Howdy, gang! 
And welcome if you're new to the newsletter!  I'm so glad you give a sh*t about little-guy indie songwriter music!  Hooray!  You're awesome!

It's been an epic first half of the year on the road, these past 7 weeks I've been all over the Western United States and Canada.  It seems like an age ago that I flew out to Oakland, California on April 14!  Since then I've had so many fantastic shows, sweet and deep connection time with dear friends, old and new.  I feel so blessed that I get to drive around singing my heart out and sharing intimate, authentic bits of life with folks like you!  It is a rich, charmed life that I live.

This tour season began with the alternating crisp-to-warmth of spring, and has since unfurled into a time-lapse full bloom all throughout California, Oregon, Washington, British Columbia, Alberta, Montana, Idaho, and Utah.  It was 90º when I left Logan, Utah this morning.  It was 50º when I arrived in the Bay Area two months ago, below freezing up in the Canadian Rockies.  Here's a map of my past 7 weeks.  Next stop:  TEXAS!  .. and back to 90º!

KFF & Guy Clark

Yesterday I flew from Seattle to Austin.  I'll be performing with my full band and special guests at the 46th annual Kerrville Folk Festival - Sunday, June 11, the last day of this year's festival - as part of the Guy Clark and Townes Van Zandt remembrance weekend.  I cannot tell you how excited I am!  The Festival is an 18 day long celebration of songwriters located deep in the Central Texas Hill Country.  So many artists who have played the KFF stages - as well as the equally brilliant performing songwriters in the all-night song circles in the campground - were my first big influences, inspirations.  The festival itself was my first exposure to an audience.  I worked as a volunteer at the Festival for several years, when I lived in Austin in the early days of my music career.  It will be an honor to play a song I wrote with Guy, and to play my favorite song if his, She Ain't Goin Nowhere on the main stage this year.  

The first time I went over to Guy's house was to swap songs in his basement workshop.  We went around a few times playing songs and when it was his turn again I asked him to play She Ain't Goin Nowhere, confessing to him that it was my favorite song of his.  He said that it was his favorite song that he had ever written too, and began to play it..  right to me!  It was a surreal moment, being serenaded my favorite Guy Clark song by Guy himself.  I cried my eyes out as he played.  I'll never forget it.  I can't believe it's been a year since he passed on to that big gig beyond the blue.  So many will continue to feel the loss of him for ages to come.

Following Kerrville, as an extra bonus I get to return to one of my favorite venues, Anderson Fair in Houston, Texas.  The Fair is the place where it all got started for Guy, Townes, Lyle Lovett, Nanci Griffith, Betty Elders, Denice Franke, Jimmy LaFave (recently departed), and of course my dear friend, collaborator, and most brilliant songwriter I've ever had the privilege to call a friend, David Rodriguez, may he rest in peace.  I'll be at Anderson Fair in Houston on Friday, June 16 to pay homage to my lineage of Texas songwriters.

These past two months have been amazing, enriching, and thoroughly gratifying (and exhausting) on so many levels.  On June 17, I will sleep.  And sleep.  And sleep.  If I don't see you in Texas, I'll see you down the road!  Or maybe I'll see you in Europe this fall!  But that's another newsletter.. :)

N'night, friendos, and thanks for listening.

The Big Gigs:

Sunday, June 11

Kerrville Folk Festival
Main Stage Show with the full band, 7pm 
Guy Clark & Townes Van Zandt Remembrance Weekend
Quiet Valley Ranch
3876 Medina Hwy, Kerrville, TX 78028

Friday, June 16
Anderson Fair
Solo Show, 8:30pm
2007 Grant St, Houston, TX 77006