Just about every year I plant some oats. Usually harvest them with a scythe. This year, with book tour a week away, I found myself cornered by the calendar and the weather, so my neighbor “other Tom” (not that Tom) came over with his John Deere 530 and knocked’em down. That green tractor sure sounds nice chugging up the hill. He has more than one, and this isn’t the first time he’s helped me get out on book tour.
I usually don’t post pictures of my daughters (writing about them is enough invasion of their privacy) but enough time has passed on this one that I think it’s OK. She liked to lead the chickens around the yard, and they complied. This daughter and some of these chickens were also featured on the cover of Coop, the paperback version (see image below).
Also, the running gear beneath that coop is the same set I described in Visiting Tom. In the same book I wrote how my elder daughter and I camped out in the coop the night before we turned it over to the chickens.
Michael Perry and the Long Beds performing “Somewhere Out in Mudbrook” from the “Headwinded” album. Guitarist Chris Ramey drives a Subaru, thus the laugh. ALSO INCLUDED: A recitation featuring a rooster named Knuckles, gratuitous NPR reference, and a BONUS BANJO JOKE.
UPDATE: We’ve received questions, so here’s the deal: That thing Andy Dee (longtime friend and guest Long Bed…you can hear his work on Tiny Pilot) is playing on his lap is an acoustic Hawaiian steel guitar based on the Weissenborn instruments from the 1920s and ’30s. The most important feature of the Weissenborn instruments is the hollow neck, which adds to the volume and tone. The entire body of the instrument is one big sound chamber. Andy’s instrument has a deeper body than the original Weissenborns, so the bass frequencies are more pronounced.