Back of my neck gettin’ dirt and gritty. Carolina Piedmont heat is back and soon our vegetables will be bulgin’ on the vine; tomatoes, squash, basil, eggplant and peppers. Suddenly it is so lush driving across N.C. to gigs. After playing the Twin-City Ribfest, I’m heading up to Saluda in the mountains for a gig at The Purple Onion. A very cool venue owned by Susan and Stony, old friends. Stony is a sculptor. I’ve been playing there since the mid 90s. My friend, Aaron Ballance, who has just moved back to the mountains after getting his MFA in poetry here at UNCG will be joining me on dobro and acoustic guitar. Thanks to my buddy, Scott Sawyer, for giving my website a new look and getting me started on this blog. I’ve got a few gigs in June left and then plan to take July and August to work on some new writing; songs and poems, and maybe record them in a home setting lo-fi. Got about a dozen to 15 new pieces I’m pulling together slowly. Shaping up to be kind of a musical memoir in poetry and song. Watched some of the Maya Angelou tribute gathering today and was very moved by Cicely Tyson’s remembrances of her friend and by Bill Clinton’s remarks. Following a bit of the French Open and the NBA Finals. Love to watch Nadal play and the Heat-Spurs Finals is gonna be a smoker. Trying to stay flush with gratitude instead of stuffed with fear. Hope to see you all soon out on the road. Will keep in touch.