One of the stops we’re going to make is in Strafford, Missouri, for Route 66 Days.  I’m very excited about this, as it’s sort of a homecoming for me.

1975 was the first time I laid eyes on a Hammer Dulcimer, and it was in Springfield, Missouri, just a few miles west of Strafford.  It was a moment of magic for me…for from the first time I heard one, I just KNEW that I HAD to have one, and learn to play it.

Now, 30+ years later, I’m still playing.  And I get to play on Route 66.  It’s a dream come true.

We’ll be playing at the Strafford Route 66 Festival on Saturday, September 12th from 12-1PM and again from 5-8PM.  We hope you’ll stop by and say hello!  And, if you want to check out the festival online, the link is here.

Our friends Matt and Alicia Anderson are currently taking their Route 66 tour…you can follow their progress and see daily photos here!

Seeing all fo these makes me especially anxious to get started on our trip…it’s just over 2 months away!

One of the landmarks of Route 66 is the Wigwam motel in Rialto, California.  Their website says they are an “icon of Route 66” and that certainly describes them.  I’ve been seeing Wigwam postcards and pictures for as long as I can remember.

There are two other remaining Wigwam motels that I’m aware of, one in Cave City, KY, and the other in Arizona.

We’re still working on our schedule, but even if we don’t to stay the night at the Wigwam in Rialto, we’ll certainly stop in for a visit!

A friend of mine turned me on to this place in Aradia, Oklahoma.  I imagine after many hours on the road, a nice, cold, bottle of pop would the spot.

I don’t know if we’ll be passing by this place in the daytime or nighttime, but from their website, the nighttime view looks nothing less than spectacular.  I think we’ll have to stop for at least a bottle of pop here!

One of the things we’re wanting to accomplish with this trip across Route 66 is to make connections and new friends.  I was just sent a wonderful website called Couch Surfing.  I especially like the mission statement of this group:  “Participating in making a better world, one couch at a time”.

I’ve recently been reading about some of the old time buskers who worked their way across the country, and the lasting friendships they made in the towns they played in..some of those friendships lasted for the rest of their lives.

This exactly one of the goals of this trip…to meet folks all around Route 66, form friendships, and spread peace and love through music.  I can’t think of any better way to do it than couch surfing!

Just a quick update. 🙂
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!

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