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Husky 4.0 

Well ho-lee mo-lee! Another summer's done and gone! We've been so busy playing music, we haven't had any time to write blog posts about playing music, or do much of anything else for that matter, which happens to be how we like it here in Redleg land. A whole lot has happened in these last five months – Son was gifted an amazing upright electric bass by a masterful Asheville craftsman, Tim became an official Larrivee Guitars artist, and we played 31 shows in July, which was a lot of shows in July. 

The highlight, though, had to be the show we played on the very last day of summer, at the Mothlight in West Asheville. We shared the bill that night with our good friend Alexa Rose, and even had the pleasure of joining her on stage for a few of her songs. Our own set had some extra kick too, as our sound was rounded out for the first time by a drummer. It was Tommy Moore behind the kit, and luckily I don't have to try to describe to you all how much fun we had and what it all sounded like, because we had Matt Daniels back in the videographer's seat, so the results of the night are all here for you to see and hear for yourselves. 

So, in the months to come, you might see us playing out in a few different iterations – as a duo with an upright bass playing bluegrass and fiddle tunes, as a trio digging into some more raucous country numbers, with special guests on a few shows jamming, collaborating, and inventing as we go, and a couple of possibilities betwixt and between. Wherever we play, though, and whatever the line-up, know that Redleg Husky will keep bringing the same love of music to the stage every time. It's almost too much of a pleasure to play these songs for all of you every day, so we're going to keep doing that and hope that you keep enjoying them with us and watching us continue to grow. We've got quite the travel schedule for the coming months, so check it out and come boogie!

10/5 – Right Turn, Clyde, Narrows, VA 6:30pm
10/6 – Ken's Irish Pub, Friendsville, MD 8pm
10/7 – World of Beer, Charlottesville, VA 8pm 
10/8 – Starr Hill, Crozet, VA 3pm 

10/18 – Red Hare, Marietta, GA 5:30pm 
10/19 – Jack's by the Tracks, Pascagoula, MS 7pm 
10/20 – Moe's BBQ, Mobile, AL 6:30pm 
10/21 – Blue Canoe, Tupelo, MS 9:30pm 
10/22 – Good People, Birmingham, AL 2:30pm 

10/25 – Straightaway Cafe, Black Mountain, NC 6pm 
10/26 – Yee Haw, Johnson City, TN 8pm 
10/27 – Hops n' Hollers, Knoxville, TN 8pm 
10/28 – Legion, Charlotte, NC 8pm 
10/29 – Free Range, Charlotte, NC 4pm 

11/1 – Southgate House Revival, Newport, KY 7pm w/ Michael Moeller, Dan Zlotnick 
11/2 – Brother's Drake Meadery, Columbus, OH 8:30pm w/ Dan Zlotnick 
11/3 – Overlook Lodge, Cincinnati, OH 9pm 
11/4 – Weasel Boy, Zanesville, OH 8pm 
11/5 – Rabbit Hash General Store, Burlington, KY 3pm 

11/8 – Fairview Tavern, Fairview, NC 9pm 
11/9 – The Phoenix and the Fox, Brevard, NC 8pm 
11/10 – Nu-Way, Spartanburg, SC 9:30pm 
11/11 – Birdsong, Charlotte, NC 3:30pm 
11/11 – Cabarrus, Concord, NC 7:30pm 
11/12 – Fonta Flora, Morganton, NC 1pm 
11/12 – Town Pump Tavern, Black Mountain, NC 9pm w/ Michael Howard 

11/15 – O'Mainnin's Pub, Bristol, TN 10pm 
11/16 – BoneFire Smokehouse, Abingdon, VA 8pm 
11/17 – Soaring Ridge, Roanoke, VA 6pm 
11/18 – Floyd Country Store, Floyd, VA 12pm 
11/18 – Chaos Mountain, Callaway, VA 6pm 
11/19 – Pro Re Nata, Crozet, VA 2pm 

11/30 – Bold Rock, Mills River, NC 7pm 
12/1 – Yee Haw, Johnson City, TN 8pm 
12/2 – Lost Province, Boone, NC 7:30pm 
12/3 – Native Kitchen & Social Pub, Swannanoa, NC 12pm
12/3 – Barley's, Asheville, NC 7:30pm 

12/6 – Foothills, Winston-Salem, NC 8pm 
12/7 – Ruckus Pizza, Raleigh, NC 7pm 
12/8 – Castleburg, Richmond, VA 5pm 
12/9 – Saude Creek Vineyards, Lanexa, VA 2pm 
12/10 – Second Sundays Festival, Williamsburg, VA 11am 

12/13 – Fairview Tavern, Fairview, NC 9pm 
12/14 – Pour Taproom, Asheville, NC 7pm 
12/15 – Last Days of Autumn, Knoxville, TN 8pm 
12/16 – Twin Leaf, Asheville, NC 4pm 
12/16 – Sanctuary, Hendersonville, NC 8pm 
12/17 – Bluegrass Brunch at Farm to Fender, Asheville, NC 11am

Moving Pictures 

A few weeks ago I headed over to Tim's house for band practice, as I do, and found him in a particularly excited mood. More excited than when he came up with that one riff for that one song. More excited, even, than when he discovered John Hartford's documentary on riverboats. And I'll tell ya – that was an exciting day. What had Tim so worked up this particular morn was his discovery, which he was dying to share with me, of a new technology that he had just come across. 

He explained to me that with this technology, one could capture a moment in time through a series of moving pictures, such that it could be replayed over and over again after the moment had passed. 'A time machine?' I asked, bewildered. 'Even better...' said my bandmate. I was of course skeptical – as you all know, guitar players talk a lot – but I thought I'd humor the guy and check it out. 

So it was that we hunted down one of the area's premier practitioners of this magical medium – 'video,' it's called – one Matt Daniels at Arrow Sound Studios in nearby Fletcher, NC. He decided to join us for our show at the Grey Eagle in late April, to record some of our performance such that it could be played back in perpetuity, for all generations hence. We came up with three clips. The first, Tim's ode to his grandfather, Charlie, has been a staple of Redleg Husky shows since the early days. The second is 'Don't Go Fallin' in Love,' the public service announcement song from our last album. Third is a compilation video of covers of three of our favorite country singers – Johnny Cash, Dwight Yoakam, and Bob Wills. You can see them all for yourself and pretend you were right there with us in person. 





Besides that there's nothing nearly as exciting to report, unless you're a koozie color connoisseur like myself, in which case our new batch, complete with the new logo, will be just what you've been waiting for. We've also picked up a new merch suitcase (wow, right??), played some great shows in the Midwest, got Tim in and out of the hospital (he's all good!), invested in some new audio and video equipment that will have even more of these 'videos' coming your way this summer, and generally had a blast doing what we do and sharing our love of music with the good people that we meet each and every night. On the horizon is our first ever trip to West Virginia, plus a whole lot more Carolina pickin': 

5/14 – Sierra Nevada Brewing Co., Mills River, NC 2pm 
5/16 – The Social, Asheville, NC 9pm 
5/17 – Juicy Lucy's, Asheville, NC 6pm 
5/18 – Yee Haw Brewing, Johnson City, TN 6pm 
5/19 – Old Hampton Country Store, Linville, NC 12pm 
5/19 – Bold Rock Cider, Mills River, NC 7pm 
5/20 – Twin Leaf Brewing Co., Asheville, NC 3pm 
5/20 – Nantahala Brewing Co., Bryson City, NC 8pm 
5/21 – Dark City Deli, Black Mountain, NC 3pm 

5/24 – Martin's Downtown, Roanoke, VA 9pm 
5/25 – The Empty Glass, Charleston, WV 10pm 
5/26 – Ken's Irish Pub, Friendsville, MD 8pm 
5/27 – The Purple Fiddle, Thomas, WV 12pm 
5/27 – Half Pints, Cumberland, MD 9pm 
5/28 – The Purple Fiddle, Thomas, WV 12pm 

5/31 – Juicy Lucy's, Asheville, NC 6pm 
6/1 – Yee Haw Brewing, Johnson City, TN 8pm 
6/2 – Old Hampton Country Store, Linville, NC 12pm 
6/2 – Music in the Valle, Valle Crucis, NC 7pm 
6/4 – Blue Mountain Pizza, Weaverville, NC 7pm 

6/7 – Foothills Brewing Co., Winston-Salem, NC 8pm 
6/8 – Berkeley Cafe, Raleigh, NC 8pm 
6/9 – Aviator Brewing Co., Fuquay-Varina, NC 9pm 
6/10 – Birdsong Brewing Co., Charlotte, NC 3:30pm 
6/10 – Cabarrus Brewing Co., Concord, NC 7:30pm 
6/11 – Town Pump Tavern, Black Mountain, NC 9pm 

6/14 – Juicy Lucy's, Asheville, NC 6pm 
6/15 – Old Hampton Country Store, Linville, NC 12pm 
6/15 – The Table at Crestwood, Boone, NC 6pm 
6/16 – Velo Fellow, Greenville, SC 9:30pm 
6/17 – Private Event, Asheville, NC 5pm 
6/17 – Innovation Brewing Co., Sylva, NC 9pm 
6/18 – Free Range Brewing Co., Charlotte, NC 3pm 

6/28 – O'Mainnin's Pub, Bristol, TN 10pm 
6/29 – The Dugout, Hendersonville, NC 7pm 
6/30 – Old Hampton Country Store, Linville, NC 12pm 
6/30 – Lost Province Brewing Co., Boone, NC 7:30pm 
7/1 – Burntshirt Vineyards, Hendersonville, NC 3pm 
7/1 – 550 Tavern & Grille, Fletcher, NC 9pm 
7/2 – Sycamore Brewing, Charlotte, NC 2pm 

7/5 – Foggy Mountain Brewpub, Asheville, NC 9pm 
7/6 – Quest Brewing Co., Greenville, SC 7pm 
7/7 – Bold Rock Cider, Mills River, NC 7pm 
7/8 – Ooh La La Curiosity Market, Asheville, NC 2:30pm 
7/8 – Saw Works Brewing Co., Knoxville, TN 8pm 
7/9 – Sycamore Brewing, Charlotte, NC 2pm 

7/12 – Juicy Lucy's, Asheville, NC 6pm 
7/13 – Old Hampton Country Store, Linville, NC 12pm 
7/13 – The Table at Crestwood, Boone, NC 6pm 
7/14 – Barley's Taproom, Spindale, NC 8pm 
7/15 – Stone Road Restaurant & Bar, Asheville, NC 8pm 
7/16 – Farm to Fender Cafe, Fletcher, NC 12pm 
7/16 – Blue Mountain Pizza, Weaverville, NC 7pm 

7/20 – Native Kitchen & Social Pub, Swannanoa, NC 7pm 
7/21 – Holy City Brewing Co., Charleston, SC 5:30pm 
7/21 – The Brick, Charleston, SC 10pm 
7/22 – The Tattooed Moose, John's Island, SC 3pm 
7/23 – Linville Falls Winery, Linville, NC 2pm 

7/26 – One World Brewing Co., Asheville, NC 9pm 
7/27 – Oskar Blues Brewing Co., Brevard, NC 6pm 
7/28 – Old Hampton Country Store, Linville, NC 12pm 
7/28 – The Local, Boone, NC 10:30pm 
7/29 – Watauga Farmer's Market, Boone, NC 9am 
7/29 – Legion Brewing Co., Charlotte, NC 8pm 
7/30 – Sycamore Brewing Co., Charlotte, NC 2pm 

8/3 – UpCountry Brewing Co., Asheville, NC 6pm w/ Frankie Boots 
8/4 – Nu-Way Restaurant, Spartanburg, SC 9:30pm 
8/5 – Bold Rock Cider, Mills River, NC 7pm 
8/6 – Barley's Taproom, Asheville, NC 7:30pm

From the Road Again 

Hello from the road! It's been our home in recent months, carrying us all over the Carolinas and Virginias and down to the Gulf of Mexico in just the last six weeks, with Maryland, Washington DC, Ohio, Kentucky, and Indiana in our sights for the weeks to come. Where are we right now? Who are we right now? You know, man? It all blends together after a while... 

What will not blend together are the memories of our first ever tour of the Deep South, where we had the chance to play some really unforgettable towns and venues. Some of the highlights were our shows in Birmingham, my birthday gig in Fairhope, and our performance at The Blue Canoe in Tupelo, Mississippi – a stage graced in recent years by the likes of Sturgill Simpson and Shovels & Rope. The crowning moment of the two weeks down south, though, had to be the magical, mystical, musical superstew that is New Orleans. We spent our days walking the streets and listening to the jazz bands we found around every corner, and our night off on Frenchman Street, gettin' down to so much brass that my heart is still dancing. 

Our own shows in NOLA were a chance to jump into the amazing honky-tonk scene that is growing in that city thanks to some deeply dedicated local musicians. The Jon Hatchett Band has a weekly show at St. Roch Tavern on Mondays, and then Joy Patterson and Matt Bell take the baton on Tuesdays and host a potluck and country music revue that features bands from all over the region, at a place called Mag's. We enjoyed playing both nights, and sharing both with our new friends, Nashville's Howlin' Brothers. There was many a bolo tie and fancy hat, two-stepping galore, and just a strong sense of a community that comes together to enjoy real country music. There seemed to be some great food, too, but as always, Tim ate my share. “Hungry bass players keep better time,” he always says. 

Hungry bass players also write good tunes about being hungry, and about being on the road in general. We've got a new original song along those lines that has been a part of our live repertoire since our show in Greensboro last week, and which we hope to record and use as the backdrop to a video of recent tour footage. So, keep up with our social media channels and look for that soon! 

In part, that new song was inspired by our show with fellow road warrior Darrin Bradbury, who we opened for at the Grey Eagle after getting home to Asheville. Like us, he's spent a lot of time traveling around the Southeast and sharing his music, and like us, he's clearly spent a lot of time thinking about the sublime pleasures of gas station breakfasts, roadkill, and beer, and how those tie into the more widely known songwriting topics of life and love. He's a hell of a songwriter and had a killer band backing him up, so it was a pleasure to share that stage with him. We had such a good time, in fact, that we thought we'd come back to the Grey Eagle, which we're planning to do on Wednesday, April 26th, to support our friend and local songwriter Chris Jamison for his album release show. Get your tickets now!

The January show lent us some new live audio, which is just one of the updates we've recently made to this website. We've also got some new videos posted, and a brand new logo, courtesy of our friend Brent McCormick, Richmond's graphic designer to the stars. Besides gracing the top left corner of our home page, this logo can also be found in sticker form – yours free at any one of these Redleg Husky shows: 

3/1 – One World Brewing Co., Asheville, NC 8pm 
3/2 – Town Pump Tavern, Black Mountain, NC 9pm w/ FrazierBand 
3/3 – Nu-Way Restaurant, Spartanburg, SC 9:30pm 
3/4 – Chevelle's 69, Hayesville, NC 8pm 
3/5 – Blue Mountain Pizza, Weaverville, NC 7pm 

3/15 – Cary St. Cafe, Richmond, VA 10pm w/Clay Spokes 
3/16 – Gypsy Sally's Vinyl Lounge, Washington, DC 7:30pm 
3/17 – 7 Locks Brewing Co., Rockville, MD 7:30pm 
3/18 – James River Brewery, Scottsville, VA 4pm 
3/19 – Starr Hill Brewing Co., Crozet, VA 3pm 

3/22 – Juicy Lucy's, Asheville, NC 6pm 
3/23 – RJ Rocker's Brewing Co., Spartanburg, SC 5:30pm 
3/24 – Quest Brewing Co., Greenville, SC 6pm 
3/24 – The Velo Fellow, Greenville, SC 9:30pm 
3/25 – Lost Province Brewing Co., Boone, NC 7:30pm 
3/26 – Bold Rock Cider, Mills River, NC 4pm 

3/29 – Straightaway Cafe, Black Mountain, NC 6pm 
3/30 – Hops & Hollers, Knoxville, TN 8pm 
3/31 – The Dugout, Hendersonville, NC 9pm 
4/1 – Sneak E. Squirrel, Sylva, NC 8pm 
4/2 – Overmountain Vineyards, Tryon, NC 2pm 

4/6 – Oskar Blues Brewing Co., Brevard, NC 6pm 
4/7 – Legion Brewing Co., Charlotte, NC 8pm 
4/8 – Fonta Flora Brewing Co., Morganton, NC 3pm 
4/8 – J. McCroskey's Irish Pub, Hickory, NC 10pm 
4/9 – Blue Mountain Pizza, Weaverville, NC 7pm 

4/12 – The Player's Pub, Bloomington, IN 6pm 
4/13 – Highlands Taproom, Louisville, KY 10pm 
4/14 – Crow's Nest, Cincinnati, OH 10pm 
4/15 – Georgetown Vineyards, Cambridge, OH 4:30pm 
4/15 – The Walrus, Columbus, OH 10pm 

4/19 – Juicy Lucy's, Asheville, NC 6pm 
4/20 – RJ Rocker's Brewing Co., Spartanburg, SC 5:30pm 
4/21 – 220 Cafe, Statesville, NC 7:30pm 
4/22 – Currahee Brewing, Franklin, NC 7:30pm 
4/23 – Winding Creek Brewing Co., Columbus, NC 3pm 
4/23 – Town Pump Tavern, Black Mountain, NC 9pm 

4/26 – The Grey Eagle, Asheville, NC w/ Chris Jamison 8pm 
4/27 – Studio Brew, Bristol, VA 8pm 
4/28 – Soaring Ridge Brewing Co., Roanoke, VA 6pm 
4/29 – Saude Creek Vineyards, Lanexa, VA 2pm 
4/29 – Three Notch'd Brewing Co., Harrisonburg, VA 8:30pm 
4/30 – Blue Mountain Brewing Co., Afton, VA 2:30pm

Huskies Don't Hibernate 

It's tempting to follow the seasonal lead-in of my last blog post and tell you that, now that the weather is turning colder and we're getting into winter, it's time for a frostier, snowier, scarf and mitten themed blog post. None of that is true though, as it was 74 degrees in Asheville today, so really I'm just writing because it's been a while and I want to share what we've been up to. Maybe the causality will be reversed this time, and the new season will follow the posting of this entry. 

What we've been up to, of course, is a whole lot of music making. Since the last post, we've played all over North Carolina, plus some shows in Virginia and our first ever journey to Maryland. The latter went so well that we're planning to head that way again, in March. On the way to the Old Line State, we stopped in Richmond for a show curated by one of the best production teams around, Radio Rubber Room, at The Camel. They were kind enough to record our set for us, which lent three songs that we've added to our Music page. That plus four tracks from September's Livestock 8 festival means that our audio section is freshly updated with some great live gems for your ears to take in! 

We've also been hard at work at Husky HQ in West Asheville, practicing almost daily to add a whole lot of new material to the repertoire. We're talkin' Dwight Yoakam, Kris Kristofferson, Tim O'Brien, R.L. Burnside, and Grateful Dead tunes, plus some new originals and other goodies that I'll leave you to discover on your own when you come see us play live. 

As you know, playing live is what we do, and as you probably also know, huskies don't hibernate, so this winter's plans are as full as full can be. We've got a couple of weekends in the Raleigh-Durham-Chapel Hill Triangle area, plus shows in Virginia and South Carolina. The big kahuna tour of the season, though, is a run of thirteen shows in twelve days in Alabama, Mississippi, and Louisiana, in January. These are all new states for the band, so we're wagging our tails in anticipation (Tim – you're not gonna let me post this many dog jokes on the blog, right? Editing this out, right? Tim?) 

But seriously, we are excited to be breaking new ground and doing so with some of the region's finest acts in the music hubs of Birmingham and New Orleans. Check out those dates below as well as all of our shows for the coming months, and don't forget to bring a friend out to see us when you do! Hot bass solos by hot bassmen are best enjoyed just like hot chocolate or hot toddies – together. 

11/30 – Foothills Brewing, Winston-Salem, NC 8pm 
12/1 – Ruckus Pizza, Raleigh, NC 8:30pm 
12/2 – 2nd Wind, Carrboro, NC 10pm 
12/3 – French Broad Brewing, Asheville, NC 6pm 
12/4 – Barley's Taproom, Asheville, NC 7:30pm 

12/7 – Foggy Mountain Brewpub, Asheville, NC 9pm 
12/8 – Oskar Blues Brewing Co., Brevard, NC 6pm 
12/9 – Quest Brewing Co., Greenville, SC 6pm 
12/9 – Velo Fellow, Greenville, SC 9:30pm 
12/10 – Fonta Flora Brewing Co., Morganton, NC 3pm 
12/10 – 220 Cafe, Statesville, NC 7pm 
12/11 – Blue Mountain Pizza, Weaverville, NC 7pm 

12/14 – One World Brewing, Asheville, NC 8pm 
12/15 – Town Pump Tavern, Black Mountain, NC 9pm 
12/16 – 220 Cafe, Statesville, NC 7:30pm 
12/17 – Twin Leaf Brewing Co., Asheville, NC 3pm 
12/17 – Dive 'n' Boar, Greenville, SC 10pm 

1/5 – Oskar Blues Brewing Co., Brevard, NC 6pm 
1/6 – Bathtub Gin, Mooresville, NC 10pm 
1/7 – Quest Brewing Annual Chili Cook-Off, Greenville, SC 2pm 
1/7 – Sneak E Squirrel, Sylva, NC 8pm 
1/8 – Town Pump Tavern, Black Mountain, NC 9pm 

1/11 – The Nick, Birmingham, AL w/ Philos Moore 10pm 
1/12 – Blue Canoe, Tupelo, MS 7:30pm 
1/13 – The Shed, Ocean Springs, MS 6pm 
1/14 – Crying Eagle Brewing Co., Lake Charles, LA 3pm 
1/15 – Bayou Teche Brewing Co., Arnaudville, LA 2pm 
1/16 – St. Roch Tavern w/ Jon Hatchett Band, New Orleans, LA 9pm 
1/17 – All-Star Covered Dish Country Jamboree, Mag's, NOLA 10pm 
1/18 – Circle Bar w/ Aziza and the Cure, NOLA 9pm 
1/19 – Celtic Irish Pub, Pascagoula, MS 9pm 
1/20 – Fairhope Brewing Co., Fairhope, AL 4pm 
1/21 – Good People Brewing, Birmingham, AL 2:30pm 
1/21 – Black Market Bar and Grill, Birmingham, AL 9pm 
1/22 – Trim Tab Brewing, Birmingham, AL 2pm 

1/25 – Juicy Lucy's, Asheville, NC 6pm 
1/26 – The Cut, Sylva, NC 9pm 
1/27 – 220 Cafe, Statesville, NC 7pm 
1/28 – Fonta Flora Brewing Co., Morganton, NC 3pm 
1/28 – Legion Brewing Co., Charlotte, NC 8pm 

2/1 – One World Brewing, Asheville, NC 8pm 
2/2 – Barley's Taproom, Spindale, NC 6pm 
2/3 – Blue Ghost Brewing, Fletcher, NC 7pm 
2/4 – Appalachian Mountain Brewing Co., Boone, NC 7:30pm 

2/8 – Awendaw Barn Jam, Awendaw, SC 6pm 
2/9 – TBA, Charleston, SC 
2/10 – Holy City Brewing Co., Charleston, SC 5:30pm 
2/11 – The Dinghy, Isle of Palms, SC 6pm 
2/12 – Tattooed Moose, John's Island, SC 3pm 

2/15 – O'Mainnin's Pub, Bristol, TN 10pm 
2/16 – Burger Bar, Asheville, NC 9pm 
2/17 – Stateline Bar, Bristol, TN 6pm 
2/18 – Birdsong Brewing Co., Charlotte, NC 4pm 
2/18 – Empire Pizza II, Rock Hill, SC 9:30pm 
2/19 – Barley's Taproom, Asheville, NC 7:30pm 

2/22 – Foothills Brewing Co., Winston-Salem, NC 8pm 
2/23 – Muddy Creek Cafe, Winston-Salem, NC 8pm 
2/24 – Grey's Tavern, Greensboro, NC 10pm 
2/25 – Saude Creek Vineyards, Lanexa, VA 2pm 
2/25 – Garden Grove Brewing Co., Richmond, VA 8pm 
2/26 – Pro Re Nata Brewing Co., Crozet, VA 2pm 

3/1 – One World Brewing Co., Asheville, NC 8pm 
3/2 – Town Pump Tavern, Black Mountain, NC 9pm 
3/3 – Nu-Way Restaurant, Spartanburg, SC 9:30pm 
3/4 – Chevelle's 69, Hayesville, NC 8pm

Pumpkin Spiced Blog 

Fall is here, and with it a new chapter for Redleg Husky and a new blog post from your favorite bassman. Today was bittersweet, as we helped Misa load her life into a U-Haul bound for the great white north (known to the intrepid polar explorers that dare venture into it as 'Connecticut'). Although Tim and I have been playing as a duo for more than a month now, today felt like the official beginning of this new iteration of the band. 


Far from sitting around in anticipation of this change, though, us two remaining huskies have been crisscrossing North Carolina non-stop in these last weeks, working up new songs faster than the speed of sound and having a blast doing it. We've had some great adventures along the way – fending off gators in the swamps of South Carolina, being serenaded by Miami fans ahead of their team's game against Appalachian State in Boone, and enjoying our favorite annual party, Circus Mutt's Livestock Festival. We hope to have some video from that event to share with you all soon. 

In the couple of free days that sneaked onto our September calendar, an even more memorable event took place in Tim's life, as he got engaged to his longtime girlfriend, Laura. It's been an ongoing celebration in the couple of weeks since the proposal, and we're all looking forward to continuing that with Laura's family on our upcoming tour of her native Maryland. You all can also thank her for the new pictures of Tim and I that grace both the website and our new show fliers. 

Another new website development is to your left if you're reading this on the home page – the all new, highly confidential, very, very serious, binding, consequence-laden Employee of the Month Poll. In the weeks since this highly esteemed honor was first created by yours truly, I've taken it upon myself to reward myself with it, given my estimation of my own incredible work ethic, funkiness, and generally inspiring presence. But, in the interest of democracy and of giving Tim a chance to win something for once, we've decided to give you all the opportunity to decide who wins and who fails to win with this handy voting tool. We promise not to stuff the ballot box any more than we already have, and we'll be announcing the results at the end of each month, so consider the candidates, cast your vote, and stay tuned! 


If you're not sure who to vote for, why not come out to a show and find out who you think is most worthy in person? We've got some great ones coming up, including the aforementioned, long-awaited first tour of Maryland, which includes stops in Frederick, Accident, and Frostburg. On the way, we'll have the chance to return to a couple of our favorite Virginia venues – The Camel in Richmond and Starr Hill Brewing in Crozet. After that, we've got a very full slate of shows around the Carolinas and Tennessee before the Thanksgiving break, so check out the list below or the 'Tour' page for details, and come on out. I should mention, too, that we recently got resupplied with t-shirts, meaning that we now have Meg Lemiuer's beautiful My Old Heart album art, on heathered red, in all men's and women's sizes. We've got koozies in four colors as well...come get 'em! 

9/28 – 5 Walnut Wine Bar, Asheville, NC 5pm 
9/29 – RJ Rockers Brewing Co., Spartanburg, SC 5:30pm 
9/30 – Nantahala Brewing Co., Bryson City, NC 8pm 
10/1 – Sycamore Brewing Co., Charlotte, NC 2pm 
10/1 – 220 Cafe, Statesville, NC 7pm 
10/2 – Blue Mountain Pizza, Weaverville, NC 7pm 

10/5 – The Camel, Richmond, VA 10pm 
10/6 – The Blue Side, Frederick, MD 8pm 
10/7 – Dante's, Frostburg, MD 9pm 
10/8 – The MoonShadow Cafe, Accident, MD 7pm 
10/9 – Starr Hill Brewing Co., Crozet, VA 3:30pm 

10/12 – One World Brewing Co., Asheville, NC 8pm 
10/13 – The Table Restaurant at Crestwood Inn, Boone, NC 6pm 
10/14 – Sycamore Brewing Co., Charlotte, NC 6pm 
10/15 – Fonta Flora Brewing Co., Morganton, NC 3pm 
10/15 – Barley's Taproom, Spindale, NC 8pm 
10/16 – Dark City Deli, Black Mountain, NC 3pm 

10/19 – Old Hampton Store, Linville, NC 12pm 
10/19 – The Joint Next Door, Fairview, NC 7pm 
10/20 – Town Pump Tavern, Black Mountain, NC 9pm 
10/21 – Burgers, Beats, and Brews at Old Rock Cafe, Chimney Rock, NC 6pm 
10/23 – Old Hampton Store, Linville, NC 12pm 

10/27 – Renaissance Hotel, Asheville, NC 6pm 
10/28 – Sycamore Brewing, Charlotte, NC 6pm 
10/29 – Burgers, Beats, and Brews at Old Rock Cafe, Chimney Rock, NC 6pm 
10/30 – Lenny Boy Brewing, Charlotte, NC 4pm 

11/2 – Straightaway Cafe, Black Mountain, NC 6pm 
11/3 – JRH Brewing, Johnson City, TN 7pm 
11/4 – Soaring Ridge Brewing, Roanoke, VA 6pm 
11/5 – Right Turn, Clyde Brewing, Narrows, VA 6pm 
11/6 – Blue Mountain Pizza, Weaverville, NC 7pm 

11/9 – One World Brewing, Asheville, NC 8pm 
11/10 – Town Pump Tavern, Black Mountain, NC 9pm 
11/11 – Yee Haw Brewing, Johnson City, TN 7pm 
11/12 – 5 Walnut Wine Bar, Asheville, NC 6pm 
11/12 – Backyard Bar, Black Mountain, NC 9:30pm 
11/13 – Bold Rock Cider, Mills River, NC 4pm
 
11/17 – Renaissance Hotel, Asheville, NC 6pm 
11/18 – Lost Province Brewing, Boone, NC 7:30pm 
11/19 – Catawba Brewing, Asheville NC 7pm