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Van Fund Sessions - Heal Over

The latest entry in our relaunched "Van Fund Sessions", this is our take on "Heal Over" by KT Tunstall. We hope you like it. Big thanks to Sue Warfel for your support keeping us on the road.

This one was recorded in Tucson Arizona, or as Charlie calls it "Toothsan, Arizona" because he had a tooth pulled there the day before. Cheeky bastard. Hopefully his gums will heal over as well.

Van Fund Sessions - May it Be

This Van Fund Sessions video is for Kelsey Sasaki, and it's our version of "May it Be" from Lord of the Rings. We hope you like it, and thanks for the support to help keep us on the road, Kelsey!

Charlie is smiley and puffy because he'd just popped a Norcol after having a tooth pulled yesterday.

Here's the direct link to the video on YouTube:

Van Fund Sessions - Brand New Key

We resurrected "The Van Fund Sessions" at a recent gig at Brooks Wines in Amity Oregon and the fans quickly jumped on board with requests and generous donations to help us keep the van running. This song is dedicated to Ronald Jackson from Julia Dissen, and it's our take on the 60's folk classic "Brand New Key" by Melanie. We hope you like it. To request a song, go to thanks.

Van Repair Fund Project Track 3 (White Bird by It's A Beautiful Day)

As you may have seen in previous blog posts... we started this tour back in Chicago in a Toyota Echo, but it needed repairs in Denver, so we put the money we would have spent on the Echo into a 2003 Kia Sedona van instead. However, when we got near San Francisco it turned out the Kia needed as much repair as the Echo HAD needed back in Denver. But at least we could sleep in it, right? Bahahahaha. Tour life.

Van Repair Fund Project Track 4 (Trash by New York Dolls)

This project has blown up. Big thanks to the friends and fans sending these requests and sending money to help us pay for the van repairs that are enabling us to stay on tour. This is a cover requested by our friend Dusty Mason who fronts a kick-ass band north of Philadelphia called The Grave Cowboys... and he's requested "Trash" by the New York Dolls.
So here it is for your viewing and listening pleasure.

Sunshine Woman - Live from San Onofre State Beach

As part of our winter /spring 2016 tour through Illinois, Wisconsin, Iowa, Nebraska, Colorado, Kansas, New Mexico, Arizona, California, Oregon, Washington, and British Columbia... and points beyond... we promised we'd record versions of our songs from the road. Here's a version of our song "Sunshine Woman" live from San Onofre State Beach near San Clemente, California from the morning of Sunday March 13th on a beautiful sunny day with surfers behind us. We hope you like it!

Sugar Still Gets Some Fun Taos, NM Press

Fun press! Sarah was interviewed while we were driving through Nebraska.

"While he was driving for the entire phone interview with The Taos News, Cheney did manage to pass on one message to Taos readers through Blick.

“At our core, we are singer/songwriters,” he says. “We love to share our songs and our art.”