Neglected the blog a bit only because I've been incredibly busy, and we all know is a good thing. Whew ...where to begin. A very interesting spring indeed. After the last tour I got to play a ton of local shows which worked out great before my little jaunt to New England territory and a string of successful shows. I had the pleasure of traveling out to Montauk NY and playing at the charming cafe called The Six Six Eight Gig Shack. Dope spot and gorgeous weather,what a wonderful place to be in the spring.I drove straight up north to Portland Maine to be the featured artist at The Dogfish Company open mic and had a blast catching up with some old friends I use to work in the restaurants with. The next day found me going SW to Tavern On The Square in Claremont, NH. I was a little late for the show and lets just say the manger wasn't thrilled with me. I don't think I will be playing there anytime soon. Friday found me making my way to the Mad River Coffee House in Campton NH. Such a lovely spot and a wonderful show. Some locals came out and they were into it. It was a pleasure to play there and I hope to return soon. Saturday found me in a flurry to make it back to Jersey to play at Terrace Tavern in Beach Haven NJ. A friend of mine bought the spot and I was stoked he wanted me to play. Had a good Ole' fashion beach haven party.Good energy for sure.
Was happy to get back in the swing of things at home. Catcha Fish did our first show of the year at The Marlin minus Danny G because he had previous engagements with another band he plays in. Nonetheless it was a great show, a solid pre-summer crowd. Im looking forward to playing some more shows there. I was also happy to score a gig at my home away from home, Stroudsburg PA at the famous Sarah Street Grille. Came up a day early and canoed with friends and family on the Delaware River and had a blast. The Sarah Street Show was great. I always have a good time at that venue.
I got to be home for a few more days before my last venture on the road for the summer. This time I had the pleasure of driving down to Thomas WV and played two afternoon shows at The Purple Fiddle. This little discreet town kisses the North Fork of The Blackwater River. The Black River Falls were a sweet sight on the eyes. They were kind enough to give me a room above the venue for free while I played over the weekend. I believe the building itself was over 100+ years old. It use to be a general store back in the day when it was a coal mining town. Now it is a musical tourist destination where some of the best current talent stop and play on their way down the east coast. Some of my favorites like Green Sky Bluegrass and Zach Deputy have both done shows here respectively. Sunday show was special to me and the crowd was great. Happy to play here and can't wait to return. Im back home now and happy to be busy playing locally for the the next three months. A lot of big stuff on the horizon. Along with my summer residencies and other local shows, Im doing a show in Tuckerton in July. On 7/14 The Band of Otters and I
will be at The Lizzie Rose Music Room doing, Zimmerman does Zimmerman: A tribute to Bob Dylan. We've been practicing and well be diving deep into his catalog. Ill be playing heavy all over LBI and I'm also in the works of building a show on 8/4 at The Wayward Social in Brooklyn N.Y., more info on that soon. I have some solo stuff as well happening in NY so check the website for details. Im also super stoked That Catcha Fish will be hosting the after party for The Moe. and Railroad Earths after party in AC on 8/26 at The Boneyard on Virginia Ave in Atlantic City. Rumor has it Vinnie from Moe is gonna come over and jam with us. Good times. Before then and now I will be playing in and around LBI. Check out www.ryanzimmermanmusic.com for more details. Keep in touch!- Rye