Well, we’re touring up and down the West coast, it’s back to soda and Ruger wafers. I like a hotel with a good vending machine to keep me company. We’re running bio diesel on a regular basis now, it feels good to tour this way. We’ll be heading over to the East coast after this short run.
This tour features special guests,Three5Human. They hail from the A-T-L. We’re having a blast with the band, playing a bang up rock finale every show. Julie Wolf has also joined the winter tour party with her keys and accordion. It’s just super cool to have our friends around to make music with. This is the last run of shows before we go into the studio to make a new I.G. record. I don’t really have much to say about that yet, except that we are writing and really looking forward to getting something new out there. I just finished a song called “Little Perennials.”
I am still trying to catch up with the New Year. I have barely absorbed last year. It was so was rich with activities. Lately I have just been trying to read a lot and feel the company of activists and artists, with an occasional murder mystery thrown in for good measure.
My favorites books I’ve read this month are:
*Rednecks and Bluenecks: The Politics of Country Music – Chris Willman
*Our Band Could Be Your Life: Scenes From The American Indie Underground 1981-1991 – Michael Azerrad
*All the Power: Revolution Without Illusion – Mark Anderson
*Cinderella’s Big Score:Women of the Indie Underground – Maria Raha
*Predator – Patricia Cornwell
On my last solo tour in October 2005, I kept losing my voice, so I got a hold of this incredible DVD called The Zen Of Screaming. The voice guru, Melissa Cross, gives exercises and methods for rock singers. It has saved me from losing my voice. I can’t recommend it enough, especially if you want to learn to scream.
The latest Cd I have loaded onto my Ipod is the Rhino collection of MC5’s greatest hits.
The most recent web site I visited is of a great punk trio from Tokyo called My Way My Love
I want to give a shout out to all the folks who bought merchandise during our 2005 September tour. We ended up making some great donations to hurricane relief organizations. You really came through and the organizations appreciate it.
All of the groups we chose are community based and have long histories of activism in the Gulf Region. In the case of the animal rescue groups, they took in strays from the Gulf area and ran rescue missions over to the region.
Here they are:
ACORN-Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now-$8,000
Southern Partners Fund-$8,000
New Orleans AIDS Task Force-$1718
Atlanta Animal Alliance-$1718
Honor The Earth
This past August, Emily and I went up to Minneapolis for an Honor the Earth meeting. The organization is flourishing. The HTE board unveiled an exciting new project that features native artist in a traveling art show called Impacted Nations. The show is a collection of art that portrays the conflict between Native peoples’ cultural and spiritual relationship to the earth and the political and economic forces that undermine that relationship. The collection really is stunning in it’s magnitude.
We played an Honor the Earth benefit on September 23rd in Greensboro, N.C. at Guilford College. Winona LaDuke came over from the White Earth Reservation in Minnesota to speak. The students hosted a Q and A in their campus co-op coffee shop. The proceeds from the show are supporting HTE’s work with alternative energy projects in Native America, with some of the money specifically designated for the purchase of a wind turbine on the Pine Ridge Reservation in South Dakota.
There’s a new movie out called Trudell about the life of Native activist and agitator JohnTrudell. If you go to his website (www.Johntrudell.com), you can get a schedule and information about how to bring it to your town.
We really had a full summer in 2005.