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CTP tour, Stop Five: Rodeo Bar, New York, NY

We hit the road Monday morning – Newark, DE to New York, NY – there was some debate as to where we should get breakfast, and we ended up at … Waffle House … YES! Funny enough, I never get the waffles at the ol’ WH, but I do love the hash browns; Monday morning I got them scattered (the potatoes), smothered (onions), covered (cheese), and peppered (jalapenos) … mmm mmm … good! We didn’t play any WH songs on the jukebox, but I think Grayson got a picture of the songlist and Chandler now has a new goal – somehow, we want to try to record a single that gets sent out to Waffle Houses! Anyone have any ideas/connections?

After breakfast, we had a fairly uneventful drive to New York … that is, until we got close to New York City … as it turns out, Bianca (our GPS unit) doesn’t differentiate between Brooklyn and Manhattan when you tell her you’re going to “New York, NY” … and as a result there are two “376 3rd Ave” listings when you get to the address area … the menu of addresses also included 3rd St’s and 3rd Places, and as a result, the 2nd “3rd Ave” was on another page, so it wasn’t obvious that there were 2 of them … so we chose the first one, which was in … yes …. Brooklyn. Fortunately, we had PLENTY of time, so it was just a minor inconvenience (and really, gave us something to giggle about) … oh, and as a result of this error, we ended up coming into Manhattan over the Manhattan Bridge, which brought us up to Houston St … so we just HAD to stop at Katz’ Delicatessen, right?!?! Especially when there was a free parking spot on the same block as the deli! Mmm … Katz’ pastrami sandwich, half sour pickles, knish, and Dr Brown’s black cherry.

New York on a Monday night – we really weren’t sure what to expect. What we got was a really receptive club and audience – a few familiar faces in the audience, some we hadn’t seen in years and from far away, and a bunch of new faces, many of whom even stayed into the wee hours of the night. The band was in rare form – we were feeling loose and playing tight – it was great stuff. Lots of “opa!”‘s from the band as we channeled our greek friend from the night before (I may not have mentioned him yet – that’s coming soon!).

During the break, a spanish speaker came up to me and told me how much he loved “Yo Tomo” … he seemed to think Chandler’s spanish was perfect, but I suspect he might’ve been a bit drunk. My voice was beginning to go – and I forgot to bring water up on stage – I actually squeaked on the first really high note of “I’m Chandler’s Butterfly”! We got one of the best receptions ever for “Brown-Eyed Girl” – at one quiet point, right before the “shalalalalalala” section, I heard some guy saying “that’s just harsh”, and another guy up front was laughing throughout the entire thing. We played “Ronald” again – I think maybe it’ll stay in the rotation, we’ll see.

Tour premieres: “Air Running Backwards”, “Bongo’s Summer Cottage” (requested by Chandler’s nephew Jeremey, partially played as an illustration of why we wouldn’t do the whole thing), “You Asked I Came”, “Milk Truck on Fire”, “Fluffy” (finally – it’s been on almost every setlist so far!), “Charlie’s Prelude”, “Dance School”, “Stopping By Woods on a Snowy Evening”, “Brooklyn Bridge”, “Candle”, and “Born Again” (which we did after Chandler started band introductions to the “Bob What’s-Is-Name” bassline).

Here are the setlists [I’ll update earlier show posts with setlists very soon, too]:
Set 1:

  • This is Home
  • We’re From Fruitarama
  • That’s What She Said
  • Softly in the Night
  • King of the Road
  • Air Running Backwards
  • Bongo’s Summer Cottage
  • You Asked, I Came
  • Milk Truck on Fire
  • Fluffy
  • Not Unhappy
  • Sha La La (Lover’s Heart)
  • Two Cents Tops
  • Charlie’s Prelude
  • Yo Tomo Mi Mano
  • Broadway
  • Crab Napkin

Set 2:

  • (You & Me) Pushin’ Up Daisies
  • Dance School
  • Stopping By Woods on a Snowy Evening
  • She’s Filthy
  • Get Right Back Where We Started From
  • Brooklyn Bridge
  • Taoist Vacation With Mashenka
  • Candle
  • I’m Chandler’s Butterfly
  • Brown-Eyed Girl
  • Mid-Morning in Moscow
  • Ronald
  • Vasco da Gama
  • My Baby Likes to Boogaloo
  • Nature Boy
  • Born Again
  • Bob What’s-Is-Name

It was fantastic to see our friend Frank Goodman from Nashville – he happened to be in NYC, figured there was nothing to do on a Monday night but checked the listings anyway, and low-and-behold, there was a listing for us! This was his first time seeing the whole band, having only heard a skeleton crew in the past. We met Frank at the 2004 Folk Alliance conference in San Diego – he has a great ezine called Pure Music and is a talented singer and songwriter – we featured him on our “Love to Turn You On” page a while back.

After the show, we took it easy packing up – sold a few CDs, chatted with new and old friends – eventually, once we had the vans all packed up, we took a little break in the club, chatting with the Jack the booking agent about other NY state ideas and having a last drink of the tour (thanks for the scotch, Jack!). And then it was hugs on the sidewalk and into our vans for the drive home – the sun came up around Providence, RI and an hour & a half or so later, I was home. I’m happy to be home, but sad that we’re not doing any shows for close to a month. Fortunately, I have the opening of the Wellfleet Beachcomber this weekend to keep me from being bored!

[Sorry for the delay posting this – after we drove back to the cape of cod, I got a little bit of sleep, but was mostly useless for the day.]

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