The Day Before the Lamplighter Inn

March 16, 2014

Jogging, woodfire pizzas, live piano, tree climbing and soccer with Quinn and Luke the Awesome Kid Collection, French singing, guitar picking, new friends, dessert and shaving Kaylen’s head. It was a lovely day off. Headed to Powell, WY today for a workshop and show tomorrow. See for details.

Making Dynamite

March 9, 2014

Today is.
Then today felt like it needed to make that sentence

That’s why we’re here

making dynamite
out of digital dust

leaving firework prints
on the final push

burning out
as a result of the rush

etching epitaphs
into the pie chart crust.

Yours reads “more.”
Mine reads “enough.”

There’s a telescope
in my lower tooth

so when the sky drops my jaw
I can see the truth

how nearly everything elliptically
serves its root

until dying
is no longer an issue.

…See y’all tonight in the Denver section of Colorado:
March 9, 2014 with Denver youth poets Minor Disturbance at The Mercury
2199 California Street, 5:30pm workshop ($5 students/$10 tickets at door)
8:30pm performance ($5students/$10 general at door)

Krebsbach Brew

February 4, 2014

Upon arriving back at the tour van in St. Louis last night
after spending the week in Seattle at AWP with the crew from Write Bloody
I was presented with homemade Riled Up and Wasted On Light World Tour Beer
created by my tour manager, Kaylen Krebsbach, and her brother Damian.

Kaylen is helping to warm up the crowd TOMORROW NIGHT
March 5, 2014 at Old North St. Louis Restoration Group Gallery
2700 North 14th Street, St. Louis, MO, 7pm, $10 tickets at door only.
All artwork representing the tour is by Javier Piñón.

Let it begin (again)!

February 23, 2014

Today I pick up Kaylen Krebsbach, my tour manager/warm-up artist/merch woman, from a Vipassana center after her first sit, and can hardly wait. Come welcome Kaylen to the tour TONIGHT! Side Street Studio Arts, 15 Ziegler Ct., Elgin, IL, 6pm

Day One

February 1, 2014

Happy 60th Birthday to my mom!
Months ago I rediscovered an old cassette tape of 5 songs Mom recorded when she was around 28-years old.
Some questioning revealed that she had saved up her money for a pianist and 1 hour of studio time.
They quickly moved from song to song.
There were no do-overs and she had no experience in the studio.
The result is a talented, moving, catchy and deeply authentic work.
Thanks to producer deluxe, Jon Berardi, we got the delicate 1/4″ reel-to-reel transferred to CD and mastered.
Stephen Snook came quick with the layout direction
and Bill Jonas executed.

The title of the release is from Steve.
It’s his favorite sentence by a southerner.
It comes from advice Mom gave to Aunt Tina when Aunt Tina’s county was on fire
and she didn’t know what to pack before leaving…
“Well, Sister, you just pack like you’re packin’ for a hurricane!”

Mom’s in the front room having a listen to her birthday gift,
a raw and honest version of herself from 32 years ago.
If she gives the thumbs up we’re gonna release the CD for fun.

Today is officially Day One of
Riled Up and Wasted On Light – Buddy Wakefield’s 2014-15 World Tour (Skipping Chechnya)
What great company to be in at the starting line.
Thank you, Mom, for 39 years of support, guidance and friendship.
Happy Birthday. Good on goodness for you.
See y’all tonight in Houston.
For daily updates to the world tour schedule please visit
Note the Spokane, WA date change since the last update,
and the fact that this Monday night February 3rd is filled with nothin’ but
friends and family in AUSTIN!

Texas, Minneapolis and Louisiana walk into a bar

January 17, 2014

In the poem,
there was a pitch black woman dressed in a slow tornado
who carried out the tune of “Pretend” (2000-present) with Huntsville, TX
and The Soul Lifter’s Gospel Choir.
That was with reference to a reviving crew of singers
at a service I regularly visited while attending Sam Houston State University.
I’m pretty sure they have no idea I exist
but I can hardly wait to see if they’ll join me
at my first and only show at SHSU since I graduated in 1997.

Also, AUSTIN, NEW ORLEANS, LAFAYETTE and MINNEAPOLIS are added February dates on the Riled Up and Wasted On Light world tour! “So is Illinois,” Spoke Anne Montana… (awful… forgive me that far reach… too far).

All ticket links are on
Details are updated daily as they roll in.

February 1, 2014 Texas Yoga Conference, Houston, TX

February 3, 2014 with Derrick Brown, Woody Hill and the Pillow Princess, and Anis Mojgani at The North Door, 502 Brushy St, Austin, TX, 7:30pm

February 4, 2014 University Theatre Center’s Showcase Theatre, Sam Houston State University, Huntsville, TX, 8pm

February 6, 2014 Hemmerling Gallery of Southern Art, 733 Royal Street, New Orleans, LA, 7:30pm (tickets at door only)

AFTERNOON SHOW! February 7, 2014 Lafayette Science Museum, 433 Jefferson Street, Lafayette, LA, 2pm

February 16, 2014 The Bartlett, 228 West Sprague Avenue, Spokane, WA, 8:15pm

February 17, 2014 public workshop, Spokane, WA details TBA

February 18, 2014 Northern Idaho College, 100 West Garden Ave., Coeur d’Alene, ID, 7pm (noon workshop)

February 19, 2014 Missoula, MT, details TBA

February 20, 2014 Machinery Row, 202 2nd Avenue South #103, Great Falls, MT, 8pm

February 22, 2014 The Poet’s Room at Keiran’s Irish Pub, 85 6th Street N, Minneapolis, MN, 7pm

February 23, 2014 Naperville, IL, details TBA

The Associate

January 14, 2014

The British woman in this photo
showed up to The Northwest School in Seattle yesterday
claiming to be my “associate” to students and staff
while I presented workshops with no knowledge of her presence on campus.
She was allowed to roam freely.
After classes I noticed being slightly stalked
(if not just strangely distracted) by her ostentatious presence.
When I tried to leave campus alone she caught up to me
and asked if I would take her picture.
When I held the camera up she had it on video already
and began to strike curious poses; somewhere between sexy and Martin Short.
I recognized that I was being played somehow
but stayed calm and did not react,
specifically and genuinely thinking, “Lady you got nothin’.
I’m friends with Nichole Appel Cole [official member of The Daremaster Squires].
I’m gonna let you have this for a minute
until I decide most effective table-turning/exit strategy.”
The poses continued.
She was wearing sunglasses at night and finally peeled them off.
It was actually Nichole Appel Cole
all the way from Lincoln, IL on my first job of 2014.
Hugest smile. Total disbelief. Perfect timing. Belly laughter. Great dinner.
Thank goodness for your work bringing you as far as Tacoma, woman,
and God bless you for making up the difference.

A Little Ditty Called Happiness

January 11, 2014

Was it really 18 years ago I wrote this song?
I’m not talking to you, I’m talking to my prunes.

Thank you kindly to username Taunie65 who made this years ago
as a school project I believe.
Just rediscovered it.

Juneau you know

January 10, 2014

My heart is so warmed up to see y’all, Shona and Suzanne.
Thank you for making this happen

January 24th for Woosh Kinaadeiyí at Silverbow Bakery, 120 2nd Street, Juneau, AK, 6:30pm
January 25th at Hangar Ballroom, 2 Marine Way, Juneau, 8pm, 21+ TICKETS

Train’s comin

January 7, 2014

AUSTIN! We finally nailed down a venue with little time to spare
and boy am I lookin’ forward to a visit with family and friends.
Bring those bright eyes and spend the night with us.
Here’s details: February 3rd
Hosted by Derrick Brown, with Woody Hill and the Pillow Princess and a special appearance by Anis Mojgani at
The North Door, 502 Brushy Street, Austin, TX, 7:30pm TICKETS
Sorry about all the sweetness joining me onstage.

For a look at the rest of the Riled Up and Wasted On Light world tour dates
as they roll in, go to
For booking information see

All artwork for Riled Up and Wasted On Light by Javier Piñón

Inside voice

January 3, 2014

Hi All,

About 3.5 hours after the flippant and ineffectual post I made to Ani D’s page, as perspective poured in, I was mortified by my reactionary behavior and made the following apology within that same thread:

“I appreciate all the feedback and acknowledge that my statements added unnecessary fuel to the fire. I apologize for any hurt I may have caused you, or others. I will consider your concerns and comments as I recommit to growing [in] compassion and clarity.”

I stand by that apology from December 29th, and would only amend the “will consider” to “am considering.” I am continuously considering your concerns and comments, especially with deep regards to race and privilege.

As I follow closely online it’s clear that many folks never saw the original apology (subsequent missteps noted) and are still questioning why I seem to have bailed on this dialogue altogether. I haven’t bailed on us; not even a possibility. What I have been doing is heeding sound advice from a friend who said, “This is one of those places where taking it in, the parts you agree with and the parts you don’t and just sitting in them is essential to the dialogue. This is [a] place where you just listen. Not forever but certainly for now. The dialogue is happening all around you. You don’t need to conduct it. Sitting and listening even when you have tons to say, even when you just wanna say ‘see i am not the only one’ is uncomfortable but is an act of solidarity. It is relinquishing just a bit of privilege. You know what you see. It is what you don’t see, that is where the growth is.”

I’m gonna go back to abiding by that instinct now.

Warmest regards,
Buddy Wakefield
P.S. Please, white people, do not rally around me on this matter in any way. It serves no one well.


January 1, 2014

New Year’s Eve? Not much.
Ran into a bulldog skateboarding…

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