Feb 8, 2017 – Oslo – Venue – Krosset (Crossroads)
Chip Taylor and Paal Flaata
What a way to end the tour!!! Thanks Katey and Tim for being so cordial .. and thanks “H” for the good sound
I love playing this place. It remind me a bit of the Mercury Lounge in New York.. a few hundred attentive comfortably-crowded people standing facing the stage..
It was just Goran Grini accompanying me to start the show.. Goran was so warm and soulful the entire night..
When we hit the stage It seemed like everybody in the audience was a friend .. we were all in it together for some higher purpose other than just playing a bunch of music..
I felt totally connected sharing thoughts about my induction into the Songwriter’s Hall of Fame .. my father’s take on the first song I wrote at 12 years old.. about growing up listening to the Motorola radio… then sharing a 1950’s Monday with mom and dad and my brothers with the song Charcoal Sky . Then the song Dance With a Hole In Your Shoe took us to present and uncertain times …it felt so good to play that..
Block Out the Sirens of This Lonely Word.. was a highlight tonight .. I get chills singing this every night..
Then it was the tribute to my wife Joan… with Joan Joan Joan.. The audience absolutely love this and s few asked Joan to stand and take bows ..it was so cute!!
We ended our set with another song for Joan… a touching version of A Song I Can Live With ..
Then Paal Flaata joined me on stage and this was a love-in from start to finish!!
A rockin’ Folsom Prison Blues.. I Forgot To Remember To Forget Her.. a soulful Towne’s Flying Shoes .. a haunting and prayerful Spiritual… then a beautiful Angel Of the Morning .. Paal is one of a kind and so revered .. he showed why with his great interpretations of these songs and warm interaction with this great audience .. Goran was so magic all night .. and the audience showed him their appreciation all night!!
We ended with s rockin’ Wild Thing and a total sing-a-long on my song for the prisoners.. Fuck All The Perfect People
What a magic night!!! Thanks to all who were there
Had a chance to say hi to several including:
Hi Hartvik.. so good to see you again.. hi Oistein, Magne .. thanks for those inspiring words ..great to talk to you guys
Hi Bjorne and Peter… Formally from playground… And lovely girlfriend Randi.. good to see you guys! Hi Christer and Hans.. and Tore.. hi Tronde!! So good talking to you… good to see you Jan..
Hi Ragnhild.. very nice talking with you, hope to see you again.. hi Morton.. hi Frode and Ele and Dagfin.. Great talking to you… Thanks for the kind words.. hey Christer.. thanks for informing me about the distribution… I appreciate all your help!! Hope to see you soon!
Hi Magnus and Hans.. and Jeff.. and Elvira .. so nice meeting and talking with you big thanks for the beers! ..
hi Harald and Jeff and David and Magna and Julie
Sorry I missed some of the names… I wrote some down that I cannot read.. appreciate your warm spirit!!! Hope to see you all again… This was a special night for Joan and me!!!
PS .. Joan and I have a night off before heading home! We are going to really love relaxing with our friends at dinner then heading to see a concert of the great band Midnight Choir … featuring our friend .. the great Paal Flaata!
Hope to see you soon!
Feb 6, 2017 Skien – Venue – The Lundetangen Pub
Great to be in the hometown of Paal and Goran and revisiting many friends here.
We are playing at a cool little pub owned by Stephen, a good friend of Paal and Goran.
We make a quick sound check at 5:15 with a terrific sound man named Tommy… then our kind host escorts us to an Asian restaurant to have a little healthy food before we perform. Thanks Stephen.
The venue has been sold out for many weeks… it a shoulder to shoulder in in the club when we get back from dinner…
Great to see Goran’s wife Katrine and step son Christian before taking the stage.
We decided to divide the Show in two parts. The first half would be featuring me and Goran .. the second half would have Paul joining us for some of his solos and our duets. It seemed to work perfectly.
I told a little bit of my family story about growing up a Voight boy… and the importance of the Motorola radio in the household…. and the recent events of being inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame.
Each story was followed by a song and the audience seemed to be absolutely into the songs and stories..
We started with the Real Thing and then Charcoal Sky and then Dance With A Hole In Your Shoe … which was certainly a magical tonight… Crazy Girl has been connecting throughout the tour .. and it was no different tonight… you could hear a pin drop … there is something magical about this one
Folks loved meeting my wife Joan in the story and song of Joan Joan Joan…she is so much a star on this tour!! The focus on her continued with the story of the title of the album and her influence on it with the song A Song I Can Live With.
. I felt the audience was totally with us during this part of the show
They certainly love Paal and Goran, but I feel like .. in some manner .. I am included in the mix … and it’s a wonderful feeling!!! huge thanks to these great folks
Paul joined us on stage and we blasted off with Folsum Prison Blues .. then shifted to a duet on I Forgot To Remember To Forget Her. Paal then played magical versions of Mercy of Maria.. Bless Us All .. and finally Spiritual.. All met with huge response by the audience…. I added a harmony or two here and there
then came our final three songs of the show… A sort of duet of Angel Of The Morning.. with a focus on Paal’s great vocals.. a totally rockin’ Wild Thing… featuring an amazing solo by Goran.. which was met with great applause .. actually Goran was so soulful all night!!!
We finally said good night with a sing-along on the song I wrote for the prisoners, Fuck All The Perfect People…
It seemed like everybody in the room knew this song and sang it loud and clear …as they did with Angel Of The Morning (without any prompting)
Loved this show… So did Joan… It was so great to see and to sing with Paul again and to have the three of us onstage together
And it was so good to meet Goran’s wonderful wife Katrine and terrific stepson… My great friend… Christian before the show… And to say hi to so many after the show
Note: somehow all my notes of the names got lost and I am doing something from memory I know it is not nearly enough .. but hi to all ..appreciate your support so much tonight… What an amazing audience!!
Host Stephan and Tommy who did a great job with the sound and Kim who met us at my NY bar Parnell’s a couple years ago on the Super Bowl night… Great to see you again!!
Hi Sondra nice talking to you… hi to Paal’s Great friend… She calls him his son… Turin.. Nice talking with you .. Ellen good to see you . Stephen.. thanks for all your stories and your hospitality in general .. nice meeting your lovely wife, Hanne, at the end of the show hope you got up in time to get your daughter, Iben to school!! Hope to see you again!
Big hello to my new friend the strawberry farmer Peter and his girlfriend whose name I have forgotten (can’t find my notes )
I know it’s three letters.. I will try to think about it some more and also to Peter’s friend Paal and his lovely friend Heidi
Hi to my new friends Christine and Kristine.. so good to see you both… and take pictures with you both! That was nice!!! Hi to Roger on my left from the stage… Nice talking with you and your lovely wife Barbro
There were so many nice people whose names I wrote down… But I cannot find my notes… I hope I do find them, so I can say thank you to you more directly.if not I just want you to know you made this a very special evening for all of us… huge thanks !!!!
Feb 5, 2017 Halden, Norway – Venue Bryggerhuset Syd
Big thanks to Espen for the great sound and fast sound check! Goran and I arrived at the venue around 5:30 and the sound was in place within 10 or 15 minutes so we could relax at our hotel for a little bit before the show .. what a blessing!!
Before the show
Just before showtime I met a sweet young lady, Marianne, who said she had been waiting to see me for 35 years she and her new husband Obe (Jonny) met me in the back of the room and asked me if I would sing “nothing like you girl”… Which I haven’t sung in a while in a while .. I told her I’d give it a try.
This was absolutely magic… We played in a room that was very long and narrow, so the fear was that the people in the back might not be able to hear it. But the sound system was very good and the people in rear heard perfectly so the communication was not a problem at all.
I am driving to our next stop now and there is not much time to explain the show except to say it was one of my favorite ones .
it was extraordinarily intimate and because the audience was so warm and kind they got the best of Goran and me. Goran was so soulful all night !!!!
I loved this from the very beginning ..Charcoal Sky gave me chills ..as did so many of the others including Block Out The Sirens Of This Lonely World.. Dance With A Hole In Your Shoe.. Trying To Let The Angels Know..
My wife Joan was the focus again tonight.. folks loved my tributes to her.. Joan Joan Joan …. and the title song to my new album …A Song I Can Live With..
Somewhere toward the end I sang Marienne’s requested song… Nothing Like You Girl… And that was a special highlight… And something I will remember for a while for some magical reason I remembered all the words all of a sudden!!
After a sweet version of Angel Of The Morning and a rocking version of Wild Thing… We ended with a total church like sing-along Fuck All The Perfect People and finally another sing-a-long in a prayer for the refugees , Refugee Children.
Again.. I loved this night so much… The audience was so warm kind and loving… This town means so much to me… Thanks to all who were here… Hope to see you soon again !!
Hi to friends, Tor and Brit and Magnus .. Kai.. Great to see you always.. thanks so much for being here.. Best regards to Oscar.. hope to see you soon again
Hi to Eva and Erving and Steiner and and Gerd
Hi To my new friend Ellen her terrific mom and dad with the difficult names… was it Tor Ivar and Kjersti??? something like that… And kind husband… whose name I have forgotten… And I can’t seem to find my notes from the show.. but I remember all your kind words and appreciate them very much…
Best to all… Thanks for all the support tonight hope to see you soon. Joan sends her love.
PS I’ve been waiting to take Joan to Butt’s Indian restaurant.. my favorite resting/eating place in the world. We go there every night when we record in Halden which we often do.
There is a table in the restaurant with a plaque naming the table in my honor… It was nice to visit there with Joan and have dinner with my special friends Goran, Hakan, Tom and Turid and say hello to Butts and cohort Omar and kind waitress, Celine.
Feb 4, 2017 Skarnes Venue Pa Hjornet og Kaffe
Somewhere between the Oslo airport and Holden Norway… In the countryside ..there is a wonderful little restaurant/pub run by a woman named Mona that every so often caters to a musical show. Tonight that show is ours and these folks could not have been nicer.
With great friend Hakan Olsson at the wheel , we negotiate the snow and light storm and arrive in town around 5 o’clock.
Our show was promoted by a true music lover named Rune… who hosts an extremely respected roots web site in Norway (with a big assist from his wife Gunn). Rune has been spreading the word about roots music on his blog for quite a while. And the fact that this show is sold out is a testament to the respect folks have for his efforts.
Special thanks to wonderful young singer/ songwriter named Kenneth… who did a terrific job as sound man tonight. Thanks Kenneth!! Best of luck with your own music!
Rune said a few words to start and we began this magical show at a few minutes after 8:00.
This audience was special from the beginning .. warm, kind , interested.. The kind of audience that will bring the best out in an artist .. that’s the way it was tonight.. Goran Grini was so magical .. we just glided from song to song with a certain inspiration from each other and this great audience.
If someone asked for the highlights tonight it would be very difficult to say.. it seem like the entire show was one big highlight… there was no song that didn’t feel inspired on stage and in the audience responded like they were totally into the performance and message of the song… Just a nice thing. It doesn’t get better.
We started about stories of the family growing up in the Voight household then quickly shifted to some new songs from the new album A Song I Can Live With.
At some point I told the story of how my wife Joan and I met .. got married / divorced and married again.. Joan flew into Oslo yesterday and tonight was the first time she witnessed one of my shows in Europe.. I introduced her to the audience and played a song dedicated to her from the new album Joan Joan Joan and it certainly was one of the favorite’s of the night. Joan was sitting side-by-side off to the right with my friend Hakan.. it was great to watch her reaction to listening to the song in the story about her…. great having her here!
Other songs that gave me s physical chill tonight… Which is what I am looking for all the time on stage or in the studio or writing a song.. were Dance With Hole In Your Shoe, Block Out The Sirens Of This Lonely World, Charcoal Sky, A Song I Can Live With, Angel Of The Morning, Fuck All The Perfect People and Refugee Children,
Thanks to all who attended…This was as magical as it gets… And we were in it together from start to finish. It was wonderful playing for all of you … I hope to see you soon again in the same spirit.
Said hi to several
Hi Ingrid and Gunner and Olav and Bjorn.. thanks for all the kind words from all of you… hi Stig and Jan and Finn .. Hi Morten and Webche and Tor.. and Kjeisti
Mona .. Love your wonderful place.. and thanks for the delicious dinner tonight
Joan is still raving about the spirit of the place and the food and your kindness.
Also wanted to say hello to the great staff .. the kind and lovely young ladies .. loved meeting you… hope to see you again!
Big thanks again to Rune and Gunn (and their great kids.. Emma, Martha
we were very proud to be here with all of you.. hope to see you again!
Feb 2, 2017 Gothenburg Sweden – KoM Music & Bar
Great to be with old friend and music guru Hakan Olsson,, who is totally responsible for letting people know about me and developing my fan base in Sweden and Norway over the last 18 or 19 years .. he is our tour guide and road manager for the rest of our tour… What a blessing !!
Back to our show tonight
This very cool little supper club is run by two terrific women… Actually sisters… Karin and Maria.. well known country singers in their own right
this is one of the most unique venues we played on the tour.. The sound is simple… But the audience here is just unbelievably warm and kind and music lovers all
I’ve developed a bad cold over the last few days and it’s hitting pretty hard tonight, but Maria brings tea to the stage every so often and helps me keep going,
Despite the cold this was one of the most special shows on the tour. Goran Grini was so warm and soulful on the ballads and rocked big time on the up-tempo stuff.
There was a certain warm reverence in the air tonight; This sort of spirit is something you normally expect to find in church… But it was here in spades.. And so the ballads.. often prayerful ..were among our favorites… Charcoal Sky.. Crazy Girl, NY in Between, Hey Lou, Nothin Comin’ Out of Me That I Like,,. Block Out the Sirens of This Lonely World.. Fuck All The Perfect People and the closer .. Refugee Children. all had an amazing silent power,,,, this kind audience had tons to do with that
Another super highlight was the story and song dedicated to my wife Joan,, who will join me in Oslo in the morning !!!, her song Joan Joan Joan has brought warm smiles at every show we’ve played!
Wild Thing .. Track 224 ,, Big River ,, Clean Your Own Tables .. with it’s great audience sing-along .. all felt good to me …. so the mix of all of that and a chilling Angel Of The Morning… made for one very special show !
Thanks to all .. hope to see you soon again!
Hi to old friends Agneta and Per Olaf.. and Mats and Lennartand Ole and Thomas.. thanks for all the special words you guys said ..that meant a lot to me
Hi Suzanne and Martin.. A huge Johnny Cash fan ..so good to see you guys… hope the pictures came out ok..
special hello to Ava and Veronica… From Baltimore my thoughts are with you this morning,, thanks for your warm and kind words
Hi Ingemar.. good to see you…hi Hampus.. thanks for saying hello,,
Hi to another Goran.. good to talk to you… hi John and Lars I hope to see you at Parnell’s .. two that I missed you last time you stopped by
Again… Big thanks to Karin and Maria… You guys work so hard and do everything with so much love… It’s good to be a part of that!
ps .. The dinner was so delicious! Thanks for that!!! Please say a personal thanks to the new helper in the kitchen. She had a nice way about her.
Feb 3, 2017
I have been writing all this in our van on the way to Oslo to pick up Joan… This will be special!!
Feb 1, 2017 Malmo Victoria Theater
This is the home of my great friend HåkanOlsson so it is great to see him and his wife Monica and daughter Elin before the show. Also wonderful to know that there are so many old friends in the audience tonight as well as many new ones it is a full house tonight
The Victoria is an old beautiful theater with extremely good acoustics so it doesn’t take much to get rich sound and sound man Diego made it sound rich and good in a very few minutes.. Big thanks Diego!
I paid special tribute to an old fan that I have seen over the years who recently passed away ..so this show. Is dedicated to the memory and honor of a wonderful woman named Maria.. and to her husband Anders as well… I am glad to see him he is sitting in the first row right below my microphone stand
We start with the Real Thing as usual and Goran sparkled pretty big… folks just love his playing!!
We then went into a series of songs that were punctuated with songs from the new album
Until It Hurts, Dance With A Hole In Your Shoe were magic tonight…as was a very haunting Crazy Girl
Somewhere in there we played a cool rendition of Johnny Cash’s Big River then drifted to a tribute to Joan in the song from my new album, Joan Joan Joan. After the show Goran would tell me that this was his favorite performance of the night. Audiences seem to love the spirit of Joan who will arrive in two days ..can’t wait!
One of my favorites of the first set was certainly was Block Out The Sirens Of This Lonely World. the audiences seem to love this one all the time and it gives me a chill all the time. We ended with a beautiful version Angel Of The Morning again .. Goran was simply magical through this whole first set .
We opened up with the song that I wrote for Johnny Cash ..Clean Your Own Tables. it’s a fun drinking song. The audience learned all the words very quickly and sang along… They did a great job… This was so much fun!
We shifted gears on the next and I played the song Nothing Coming Out Of Me That I Like .. from The Little Prayers Trilogy… And this one really struck home to me. It is striking home with many folks every night.
Then Track 224… With Goran’s brilliant solos took down the house!!
At some point we shifted back gears to the prayerful, Try And Let The Angels Know. .. I can see from the stage it’s effect on the audience. It has the same effect on me. I don’t want to play any show without playing this song .. it is totally a prayerful thing for me.
Somewhere around here we played Hey Lou… Which is another from the brand-new album. And it is another that seems to touch everybody in the place including me… Another wonderful moment for me ..good for my soul. and especially good tonight with thoughts of Maria in all these prayerful ones.
We ended with a very, very cool Wild Thing that had a silent-like-chorus going from start to finish it was dedicated to the spirit of Jimi Hendrix and Reg Presley and was extraordinarily rock ‘n’ roll from beginning to end. From there we drifted to the song I wrote for the prisoners, Fuck All The Perfect People… Again that was lots of a silent-like chorus going on throughout the song and by songs end it had just a wonderful church-like chorus vibe.
We finished the show with a rocking version of I Wasn’t Born In Tennessee and said hi to many
Hi To :
Hi Anders.. wonderful to share this with you. Maria’s spirit will be with me and we are totally in this together. thanks so much for coming tonight .. it must have taken a bit of effort… it was great to click glasses at the end will do it many more times
Hi Larz and Chritina and Benny and Annette.. and another Benny .. thinking about you did coral with condolences… Thoughts of your playing Seven Days In May at his funeral .. that was very touching.. thanks for sharing that with me…
Hi Gunilla. And Johan and Dan.. my heroes.. great musicians that came to my rescue a couple years ago! Great seeing you guys!
Hi to another Johan and Gert and Sven and Mats .. big. hello to old friends Lard and Marita and Jan Ake.. it has been a lot of years it’s a wonderful connection we all have that includes Anders and Maria and Runer and Irena.. so special to see you guys here and later at the restaurant… It is a special one for me. Every time I travel over here I am always looking forward to seeing this wonderful group of friends… Thanks for being there all the time… A special thing for me
Hi to Inger and Thomas and Kirsten and Sasha
Much love to my great great great friends Monica and Elin so good to see you tonight
Feb 2, 2017
Ps I was fighting a cold last night it is now morning and we are heading for Gothenburg and the cold really kicked in bad last night so I’m just hoping I can get through with the shows coming up.
Jan 31, 2017 Orebro – Venue- Rosengrens
This venue was booked by our old time friend Kristin..
most days this is an organic restaurant serving high-end food in a very comfortable manner. But tonight it’s a music venue as well with 50 comfortable seats facing a small stage
We sound check with two nice guys both named Dave .. then have a bite to eat before showtime. Great wholesome healthy food ..tomato salad… another kind of salad that I don’t know and roast beef… Everything tasted great!
One of the interesting things that Kristin does is she has a DJ playing his collection of old country disks from the 50s 60s and 70s .. his stage name is uncle Bop.. he’s advertised on all the posters and in the long run I think it’s going to be a big help to the shows as he has good taste and it’s fun listening those records
We use the audience speakers as our monitors today and somehow it worked great and I think made more part of one thing.. The sound was rich and good
The audience was extremely welcoming and we had a connection from start to finish Goran was brilliant and the audience let him know it.
Here are some of Goran’s favorites of the night..New York In Between.. Track 224 and Sweet Dream Woman.. This last was a hit I wrote for Waylon Jennings
I thought these were very special… but I would add Block Out The Sirens Of This Lonely World and the song for Joan ..Joan Joan Joan..
the audiences have loved the songs inspired by Joan…Who is arriving in Oslo in a few days!!! Yeah!!
The ending was very special tonight. We played a beautiful Angel Of The Morning .. Goran was so soulful!! then Wild Thing rocked in such a cool soft but powerful way ..then we did Fuck All The Perfect People and everyone sang the chorus loud and clear and it was like we were in a cathedral by songs end
We ended our Show with a beautiful, beautiful version of Refugee Children again with the audience totally singing along
This was a very special night again wonderful to see my old friend Kristin thanks so
much you did an absolutely wonderful job and thanks Dave and Dave for the sound and the enthusiasm… Same goes for you uncle Bop
Hi Frederick good to see you before we left
Hi to Raili and Mathias .. Great to see you both again… good to see you Tor Bjprne.. I Niclas and Anders and Stig.. hi Sabine and Dan ..very nice talking to you
HI Gustaf and Ida and Lisa and Emilie without the “y” .. you see, I remembered!! . So nice seeing you all hope to see you again
Hi Tor Bjorne .. hi Lina very nice seeing you tonight… Thanks so much for your hospitality the sandwich station terrific hope to see you soon
and to all the others I did not get a chance to say hello to move thanks for supporting the show and Kristin.. and hope to see you down the line
Feb 1, 2017 – Malmo
Stayed up a bit last night going over some songs for future shows and we are up and ready to go at 10 o’clock heading for Malmo..this is a long drive about 7 1/2 hours
Arrived in Malmo at 4 o’clock
Jan 30, 20217 Stockholm – Venue – The Southside Cavern
It was only a few blocks cab ride from our cool hotel to this cool venue. We played here last year and love the place.
The Southside pub above is a cool upscale place to eat, specializing in all sorts of different hamburgers … With a good whiskey bar… Downstairs the cavern holds around 90 people and has a good sound system and good folks running it. Per, the kind manager of the cavern told us that the place had been sold out for a while, I know a lot of these fans.. including Hakan’s great brother Christer.. Who is a revered reporter on many subjects in this part of the world, I’m looking forward to seeing these folks tonight
This was a very loose and lived in show with lots of interaction with the audience… Goran was amazing… I loved every minute of this.
Highlights from me were many… Including a very special version of Dance With A Hole In Your Shoe and a precious and chilling version of a song from the album Crazy Girl. Folks clapped for a long time after this one .. beautiful gentle stuff by Goran, made this so special on stage.
Another new one, New York In Between was beautiful tonight with a similar feeling from the song previously mentioned.. total chill time for me!!
For a certain segment of the show my wife Joan stole the show!!! Folks loved the sentiment of Joan Joan Joan and the song which became the title song of the new album A Song I Can Live With
Big River and Clean Your Own Tables ( the song I wrote for Johnny Cash) were definite highlights tonight leading up to a beautiful version of Angel Of The Morning and a wonderful sing-along of Wild Thing in an understated but very cool and sensual manner… So soulful… Then came Fuck All The Perfect People with everybody singing along and when the folks kept clapping we stayed on stage for final number which was a beautiful and reverence Refugee Children with everyone singing along from their heart.what a beautiful ending
loved this show.. thanks to all my friends love seeing you hope to see you again soon,
Hi Riley… from the Akkurat. .. So glad you stopped by and left me a whiskey message!!! it was Ardbeg and it was great
Wait to see my old friend Hakan’s brother tonight who said some very kind words thanks for that Christer.. see you soon
Hi to another Hakan… Hope your friend Christer (another one again) enjoys the album,, good to see you and Hasse .. Jonas (wheelchair bound) Great to see you again ,,you lift my spirits every time .. Big hello to your new friend Anders… he’s got a great vibe as well
look forward to seeing you every single time God bless you my friend
Good to see you Magnus.. next time I will play That’s How I Love You Tonight in honor of your wife… .. please send my best to Karolyn
Big thanks again for the staff… Thanks William for the sound and Brian for the bar stuff and for sticking with us and selling the CDs… You did an amazing job!!you made it easy for us
Great to feel the vibe of good friends.. looking forward to crashing in our glass hotel and heading for Orebro tomorrow
See you all next time!
Jan 29, 2017 Vesteras.. Venue Intiman
It was only a one hour drive to our hotel in Vesteras .. our rooms were not ready at the Elite Stadshotelet
so the kind folks in reception upgraded us to beautiful rooms on the top floor, a few doors down from up a nicely equipped gym!!!
5:00 PM Sound check at Intiman
When we arrive there to this very cool interesting state of the art small listening room with chairs and sofas set round and comfortable but on regimented spaces… When people come they can get a good look at the stage but they also can be very comfortable in the fact that it is like THEIR room. There are tons of posters on the wall representing artists.. some of them very successful …that Bjorn has promoted over the years… this is a very warm place… here we find the real story of the intimate
Owner Bjorn has a big heart and he turns the space over to the homeless from time to time. For example, every Sunday there’s a soup kitchen for the homeless in the afternoon where they can come and relax and have a good meal.. he is also going to open up a place where they can stay at the end of the block… It seems that Bjorn owns most of the building where he houses plays and functions like birthday parties and weddings and things like that… which probably pay the bills but his real love is in the arts in and helping the community
Everything we feel about this place and everything we do tonight on stage is in that spirit of the wonderful work Bjorn does.
The sound check with a nice and pro sound man went quickly and then we had a terrific meal in the back room.
we were on stage at 7 o’clock… This is Sunday night and people need to get up early in the morning so we are doing one long show
This was a very comfortable place to play… Particularly with the spirit that we came to know… And all the nice and kind people that appreciate what Bjorn does were attentive and with us from the beginning
Some of the highlights for me tonight were Block Out The Sirens Of This Lonely World, Charcoal Sky. New York In Between which we played for the first time… And people seemed to love it.. everybody loved the story of Joan and I getting together in our excursions to the Japanese restaurant… So they had a big heart for Joan Joan Joan and also loved the title song inspired by her… A Song I Can Live With
One of the surprises of the night was the great chorus these seemingly shy folks sang on the song I wrote for Johnny Cash, Clean Your Own Tables. That brought a lot of smiles and turned out to be much fun for all of us
Lots of folks were singing on Angel of the Morning .. it sounded so so beautiful tonight with Goran’s extraordinarily soulful playing ..and Wild Thing was so sneaky good and soulfull that it brought lots of smiles as well as well cool loose singing ..that was a wonderful pre-ending for the show
I actually wasn’t sure if anybody knew anything about us before we got here… But when we finally got to Fuck All the Perfect People at the end the whole audience was singing without being asked..
We started off the stage after that but the audience kept clapping so we came back and played Refugee Children… just as we had last night… And that seemed to touch everybody including us… And we said a final good night and said hello to some nice people
Hi Darmini . .. a kind volunteer .. Nice to see you when we arrived… Max great sound thank you very much .. wonderful to see my old friend Hilding again… What would a Sweden tour be without you!
So good to see that young couple on my left, Per and Linnea.. hope to see you guys again .. I felt a nice spirit from you from the stage… the kind that makes shows a little bit better… Thanks for that!
Hi Victor thanks so much for your efforts selling the CDs .. and in general thanks for your good vibes… Look forward to seeing you again ..hi Tommy good to see you as well
.. good luck Per with the new opening and also with your personal stuff. Thanks for the kind words!
And thanks to all who attended ..sorry I didn’t get to say hello to some of you before you had to leave. Hope to see you next time through.
Bjorn… Thanks for having us… Hope to see you next time through.
Jan 30, 2017 – Going to Stockholm
Our next show is in Stockholm… We wake up early enough to have a decent breakfast at the hotel… then headed to Stockholm at around noon and arrived at a very cool hotel.. The Glass House.. not too far from the venue we will play.
Jan 28, 2017.. venue – Bjurfors Hotel and Conference Center
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