Despite occasional radio-silence, things have been very active online, on the radio and on the road and – ALWAYS – on the farm! Wondering what some of that farm life entails? Here’s a question received from a fan, answered by yours truly:
Q: Can you please share with me in detail what your daily “tend” is and what sort of trouble you’re keeping watch for while these calves grow?
A: Late spring is when the calves that are born (in March, we hope) are worked, meaning vaccinations, castrations and worming. It takes a couple of days to get it all done as I also vaccinate and worm the cows, as well. It takes about 5 people to do it as efficiently as possible. You have to bring each cow/calf into the chute – head catch – give them shots and such. It is time consuming when you have a larger herd. We all help each other, so its a couple of weeks once all the neighbors gets theirs done. (I still have to bring mine back in and booster the pinkeye vaccination). Everyone helping everyone means that anyone can ask for help other times in the year. That’s why its important I be here in March and May/June, so I can hit the road and play music!
The road was kind earlier this year, including concerts on-stage with Patty Griffin, Robbie Fulks, Robbie Fulks & Linda Gail Lewis (Jerry Lee’s sister!), and others. The road beckons quite a bit in June, with upcoming shows with the Old Crow Medicine Show, Paul Thorn and a return to Natalie’s in Ohio with other dates as follows:
Friday 6.7 & Saturday 6.8 – Maryville, TN – The Shed – with Old Crow Medicine Show
Thursday 6.20 – Louisville, KY – The Brown Theater – Opening for Paul Thorn
Friday 6.21 – Worthington, OH – Natalie’s Coal Fired Pizza
Saturday 7.20 – Johnson City, TN – Down Home
Saturday 8.24 – Lebanon, VA – Bicentennial Event – Free
Friday 10.4 – Knoxville, TN – Music Feeds Benefit for Second Harvest Food Bank of East TN – Amphitheatre at 963 World’s Fair Park 37916 865-215-8161 w/ Commonwealth