upcoming dates

By Robbie on August 1, 2012

As you can see on the tour-date sidebar, I'm doing my best to keep busy this week, with shows in Nashville, Carbondale, Madison, and finally, my old stomping grounds at the Old Town School in Chicago. Playing with me is a fearsome acoustic country combo: Ron Spears on mandolin and bass, Mike Bub on banjo and bass, Shad Cobb on fiddle, and Robbie Gjersoe on dobro and guitar. Everybody sings almost as well as Hylo Brown, too! If you saw me on my brief stint last year with an almost-identical line-up (this year a jerky thing called the Newport Jazz Festival took Jenny Scheinman from me, but otherwise it's the same people), you know I'm not kidding when I say this is a show well worth kenneling the dog and driving a distance to behold. And if you didn't see it then, step up now!

We were rehearsing last night, and one more thing I'll say is, Mr. Shad Cobb can really play the fiddle.

The picture from advance sales is entirely predictable. The Sugar Maple Festival in (rather, near) Madison will be a big gay time as always; the Old Town show is a short way from full (if you are planning to come to that one please do buy in advance); and teeny tiny Carbondale, where the sun always shines and no students fail, looks decidedly on the Calista Flockhart end of the scale, spectator-wise. It's never clear to me, when I put out word that one show is going to be crowded and another sparse, which show I am more effectively promoting. Is the average reader likelier to react, "I had better go jump on that mad teeming anthill," or "Time to do my duty as a caring human and go help out that pitiful entertainer scything his path through the vile heartland on to the grey cities of the north?" As Mr. Melvin Goins says, the question baffles science. But I think if you give a moment's thought to my true pitifulness, as those closest to me have done, the answer will shortly emerge. Excelsior, Carbondale!

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  1. avatar Rick, VA Posted about 10 hours later

    As John Hiatt would say, please drive south. Perhaps to Richmond, VA. Set a spell, take your shoes off, play a song or two...

    We got nothin'. I think Garbage is playing in Sep. Adam Ant in Oct. Desperation.

    Just sayin'.


  2. avatar Jamie Posted about 11 hours later

    Too bad you don't have any shows in the New England area. I'd love to see you play again. Haven't seen you playing since summer of 2007 at Bishop's on Vashon Island, WA. We spoke briefly outside during the intermission.

    Also, I thought I'd let you know that I covered Let's Live Together tonight at an open mic and the crowd absolutely raved about it. Love that song to bits, Robbie.

  3. avatar Dave Delaney Posted about 24 hours later

    Holy guacamole, you killed it last night! That's hipster* talk for "rocked".
    I've been listening for years, and I was thrilled to see you live for the first time last night at the Bluebird Cafe in Nashville.

    You were just as fantastic as I expected. The bands was amazing too. Here's a photo I snapped: http://www.flickr.com/photos/davemadethis/7695211690/sizes/o/in/photostream/

    Thanks for popping by Music City. Let's do it again soon, OK?


    * I am not a hipster.

  4. avatar Jeff bradley Posted 1 day later

    Southern Illinois loves RF! You keep pickin here and they will come. We have hung a hundred posters, contacted 3000 people via the internet, and we are working the phones for you today. As long as you are there it will be a great time. Welcome back to Carbondale!

  5. avatar Nina Cheney Posted 5 days later

    RF: As a relatively new fan, it was great to see you at the Sugar Maple Festival in Madison. Doubly great to run in to you at the CD table and get your autograph on my first RF CD! Coming back for more. You're a brilliant talent. Thanks!