scheduled to be released on Fridays in the month of May. Who knows what wi-fi will be like then, so I pre-set their posting by date and then forget about them. They post themselves when the time comes. I've also shot some video intros for "Rhythm Roots", the show that I host on Ditty TV, and gotten some practice time in as I prepare for this weekend's NGFDA Spring Thing.
The All Out Tour began officially in Loachapoka, Alabama where I enjoyed the company, and hospitality, of everyone gathered for the Lee County Gathering, a fabulous event that takes place in a recreated 1850's craft village in Pioneer Park. Lots of fun and music was had and it was a fantastic beginning to the next three weeks. After this weekend in North Georgia, I'll be heading to Shreveport, Louisiana to do a school program at Herndon Magnet School with John Keane and then will continue on to the Lone Star State Dulcimer Festival as a vendor, just hanging out and selling my wares. I love the Texas group that goes to these festivals and I wasn't at Palestine and won't be at Winter Creek Reunion this year, so it was one of my only chances to come, chill, pick and see some of my friends. After that, I'll be coming through Nashville and Ohio to perform before I'm heading up to Averill Park, New York for workshops and a concert at the Sand Lake Center For The Performing Arts before heading back home to prepare for the Florida Folk Festival. Details can be found on my schedule here on this web site.
I'll make some stops back home in Orlando before heading back on the road again, but I'll be traveling to 26 different states across the country between now and October; that's a lot of miles and smiles. Though it's nice to be home, it's always so incredible to be on the road, communing with nature, seeing and hearing lots of new things and experiencing that thing that RVers call "living the dream."
Hope you can come join at one of the many events I'll attend! There's excitement and beauty around every bend in the road.