Okay, okay, I'm finally going to start this again, I have no reason not to and every reason to start posting again -- lots of interesting, fun and fascinating things that I've been involved with to share, sometimes with me at the front of the scenes, sometimes behind the scenes. My next post will begin the long story of catching up to the present, but I'll get there (here) as quickly as I can. Look forward to stories, pictures, video, and of course audio content for your listening, viewing, and reading pleasure. P.S. Thanks for waiting, I can almost guarantee it will be worth it...
We did some great shows in September, but this will be our only time to play in October -- great songs, and the ongoing special appearance by David Pulkingham on guitar is a gauranteed musical treat. And no cover!
All the info is on the poster -- I'm thrilled to be playing with Dana again after a long time off, and it's a reunion for me with David Pulkingham, whom I haven't played with in I think years, but was on my first record, Anamnesis. We'll be performing jazz standards, western swing, and show tunes for your listening pleasure, and it's free -- how can you go wrong?
Well I didn't expect this, but I'm honored to receive this recognition from the Austin Chronicle's 2011 Top 10 Lists -- Thanks to Jay Trachtenberg and the author of the "10 Local Albums You Missed" List! My acceptance sppech also surely includes those involved in the making of this record: David Hobizal and Kyle Thompson on Drums, Jake Owen on Guitar, Ryan Bowman on Bass, CJ Menge on Marimba, Erin Ivey and Tody Castillo on vocals; the engineering talents of Chico Jones of Ohm Recording Facility, Brett McCarter, and Jake Owen; and definitely not least (maybe most), John Rosacker of Red Sky Records for being the executive producer and the catalyst for getting this thing started in the first place. And course thanks to all of you for listening, buying the record, coming out to shows, and all other support of the music -- it keeps us going!
Well... not yet, according to this photo, the only one I have so far of the Fire Relief concert last Monday night -- but I promise, he really did show and it went very well, I had a great time playing with everyone, and having the opportunity to play "Sailing" with the man who actually wrote that song was an amazing experience. Although people were still coming in when we went on stage at 6:30PM, the place was completely packed the rest of the night, which was great news for the purpose of the show; I'm sure there are still ways to donate to the cause, to help so many people out of this terrible wreckage left by the central Texas wildfires. But to me, probably the most amazing thing of the night (other than meeting Lyle Lovett and Joe Satriani in person, and seeing Willie Nelson for the first time live) was witnessing the completely professional sound and stage management by the company handling those duties (still trying to find out who did it). To have that many bands with that much equipment changeover, with no feedback and smooth transitions, and the show ending at midnight as planned, was incredible. Kudos to all the men and women who helped make the evening a success! And of course the music was excellent as well, which was to be expected. I wouldn't be surprised if a DVD of the night becomes available -- I'll post that info as soon as I know something.