We're hot off a ten-day east coast travel-ganza, and filled with pizza, bagels, family, pizza bagels, and gratitude for all who came to see us. We love you.
As we debrief from the tour and bask in the many memorable moments, one sticks out above the rest. And no, it was not performing beside the Washington Monument in the rain for the strongest, sorest footed, wettest, most inspiring, pink-clad people at the finish line of a 39.3 mile walk to fight breast cancer (Avon 39). Nor was it singing "Carolina Pines" over Skype to a group of sleepy, smiling children at an orphanage in Zimbabwe (pictured above), and listening as they sang us a song back (Zimkids Orphan Trust). It certainly was not the terrible "Asian" salads we just ate in Terminal F of the Fort Lauderdale airport. It was, in fact, the hatching of an idea, one hatched by a brilliant supporter. It's the latest and greatest new merchandise idea, the cure for boring feet. It is ODELL SOCKS. We've always felt a bit sheepish wearing our own t-shirts (though they are unimaginably soft), but socks seem more acceptable. Sort of like shoulder tattoos instead of neck tattoos. Right? Except softer. Give us a holler if you know any folks in the sock business.
This month, Jenner heads to California to river guide on the Tuolumne River, and Raph will continue his diligent dog training in Austin, Florida, and New York, before heading back to Sitka, Alaska to teach songwriting to unsuspecting middle schoolers. We will meet again in British Columbia at the end of June to play the Tall Tree Music Festival in stunningly scenic Port Renfrew.
Jenner and Raph
5/8 Sweetwater Music Hall Mill Valley Jenner Fox Solo Show
5/22 Rockwood Music Hall New York City Raph Odell Shapiro Solo Show
Odell Fox Recommends...
The Perfect PB&J.
1: Ingredients - Peanut butter with minimal ingredients (i.e. just peanuts and salt). Your favorite jam/jelly or honey. Bread without too much going on, Odell Fox recommends Dave's Killer Bread, honey oats and flax flavor.
2: The Spread - A healthy layer of peanut butter (about the width of a pencil) across the whole surface of the bread, all the way to but not over the crust. Do the same with the jelly, but less, like half a pencil's width.
3: NOW, WAIT - This is the most important step. Go do something fun. Leave your PB&J somewhere, like the bottom of your backpack so it gets a water bottle imprint on it, or leave it in the sun on your dashboard. Drop it a couple times. Put it in your pocket. If you need or want to speed up the process, you can sit on it. You will know it's ready when the bread is no longer the shape of bread and the jelly is bleeding through
4: Enjoy with a Beverage - This tends to be a very sticky sandwich.
Seeing the Wood Brothers in Concert: We've enjoyed this Americana soul trio's recordings for a while, but we were fortunate enough to see them perform at the Old Settler's Music Festival last month, and their live show is astounding. Such musicianship, such groove, and if that's not enough, Oliver Wood looks like a folk-rock Gandalf. Here are their upcoming tour dates. A good show to get to would probably be at Red Rocks Amphitheater with our friend Abby.
And before we go...some memorable May quotes
"I gotta say man, none of us would have come to your show if you weren't good at soccer."
-Member of Jenner's men's league soccer team in Austin. The majority of the audience at Odell Fox's latest Austin show was from the team. Thanks Celtic Cowboys! Jenner is thus still being conditioned to believe that soccer skills actually matter.
-The second of two headlines (one a giant picture on the front page) promoting Raph's return to perform in his small hometown of Sag Harbor. He's apparently a really big deal, and we're lucky to have him. Thanks Sag Harbor Express.