Actually Peter and I arrived here in the evening of the 26th after driving nine hours from Trondheim.. what a blessing to be here in this amazing and oh so comfortable place. We had a delicious meal that night and some good wine .. served by new friend Karin ..and just totally felt in heaven.
We had a day off yesterday .. with the greatest people.. owner Leffe .. wife Maria .. daughter Sara.. and Martina and John.. Benny .. Karin
and the guests and artists as they came in.
The whole idea of this festival is to get people together who promote shows for a great company, Rootsy, that promotes artists who play country, folk .. and at times alternative rock, in Scandinavia
It’s a wonderful company owned by my friend Hakan Olsson and Bjorn Petterson.. and the promoters are a bunch of terrific folks most of whom I’ve have seen over the years… It is great to see them arriving throughout the day yesterday
did a question and answer for about an hour and 20 minutes with Hakan and another old friend and revered music gurus Tom Skjeklesaether … loved this.. A full conference room listening to 3 friends just talking about some old times and interesting happenings over my career
note: Goran has been away for these two days for shows with Paal Flaata.. he’s back in tonight for dinner and a brief sound check for a show tonight at 8:30
You sort of had to be there to feel how powerful this was. It was so powerful in its silence…. certainly one of my favorite shows of all time. …as an artist, you do not make “favorite shows” happen by yourself… You have to have some wonderful interaction with the audience and those on stage with you for that to happen. And that’s what happened tonight
The tent was packed ..I’m guessing 150 or so ..some sitting on benches covered with animal skin and fur and many standing… It was like we were playing in a Cathedral and every turn something beautifully human would control the atmosphere.
Goran was so gentle at times and then powerful when needed.
We played the Real Thing, Block Out the Sirens of This Lonely World, Dance With A Hole In Your Shoe, Trying To Let The Angels Know, Angel Of The Morning… then Wild Thing and Fuck All The Perfect People to end our show. But when the audience kept clapping, Bjorn asked us if we would do one more.
Earlier in the day a promoter, Rolf, from Skebobruk, the town that inspired the song Refugee Children, told me that the refugees had seen the video of my song at a special event in their honor and were very moved.
So with that spirit we chose as our last song, Refugee Children .. with the crowd all singing along with us.
What a special night for Goran and me and all these wonderful folks that promote music for the love of it…And congratulations to my friends Hakan Olsson and Bjorn and Rootsy for sponsoring this awesome event.. so proud to be a part of it!
The rest of the night was extraordinarily special… all great Rootsy artists.. ending up with Doug Seegers.. the former homeless street singer from Nashville who is now the most popular singer in all of Sweden.
Doug and his great band put on an amazing show tonight ending up with doing a string of Hank Williams songs that I’ve never heard done nearly as good .. including some amazing yodeling… So soulful and Hank-like.
One of the wonderful perks of this festival/celebration was bonding with Doug over the last couple of days. What a blessing for me.
We said hi to a lot of the promoters over the period of a few days I’ll mention those I can remember but a big hello to all love seeing you guys and ladies.
Hi to friends Tor from Trondheim.. all The great folks from Falkenberg.. Zulfadli. Anders .. Marianna x 2 .. Jo Lo and all the rest from one of my favorite places to play… See you guys soon… Make sure you come around dinner time next time you’re at Parnell’s. It would be great to see you there
Hi Rune and Gunn.. hi to Lennart from box whiskey territory … thanks for the kind words… Big hi to Anders and the family
Hi Tom and Obsl and Chris.. see you all soon… Keep the bar open.. Hi Vibekka.. great to see you always.. much love.. hi Christine… Good to see you… See you in a few days .. look forward to that
Hi Anders and Elin… Anders… hope the folks enjoy the CD… hi Teresa and can… Thanks for the nice words
Again thanks to my favorite folks Lesse, Maria, Martina, Sarah and Benny and Jon as well .., wonderful to see all you guys… Special hello to my new friend Karin.. so good to see you the day we arrives that was special… and Patricia .. good to meet you as well
Hi to all the wonderful promoters and fans… by this time many are my friends… my good friends ..great to see you all