Last month I had the fun of joining my friend Elizabeth Butler for her music video shoot outside of New Orleans. I played acoustic guitar on her song A1A (Settin’ Myself Free) and she asked if I would join in. Kira Small (from Nashville) and Solveig Whittle (from Seattle) were also going to be there, and OF COURSE that was a big fat Yes.

Susan (who is now given the title Perpetual Road Buddy) and I landed in Slidell and she took it upon herself to document me getting hair and makeup, which if you know me, you know pretty much only happens when someone is getting married or someone is doing a music video.


“This comes off, right?”

We headed down to the Honey Island Swamp and set up. Filming included running through the song, I don’t know…15 times? Oddly as the shooting progressed I messed up the chords more. Luckily, everyone was lip-syncing and I was chord-syncing so it all sounds glorious anyway!

Also, we learned no trip to Slidell is complete without stopping at La Pines, where Guy Fieri himself descended from the Food Network heavens and declared that it was good. They definitely had the largest onion rings I had ever seen and an excellent muffaletta. Boom.

And here is the final cut! Props to Troy Warren for directing and editing. Many many thanks to Elizabeth for having us along!

I’ve been slow at editing this, at blogging at everything. We hit the road for a month yesterday so I spent all week trying to prepare for it. Tying up loose ends at home, mostly, but those never get completely tied. I’m like a beginning shoe-lacer, where I get it to look ok and then after a while it usually comes undone because I didn’t tie it tight enough. Nothing horrible, just hard to plan for a month away. BUT! This tour will be good and we are going to the Pacific Northwest and I packed a HOODIE! Yay!

In the meantime – part 2 of my July 4th escapade in Amarillo (where I am now, actually…again, not still).

On April 19th, about halfway through our 2 week tour, Susan and I decided not to speak to each other for a full day and only Facebook or Tweet at each other. I edited together some of the highlights, so that you can see how mundane life on the road actually is sometimes. It was fun, but so much better when you can actually speak to the person you’re sitting next to instead of @susannng’ing them!