I wish I'd taken a picture of the space we were crammed into under the stairs at the Opera Galley in Fort Collins yesterday for the Winter Farmers Market. The Colorado Green Band is a four piece, Guitar, Pedal Steel, Bass and Drums. The drummer used an Irish bodhran as a kick with bongos for toms, a snare and some small cymbals. Steel Player used a SF Fender Champ, I used a one watt Blackstar for electric and went direct for acoustic. The Bass player used a Dean resonator bass direct into the PA, a Bose L1 stick and sub using a Mackie 1202 mixer and a Dbx Go Rack for EQ, Compression and Anti-Feedback. The bass player was hungover, the steel player was hyper (he's always like that) and the drummer hit her head on the metal stairs at least five times. I was a little upset that the bass player was late picking me up, but I shook it off once we got started. The booth next to where we played belonged to our good friends who sell crafts they make. There was a little space behind us where there were blankets that we called the "Fort". It was like a fort kids would make with tables and blankets. In spite of sounding like the makings of a trainwreck, it was a great gig. We played real well. The volume was reasonable. The cranky guy who sells nut butter and doesn't like music didn't complain. The powers that be and the other vendors liked us. We had a few people stick around to listen. We played a lot of originals, obscure songs we like and a few Grateful Dead songs. The only mishap was a butchering of the Dead's "Mississippi Half Step Uptown Toodeloo." I'd been playing it just fine at home all week, but just got lost after starting it. We ditched the last verse and went into the "Across the Rio Grande-o" ending and brought it to a merciful end. We got a lot of praise, the tip jar was filled with carrots, potatoes, honey, lip baum, salmon and a bunch of money including a twenty and some fives! We return March 24th.