#193, New Haven, CT
It's been heavy on pictures and a little light on words for the last few weeks, but I've got a few good words to spread before I crash out on my air mattress here in St. Paul, Minnesota.
The first bit of good news is that fellow Balthrop, Alabama band mate and resident artist Toxey Goodwater (known to some as Michael Arthur) has just had an article posted on the front page of the New York Times website. It's part of a new series the Times is running called "Happy Days: The Pursuit of What Matters in Troubled Times." If you've checked out our show live, you'll recognize the whimsical, energetic style of his drawings. Every night for the past five nights, I've had the pleasure of squeezing the old squeezebox in front of some of his projected drawings. You can also check out Michael's blog, Just Drawn That Way, which was (and continues to be) a big influence and inspiration for me as I started this project. Y'all should run over to the NYT and check it out. Congrats, Toxey!
Tomorrow morning we ship out to Fargo to play with our friend, the talented and very sweet Josh Ritter. And I've heard a rumor the Andrews-sisters-inspired trio The Bandana Splits will also be making a guest appearance. Got friends in Fargo? Tell 'em to come out to see us! In the meantime, best wishes from everyone here at Balthrop, Alabama. And don't worry -- I'm getting some good numbers on the road.