JT's Half-Assed European DIaries...the drama continues... 

Over the past couple of years, it seems that my “half-assed European tour diaries” are everyone’s favorite JT thing (um, we were kind of hoping it was the MUSIC you were into)...

 

Happy Fathers' Day! 

A few years ago my folks were visiting me, and my Dad and I went for a walk around my neighborhood with a couple of cigars. He told me that he’d been in Nashville quite a bit before I was born, and on his last trip a big-name country star (name dropping is not essential to the story) had taken him under his wing and given him a place to stay at this big flophouse the star rented for aspiring musicians and songwriters.

“This was gonna be it. But after a few days, I looked around at all these guys, leaving their wives and kids, most of them not going back ‘cause this was their big shot, and just said to myself, ‘I’m better than this.'  I missed your mother, and I went home.”

Integrity. I think about that, on some level, every night.

Workin' the irony... 

So you take a break from recording to do a gig and your beer of choice is a "session."

RIP Leon Redbone... 

I once went up to visit my folks and they said "Hey, we gotta go see Leon Redbone...he's doing an outdoor show." There was a large crowd, over a thousand, on a beautiful late summer day, until the skies opened up and (almost) everyone ran for cover. Leon, on a tiny arch-top acoustic guitar and his "band" (a trumpet player and a clarinet player) were on a covered stage and continued playing, while my folks and I and about a dozen other hardcore sociopaths stood there getting drenched, happily and fearlessly soaking in (literally) Leon's ersatz brand of post-neo-vaudeville-ragtime. It is truly one of my top ten memories of all time

Because YOU asked for it! 

Over the past couple of years, it seems that my “half-assed European tour diaries” are everyone’s favorite JT thing (um, we were kind of hoping it was the MUSIC you were into)...

 

Congrats to all you graduates! 

Is “Throwback Thursday” still a thing? If so, this one goes way back, and it goes out to all those graduates out there!

 

Live update from Copenhagen... 

55°. A little early in the season. to be playing an outdoor show on the river, so we’re trying to keep warm. About eight bars into “Dirty Girl” an entire female Danish rowing team comes by in their bikinis. The moment was perfect. And so was each and every one of them.

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