It's been a truly great summer. I got to play some amazing gigs with good friends like Charlie Parr, Aaron Semer, The Burying Ground, Sacri Monti, and many more. I've been writing some new tunes, and have begun work on a new record, again with my main man Tom Meyers at Ground Control in Ballard. I'm looking forward to this fall, especially a gig with the very talented Native Harrow in October, and more work on the record. I'm getting close to selling out of Windblown Blues CDs, so grab one while you can if you've not done so yet.
I spent three weeks in Japan this summer, and had some incredible times over there. I got to do something I've always wanted to do, and play some tunes over there with my friends Ayu Inotsume and Ryo Takematsu at a wonderful little folk club called Tobira in Shimo-kitazawa neighborhood of Tokyo. I can't wait until my next trip back. It was surreal to hang out with such fantastic musicians and people, and to hear the DJ spinning Dave Van Ronk and Bruce Langhorne cuts after hearing a killer cover of Eric Donaldson's "Cherry Oh Baby".
I also got to meet Takashi Gunshima, owner of PO'BOY Records, an early supporter of my tunes. I visited his store in Osaka, and was pleased to see a couple of my tapes for sale alongside some of my favorite musicians, including Yousei Suzuki, whose music I've enjoyed for years. Yousei was also kind enough to come say hello when I was visiting Takashi at PO'BOY. Takashi picked up some copies of Windblown Blues on CD and tape -- so now the record is available in Osaka!
Takashi also took me to a show in a tiny bar that sat about 15 people. The legendary Japanese singer/songwriter Kosuke Kanamori performed two sets and told us stories of recording in LA in 1974 with David Lindley and how crazy it was to be in the US as a young man back then. He was incredible and I was lucky enough to score a copy of his first LP at PO'BOY!
I also discovered a killer spot, Bar Phoe-be in Osaka's Dotonbori neighborhood, whose owners Tatsuo and Keiko Sato are about the kindest people you'll ever meet. They have a top shelf collection of records, pour great drinks, and cook some amazing food. Truly one of the best bars I've ever been to -- stop by and see them next time you're in Japan!
Thank you to all my new and old friends over there, Ryo Takematsu, Ayu Inotsume, Yoriko Matsumoto, Machiko Yanagisawa, Takashi Gunshima, Kosuke Kanamori, Yousei Suzuki, Keiko and Tatsuo Sato, and many, many more! Come see me in Seattle some time.
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