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Fall/ Winter Dates

Lots of stuff happening in the upcoming months.  We’re working on some new original material that should emerging at the live shows very soon.  Also tinkering with a few songs from some of our favorite writers, so check out a show and let us know what you think.  Lots of big shows on tap and we’re super jacked about that.  Dig.

Nov.10 Dan solo at Fisher King Winery in Mt. Horeb, WI  6:30  to 8:30 PM

Nov. 11 Jay St. Joint in LaCrosse, WI 9:30-1:30 AM

Nov . 18 Intermissions in Wausau,WI 9-1 AM

Nov. 19 Parlor City Pub in Cedar Rapids, IA

Nov. 23 Craig Baumann with Bill and Dan Walkner  at The Waverly in Two Rivers, WI 9:30-1:30 AM

Dec. 1 Encore Room on the Stevens Point campus Steven’s Pt., WI with Moonboot Posse 9-1 AM

Dec. 2 Regent St. Retreat in Madison, WI 9:30-1:30 AM

Dec. 3 Big Apple in Rockwood, WI benefit 6-8 PM

Dec. 9 Shank Hall in Milwauke, WI with Soapbox Project and Lower 5th 9:00-1:00 A.M.

Dec. 10 Busted Lift in Dubuque, IA  9:30-1:30 AM

Dec. 16 Mousetrap in Eau Claire, WI 9:30-1:30 AM

Dec. 17 Trempeleau Hotel in Trempeleau, WI 9-1 A.M.

Dec. 31 NYE Bash at Mr. Robert’s with Sandrose 10-the wee hours

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Western Tour Recap (as told to my girlfriend’s Mom via email)

 
Plourde wondering what Walkner’s cats are thinking, as Jamie looks on.

Hello,
Hope your birthday was enjoyable.  We had a sunday funday including a bike ride and BBQ.
 
Our trip out west was a smashing good time.  We started in Iowa City and played to no one in particular.  The band we were on the bill with insisted that they go first because they had a long ride ahead of them after the show.  Of course, we were going to Fort Collins and they were going to western Indiana, so we were slightly confused by this.  They proceeded to stick around throughout our whole set, and when we were leaving, they continued to get hammered at the bar.  Kind of a noodle scratcher.
 
First CO show was in Loveland.  For some reason, a very odd guy decided to open up about his life story to me (not unusual, people do this a lot) including the fact that he was awake for the last 36 hours because of a meth binge.  I kept a close eye on the tip jar after that.  Other than that, everyone was really cool and we had a lot of fun.  We stayed with a guy from Madison who was good friends with Erica from West.  I had no idea about that going in, since Jamie set up our sleeping arrangements for this part of the tour.  After the show we went back to his house and watched a reply of the Super Bowl.  The Packers won again!
 
Next stop was Keystone.  We played 2 very fun shows at a place called the Snake River Saloon.  On the walls, they had collages from years gone by made out of old Polaroid pictures.  We were looking at the one from 1978 and saw three guys on there that looked exactly like us.  We took pictures of the pictures and I’ll show them to you some time.  Very eerie.  Also, I befriended a giant Pyrenes dog with a giant head named Luka.  After our set, she went up on stage and took a nap right by all of my gear.  This thing’s head was like a cow head.  Huge.
 
Denver was fun/weird.  Saw some old friends, Beth stopped by the venue and bought us a round, and we played our show.  We opened for a band called LandSquid.  Very strange euro-dance music played by a very hairy shirtless drummer and a German wannabe named Peracles.  We was a very convincing false-Deutscher and even convinced our actual German friend Felix. 
 
Jackson started out horrible and finished miraculously.  We started playing our gig, which was at a place right on the Town Square, and basically cleared the place out in about 20 minutes.  Total exodus.  Very frustrating.  After our set break, the place started filling up.  We played “Night Moves” by Bob Seger and a riot of joy very nearly erupted.  After that, we could do no wrong, which was a much needed relief.
 
Casper.  Megean and Derek got some of their friends to have a BBQ for us, which was very generous and very fun.  I ate 2 brats and a cheeseburger.  And 4 stuffed mushrooms.  So good.  The show at the Wonder Bar was incredibly fun.  Our opening act, Luke Zapf,  was an incredible songwriter and very entertaining.  One guy was heckling when there was any break in the action, and he I were going back and forth.  People were laughing, and we all had a litttle fun with it.  We also sold out all of our CDs that night, not something I had expected.
 
I’m very excited to hit the road again, even if it’s rails not roads.  I’ve never taken the train and am very intrigued by the idea.  I’ll talk to you soon!
 
Enjoy the upcoming spring!
Dan

 

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Never a Dull Moment

So we record all the shows these days.  This is a good tool for fine tuning material and just for good ol’ posterity’s sake.  (In other words, when we are old and more arthritic, it will be sweet to know we used to be capable of standing for long periods of time and making loud, often musical, noises.)  If you’re at a show, give us an email and we can kick you a copy. 

Now to the non-dull moment portion of the day.  On Wed., at Mr. Robert’s, one of Madison’s, shall we say “characters” was there.  Let’s call him Mr. Bojangles, aka the Dancin’ Dandy.  I noticed he was dangerously close to our very high-tech, sensitive recording apparatus.  I heard an odd noise, but not much more.  (Apparently Pat watched the whole thing transpire, but I had my eyes closed, as per usual.)  Upon reviewing the tapes in the comfort of my hideout/clubhouse, while snuggling with Danger and Muddy, I got to “Starving” which is a heartfelt R&B number from the Dues album.  Enter the Caterwauling Banshee!  Wow.  If this dude could have been any more distant from the actual key of the song, or any song, he would have been in Trego Junction.  It was “Sun Ra may be cringing from beyond-the-grave-style” scary.What I thought was a momentary grunt from a drunken dance-fiend was, in fact, about 6 solid minutes of ear shattering glossolalia.  Needless to say, the cats shredded my legs as they ran for the hills, violently ending our precious time together.  Gotta love the life of the music man.  Ringing ears, cat wounds, and all the rest notwithstanding.

The boys rocking Mr. Robert’s.

 Remember: don’t miss a moment of the madness and attend Mr. Robert’s on Atwood every Wednesday for Free Clovis Mann and even Freer glimpses into the mind of Madison’s most celebrated characters.

Dan and Pat pondering the role of caterwauling and glossolalia in a semi-civilized society, including, but not limited to, its impact on the Green Bay Packer football club.

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