Our European tour has come to an end, and it was really a good one by all the usual measures. For one thing, we really lucked out with the weather, which can be hard to predict in the month of May. In spite of forecasts calling for rain and colder temperatures, it was pretty much sunny and warm the entire time.
On either end of the tour were two bluegrass festivals, one in the southern German town of Bühl, the other in Willisau, Switzerland. At both events, we shared the stage with our Mountain Home labelmates Balsam Range, who were sounding great as always. We got a chance to share an excellent German meal with them in Bühl.
In between, we played some really nice smaller shows in southern Germany, and we played a private concert in the Appenzellerland of eastern Switzerland, one of our very favorite places in the world to play and visit.
For Night Drivers banjo player Gina Clowes, it was her first European tour with us, and her husband Paul got to come along for part of it. For European audiences, it was their first time seeing our new lineup, and the response was wonderful.
We made new friends on this tour, and we got to reunite with old ones. Speaking for myself, the international bluegrass music community and the friendships that I’ve made within it through over 30 years of touring overseas are some of the most gratifying aspects of playing this music professionally.
All in all, our goals were accomplished: we played to full houses, sold plenty of copies of “Made to Move,” after a few tries I managed to get through a verse and chorus of “Ich Möcht So Gern Dave Dudley Hör’n” on stage (a classic by the German country band Truckstop), trains were ridden, raclette was eaten, cheese was purchased by Jon Weisberger, and baby goats were seen. We couldn’t ask for much more than that.
Meanwhile back in the U.S., we’re playing at one of the eastern U.S.’ top bluegrass events, Bluegrass on the Plains in Auburn, Alabama, then looking forward to various shows this summer that will take us from Bean Blossom, Indiana to Tottenham, Ontario to San Diego, California. As always you can check our newly updated tour dates page.
Enjoy the month of June, and we hope to see you soon. Don’t forget we can always be reached through the contact form on this site, and you can also link to our various social media accounts here, too.