September greetings from Kittery, Maine, where the Mayer Kirby Mayer Acoustic Group with Gary Green resumes its tour on Thursday, September 7th at the Star Theatre in the Kittery Community Center.
We opened our 2015 tour at this beautiful venue, and loved the vibe and acoustics so much we've been itching to get back. It's only a 2-minute drive off of Interstate 93 and easily accessible from northern Massachusetts, southern Maine and New Hampshire.
On September 8th we return to the Baha Brother's Sandbar Grille in Taunton, Massachusetts, and after a private event on the 9th, ferry across Long Island Sound to the iconic Stephen Talkhouse in Amagansett, New York, for a show on the 10th. The Sandbar nearly always sells out, and you never know who's going to show up on stage at the Talkhouse, so grab your tickets soon.
Mayer Kirby Mayer with Gary Green
From there it's on to a new venue for MKM – the Beverly Hills Tavern in Reading, Pennsylvania – on the 12th, and then a return performance on the 13th at the lovely Turnage Theatre in historic Washington, North Carolina. If you haven't been to the original Washington, you should check it out. It's a great little town on the Pamlico River. We then head north to play at our old favorite, Ashland Coffee and Tea, on the 14th, followed by a private show on the 15th, and wind things up in Annapolis for our annual appearance at the Boatyard Beach Bash with a boatload of other great acts.
On Sunday, September 17th, I'll be bringing my own band to perform at the annual benefit for the Rainbow Therapeutic Riding Center in Haymarket, Virginia. This is a charity I have been involved with for a half-dozen years and always enjoy playing for such a good cause. Joining me this year will be David Edmisten on guitar and vocals, Emily Randle on fiddle and Gary Green on harmonica.
CHASING HEMINGWAY'S GHOST AVAILABLE TO ORDER ON OCTOBER 1
I'm pleased to say my new recording is in the final stages of mastering and the cover is being printed, so the CD will definitely be available by the scheduled release date of October 12th. You can place your order with Little Flock Music beginning on October 1st. I will be appearing live that afternoon with JD Spradlin on Sirius XM Radio Margaritaville to talk about the CD and perform a song or two.
Benjamin "Dink" Bruce
ABOUT THE CD COVER
When I settled on the title of Chasing Hemingway's Ghost for this recording, I went to my friend, Key West native Dink Bruce, for help with the cover. Dink is a talented photographer and artist with an exceptionally creative mind, so I hoped he might have some ideas because I didn't have a clue.
About a week after giving Dink the finished lyrics to the title song, I was summoned to his corner office at the Afterdeck Bar, where he showed me a photograph he had taken with a sketched concept of Mr. Hemingway's faint image towering among the Key West clouds. In a split second I knew we had a cover. As another talented artist admiringly said of Dink's idea, "It's nearly impossible to deal visually with the concept of ghosts."
All the sketches used on the cover and the disc are also Dink's work, and the black and white photograph of the Pilar in Havana Harbor came from his parent's collection. His father, Toby Bruce worked for Hemingway for three decades.