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Its been a long week
My paycheck said 61 hours
Two big auctions and two shows this last week
Makes a person beg for more

We’re now sponsored by Budweiser
Bless their kind, gentle hearts

We’re getting ready to play this show at westloop
I heard there were supposed to be 3000 people
I think they had a couple extra zeros
Seems more like 30 when I drove by an hour ago

Looking forward to the WRF
Whiskey River Festival
Kade and Trevor will be song-swapping away
There’ll be just enogh of me thrown in the mix to piss somebody off

Looked at a drummer in Pfeifer yesterday
Trevor got a chance to finally meet and hear Mike
It doesn’t look like either will work for us in the long run, but Trail Ride is going to be a blast

That’s it for now
Going to don my Top Gun sunglasses and go play on a trailer for free
Oh, the lives we lead

The skies are almost begging to about turn modestly red

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Long time no blog

Got back from Great Bend today after making a screaming trip down there and then home on Friday, back to Great Bend for the auction on Saturday, and then up to Kansas City on Saturday night for Trevor’s birthday bash.

It was great to see Kade and him play again
Going to do it again this Saturday at the Whiskey River Festival

I still haven’t heard if we’re playing this Saturday afternoon at the pre-stampede party. Last I heard it was a go, but that was a while ago.

Stay tuned
You’ll hear from me

Trail Ride

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Well McClure’s Soloman, KS, show got posted on his site. We can all thank our friend Josh from www.reddirtscene.com for the orchestration. Rumor has it that Trevor and I might have a part in supporting the show.

Looks like the Trevor Burgess All-Stars will have a hell of a show on the 8th in the Gyp Hills. Trevor, Jim Billinger, Mike Kisner and I will be playing all your Red Dirt favorites. Don’t forget that it’s the hottest live stage show in America. I hope you have your tickets.

The best live show in America

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Getting ready to go to Kansas City tomorrow. Seems Trevor needs transportation. They said free beer if I mowed the lawn. You know, I think it was free beer as I mowed the lawn.

You’ll hear from me.

Five states in five days

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We didn’t play in MO or IA
I’d never even been to more than three states in a week
I feel like a rock star now

Burgess and I are getting ready to buy a big-ass tour buss. Where we are going to find a big-ass tour bus within our collective price range of $135.50 is still a nagging question, but it will happen.

Tonganoxie was an absolute blast. Trevor and I were finally clicking on the same page. He’s getting over his throat problems and lasted until mid-Nympho.

Saturday we stopped at a Hy-Vee in Kansas City. I got laughed at for never hearing of such a grocery chain before. So I don’t get out much. I walked up to the counter with a twelve pack and a two-pound pizza.

I ate it all by myself / told my band mate to go to hell

Anyway, the girl behind the counter made me scan my own beer. It was absolutely hilarious at the time, but right now I don’t see the humor in it. I promised it would make the log, though.

We took our nuttiness to Lincoln last night to open for FortyTwenty.

What a blast
Packed room
Interested crowd

The only problem I had was that I told the sound guy through the main system that my monitor was “hosed” and all he did was come up and stick his head in front of it and then give Trevor a thumbs-up.


I was kind of nervous playing bass in front of Lern Tilton, but he was cool about the fact that I’m not a real bass player. I guess I should stop saying that since I seem to now be a real bass player. I need to figure out how to be a real good bass player.

Lern gave me shit about Star Trek
I sent him a recording of my singing his song “Lowdown Dirty Drinking” in which I insert Star Trek in place of Monster Trucks.
He asked me, “Do you know that I hate Star Trek?”
I gave him a shot of scotch
He then told me he hated tequila more than Star Trek
What a shot of scotch had to do with Star Trek and tequila, I’m not quite sure
At one point in the night, he had no fewer than 9 shots at his feet
I could see the fear in Dave’s eyes

After the show, we went to Lern’s place for the after hours
Lern makes the best eggs
He played a new song on his Martin D-15
He said Dave wouldn’t let him play it with FortyTwenty
I don’t blame Dave

Well it’s been a long weekend. I think I’ll head out to Rustys for Sunday Service with pastorpetegile.com.

Bobby T’s tonight with extra sauce.

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What a wild ride. Five in a row.
We played in Stillwater, OK, on Tuesday
We played in Salina, KS, last night
I’m playing at Bobby T’s tonight in Manhattan
We’re playing in Tonganoxie, KS, tomorrow night
We’re opening for FortyTwenty on Saturday in Lincoln, NE
I’ve never had this much fun or met so many new people

Come out to Bobby T’s tonight and bring your guitars.

14 shows this month and we don’t even have the full band going yet. I used to hear about people putting on 150 shows a year. That was when I was putting on 4 shows a year. I remember thinking, “gee…that’s like a show every other day.” So this is what it feels like.

Trevor and I should have the new band rolling sometime shortly after harvest is over. We figure that we could keep playing by ourselves and perhaps someday make it. We figure that if we team up we can take over the world. Here’s to never having a weekend off again.

Don’t forget about the Burgess-Traffas Biggity-Blam Red Dirt Americana Alt-Country and Texas Music Review every Wednesday night at Martini’s in Salina. We had a great crowd last night and they should only get better so come out and join in the fun.

Copper Penny

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I went down to Stillwater last night.
Played the Copper Penny with a sick Burgess
Mark Hunter and Katie came out. It was good to see both of them again.

We hit Willies and the Wormy Dog after we tore down. The lead singer for 12 Pearls was playing an acoustic show at the Dog. We kicked it with him a little bit while he was on break. Good guy.

Had another blowout on the way
That makes two in a little over a month.
Both were steer tires.
I told the guy at Wal Mart in Stillwater to rotate the tires so the two newest tires were the steer tires. I guess down there that means put them both on the left side.

Sitting at home in Sharon at the moment
Getting ready to go to Salina by way of Great Bend
Last night was show number one of the five in a row tour that we set up for this week last Saturday.

Burgess is playing Trail Ride and Busters with me in May.
We’re now actively looking for a drummer and a place for me to live in Stillwater.

This is gonna be fun.

Change #1

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I’m getting ready to head up north to Frankfort with Burgess and some girls.
We’re playing at Goob’s Guzzler tonight.
Goob’s 20th Anniversary
So the only way that we could figure out how to get all four of us and the equipment up to Frankfort without taking two vehicles was to fire up the Brougham and hook up the trailer.
This hoop-dee road trip is gonna rock
The gas bill doesn’t rock
$35 to fill it up
It had a quarter tank to begin with

Wade Bowen’s show last night was great
Talking with him before the show yielded the following quote:
“You should have played an acoustic show.”
I used my hands to make a gun symbol and pretended to shoot it into my mouth.

For those of you wondering, I cancelled the Wilmore Opry thing tonight.
I can’t justify driving 200 miles to play 2 songs for free.
Perhaps when I’m retired and living at home I can go home and play for the old people in the folding chairs.

If you haven’t purchased it yet, get EVERYTHINGUPSIDEDOWN, the new MMB album, available from their website at www.mikemccluremusic.com. Also, something else worth giving money to get is Soul Gravy, CCR’s new release.