February 2008

February 29, 2008

It's Leap Year!

photo of steve getting ready for spring training

Listen to Steve speak really important information about leap year. This is breaking news. More breaking than Fox or CNN. This is better than Cats or even The Indian In the Cupboard.

Click here for important news!!!!

Here is the transcript we received from Oprah Poprah Gin freeze.

Leap Year------------------------------*******^^^^^^*********-----------------

Lets leap like frogs on a mossy fallen tree trunk
Letís act like weíre drunk
Drunk on love
Drunk on life
Letís act like a nova scotia fish wife
Letís march in the band
Letís take back our land
Letís change leaders
Run down the freeway naked screaming
Like jay Hawkins
Howl like coyotes
Drink from the stream
Spit into the wind
Set our clothes on fire and
Leap like lizards
Leap like fleas
Itís leap year for Chrissake
Letís really leap
For we are only the sum of our parts
We are Chrysler engines
Revving on the drugstore strip
We are queers
We are frozen monkeys
Hot dog water cascades around us all
Hot dog flavored snow cones
Are the new black
Black is the new brown
Please press one for English
Leap year is spelled l-e-a-p
Not l-e-e-e-e-e-p.
Thank you for your consideration

Piermont New York tonight.
The Turning Point
Goodness abounds.
Stay true,

Posted by steve at 1:02 AM | Comments (768)
February 28, 2008

Diary of a Man Going Slowly Insane

Wino Krainz photography

I think I had about 31 shows in 21 days. It all started in Dallas, good
Doctor. By the time I got to Oklahoma for the storytelling festival I was doing 3 to 4 shows a day. Is it any wonder that last night in Dayton, Ohio I lost my mind? Left it somewhere but can't for the life of me remember where. Maybe it's under the seat in the van by the bag with all the cough medicine and cold remedies. Maybe I left it in a truck stop off of the I-80 or something. Maybe the lady with the Australian accent inside the GPS device device took it. Yeah, that's the ticket! It's a conspiracy between her and other evil doers. They took my mind and are playing hide and seek with it and tucked it in a box of See's candies by a chocolate nugget crunch thing.

Thank you to Mick and everyone at Canal Street Tavern. I've played that room since the early Rugburns days and for some reason he still keeps booking me. Probably because we're both getting older and he feels sorry for me. It's his idea of "community outreach."

Here is a little piece written by a guy named Frank Goodman who came to a show of mine in Nashville recently. I think he interviewed me when I was at an airport somewhere in Australia. I remember a cell phone and security and airport announcements in Australian accents.

Click Here to see article and interview!!!

Every once in awhile I get and email that makes me call the police. Last night in Dayton I before the show I received a Fred Van Vactorish type email. At first I thought it might be Fred playing a trick on me but no. This girl really exists and turned out to the show and sat in the front row wearing a shirt that said "Mrs, Poltz!"

Here is the email:
Subject: I fucking love you!

name: colleen

message: I am sooo excited about Dayton tonight! I made a special shirt to wear "Mrs Poltz" I hope you dont mind being forced into marriage with me. Im a good cook,so hopfully that makes up for the lack of... well, knowing me at all. My friend Jason (lives in CA) asked me to get a signed CD for him (from you) as well as any copies of police charges that may be filed by you for me forcing myself upon you :) If you lay still it will all be over soon.
Love you (fucking love you!)
See you tonight!
Submit: Send my Email!

I can't make this shit up! There she was in the front row and I even read her letter on stage. The cops never showed up so I just played the show and got weirder than I've ever been and ended up scaring her away. She thought she wanted to be Mrs. Poltz until she realized
my mind had melted like a clock in a Salvador Dali painting. Now she probably likes someone else who's more stable like Tom Cruise or something. Is he more stable than me, I (the guy typing this)? We need to go on Barbara Walters together and see who out koo koos who?

Hey guess what?
We don't have a show tonight. For the first time in a long time. No show to play. Just a 10 hour drive from Dayton to New York City.
We play tomorrow night in Piermont, New York.

Must go crawl in van now and check around for my mind. I know it's in there somewhere.

Peace be with you---- and also with you
Steven Joseph Joshua Poltz

Posted by steve at 7:35 AM | Comments (1638)
February 26, 2008

Uncensored Interview

photo taken by Milan backstage at The Vanguard in Sydney Australia (the signature was from 2 years earlier and I never remembered signing the wall)

Hi Citizens of Planet Earth,
We played a very long show in Indianapolis last night. I thought the show was over but then after 25 or so minutes we got back up and played for another hour. Dave and Michelle are stellar hosts and I'm always happy to play at their club. They're even going to make the drive to see us in Dayton Ohio.

Dean and Kristi Lee from The Bob and Tom Show came out to the gig. Kudos to them as they have to wake up at 4 in the morning to be on the air. I love it when they show up at gigs because i want to impress them and usually end up doing something weird that probably doesn't impress them. I think it makes them fear for my sanity.

I did an extended interview in New York City and they posted it online for all to see. I remember that day well. We were running ragged all over the city trying to get to Sirius satellite radio then to an in store performance and i was taping the Hugh Thompson Show. Next thing you know these two great interviewers and camera people showed up for a fun interview. They let me go off on several tangents and just captured it all on their little cameras and technological doo doo dads. (i said "doo doo")

Hopefully the link works now when I paste it below:-------------------

Click Here to see interviews

I think if you view it and leave comments then they'll have me back because they'll think people want to see more. Together we can fool the world.

We are off to Cleveland and it's snowing cats and antelopes. We shall drive slowly as we are all from California and this white stuff on the ground confuses us.
Yours Truly,

Posted by steve at 7:29 AM | Comments (6088)
February 25, 2008

You guys are going to have to carry me


Dear Friends,
We played Madison, Wisconsin last night at Cafe Montmarte. Great venue and great people. We like Madison very much. The only problem is we had to drive all night to make it to Indianapolis for The Bob and Tom show. We arrived 10 minutes early at 6:50 am just in time to go on the air to over 200 stations. I can't believe we made it on time. There was snow everywhere along the highway and our road manager Chris drove like a champ.

Bob and Tom were awesome and let me be on the air with them for ages. I must have received 100 emails from the performance so hopefully more folks get turned on to the new cds.

Tonight we are playing Indy at Locals Only and we get to to sleep in for once. At least until 10 am. Then we are off to snowy Cleveland and The Beachland Ballroom. I wish my lungs would clear up and the hacking would stop. I feel like a cat choking on a fur ball. Maybe I need something to dry me out to go along with the antibiotics. I can't wait until i am back to normal.

You guys are going to have to carry me the rest of the way.
P.S. we just added The Casbah in San Diego on March 25th!

Posted by steve at 3:36 PM | Comments (2551)
February 24, 2008

SXSW is going to be hectic

rob hanning photog pic taken at Sleep Creek Vineyards great night!

Tonight Madison Wisconsin. We hope to see you there at Cafť Montmartre.

Check it oot eh? Here is my schedule for those of you coming to South by Southwest Music Festival in Austin Tx.
SXSW schedule:

Wednesday, March 12 _____________________________________________________

11-Noon ME Television
2130 S. Congress (corner of Live Oak and South Congress)

12:40-1:05pm Conqueroo/Guitartown party at Mother Egans
715 W. 6th St.
Austin, TX 78701
Stage is at the back of Mother Eganís parking lot.

3-4pm CDTex/KFAN party at Opal Divineís
One hour performance with band
700 w 6th street
(512) 477- 3308
Austin, TX 78701 (across the street from Mother Egans)

5-6pm Performing Songwriter/Organic
Entertainment/SeptemberGurl PR party
Threadgills 301 W. Riverside Dr.
301 W. Riverside Dr. w/band

Thursday, March 13_____________________________________________________

8am KGSR interview at the Four Seasons
Two songs and an interview
live on air come watch in the lobby at the four seasons!
98 San Jacinto Blvd.
Austin, TX 78701

Tent 9-10pm ATXtreme party performance
The Cock Pit
113 San Jacinto
FYI, itís a benefit for (not looking for monetary
donations, just signatures)

Friday, March 14__________________________________________________________

4pm Industry of Music Showcase
Full band
Ginger Man
304 W. 4th St.

6:40-7pm Sin City showcase
Mariaís Taco Xpress
2529 S. Lamar (south of Oltorf)
Austin, TX 78704

10pm Hilton Garden Inn, 18th floor
(500 N IH 35)
Official SXSW showcase!!!! 10 pm sharp
(8pm David Fonesca, 9pm Tom Brosseau, 11pm Tony Scherr
12pm Abra Moore, 1am Shawn Mullins

Saturday, March 15________________________________________________________

time still to be
determined Mojo Nixonís Jalapeno Breakfast !
Continental Club

Noon -12:30pm Twangfest
30 minute solo set

2 pm drive to Dallas for show at Bend Yoga
bye bye SXSW Get some sleep Steve

Posted by steve at 8:24 AM | Comments (13)
February 22, 2008

The 2 Cds fit together


This is Bill Bowker in the middle. He's a disc jockey at KRSH in Santa Rosa California and he's been playing tracks off of both of my new releases. The dude next to him Patrick Dennis form The Truckee Brothers. Patrick plays drums in my band The Cynics and sings like a beautiful bird on a wire.

The reason I am showing you this picture is because I want you to see how the 2 cds are different in size. That's so that "Unraveling" can fit into the taller "Traveling." Patrick designed the artwork for the cds and it really works out like the 2 cds are best friends. "Traveling" carries the the other cd around in its pouch like a marsupial. After you buy them them they even hop around like kangaroos, mate. (not like kangaroos mate) I'm not interested in the mating habits of kangaroos. I mean, like kangaroos---- mate! They hop all over your desk when you're at work and when someone casually strolls by from another office shoving a hot pocket into their mouth, you look like a much cooler person because you have companion cds. And because you're not shoving a hot pocket into your pie hole.

The only way to get "Unraveling" is at the live shows. This is angering some people who live far away. My heart is starting melt when i get emails from people who can't possibly make it out to the shows due to distance and the cost of gas and hot pockets and Chuck Norris fitness dvds.

What should I do? Do i stick with my earlier convictions and keep it available at live shows only? Or do I acquiesce to the demand of the proletariat? It would give a boost to the fiscal year fourth quarter reports of sales of pockets that are hot in correlation to hopping cds. My sales go up while hot pockets take a hit and people get more fit.

I was originally planning on finishing this tour and then in April or May making the other cd available by order through this very website you are tippy tapping on right now.

Please give me some advice. Or as they say in Germany "adwice."

Until then I remain,
Your friend,
Steven JJ

P.S. Shank Hall is a great venue to play in Milwaukee. Thanks Peter!
P.S.S. Sue from my management is the coolest person ever. Thank Sue for coming out to the Milwaukee show and bringing all your fine peeps. Wisconsin is more than just cheese and The Packers. It's a rock n roll cornucopia of snow and music mixed with cheese and friendly fine people that would go out of their way to help you change a tire in the middle of a blizzard.
P.S.S. Chicago here we come! This is an early show tonight and starts at 7 pm sharp. I get 90 minutes so get there on time. Attendance is compulsory and we will give fines for tardiness.

Posted by steve at 8:04 AM | Comments (20)
February 20, 2008

Go camping with 2 psychos version 3.0


July 23rd to July 27th 2008

This will be the third year of the song writing workshop I give with Tim Bluhm. See us above in the picture? He is my dear friend and 3 years ago we started doing this great trip to Yosemite in the Ansel Adams back country. Each year we've had a blast sitting around the campfire singing songs and making you guys write new ones. We swim in Lady Lake and go on beautiful day hikes. We camp under the stars and howl at the moon like bastard wolves.

Tim is in The Mother Hips and has great songs. The kind of songs that stick to your ribs. Songs about California and Tinkerbell and lots of other things.
If this sounds like your cup of broth then I suggest you sign up soon. There are only 11 spaces available. All of your meals are cooked for you by wonderful guides. All of your is hauled up by sherpas and servants in robes. We usually see UFOs in the sky and the donkeys and mules go crazy.

For more info go here: Click Here to for more info

Sleepy Creek Vineyards was fun tonight. Illinois is colder than the inside of a meat locker. But the people are warm like Cracker Barrel green beans. My cough is on the wane and I hope it fades like the first pair of Levis I bought in 4th grade with my paper route money. Dammit, I loved those jeans almost as much as I loved that first guitar.

Milwaukee tomorrow. Is it tomorrow already? All I know is Milwaukee is on Feb 21. Who tours in Wisconsin in the dead of Winter? Only idiots do I guess. Well then I want to be the Grand Marshall in the parade of idiots.

Check this out--------- I said "edgier" ---------------------- in some press for the upcoming show in Cleveland.

Click Here to read me saying edgier

That's all for now. I'll leave you with the lyrics of a Minnie Riperton song
Loving you is easy cuz you're beautiful. la la la la la - la la la la la- la la la la la la la la la doo n doo doo doo doo. ahhhhhhhhhhhhh!

Posted by steve at 11:14 PM | Comments (13)
February 19, 2008

Uncle Louie Kath Dad and Hunson a dunson and Me


This is a great old shot of Uncle Louie looking very dapper with his beard. My sister Kathy is smiling and holding Hunson a Dunson (our dog) and my Dad with his smiling eyes almost shut and little old me.

Uncle Louie took me to every single Planet of the Apes movie. He taught me how to sing and tried to teach me piano but then took me to see Julian Bream at The Hollywood Bowl and I fell in love with the guitar. We found an old guitar in the attic of our new California home on Holliston Street.

My first guitar teacher had a glass eye and a wooden leg and he smelled like mothballs. (it's really hard to know the smell of moth's balls. Their little mothy legs are hard to pull apart)

I wanted to rock like Elvis Presley but my teacher wasn't having it. He brought over a book of The Mel Bay guitar method. It was so boring but to my Mom and Dad's credit, they made me stick with it.

I wrote songs for my dog. He loved them and would show doggy approval by licking my face and eventually making me sneeze. The words to my first song were, "hunson a dunson, where's your bunson? I thought I saw it the other day. Was it walking? Or was it it talking? I don't know, I could not say!"
The song had to be sung in an English accent like Herman's Hermits.

My sister was my hero and still is. She is 2 years older and we were born on the same day. I love her very much. She used to protect my wheezing, stuttering, asthmatic skinny little body from the bullies in the neighborhood. She gave me all her Joni Mitchell records and taught me how to really listen to the words.

Life is really weird because I always thought i was going to be a brain surgeon. But I hated math and loved the radio. I could memorize the words to any song and so could Kath. She taught me how to harmonize.

Now as I get ready to leave Kansas City this morning after a 23 song set (I love the number 23) at a very smokey bar (When are they going to get with the program and make folks smoke outside in Kansas?) I am off to a house concert that is going to have cats. I need to find some allergy pills fast.

But that's not what I'm thinking about. I'm thinking about how fast the years go by. Like a bullet train. One big blur like a shooting star in the desert on a hot Palm Springs night. One minute you're singing songs from the movie "Oliver" at a piano recital for Uncle Louie and the next you're traveling in a van singing songs for people every night in some new town. Not just people, but really beautiful souls all trying to eek out a living and looking for relief in music and song. And the world just keeps on spinning and spinning and spinning. I guess I'm getting sentimental in my old age but it's all so
fucking beautiful it makes my eyes well up and it stains my salt suit.

Peace in 2008
vote for change

Posted by steve at 8:40 AM | Comments (11355)
February 18, 2008

Goodbye Oklahoma


Golly gee,
Mind mind is completely blown. I am leaving OKC this morning and it's finally sunny. I watched Juno in my hotel room. LOVED IT.

But that's not what blew the gasket in my head. Not even the fact that I finally gave in and started taking antibiotics for the green oyster farm that is taking residence in my already tattered lungs. (I'm anti antibiotics ya see) But I had to give in to the amoxicillin (or however you spell it)

What tripped my wires was the fact that I didn't know a story teller's society even existed. It's like a whole other portal to a different universe. I was busy as a clown being chased by mimes. Would that be busy or creeped out?
Well, I was busy. I played shows to kids, then to disabled adults and then to severely disabled kids. Any problems I thought I had were instantly wiped off the map stamped in my grey matter. People in Oklahoma are OK by me. I met some great "tellers" as they call them in the storytelling biz.

Then I finished it off with a show at The Blue Door. Greg Johnson owns the joint and is going to heaven for sure. Even though he cusses like a drunken sailor he's still going straight the golden land. I love his venue and always provides a good time. I think I played 8 shows in 3 days at the storyteller festival thingy. Now we are off to Kansas City and 16 shows in a row.

Gotta get healthy. Gotta get healthy. That's my mantra for the day.


Posted by steve at 8:57 AM | Comments (1791)
February 14, 2008

Hey! Sweet Holy Poster Hamster Boy!


We only printed up 200 of these sweet limited edition silk screened tour posters. We have them on the road with us. Just one more reason to buy a ticket and come see us play. Quit your jobs and give the middle finger to your bosses and follow us around the country. These beauties are suitable for framing. We're only charging 10 bucks for them at the gigs. 10 bucks? We must be crazy. That's a stupid price made up by people who obviously don't care about making money. Hurry, while supplies last. Must act now before time runs out and there are no more posters. No more posters anywhere. A global drought just like we were warned about. A sad sad world without posters.

Happy Valentine's Day
Here's a poem I made up:

Love is patient like an inmate in a mental ward
Love is kind of crazy
love does not put on air supply's greatest hits in van full of cynics
for love is blind and drunk as a just released jail bird in a whorehouse with a fist full of hundred dollar bills

yours truly,
or you can call me Joe

Posted by steve at 4:37 AM | Comments (4686)
February 13, 2008

I'm back in the saddle (so to speak)


Sorry for the delay (tom delay) in not updating this blog in the last couple of weeks. There are reasons.
1. I have bird legs. (note the pic of me in Tahiti above)
2. We moved this website to a different server
3. The move took longer than expected and Patrick and Tony and Jesse did a great job riding herd.
4. There will be changes coming up in the near future on this here site.
5. I got sick in the northwest. I thought I was a young man who could still eat taco bell late at night. WRONG! I'll leave that action to my road manager Chris. He's a youngster at 25 and his stomach is iron. I can't hang with the postprandial roughness on the old gut that accompanies such late night eating romps. Let's just say I was warned by my band mates Christopher and Patrick. Repeatedly warned I might add.
6. The taco hell flu weakened my defenses and led to a stage one cold which moved down to my lungs and I have been hacking.
7. The shows must go on though. I am not one to cancel. It's not in my vocabulary.

So here I am today feeling like I am on the mend. Headed to Athens Texas and then up to Oklahoma.

Buy the new cds when you see us. It gives us gas money and helps us to keep on trucking.

Big love to you all out there in music buying land. (a land inhabited by people who support traveling musicians. patrons of the arts if you will.)
Peace in 2008,

Posted by steve at 9:28 AM | Comments (6536)

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