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Florida, Detroit…Winter

April 8-Spring?

by Lenny Hughes

We're tearing down the famed Ohio Turnpike and the snow is getting thicker. And it's April. Springtime! Cherry Blossoms! Green trees and warm weather.

T.S. Eliot was right again: it does seem cruel. I think William Carlos Williams called it the “slattern of seasons.”

Just look at Lewis, strolling from the Bus to a turnpike truckstop. He never did like winter.


March 18-Out of the South

by Lenny Hughes

We were holed up again this weekend at Atlantic City's Borgata casino after that long romp through the South.

Saturday night, the show ended with a toast to the gambling palace from Tour Manager Ben, Lewis and John, commemorating more than 100 performances the Black circus mounted there over the years. It also celebrated twice as many live broadcasts that the guys have done since beginning the "Rant Is Due" phenomenon.

From the Catskills to Blue Ridge

March 5-In Like a Lion

by Lenny Hughes

The crazy wind storm that greeted us in the new month in Richmond last week has finally died down, and after a slew of shows in the southland, we're seeking refuge in Charleston, South Carolina, for a day off before we head to Asheville.

In Charleston, we met up with our beloved former sound engineer Jeff Costa, who's doing well these days in Myrtle Beach.  We traded cat stories, and relived some of our misadventures from years past in the course of Lew and John's show at the palatial Gaillard Center.

After the Break

February 22-Off the Bus

by Lenny Hughes

“You're either on the bus or off the bus” -Ken Kesey

After a long, sometimes bizarre break, we were back on the road last week in the good old Chicago area.