Vegas, Cancelled Shows, and Roadkill

We’re only about an hour away from the show tonight in Vegas, and I’m pretty excited. I’ve played the House of Blues in Vegas three times now, and it’s always a really good show!

Tomorrow’s show at the America’s Finest Beer Festival was cancelled. 😦 It stinks cause I was gonna get paid really well for that one, but it happens sometimes. I guess the city of San Diego forced them to shut down which allows me to sleep in, but it still is a pretty big bummer. I don’t cancel many shows and so when it happens, it’s always kind of a bummer.

The last thing Shane Henry told me before I left Oklahoma City for Durango was, “Be careful of deers!” I thought it was funny, and laughed… but if he hadn’t warned me, I literally would have probably hit one. The animals between OKC and Colorado are EVERYWHERE. Cows and horses are just grazing feet away from the road, domesticated animals are just playing in the street at some points… and that’s where it happened… 😦

At around 3:30am, I was going 75 (The posted speed limit) and there was a house coming up. The lights shone on two cats playing in the middle of the street. In a split second I slammed on the brakes, but it was too late. 2 seconds later, as I was replaying the event in my mind, a strange odor seeped into the car… that’s when I realized… I had hit a skunk… not a cat…

So then I start to reconstruct the story. Almost like watching a movie where at the end, the main character does a flashback and sees the real story. I think the cat was fighting the skunk, and I backed it up…

Now… I’m not normally on the side of cats… but if I had no other option, but had to run over a cat or a skunk, I think I made the right decision. (Not like I really had a choice…)

I'm sorry, Pepe...

Anyways. Drive safe. And keep your pet skunks away from the road.

-j

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About Joshua Lodge

Josh will cheerfully admit that he averaged less than a dozen people a show when he first began playing San Diego coffee houses and clubs. But he garnered diehard fans in the process, sold a few thousand copies of his EP, Pocket Change, and picked up few awards along the way. After a traumatic family incident Josh retreated inward, and he ended up writing what would ultimately become his breakout debut, Raw. The album was true to its name and people noticed - Josh picked up two San Diego Music Awards for "Best Acoustic" and "Best Local Recording," opened for the likes of Zac Brown, Jason Mraz, and Matt Nathanson, and had enough money and momentum to tour the country a few times over. A few years after Raw, there was his third EP, Hope. Whereas Raw was a mostly acoustic, vulnerable affair, Hope was a celebration. Pleading and poignant, heartfelt and heavy hearted, it segued effortlessly from orchestral to alt-country, eventually landing him in the top 25 on the country charts. One of the hardest working indie singer/songwriters in Southern California, Josh spent much of the year with producer Mike Butler, gathering up some of the finest musicians in town, shaping his songs and sound further still for his album I Will Be There out now on Randm Records. From the joyous encouragement of “Just Give Me a Call”, to the simple sincerity of the ballad “Tennessee”, Josh’s songwriting skills are clear, his voice rings true and his goals remain the same as when he started - to keep making the best music he can, and to share it with all. A few years after Raw, there was his third release, Hope. Whereas Raw was a mostly acoustic, vulnerable affair, Hope was a celebration. Pleading and poignant, heartfelt and heavy hearted, it segued effortlessly from orchestral to alt-country, eventually landing him in the top 25 on the country charts. One of the hardest working indie singer/songwriters in Southern California, Damigo spent much of year with producer Mike Butler, gathering up some of the finest musicians in town, shaping his songs and sound further still for his latest album, "Just Give Me a Call", available now, on Randm Records. From the up-tempo single, “Just Give Me a Call”, to the simple sincerity of the ballad “Tennessee”, Josh’s songwriting skills are clear, his voice rings true and his goals remain the same as when he started - to keep making the best music he can, and to share it with all.
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