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Agriculture, skepticism, politics
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Agriculture, skepticism, politics

What the hell have I done the last three weeks?

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I haven’t written anything in quite some time. I’ve been working with Chivalrous Productions on a new logging system for this website. You’ll be noticing more changes in preparation for a new band website to be rolled out when we get it up. For now, the only changes are the band’s log and my log. It may not look so good at the moment, but the reasons for the changes will be made apparent whenever the hell I’m ready to make them so. For now, I will attempt to remember whatever it was I’ve been doing for the past three weeks.

The Rail show on 2 September was good. It was nice to play a solo show there, but I’ll be looking forward to the 7 October show with more players. I’m not sure who will get the nod yet, but I wouldn’t tell you anyway.

The Labor Day show in Kiowa was grand. Chris G. did quite well, especially considering the short time we gave him to learn the material. We were rough, don’t get me wrong, but I’m quite optimistic that we’ll be able to come out strongly with a few practices.

PJ’s was a little light, but the 8 September shows were fantastic. FortyTwenty opened for the Great Divide at Longhorns and Trevor played at Bobby T’s. It was good to finally get to introduce my friends from Manhattan to the nauseatingly cow-punk country sounds from my friends from Lincoln.

I became very sick somewhere between the ninth and the eleventh of September; I was sick enough to get out playing the Faces of Rock Festival in Junction City. I did get to hear some of the bands and it was enjoyable to see a different kind of music performed than that with which I’m familiar. I’d like to extend an official big "thank you" to Chad Hicks for putting on the festival, implementing some stellar advertising, and agreeing to collaborate in the future.

I headed for Hutchinson after the Junction City show for the Garrison Keillor show. I’ve listened religiously to his show as much as possible every Sunday, and since this was the first time he’s ever come to Kansas, I was more than happy to fork over the $35 to see the show. Kansas Governer Kathleen Sebelius made a guest appearance and performed as well on stage as she does in her office. She is very good for Kansas.

I watched the Mike McClure Band at Longhorns last Thursday. They were as good as always.

I played at Buster’s Saloon last Saturday night. I was just getting over my cold and didn’t expect to keep my voice, much less sing, for the night, but I somehow pulled off a great show. I had an interesting two hours before the show. I stopped at Domino Food and Fuel Plaza in Medicine Lodge, KS, and who of all people do I see but Mike McClure, Eric Hansen, and Tom Skinner standing in line at the counter. They were headed to Alva for a car show. I never thought I’d ever run into them at a gas station, much less in Medicine Lodge. I headed out and was three miles from Buster’s when I looked in my backseat and saw nothing where I was supposed to see my mixing console. Turning around and making a plethora of phone calls, I was finally able to locate Kevin, David, and Justin of Dorfus Crack Tractor fame who were playing at a local wedding reception. I massive "thank you" goes to them for loaning me a very nice powered mixer. Thanks to officer Kenny Joe Rinke as well for working the hand-off after the show.

I’ve been absolutely worthless for the last few weeks. I made the mistake of watching 24. Not only did I watch 24 episodes in the course of a few days, but I’ve also discovered that my favorite characters from my beloved The Practice show have been secretly acting on a show called Boston Legal behind my back. It’s Captain Kirk, for crying out loud, and I didn’t know about it until I heard he won an Emmy.

Well that’s the summation of my activities to the best of my knowledge. I’m sure that there was some other cool shit that happened, but I can’t remember it.


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Aaron Traffas farms near Sharon, Kansas. When he's not farming, he works for Purple Wave. A 2017 nominee for Songwriter of the Year at the Rocky Mountain CMAs, Aaron is an active singer and songwriter and the Aaron Traffas Band's latest release, 2023's Real Small Town, can be found at iTunes, Amazon and Spotify. Aaron served as president of the Kansas Auctioneers Association in 2017 and on the National Auctioneers Association Education Institute Board of Trustees from 2009 through 2013. An active contract bid caller, he has advanced to the finals in multiple state auctioneer contests.

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