The past couple of days, the Muse has thrown music in my path that brightens the day. Like a lot of folks, I run on music as fuel; it’s as vital as a bracing cup of coffee in the morning.
Things are kind of dark in the world of music these days. Independent venues are under existential threat. My outfit just finished the last of three gigs we booked this summer. Three. My buddy Mike Biggers and I were talking about this, and thinking maybe we should just find places to sit outside on a deck and play for small groups of folks with no sound gear. Get back to the essence, y’know?
And here in my mailbox this morning was a missive from Saskatchewan:
“(Colter) Wall just released a surprise live performance video as part of a new series he calls ‘The Bunkhouse Sessions.’ The first song, “I Ride an Old Paint/Leavin’ Cheyenne’ is a tease and nod to his much anticipated upcoming album. Shot in a bunkhouse on the ranch of Wall’s friend and actor, Beau Smith, the video features the songwriter seated by a bedroll and coffee maker just in front of Ray McGuffin and Tom Ryan paintings which hang on the plywood interior wall of the bunkhouse. Wall listed this video as “Episode 1” on his social media accounts, promising more to come from the Western singer and his label, La Honda Records.”
I note that Colter is wearing his new Havstad Hat Co. hat, made here in Central Oregon.
This is just what the world needs. My world, anyway. Maybe yours, too. Enjoy.