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The Tour Is Over, Long Live The Tour 

Eleven weeks and some 10,000 miles later, we have returned to our home base down on the Lower Columbia River. Spring is giving way to summer. The farm is looking beautiful. We are settling in to the loft featured in this photo for a few months.There will be farm work, and there will be writing and rehearsing for the new album, and there will be booking of our fall tour.

We will also have a handful of shows in the region. We will headline the stage 7/21 for Bald Eagle Days here in Cathlamet, WA, joined by Tom Armstrong, and The Dead Hollows among other featured guests from the community. Down in Portland, on July 1st we will play a songwriter showcase at Alberta St. Pub, that will be acoustic guitar and sans drums. The full rock setup will be on display in Portland on 7/26 with the mighty Rootjack. More details on that will be added soon. And this weekend we will officially finish off our Spring Tour dates up in Northern Washington with three shows.

Our Instagram profile has all of our best tour pics @themutineers. We keep that updated often from the road. A link to our profile and some of the latest pics in the feed are right here on our video/photo page. BTW it's almost entirely different content from what we post to FB. We try to keep it interesting, folks. 

And now for your brief tour highlights (see our previous blog for Treefort wrap up):

There was decidedly less roadkill on this trip than on previous tours, but I do believe I saw a chicken who failed to make it to the other side of the road. In northern California we communed with new friends inside of an enormous redwood stump that had been burned and hollowed out by a lightning strike. After our performance, Lagunitas Brewery sent us on our way with 54 beers. It was one hell of an Easter basket. Listen to the music of The Creston Line, Loose Engines, and RJ Bloke, three California bands that we would always, always be happy to play with. Something about that show at The Cinema Bar got us feeling like a million bucks. Maybe it was having Jeffrey Marroquin write our set lists for us! Or maybe its the afterglow of being with our SB family! <3

We traveled into space once again with The Scoundrels in Las Vegas. Smokin' Sundays... A haze of blue memories. Tell Alexa to play their latest album for you. Mike lent me his green custom Gibson SG so that I could have an actual back up guitar on tour. It came in handy three times. Thank you Mike!!! She's coming back to you in the fall! Hopefully after we return for a fourth time to Albuquerque because Marble Brewery is always a pleasure. I can't shake the image of that talking unicorn tho.

Texas was ok. Jenny introduced us to kind folks who live in a hexagonal tree house. There seemed to be a group shower room there. We found that we shared a recording engineer (Raymond Richards) with the band (Will Courtney) we played with in Austin. Jacob Furr helped us achieve emotional balance after playing for two hours to several hamburgers in Fort Worth. And it all took place during an early spring heat wave. Hello 95 degrees in April! But the weather broke and we found ourselves in Hot Springs, Arkansas discovering that it existed. It was 40 degrees that night. We didn't leave the woods again until it was time to play Nashville with Matt Woods. Out of the woods and into the arms of the handsomest sasquatch. 

Asheville, Charlotte, Winston-Salem and Staunton. We played with, and sometimes in Drunken Prayer. We ate fried chicken as often as we could. We listened to a 5-record live anthology of Bruce Springsteen one night. But mostly we listened to John Wayne, Texas Funeral. Morgan cooked marshmallows over the bbq. 5 year old Leon sang "We're Not Gonna Take It" at 1 a.m. Once again, I made baked rigatoni (no surprises here). I regret nothing. 

In Lexington, KY we picked up a show by walking into a bar and asking. Everyone was nice. We did our third run through Cinci and Cleveland. The Perfect Children got yet another powerhouse singer in the band. They now have the sonic power to shatter entire city blocks of windows. And to The 5 O'clock Lounge I say, Be warned! If you keep treating us so kindly, we are going to keep returning. Our first show in Detroit was on Mothers Day. No one brought mom except John Salvage who they call The Hamtramck Springsteen. Deservedly so. Santa Cruz Batman was there, he knows. He gave us a healthy bit of advice. Keep it weird, he said. Huge respect to the great show put on by Connor Dodson and Quick Draw even though none of their mothers showed up, I don't think. 

Up and over the U.P. All the trees lost their leaves again. The great lakes are as blue as the Caribbean, but they are cold. It was only the beginning of spring there and Matt Sayles took us to the family cabin to see where he'll post up when the shit goes down. When we got to Milwaukee, it was almost winter again. I bought a book about a volcano. Our friends at Extension Cord gave us a lovely introduction to a town we had never experienced before. Also, you simply can not top their care package. Wild Turkey 101 and beef jerky!!!! Also, there are more bars in Milwaukee than traffic lights, maybe. Minneapolis was the most diverse group of people you are likely to see in a bar. We were on turf known as Somali-land. It felt like nowhere else in the U.S. We had a blast!

We got an interview on KRFC before our show in Fort Collins. We played with DW Doucet and will do so again in the fall. And the camping got real good. The rivers were running fast. The trees were giving shade. The mountain air was cool. We tried to go to Arches National Park on Memorial Day weekend. Don't do that. But we saw Canyonlands anyway before heading to our Provo show with John Ross Boyce. After meeting a cat named Sharpie and communing with family, we headed into the last week of the tour. We had to kill four days in the mountains surrounding Bozeman, MT. I think Montana in the late spring is about as close to heaven as you're likely to find. We drove home after our gig and listened to 10 hours of podcasts about Twin Peaks: The Return. 

Awards: 

Best Burger - Lagunitas Brewery, Petaluma, CA

Best Whiskey & Soda - Al's Bar, Lexington, KY

Best Bathroom Graffiti - Fred's Texas Cafe, Ft. Worth (a long form trumper vs anti-trumper insult competition)

Most Stairs to Performance Space - The Pompei Lounge, Staunton, VA

 

CALIFORNIA LEG! 

We are making our way down the coast of California, the land of seriously overpopulated and overpriced camp sites! Seriously, it's kinda crazy. I seem to remember a time when camping was a spur of the moment activity. All good tho. We get by with a little help from our friends. We have 9 shows over the next 11 days in this giant state. We are returning to some familiar stomping grounds in Sacramento, Forest Knolls, Morro Bay, San Luis Obispo, Santa Barbara, and Culver CIty. We are making our first stops in Crescent City (tonight!), Blue Lake, and Petaluma. Check the schedule for more details.

The great RJ Bloke (Patrolled By Radar) will be joining us for three shows on this tour: The Siren, The Brewhouse, and The Cinema Bar. He's one of our favorite troubadours. Our Twang n Bang buddies, The Creston Line, will headline the show at The Siren and then open for us as a two piece in Santa Barbara. And in Sacramento we will be joining Loose Engines and Diva Kings at Fox and Goose Public House. Outside of that, you'll find us holding down 2-3 sets all by our lonesome. 

This leg finishes up in good ol' Las Vegas back with our super friends, The Scoundrels, for a very special birthday show for Bianca Scoundrel at the inimitable, The Dive Bar. I'm getting antsy just thinking about all these gigs. Let's go already!

We had an absolutely fantastic time at Treefort Music Fest this year. Last year we both had a terrible cold that sidelined us outside of our own gigs. It was a bummer. This year we used every bit of time and energy to see tons of great bands. The whole festival was unbelievably well planned, executed, and attended. There was way too much for any one person to do. Here's a quick list of the bands we saw. Dial them up on your music app of choice and find something to fall in love with:

Big White (Australia), Luke Messimer, And And And, MAITA, Galactic, Marshall Poole, Dan Dan, Sun Valley Gun Club, Taylor Kingman, BAND DIALOGUE, Serpentfoot, Dante Elephante, Battlehooch, Orchestra Pacifico Tropicale, Cindy Wilson, Bart Budwig, The Weary Times, and probably a bunch more... there was so much we didn't see too.

Big thanks to our buddy Connor in Boise for hosting us when we needed some kind hospitality and down time!

More dates are about to be announced for the return trip from the east side of the Mississippi. Stay tuned!

St. Patrick's Day with GIANTS IN THE TREES in Portland 


We have entered the Oregon phase of our Spring tour. Ok it's not spring quite yet, but things are looking up here on the Columbia River. It was actually over 50 degrees and sunny today! And so we begin our journey. We've listed dates all the way up to Albuquerque, NM, with many more to come all across the country. Keep an eye out for us in your town! It all starts this Sunday in Astoria, OR at the mighty Fort George Brewery. This place is enormous and boasts some amazing views of mouth of the river. It is an awesome spot for live music. The show is free and all ages! For more info: https://www.facebook.com/events/180333025886264/

Hey Portland! What are you doing on St. Patrick's Day? We have a kick-ass lineup for you at Dante's. The Mutineers will be joining troubadours Mishka Shubaly and Michael Dean Damron in support of the buzz worthy Giants in the Trees. They put on a stellar show and have been getting rave reviews by the press, both locally and nationally. They also happen to be our friends and neighbors while we are in Wahkiakum County, WA. Come see what the fuss is about. I promise we will leave it all on the stage for you Portland. We won't be back until the Summer, so we want to leave you with fond memories. Poster by Mutiny Studios. Tix and more info: https://www.facebook.com/events/125825784906957/

On our way out to Treefort Music Fest, we will be making a stop in La Grande, OR for a Tuesday night performance at HQ, a new venue space right downtown. It's also the headquarters of the Eastern Oregon Film Festival. Hope to see some of the same crazies we rocked out with last time through town. You all were a blast. We will be playing with locals, Catskills: https://www.facebook.com/events/214965349244024/

If you are thinking of coming out to Boise to see us at Treefort, you should!! You should also get your tickets or passes now so you don't get left out in the cold. There are tons of great reasons to go to Treefort. It's not just music, but there are somewhere around 500 bands performing. There's Foodfort and Yogafort and Hackfort and Filmfort and on and on. It's insane how much there is to do. We hope to see you there, bouncing around between shows and making memories. Get your plans together at: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/treefort-music-fest-2018-tickets-33252299523?aff=wbmhdr

We'd love to see you at a show soon. Come say hi when you do! 

 

 

WASHINGTON SHOWS and STUDIO TIME 

We are finally making our way up to the Seattle area for the first time. There's three opportunities in February to see us play in Northern Washington. We have some great local bands on the bills with us in some very cool venues (Including Michael Ray and the Plastic Sheets, Ask Sophie, and Sharky Waters). Help us get our heads ready for our big spring tour by spreading the word to your friends in the area. We will give you a taste of some of our newest tracks. Speaking of which...

We just finished our short stint in the recording studio. We returned to B-Side Studios here in Portland to work with The Gentle Shepherd, Raymond Richards once again. This time we are taking a different approach from the live recording we put down for our last album. With help on multiple instruments from Raymond, we are fully producing our latest songs with whatever instruments and voices we feel inspired by. Expect to hear a Hammond Organ, random percussion, bass guitar, and our departed brother Michael's beautiful Gibson acoustic guitar. We recorded 4 songs and we are really happy with the results. During our Spring tour we will be wood-shedding new material and getting it ready to record in the Summer. If all goes well, we should have an album to share this coming Autumn. You can help support our new album by downloading Live at B-Side. You can pay what you want ($5 min) for our digital album when you buy it from our website. Don't forget all of our merch is designed by Merry and screen printed by Brian. Picking up a t-shirt, poster, or CD will help us a ton! And thank you in advance ;)

We posted this map on social media recently. It shows our prospective route for our upcoming Spring tour. We will be announcing the first month of show dates in about two weeks. If you'd like to see us in your town, let us know! You can reach us directly through our contact page. Help from local folks makes a world of difference. Track us on Bandsintown and keep in touch!

CHEERS!  

We closed out 2017 last night at Dante's in Portland, OR. Larry and His Flask were on fire, sparked by Ian Cook's shredding electric guitar work. Damn did that guitar sound good. The crowd was dancing throughout the set. Everyone had a blast. And they came early! There were a ton of folks there for our opening set and it grew for Bridge City Sinners after us. We feel very fortunate to have closed out this year with a few shows at Dante's. They gave us the opportunity to play for a lot of new faces. And to play with our touring buddies that we haven't seen in years!

That last gig put our show tally at 85 for 2017. It was a our busiest and most ambitious year to date. Merry and I are happy. Things have gone well. We want to make it to 120 shows in 2018. That means lots of time on the road. You can watch for our Spring tour schedule soon. It will bring us all across the country. If you want us to come to your town, we would love to hear from you! 

We will be back in Portland for a very special show on St. Patrick's Day 3/17. More on that soon! The Sunday before that, 3/11, we return to Fort George Brewery in Astoria. The last time through was outstanding. We are happy to be heading back. We will be up in Seattle and Tacoma on 2/16-17. Our first ever show in that area. Spread the word if you can. Meanwhile, we are hunkered down in SE Portland, writing and rehearsing new songs for our upcoming recording session. There's a lot of stuff to say, and we are figuring out how to say it. With any luck we will have a single to share with you in the near future. 

Merry is beginning to edit videos for us! One more skill in her vast quiver of talents. She made this video for "Break Your Fall"  

We hope you dig it. It was made from a collection of short iPhone videos. Some live footage from our tours and also shots of the farming community where we spent a majority of the year. I think she made a rad thing. We will be putting out more videos for the songs on Live at B-Side over this year. 

You can pick up our digital album directly from this website for the very low cost of pay-what-you-want-minimum-five-dollars. LIVE AT B-SIDE

Of course, you can also have a free track if you sign our mailing list!

We've recently released Live at B-Sides on all of your major streaming services. So have at it! You've got plenty of ways to have us on your stereo or earbuds or whatever. Thank you for supporting us along the way. Big thank you to all the music lovers around the country. You really make our world go round.

Summer Tour Wrap Up 

Our second trip around the US this year found us the beneficiaries of good timing and kind people. We ventured on a rough oval-shaped route through the country barely missing some of the key events of this year. We left the Northwest just as it was catching on fire in early August. We were in the path of totality, but left the area the week before the eclispe. We spent the night in Charlottesville, ten days after the Nazi rally. As we drove west, Hurricane Harvey swirled a couple hundred miles to the south. When we made it to Los Angeles, we rubbernecked our way down the 210 highway, gawking at the massive La Tuna wildfire burning in the foreground. The following night we played at Seven Bar in Santa Barbara and the next day, a water spout came in from the ocean and blasted their street, breaking trees in half. When we returned to Oregon, the gorge was on fire. Our van was our view point for a lot of these experiences. Vanna is a helluva partner. It's been an intense year and we were fortunate to experience it out on the road. 

Here was our path:

WA - OR - ID - UT - WY - CO - KS - MO - IL - IN - KY - OH - PA - NY - MA - NJ - DE - MD - DC - VA - WV - NC - TN - AR - OK - TX - NM - AZ - CA - OR - WA

We performed 21 times and participated in 1 wedding. We put about 10k miles on the odometer. We took one rock to the windshield. There were no flat tires but our brake rotors needed to be replaced (luckily we were back in the same town where we originally got them!) We camped often, sometimes surprisingly close to major cities. We saw new species of roadkill: wild boar and porcupine. There were no major injuries or illnesses to report.

It was a great time. A pleasure to see so many faces we knew. We made it a point to stop in our favorite cities and venues from the Spring tour. Merry and I deeply appreciate the opportunities we've had this year. The venues have been great partners and the local people we have met have been open, kind, and fun as hell. I spent a fair amount of time gushing on this subject while we were on the road. We are back home in Cathlamet, WA now, enjoying the approach of Autumn. We will be hunkered down in this region until early spring. For the rest of the country, we will see you soon. In the meantime, we will be performing in the Northwest and getting creative here on the farm. Time for new songs, for new times.

 

Coast to Coast Summer Tour Begins 

Helllllooo out there. We are starting our second U.S. tour of 2017 on Thursday, August 3 at Tom Grainey's in Boise, ID. It's gonna be a hot one out there. Tomorrow in Portland, OR we are looking at over 105 degrees. Damn. But here we go, regardless. We will be covering some of the same ground we did in the Spring and some new territory as well. Glad to be making our first stops in Provo, UT and Fort Collins, CO, and Chapel Hill, NC. And we hope to see some familiar faces in the towns we are returning to. 

Merry has created a new design for a t-shirt and screen printed poster that we are adding to our merch booth. It was inspired by the rural community we have been living in since our return to the Pacific Northwest in May. It has been a rejuvenating experience with plenty of hard work, beautiful scenery, wildlife, and healthy eating. The barn in the picture sits next door to our farm, abandoned and held captive by the bank which repossessed it. The barn owl in the center of the image was living with his family inside the barn until a great horned owl (also in the picture) came through and devoured them. Farm life is beautiful and harsh. Grab one at a show, or if you miss us, we will put them in our online store when we return in mid September. 

It's been a really nice stay in the Northwest. Special shout to Vancouver, WA and the support we have received in that community. We also have to say that Wildwood Music Festival is the best! It was the perfect size, great production, wonderful stage and sound team, beautiful grounds, and lovely people everywhere. You should keep that on your radar friends. It is awesome! Thanks to everyone who keeps us moving forward. Love you guys!

May thru July in the PNW! 

We have returned from our tour around the US! We traveled through 27 states, playing shows in 24 of them in a crude figure 8 pattern that allowed us to experience all 4 seasons in just 2 months. It was amazing. Thank you to all the people who came out to see us play, housed us, fed us, booked us, and of course to all the bands who played with us. It was a most excellent experience. And we are looking forward to seeing you again in a few months when we trek back across the fruited plain for another US tour. We are booking ourselves back at some of our favorite stops from the first tour plus trying to hit a couple new markets. Dates will be announced in a few weeks! 

If you saw us on tour and didn't take the opportunity to grab some merch, you can get it all right here on our website. Just visit our STORE. Remember, our latest album, Live at B-side, is not available through iTunes, but you can pay what you want (min. $5) for the digital download on our MUSIC page. We sold out of some items while on the road. Thank you! Merry will be designing a new shirt and poster to bring out on this next trip.

We will be in the Pacific Northwest thru the end of July, playing gigs, working on a farm, and writing new material, as well as printing and designing for Mutiny Studios. We have stops in WA in Cathlamet and Vancouver. And in OR in Portland, Seaside, Astoria and McMinnville. We are especially excited to announce that we will be performing at Wildwood Music Fest. This is a great festival in Oregon on 7/21-23 with a stellar line up. You should grab tickets and make plans right away!

 

 

 

Spring Tour on NOW!!! 

We've been on the road for 11 days and had some amazing shows. We are having a blast! The West Coast leg of our national tour is all wrapped up with last night's gig at The Dive Bar in Las Vegas. Thank you to Bianca Bananas and The Scoundrels for teaming up with us once again. It was an epic night. Las Vegas is weird as hell in the best possible way. I have to name drop the other great bands we've played with. Our all-stars: Nocona, Patrolled By Radar, Matt Armor, Wanderlodge/The Matters, Creston Line, Hayley and the Crushers, The Gillbillies, and 50-Watt Heavy. 

Next up is Treefort Music Fest in Boise! Honored to be a part of this festival. Our showcase is at Pengilly's Saloon on Thursday night, but be sure to keep an eye out for the rest of the week as we might be playing some surprise spots as well ;)

One of the best things about touring is meeting the web of music lovers everywhere we go. Sharing the culture and language of music is a beautiful experience. And, practically speaking, you can't tour and live the life without a network of like-minded people as the foundation. We really appreciate the immense support of old friends, and the warmth of the new folks we've met along the way. We wrote Roadkill all those years ago to express that idea. Might be time for another road trip based song. If you can share our upcoming tour dates with friends in reach of our shows, it is a huge help to us. 

East Coast leg of the tour picks up in Cincinnati on Tuesday, March 28 at The Listing Loon with The Perfect Children and Dead Man String Band, followed by a night at The Dream Away Lodge in Beckett, MA. 

A Very Good Night in St. John's plus 2/22 with Amigo the Devil  

If you were one of the 100 or so people at The Fixin' To in St. John's this past Thursday, I think you just saw a little piece of history. Not just because Krist Novacelic, legendary bassist of Nirvana, was playing within arms reach of us mere mortals. Not just because Krist was hanging out in the venue with everyone all night. But because the band he played in, Giants in the Trees, gave a stirring performance in what was their first public show ever. The band is a songwriting partnership between lead singer, and buddy of ours, Jillian Raye and Krist. Jillian gave a dazzling performance and had the crowd mesmerized. We are really excited to see where this project goes. Krist is a funny dude, incredibly easy going and supportive. Cheers to the whole band. 

Henceforth, let 2017 be known as "the year that we got the dude from Nirvana a gig in Portland". We are sure they would have been lost without us ;)

Keep your eyes peeled for more shows from Luke Messimer. He's a skilled song crafter and a busy musician, in multiple bands of different styles. He and his band gave a top shelf performance at the top of the bill.

Next up for us:
- We are opening for Amigo the Devil at The Hawthorne Theatre Lounge on Wednesday 2/22. We are the first opener followed by Adrian H and the Wounds. It's worth mentioning that the great Lucero will be playing the big room at the Theatre that night as well. Check out our calendar for a link to tickets. 
- I (Brian) will be playing a solo acoustic in a songwriter-in-the-round show at The Firkin Tavern on 2/16.
- And you can catch the both of us up in Vancouver at the lovely Loowit Brewing Company for free on Saturday 2/18. 

Getting very excited for the tour. More dates will be announced next week. 

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