Tour Update from Rhino: The Great Rygration

We're about a week into the eastern leg of our Let It Lie CD release tour. Yippie!

The tour did begin little dismally, as tours often do. Dave, Alex and I drove straight to Mississauga from Winnipeg. (Joey got to stay home in Winnipeg to take care of some "unfinished business." I'll let you fill in the blanks on that one.) The drive was twenty four hours of smelly, uncomfortable travel. We do love our van Rammy, but I'm not sure we love her quite that much. That said, the ensuing days were far more pleasant!

Our first weekend was spent at FMO, the Folk Music Ontario showcasing event. We played seven gigs over the course of the weekend: Two full-band showcases, and five hotel-room acoustic shows. At twenty minutes each, the shows were short but sweet. We met new folks, made new friends, and thoroughly enjoyed ourselves! Thanks to Tamara Kater of Folk Music Canada, Sound Strategy, Manitoba Music and everyone at FMO for a wonderful experience!

After FMO we headed into Toronto where we met our host for the next few weeks: Jen Earl. Jen is a kind human who has opened her home up to us, and we can't thank her enough! Laundry, a fridge to use, and the original Super Mario games on Nintendo. What more could a bunch of hairy guys ask for?

On Monday evening we played one of Toronto's more notable honky tonks, The Cameron House. We were pleased to find ourselves playing to a wonderful group of friends, some old, some new. Thanks to everyone who joined us!

All in all, the first week out here has been a good one. It feels great to be out and about experiencing the growing pains that every infant band experiences, and I wouldn't trade it for anything.



Short story long...

Salut les amis,

Things have been running very smoothly here with the Bros. Landreth. After our wonderful house concert at Jake's place on Sunday, we headed back to Calgary for a day off with our friend Liz and a lovely BBQ with my brother and his family. We found time to go through Liz's tickle trunk and try on an impressive array of weird costumes. We settled on fake, polyester tattoo sleeves, except Dave, he's not a team player. Later on in the evening after a couple of beers, we got into Liz's boyfriend, Danger's, collection of Papua New Guinean penis gourds called Koteka. Finally, we experimented with an authentic blow dart gun on Ryan's butt. He's a team player.

Tuesday, back to work. Picked up Rammy from the shop in Medicine Hat (our 89' Ram Van) and motored on over to Twin Butte for an intimate set at the General Store. Such a butte-tiful part of this country (had to do it). Jeny and Phil, who run the place, offered up some outstanding hospitality in the form of mexican food and a pretty place to stay.

6:30 am, Wednesday morning we took the musician red eye drive to Jasper to play at the Olive Bistro and Filia Hotel. We have been spoiled with food on this inaugural tour and the eats at Olive were no exception. Delectable, home-cooked, gourmet fare. The show went wonderfully and we met some new friends, Donna and Ray, avid gardeners. Jasper rules.

Off to Shirley De Vooght's Never Never Land ranch (Serenity Performing Arts Centre) in Birch Island, BC. No phone reception and undeniably one of the most beautiful places we've all been to. Shirley doted on us so graciously with hearty meals and exuberance. Her cheesecakes and mulled wine can start wars. We played to a small but mighty audience in the living room. Pretty much every person who attended the show brought their dogs. I've actually dubbed this tour, the 'Dog Tour' because there has been some quirky, awesome dog at nearly every venue, hotel or friend's place we've been to. A dog a day…means a lot of dags! Shirley is now one of our best friends. Needless to say, we'll be back.

We didn't have too far to go on Friday and we had the night off due to our Pentincton venue having to close its doors a few weeks prior. C'est dommage. So we burned off some cheesecake and vodka by planting a maple tree at Serenity and tossing around a disc that is now 80% duct tape. We stayed at my brother and sister in law's 5 star bed and breakfast outside of Penticton. They just closed the business for bigger and better things but the Apache style, mountain view infrastructure is still in place, far too decadent for a bunch of greasy hippies. A big thanks to Mark and Helen and wee Duncan. Muah!

Kelowna bound on saturday. We played the Streaming Cafe to a packed house and very competent, welcoming staff. This place was really up on technology, they streamed the entire show over the radio and online live, then had Streaming Cafe's twitter feed on a flat screen TV. This meant we could see people who were listening to the show all over the place tweeting kind things while we played. We were almost torn about who to acknowledge, our audience or the twitter world. Kidding of course, we've worked hard on our live show, nothing beats an uncomfortably full room, full of the most supportive and generous people, strangers in fact, giving a total crap about us. We've come close to crying near every night on this Dog Tour. Bunch of babies. After our show we stayed at Botega's Tribe House, a sprawling band house and arts centre just outside Kelowna. We also checked out the recording studio, complete with a $145,000 Steinway grand piano. No bigs. We each filled our respective diapers.

Currently we're en route to Vancouver, running a little behind because Joey realized he left his wallet at our friend Niko and Ingrid's house, when we were pretty much out of the city. He's off the team.

This being my first blog ever, I want to take this opportunity to extend my personal and formal gratitude to everyone that has been supporting us. So much love, it makes 4 guys feel really, really good. I feel like this is the best place I've been in my life in some time. Damn.


Tour update from Rhino!

Hi friends!

It has been an eventful few first days on tour with the Landreth clan. We got off to a bit of rough start, as our beloved Dodge Ram van "Rammy Davis Jr" bit the dust on us 200ish kms from Calgary. The transmission went on us, so we had to leave Rammy with a mechanic in Medicine Hat. Its a pricy fix, but oh well, shit does happen! We've spent the past few days in a rental cargo-van with only two seats: Alex and I have been napping in sleeping bags on the floor of said van. He likes to cuddle me in his sleep, and I like to slap his loving hands away before he gets me in his death-grip of cuddly affection. Tour life! Fortunately, Rammy will be back in our possession early tomorrow morning.

We have had some wonderful shows, and some great responses. We spent yesterday at "Jake's place" in Calgary doing a house-concert. Lovely folks, a beautiful home, and an indoor trampoline! I spent some time playing "princesses" with the 4 year old female resident of the home. I kept wondering when the princesses were gonna pick up weapons, jump in their spaceships, and start fighting the way my lego characters used to. It seems princesses prefer to hug, kiss, dance and get married to princes. The lack of conflict was confusing. Girls are so weird.

Truly though, the first few days have been exciting. It has been wonderful to meet new people, and get our music in the heads and hands of people outside Winnipeg. I think I speak for all of us when I say that we feel very fortunate to have the love and support of small and mighty crowds across western Canada. I look forward to what the next few weeks will bring!



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