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The MMB show last night–you guessed it–rocked balls.

I was joking with the PWAC crew before the show about how I was going to see the prophet. I was going to go bearing gifts, probably something other than frankincense or myrrh.

“What does Traffas have to confess for? Drinking and driving?” –Chris Day, PWAC employee

I forgot to mention what happened last Friday at our, as McClure would say, Vallentine’s day massecre. Ron Clark and I played some bluegrass, folk, and gospel music for the Manhattan Circle of Death Senior Center. It was a very fun show, all-in-all, and as we were loading out, we saw an ambulance, lights a’flashing, in the parking lot. I didn’t think anything of it. As we came to find out, a man who didn’t like loud music and was too incapable of telling that we weren’t playing loud music had crawled under the secretary’s desk and wouldn’t come out. They had to call the paramedics to extract him from his hiding place, all the while explaining to him that we had gone.

I think I may have found something for which to confess.

Anyway, I’m loading the Tour Mazda Limited Hot Wheels Eddie Bauer Edition for the show tonight at Colby. We’ll see if the people who were requesting Divide last time are there again. If they are, it’ll be a good couple of nights.


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Well we’ve come a long ways in three weeks. Three weeks ago, I’d never heard of Doc Nelson or Michael Kisner. Two weeks ago, they had both been given 60 songs to learn in less than a week. A week ago, we had played an absolutely incredible show at Big Dogg’s in Junction City, KS, and were hungry for more. I know I was surprised at how good we sounded–before we had officially practiced. Folks, these guys are good.

We’re headed to Colby this weekend for a Friday-Saturday, one-two combo show at Twister’s. Looking forward to going back there with the big guns. Then we’re headed to Hays to play at The Page. That show is going to be packed, so come early to get a standing space.

I spoke with Shawn at Gumby’s last night about bringing us back with the full band. He wants to do it, and so do I, but we’re currently negotiating price. Look for a Friday at Gumby’s, Saturday at Big Dogg’s combo sometime in March or April.

Don’t forget the weekly Trevor Burgess / Aaron Traffas show in Salina tonight or the Mike McClure Band show tomorrow night at Shotz in Manhattan.


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Well I got through it.

Mike’s Sports Bar in Medicine Lodge, the place where I had my CD release party for Coffee Grounds, is now a private club. I went in and instead of the family-oriented drunken atmosphere I was expecting, there were a bunch of fat guys with beards whom I’d never seen before. The place was kind of a dump to begin with, but now that they’re serving hard alcohol I have no desire to ever go back.

The wedding went well. I got to see a bunch of old friends.

It was all my tour Mazda Hot-Wheels edition could do to pull my loaded trailer back from Sharon as part of the Great Equipment Migration to Northern Kansas.

8 hours of sleep…out of 48

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Got back from practice last night at 3:00am. I’m running a little low on sleep. 10 hours on the road yesterday and another 4 coming up today. You’d think I’d get tired of this stuff. Doc rode with me yesterday. Man, that guy has some stories. Everything from Vince Gill walking up and asking to sit in before Vince was popular to wild times had on tour with, among others, Alan Jackson, Wynona and David Allen Coe. Doc certainly has “been there, done that”. Why is he playing with us? I can’t figure it out. I do know one thing: I’m glad that he is.

I have always wanted not to think about getting bigger than we are. I always want to take things one step at a time and not look more than six months ahead. Damnit, after nights like last night, it’s hard not to.

Red Dirt Scene

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Holy cow, folks…check this out:


There is a downloads section that has some stellar bootlegs on it. A must see! I’m still downloading myself.


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I just finished completely deleting the entire website and installing the new version of PHP-NUKE, version 7.0. It’s been rough, but I think I’m close to being done. The only thing I have left to do is re-install the pictures module and tweak the newsletter module. The forums have been re-designed to be easier to navigate and a guestbook has been installed there as well. Let me know what you think. We’ll be changing themes as soon as we can find one that we like. I’ve spent the last 6 hours doing this and I’m exhausted. That’s enough for tonight.

Pearl Grey

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McKee just made my day. He came to our show last night in JC. We’re sitting in our neighboring offices here at Chivalrous Productions headquarters. I’m playing (what else?) the Great Divide on my computer. He heard it and asked, “is this you, Aaron?” Of course it isn’t, but the moral of the story is that he thought that this live recording of Mr. Devil on the Great Divide’s Absolutely Live: Volume 1 could have been a recording of us from last night. Were we that good? Do I sound that much like McClure when I have the band behind me? I hope so.

Thanks to everyone who braved the elements last night. We had a blast. I’ve added the pictures from the show.

Looking forward to our back-to-back shows in Colby on the 20th and 21st. We’ll be swinging for the bleachers this time around. Then it’s back home(?) to The Page in Hays on the 28th for an official “we’re your hometown band from Hays and we’re gonna blow you away” Ellis County debut.

“Aaron Traffas and Pearl Grey featuring Jimmy Billinger, Johnny Lapka, Mike Kisner and Doc Nelson”

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Pete Gile Band debut

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I saw Pete and his band play the [Brass] Rail on Friday night. Not a bad show. I got there at 11:30 after practicing with 3/4 of Pearl Grey and the place was pretty full. They were surprisingly good, backing Pete’s performance solidly. The thing that mainly surprised me was that there was no snake or sound man. The sound was run from the stage, leaving more area for patrons.

Thanks fellas for getting me up for “Boys from OK”.

It was quite an entertaining night and I look forward to the next time our schedules don’t conflict and I can go watch them again.

See everyone at Junction City tonight.

Fired again

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You know, I thought she ran out of excuses. I thought anything she could come up with I could shoot down with my logical bullet. I never expected the reason to be that she didn’t like me.


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Holy bat flaps, grandma. Much has been happening during the last couple of weeks.

We’ve updated the website!

We’ve added new songs!

But who cares?


Doc Nelson has 27 years of experience. He spent many years in Nashville doing studio work. He also spent a lot of time touring nationally as both a guitarist and bassist, and he’s strong on keyboards as well. His connections and experience in both Nashville and the Texas and Oklahoma music scenes will give us the foothold for which we’ve been looking. Now living in Grantville, he’s looking forward to playing with us as much as he can.

Mike Kisner provides a smooth bluesy complement to Aaron and Doc, while still feeling completely at home doing it Red-Dirt style. Still relatively new to country, we can be sure that he will only get better and better as time goes by. Mike is a lifetime musician. While he was in the military, he and his band played classic rock and blues for Italians in the heart of Italy, and were very successful doing so. He jumped immediately at the chance to play Red Dirt country, and has now made a long-term commitment to both the music style and Pearl Grey. According to Jim, he went cowboy boot shopping last night.

These guys are good. We’re very fortunate to have them on board. You’d better make some serious plans to come to Big Dogg’s in Junction City on Saturday. It’s going to be a hell of a show.

Also, if you get a chance, head to the Brass Rail on Friday night to see the debut of the Jared “Pete” Gile Band. I know I’m going to be there.

Be sure and head back to the Manhattan area on Saturday for the Junction City show.

Did I mention that you should come to the show at Big Dogg’s in Junction City?

In case you didn’t bother to check, the address for the Junction City show is 1001 E 6th St. by the Super 8 Hotel in Junction City, KS.

See you in Junction City.