I hope this missive finds you safe and warm. I'm about to hop in the car tonight and make the first leg of a journey to Indianapolis to play a corporate party, just in time for another blizzard. So, if this is the last time you ever hear from me, it's been wonderful knowing you.
I'm playing in LOUISVILLE this SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 8TH at the RUDYARD KIPLING with the wonderful DANNY FLANIGAN. then the following TUESDAY the 11th, I'll be at the BLUEBIRD CAFE in NASHVILLE with WILL KIMBROUGH, BONNIE BISHOP and AMY BLACK. Then, the following FRIDAY the 14th I'l1 be at the RED LIGHT CAFE in ATLANTA with DAVID OLNEY and ADAM KLEIN. The three of us will play the next night as well, the 15th, in ATHENS, GA, at the FLICKER THEATER AND BAR. I'm very excited to play Athens for the first time since Government Cheese. It's a crime that it's been this long.
I just got back from a terrific month in Seaside, Florida, where I was an artist-in-residence with the ESCAPE TO CREATE program. I had a wonderful time along with several great artists: pianist MARK LOWREY (who stunned me with a jazzy piano interpretation of "Nice Day") illusionist/magician JEANETTE ANDREWS, journalist CYNTHIA BARNETT, visual artist JENNY KRASNER, and filmmaker ELAM STOLTZFUS. I'm greatly indebted to the program and MARSHA DOWLER and KAREN HOLLAND. Thanks also to CLAIRE BANNERMAN, KEN STAHL, MATT BYRD, DHIRU THADANI and CHRISTOPHER MANSON.
As a result of my retreat in Florida, I have completed a second draft of a new book, which is very exciting. The working title is SAY THIS LIFE AND LET IT BE ENOUGH FOR ONCE. That's a line from a poem by JOE BOLTON, a brilliant poet who I went to college with and who died tragically nearly 25 years ago. The book's a memoir, and encompasses territory from my life before CHEESE CHRONICLES and life since then as well. Now, a second draft doesn't mean it's done, but it's a hell of a lot further along than it was. You never finish writing a book – you abandon it. And when I do, I'll be interested in shopping it to major publishers. It might not come to anything, but if I don't try, I won't know.
I have tentative plans to work some more on my next record in April when ROSS RICE comes to Nashville, so it looks like I will be working toward a book release and a record release pretty much simultaneously. We'll see what happens with all that. I'll certainly keep you updated.
Lots of you will be excited to know that GOVERNMENT CHEESE are working on material for our first record in over 20 years. There is no timetable for a release, but we'll record as soon as we have the material and it's feasible to all get together and do it. Will Kimbrough and I are also in the early writing stages of the next DADDY record. (Will's new record, SIDESHOW LOVE, is a gem. Go get it.)
COMING IN MARCH AND APRIL, I will have dates in NORWALK, CLEVELAND and COLUMBUS, OHIO, KANSAS CITY, OSAGE BEACH, MISSOURI, ST. LOUIS, COLUMBIA, SC, and more to be announced. I may not get the dates updated on my Reverbnation page today, but they're all up already on TOMMYWOMACK.COM.
Well, I must pack and load the car and head to my mother in law's house in Horse Cave, Kentucky, from whence I'll plot my snowy assault on Indianapolis Wednesday. Wish me luck, God bless you and stay warm.