July 5, 2018

wanderLust road.... a pop-up band / shop: So———-just where does this road go?

wanderLust road.... a pop-up band / shop: So———-just where does this road go?: Gettin ready to cross the Columbia River.  We’ve broken the chain, the ma and pa shop, the brick and mortar, the tie that bound us fro...

January 1, 2014

Caravan X -----Gypsy, jazzy, swingin, soul funkin rockin blues!

Caravan X is a William Boddy, Terri Dunn, Rafael and Greg Walter project. The project is an opportunity to explore other musical interests that doesn't necessarily fit the jugband style or maybe just a different way to express ourselves musically. the project features William Boddy on stand up bass. William has been playing bass for over 40 years and has an impressive resume not only as a musician but as an artist as well. Terri Dunn plays percussion, sings, and adds a groovy and sexy presence to the band, Rafael of Sub- Culture Cyclery is our main percussionist; Born and raised in Mexico he brings a wide range of sounds that really drive the band.  Greg Walter plays guitar, sings, and brings what is growing to be a fairly eclectic wide range of original songs.

Other Project members have included but not limited to Louis Stahl on Violin, and Benny Bowmaster on hand drum.

                                    Wells Gulch No Responsibilities; Written by Greg Walter   


July 30, 2013

Lupe Balazos Late Summer Schedule. Performing Live @ a venue near you!

Lupe Balazos late summer season 2013 performance schedule 719-539-0420
Celebrating our 19th season! in some form or another!!

Well, another summer Jug Band season is under way for Lupe Balazos. As you may or may not know the core members include: Steve Smallzel on; Banjo, Guitar, Harmonica, Juice Harp and Singer.
Terri Dunn on; Various types of percussive and rhythm instruments including; Suitcase Bass Drum, Washboard, Kazoo and Vocal harmonizer.
Greg Walter: Singer, Song Writer, Guitar.
Guest Artist for the second year in a row; Mark "EYEBALL" KneeSKern on; Washtub Bass, and Vocal Harmonizer with the high lonesome sound.
Our music covers a wide variety of genre's including; Traditional jug and rag time, post modern jug and classics, originals, swing, with hints of gypsy music.
Current Music Schedule:
  • Moonlight Pizza, Salida co. June 16th. @ 6:30 PM
  • Hattie's Pub; Salida. June 27th @ 7:00 PM
  • Café Dawn; July 4th @ 6:00 PM preceding Salida's awesome Fire works display!
  • Colorado Brewer's Rendezvous
  • July 13th around NoonSalida's Riverside Park!
  • The Villa Grove Trading Co. in Villa Grove Co. July 28th dinner and music starting around 6:00 PM
  • August 3rd Eddy line Brewery in Buena Vista  6:00 pm till whenever. Located @ 102 Lindeman Ave. right off of hiway 24 before the light.
  • August 4th @ The Fritz on Sacket Ave. Across from the Park. Afternoon on the patio; 5:00 till whenever! 
  •  Vino Salida Winery; Aug. 10th 6:00 PM
  • The Crest Crank, Riverside Park Salida, Co. Sept 15th.
We hope to see you at any or all of these venues. Thanks for all the luv and support.

June 15, 2013

Lupe Balazos Summer Schedule for 2013

Lupe Balazos summer season 2013 performance schedule 719-539-0420

Well, another summer Jug Band season is under way for Lupe Balazos. As you may or may not know the core members include: Steve Smalzel on; Banjo, Guitar, Harmonica, Juice Harp and Singer.
Terri Dunn on; Various types of percussive and rhythm instruments including; Suitcase Bass Drum, Washboard, Kazoo and Vocal harmonizer.
Greg Walter: Singer, Song Writer, Guitar.
Guest Artist for the second year in a row; Mark "EYEBALL" KneeSKern on; Washtub Bass, and Vocal Harmonizer with the high lonesome sound.
Our music covers a wide variety of genre's including; Traditional jug and rag time, post modern jug and classics, originals, swing, with hints of gypsy music.
Current Music Schedule:
  • The Villa Grove Trading Co. in Villa Grove Co. July 28th dinner and music starting around 6:00 PM
  • Eddyline in B.V. on the highway Aug. 3rd 6:00 pm on the patio.
  • The Fritz in Salida Aug 4th on the back porch 5:00 pm till ?
  •  Vino Salida Winery; Aug. 10th 6:00 PM.
  • The Crest Crank, Riverside Park Salida, Co. Sept 15th.
We hope to see you at any or all of these venues. Thanks for all the luv and support.

April 18, 2013

Wells Gulch "No Responsibility" Written By Greg Walter. Performed By Caravan De Trois; A William Body, Benny Bowmaster & Greg Walter Project

Wells Gulch "No Responsibility" Written By Greg Walter. Performed By Caravan De Trois; A William Body, Benny Bowmaster & Greg Walter Project. Photos by Greg Walter Taken on location @ The Way Back Inn, in Wells Gulch. Terri and Greg's. Mountain Oasis.

November 9, 2012

July 13, 2012

Well Fans of the loose knit group often referred as the jug band has for the first time come up with a name that sticks, for this summer anyway------Lupe Balazos! fun name eh?

The current line up of the salida jug band is:

Terri Dunn; percussion, harmonizer.

Mark kneeskern; washtub bass, harmonizer.

Steve Smalzel; banjo, guitar, co front man.

Greg Walter. Guitar, co front man.

We all take turns playing the myriad of fun instruments that make up a jug band.

We have a busy 2nd half of july so here is our current music schedule.

Saturday 7/14 @ 6:00 pm; Moonlight Pizza.

Sunday 7/15 @ 4:00 pm; york park @ the new Sherman hotel

This is a all day concert to serve as a fund raiser for C-Springs fire victims

Tuesday 7/17 6:00 pm; Lobster fest A Vino Salida Production

Thursday 7/26 7:30 pm; Deer Hammer Distillery Buena Vista.

Saturday 7/28 8:00 pm; Currents restaurant. Salida co.

Wow. I think that does it.

Hope to see you at one of these fun events.

June 21, 2012

Lupe Balazos---Salidas own unofficial jug band!!

hey folks. here's a u-tube of our last performance. as you all know we will be on the streets for art walk playing in one or another of the several good sounding alcoves about town. also.....we will be @ currents on thursday june 28th for a Deer Hammer distillery party. booze and jug band music----hmm....sounds about right! any who, we will be bringing a whole slew of new and original music [as we have actually been practice-sin] plus the old stand by's we all have come to know oh so well. we'ed love to have your support so be squares and be there, else who knows you might find us playing on your front porch!!!!!!!!!!!    you might actually see us playing a jug.
Why, you ask???? cause its fun!!

June 3, 2012

ello folks out there in live music land.

Just want to fill you in on the live music that we will presenting so far this summer.

Starting this week on wed. june 6th 7:00 p.m. At amicas will be G. Vroom [ thats my middle name ] playing all original music with stuart on acoustic guitar. Stuart is a seasoned musician who has some sweet licks.

The following day at amicas, same bat time, will be the Saleeda Salida all-star jug band featuring: Kurt on washtub bass, Steve Smalzell on banjo, lead and back-up vocals and other assorted fun things. Terri Dunn on bass suitcase tambo-snare, backup vocals, kazoo, and others. And greg walTer on guitar, jug, scratch, kazoo and vocals.

We're trying to bring our version of what we think is authentic as we can get in the 21st century jug music. One things for sure, we'll be havin fun. Hop you will to.

Saturday morn june 9th i'll be playing the first farmers market of the year accompanied by jack and linda and smazell. Orginals and the old favorite stand by's

That very same day i'll be playing at ROCKET MANS reception at the steam plant for his show 100 signs of peace. As it is rocket mans gig I hope to complment his allways controversial and socially provoking style with my own “ protest and social sattire songs from 5-7 sat eve june 9th

On thursday june 28th after 8:00 pm the Salida all-star jugs will be at currents for a deer hammer distillery event. Jug music and whiskey.......hmm sounds appropriate, don't it.

holly smacs. And thats just june. Course as allways one might find any combination of these playin on the streets on any ol' day of the week.

Thanks for all the support and hope all of you folks are havin a great spring and summer.

Peace, love and dragon flies


March 17, 2012

Gran-pa Greg will be plying his musical trade at Hatties this coming Thursday, March 22 at 6:30 PM.
An eclectic mix of new and used music in a not so well thought out - grab bag sort of way. As it is hatties, a we bit of protest songs will be in order!
As this will be a solo act -- i'll be taking a different approach to my music that-- hopefully is a slightly new and refreshing sound than we're all used to.

February 14, 2012

g vRoom and his looney tunes

An eclectic mix of original tunes from country to swing with a touch of social commentary

November 5, 2010

Is this the end. Or, a new beginning


This is also the brand of our bike
It’s done, over, fin‘.

We are now in San Diego!

It’s hard to describe how it feels to be done after 3 months. It’s like, this rhythm, a beat that you develop, that has now been interrupted. I think that for the both of us we feel a little bit lost, and you cant help but feel a little melancholy.

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Touring is a great way to detox the mind and soul. In the course of a day, every day, you have only 3 things to deal with. Food, shelter, and getting from here to there. These are the basic instincts that have guided us and all other creatures for ------well, ever. At first it’s hard. It’s like you feel that you are supposed to be doing more. You are still guided by the clock. Got to get up and on the road in a timely manner. Get 20 miles in by noon. Camp by 3:00! Quick, set up camp, cook dinner, bed by 9:00 and be on the road by 9:00 the next morn. We live by the clock and the calendar, so we can stick to our schedules, be on time; Get er done!!!

The studios Mr hills
For me I’d say that it took at least a 4 to 6 weeks to let all that go. The first thing that went was the schedule, with the realization that you are getting there. But, the schedule kinda goes with the calendar, cause, before to long, you begin to loose track of what the date is. Then, what day of the week it is. It no longer matters. What time is it? It’s day time. Where you goin to day? Where ever we get to. Then……you begin to loose track of where you’ve been. Not so much where you’ve been cause that runs through your mind like a favorite movie. But, it’s the names of the places, and the time line of when you were there that becomes fuzzy. That’s when you know….. That’s when you know you’re in the rhythm. You’ve been overcome by the ebb and flow. The tide. Natures flow.
tele mon! made from the wires of a duvell beer top

Another aspect of the detox is the utter removal of all that is----Media! No radio, papers, t.v., No connection what so ever to what we now consider reality. Reality T.V. Are you kidin me! We live and die by this stuff. Our moods swing according to what the politics of the hour is. Two weeks later. It’s the same old thing, 3 months later it’s still the same old………..Same old,……..Same.!!!!!!!

As that goes, so does the noise. It seems were addicted to the noise. It’s like we use it to distract us from the noise in our heads. But, after not having the distraction, the noise, the noise in your head, it empties out. It becomes quiet. Meditation. Rolling meditation. The road.

Not just us. All the long haul riders that we spoke to seemed to be sharing the same experience. That disconnect to time.

What time is it?? Time to ride. Time to eat. Always time to eat. Time to sleep….A lot!!
The collage crew and hosts in SLO

Looking back, for me, the ride was over at San Simeon, the end of the Big Sur section of Highway one. From there north, all the way to Canada, the road and all of it’s towns, maintain a rural character. Because of the geology and the nature of the road it maintains a sense of adventure. But after San Simeon the hills are behind you. That winding, twisting, climbing,---------all that is fun on the one. Is gone. The road becomes flat, straight and easy, and with that; takes on an urban nature. Busier, more lanes. More people. More noise. The one joins the 101 and is no longer all that much fun.

For Mr. Flynn
We strolled into San Luis Obispo and really enjoyed that town. Had a Salida feel if you will. I played some Guitar on the street. Was well received, as Terri cruised the Thrifts and Consignment stores. Santa Barbara was cool too but had too much of that; Well, Ken and Barbie feel. If you will. Like really expensive sunglasses, if you catch my drift.

We’re over the campground scene now. Too many professional bums . So we’re riding from cheap motel to cheap motel.

reflections of the past
Now were in Ventura. We also like this town. A little more blue collar. More Real, for whatever that’s worth. There is a cool downtown to this place with a soul (we’re always looking for the soul!) and of course a brewery,they have one and we go! The Anacapa Brewery (this is for one of the islands off the coast that you can boat to). We decide to stay an extra day and enjoy. Some good folks invite us to their home We meet their Family (Tim, Carol, Paul and Rebecca). They cook us dinner and give us a bed. Super nice of them. Thanks. Thanks a lot. We really, really appreciate it. Thanks Carol for the extra snacks you stuck in our pack!

santa barbera mision

We decide that riding thru Los Angeles does not appeal to us in the least!!…it’s a madhouse of cars, people, noise that becomes mentally draining just thinking about it!…200 miles of it…..we come to the conclusion that renting a car and getting ourselves to our destination to relax at the beach sounds like a way better plan…..soooo 3 months and 2000 miles later here we are in San Diego!! it’s a sad/sweet ending to our $%^&ing awesome, spectacular, groovy trip! WooooHooooo!! Yeeeeeeeaaaahhhhh!!! Heres to my strong, amazing “captain of the MULE”, husband & best friend
santa barbera

And to the “MULE“ an extraordinary machine, a beast, a rocketship ! And heres to “simple”, “slow” & savoring the moments on a bike…. We would of course highly recommend this trip to everyone who loves to ride! If ever the chance don’t even hesitate…just jump on and go!

San Diego is a favorite place of ours….as we get to visit son Andy and family (wife Misty, grandkids Alicia, Lily and Drew)…and do a little sailing!

our hosts in ventura. thanks again!

We like to sail. Like cycling, it’s pure, simple, pleasure. With a little adrenaline thrown in for good measure. This place, Seaforth boat rentals sits at the mouth of Mission bay and they’ll rent you a small boat with out any kind of license. They ask if you know how and when the last time was you sailed. I lie. They give me a test. I probably fail it but they want my money so----We sailed! And once again Terri and I both have shit eat’in grins. She’s a natural. Sailor that is.

The adventure?? It’s not over. It never is. It begins with life and ends with death. Maybe??? So I think that I/we will continue to blog. We have lots to blog about. What it’s like and the adventure that comes with living off grid at the end of a road that leads to nowhere, making soap, building straw bale. So stay tuned. Will keep you informed. In the mean time it’s been fun and we’ve enjoyed your feedback and support.

Peace out, and Kirk out, And beam me up Scotty, and This does’nt look like Kansas any more. Now does it, and, thank god.


Grandson Drew and daddy
waz up

Grand Doughter Lilly

October 19, 2010

Wheels are made for rollin, mules are made to pack.

10/4 - 10/14/10

Terri and Gregs grooviness factor is a 4-5.…we are now up to 1,815 miles on the Mule!

Coming to you today from San Luis Obispo…Jim “Hills” pad with roomates Dave, Matt and Steve! Taking a few

Slide Ranch
 Rest days here. Seems like a pretty nice spot!

Back in San Francisco….Greg and I are dropped off at the ferry by Ashley to explore the city for a few days!!

Getting off the ferry at Market St in San Francisco is amazing in itself. We head down into the financial district on foot

To check into our hotel on 7th & Folsum streets. It is a borage of visual stimuli!! To say the least….old buildings with beautiful architecture, buses, old street cars, cable cars, people going every which way on foot and by bicycle…. we check into our hotel (which by the way we booked online for $58 a nite!) its very nice, clean and convenient! Then head over to Chinatown…for some dinner….and we get to listen to some Chinese folks playing instruments and singing! Chinese Buskers if you will!!

While in this fascinating city we also visit the Haight Street neighborhood which of course is like stepping back into the 1960’s….hippy grooviness abound! Very cool vintage shops, cafes, thrift stores, some very pretty old Victorian homes and youngsters floating around trying to capture their own 1960’s groove….we catch some very good street musicians playing their stuff,too…it’s a fun part of the city for sure!

Statue with bike messangers awaiting a job
 We jump on an old street car that takes us out to North Beach and Fishermans Wharf. North Beach is the Little Italy of San Francisco….yummy restaurants (we have dinner in one)….and visit the” City Lights” bookstore, an old beatnik haunt from the 50’s & 60’s ! We have a Belgian beer at “Jacks 85 Beers” in one of the old Cannery Row buildings….YUM! Jacks has been there since 1932.

Next day we visit the Mission District….full of cool murals…the Dolores Mission (very pretty) which is suppose to be the oldest bldg in the city! And have lunch at the Dolores Park Café….then hop on a cable car (these things are Too fun!…Rice a Roni…the San Francisco treat!) a popular song/commerical from childhood!! Heehee…and a bus to head over to the marina and back to the North Beach section….the marina sports a boardwalk…and some fishing/pleasure craft to drool over…..

last known place my father was alive
The beautiful thing about these big cities is the different neighborhoods with completely different flavors, foods, people! And how small family businesses still flourish and are supported. San Francisco was a treat! We didn’t even come close to seeing everything…..were glad we got to experience what we did and hope to be back again some day!

Next morning we say goodbye to Ashley (she drives us to the park n ride lot) and Slide Ranch…thanks to everyone there for sharing their space in such a beautiful spot! We hop on the Mule for a scenic ride over the Golden Gate….it’s a gorgeous morning….

The ride through San Fran went quite smoothly, much easier than expected. The route winds and wends its way through the beautiful and expensive west shore neighbor hoods. Not much traffic and good riding untill….Eventually we got spit out onto the One. And the One coming out of San Fran is more like a highway. Good shoulders but busy. In fact the One doesn’t really take on its coastal [fun on the one] personality untill you approach half moon bay. From that point forward to San Luis Obispo the One becomes fun..Again.-----cause after all it’s all about Fun on the One. Cruising with the top down, hair to the wind, your baby right next to you. Oh yea, California dreamin baby, with the waves crashing the shore and a north west wind pushin you on down the road. Oh yea baby, fun on the one. Climb a hill to a vista, take a picture, race down the hill. Youre in the big gear now, hair pin turns, 20 miles per hour , you take it at 30. Commit to the turn and the bike pops out of the turn like a well arched ski. Into the the next turn. You’ve taken over the whole road now cause even the sports cars can’t corner like this weighted down groove machine. Youre approaching sea leval, last corner. Take it hard and fast. Bang a right with all the speed you can carry cause ------you got another hill to climb, with another view and a pullout with a picture. That’s what I’m talkin about. That is fun on the One Baby!!!!

Monteray----Cute, cool, it had a nice serene feel to it. The first of the mission towns. Kinda feel s like Fante Se’ cept on the ocean. That day was a short day. Time to linger on the Presidio, and board walk. Find some high octane Belgian brews. Aw, but now its time to go to camp. The sun is getting low! Camp…..Vet memorial park. Right in what seems to be , according to the map and directions, right in the heart of Monteray. Not!! At least not without riding up a super steep. I mean sustained %10 at least, for 2 miles, grade. Possibly the steepest of the entire ride; From here forward to be known as Buzz Kill Hill!!! And that’s exactly what it did!!

The hiker biker sights are getting crowded now. The campsites are fewer and farther between and the hiker bikers are beginning to bunch up. The hikers, by the way, tend to be transients. Startin to get a little seedy! You’re sharing the pikinic table boo boo, with a guy: So what do you do? Well, I used to own property round here, but now I’m sort of try’in to simplify. Later------Well actually I just got out of prison on a gun runnin charge. So I just sort of move from campsight to camp sight……Oh. that’s nice!???!

From Montery to San Luis Obispo [ SLO] Has some of the vintage fun on the one riding through the region known as Big Sur. Cut out of the cliffs, Overlooking and Constantly giving into the sea. Steep climbs, fast Descents, great corners, no shoulder, moderate traffic due to the time of year. Invigorating. It takes three days to ride through this section. On the first day the weather is fine. Inspirational views. The next day; The marine layer hugs to the water like a down blanket and we are like an airplane flying over and looking down on the clouds. Its as if the ocean is frozen in time. The rollers suspended in slow motion as far as you can see. The waves breaking on the rocks below are not breaking at all. They are crawling up the side of the cliffs . Fingers of mist reaching for the road. Reaching for you. As if to grab you by the ankles and pull you in. Surreal; to say the least.

The Ocean and San Andreas Fault both conspire to eat the one, to swallow it, to turn it into what it once was. A steep cliff diving into the ocean. It doesn’t really belong there and doesn’t really want to be there. As a result it is constantly under construction. Road Construction is a Cyclists friend. Holding the traffic back. Allowing us to have the road to ourselves in 20 minute intervals.

On day three we wake up at a campground that sits right on a grassy knoll over looking the ocean, nestled between it and the road. The camp ground was closed. Gated shut. We and two other cyclist poach it. It is beutifull. Perhaps one of the nicest campgrounds on the whole ride. But; we are the only fodder for the coons. I spend the night warding them off. Trying to keep them from hauling our bags into the poison oak brush. Never to be seen again. The only thing a coon respects is having something thrown at them. I collect my rocks. I throw my rocks. But to no avail. We are the only campers there. There is no one else to raid. The battle carries on thru the night. No one wins!!

Verina, 61. and Helmut 73, Inspirations.
On day three the marine layer is now fog. There is no view. Just a windy road. Hard. Fast. Still fun. Just no pictures.

Big Sur is behind us now. The last of the winding, cliffy, classic coastal riding. We are now in southern Cal. Flatter roads, less climbing, More beaches, more transients. The ride is winding down. 7 days of riding before San Diego.

I will miss the coastal riding. I will miss----Fun on the One! It is hard riding. Every day up and down, up and down. Running through the gears. The climbs steep. The descents too short to get a break. 2-3000 Vert. a day. Every day. But---- It is----- FUN ON THE ONE!!!




elephant seals. 2 bulls are fighting center left.

I think we took a wrong turn.......Africa???

Hi Mom!!!!