Wednesday, December 31, 2008

San Juan Capistrano, CA


I slept in late at my Dad's house this morning. We finally both got our shit together by lunch time. My brother showed up & we made our way to that ever important southern Californian institution: In & Out Burger. It was fantastic. We followed that up with a matinee showing of "Valkyrie." I really enjoyed it. I will probably purchase this movie for my DVD collection when it comes out.
After the movie, my Dad & I picked up some chips & salsa & watched Georgia Tech get smacked by a very decent LSU football team.
The show tonight in SJ Cap was nice & short. An hour & a half is on the shorter side for movies & Marshall Tucker Band sets. I was given 2 reissue 65 Twins to use tonight. I couldn't get either of them to sound good. Boo!
With today's extra rest I'm still kinda fatigued. I guess it's the jet lag setting in.

Tuesday, December 30, 2008

West Hollywood, CA


What a day. I was up by 7:30PST (you can't blame me - it was 10:30am at home). I spent most of the morning listening to Zac Brown & remedying my new iPhone sync woes. Both are things that once you get them - it's done for good.
I packed & left the hotel with the crew. After we loaded in our guitars & such to the House of Blues I took the rental van down the street to the Hollywood Guitar Center. I also visited Vintage Gear right next door. I bought a pedal steel bar & a couple of supplies for our guitar tech.
We line checked & then my Dad & Brother showed up. We had Sushi Dan's for dinner. It was really good. Josh, my Brother, turned me on to some new rolls.
The show tonight was fantastic. I really had a good night playing & the crowd was really into it. I must say, it was the best L.A. experience I've ever had on stage. I have more bad stories about playing in L.A. than any other city.
Thanks to the crowd for changing that luck.
I rode back to Orange County tonight with my Dad & Brother. I'm staying at Dad's new place tonight. Tomorrow should be exciting.

Monday, December 29, 2008

To L.A. & Beyond


I got up in a flurry. Rushing around the house to pack & get ready for my trip to southern California. My flight was supposed to leave at 1:30pm. Delta took the liberty to leave at 4pm (& change gates, crews, & planes at least twice). Even though we had a direct flight to LAX, it still made the travel day rather long.
The DirectTV on those Delta flights makes it rather bearable to sit in those seats for 4 hours. I listened to all 26 Zac Brown songs that I have to learn. I'm really looking forward to adding my spice to the pot.
At baggage claim I ran into Brian Butron (a.k.a. DJ Danger Mouse). It was good to see him. It had been a while.
We checked in to the LAX La Quinta & were done dining on Taco Bell by 8pm PST. I watched an episode of "House, M.D." & am ready to turn in for the evening. See you tomorrow.

Sunday, December 28, 2008

Amanda Fowler (day two)


I got to the studio early. I set up my Leslie to play Hammond through. That took about an hour of set up & tracking. The of B is not my favorite key to play on a keyboard. I guess I just need to broaden my abilities.
We tracked a bunch o vocals takes: male, female, gang, etc. By lunch time, both songs were sufficiently tracked.
After a wonderful Savage Pizza experience, I started mixing. It was rather pleasurable. When something is tracked correctly, it's a breeze to mix. When I say 'tracked correctly,' I mean that the sound has been captured properly, each instrument has it's own sonic space via instrument selection or performance, & arrangement. It's this that I've learned to do over the past year mainly. I've always achieved pretty good sounds - it's knowing what to put, how to make it sound, how to play it, & when to do it that's the trick.
Anyway, after they left I went home for a quick dinner with my wife. The it was back to the studio to meet Coy Bowles, member of the Zac Brown Band, to talk through his songs. I'll be playing with them on Friday with no rehearsal. It was a good time. We talked about all sorts of things. It's going to be a good change. I'm pretty psyched about it.
Long day tomorrow. Better get some sleep.

Saturday, December 27, 2008

Amanda Fowler (day one)


I was out of the house by 9:15am. I worked for Angela Motter today. She produced while I engineered (& played some instruments). We played two songs for her client, Amanda Fowler (who wasn't even in attendance). Tony Caporale was on drums & Angela played acoustic guitar. Vanessa Oliverez made an appearance close to the end of the day to sing vocals on it. I guess these two songs could be considered songwriting demos.
All in all it was a very productive day. We should have minimal work for tomorrow. A couple over dubs - then mix.
Rock n Roll.

Friday, December 26, 2008

Let It Roll


Some very interesting events for today. When I finally showered (1:30pm), we went to Atlantic Station for one purpose & one purpose only: iPhone. Michelle got me an iPhone for Christmas. We went to pick it up. I'm pretty excited about it. We also ran a couple of other errands.
We enjoyed dinner with our friends NIcole Jurovics & Greg Lee. We've kinda made a yearly ritual out of it now.
After that, Michelle walked a couple of digs & then we made our way to Decatur to meet up with a gaggle of my high school friends. That has also started to be a yearly ritual around this time. It's always good to see them. I feel like I don't see any of them enough. There's really no reason for it. Maybe that will be my New Years' resolution.

Thursday, December 25, 2008

Merry Christmas, Ya'll!


5am. Michelle's alarm went off at 5am. She had to walk a handful of dogs before our trek to Snellville. We dropped the boys (& lunch's ingredients) off at Michelle's Mom's house. We got to my Mom's house around 7:30am for our Christmas morning time with my family (& breakfast). We returned to Michelle's Mom's around 9:30am for Christmas with her family.
Then, I picked my brother up & we made our way to Wallace's Mom's house.
We came back to meet up with everyone for lunch & then off to the movie. We went to see "The Curious Case of Benjamin Button." I dug it pretty well. It's a 'one time' kinda movie. I don't think that I'll ever need to see it again.
Michelle & I returned to our house to take care of a couple of dogs, do our Christmas, & clean our house a tad. I also went to pick up my new MDX Missycaster. He finished the suede guitar. It's fantastic.
What a crazy day. It's time to crash.

Wednesday, December 24, 2008

Christmas Eve


I got up, after my first decent night's sleep in a while, & bolted for my local Target store. I had a bunch of last minute shopping to do. Most of it involved Michelle's stocking. I didn't hit ay home runs but I hit a ton of singles. The experience was pretty comical. Needless to say, there were a lot of folks about today.
We left Atlanta for Snellville around 4pm. We had dinner at Michelle's parents' house. Normally, Christmas Eve dinner is buffet style finger foods. This year, she wanted to shake things up. They did steak & potatoes. It was a great change of pace.
Michelle & I got home around 11pm. We have an early morning tomorrow (as you could expect).

Tuesday, December 23, 2008

A Christmas Carol


I had an über-late night last night. I left the studio at 3:30am only to return half way home because Reed had locked his keys in his car. I went back to call a locksmith, take Reed to an ATM so he could pay the locksmith, & I sat with him for an hour & a half. I got home around 5am & my car was beeping (like when you leave your lights on & open the door of your car). I gave up after 10 minutes & taking the boys out to potty.
I slept from 6am-11am. We went to see the midday 'Christmas Carol' at The Alliance Theatre downtown with Michelle's parents & our friend Heather. It was entertaining at best. The music was fantastic though. It was harp, piano, & percussion. Well done.
We came home & had a couple of friends over for dinner & Wii tonight. I sure am tired. It's time to relax.

Monday, December 22, 2008

Reed Turner (day twelve)


I slept in a little today. Michelle's a little ill still. We watched "Scrooged" on OnDemand today. I couldn't believe that she's never seen it before. I love Bill Murray. He's great in most of the roles he's in.
We ran a couple errands then I was off to work. It was the last day of this marathon record that Reed Turner & I started exactly two weeks ago. I'm very, very proud of it. It's my favorite record that I've ever done.
Final day is a little tedious. You have to keep from second guessing yourself. It's a day that can shake your confidence to the ground if you let it.
I'm proud of this thing. Can't wait for you to hear it.

Sunday, December 21, 2008

Reed Turner (day eleven)


Michelle was a tad ill today. I did some chores around the house. I realized how much I take her for granted around here.
I also wrapped all of her presents for Christmas. I've decided that her bounty is a little light this year - so maybe I'll get her something else tomorrow.
I got to the studio around 3pm. I spent the next hour preparing all of the sessions for mix. Luckily, this whole album was tracked fairly well & shouldn't take very long to mix.
Around 4pm, MIchelle called & asked me to thelp with one last errand. I fit it in & was back by 4:40pm.
Reed showed up around 5pm & we worked all the way to 1am. This thing sounds really good. No matter how good it is, I can't wait for my work to be over for these holidays. After late tomorrow night, I have until the morning of the 27th off. Bring it!

Saturday, December 20, 2008

Celebrating a Tad Early


I left the house around 9am for the day. I met my brother & mother in Loganville & we all drove to Spartanburg together. It was great to spend time with them. My brother lives in southern California & I never get to see them. I've hardly seen my Mom this year either.
It was great little family party in Spartanburg. It was good to see all of them too.
We drove home in the same rain that we drove up in. After dropping them off in Loganville, I went to pick Charlie, my dog, up at Michelle's Mom's house in Snellville. I was back hoe after that. I spent 11 hours on this trip: 2 back & forth from Snellville, 6 back & forth from Spartanburg, & 3 in Spartanburg.
After I dropped Charlie off I did couple of jobs around the house. I then made my way to Eddie's Attic. Ed Roland from Collective Soul had his annual Christmas show tonight. I played on 3 songs: I did "I'll Be Home Fo Christmas," Eddie & I did an impromptu version of "Santa Clause is Coming to Town," & Will Turpin, Michael Tolcher, & I did a version of "Let It Be." It was fast, but fun.

Friday, December 19, 2008

Reed Turner (day 10.5)


I was up before noon (after a 5am bedtime). I spent the early part of the afternoon tightening up Reed's string arrangements for today's session.
I showed up at the studio at 3pm for our 4pm session. Due to holiday traffic, the quartet arrived a good 15 minutes late.
We breezed through the three arrangements. It was definitely a step up for the record to have real strings on it. I'm really psyched to finish this thing. Two days left on that. It will be done on Monday night.
I came home around 6:30pm. Michelle's father's side of the family came over for a Christmas party tonight. It was nice to see all of them.
I need to recoup from the past two weeks & get ready for my Spartanburg trip tomorrow. Peace out!

Thursday, December 18, 2008

Reed Turner (day ten)


And here we are... swinging for the fences.
I started Reed Turner's string arrangements (in normal last minute fashion) this morning.
I had a dentist appointment today as well. I'm pretty focused on Reed's record right now. We're very, very close to the end of tracking it. I've spent 10 of the last 11 days tracking this album.
Today wasn't any different from the others. I spent a few hours editing fades & crossfades for every track. It is the least entertaining activity about making a record, but a necessary evil I must say.
We had an amazing dinner at The Vortex (pictures) in Little Five Points. I've been looking forward to it all week.
Reed sang a handful of background vocals & the final lead vocal of the album. I made a ton of weird noises for the record this evening. All of the really strange stuff mostly happens last.
We a two hours (string quartet session tomorrow) away from finishing the tracking for this record. To be frank, this one will be a cinch to mix. I can't wait for it to be done though. I'm ready for a break.

Wednesday, December 17, 2008

Reed Turner (day nine)


So I couldn't get to sleep in a timely fashion. It was 4am. Because of that, I was out until noonish.
I took Dwight Maddox a box of parts so he could finish my new guitar this week. I'm pretty stoked about it.
Michelle & I watched the season finalé of Dexter on OnDemand this afternoon. I love that show.
Work was fairly typical tonight. Reed (pictured) sang some background vocals along with his friend Shannon.
Dawn from Ear Everything delivered my in-ear monitors tonight at the studio. I'm looking forward to playing with in-ear monitors. I used to use them with Marshall Tucker when I played sax & flute but they weren't custom molded. I used the new pair to monitor part of the session tonight. It's quite amazing what a difference they make when they're molded. They make a tight seal & don't let much sound in - making for a better, quieter mix in your immediate ear.
It's been really warm for December over the past 2 days. It's easily in the low 70's here today. It felt like summer time tonight when I came home & let the boys out.
Who let the dogs out? Me!

Tuesday, December 16, 2008

Adrianne & Reed Turner (day eight)


Pulling a double. I don't do it often... but I have lately. I did the Gareth Asher - The Bridges day... & the Camp Jam Benefit - Reed Turner thing two days ago.
I need more rest.
After a 3am bedtime & a 8:30am wake up, I showed up at the studio around 9:15am. Derek Murphy (pictured) brought a car full of drums to The Small Room shortly after. He is a very inventive drummer. I love working with him. We worked solid from 10am-2pm (with an hour of breaking down). We cut 5 songs on drums & I threw in a tune on bass. It was rather productive.
Is printed home in hopes to relax for the 2 hours that I had off. Michelle made a late lunch (or an early dinner - it matters how you look at it).
I spent an hour doing administrative work on the record. Sometimes you just have to clean up the clutter. It helps you work more efficiently. Mark Cobb came by around 7pm for percussion. He knocked it out of the park (as usual).
Around 8pm people started rolling in for the small choir that I've requested. We cut a couple of sections for Reed's album. Shortly after that, Reed & I had dinner.
Then we came back & met Reed's friend, Shannon, at the studio. The night went on, Reed & Shannon alternating singing on the record. I can clearly see the end of this record in sight. It was sooooo far away a week ago.

Monday, December 15, 2008

Reed Turner (day seven)


Slept in. Michelle & I watched The Muppet Christmas Carol today. It's her favorite Christmas movie. It's pretty good.
I then took a shower & we had lunch out & about. We also did a little grocery shopping.
I hit the studio around 5pm. I feel like I'm getting into a pretty good groove with Reed's record. He cut some vocals tonight. I cut pedal steel, baritone guitar, mandolin, banjo, & Leslie guitar this evening. It was rather productive.
After he left, I cleared the room & set up for tomorrow's drum session with Adrianne. It's going to be a doozy tomorrow.

Sunday, December 14, 2008

Reed Turner (day six)


I slept really late today. Back on the old schedule I guess... to my benefit it seems.
I left around 1pm for the studio. I spent half an hour there learning some songs for the Camp Jam Atlanta Food Bank Benefit.
I showed up at the Hard Rock around 2pm. It was fun set. Y-O-U backed everyone up. Peter Stroud (Sheryl Crow's guitarist), Jeff Carlisi (pictured - .38 Special founding guitarist), Will Turpin (Collective Soul's bassist), & I played a little over an hour. The best news is that they raised enough money to feed 1,000 people this coming week.
I went straight back to the studio for tonight's session. Reed showed up around 5pm as usual. We spent the evening tracking acoustic guitar, piano (tuned just this morning), Hammond organ, & lead vocals. Reed's album is really coming together nicely.

Saturday, December 13, 2008

Day Off


I slept in today. Not much to report. I went to see the progress that Dwight Maddox made on my new guitar. I brought him my '54 Esquire to make a cast of the neck. That guitar is going to be really, really cool.
MIchelle & I spent most of the day together. Errands are a big part of our time together as of late. Bruce Hornsby said it best: that's just the way it is, some things never change.
The big news of the day was the Christmas party tonight at a neighbor's house. I stayed for 3 hours. Michelle stayed an extra 2 after I left.
I caught Hugh Laurie on Saturday Night Live. It may not have had the most gut busting skits... but I noticed that the current cast of SNL are fantastic actors. Instead of comedians these are real actors. It was actually quite impressive & only heightened by the addition of Hugh Laurie for the evening.
Anyway, if it comes on again - I highly suggest watching this rerun.

Friday, December 12, 2008

MILK & Reed Turner (day five)


I shoulda had more sleep. I think I got about 6 hours. I have no earthly idea why I got up when I did - but I did.
I took a shower & Michelle & I went to have lunch & see a movie. We went to see "Milk," a bio pic about the political years of Harvey Milk (the first openly gay man to hold a office of higher power - City Supervisor of San Francisco in the late '70's). It was fantastic. It's been a long time since a movie really touched me. Coincidentally, the last time one did was "Into the Wild" directed by Sean Penn & starring Emile Hirsch. Both were actors in "Milk" too. I suggest it. I hope he wins his elusive Oscar off of this one.
I showed up at the studio around 4:30pm. Carl from the band Taveren showed to ask me for some advice. After answering his questions while setting up for tonight's session, Reed Turner showed up around 5:15pm. He got stuck in some serios Friday-Atlanta traffic. He'll know next time.
Tonight was pretty easy. We cut a couple acoustic guitar parts & then some lead vocal parts too. We had time to land two electric guitar parts before the night was done.

Thursday, December 11, 2008

Reed Turner (day four)


I slept good last night. Damn it I slept good.
I got off of my couch in the basement around noon. I called back a bunch of voicemails shortly after I got up.
Michelle & I had lunch with our friend Jennifer at The Highland Bakery. It was fantastic as usual.
Then we took two giant boxes filled with a Two Rock head & a Two Rock cabinet to the post office. I sent it back to them. Joe sent me an amp to test that they designed for pedal steel. It sounded really good. I used it on Gareth Asher's album & live with Shawn Mullins at the Variety last month. I really didn't want to give it back but I'm in no position to pay what they want for that amp (especially as limited of a steel player that I am). Maybe if pedal steel was my only instrument. I love my Two Rock guitar amp.
Anyway, I spent 3pm-5pm tearing down last night's session & putting up tonight's session.
I cut Reed Turner's acoustic guitars all night. It was a nice change of pace from the past 3 days of "rock band" to acoustic guitars.
I guess I can find a way to complain about anything.

Wednesday, December 10, 2008

The Regular Guys + Reed Turner (day three)


It was an epic of a day. I got about 5 hours of sleep last night. I was up at 7:15am to shower & head out the door. The weather was terrible this morning (& today for that matter). It took me an hour to get 10 miles to the Cummulus radio station.
It was a good scene at the new Regular Guys headquarters. I had a great time promoting the Camp Jam Food Drive for this weekend at the Hard Rock Cafe. Those guys are really, really quick & funny. I stayed until the show was over at 10am because I didn't want to get back in the rainy traffic.
I came straight home & crashed for two hours in my dungeon in the basement. I sleep so well down there during the day. It's really bright in our bed room during the daytime.
I showed up at the studio by 4pm. The guys were a tad late today. All we really had on the docket was one more song. Reed had other plans. We cut the final song & recut three others tonight. Then there was Ian's electric guitars. We spent from 11:30pm to 3am on that.
I rushed outta the studio & back home in hopes to catch some great sleep tonight. We'll see how that'll end up.

Tuesday, December 9, 2008

Reed Turner (day two)


I ran a couple of errands with Michelle today. We went to celebrate her step Father's birthday at lunch today. We had a pretty good day together. I showed p at the studio by 4:15pm. Reed Turner & band showed up around 5pm. We knocked out another 3 songs tonight. It's super late & I have to be up early tomorrow for the radio. Good night.

Monday, December 8, 2008

Reed Turner (day one)


I tried... I really tried my very best. I really wanted to sleep late today. I still found myself awake by 7:45am. Sometimes there's just nothing you can do. You're up.
I tried to take advantage of my new found time. I was in a minor fender bender (his fault) on Friday. I made contact with his insurance company this morning & got the ball rolling on that. I also did some XMAS shopping for Michelle. I love buying her stuff.
I also ran to Conyers, GA to swap out my neck plate on my Esquire. Peter Jones accidentally put the wrong neck plate on my Esquire when he refretted it last week.
I went home for lunch & to help Michelle hang a couple of XMAS lights on the outside of the house.
I then drove to Mark Cobb's house to pick up a couple of snare drums & a gaggle of cymbals for tonight's session.
I promptly made it to the studio by 3pm. I spent the next 2 hours setting up for the week. I set up drums, bass, electric, & acoustic with a vocal mic.
We started tracking Reed Turner's album shortly after dinner. We got 4 songs done so far. I'd say we might get another done before the end of the night. We're just cutting the basic tracks. His band knows the stuff back & forth so it's moving really fast.

Sunday, December 7, 2008

Let There Be Chill!


Michelle & I sauntered into the breakfast area in the ballroom of the casino this morning. Free food is always good.
We caught our ride to the airport around 10am. Our flight left Tampa at 12:30pm. It was a painless flight. My guitar (in a roadcase) was waiting on me when we got to baggage claim. That's always a plus.
Even though the weather was fantastic in Tampa, I'm glad to be home. I love Atlanta.
We dropped off our luggage & changed clothes & left for Snellville. We got to Michelle's parents' house by 4pm. It was good to see them & our boys.
Michelle helped them put up their tree. We also had a pot of Michelle's Mom's brunswick stew. It was great.
It took us a couple of hours to decompress when we finally got home.
We watched Dexter & the season finalé of Californication. Showtime rules!

Saturday, December 6, 2008

Tampa, FL


I got up slowly today. Michelle & I had breakfast in the ballroom where we had dinner last night. We took a long walk around the property today. When we got tired we retired to the room. We watched the last 3 episodes of 'Heroes' on their OnDemand service. Hey, I'm on vacation.
The concert was simple. It's been long & a ton of bands in the past. It was Bo Bice, Confederate Railroad, us, & The Charlie Daniels Band. We were supposed to play at 2:30pm. However, these things never run on time. We ended up playing around 4pm. It was a bit of a cluster fuck on stage. There were 5, I repeat 5, guitarists on stage. From stage right to stage left, Chris Hicks, Dan Toler, Tommy Crain, Rick Willis, & me. It was still a pretty decent hour set considering that.
I spent most of my afternoon explaining why I am leaving the band. Most looked at me confused (like when I talk seriously to my dogs - they cock their heads funny). I caught a great deal of grief today. You would've thought that I spoke out against God in church or something & had to walk through the congregation to leave the church.
On top of that, Michelle & I have taken this weekend as an opportunity to eat shitty. I'm on vacation so I didn't care. I wanted to enjoy myself. What I got was a crappy feeling evening with a headache. I've never realized how much nutrition has to do with the way that you feel. & to think - I used to eat like this 365 days a year. For shame!
I feel crappy all over & a ton of people don't think a lot of me for making this exit. I can't blame them for their opinion - but I did the physical damage to myself.

Friday, December 5, 2008

To Tampa (& Beyond)


I love when you can fly anytime after 11am. This means that you don't have to get up before 7am if you don't want to.
We were up by 7:30am. Everything seemed to be going okay. I was pulling into 'daily parking' & some one hit my car with their car. Their fault. Not much damage but it still needs to be taken care of.
Our check in, security check, terminal wait, & flight was perfect. I couldn't have imagined it any easier. Not only that, but we walked straight to baggage claim & our ride & bags were both waiting for us.
They took us to the Hard Rock Casino in Tampa. The Marshall Tucker Band is a part of the Charlie Daniels Angeles Concert tomorrow. Tonight is the awards dinner. By awards I mean that they had a golf tourney today.
Michelle & I spent the afternoon in the casino taking pictures & perusing the memorabilia here. We also ate in the buffet. It was fantastic.
We hung out in our room until the dinner time. We got all gussied up & sat through the 2 hour dinner. It was pretty good (but a tad boring).
Until tomorrow...

Thursday, December 4, 2008

Bobbin' & Weavin'


I woke up this morning to some pretty cool news via a PDF attached to an e-mail. I'll be playing Bonnaroo with Zac Brown Band this summer. I'll also be playing Late NIght with Conan O'Brien too. Those are two things that I've never done - always wanted to do - & will do next year. I can't believe how lucky I am. Life constantly throws me fastballs & I keep making contact.
I rolled into the studio around 11am. I started doing some 'drive' maintenece. I backed up, defragmented, & emptied 2 hard drives. I will use one drive as a work drive & the other as a daily storage drive. I put Gareth Asher's album (as it stands) on both drives.
Nick Niespodziani came over around 12:45pm. He recorded me singing Cream's "Crossroads" & Skynyrd's "Sweet Home Alabama." I sang them for a project that he's working on. I also played a solo on a blues tune as well.
Then Dawn Linn from Ear Everything came to the studio & made impressions of my ears. She's going to make me some custom molded in-ear monitors for the Zac Brown Band gig. Those guys don't use stage monitors at all. It'll be new for me. I used to use in-ears for Tucker when I played flute but Tucker was so loud. This should be a little different.
Michelle & I spent the evening getting ready for our trip tomorrow. I'm looking forward to the 'vacation.'

Wednesday, December 3, 2008

Missy Day


My schedule has been getting so hectic over the past year that Michelle & I have started to 'book' time with each other. Today was one of those days. Since I spent most of the day with her yesterday (unexpectedly), I ran a handful of errands today.
I made a couple of mixes for Gareth Asher's record. It will be a while before we resume recording. I'll be working on Reed Turner's new album over the next 3 weeks. I made mixes so he (& I) could step away & simmer over what needs to be done next.
I cleaned the studio as well. Things are coming together nicely in The Small Room. I'm very happy with my workspace... very turnkey.
I had lunch with Dwight Maddox. He's the guitar tech for Cowboy Mouth & owner/artist of MDX Guitars. He's going to build a guitar for me in his time off during the holidays. I'm pretty psyched about it. It's going to be very unique. I'm sure I'll be talking about it in the coming weeks.
Michelle & I spent the evening together. We started off by taking a quick trip to Atlantic Station. Michelle was looking for something to wear at the formal dinner that we'll be attending this weekend in Tampa for Charlie Daniels' charity.

Tuesday, December 2, 2008

... just like any other day


Michelle & I voted today in the run off election for our undecided Senate seat. Apparently it was too close to call last month - hence the run off. (Wow - Georgia has more counties than any other state. It also has more square mileage than any other state East of the Mississippi).
We also ran across town a couple of times running errands. We got a lot done today. We also had a great day together.
I spent a couple of hours in the basement sharpening my chicken pickin.' I've never had a gig where I had to play like this. The funny thing is that I'm really good at it. I should have played guitar in a country band years ago. I just get it. It's über-natural to me.
Since Gareth is sick, & was slated to sing last night & tonight, I have the evening off. Michelle & I will spend it together... probably resting.

Monday, December 1, 2008

Gareth Asher (day six)


Ahh, December. I remember it well. Michelle & I made a day of errands. It's good to spend some time together. We both know that I'll be consistently on the road in a month. We're making the most of the time now.
I rolled into the studio around 3:30pm. I cleaned up the weekend's mess & set up for the evening. Gareth finally showed up, sick as a dog. We comped 4 vocals from last week & then I sent him home.
Mark Cobb showed up around 9pm for percussion. He's really good at it. It only took him an hour & a half to play a whole record of percussion.
After he left, I set up & played steel guitar, Rhodes, & electric guitar. I also edited some of Mark's percussion; mainly muting things.