Bozeman, Missoula and Seattle treated us like the queens we are. Stellar evenings all. Lots of miles between and many of them bringing eyes from phone to front - mountain light over amber waves of dirt, granite skyscrapers set to crush us, clouds that were epic films. The Barbers of Smelterville. A Louvin Brothers guitar (photo by Spencer). Good to hang with Ron Sanchez, the high commandant of Donovan's Brain and Career Records (http://careerrecords.com/), and ever-wondrous wife Karen who chose sweet Gene Clark sounds for the after show wind-down. Sometimes you just have to walk down Tompy Street.
Old hometown Seattle made us proud - we played nine new ones in our eleven-song set and the crowd was with us all the way. It didn't hurt that Joltin' John Ramberg played the whole set, giving us a veritable Molly Hatchet splendor. Afterwards there was some fun, KRAKEN-style (photo by Linda). Super-stoked for the big bash at the Crystal Ballroom in beautiful downtown Portland tomorrow. Records will be broken.
Oh yeah, and a nifty album review by the great David Fricke in Rolling Stone - not bad for a bunch of chump. Read it and reap: www.rollingstone.com