We started part two of the tour last Wednesday, the 24th with a gig at the Zehntscheuer in Deizisau, a village not far from Stuttgart. The space was large, the audience was small but we played well and had a nice time. Jochen, who runs the place and is an aquintance of Max from their teenage years looked after us well.
Daniel and Fabian sound checking.
Max Steinert, our pedal steel man, had the flu already in Deizisau and decided not to come to Regensburg with us the next day. Shame! He missed a great gig in Regensburg! We played the first of two bookshop gigs in at Dombrowski Books in Regensburg. Ulrich and Daniela Dombrowski, our hosts, did a great jon promoting the gig and evengot us a truely lovevly write up in the local press. We played to a full house and an incredible amount of people took home signed copies of our records or CDs. Such a nice vibe, thanks Ulrich and Daniela.
Looking at the Regensburger Dom (Cathedral) before the gig.
Midnight meal among books with our hosts.
Next was Dresden and the second bookshop gig at Büchers Best, which was SOLD OUT! The whole set up was great. Chairs and beer benches were crammed in every nook and cranny of the shop and mirrors were attached to bookshelves so people could see us from around teh corner. Thanks Mr. Stübig and Co. for the very special production of the whole evening. Büchers Best, Musashi the cat (at home at Büchers Best) as well as what we saw of Dresden will have us on our way back to Dresden soon I a sure.
Preparig the stage at Büchers Best.
Musashi the cat likes our instruments.
…. and then, the next morning waking up in Desden… it was suddenly winter. It had been snowing most of the night and there was a nasty cold wind blowing down the streets. We took it easy for the morning, had lunch, loaded and headed to Chemnitz, where the winter continued.
Chemnitz seemed a bit of a ghost town. Lots of empty boarded up buildings, no-one in the streets… we though no-one would turn up for the gig and were surprised when suddenly the place filled up. We played at Exil, the bar of the city’s theatre. The people came to the bar after seeing a play and… understandably, but still a little disappointingly, weren’t too interested in our music. But hey, there are always a few people who want to listen.
The set up in Chemnitz.
And then Berlin. In the van on the way to Berlin we heard from Jo Ambros, confirming he’d come join us for the gig with his pedal steel. We had a short run through before the gig and he did a great, great job. The Intersoup (the venue) basement slowly filled up mostly with friends and friends of friends. A lovely end to our tour for now, thanks everyone for coming!
Jo on pedal steel.
Full house at Intersoup.