Goodbye, Colorado! We’re Georgia bound!

WOW, what a couple of weeks!!! After raging the 40 Watt, we piled into the Suburban and hit the road to Colorado, with a trailer full of sleeping bags and equipment in tow. We drove straight to Denver, sleeping and driving in shifts, stopping only for gas and Kansas City BBQ (which was delicious)… 27 hours later, we pulled up and passed out on my friend’s basement floor in Colorful Colorado.

The shows kicked off in Aspen at the legendary Belly Up. The high altitude was quite apparent, to say the least! Holding notes on “Redwood Blues” and “Invisible Man” left me out of air and so lightheaded that I almost stumbled backstage to use the oxygen tank in the green room… so I guess they’re used to it! Despite the compromised singing, the crowd was amazing! We met some beautiful people from Aspen, Basalt, Carbondale and other nearby towns, who danced their faces off and hung out to welcome us after the set.

The next night we played the Fabulous Fox Theatre in Boulder. My old friends Scuba and Ben ran the lights and sound for us, which was incredible! The entire Fox staff was top notch! This is the only show we’ve ever played where the staff put our cases out and opened them, right by the trailer, so that all we had to do was walk off stage and out the backdoor and put away the instruments… how do we get to play shows like this all the time?! (Keep coming out, fans!!! We love you!!!) We opened for Tumbleweed Wanderers (check ’em out — new favorite!) and Angus Stone. Stone has such die-hard fans, there were people riding the stage for our set — and they listened!!! Let’s do that again soon…..

Quixotes in Denver was the next stop. This place is a maze of Grateful Dead paraphernalia, with 2 indoor stages, and 1 outdoor stage, colors everywhere, and a jolly staff of music lovers. We played the indoor stage, while a Grateful Dead cover band paid tribute outdoors. The Lindsey O’Brien Band from Fort Collins started the show and they were AWESOME… and so kewl! Def looking them up when we come back. Craig Waters & the Flood went next and showed Denver some serious southern blues. CWF is traveling with us and has played all of the shows, except for the Fox. They have been a delight on the road and have crushed the stage!

Last night we played Hodi’s Half Note in Fort Collins. The crowd was a little skimpy, but SUPER QUALITY! They danced and listened and heckled and we all had a BLAST! Again, I was surprised by old friends, who warmed my heart and raged the dance floor. We meant to leave right after our set, but accidently had a few extra Bulleits and laughs before heading back to Denver. Woops.

And here we are. I’m drinking my “morning” coffee and waiting on laundry, while the band slowly rises. Our last Colorado show is tonight at Three20South in Breckenridge. Needless to say, we do not want to leave! But alas, we’re Georgia bound. We’ll hit the road after the show tonight, happy to get back home to our dogs and lovers, but with a little bug in our stomaches called “Colorado,” just waiting to surface and pull us back soon…

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