|lt-rt: Jimmy Haggard, Blue Owns, Curt, Dave Roberts, Sweet, Sixx, Leaf|
The backyard is a 3-acre beer garden, with lawn, surrounded by tall trees and bamboo. The stage sat directly in front of a large fenced in a forest of bamboo. The Den (our RV) sat opposite the stage behind the bamboo, completely hidden. The stage was a 16' x 12' and covered for shade, unfortunately, at the time we performed the sun was set low enough to ignore the shade altogether and cooked us, well done on one side.
Dave Roberts from The Blues Owns Band hosted on drums. Blue Own himself joined us today on harmonica and OMG! Blues can play, oh boy, can he play. Wonderful humble man, and so glad to have played with him. We were really excited to have Jimmy Haggard join us on guitar. Jimmy is the current President of the Rainy Day Blues Society of Eugene. Great player, and a really nice guy with great sense of humor. He was able to jam with us the first two sets. Also, joining us for the full set was Leaf, a truly amazing conga and percussionist.
One surprise was when Curt, the security guard from Valley River Center in Eugene where we had boondocked for two days, showed up. He had told Sweet he made cigar box guitars and wanted to know if anyone would be able to play them for him since he didn't know how. Sweet had told him I would play them. I have never played one before and didn't know anything about them, but I was willing to try.
|Sixx and Sweet at the Crossroads in Coburg, Ore.|
The beautiful thing Agrarian Ales is they grow their own everything. If they themselves don't grow it, then one of their neighbors does. While enjoying an amazing green salad with lots of fresh spring lettuce; Rachel comments to the young man sitting beside her how excited she was about the salad, and he replied: "I grew that". He and his family including a new baby, come enjoy the afternoons there as well. They also serve a full menu of which I enjoyed a delicious brisket sandwich and wonderful fresh dinner salad.
|Hiding behind bamboo...so sneaky.|
July 15 - Today we spent the first 2 hours frustrated after several attempts to get into an RV park, state park, or Lane County park. It was Saturday so all government offices were closed, so no getting reservations. Apparently, everything was full or sold out. We drive to a couple parks only to find "Campground Full".
|The Den at Agrarian Ales|
When we got there we found that Walterville Oregon isn't much more than a parking lot, with the Walterville Post Office, Walterville Market and River Stop Restaurant and Pub, and parking for trucks. We went in, had the very best sweet potato fries we have ever had, two fresh brewed ice teas, pleasant conversation and all for only $11. After which, we checked out the market, purchased an IPA and then we relaxed the rest of the evening and watched a new Star Wars.
After a drive down a long private drive away past several orchards, a large legal marijuana farm, and dispersed between huge pines. We reach Sis' and her husband Jeff's home. A beautiful older home, well maintained and meticulously decorated inside and modestly natural outside with lawn and tall trees. To one side a wide smooth, calm, glassy river with a deceiving current beneath the surface. On the river's edge, they have a floating deck with tables, chairs, and a kayak. On the opposite end of the property is two acres of Jeff's garden of fruits, veggies, and berries. Within moments of arriving, Sweet and Jeff were out picking berries.
After conversation and treats out on the river deck, we had a wonderful evening of conversation, story telling, like we all enjoy doing. Jeff BBQ'd Steelhead salmon their son had caught to perfection, along with an incredible salad, all homegrown. Sis and Sweet enjoyed some Sake, while I enjoyed my IPA, and Jeff enjoyed his favorite fresh berry drink. It is a special feeling to be brought into someone's life. We all pass through life so fast, that most too many of our connections and even relationship become superficial, we never have a chance, or take the time to get past the surface. When we do, it feels good.
July 18 - Sis and Jeff had errands to run today, so Sweet and I spent the day on the RV slab at Sis and Jeff's paradise home working on music, letting dogs run, and trying to get more gigs. It was a really wonderful day so far.
Later today we are going to set up or Bose PA system to show Sis how it works because she is wanting to possibly buy herself one. They have a wonderful barn where Sis wants to set up a jam area for all her musician friends can come and jam, hang out, etc. So, we're gonna test it tonight.
Tomorrow we will be playing as Sweet Sixx, for the first time. We'll be playing a Summer Music Series in the Park in Eugene. It's an hour drive back, but hey, a gigs a gig. Plus, we absolutely love playing as a duo, but rarely get the chance, so we jumped on it. It's only a 2-hour gig from 4-6PM, so this will be fun, easy and probably meet some new people, who knows.
That's it for now. We will keep you in the loop in a couple of days when we know exactly what we're doing. I do know we are playing Ashtown Brewing Company in Longview Washington on July 27, 6:30-9:30 PM and we are playing at The Buffalo Gap in Portland on the July 29, 9:00-Midnight.