Day 2 of the #HOPEtour – Detroit and Tall People

I woke up from a great dream in Matt Ryd’s living room. His cat’s fur had made its way into my lungs and I promptly took an Allegra and Benadryl and washed my hands so I wouldn’t die. I tossed on my “travel clothes” blogged and got ready for the 6 hour drive to Detroit. Matt’s internal clock woke him up a few minutes after me, (it’s nice to see it working again… Too bad it was broken the day before and I had to get a cab from the airport… You tall schmuck…) and we started loading the car for the drive.

This kid is too tall. It’s really not fair. I can’t reach the shower head, most of the glasses/plates, or see in most of the mirrors in his house. He has successfully created an apartment that I would imagine is similar to that of the giant who lives in the clouds from Jack and the Beanstalk.

We take off and I am told that we have no radio/cd player in the car. Just a heads up- if you are going on tour and driving for an average of 5 hours a day, you may want to have that fixed… Or I’m going to decide what we talk about, when we talk about it, and what opinion you are allowed to have. 🙂

Matt is a good kid. He uses big words which elicit a “ooooohhhh menah menaaaaah” response from me regularly. I’m much happier that I’m me and not him on this trip. I’d piss me off real quickly.

We drove straight to Detroit with no major stops, except to find a post office to send some of my CDs out to people who finally gave me their addresses and to send a package to Denny’s who decided they liked us enough to tweet at us and listen to my tracks from the new album hope!!! (see pictures…) How awesome was that? Well done with the social networking and marketing, Denny’s. (I asked them to make a meal called “The Damigo” on the menu. It’s an egg white omelet with tomatoes, turkey bacon, chicken sausage, and the smoky cheese blend w/ a side of fruit and wheat toast…. Feel free to start ordering that… I doubt it will be called “The Damigo” tho… I’m also trying to get my name on chicken pesto pizzas… Your move, Domino’s.

I found out that pretty much my entire band is booked solid for my cd release, and the opening act just cancelled. Never fear, however!!! I talked to Jesse Thomas and Keaton Simons and both agreed to play the show! It’s gonna be rad! (San Diego on August 11th)

The show last night was awesome. The venue is an old biker bar with so much character and grit that you could try cutting it with a knife, but you’d probably break your knife. Matt played a good set, Alison Lewis, a local played a great set, and I got Randal from some huge band to play a few songs. (he also got his son up to play a song with him.)

I played my “rough” set because Detroit likes their music to be hard rock. I opened with “She’s So Bad For Me”, followed by “Alright” and “Bad Man”. I basically lost 3 pounds of sweat on stage but loved every second of it. Pat was a fantastic sound man and Blake was a gracious host. I’d love to play Corktown Tavern again with my band. It was definitely a good kickstart to the tour.

Today is the Indy show and I haven’t played here in a while. Should be fun! The show is from 7-9 at Lazy Daze Coffee House and I’m looking forward to meet a few peeps who have been hitting me up to come to town for a while.

It’s also the last day to vote for me for the San Diego Music Awards! (please do so now! 😉 http://www.sandiegomusicawards.com there are a lot of good acts nominated this year, but it’s a popularity contest and I think you guys are more popular than most. 😉

That’s all. We’re a few miles from Indy now, and my laptop is broken… (sigh) hopefully we’ll have time to get it fixed cause blogging from my phone is boooootay.

Love you all!
-j

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About Josh Damigo

Josh will cheerfully admit that he averaged less than a dozen people a show when he first began playing San Diego coffee houses. But he garnered diehard fans in the process, sold a few thousand copies of his homemade EP, Pocket Change, and picked up few awards along the way. After a traumatic family incident, Damigo 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, Eric Hutchinson, 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 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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