After a fun start to the tour with George Thorogood and Brian Setzer at the Count Basie Theatre in Red Bank NJ, I travelled up to see some friends of mine up in the Finger Lakes of New York State, ahead of the next show in Canandaigua.
I've been a bit spoiled. After navigating my way out of the state of New Jersey, I parked the car at my destination and was immediately greeted by the wonderful Rose and Jason with copious amounts of wine, (Jason owns the beautiful Hector Wine Company ) a barbecue, impromptu jams, and enormous amounts of laughter. I've spent the last two days either on Lake Seneca with a drink in my hand, in the garden with a drink in my hand, in the pub with a drink in my hand, or asleep (perhaps with a drink in my hand, I don't remember).
It has felt marvelous to be with good company on these couple of days off, in one of the most beautiful places I have been (if you haven't been to upstate NY, you are missing out!). For me this is the spirit of traveling, of being a musician. Meeting great folks, in a beautiful place, never far from a guitar or a little inspiration.