Finish Line Shine with the nines

March 25, 2015

Early last year in Phoenix I made a FB post
about a woman traveling West with Kaylen and I.
The post said, “We picked up a rad Slovakian.
Headed West. Night off. Free to roam.”
Her name was Patricia.
She had been traveling the world on her own for six years
and was looking forward to the West Coast.
patricia k and I
Before Patricia could leave Arizona with us
she had to hear back about an odd job
that she wanted to follow through on
to avoid leaving the employer high and dry.
When it was time for Kaylen and I to pull out,
Patricia had to stay behind.
A year later, today, I stopped to pick up a hitchhiker
in Klamath Falls, Oregon.
patricia hitchin
Holy Patricia.
I got out of the van, held my arms wide open,
watched her backpackin smile run up the shoulder.
Hug the sun. Yes!


    The Welcome End

    March 23, 2015

    Sixteen months of wide open wild-eyed wander wonder and the gift of a passing landscape. Sharp cheddar and chocolate. I can see the end of this guardrail arriving in tunnels and waves. The trail behind smacks of smoked salt Iceland and South African laughter, breaths of Belgian Vipassana, Leicester hot cocoa, European Christmas markets, hard Canadian lesson plans, 25,000 miles of U.S. peanut butter and the tires of a Steel Horse; sailing and Sydney, Australia; chandelier swinging in Stockholm, hot damn Amsterdam, the warm winter blanket of Nijmegen; Mom’s house when she sings only The Highwaymen’s version of “Take It To The Limit” late at night and gets lost in it; the open approaching arms of Austin, which may or may not be deodorized; bring them no less. Boulder, I am coming to rest on your sweetest namesake when it’s over. I will have the soup, nothing heavy, and a fresh salad, plenty of color. I will take them at my writing desk when I get back from the trail ride, from the sun run, from stretching in the smell of a clean gym. From all of us here at Riled Up and Wasted On Light, thank you. Here’s the last of it for now:

    March 24, 2014 Sonoma State University, black box theater – Ives Building Room 76, Rohnert Park, CA, 6:30pm

    March 25, 2015 Volcanic Theater, 70 SW Century Drive, Bend, OR, 7pm (doors at 6)

    March 26, 2015 Holocene, 1001 Se Morrison, Portland, OR, 7pm sharp

    April 4, 2015 Richard Hugo House, 1634 11th Avenue, Seattle, WA, 7pm TICKETS ($5 students/$10 general; limited seating)

    April 10, 2015 The Fremont Abbey, 4272 Fremont Avenue North, Seattle, WA, 8pm

    April 14, 2015 Student Union Building HUB, Truman State University, Kirksville, MO, 7:00pm

    April 17, 2015 Soapbox Slam, Miln Auditorium, Kepner Hall, University of Northern Colorado, Greeley, CO, workshop 5:30-7pm; performance at 8pm

    All tickets available via (otherwise for sale at door).

    April 25, 2015 Riled Up and Wasted On Light End of the World Tour Party at Ranch Dressing hosted by Derrick Brown and Write Bloody Publishing in Elgin, TX!! Bring a tent, or there’s a Hampton down the street. Holler for details.

    Who’s gonna drive Steel Horse
    when I take my hand off the trigger
    and climb out the sunroof?
    Uncle Ricky Husband
    Above: Uncle Ricky’s Husband
    leigh bud 2
    Buddy and Leigh in Cardiff, Wales.
    shoshone wy
    Shoshone, Wyoming.
    Photo by Adam Thomas at Monster Bar in Canberra
    Canberra, Australia.
    Photo by Stemschot in Ghent
    Ghent, Belgium.
    Somewhere in Arizona.
    Steel Horse
    Steel horse drives itself.
    Buddy and Page
    Durban, South Africa.
    New Water

    All ways,


      The Horizon Line

      March 19, 2015

      After a quick pit stop at the dentist in Naco, Mexico,
      TONIGHT kicks off the home stretch of it!
      naco dentist


        one-eyed jack of diamonds

        March 6, 2015

        SEATTLE!! 2 shows added in SEATTLE!!
        Tickets via
        Today is my first day alone without Kaylen
        k and me
        (I’ma miss you so stinkin much, K)
        as me and the steel horse trek back across
        the entire South and up the West Coast.
        See the link above for details to added shows,
        end of the world tour party,
        and come on out for the ride.


          No mysteries here mister

          February 25, 2015

          Miracles? Really?
          How ‘bout reoccurring moments
          that highlight how much
          we have not been paying attention.


            going up

            February 18, 2015

            Nothin’ but jam-packed thanks front to back
            for the Flavorpill crew in NYC last night
            coming through once again with
            one of the warmest shows of the tour.
            Flavorpill Elevator
            We’d like to apologize to you,
            delivery man in the back corner,
            for making you pile in
            and the predictable enthusiasm about your pizza.
            Who can blame?


              Tuning Fork Fest

              February 17, 2014

              March 4, 2015 Buddy Wakefield and Andrea Gibson at Vinyl,
              1374 West Peachtree Street NW, Atlanta, GA, 7pm
              TICKETS can be purchased HERE.
              This is the show I’ve most looked forward to since Sydney,
              Australia when Anis Mojgani and I got to cross paths.
              There’s nothing like performing with family when the road’s been long.
              If you can’t make it, I’ll be doin’ a solo show in Athens the night before
              at Normaltown Records with Kaylen Alan Krebsbach
              that’s gonna be a sure-win blast.
              Y’all come on out both nights.
              I leave you with my favorite pic of Andrea and I
              lookin’ straight outta Gummo in Edinburgh, Scotland.

              andrea bud


                The Family Jewels

                February 16, 2015
                Still so stinkin’ stoked Jimmy Jones,
                y first best friend in this life from four years old 

                grilled cheeseballs

                showed up at The Blarney Stone show in Norwich, NY.
                rockin grilled cheese
                Same ilk.
                Grilled cheese ball.
                Thank goodness.


                  Jungle gym bars. These oily hands.

                  February 10, 2015

                  … I have so much blood
                  when I wake up
                  it rumbles under my ears
                  a stampede of blazing horse rabies
                  barreling toward my threshold.
                  Put your head to my plunging chest if you
                  still can’t hear them coming.
                  In my hiding spots
                  they find me
                  breathing too loud.
                  I have been pulled out by the ankles.

                  In these bones
                  it is my understanding
                  whatever suffering is left of me when I die
                  will translate and travel with me.
                  On days like today
                  this is the only reason I stay here.
                  When I go
                  I do not want to take this beast with me. Not one more step.

                  (Image by AJ Frena.)


                    The Unfrozen Parts

                    February 9, 2015

                    See y’all tomorrow night, Burlington.
                    Always warm here no matter.

                    And thank you for the keen Boston review, Keith Esposito:
                    Buddy Wakefield — Boston University Show Review



                      February 4, 2015

                      If we really do get what we give
                      then I give up
                      so I can get up.


                        CALL FOR BOOK COVER

                        January 31, 2015

                        This year I’m putting my first three books out of print. One new book called Stunt Water, which combines the first three books, will be released in their place. It is not new material. Once this world tour is over I will focus my efforts on finishing the new material and release a brand new collection but, for now, I’m simply looking to put out a tight compilation of the first twenty years (!!…holy crap that happened fast). Preexisting work is usually best so I can choose something I definitely like. If you’re willing to create something for fun, be inspired by the image below of five blind albino orphans in West Bengal, India photographed by Brent Stirton. An innovative water color adaptation of this photo may be exactly what I’m looking for. To see the artwork on previously released books, CD’s and T-shirts have a look at Please email submissions and portfolio links to or they may not be seen. Really looking forward to seeing the goods. See y’all tonight in Brooklyn.
                        blind albino boys west bengal india


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