We Are the Willows tour diary, Vol. 22

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My name is Peter and I write and play tunes under the name We Are the Willows. What follows are some thoughts and stories about being on the road playing music. Since returning home from my three-month-long tour last summer, I've managed to get a full eight hours of sleep, eat three square meals a day, and take a shower or two. But there is just something about playing to a bartender and smelling like the Burger Kings' armpit that I missed too much! So, it was time to hit the dusty trail again. More »

Rogue Valley tour diary, vol. 7: From saguaros to snowfall

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Rogue Valley's tour diaries are written by frontman Chris Koza and edited by bandmate Peter Sieve. You can read their first, second, third, fourth, fifth, and sixth installments.

Atalesca: 72 degrees.  Pismo Beach: 62 degrees. Ventura: 65 degrees.

It was as perfect a day as one could expect in January. We drove along Highway 101 from Portola Valley towards Los Angeles, taking a break to hike around a satellite dish on a land preserve by Stanford University.  As we neared LA, we found the Lakers versus the Timberwolves on the radio and listened as the former hometown team withstood a late rally from our new natives.

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Rogue Valley tour diary, vol. 6: Comfort zone

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Rogue Valley's tour diaries are written by frontman Chris Koza and edited by bandmate Peter Sieve. You can read their first, second, third, fourth, and fifth installments.

Everyone slept in late the next morning, Portland was its grey, soaking wet, bone-chilling wintery self, but despite the uninviting weather, I felt compelled to put on my running shoes, a stocking cap, call my brother, and get a few miles in before anyone else was up.

That afternoon we headed north to Seattle for our show at the High Dive in the Freemont Neighborhood. If you don't know where that is, just ask someone where in Seattle the giant statue of Lennon and the neon-swim-cap wearing-lady-diver convene. The sound man had it dialed in, and we ripped through our set, starting with False Floors and ending with Rockaway. More »

Rogue Valley tour diary, vol. 5: Heed all warnings

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Rogue Valley's tour diaries are written by frontman Chris Koza and edited by bandmate Peter Sieve. You can read their first, second, third, and fourth installments.

1/20/2012
Butte: 37 degrees. Bearmouth: 38 degrees. Missoula: 40 degrees.
Since the beginning of the week, before leaving Minneapolis, we had received warnings from people who knew of our travels. Everyone we met told us "ridiculous snowfall" awaited us in Missoula and beyond. When we finally rolled in, the knee-high mountains of snow plowed into piles around the downtown was impressive, but the worst of the storm had passed, and the city seemed to be functioning normally. More »

Rogue Valley tour diary, vol. 4: The benefits of local press

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Rogue Valley's tour diaries are written by frontman Chris Koza and edited by bandmate Peter Sieve. You can read their first installment here and second here, and third here.

1/18-1/19 Rogue Valley Tour Journal: "New Year Resolution"
Minneapolis: 21 degrees.
St. Cloud: 17 degrees.
Fergus Falls: 15 degrees.
Fargo: -6 degrees.
Our intention of beginning a tour immediately following the new year was to escape Winter and discover a milder reprieve, but thus far, this is not the case. No newsflash here, but Fargo is not a tropical January destination.
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Mark Mallman tour diary, Vol. 10: The sea! The sea!

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The game is won on the field. Some bits of advice are impossible to follow to fruition. "The game is won on the field, Mallman." This is the kind of hodge-podge rhetoric that makes so much sense, you end up feeling like shit about yourself because you can never live up to it. Life is not won. If anything, death wins.

I first heard the saying when I was editing sports at the TV station nine years earlier. Mr. B came into my office. "Mark, I'm having troubles. I want to meet women, you seem to do well for yourself. Can you help me? I'm lonely." He was a stout man, and the stars were not kind to him. "I can't help you with loneliness, Mr B.," I said, and just that minute hit play on my tape machine. It was a sound byte from then Green Bay Packers quarterback, Brett Favre. "Well, you know, the game is won on the field," he said. I stopped the deck, turned my chair towards Mr. B, and just looked at him. "I guess Brett is telling you to start going to some nightclubs." But I couldn't help him with the loneliness.

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Mark Mallman tour diary, Vol. 9: November rain

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Days of no consequence. Minneapolis edged November. My turmoil was a batholith hidden deep within. The new record was closer to "The Red Bedroom" than anything I'd written in 10 years. Brad was forced to cancel our mix session in Kentucky, so tracking it round Minneapolis would be a new change. I would need to find a grand piano. I began making calls. On Saturday night, I spun top 40 and guilty pleasures at Club Jager. I missed her, and without ground to stand on, did the irony of "Jenny from the Block" have any bearing on real life? 


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Rogue Valley tour diary, Vol. 3

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Rogue Valley's tour diaries are written by frontman Chris Koza and edited by bandmate Peter Sieve. You can read their first installment here and second here.

Most of us in the van slept on our two-our northbound drive from Cottage Grove to Portland, OR, where we would be spending the night. I powered us through, since it's my home state and I felt responsible. It was nearly 2:30 a.m. by the time we made the u-turn around the grassy tree-studded median strip bisecting east and west traffic, and backed the van into the narrow driveway at the residence of my parents; the same and only house I've ever known.

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Mark Mallman tour diary, Vol. 8: Tour withdrawal

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Paul Schrader wrote the script to Taxi Driver while living in a station wagon. Such is the myth of the suffering artist. But beautiful crazy Van Gogh bastard established the archetype. We might stumble onto a kick-ass something in the morning, but by bedtime, the artist suffers by choice.


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Rogue Valley tour diary, Vol. 2

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​Rogue Valley is a Minneapolis-based theatrical folk-pop band who are currently on tour. On the road are drummer Luke Anderson, bassist Paul Engles, keyboardist Joey Kantor, guitar/vocalist Chris Koza and guitarist Peter Sieve. Their tour diaries are written by Koza and edited by Sieve. Read the first installment here.


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