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Goodbye Sylt / Hello Paris

Posted by John Coinman

We flew to Paris today from The Isle of Sylt. The wind never let up while we were there but it was beautiful and invigorating and the North Sea pounded the beaches and the trees and grass were bent and even the light poles leaned away. The wind belongs to the island as Simone says. At the Dorf Hotel the band and crew trickled down through the rain to the restaurant to eat breakfast and gather their gear for the 8:30 flight.

We had another fun show last night – semi-acoustic with Teddy and Park and Blair playing electric through small amps, John and Kevin on acoustic guitars, and Larry on snare with a stomp pedal for bass drum. We played Long Hot Night, Moon So High, Cleo At The Wheel and others old and new. We don’t get the chance to play live acoustic often but we love it when we do. Our songs translate well into any format and it’s always nice to change the pace……..

See You Around……..Sometime….maybe at La Cigal?

The Modern Westerners


KCMW Tells The Story Behind Their Songs: “Cleo At The Wheel”

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Michael Blake (great friend of the band – writer of Dances With Wolves) wrote a  cool poem called “Cleo At The Wheel.”  We liked it so much that we put it to music with a few changes.

Cleo is the quintessential wild woman – unstoppable, visionary and passionate. Each of us has a “Cleo” in our lives and we tried to bring her into this song. In the bridge of this song you’ll hear three names – Lozen, Mangus, and Victorio. They were three of the greatest warriors in America – all Apache Indians. One of them, Lozen, is a woman.


KCMW Tells The Story Behind Their Songs: “Lights To Change”

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We all have moments where we stop for some reason and we’re not sure how to start again or which direction to take.  It’s not always a bad thing…

Most of the time it’s the beginning of a new chapter, and the beginning is always the hardest part.  These moments of reflection and change can seem like they last forever, but they always pass.

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Island of Sylt

Posted by John Coinman

Hey. Thanks to everyone who wrote to us about our shows in Canada. It warms our hearts to know our music reaches you in a good way. All our shows – Niagara,Belleville, and Spencerville were special to us. We hope to come back again soon! Sorry we can’t respond to everyone personally.

We landed on the island of Sylt today in a heavy wind coming off the North Sea. The pilots did a great job getting us on the ground safely but then they’re probably used to it. It was so windy on the western shoreline that we almost got blown off the beach while walking in the afternoon rain. We’re playing a small acoustic show tomorrow night for a very interesting company called Arqueonautas who make unusual and beautiful clothes and do remarkable things. Check out their website. Then we head for Paris to play at one of our favorite places – La Cigal. We are so looking forward to seeing some familiar faces, friends, and newcomers on this trip to Europe.

We’re going to rehearse tonight in a little restaurant at the Dorfhotel where we are staying. All of us are a little jet-lagged so we’ll probably be up late. Tomorrow we hope to see more of this beautiful island which is slowly being eaten away by the sea.

See You around…….sometime

The Modern Westerners


GOODBYE CANADA AND THANK YOU!

Posted by John Coinman

Hi Everyone,

We’ve had a great run here in Canada where our band feels so welcome and has been so well received. We love Canada and its wonderful people, beautiful towns and cities, and a landscape that will take your breath away. We’ve played from Halifax to Vancouver over the last few years. This last week we were in Sault St. Marie (which isn’t in Canada but is right on the border –feels like Canada), then at Fallsview in Niagara Falls where we go every year, then in Beautiful little Belleville for an outdoor concert in the middle of town and finally in Spencerville for the 156th annual Spencerville Fair. We’re playing many of the new songs from “From Where I Stand”, our new CD being released in Europe on Edel Records on September 16th. We’re also playing some favorites like “Superman 14”. “Hey Man What About You”, “Turn It On” and “Long Hot Night” among others. We’ll be bringing them all over to Europe starting the 15th at La Cigal in Paris.

See You around…….Sometime

The Modern Westerners


KCMW Tells The Story Behind Their Songs: “No Fences”

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This is a song about hope. We’ve all been bruised in life at one time or another. We’ve all suffered from events we think we can’t come back from.

Somehow we break through and regain our footing and our positive outlook. The sky can be so wide open sometimes–no limits anywhere.


KCMW Tells The Story Behind Their Songs: “Let The River Carry Itself”

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Somebody in the band said this once, and it just felt like it needed to be a song.  We’re not sure where the saying originated, but the sentiment is right on–Let the river carry itself.

If we accept the fact that we’re not in control, it releases us from the pressure of trying to get it all right. It’s a reminder that there is something bigger at play than just us.


KCMW Tells The Story Behind Their Songs: “The Hero”

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You can’t go to war and come back home the same person who left.  Those of us at home hope that the one who went to fight for us will return unchanged somehow. But the soldier is the one who will always hold the secrets of war.

What was seen and what was done marks that young man or young woman forever. The memories may haunt them but they should never doubt that they will always be heroes to us.

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KCMW Tells The Story Behind Their Songs: “Find That Girl”

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All guys want to find that girl – the girl of their dreams. But the truth is, everybody wants to find someone and everybody wants to be found. This is not just a song for youth. There’s no age limit to finding the right one.


KCMW Tells The Story Behind Their Songs: “Let Go Tonight (Featuring Nena)”

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Sometimes men and women allow the smallest things – the things which should matter the least – matter the most. As a result, they miss the opportunity to really love each other.

This song is about trying to break that pattern – seizing the moment, letting go of doubts, and following your heart. Nena is a great artist.  She brings a subtle but passionate artistry to this song.  She and John go way back—she recorded a song of his with her old band The Stripes in 1980. Life brings us full circle sometimes in surprising and exciting ways.