This time of year is always pleasurable when making the trip to Northern California to perform at the Tattoos & Blues Festival in Santa Rosa. I have been performing here since 2002, and each year some new opportunities seem to reveal themselves. It seems that this always marks the rite of passage to the approaching spring seson. The Pro Jam at the Tradewinds Bar in Cotati has really taken off thanks to Donny Mederos and his band, The Blues Defenders. This year, at the festival, my rhythm section will be Dave Channell's Fire & Wheels Band. A nice network of musicians has been formed out here, also thanks to my friend and great guitar player, Steve Gornall. Without his help in making the yearly trek to the west coast would not be possible.
Before heading this way, I made a lot of friends at the yearly Folk Alliance Conference in Memphis. I hope to work those contacts very soon as a way of taking my 40 year career to a new level. It is dark and lonely work, but somebody has to do it. Until next time!