Bring it in

April 13, 2015

Bam! Photo courtesy Jon Berardi,
Buddy and Jon
the man who produced all my CDs.
That’s he and I twenty years ago.
Bummer Mervyn’s went out of business
or I’d be able to better help anyone
in the market for some blossoming khaki shorts.


    Geese bump

    April 6, 2015

    I once had two geese, The Colonel and Mrs. Marple.
    They were very much in love.
    Mrs. Marple died.
    A week later The Colonel started laying eggs.
    I had to rethink how I looked at Colonel.
    I also had to find Colonel a good home
    so he wouldn’t be by him… herself.
    Two years later, meet Colonel Lucy and Leroy
    Colonel Lucy and Leroy Leila Louie and little George

    with Leila, Louie and little George.
    Leile Louie and little George


      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

                  ATLANTA SHOW w/ ANDREA GIBSON!!
                  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 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


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