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Notes from the Road

September 12, 2011

Summer Love Tour: Summer's End in Memphis

PHC staffer Ella Schovanec is on the Summer Love Tour with Garrison, Fred Newman, Andra Suchy, Heather Masse, Sara Watkins, and The Guy's All-Star Shoe Band and will update us periodically from the road.


Our last stop of the tour brought us to the birthplace of the blues and rock-and-roll, Memphis, Tennessee. It was in Memphis that Elvis Presley recorded "That's All Right (Mama)" at Sun Studio in 1954, and it was where W.C. Handy introduced the world to the blues. Richard Kriehn, Peter Johnson and Gary Raynor visited Sun Studio and walked the famous Beale Street -- a riot of juke joints, blues halls, neon lights, catfish po' boys, liquor and ribs.

In the spirit of Beale on Sunday night, the band paid homage to the great hits of Sun Studio -- "Great Balls of Fire," "Love Me Tender," and "That's All Right (Mama)." It was a memorable end to the Summer Love Tour under the moon and the stars. A great thank you to all for coming to the show, we'll miss all of the fans and the beautiful music every night. The folks in Memphis aren't the only ones with the blues.

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August 12, Meijer Gardens, Grand Rapids, Michigan


August 13, Wharton Center, East Lansing, Michigan

August 14, Kentucky Center for the Performing Arts, Louisville, Kentucky

August 16, White Oak Amphitheatre, Greensboro, North Carolina

August 17, nTelos Wireless Pavilion, Portsmouth, Virginia

August 19, State Theatre, Portland, Maine

August 20, Cape Cod Melody Tent, Hyannis, Massachusetts

August 21, Artpark, Lewiston, New York

August 23, The Mountain Winery, Saratoga, California

August 24, Laxson Auditorium, Chico, California

August 25, Les Schwab Amphitheater, Bend, Oregon

August 26, Eagle River Pavilion, Boise, Idaho

August 28, Alaska State Fair, Palmer, Alaska

August 29, A Day Off in Alaska

August 31, Starlight Theater, Kansas City, Missouri

September 6, Bass Hall, Forth Worth, Texas

September 7, ACL Live at the Moody Theater, Austin, Texas

September 8, Rudder Auditorium, College Station, Texas

September 9, Tuscaloosa Amphitheater, Tuscaloosa, Alabama

September 10, Soldiers and Sailors Memorial Auditorium, Chattanooga, Tennessee

September 11, Mud Island Amphitheater, Memphis, Tennessee


August 12, Grand Rapids, MI

August 13, East Lansing, MI

August 14, Louisville, KY

August 16, Greensboro, NC

August 17, Portsmouth, VA

"The Parting Glass," East Lansing, MI

"You Are Not Alone," Portsmouth, VA

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