A nice surprise today as sometime sessioneer Jon Frum sent me a guitar, another Seagull exactly the same as mine, thanks, Jon. It needs to be set up and it needs to have a pickup put in it, but it’s perfect for shows as I need to have one guitar with a capo and one without. On the last tour we played in England I had three 12 strings, one with a capo, one without and one tuned down to D, and yes, three Boss tuners giving me 36 strings to tune. Still, rather that than trying to string, tune, and play the fretless violin.
During the day I recorded three backing tracks with my regular Seagull before doing some rehearsing with Salim for the upcoming gigs supporting the release of the new album, A Nuclear Winter (release date – Friday, June 23rd). So on the 22nd June, we will be playing at The Lonesome Rose in San Antonio in a three-band bill with The Deathray Davies and Buttercup. This three-band bill will be swapping positions but playing together in Austin at The Parish on the 23rd and back in Dallas on the 24th at the Sons of Hermann Hall. It won’t just be the bands swapping positions on the bill, the musicians are jumping in and out of the three bands too.
I went out to Thai Thai for dinner with Olivia and Sarah where I realised how tired I was. I ate too much because I had to stick around to get a table whilst the girls took all our instruments and bags and computers back to the accom. The waitress asked me if I wanted a starter and I obliged alone in a busy place surrounded by eating revellers.
After dinner, the heat was so dense that it felt like someone had put a giant thick cloth in the sky and deadened the air, making it hard to breathe. When I got in I set up my computer and tried to write, but it was no good, I was too tired and at 10.30 I went to bed, I’d hit the wall, I was asleep before I could say:
Music today was Welsh and comes from Badfinger who were formed in Swansea, luckily for the promo person not Llanfairpwllgwyngyllgogerychwyrndrobwllllantysiliogogogoch.