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Quick July Update

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The Big Southwest Tour is history.

Thanks to all those who turned out for the screenings in Nashville, Los Angeles, Sacramento, San Francisco, Houston, Austin, Marfa and Phoenix. I got to see a lot of old friends, made some new friends, collected a lot of ideas for future shows. Now it’s time to start thinking about fall and winter.

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Just received confirmation that Troubadour Blues will be showing at the Maverick Festival in Easton Park, Suffolk, England. This will be the film’s U.K. debut.

Maverick Festival 2012 Logo

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OK folks, I know you’ve all been waiting patiently for this … on May 22 I’m loading up my projector, screen, speakers, DVDs and t-shirts and heading out on the road for my first extended screening tour for Troubadour Blues.

I’m starting in Nashville, heading across the plains states into Colorado, then out to California, southern and northern. From there it’s down to Texas and Oklahoma before I head west again to Phoenix and Sedona, Arizona.

Here’s the complete schedule.

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Summer Screening Tour, Part One

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A busy time here in Pittsburgh as I try to ready my house for sale and get rid of an astonishing assortment of STUFF that I’ve accumulated over the years. Downsizing, living on less, paying off debt, it’s the order of the day in the so-called economic recovery that has yet to reach my neighborhood.

I’m leaving right after Memorial Day weekend for a month-long cross-country tour that will take me to Tennessee, California, Texas, New Mexico, Arizona and Oklahoma. Hope to see some old friends and make some new ones along the way.

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Hitting the Road

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Tomorrow I’m leaving on the first leg of a car trip down to Austin for South By Southwest — once a small indie/alternative music festival showcasing Austin talent, now a corporate mega-market for all types of media that has spawned its own counter-festivals.

I’ll be screening Troubadour Blues on Thursday, March 15, in a small city-owned recreation center within easy walk of the Texas State Capitol and most of the “official” SXSW events. It’s free, though you’re encouraged to donate generously and help keep my little carnival on the road through the summer.

Troubadour Blues SXSW

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About the Film

Troubadour Blues is a feature-length documentary that explores the fascinating world of traveling singer-songwriters. We see them in a variety of situations: impromptu performances, concert stages, formal and informal interviews and songwriting sessions. This is a story that needs to be heard. In our media-saturated age of instant pop stardom, there is real danger that the tradition of the itinerant working musician -- the tradition of Woody Guthrie and Leadbelly -- is being diluted or lost. Troubadour Blues explores the hidden corners of our culture, where honest, authentic songs reflecting the human experience are still being made up and sung.

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