It’s been 18 months since I last played a show. That’s the longest I’ve gone without playing live since I started playing shows at age 13. I’ve missed it. In my time off I spent a month in a wheelchair, eight months on crutches, more time than I care to count in doctors’ offices and physical therapy and pursuing every alternative therapy you can name, trying to heal my knees. My knees are still a work in progress…but the music came back. It went away for a while, during the time I was in crazy pain and hobbling around and locked up in the house going crazy with loneliness and frustration. And losing the music was maybe the worst part of all that – but getting it back was a joy beyond joys. So I couldn’t be any happier to be playing tonight with the following delightful gentlemen: Sam Craft on violin and vocals and crazy curly hair (Sam is my old friend and bandmate; we rocked Bonnaroo in 2005 and he’s my musical true love); Caleb Guillotte on guitar and lead/backing vocals and debonair-ness (Caleb is my songwriting partner, and gives me a reason not to dress like a slob, and is generally awesome and wise); and Jack Craft on cello and vocals (Jack’s played on two of my records and has been in my band since he and Sam were in high school – now they are old enough to drink – also they are both brilliant). Tonight, New Orleans, Carrollton Station (www.carrolltonstation.com), 9 pm. YES I SAID YES I SAID YES I SAID YES I SAID YES!
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