Spring has sprung, friends and fans! Look out your window and get some of that delicious droughtshine! The birds are chirping, the cats are yowling lustily, the hippies are twirling. And as we look out o’er the vast fields of Ebola we plowed and sowed earlier this year, we can see green shoots of awesome starting to pop up.

That’s right, folks, it’s going to be an exciting year for Bobby Joe Ebola and the Children MacNuggits, with a bumper crop of releases, videos, tours and fantastic live shows. Why doncha set on the porch for a spell while we give you a little update:

First, we’re practically foaming at the mouth with gratitude for all of you who helped make this March one of the best in our little band’s history. With your support we were able to film the epic video for our fan-favorite singalong “Life is Excellent” and secure our very first tour van; Melaena, aka The Ebola Gay.

And we just returned from Melaena’s maiden voyage, a tour of the American West, and our first as a full band, with Josh Wharton, Sean McTiernan, and Mike Wilson backing us up. What fun! Though we must say, we never realized just how heavy amps and drums are. Thanks to all who gave us places to play and stay, all the bands we met, and everyone who came to see us in Chico, Seattle, Portland, Boise, Salt Lake City, Las Vegas, Flagstaff, Tucson and Los Angeles! We’ll be back before you know it. Those of you who contributed to our tour van fundraiser, expect some goodies in the mail very soon!

But the hits keep coming. Later this month, expect to see the video for “Waking Up is Hard To Do”, (directed by Chris Poeschl of Rock Rock Media) and more news on the upcoming DVD of our album “F“. We have 12 of 13 videos finished or in post-production. We are so dangerously close to finishing this insane project, and we’ll keep you up to date as new videos come off the Conveyor Belt of Fun.

UPDATE: Here it is! Watch “Waking Up Is Hard To Do” below!

Like we said, before, we have a buncha new releases coming your way. In June, look for the “Bone Dagger” 7” single from Suckerpunch Records, which will be accompanied by a truly fantastic animated video from our friend Mike Foxall at XRAY STUDIOS. Keep your ears peeled as well for the 7” single for “Blues Turn Brown” , a little ditty about Great Recession poverty and desperation. In addition we’ll have a very special release for our J-Pop opus “Tashirojima”, the proceeds of which will help animals displaced by the Japanese tsunami via JEARS.

BUT THAT’S NOT ALL!!! We’re also working on the long-awaited release of our “Meal Deal With The Devil EP & More!”, with accompanying readalong storybook by Jason Chandler of Horrible Comics, which will be out on SLG Publishing later this summer. And this week we’re putting the finishing touches on our latest LP, Trainwreck To Narnia. What a ride! We can’t wait to share this album with you.
Now that we’re back from tour, we look forward to settling back and….. planning another tour?!? Yep, June will find us on the road again, heading to the East Coast for a series of festivals and shockingly fun gigs, including Insubordination Fest in Baltimore, Punk Island in New York, and Do Ya Hear We? Fest in Chattanooga. Later in the year come September has us partying Labor Day weekend with the great folks of San Diego’s Awesome Fest! We’ll have an update for you next month on specific time/space coordinates, so stay tuned!

But for all our Californian homies, never fear; we’ve got some local shows to close out the month with:

April 27 – SACRAMENTO, CA @ Luigi’s with Flip the Switch and Bar Fly Effect

April 28 – SANTA ROSA, CA @ Spencer House with Jeff Rowe, Hot Club Beelzebub, and more!

April 29 – BERKELEY, CA @ 924 Gilman (Benefit for Hansel & Gretel co-op preschool)

And let’s not forget May 4, when we’ll be returning to the Rickshaw Stop! SAVE THE DATE, folks, this one is gonna knock your socks off!

May 4 – SAN FRANCISCO, CA @ The Rickshaw Stop with Trainwreck Riders, Passage Walkers, and Apogee Sound Club.

Check our calendar for more info and other shows as they pop up. We are grateful to have you out there paying attention; thanks to your love and support, our lives have felt like a ridiculous and campy feel-good movie. We’ll have another fun update for you next month. In the meantime, be excellent to each other, and party on!