May 2009

Just a quick update. ūüôā
First of all, the Indy Kicks It tour got a mention on the Lebanon/LaClede county Route 66 Society website and hope y’all will take a moment and check it out!
Secondly, Gabrielle, the photographer/journalist who is going on the trip with us came across the website Global Freeloaders which is a site where folks exchange/offer housing for travelers.¬† It’s a GREAT idea and we’re going to take a look at it for folks who might live on or close to the route.

One of the things that we’re going to be looking at during this trip is the old time busking lifestyle…that of musicians and minstrels who travelled from town to town, performing and finding places to sleep whever they could.¬† This site could be very valuable to us.

We hope everyone had a great Memorial Day weekend….Holly and I spent it in small towns in Tennessee, Alabama and Georgia.¬† You can read a bit more about that trip here.

Have a great weekend, everyone!


I got word yesterday that one of my favorite independent restaurants/music venues is closing it’s doors.

The Battleground General Store and Diner in Battle Ground, Indiana, was a truly delightful place. Their food was outstanding, their service was great, and they had live music on the weekends.

Battleground is a small town not to far from West Lafayette, home of Purdue University. The times we were there, we’d see folks ranging from local farmers to university professors, enjoying the food and music.

But they just couldn’t compete. Even though their prices were reasonable, and the food was outstanding, one of the things that led to their demise was that there were so many restaurants on the interstate exits nearby, they just weren’t getting the business they needed to stay open.

That’s exactly one of the reasons we’re taking this trip and making this documentary. To see what’s happening to small town America, to those businesses and cultures that aren’t right on the interstate.

I could go on and on, but, to me…I think much of America has lost it’s sense of adventure, mostly because we’ve become lazy. We miss so much simply because it’s so convenient to stop at an exit and grab a burger.

This weekend, Holly and I are headed to Kentucky, Tennessee, and Alabama. And one of the things we’re going to be doing is exploring life on the back roads, off of the interstate. Kind of a precursor to what we’ll be doing on Route 66.

This Memorial Day weekend, I would like to suggest to you to do the same…get off the highway and travel the back roads for a while.

You won’t be sorry.

Wow, we’ve got a lot of catching up to do, don’t we, gang!¬† Here is a hodge podge of what’s going on with us.

Our own Mandy Marie has been nominated as the Best Roots Artist of  the year from the Indy magazine Nuvo.  Way to go, Mandy!  You deserve it!

Gabrielle has a project going called¬† “The Road Home Concert Series”.¬† It’s a concert series where all the proceeds go to benefit two recovery groups.¬† You can read all about that here, and, if you’re in the Indy area, please, stop in and enjoy some great music and help some very deserving groups!

Rick and Holly have several exciting projects going.¬† Rick’s new solo Hammer Dulcimer CD,¬† “Memories of Home” has been released and folks seem to really like it!¬† You can hear a couple of tracks off of it on Patchwork’s MySpace page.

Patchwork is being featured on two upcoming compilations,¬† including¬† “Give the Girl a Chance” which benefits The Tenderness Tour and we’re quite excited about it.¬† This album features not only Patchwork, but Carrie Newcomer, Henry Lee Summer, and many other fine artists.

And, a couple of weeks ago, we all met for a photo shoot, so I’ll leave you with one of the photos!¬† Have a great weekend, everyone!

L-R  Holly, Rick, Mandy, Gabrielle