On July 7th, Rounder Records will release our new album, American Central Dust. Rounder was founded almost 40 years ago in the city where I live, Cambridge, Massachusetts. This means that there are now two benefits to living here:
1) Close proximity to fresh oysters.
2) Close proximity to Steve Martin and Dennis DeYoung Records.
“Down to the Wire” is the first single. My mom has already heard it twice on the radio so someone is doing something right.
Our first show of the tour will be on July 4th at the Rothbury Festival in Michigan. I’m not sure if the schedule has been posted yet but I’m pretty sure we’re playing the same day as The Dead. Unfortunately, Mellencamp will not be joining his tour mates at Rothbury. A few days later, we meet up with the Cowboy Junkies in Denver and head west for a bunch of shows. Rumor has it tickets have been selling quite well.
Speaking of festivals, Bonnaroo starts this weekend. As I read all the reports about police confiscating hallucinogenic mushrooms and what not, I’m reminded of the time we played there back in 2006. The night before our set we went to see Radiohead or more accurately, listen, as we couldn’t find a comfortable viewing area in the sea of 75,000 people. This was quite alright since the air conditioned backstage/artist village area was set up with a giant flatscreen monitor, open bar, etc. Our guitar tech at the time really got into the spirit of things and decided to climb up a 20′ scaffolding/lighting tower and pretend he was a DJ from on high (it made sense at the time). Security quickly summoned him down and we had to do a lot of explaining to not have him banned for the rest of the weekend. Other than that, it was super hot and dusty, Phil Lesh and Friends played way too long, and Bonnie Raitt looks really good in person. Jimmy’s DJ booth: