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A couple years back I reviewed a Loudon Wainwright III record for a cool website called TalkHouse where musicians review other musicians' records and actually get paid a little scratch. And my rap on Loudon's record was that even though there's been a tsunami of memoirs from aging musicians who can't seem to resist grabbing the mic and settling some scores, not to mention a boatload of others looking to cash in while there are still books, thankfully we haven't had one from Loudon. Someone who's been content to write and sing his memoirs on LP since the '70s. And nobody else mines details of daily life quite like Loudon.

Well . . . not so fast. I guess Loudon was determined to prove me wrong. He just put out a book of memoirs and essays or whatever called "Liner Notes: On Parents & Children, Exes & Excess, Death & Decay, & a Few of My Other Favorite Things."

So, when Litquake here in SF booked him for an event they reached out to me to interview him onstage. And it was a hoot. Among other things, I ask Loudon if "Motel Blues" ever got him any action and he accuses me of being a "new Dylan." You can now listen to our chat in this Podcast:

Meanwhile, we're not folding up the tent any day soon. There are a couple SOLO shows coming up in Martinez, CA, and Tucson, AZ, followed by a mess of tour dates in the Southeast with the great Bottle Rockets. Plus, dig this cabin boys and girls: Me and the Mission Express are doing our first cruise. See Gigsville below for all the up-to-the-minute deets.

What else? I got a Day-Glo backpack! Yessir. James was once asked to describe me in one word. And he said, "Oh that's easy. He's a loser." In other words, I'm a person who loses things. It kind of hurt my feelings when he said that. I don't know why. Mostly because it's true, I guess. I am a loser. I am a person who loses things. But that's all going to change now that I have this impossible-to-leave-behind yellow Day-Glo backpack. Chuck Y2K! No more panicking before I go onstage. Because I'll always know where my toothbrush is. And like James, I never go onstage until I "whack the grill."



PS: It's true. We're playing a cruise. I'm kind of trying to get my head around it. All seriousness aside, I think it could be pretty cool. But it does make me wonder how ridiculous this would've seemed at one time. Does this mean that soon we'll be playing nursing homes? I hope not. Sounds like good fun. Hope to see some of you there.

down the road down the road

I hope everyone had a great Christmas. We got a tree. It's not the most impressive tree, but it's ours. Kind of like the tree you'd expect a couple grad students to be rocking. But yeah! We got a tree.

Down the road we've also got a mess of dates with our pals the Bottle Rockets too as well as our first cruise. Out of Tampa FL, The WMNF Tropical Heatwave Cruise. See GIGSVILLE for more deets.

Peace and love,




We're back from our Euro tour. We came, we saw, we got up and played twenty-four shows in twenty-five days or something, and we still somehow managed to avoid using the kettle in the room. (Dan Stuart suggests you stay away from those electric room kettles. He claims people boil their underwear in them.)

Sounds pretty serious.

Seriousness aside, the band is playing great and things have been going pretty well. (How well, Chuck?) Well, let me put it this way: if you can afford to have your clothes dry-cleaned, then you're not doing too badly, right? I love dry cleaning. I'd get my socks dry-cleaned if I thought I could.

Even though I'm typing this at 4:00 AM, I am starting to feel like my old self again (whoever that is) after this last run of shows. Haven't had the time to feel homesick. I am sure I will enjoy getting back out there, but there is no homesickness quite as strong as the homesickness when you are still at home but know you are about to leave. But this having your body clock turned around upside down is kind of cool. There have been times where I get so restless I jump out of bed at 4:00 AM. And I've even gone so far as to walk to my office. Which is kind of an experience. I mean, walking through the Tenderloin at 4:30 AM? I recommend it highly.

Meanwhile, The Bobby Fuller Died For Your Sins Tour continues. We're headed to Texas this weekend for shows in Houston and Austin. Two nights at the Continental Club in Austin. And dig this: EARLY SHOW AND LATE SHOW ON SATURDAY. We're always excited to play in Austin at our home away from home, the Continental Club. We all dig playing the Continental.

We heart Texas. There's more to Texas than Texas football. Austin is a great place to eat a taco. Come join us. Bring home a rattlesnake bolo tie! Eat some Texas toast. Climb aboard an armadillo! Or better yet go surfing. I'm not kidding. Dig this place: a wave machine in the middle of Texas:

Meanwhile in Merchville: we need a very rich fan to order 1,000 copies right now. Bobby Fuller Died for Your Vinyl. At the everyday low price of $19.99. HERE:

What are you waiting for?




12/6/2017 - Houston TX Coffeehouse Live at St. Andrew's w/The Mission Express

12/8/2017 - Austin TX Continental Club w/The Mission Express

12/9/2017 - Austin TX Continental Club w/The Mission Express

12/28/2017 - LA - Bootleg w/The Mission Express w/ Jesse Malin supporting!!!

12/29/2017 - SF - Chapel w/The Mission Express w/ Jesse Malin supporting!!!

12/30/2017 - Sebastopol - Hopmonk w/The Mission Express

2/16/18 - Ponte Vedra FL Ponte Vedra Music Hall w/The Bottle Rockets!!!

2/21/18 - Tampa FL Skipper's Smokehouse w/The Mission Express

2/22/2018 - Tampa FL WMNF Tropical Heatwave Cruise w/The Mission Express

2/23/2018 - Tampa FL WMNF Tropical Heatwave Cruise w/The Mission Express

2/24/2018 - Tampa FL WMNF Tropical Heatwave Cruise w/The Mission Express

2/25/2018 - Tampa FL WMNF Tropical Heatwave Cruise w/The Mission Express

2/26/2018 - Tampa FL WMNF Tropical Heatwave Cruise w/The Mission Express


GIGSVILLE: Get up to the minute details on live shows here:


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