In the sweet evening hours after a long weekend of shows this October 2017 for us and our dear friends Climbing Poetree, we all gathered in a beautiful backyard in Oakland, CA to relax, feast and tell stories from the road.
We landed at the Yuba river in Northern California after days down in the south, to return to the fire wrought lands and the beautiful wilds of this region. Our 2 night shows at the Grass Valley Center for the Arts was full of bright eyed souls, and on our afternoon off we sat and sang song on the polished stones and crystal waters of the Yuba River.
I first met Arouna Diarra in Ghana in 2007. At the time he was in his early 20s and didn’t speak any English yet. We played a song together and the song translated to mean if you want to follow your destiny it’s up to you.
Rising Appalachia - Alive Tour Diary 6 : We Find Our Packs
gathering steam through kindreds and kinfolk, friends and compatriots, game changers and the steady hands that uplift us along the route.
It was such a blessing to have the opportunity to go home to my little cob house in Bolinas for a night between shows. I drove to the coast lifted by the beautiful energy of Petaluma. I felt the winds rock me and the smoke turned the moon red.
Sending enormous prayers to the communities engulfed in wildfire in NorCal right now. We spent the last 2 nights hosing down the yards, keeping eye on the burning ridges, and standing guard in the neighborhoods of Santa Rosa, while the residents kept watch on who would evacuate and who would stay.
San Francisco held us in its great arms of community power, diversity, and foggy light down Hardly Strictly lanes. Thousands of sweet faces swayed & danced with us while two lover hawks hunted-ducked & dived above head. Peaceful air show. Ancestors & signs of peace.
First show on our Alive Tour at the Catalyst, Santa Cruz. Full moons and a mighty girth of fam’ in the room to swell and sing to the tides.
Crafted from 2 years of stage serenades from across North America, we give to you our 7th album, ALIVE.