Friday, March 30, 2007

Some One, Kill Me Now


Let me start out by saying that I am calm now. This morning was a different situation. I left the hotel for the airport at 5:30am. Between leaving the cab & walking to the ticket counter I lost my cell phone. It's amazing how dependent I am on that thing. I had what most people would call an anxiety attack. I spent $12 in quarters calling the cab company, 411, & the hotel. I left Gulfport without my phone. By the time I landed in Atlanta, I had accepted that it was gone or would be found by some one.
I then flew from ATL to Cincinnati. It was an easy flight. I met Shawn, Kip, Rodi, & the RV outside the airport. Kip & drove the remaining 275 miles to Ann Arbor, MI. During that time, I found out that some one had found my phone & they're sending it to me on Monday. All is well in the jungle.
Shawn treated us to Outback Steakhouse tonight. I've been awake for 17 hours. It's time to hit it!

Slippery Nick's


I had a late bedtime last night. I guess you could say this morning. I watched "Hoffa," did my laundry, & went swimming last night after our final stop here in Gulfport. I had a painless day: phone calls, some computer work, & resting. It was a beautiful day outside: 85 degrees & sunny. What else can one ask for?
The gig was a different situation. It was a small, smoky, loud club. I guess that I'm spoiled. I can't control that. All I can do is deal with it.

Thursday, March 29, 2007

DRIVE!


I was up at 7am this morning. No reason... just up. Our driver, Matthew drove for 10 hours with two 5 minute breaks at one point. When he gets tired, Doug drives the bus for a while. I had breakfast at IHOP. They truly are the International House of Pancakes. We watched the first 2 Indiana Jones movies. I honestly don't remember much about today. We landed here in Gulfport around 11pm CST. That's travelin' folks!

Tuesday, March 27, 2007

Kill William


I woke up in Bakersfield, CA as we dropped of Brad "Animalsan" Leslie off in the Crystal Palace parking lot. He drove to L.A... we continued on our trip to Gulfport. I don't have much to report. I ate Subway for 2 meals. I love the Italian B.M.T. What can I say? We watched Kill Bill Vol.1 &2, The "Tom Dowd" Documentary, among other things. We just pulled over in Gallup, NM to all take showers & stop moving for about an hour. I will be asleep soon.

Monday, March 26, 2007

Redding, CA


Apparently our bus has a problem with the governor. No, not Arnold, but the mechanical item that keeps the speed down in the event of the engine getting too hot, etc. We pulled into Redding, CA at 7:30am. We were all promptly kicked off of the bus & it went to the shop in hopes to be fixed by show time. I slept most of the day. When I did get up I went on a walk. I believe that the hotel that we stayed in was in the ghetto. At least a ghetto for Redding, CA. I went over with the crew to help. Our truck driver/guitar tech flew home this morning to pick up the truck & drive it to meet us in Gulfport, MS a few days from now. SO... I had to help, whether I like it or not. I liked it. The Cascade Theatre was pretty hip. More seats than standing... which can be interesting but is better for a Monday night show. The energy level is obviously different than a Friday night. I think that Friday is the craziest of all. Saturday... most people are more mellow in the wake of recovering from Friday. Sunday... forgetaboutit! The show was weird. Doug was in a weird mood. His monitor situation was apparently not working for him. Song selection was strange. BUT... we played great & the audience seemed to dig it. On to Gulfport?

Modesto


Modesto had no signs of promise from the get-go. The snob in me would've rather played a theatre tonight instead of a rock club. The music lover in me would've rather had a decent band open up for us tonight as well. One of our good friends, former Cincinnati Reds pitcher Brad Lesley, has been on the bus with us for a few days. He got up and sang a verse of "King of the Delta Blues" tonight. He did a great job. It was really loud on stage tonight. I hope that I can still have children.

Sunday, March 25, 2007

Petaluma


Bus call was 9am this morning. It felt kinda weird to get sleep. I complain too much. My first real meal of the day was In & Out Burger; you can't complain about that. We played my favorite northern California venue tonight: McNear's Mystic Theatre in Petaluma. Way cool room. It's got a sushi place on the left & a music store on the right. Guess I had for dinner?
I really enjoyed play my Park Lead 100 1x12 at full volume tonight. It sounded gargantuan.

Friday, March 23, 2007

Bakersfield, oh, Bakersfield


I got 3 hours of sleep before shower, cab ride, & check in at the Savannah airport. It turns out that my first flight (to Houston) was 2 hours & 45 minutes. I had a 2 hour layover. Then a 4 hour flight to Bakersfield. By the time the taxi got me to the hotel, I was DUN! After a few hours of good rest, I walked next door to Buck Owens' Crystal Palace to sound check. It was a great check. Luckily, I showed up before the crew's dinner at the Palace. I order the special, which was the 'chicken fried steak.' What she brought me resembled, in the words of Keith Glenn, a fried clown shoe. It took two plates to serve it. I didn't eat it all, but I wanted to.
Looking around the Crystal Palace, they had three of Buck's guitars. They had his gold sparkle tele with herringbone binding, his silver sparkle from the late sixties, & his first guitar - a '51 Telecaster. It looked brand new. For playing so quiet, it was a great show.

Savannah Music Festival


Shawn & Kip picked me & my equipment up early this morning. I told kip to wake me up when he got tired & I would drive. Well, I woke up on my own about a 30 minutes from Savannah. We played for the Savannah Arts Festival tonight. Randall Bramlett opened both shows. I love those guys. It was good to see Gerry, Mike & Mike. Off to bed...

Wednesday, March 21, 2007

TBS Storyline


I left the house at 10:30am to go straight to Boutique Guitar Exchange. I bought that Tele before Jeff could properly open the store. It was a good purchase. Shortly after, I picked up Kip & Shawn up at Shawn's house for our trip to TBS. We did a flawless performance on TBS's Storyline. MIchelle & I had Little Azio's. I recommend it. Also, before we went to sleep, I convinced her to make a cake. I thought we do something wacky for my last day in the ATL.

Nash Guitars


It was kinda late last night when I got home. I was REALLY tired when was awoken at 7:30am. I had a doctor exam this morning. By the time that I landed back in the bed, there was no hope. I was worthless for about 7 hours. Most of that was spent sleeping and/or watching movies OnDemand. Dinner was a burrito at Moe's. On the way home, we stopped by Boutique Guitar Exchange on North Highland. I walked right to a Nash Strat... then I realized that I don't like Strats (I've gotten rid of everyone that I've ever owned). I made a right a saw my friend Jeff Gardner playing a '50's style Nash Tele. I own a Fender '51 Nocaster Relic. I played the Nash & soon realized that Fender is WAY overpriced. I thought you only payed for the name with Gibson & Martin. That Tele was $1550. The Tele that I own goes for double that & it's not as good. The Nash Tele is way better & relic'ed better. There's no comparison. It's very tempting.

Monday, March 19, 2007

Loud Stroud


I showed today at the studio by 10am to set up & run lines again for another fun filled day of Mullins. Peter Stroud showed up at 11am with "goodies." He brought a Selmer head & his 1957 Les Paul Custom. It was one of the last Custom's made with the Alnico V & P90 pickups. All I have to say is "I want one... I want one NOW." That Alnico pickup is like a Charlie Christian pickup with more output & less noise. It sounded SO unique. Anyway, we ran most of the others out of the studio with the sheer volume that we were tracking at. It was an even better day for guitars. This new stuff for Shawn is really great. It's like 2 songs of "Beautiful Wreck" level tunes & then another one that's kinda like an Americana "Comfortably Numb" & a Sticky Fingers Stones tune. Patrick Blanchard showed up as Peter was leaving. Pat replayed a couple of his bass tracks to vibe with what Peter did. Coming along, coming along.

...and guitars were cut!


It was an early morning after such a late bedtime. I met Kip & Shawn at the studio at 11am. We worked on his new record all day. He played some acoustic guitar tracks & I played a mandolin track before Peter Stroud showed up at 1pm. Peter brought a Les Paul Custom, a Tone Quest commissioned Strat, & his infamous Trini Lopez Standard. He also brought an early '70's Ampeg Jet. He got pretty jiggy today. We "borrowed" Greg Lee's Nash Tele for a guitar part. I love tracking Stroud. Everything that he plays has an attitude. Peter split by 6pm & I played a Hammond track. We had dinner & Shawn laid down a vocal track & that was the night.

Sunday, March 18, 2007

What happened to Johnson City?


I was supposed to be playing with Marshall Tucker tonight in Johnson City, TN. Apparently, the promoter made some "mistakes." No problem. I made other plans. Michelle & I made a trip to Snellville to have lunch with her parents. I also picked a couple of things up from my storage space. My brother, his wife, Michelle, & I went to dinner with my Dad. It was really good - Flemings Steak House. Dad came home with us so we could take him to the airport in the morning. I had to drive to Douglasville at midnight to meet the Marshall Tucker Band. I have to drop off some gear & my suitcase. They are on their way to southern California. It will take them a few days.

Friday, March 16, 2007

The Ides of March


Got up late. Working on the new record today. I don't get many instances where I can work on my own stuff. I like it. It's good. Can't wait until it's finished... but I'll have to!

Go Mo!


Oh yeah, I forgot to tell you yesterday - my check "Check Engine Soon" light came on yesterday. I had the day off until 3pm, so I took it to Saturn of Rivergate. They fixed me up REAL GOOD.
Maureen's gig was stellar. She's never sang that well.
My trip home, thus far, has been kinda crappy. It's raining pretty hard.

Thursday, March 15, 2007

Nashville, Here I Come


Another day for travel. However, I will not say that it is as bad as Monday. I drove the Saturn to Nashville today. The weather was optimal for travel.
I came up for Maureen Muprhy's showcase at Douglas Corner. We had a rehearsal tonight @ Studio 737 (a.k.a. Matt Mangano's basement.) Pasi Lepikangas on drums, Matt on bass, & me on guitar & keys. Everything sounds real nice!
We had dinner at Jim & Nick's - a BBQ place near Matty's house. Maureen got me a room @ The Hermitage Hotel. Sweet!

Wednesday, March 14, 2007

Gareth: Fine!


That's Italian for "finished." I spent a couple of hours on finishing Gareth Asher's album tonight. I had to add a solo to one song & make some mixing changes.
After he left, dropped my posters (for the birthday show) off @ Eddie's.

Tuesday, March 13, 2007

Overtime


I woke up in a normal fashion today. I packed the Jeep & drove to Kiawah Island. Atlanta-Augusta-Columbia-Charleston-Kiawah. It was a pretty boring trip. I also don't like driving long distances in the daytime. It fatigues me faster than "getting sleepy" at nighttime. If you are relaxed... you drive much better.
I played aa private show there with Shawn this afternoon. It went pretty well. I helped Kip pack up the RV & amde my way back home. I was on the road by 10pm. I sopped here at a truckstop in Columbia to post this & fill up. I think it'll be 12 hours of just driving today. That's what I call overtime.

Sunday, March 11, 2007

Lost Time


The government added "time" to things that they cheat the American people out of. I was deprived of exactly one hour (prematurely) of sleep last night. I had to be up at 4:15am (new time) for my flights from Billings-Minneapolis-Atlanta.
I like the 65 set for March Madness. I think it's a big improvement over last year's brackets.
I got my Martin back from Trance Audio. They installed their famous Trance Audio Amulet stereo pickup system. I can't wait to try her out in a live situation.

Saturday, March 10, 2007

Hanna Montana


For some reason, the travel agent forgot to deprive us of a good night's sleep last night. It was, however, a long-ass drive to the airport this morning (4 hours). Minneapolis to Billings, Montana was a rather painless flight. We got a couple of hours off & I watched "Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon" on FX (I think). I forgot how good Ang Lee used to be... well, "Brokeback Mountain" was pretty good, though.
The show tonight was even better than last night. Doug sang great & all of the night's cues were picked up by everyone. It was a pretty cool venue, too.

Friday, March 9, 2007

Great Show


I got up, I ate, I laid down, I watched TV, I got up, I ate, I watched TV, I surfed the net, I got "dressed", we played a great show, & I got on the computer. I'm sure that I'll be asleep soon. It was a good show, despite the fact that Chris Hicks wasn't here. He played a show with his band in Macon tonight. It was different, but fun. I really like my Les Paul Junior, but I think that the Fender Hot Rod DeVille doesn't suit it very well. Maybe a Marshall for the next rental gig. Off to sleep.

Thursday, March 8, 2007

... to Hayward


I was up late last night because of the challenge to my intestinal fortitude. I left the house around noon for the airport. Our flight was delayed by an hour. Luckily, the flight was also boarded by none other than Hank Barbee. I haven't seen Hank in a while. What a great guitarist & a great guy.
When we landed in Minneapolis we got in a van a rode for 4 hours to Hayward, WI. Other than the delayed flight, it was a rather uneventful travel day. That's the way that I like 'em.

Wednesday, March 7, 2007

Gareth part 5, AND Rome


Gareth Asher's album is all over but the crying. There is a negligible amount of work to be done. I am VERY happy with it. I hate that it took us so long to finish it. I attribute half to my busy performing schedule & half to the holidays. Oh well, it's still good!
If I remember correctly, two of the major theories of why Rome crumbled were as follows: 1. Lead in the pipes. 2. Bringing in foreign workers to perform hard labor.
Both reasons may not make sense in the short, vague statements, but they DO make sense.
Rome was the first civilization to have water transfered through pipes (plumbing). All of the pipes were made of a lead compound. Lead is a neurotoxin & partially water soluble. Over a few generations, the lead slowly poisoned the Roman people making them null & void... leading to their demise.
The other theory stated that the Roman people became weak & lacadaisical due to "foreign slavery." They would bring these people from other countries (where there was no wealth & no jobs) & have them do the hard labor. The Romans became null & void again.
My point is... let's not poison our future generations with Prozac & Ritalin. Also, we shouldn't become dependant on drugs to live. I know that they're "medical miricles," but let's focus on become healthy more naturally.
Also, let's quit offering the crappy jobs to people who don't even live here. We're going to (and already have) become weak. America wasn't built in a day!

Tuesday, March 6, 2007

Gareth, part 4


I spent all day tidying Gareth's record. I'm really close. One more day.
This is the greatest picture of Celine Dion... ever!

Monday, March 5, 2007

MTB, Asher part 3


I got up early (for me) & made my way to Easly, SC. I visited Southeastern Sound Studio. That's where I sang on a few new Marshall Tucker songs.
I finally made it back to the studio by 7pm. Gareth met me to give me notes on the rough mixes that I made. He was relatively happy with the progress thus far. I will probably work until midnight tonight.

Sunday, March 4, 2007

Nuttin'


I did a whole bunch of nothing today. I went outside one time to let the dogs piss. I watched 5 or 6 movies today. One would think that David Duchovny hasn't made any good movies. I disagree. I watched 'Playing God' today. It made me think that he also made 'Kalifornia,' 'House of D,' 'Zoolander,' & 'Chaplin.' Not mention his roles in
Twin Peaks,' 'X-Files,' & the narrarator for 'Red Shoe Diaries.'
After my shower (at 3pm), I got back in PJ's. It's going to be a while before I can do this again. Ready for the week, SIR!

Saturday, March 3, 2007

Goin' Back


For the first time in a while, I got to sleep in on my way home from a Tucker gig. Normally, it's a 3 or 4am wake up. Today it was 9am. Ofcourse, I got home at 7pm instead of noon... but it was worth it. Michelle & I stayed in and watched 'V for Vendetta' on cable. It's a good movie... even on the third watch. It's time for rest because there's none in the near future.

Friday, March 2, 2007

Mohegan Sun


Wake up: 3:30am, Airport: 4:30am, Fly: 6:30am, In Hotel: 2pm, Soundcheck: 4pm, Dinner: 6pm, 7pm: Preshow, Showtime: 8pm. It was a day of movement. The set was great. We played for 2 solid hours. "Running Like the Wind" was as good as I've ever played it. I didn't even have to use my A.K... today was a good day.

Thursday, March 1, 2007

Mixing Gareth, part 2


I started my day at the dentist. Everything seems on the up & up... however, I will return in a month to look at a spot on a tooth that could become problematic. We're trying to prevent cavaties here, people!
I visited Wallace today as well. I also picked up a version of Sound Toys Echo Boy. I really like that plug-in. It's the best delay that I've ever used "inside the box."
I spent most of the day mixing Gareth's 13 song record. He came in around 6:30pm this evening to check on the mixes. He also setup singer Adam McKnight to come in a sing some background vocals. He did a fabulous, speedy job. After giving Gareth a CD of the rough mixes, it was off to the homestead where I had to pack for my trip tomorrow.
I have to wake at 3:30am to fly to Uncasville, CT to play with Marshall Tucker.