It's been a busy few weeks with much to report!
Had my first taste of "real Texas" a few weeks ago at a gig in New Braunfels at a local bar in the middle of nowhere. Upon arrival, I could tell that this was gonna be a rough night - I walked in to Country music blaring and a cloud of cigarette smoke (yes, you could still smoke inside here). After a horrible glass of well whisky, I got up on stage to play to dead silence, recalling that scene in The Blues Brothers where they throw beer bottles at the band. (Too bad I didn't know the chords to rawhide!) After already deciding in my head that I would cut my set short, the bartender approached me with 40 bucks and asked me to stop. Was a win win for everybody!
Aside from finding myself at the worst possible venue choice outside of a metal dungeon or discotheque, it's been a pretty great few weeks for my music! The album is coming a long, with more than half of it being recorded, and several songs being complete (aside from mixing and mastering) It's been so cool watching these songs come to life. Like muscles being added to a skeleton, or getting your third sonogram.
Finally, I recently made my first large adult purchase of a new home - a 1959 Streamline Dutchess. I am so excited to fix her up and move in!
Oliver laying down some accordion and trumpet trax!
Sorry to be out of commission for a little while - have been on the quiet valley ranch escaping from technology as much as possible. This year's Kerrville folk fest was one for the record books! I sold 8 times as many CD's as the previous two years, and was humbled and honored to be voted into Staff Concert - getting the opportunity to perform on the famous Threadgill Stage! Was really fun and an amazing experience - big thanks to Chris Shotliff, Lacie Taylor and Brad Yoder for backing me up! (I've posted some videos below)
Have been spending this week recuperating - lots of sleeping, eating and processing. Every year after Kerrville there seems to be some big epiphany or shift. Las year's was quite dramatic - this year slightly less so, but still a bit of a shift in mindset, as my career continues to grow and I meet more and more inspiring creative people. I have decided that instead of throwing money away in rent, I would like to buy some kind of short school bus or van to live and tour in (Rose Heart will let me park it in the back!) Any help you all have to offer in such an endeavor is much appreciated as I begin to research both where to procure such a vehicle and also what to look for/how to get a sturdy ride for the right price. It's a brave new world! Until next time, please enjoy some video footage :)