Tonights show was hosted by my dear friend Blaine, at his delightful manor in north Eugene. I am grateful to have so many people in my life who believe in me and my vision, because there are days when I don’t. He was kind enough to open his home and cook an amazing spread, including bacon wrapped carrots which are surprisingly (not surprisingly, because anything with bacon is good) delicious. It also happened to be the 11th birthday of Kylie, the daughter of Blaine’s girlfriend as well as the 17th anniversary of a very sad day in American history. I sang mostly songs from my new album which will be ready to purchase next week and a few covers including Stephen Foster’s 1854 parlor song “Hard Times,” which felt fitting for the day, let us pause in life’s pleasures and count its many tears, while we sup sorrow with the poor. There’s a song that will linger forever in our ears, oh hard times, hard times come again no more.