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Monday, July 26, 2010

New England Summer Tour 2010

The tours are a little shorter these days. No more 4 months out at at time as in the past. As I posted earlier, other endeavors such as the online guitar lessons I am giving are taking up some good quality time. Presented by Watch & Learn.

The tour began with a great close to home at The Harbor Club on Lake Oconee in Greensboro, GA. My good friend and very successful restaurant entrepreneur, and owner of the wonderful Troutdale Dining Room in Bristol, TN brought us in for that gig. The next day, I headed out for my first stop in Chambersburg, PA at the Relax Inn at The Orchards Restaurant. Mike and Nick are the greatest there, with their wonderful welcoming hospitality. I usually stop there to play solo on their Wing Night while coming and going to and from the Northeast. While driving there, I actually stopped in Bristol and met Ben and his family for dinner, and to spend the night. Upon leaving Chambersburg, I stopped in Mahwah, NJ to have lunch and a nice visit with my good friend, Rusty Paul, son of the late Les Paul. We had a hard time believing that it is only month away from a year that Les has been gone
. I then moved on to Pearl River, NY to visit with my friend Bob and Ann Lyons for dinner and another rest stop for the night.

Wednesday, July 21 brought me to Smoken Joe's in Boston for a date peforming with bassist Ed Spargo, Alizon Lissance, and Ed Scheer of the Love Dog's. It was a magical musical night, with some great recordings as a result. I then drove on to Moody Beach RV Resort in Wells, ME to perform solo on Thursday. My "Pennsylvania Railroad Band ", Harry Werner and Scott Stump from PA met me at Inn On The Blues in York Beach, ME. The crowd there is always great and the place was rockin'. The next morning on Saturday, I headed out for Sturbridge, MA for a solo acoustic date that night. That resort is a beautiful place, and I was able to hook the trailer up to a nice pond overlook site for a few days while heading back to Maine.

There's no rest for the weary just yet. Back to Boothbay, ME for a show with the band at McSeagull's. Fortunately, I get to stay with my friends, Mike and Dee Kennedyt that own the beautiful Five Gables Inn in East Boothbay, ME. If you ever want the true Maine experience, you MUST stay here.
The show at McSeagull's last night was fun. We met some good folks there. Today, the band and I head to Rockland, ME for a show there tonight at the Time Out Pub. We'll report back later on the rest of the tour.