Whooo-eeee! We have been having such as blast these last few days we haven't been able to update all our friends and family back home about our shenanigans (and we have had some believe you me).
-We had a day off and were re-united with out Oats and Notes family, the Gallingers. We got spoiled at Bonterra, the restaurant co-owned by our lovely host.
-Wine-Ohs was a really fun time. Some of our dear friends came out to support us (thanks Neal, Curtis, Tara, & Stacey) and we even made some new ones! Go figure!
-We still need to find a way to pull in a bigger crowd in Cowtown. Perhaps opening for a bigger act next time around.
Fort McLeod-July 18th-20th-South Country Fair
-We were pre-warned by the maginificent Lil' Jill Moranz that South Country Fair was going to blow our socks off (I'm paraphrasing obviously) and she was right on the money! So many amazing performances from music to slam poetry. We played our set on Sunday so we really got to enjoy the other acts throughout the weekend.
-Sunday night was the after party and everyone let loose. Pratt basically doesn't have vocal chords now due to the amount of caterwauling that was done...totally worth it. We can't even go into the lewd party games that went on. Certainly NSFW.
-It's pretty hard to find anything to complain about due to the amount of mind blowing times we had at SCF, but I suppose it would've been cool to shower more often. At least everyone else was in the same state of disarray.
Maple Creek-July 21st-Ghost Town B&B
-The owner of Ghostown Blues is a true music lover and the idyllic setting is enough to evoke a great performance out of any artist. We played in a old re-furbished church (some blasphemy went down) and had our first taste of 'glamping' (glam camping). We would reccomend this amazing spot to any weary travellers who want to have a truly down home experience.
-Pratt's voice had not fully recovered from the previous evening's yellfest and we were forced to sing everything in the key of D so she could hit the high notes. Stupid Pratt...this is Pratt by the way. We managed to get through the set and everyone left happy but it can be very frustrating when you cause your own vocal damage. Couldn't blame this one on the fires.
We had a most excellent time playing at The Olive Bistro and Lounge in Jasper, AB. They know what they're doing in the food and beverage department (Basil, cucumber spiked lemonade? Who thinks this stuff up?). Steph and Darryl also treat their musical guests like gold and it makes for an enjoyable experience all around. Thanks for being you.
-The crowd was full of really great listeners. Jager Bombs were jokingly discussed over the mic and Jager Bombs appeared, almost like magic. We would warn other roots/folk musicians that playing this particular genre of music jacked up on Red Bull and Jager can be problematic.
-We're pretty alright when it comes to making new friends. Charlie and Jenny from Sheffield, England even invited us over the pond. We already bought our plane tickets. We hope they don't regret the rash decision fueled by alcohol.
-After the main event we had an impromtu jam with local songstress Colleen, who is Janis Joplin reincarnate. Hair Panties was requested twice.
-The Mackeys from FSJ appeared out of the blue as a happy surprise. It is always comforting somehow to see familiar faces when we are far from home.
-Following myriads of industrial vehicles down the magic undivided highway that is AB-40 en route to the gig. Naomi's patience is not her virtue and she does NOT do well at the back of the line. Much like Ricky Bobby, she likes to go fast.
-We missed our chance to try the Olive's truffle oil poutine. Ermagerd, I just salivated on the keyboard.
-We were that annoying band that stays up too late, playing music too loud on the roof top patio while other guests (who were probably going kayaking/hiking/whitewater rafting the next day) tried to rest. We are super sorry. We are jerks.
-Remember the Jager Bombs? They made our morning hell...totally worth it.
What's that? This tour happened over a month ago and you're just hearing the third and final part of the trilogy? Musicians..am I right?
Part III: Medicine Hat, AB to Peace River, AB
May 19th- Schooner’s Pub- Medicine Hat, AB
-Met a new gal pal name Michelle who introduced us to a place called the “Medicine Hat Buffet”. She did warn us that we would be sorry after our meal but we were up for the adventure. Buffet items included: Chinese chicken balls, spaghetti, jello, coconut shrimp, pizza, spring rolls, ice cream, deviled eggs, etc.
-Our bartender from Schooners invited us back to her crib for a night cap and we met her fur babies, Lucy the Chihuahua and Ringo the Cat... we can deﬁnitely get down with Beatles themed pets.
-Michelle was right about our buffet adventure. We were sorry for two days afterwards. That place should be illegal, SHUT IT DOWN!
-We played on Victoria Day, it seemed nobody was willing to leave the house.
May 20th House Concert at Neal & Rhonda’s- Calgary, AB
-Neal surprised Rhonda for their 14th wedding anniversary by learning their wedding song, “Lost Together” by Blue Rodeo…so sweet…husband of the year.
-Once again, we got to see friends and family. Neal and Rhonda are cool people with cool pals so we had a great night.
- Neal’s big plan almost flopped because we could not convince Rhonda to leave the house so we could practice their song. She finally gave in!
May 21st- Ferintosh Hotel- Ferintosh, AB
-There is always a character in Ferintosh. This time it was an older Brit named Norman who had written a hilarious song about ‘self-love’. It was so good we ROFL’d.
-Uncle Stan and Aunty Dar basically give us free reign of the bar, it’s fun yet dangerous...kind of like us.
-We both thought we were playing Red Deer so went down to set up at The Olive, we were not playing that night.
May 22nd - The Velvet Olive- Red Deer, AB
-Our ‘ol pal Perry wasn’t around but the other bartender, Charlie, ended up being a really good time.
-We had a guy come to the show specifically because of our funny Searchlight Competition memes.
-Aunty Jane showed up out of the blue!
- Pratt had Chinese cupping done and although the health benefits were achieved it appeared that a large and ornery octopus had attacked her.
May 23rd – House Concert at Rob & Abha’s- Edmonton, AB
- We had a really great show and got our SECOND wedding invitation of the tour.
-There were cute dogs EVERYWHERE!
-Abha gave us a private sitar concert, just beautiful.
-We were really starting to power down and had become decidedly more whiny.
May 24th- Concert at the Cabin (Tom & Carol’s)- Peace River , AB
-Naomi’s family had been working like Clydesdale horses getting her mum and Tom’s cabin and yard ready for the show. They had built a beautiful little bandstand for us to play on.
-Lindsay’s mum and dad showed up in their ‘new to them’ camper van. Twin Peaks began plotting the takeover of said camper van for summer festivals bwahahaha!
-We both got our boyfriends back! The wedding jokes were getting too real. We had dresses picked out and everything.
-Turns out family wants an even better show than strangers! We mustered all of our strength to get through those last two sets before resting our pipes for a well-deserved while.
Alright, where were we? Oh yeah! Manitoba! It was Pratt's first visit to "Friendly Manitoba" and it did not dissapoint. I mean, the weather was bad but that's to be expected right?
Here is Part II of the Twin Peaks tour trilogy. Enjoy!
May 11th- DAY OFF - Selkirk, MB
-Getting spoiled by Naomi’s in-laws with a gigantic feast for Mother’s Day.
-Witnessing an 85 year-old lady (Amma) use an electric scooter for the ﬁrst time. Watching the same 85 year-old lady do a waltz with her electric scooter.
-Having water taken away from us and replaced with alcohol all night long…seriously, it was rough.
May 12th- Le Garage - Winnipeg, MB
-Lindsay found a Neil Young-esque jacket at a second hand store on Corydon.
-Twin Peaks sang ‘Helpless’ and Neil Young’s spirit ﬁlled their bodies momentarily.
-There was an enormous painting of Neil Young in the venue and it was awesome!
-Charlie and Lala got all of their cool friends and family to come to the show, including Gordon Sinclair Jr., a reporter from the Winnipeg Free Press. Learn more abou this cool venue here.
-It was too rainy and windy to explore Winnipeg.
-Taking Gordon Sinclair’s constructive criticism... “You guys are GREAT!”…ouch Gordon.
May 13th- Arborg Hotel- Arborg, MB
-Family reunion with the Shore fam jam.
-Saw Canada’s (perhaps the world’s?) largest curling rock!
-COOP gas card gift!!!
-Overly generous owner Owen who got us silly drunk, so silly drunk that Naomi almost peed her pants in her families kitchen watching Pratt drink straight out of a pitcher of iced tea and eat a day old lamb chop.
-Arguing with the town jack-ass about merchandise prices.
May 14th- Bobby’s Place- Moose Jaw, SK
-Bobby’s place was a traditional Scottish pub. Pratt was in her glory.
-The following day we went Full Moose Jaw and saw all the sights. We dressed as
1920’s ﬂapper girls and held faux Tommy Guns, we took the Chicago tunnel tour
(saw Al Capone’s secret hide outs), we were rejuvenated by the Temple Garden
mineral pool and Brie took us to a ridiculous fried chicken place called Deja Vu.
-No one at the show was very interested in us, too many pints I guess.
-We met the most douche-y guys in Moose Jaw with some serious tribal tattoos and matching track suits.
-Deja Vu also made us feel like hot bags of garbage after consuming said fried chicken.
May 15th- The Rockin’ Horse Pub- Maple Creek, SK
-Ralph and Laurie treat musicians like royalty! Check out the Rockin Horse here.
-We played ‘Ladies Night’, the crowd went wild for Hair Panties and there was chocolate dipped bacon for days!!!
-We were introduced to the owner and manager of Ghost Town Blues B&B and checked out the location the following day. The owner buys and salvages buildings and wagons from ghost towns and converts them into amazing sleeping quarters. Acts such as Ridley Bent and Little Miss Higgins have played there previously.
-Pratt suffered a pretty serious chocolate bacon overdose after Ralph showed her where he kept the stash.
May 16th- The Owl Acoustic Lounge- Lethbridge, AB
-We found a new super friend named Kirby who serves at The Owl, she’s radical.
-Steve the owner has a super heart-on for music and treats musicians very well, he’s an accomplished musician himself, so it makes sense.
-Steve wrote the drink and food descriptions in the menus and reading them alone would make you stay for awhile.Oh look! It's online! Hilarious!
-Steve told us he shuts down the Owl for South Country Fair in Fort McLeod so that all the staff can attend! See you soon guys!
-Naomi bonded with a sparkly new friend named Jeffery, many rye and cokes were imbibed, and the friendship was solidiﬁed.
-We had Dairy Queen for brunch the next day and mosied around the Nikka Yuko Japanese Gardens. Zen as you know what.
-We were force fed (yah right) a lot of different drinks, from paralyzers to bourbon shots, which resulted in our ﬁrst misunderstanding of the tour which then led to both of us crying at our hotel room and hugging it out before bed. Isn’t life grand?
May 17th- Twin Butte General Store- Twin Butte, AB
-Chimichanga’s big enough to last 3 days in the van. Minor health hazard. Not really Foodsafe I guess...
-Jenny and Phil know how to put up with... put up a band, including a great little loft with mountain views.
-Jenny and Phil also run the epic Waterton Lakes Opera House, where we got to party after our Twin Butte gig and catch a band from Lethbridge, Rancho Deluxe. Check out these amazing venues here and here.
-Hugs from the one and only Lil’ Jill!
-Refried bean overdose... thank god for all the cattle to blame the mysterious smells on.
May 18th- House Concert @ Kelsey & Chad’s- Okotoks, AB
-Not only is Kelsey herself and amazing entertainer she also collects exotic pets (some regular ones too) and tequila.
-Pratt got to hold a bearded dragon, a chameleon and a python! Only one of the three attempted to crush her larynx.
-Kelsey and Chad rounded up a bunch of fun, music loving people, including an old
school chum Jesse Jones.
-The next day’s hangover called for McDonald’s breakfast... you know its bad when...
Tune in soon for some more hijinks and capers!
Regular People, Regular Problems.
#thejokeisontour #here comes trouble
Did you miss us? We had an epic time howling across the prairies but now we're back for a short while and thought we'd give you a little look-see into our said epic road times. Please read, laugh, and keep in touch will ya?
May 3rd - Tour Kickoff at the LIDO - Fort St. John BC
-Sold out show 3rd year in a row!!!!
- We raised lots of gas money, cha-ching!
-Played a great show with some great pals. Special thanks to Dori Braun, Betty B Gidd, and Joe Rocca for playing!
-Being too busy to personally thank/hug/kiss everyone there.
May 4th - House Concert @ Shelagh and Cam’s- Grande Prairie AB
-Cuddling with Hadley, our favorite Basset Hound!
-Working on body building poses after midnight with Amandizzay.
-Shootin’ the shit with an old musical theatre pal.
Valleys (The worst actually):
-Leaving our brand new gigantic Kirkland vodka in our host’s freezer!!!
May 5th - House Concert @ Christine and Mike’s - Valleyview AB
-Hanging with the Broadribb clan.
-Listening to the sibling duo Sweet Clover whose harmonies brought us to tears...literally.
-Being introduced to Slivovitz (Russian moonshine).
-Being introduced to Slivovitz, which led to a late night cheese overdose.
May 6th - Cha Island - Edmonton AB
-Having Celeigh Cardinal lend us her smokin’ pipes for the evening.
-Slammin’ pints with our pal Jeff Stuart (the most Scottish, but actually Polish, guy we know).
-Reuniting with the Simpson lassies.
-Naomi forgetting her favorite pants and then having to ask Candi to put them on the Greyhound to Saskatoon.
May 7th - The Root - Lloydminster SK
-Being on the Saskatchewan side of town.
-Dancing the night away with local neon sensation “Spandy”!
-Partying down with our new best friends The Real Ponchos.
-Only sleeping for two hours (nap?) before driving to Saskatoon for our live television debut.
May 8th - Louis’ Loft - Saskatoon SK
-Watching the sun rise across the prairies at 4:30 in the morning.
-Being on CTV morning television and pulling it off no less!
-Meeting some new buds Madeline, Robin and Myles.
-Rockin’ a local open mic at The Woods.
-Booking a show at the university campus and forgetting that school is out.
May 9th - DAY OFF - Saskatoon SK
-Seeing our super friends the Real Ponchos play at Vangelis Tavern.
-Double vodkas on special.
-Double vodkas on special.
May 10th - Lady of the Lake - Brandon MB
-Heritage house lodging with our lovely host and owner of Lady of the Lake, Bridget.
-Deciding it would be ok to leave gear in the van then deciding against it at midnight
when Brandon started getting scary.
-Trying to load gear in through an extremely creaky door at midnight.
Stay tuned for more tour peaks and valleys in the coming days! Next up, Part II: Winnipeg, MB to Okotoks, MB. You know we loves ya!
Regular People, Regular Problems.