Pure Rawk Fury Update #1

Hello friends

Well we’ve been out for about three weeks. We’re currently in Lethbridge Alberta at the man with no name’s house. We’re chilling before we load into the Slice for tonights rawking!

We have had a great tour so far. LOTS of nice weather. Last trip we discovered a great way to get around northern Ontario and we did the same this trip. Nice and slow, stopping in little towns to play shows in the evening to kill our expenses and keep us driving short, day light, hours to the next show. It takes twice as long but in the end it’s much more relaxing and we’ve met some wonderful folks in these towns. After our second show of the tour we stayed another night in Lavigne to relax before we got into the meat Northern Ontario. We got a lovely tour du lac from Jo and Manfred. Again, it was a beautiful day on lake Nippissing.

The good weather didn’t stop there. We had low twenties all the way around Superior which prompted Shawn Bastard and I to take a dip in the Great Lake. It was cold, I can tell you that, but refreshing.

We played our way out of Ontario in a new venue for us, Shooters in Kenora. Fun joint. We’ll be back here again on our way home. After that it was a long haul to Regina for our show at the Gaslight. This one was way better than our last and we look forward to playing here again next tour. The road then pointed us towards Saskatoon where we always play the amazing Bud’s on Broadway. Mid week shows can be tough but we’re grateful to have them at all and we always have fun at Bud’s with the staff and patrons. Big thanks to Al from the blues society for wrangling a few folks out on a Wednesday. Thursday we did a house concert in Stoon in our pal, John’s, basement. We met John in Jasper last tour and hit it off. Before we knew it wed booked a show with him for this tour! Nice little crowd and a whole lotta fun. I went all out for this and rented a big amp specially for the show!

We were real spoiled all week in Stoon as we stayed with my cousins family and Kris’ home cooking was it’s usual amazing! We arrived for Thanksgiving and didn’t seem to stop eating great food till the moment we left! Thanks to family! So awesome!

After we vacated Saskatchewan our first Alberta stop was the Mainliner in Medicine Hat. We discovered the Mainliner through our pal Geoff Lightenin’ a few tours back and it’s become a real awesome spot to hang for the weekend. Great owners and staff and a real appreciative audience. We always have a ball and can’t wait to see them again in the spring!

After the Hat we cruised to Cowtown to hang with our pals from Fredericton at the Vista Commune. We got deep into a great HBO show called Game of Thrones and enjoyed one helluva nice day on the Vista patio. It was so warm the hornets were waking up and hanging around. The boys have a great view of downtown Calgary and in the morning you can clearly see the mountains. Nice foreshadowing for this week. We caught a great sunset too!

Last night we rolled into Lethbridge to stay with our pals who we know from Fredericton. These cats are always a blast and treat us with the hospitality that the Maritimes are known for. We had a wonderful night of telling tales and enjoying great alberta beef with some tasty wine!

Tonight we rawk the Slice and then move on to Canmore tomorrow. This part of our Alberta trip wraps up next Monday before we roll into BC. Looking forward to all the adventure and fingers crossed for more excellent weather.

Yours in RAWK,

Ross

PS….I posted a few new tour dates for our trip home. Check em out and tell a friend!

On Tour: Down in The Valley

Hi all,

well we made it to the island for a week of fun shows and beautiful sights. We saw Bears, Otters, Whales, Sea Lions, German Tourists, Beautiful resorts, crack house hotels, Mountains, Oceans, Beaches, and amazing sunsets. We were tormented by crows, crazy German locals, Bamford’s AND We got to see our friends get married, sort of. We got lots of video that we’ll be editing down for an episode of Bastard TV over the next few days. In the mean time here are a couple of pics from the trip…

We’re back in the Okanagan now and we’re getting ready to head over to my Auntie Kathryn’s for a bbq. We’re stoked for this as Auntie is a bad ass freestyle Chef. After lunch and a hang we’ll head on up to Salmon Arm for a show. Really looking forward to this as we’ve never played Salmon Arm before. Should be fun. Tomorrow we head west for what I think is the last time. We’re hitting Kamloops for a show presented by 92.5FM The X. We’re super excited and have some expectations as we are currently holding down the Number 1 spot in the blues category on that station. The we very slowly start making our way East with a two week rip through Alberta and a brief stop in Toon town again. Looking forward to it all. We’ll have some downtime in Edmonton during the days so we’ll whip up a few more webisodes for y’all to laugh at. Stay tuned…..

MB

On Tour: Jasper, Prince George, Okanagan

Greetings! It’s a little more challenging blogging while traveling but I’m trying to get better at it. I must apologize though as this one is a biggie. We Had a great run of our 11 back to back shows. In fact we pulled out 15 shows in 16 days and we’re all still in good health and I even still have my voice! Not too shabby!

We had a lot of fun in Jasper at the Downstream as per usual. Wednesday was a great crowd but I felt a little off musically. Thursday was a small crowd but I felt good with the playing portion of it. Funny how that goes sometimes. It was fun to have some beers and catch up with the crew there. Thanks to all for coming out and to the staff for being awesome. Shawn Bastard even had some time to do this….tat3

We awoke to some snow on Friday. Although we came close to the snow line in the mountains we just drove under it. a little rain and thats it! The Bastards did see a bear though. So they say…I was snoozing.

We had a great time in Prince George. Everyone at the venue was super nice. Friday we had a real good crowd that really ate it up. Sometimes we have to pull the punch a little bit depending on where we play and what the crowd is like but we have to give this crowd credit. We rocked hard and even though to look at them you’d never have guessed they would have taken it, they all dug it. Saturday A.M. we went downtown to check out the market and pawnshops. We ran into this lil fellow tied to a street pole….his name is Andy.Saturday night we had a smaller crowd at first but it picked up later on and once again we had a blast rocking Prince George. Big thanks to Garrett and his crew at Nancy O’s. Here is a little video of our Hotel taken post show on Saturday night….prince george

sunday we grabbed a little Breakky at the local Zellers (all day breakky everywhere) and then hit the road. The trip to our Okanagan Villa was filled with all kinds of fun. We saw more Bears, Multiple Rainbows, Deer, Some hilarious signs and then the beautiful sights of our home in BC. Kelowna. Oh yeah. Here are some pics of it all….

well I’m gonna turn it over to myself now to say g’bye…..blog

MB