Tours End

Tour’s End 11-15-17

I know I fell off the face of the earth over a week ago, and for those who have emailed me asking if I’m okay, I’m okay. Tired, but okay. It was a grueling tour.

Everyone keeps asking, “Was the tour successful?”

It was great seeing lots of old friends, making new ones, reading and signing my book, hanging out with the DFB, teaching workshops, guest lecturing at so many different places, and doing bucket list stuff like seeing the Grand Canyon and the recording studios at Muscle Shoals. I met a lot of incredible people along the way and some of them opened up their homes to the DFB and I.

“Did you sell a lot of books?”

I sold some books. Not as many as I’d hoped but more then if I’d stayed home.

There were nights I was disappointed by the turnouts but those things happen. You promote the hell out of a gig and friends tell you they’re looking forward to seeing you and then only 2 or 3 people show up. I don’t let it bother me. I just do the best reading/talk/workshop that I can, no matter how many people show up.

I finished the tour in Palm Springs on November 2nd and the following morning started the two-day drive home.

On the way home I had a few mechanical (and expensive) failures. Blew a tire at 65 mph on I-5 just north of Kettleman City. I was able to get the van off the road and up on to the dirt shoulder without getting mowed down by a semi. AAA showed up and I saw that the tire was shredded. The driver recommended a tire shop about 30 minutes away where I overpaid for 2 tires but got back out on the road.

About 100 miles later the starter went out at a truck stop in Santa Nella. A tow truck driver helped me get it started with a pry bar and a sledgehammer, as there were no shops in the area. I headed north thinking maybe I could cannonball home. That thought didn’t last, I made it quite a few hours but finally I was too tired. The DFB and I slept in the van in the middle of nowhere in a driving rainstorm. The following morning I got hold of AAA and ended up at a shop that gouged me to fix the starter, but let’s face it when your van with out-of-state license plates gets towed in to a small shop in the middle of nowhere you really don’t have any leverage to negotiate a good deal on anything.

Finally made it home, then I got sick. I’m sure it’s all of the stress catching up to me.

“So was the tour a success?”

Financially, I lost money.

But, I’m still on my feet and I’m still laughing. The DFB and I had a great time and quite a few adventures. I hope the people who came out and saw us had a great time as well.

I guess it’s all about how YOU define success?

If you want to add Road Dog to your book shelf you can order it right here. And I’d be happy to sign it for you.

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If you live outside the U.S. please contact me at botherme@angryfilmmaker.com and I can get you a quote on what it would cost to send you a book.

Thank you in advance, I’ll be updating you all as we move forward.

Sincerely, Kelley

Tour Update 11-2-17

Palm Springs Sunrise

We’re in Palm Springs and tonight is my last Road Dog reading on the tour. Tomorrow we head home to Portland. It’ll just take a while.

It’s been a good tour but I’m beat. I’ll thank everyone who made this tour possible in a later post, but for now here’s a couple photos.

The Planters Peanut Car – thing…
Mandy & Joes Restaurant

Mick and I are headed down to our final reading at Palm Springs Vinyl Records and Collectibles. Talk later.

 

 

 

 

 

 

If you want to add Road Dog to your book shelf you can order it right here. And I’d be happy to sign it for you.

It’s only $16.95 + free shipping and handling (U.S. Only)

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If you live outside the U.S. please contact me at botherme@angryfilmmaker.com and I can get you a quote on what it would cost to send you a book.

Thank you in advance, I’ll be updating you all as we move forward.

Sincerely, Kelley

Tour Update 10-12-17

It’s tough being a Road Dog.

We’re in a Motel in Wichita, Kansas trying to get things done. Well I am anyway.

I’ve got a book signing at Watermark Books on Saturday October 14th from 2 – 4 pm. Here is a link to that signing. http://www.watermarkbooks.com/calendar-node-field-date/day/2017-10-14

Then on Sunday October 15th I’ll be at Bound For Glory Books in Tulsa, Oklahoma from 2 – 4 pm. Here is a link to that event. ow.ly/VHxa30fPL4Q

After that it’s off to Baylor University in Waco.

So far we’ve had rain, snow, high winds, heat, and high humidity but with the exception of losing one of my roof boxes we’re doing okay.

I want to thank all of my friends and supporters for coming out to see the Dog Face Boy and I so far.

I also want to thank Go Plug Bags, POLLARDdesign, and Cedar House Media for being such great sponsors.

Here is an older reading from Road Dog to amuse you.

If you want to add Road Dog to your book shelf you can order it right here. And I’d be happy to sign it for you.

It’s only $16.95 + free shipping and handling (U.S. Only)

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If you live outside the U.S. please contact me at botherme@angryfilmmaker.com and I can get you a quote on what it would cost to send you a book.

Thank you in advance, I’ll be updating you all as we move forward.

Sincerely, Kelley

Tour Update 10-10-17

I’m sitting in a motel in Oxford, MS thinking about the last few weeks. Things have been up and down but I’m still on my feet.

One high point of the trip was Dubuque, IA. I had a nice crowd, sold books and had a couple nice meals with friends. It is what I had hoped this trip would be. Chicago was also great, hanging out with John Rangel and talking at College of DuPage. Another good crowd.

This last week I was in Nashville teaching for 3 days at NFI. I did a guest lecture at Belmont and got to spend some quality time with my buddy Will Akers (Author of Your Screenplay Sucks!). I also did a couple other readings that were enjoyable.

I think I have a love/hate relationship with touring. I like being on the road but get bummed when very few people show up to my gigs. It happens and I still do the same reading or talk for 2 people as I would for 200. It’s always important to bring your “A game”.

On the weekend the DFB and I drove down to Muscle Shoals with my buddy Hank. We drove the Natchez Trace, which was beautiful. We saw Meriwether Lewis’ grave and had lunch at this amazing little Amish deli we discovered.

In Muscle Shoals we went to the Muscle Shoals Recording Studio and I was in heaven. There was so much great music recorded there. I loved being in that room and feeling the vibe from so long ago. Hank snapped a couple really great photos of me in there. I’ll post one later.

We found FAME Studio as well but it was closed. I asked a woman in a liquor store if there were any good places to camp nearby and she sent us over to a campground by the Tennessee River. I wish it hadn’t been so humid it would have been nice to sit outside and maybe build a fire. I woke up early and the DFB and I took a nice walk along the banks.

On Monday I drove to Oxford and spoke at Ole Miss. I didn’t sell too many books but I met some great people and hopefully they’ll have me come back.

I messed up my schedule this week so I am without any gigs until Saturday in Wichita. I’m trying to get a reading somewhere between here and there but we shall see. I might just find another cheap motel for Mick and I to crash at and try to get work done.

Then things get hectic. Saturday at Watermark Books in Wichita, Sunday at Bound For Glory Books in Tulsa, Wednesday and Thursday in Waco at Baylor, Friday, Saturday and Sunday in Houston with SWAMP doing a Master Sound Workshop with Scott Szabo, then Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday in Dallas/Fort Worth at The Wild Detectives, Funky Town, and I can’t remember the other place.

More to come. Here’s a video I put together on my phone …

If you want to add Road Dog to your book shelf you can order it right here. And I’d be happy to sign it for you.

It’s only $16.95 + free shipping and handling (U.S. Only)

Add to Cart

If you live outside the U.S. please contact me at botherme@angryfilmmaker.com and I can get you a quote on what it would cost to send you a book.

Thank you in advance, I’ll be updating you all as we move forward.

Sincerely, Kelley

I am on the Road the Tour has begun

September 21st

I’m in Kansas City staying with my good friend Joe. The first two days of driving were the worst. From PDX to Salt Lake City was a lot of rain and wind. Outside Boise it was raining so hard I had almost zero visibility. I was up at 5 am on the road just before 7. Pulled in to SLC around 10 pm. My night vision isn’t what it once was so the last 2 hours were really stressful.

Left around noon the following morning as I had a bunch of work to do. Went through Wyoming and it didn’t disappoint. Wyoming is beautiful and I hate it all at the same time. The weather changes constantly. I hit a snowstorm as I was going over the mountains towards the eastern part of the state. Hardly any visibility and I was white knuckling it for about 90 minutes. I have front wheel drive but my tires aren’t exactly new. I never slipped but it never felt real stable either.

It’s at times like this I question what the fuck I’m doing out on tour. This part really stresses me out. I hate it. After the snowstorm there were 40+ mph winds for the next few hours and I was getting blown all over the highway. Continue reading “I am on the Road the Tour has begun”

New Podcast & Indiegogo Crowdfunding Update

Check out this wonderful podcast with me done by Chris Martin. He’s done a bunch of these where he talks about “Getting Work To Work”. Interesting guy and a pretty terrific site. I am honored that he chose to interview me. Thanks Chris.

Here is the link – http://www.chrismartinstudios.com/gwtw/interview-kelley-baker-gwtw84/

Please check out our Crowdfunding campaign over at Indiegogo (https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/the-road-dog-fall-tour/x/17085859#/)

The DFB and I want to hit the road late next month and take our book, Road Dog, out on tour.

Right now my campaign is kind of sucking as I got swamped with family stuff and some shit I don’t want to go in to at this point. So please check out my Indiegogo campaign and help however you can. If you can donate $5, $10, $15, it all helps!

My total budget is $19,000 and I’m trying to raise half on Indiegogo and the other half through sponsors. Since I’m an independent I have to pay for everything, usually up front. What will your money be used for? I need to order books, fix the van and make sure it’s up for the trip, fix my laptop, pay for shipping, we have promotion costs, gas, food, lodging and many other expenses that come up when we’re on the road.

Here is a clip from our campaign –

I already have bookings in various cities, among them – Kansas City, Houston, Nashville, Oxford MI, Wichita, Salt Lake City, Fort Worth, Dallas and I’m still booking more!

Please check out our campaign and if you can afford to donate something I’d really appreciate it.

Please visit this site often as I’ll be updating our Fall Tour.

The Road Dog Fall Tour Crowd Funding Campaign is Live

Please check out our Crowdfunding campaign over at Indiegogo (https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/the-road-dog-fall-tour/x/17085859#/)

The DFB and I want to hit the road late next month and take our book, Road Dog, out on tour.

My total budget is $19,000 and I’m trying to raise half on Indiegogo and the other half through sponsors. Since I’m an independent I have to pay for everything, usually up front. What will your money be used for? I need to order books, fix the van and make sure it’s up for the trip, fix my laptop, pay for shipping, we have promotion costs, gas, food, lodging and many other expenses that come up when we’re on the road.

Here is a clip from our campaign –

I already have bookings in various cities, among them – Kansas City, Houston, Nashville, Oxford MI, Wichita, Salt Lake City, Fort Worth, Dallas and I’m still booking more!

Please check out our campaign and if you can afford to donate something I’d really appreciate it.

What is Road Dog about? Well I’m glad you asked.

Road Dog Book Trailer from The Angry Filmmaker on Vimeo.

If you want to add Road Dog to your book shelf you can order it right here. And I’d be happy to sign it for you.

It’s only $16.95 + Free Shipping (U.S. Only)

Add to Cart

If you live outside the U.S. please contact me at botherme@angryfilmmaker.com and I can get you a quote on what it would cost to send you a book.

Please visit this site often as I’ll be updating our Fall Tour.

Fall Tour Update 7-27-17

As most of you know we’re going to be heading out on tour in September. This tour is going to be a lot more expensive than I thought so next week we’re going to kick off a crowdfunding campaign.

I need your help because touring is expensive especially with no publishing house behind me. I have to pay for everything, most of it up front. I need to order books, get the van fixed, upgrade my laptop, get a new hard drive and some memory cards, pay for gas, food, lodging and anything else that pops up while we’re out on the road.

I tell people that I make films because I have to. There’s something that burns deep inside of me that needs to create. I feel the same about writing. I wrote Road Dog because I had to. I had a story to tell. What’s the good of having a story to tell when there is no one around to listen?

That’s why I’m doing this tour. I want to tell as many people as I can about Road Dog.

I’m hoping you can all help either by donating and/or sharing our campaign with your friends.

Fall Tour Announcement 6-15-17 from The Angry Filmmaker on Vimeo.

I’ve always felt very fortunate to have so many friends and people willing to help me out.

Road Dog Book Trailer from The Angry Filmmaker on Vimeo.

If you wish to purchase a copy of Road Dog please follow the link. http://www.angryfilmmaker.com/road-dog/

Thank you advance, I’ll be updating you all as we move forward.

Sincerely, Kelley

Tour Updates 7-12-17

I’m booking more dates on our Fall Tour (September 14- November 4, 2017). Things are looking good in Nashville, Denver, and Salt Lake City. I’ll have more details soon. We’re also talking to some possible tour sponsors and I am hopeful.

My goal is to get as many Road Dog readings and Signings in as many cities as possible on our route.

Here’s another clip from my reading at O’Connor’s earlier this year. This is about the Father-Daughter Dance and this section is called “I Have Two Left Feet”. Enjoy!

Thanks to Whit Draper and Don Campbell on guiter and bass, and to Enie Vaisburd for filming it.

If you want to add Road Dog to your book shelf you can order it right here. And I’d be happy to sign it for you.

It’s only $16.95 + Free Shipping (for a limited time) (U.S. Only)

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If you live outside the U.S. please contact me at botherme@angryfilmmaker.com and I can get you a quote on what it would cost to send you a book.

Road Dog and FREE SHIPPING (for a limited time)

Now you can enjoy a copy of Road Dog at home and not have to pay shipping costs.

“Road Dog is exceptional, thanks to its author, Kelley Baker, and Moses, his traveling companion. It is a joy to share their adventures, to smile, to laugh, to cry. Kelley Baker has the talent to keep the reader with him and Moses, to explore the joys and difficulties of life on the road, and to have the reader be part of it. Kelley Baker is honest and open. He dealt with a lot of tough stuff and he lays it out and we absorb it and understand. Kelley Baker writes so beautifully I shake my head in agreement even if I have never been to Iowa or Texas, or been on the road for weeks at a time…with a wonderful dog. Road Dog is a gem. Read it…feel it…love it.” – Freddi Carlip, Runner’s Gazette

What is Road Dog about? Well I’m glad you asked.

Road Dog Book Trailer from The Angry Filmmaker on Vimeo.

“In my youth, I’ve had the opportunity to go on the road with a ska/reggae band as a roadie. I’ve always dreamt of how to translate that to the world of filmmaking. Kelley’s book allows us to live vicariously through his adventures. Lastly, I’m not gonna lie to you, but this is one of the very few books that brought me to tears. I think it could be the best work that Baker has done. Worth the read!” – Scott McMahon, The Film Trooper Podcast

If you want to add Road Dog to your book shelf you can order it right here. And I’d be happy to sign it for you.

It’s only $16.95 + Free Shipping (for a limited time) (U.S. Only)

Add to Cart

If you live outside the U.S. please contact me at botherme@angryfilmmaker.com and I can get you a quote on what it would cost to send you a book.

Please visit this site often as I’ll be updating our Fall Tour.