Hello again, Fletchetarians,
After just under six months away, I am finally back in Minneapolis! The list of friends, foods, restaurants, clubs, and (of course) beers to get reacquainted with is immense. Minnesota has a whole lot to offer, I have missed this state more than I thought I would.
It’s good to be home.
I hopped basically from the plane to the studio, working like mad with Jim May to finish mixing the Fletch record. It’s hard to believe that in a month, the album will be a year in the making. In order to ensure this disc doesn’t turn into the next Chinese Democracy, Jim and I (Gemini, if you will) have vowed to finish the mixing and mastering no later than Christmas (and what a gift, indeed).
Thanks to my wonderful, talented (and connected) friends, I am excited to announce Fletch’s Return to Onstage Glory – Minnesota (FROG-MN for short), coming to a club or discotheque near you this October! On the 27th of the month, I’ll be performing with my longtime hetero life mate Danny Shaheen accompanying me with his sultry, seductive
beard piercing gaze figure electric guitar. We’re playing at the Nicollet (the old Acadia, on Nicollet and Franklin) at 7:00. Danny and Viki Carpenter will be performing as A Constant Cough, and Viki’s producer, Zach Hollander from the Pearl Recording Studio has promised to sing at least one Willie Nelson tune with me, which is Onstage Glory if anything is.
After Halloween, I’ll be playing a solo gig on November 21 at the Acadia. All our Friends are Better Lovers is the name of the event. My former bandmates Anarchists Are Better Lovers are hosting the show, and I’ll be damned if I don’t drunkenly stumble onstage during their set and demand to play bass on ‘Hourly Work’. One of my favorite songwriters (no kiddin’) Josh Murphy is playing with King Fish Crow, and we’ll all dance together like madfolk when The Karma Kicks boogie us to oblivion.
Lastly, I want to share one of my favorite moments of this past summer with you. We’re pretty starved for live music in Denali Park, but our friends from Kantishna Air Taxi and Skyline Lodge are, in addition to being some of the nicest folks around and badass bush pilots, also big roots music fans. Greg and Matt and the rest of the KatAir crew put on a few shows every summer, and I was thrilled when they asked me to play what they call ‘Our Theme Song’ to end one of the nights. I wrote ‘Kantishna Delishna’ in the summer of 2014, as a document and a tribute to seasonal, rambling, drifting life, and I hope you’ll take a few minutes out of your day to travel to the end of the 90 mile gravel road with me. Watch the corners on Polychrome Pass, they’re a doozy.