Day is past, the tests all came back negative, Peter’s quarantine is about
up, and so Houston Jones emerges from its recovery period from the Driving Like
Crazed Weasels Tour of Greater New England. There was of course a time in
our collective lives as musicians when Touring was a largely limitless exercise
consisting, at least in my case, of illicit conduct punctuated by intervals of
loud noise. This tour we seemed to spend a lot of time playing to Unitarians.
Which is not to say the tour was without incident (the 1000 dollar taco; the police
raid of our gig in Woodstock (!)) all of which you can read about at http://houstonjones-highoctaneamericana.blogspot.com/
In any event, we barely had time to decompress from those adventures
before we were off to the Kate Wolf Memorial Music Festival in Laytonville, CA,
where among the many pleasures was performing with our long time cohort the incomparable
Stevie Coyle. In classic festival fashion we also met (and invited onstage
with us) an astonishing young fiddle player named Karl Kummerle, 17 or so, barefoot,
suspenders, shaved sidewalls and fluorescent purple hair, steeped in the Tradition,
but who runs in a community of players who mix old time, punk, and freight hopping,
as God is my waitress. Keep your eye out for this guy.
now to the business at hand, this month brings the customary varied menu of venues:
Friday, July 8th we’ll be in Point Richmond, CA, as part of the celebration
of the 10th anniversary of the Point Richmond Summer Concert Series. We’re
honored to be sharing the bill with the fabulous Stairwell Sisters. They
start at 5:30; we go on at 6:45. Then on the 10th, Hojo returns to Don Quixote’s
International Dance Palace in Felton, CA, on another double bill, this time with
our friend, bluegrass powerhouse vocalist Susie Glaze and her Hilonesome Band.
The show starts at 7:00. And finally, another outdoor show on July 16th,
this time at the Benicia Historical Society (is there some sort of subtext here?)
for a Spenger Garden Concert Series show, starting at 8:00 in the p.m..
We’re also looking forward to August, which takes us back to the Good Old
Fashioned Bluegrass Festival, to a benefit concert in Half Moon Bay, and on a spin
through Southern California, about which more in the next installment. Until
that time, follow along in your hymnbooks at houstonjones.com.
"No one delivers
the goods quite like Houston Jones....Houston Jones remains one of the West Coast's
most talented and entertaining bands". — Jim Lee, Dirty Linen Magazine
band!" — Jackie Loken, Hostess and DJ, KKUP 91.5 FM, Santa Clara
a favorite here...this killer acoustic music act has unique interpretations of grassroots
Americana that will leave you breathless and thoroughly rocked." — West
Coast Live / National Public Radio
"A wonderful gem of a band...truly exceptional
music...wonderful original tunes...some brought tears to our eyes...These guys are
a rare treat!" — Billboard.com
"The "High Octane Americana"
music of HOUSTON JONES recaptures the infectious energy of the early days of rock
n' roll. The band features top notch original songs from ballads to rockers.....And
WOW can these guys play!" — Russ and Julie's House Concerts