At the Barclaycard Arena show on Saturday, March 19, the virtuoso guitarist and singer will be performing fans' favourites from such albums as Sloe Gin, Dust Bowl, The
Ballad Of John Henry and Driving Towards The Daylight which, remarkably for a blues album, reached No.
Among the topics are desert snakes, surviving winter in the dust bowl, the
movement of molecules in or out of cells, hominid evolution, misconceptions about the methods of scientific investigations, and misconceptions about the inheritance of traits.
While it may not feel like we are living in a dust bowl, the
drought does affect all of us, primarily in the pocket book.
The Dust Bowl, the
name that the region eventually acquired, was blamed on poor farming practices and a severe drought that often let winds carry dust thousands of miles away.
Under the Conservation Reserve Program, which was enacted to prevent another Dust Bowl, the
federal government pays farmers to keep millions of acres of land planted with grasses rather than crops to keep the soil from blowing away.
Forced to leave their home, which has been devastated by the Dust Bowl, the
Joads look for work as farm pickers in California's San Joaquin Valley.
The goal: to prevent another Dust Bowl, the
period of severe dust storms in the 1930s.
We read American novels and stories, about Mark Twain's Tom Sawyer and his adventures in the South; about Buck, the sled dog, and Jack London's stories of the North; about John Steinbeck and his tales of the Dust Bowl, the
Depression and the West; and Nathaniel Hawthorne's Gothic accounts of colonial life in the East.