We’re on the road meeting lots of interesting new people and seeing amazing sights. Yesterday in St. Albert, Alberta, we talked with an Inuit story teller named Michael Kusugak. He taught us a new word. The word is qaajurnak. He told us it’s pronounced just like it’s spelled. Ki-yo-nuk with the i and the o being long vowels and the u being short. The word means “it’s going to be cold when I go outside”. We won’t be using this word at the Kerrville Folk Festival this weekend, but we plan to remember it for our Ozark winter. Just last week we were in Juneau, Alaska. Ezra went fishing and ended up seeing humpback whales, harbour seals, sea lions and more bald eagles in an hour and a half than he’s seen in his entire life. How was the fishing? He didn’t see any fish. If you’re planning to go to Juneau, don’t plan to take your car. There is no road to Juneau. You can come by air or by sea, or for the most intrepid, you could run across the mountains real fast avoiding bears a nd the like.
Work has resumed on Ezra’s treehouse. It’s been four years since building was started. He claims there is an end in sight but there are non-believers among us. The wood for the interior walls has been shellacked and mostly installed. The ceiling and the chandelier are totally put up. This leaves flooring, cabinets and the final installation of the composting toilet and the wood-stove. The sincere hope is that it will be finished for Thanksgiving. When it’s done, we’ll put up pictures on the website for those of you interested in what Ezra’s dream looks like.
So, we’re sitting here in Canada writing you this letter and we’re finding it hard to talk about anything but the road. Aren’t you glad you only get these letters once a month! We played in Tulsa OK two weeks ago at Bob’s. Bob’s is a club that’s connected (literally) to the legendary Cain’s Ballroom. Bob’s was named for Bob Wills. We played Bob and Bob at Bobs! It was a milestone for us. We also had a great time playing at Riverfest in Little Rock AR. The highlight was a jam session onstage with Bamboula 2000, a group from New Orleans. If you get a chance to see them at a festival this summer, bring your dancing shoes.
Check our calendar for our upcoming interesting locations. Be one of the interesting people we talk to. This should be a great summer for all of us.
Keith and Ezra