by Finn Riggins
currently in very spotty internet reception from our trusty travel steed the Ghost Ghost... unable to upload photos at this time, but wanted to quickly tune in to Tour Mode and update. first off, thanks to Amy Atkins and the Boise Weekly for so eagerly jumping on this idea to host tour diaries from local bands out on the touring battlefield... excited to see how it all develops and excited to be a part of it.
this last week of tour was pretty rad on multiple fronts... from Harpo Marco that jumped up on stage in Ashland, OR to rip some blues harmonica with us during Pannin' For Gold to the epic drives and hikes through the Redwoods and beach bocce ball as the sun set on the coast of Northern California... nice quiet evening with our buddy Jason Albertini in Arcata... wild and super windy drive to San Francisco that got rerouted a couple different times due to heavy rainfall and jack knifed tractor trailer trucks... to the always wacky crew in SF that rocked out with us at night and then devoured some epic breakfast at classy St. Francis in the Mission with our friends from Low Red Land and Tartufi in the morning... to the gold and crystal rich hills of Nevada City and the characters that inhabit it and KVMR Community Radio that we played some acoustic songs on and hung out during the 5 o'clock hour and the Chief Crazy Horse Saloon where we spent our evening playing darts and playing weird rock music for the locals... to the old church space we played in last night in Santa Cruz... all along the way blessed with several home cooked meals, fresh scones and fruit salads... the kindness and generosity of people continues to inspire us forward...
today we're driving Hwy 1 down the California coast to Santa Barbara. it'll undoubtedly be one of the most epic and awesome drives we'll do on this 80 day tour all over the US. we're all belly full and excited to relish it. and pumped for a couple of all ages shows in the Santa Barbara area tonight and tomorrow. always have a great time there. the Santa Barbara Independent was kind enough to cover our visit... http://www.independent.com/news/2010/mar/04/loomis-lust-score-25000-prize/
we've been having a great time with Boy Eats Drum Machine!! what a great tour mate he's been. check him out if you haven't already.
cool blog post from our kind hostess in Eugene last Sunday and Monday morning — miss Cara Merendino — that talks of some of our awesome time together and features a video of Pancakes performed live in the cozy KWVA studios — Cognitive Coffee blog
and an invigorating post by Lloyd Winter IV about the collaborative tour poster he and Santiago Uceda whipped up and hand screen printed for us to take along with us on this massive lap of the US. check it out: split fountain mountains
lots of exciting things on the horizon... SXSW just around the corner... more updates soon. tour dates at www.myspace.com/finnriggins
actually, i think i can pull this off... here's a photo: