Thursday, December 31, 2009
I got home around lunch time. Just in time to shower & run to Chipotle with Michelle. We laid in the bed & rented "Jennifer's Body." It didn't suck, but it wasn't good.
We had dinner with her parents at a Chinese restaurant in Mountain Park - a family tradition of theirs. We spent the rest of the night in the bed watching TV & catching up on some needed rest. Dick Clark looked really good but sounded really bad. It makes me more sad than happy that he's still on TV. Happy New Year...
Wednesday, December 30, 2009
Tonight was wonderful. It was very fitting for the last show of the tour. We started off this tour 3 months ago, struggling to fill 5,000 seats. SInce then, we've been on Conan, the CMA's, & the AMA's. "Toes" has gone #1. We've been nominated for 3 Grammys. All of that stuff has helped immensely. Tonight we played to 6,500+ folks in the St. Louis area on New Year's Eve Eve; a hard sell for an entertainment nighttime activity.
It was a normal show. We've got our show down pat - just in time for the end of the tour. We signed autographs for 2 hours tonight. It sure does feel good to be wanted.
We're going home tonight for a quick day of R & R - then back out to Oklahoma for a ZBB quickie: 2 hour ZBB show. Just ZBB.
Tuesday, December 29, 2009
So, Indy. I love Indy. However, all I saw of Indy was the inside of the Pepsi Coliseum. Did you know that this was the original venue for the Pacers ABA team? Also, The Beatles performed here in 1964. That's pretty cool, huh?
Anyway, our show tonight was fantastic. Maybe the best I've ever played. Good, big crowd. I wore my new suit again tonight.
We had an "end of tour" party tonight. Rusty cooked, most drank, & Jeffrey made a photo compilation that we watched a projector screen. The slide show was all snap shots of the tour. It was a ball. Not much else to report. See you in St. Charles, MO.
[Posted with my iPhone!]
Monday, December 28, 2009
Today was pretty awesome. I woke up in my favorite hotel (The Hermitage). I slept in. I had breakfast in bed. I got to go to Gruhn's. I did something great for some one else. I got to play a show. I had fun. I spent all of my spare time with my wife.
All in all - a GREAT day.
We played the Ryman again tonight. No sound check. We got to leave our stuff up.
I traded my old GIbson mandolin for a fiddle. I gave the fiddle to my friend Levi. His fiddle got crushed some months back. He deserves that fiddle more than I deserve a second mandolin. I hope he enjoys it.
Off to Indianapolis later tonight.
Sunday, December 27, 2009
I have benefited from 2 straight nights of fantastic sleep. This morning was a breeze. Michelle & I made our way easily to Nashville (with a brief stop at the Cracker Barrel @ Lookout Mountain). We checked in to our hotel then walked to soundcheck at The Ryman. It was a normal Southern Ground day of events. Soundcheck, eat & greet, & warmup were standard form.
The show was stellar. Minus some of the cobwebs, I could tell that everyone really appreciated the time off but was excstatic about playing again. Mac MacAnally, Joey & Rory, & Oliver Wood joined us on stage tonight. What a great night of music.
I debuted my "Katy K" nudie suit tonight. It was one of my XMAS presents from Michelle.
All is well in Zacville.
[Posted with my iPhone!]
Saturday, December 26, 2009
Most folks have the entire weekend off. That's most people. I, however, have to get back to work tomorrow.
Upon waking, I found that Michelle had completely rid our house of Christmas. The only thing I had to do was move the tree from the living room to the porch. Sweet!
I then cleaned out my closet (literally) & my chester drawers. I filled 3 trash with clothes. I dropped them in the clothes collection box in Snellville. I went to see 'Avatar' in 3-D with my stepfather & brother this afternoon. I really enjoyed the 2-D version... but that movie was fantastic in 3-D. Much better. It convinced me that the 3-D format can be formidable.
After returning to Atlanta, I packed my clothes & tried on some stuff. Ready for the next run.
Friday, December 25, 2009
Well, well, well. Michelle got me a embroidered suit. All I have to say is that it kicks ass! Some of our family had to kick in for it. I really, really love it. Enough about me... today was great. I got to see a lot of my family. We got used to having my Dad in town on Christmas. That wasn't the case this year. We really missed him.
We went to see Sherlock Holmes. Great movie. All in all, it was a fantastic Christmas. What a great time off too. I shall return to work refreshed.
Thursday, December 24, 2009
We left for Snellville around 2pm. After we got there, I helped bring in the presents & set up the kiddie table. Shortly after that, I was curled up in a chair reading my book with Charlie in my lap.
Dinner & folks came & went. I ate WAY too much. Oh well. Santa comes tonight. Hopefully you've been good.
[Posted with my iPhone!]
Wednesday, December 23, 2009
Happy Christmas Adam! My brother called & woke me up at 4:17am. His plane was a little early. I picked him up at the airport & we both came back to the house for a nap. We got up at 7:30am to shower, pack the car, & head to Snellville. MIchelle dropped us off at my Mom's house & we made our was to Spartanburg, SC to meet with her family. 3+ hour drive (both ways) & 5 sites throughout the town equaled 12 hours of travel & visiting. Michelle & I came home & I am about to crash. Good day.
Tuesday, December 22, 2009
I finished all of my Christmas shopping today. What a relief! I wrapped all of those presents today as well. Michelle & I had lunch together & I worked on some guitars & tuned my Autoharp today. Autoharps are interesting instruments. It's been about 3 years since it's been tuned. So you have to tune it... come back, tune it... come back, tune it, etc.
This afternoon we made a cake for Michelle's Mom's Christmas Eve party. It's fun to cook together sometimes. Not much else to report. We made a quick run to pick up a couple things at the studio. Michelle had a beer to wind down tonight. I need to pick my brother from the airport at 5am tomorrow morning. I need to get to bed early... I hope. I seem to have a problem with insomnia sometimes.
Monday, December 21, 2009
Today started accompanying my wife on a dog walk. Then, we started watching "A Christmas Carol" on OnDemand... the 1938 version. About 30 minutes into it, our doorbell rang & it was John Hopkins. He brought us a tree ornament for a Christmas present. Since our concentration was broken on the movie, Michelle & I made our way to Jimmy John's for lunch, Michael's for yarn, & Maple Street Guitars for classical guitar strings. It was A.D.D. errand running.
When we came home, we finished the movie. Then we decided to go see "Avatar" at the movies. It truly was a great movie... despite all the bells & whistles. The characters, the story, & the visuals were great... but it was the imagination behind all of it that astounded me - coming from an artist's mind being recognized by another artist. WOW! I don't care who you are - you have to see that damn movie.
PS. CD's are now available at CD Baby again. Click on the "Albums" button on my website.
Listening: Christmas Music
Reading: Mixerman Diaries
Sunday, December 20, 2009
Today started at a snail's pace... just like I like my Sundays. Michelle & I had brunch at a new neighborhood restaurant with some friends. Then a quick visit to the grocery store. Then, all of a sudden, it was VEG TIME!
I crashed in front of the TV for the 1pm & 4pm NFL games. In my case it was Falcons-Jets & Bengals-Chargers. I always root for the Falcons, even when they suck. This year is different. Very much like the Georgia Bulldogs last year. Most expected much more this year for Atlanta. They happen to be floating around the middle of the pack this year & have been mathematically eliminated from the playoffs already. Oh well - they won. That's all anyone can ask of this week.
The Bengals ha a rough one today, losing by 3 on the road. Most of the hardcore NFL fans fell in love with this group of guys when they starred in HBO's Training Camp series this summer. I'm very happy for them to have such a turnaround this year from all of the bad seasons in Cincinnati.
Michelle & I went to Eddie's Attic tonight. Ed Roland (of Collective Soul fame) was having a charity benefit. I got up there & played 4 Christmas tunes. I had a lot of fun. It happened so fast & it was all improv so my memory is sketchy on the details, but here goes:
Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas ("Christmas Time Is Here" instrumental intro)
I'll Be Home For Christmas
Happy XMAS (War is Over) with Eddie Owen
Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer
There it is. Sleepy town is a-callin' my name.
Saturday, December 19, 2009
I totally paced myself to leave the house around 12:15pm. We headed to Michelle's Dad's place. It was a good visit with that side of the family. I pigged out on casseroles & such. Can't make a habit of that.
We headed back home around 6pm. Let the boys out & then headed to another party on the complete other side of town. I like parties okay... but I love Christmas. This is by far my favorite time of the year. Followed by the turning of the leaves at fall & the warming of spring. Everything else is just okay. Bring it on, Santa!
Friday, December 18, 2009
Okay... here's the abridged, short, abridged version. I got up & called my luthier (guitar repairman), Donald Dunlavey, this morning. He said that he's be ready for me by 1pm. Cool! So I didn't have to leave the house until noon-15. 10 minutes later, Zac calls & asks if I can make a run to his house & grab some guitars to take to Donald's. Okay. Sure. It's completely the other direction, but I'll live.
So I left the house around 10:15am for Zac's. The weather was about as bad as I could imagine (without ice). It was rockin' in the 40's with heavy, heavy rain. Not only that but it was the Friday before Christmas... so there was some additional traffic.
I got to Zac's just fine, loaded his guitars, & made my way out to Jonesboro. Half way into my trip, I couldn't see very well. My car was fogging up & I was exhausting my settings on my A/C-Heater. So I decided to pull into a parking lot & wipe my windows down. The problem occurred when I attempted to put it in reverse & nothing happened. Long story short, my transmission is toast. I got the car home. No need to have it fixed because the repair would cost more than the value of the car.
I swapped all of Zac's guitars into MIchelle's car & drove to Jonesboro. Or... tried to drive to Jonesboro. Due to a wreck, I sat in traffic for an hour on I-675.
I finally reached Donald's, swapped out Zac's unrepaired for repaired guitars (& grabbed my Martin). Then back to Zac's. Then to Variety Playhouse for a short, one song rehearsal. Tonight I played "Jingle Bell Rock" with Yacht Rock at their sold out Variety PLayhouse Christmas show. Nothing else to report other than they're really good. Need rest.
Thursday, December 17, 2009
Wednesday, December 16, 2009
I got a monumental amount of sleep last night. I'd say that I'm officially caught up. I spent the morning with Michelle & the boys. After lunch I took to the studio. I played Hammond organ & electric guitar on a few tracks for Brandon Perry. It was a breeze... especially working with John Hopkins engineering & producing. I tinkered with some guitars in the basement after coming home. Michelle & I had dinner with our friend Autumn at California Pizza Kitchen. After we got home we put in the Muppets' Christmas Carol on DVD. It's now a holiday tradition to watch it. All is well in Clayville.
Tuesday, December 15, 2009
Since I fell asleep so early last night, I was up at 5:30am. So I was out of the house by 8:30am. That's über-early for someone who usually wakes after 10am. I went to the studio. I did a little hard drive maintenance while I waited for some delivery guys to pick up some risers that are in the big room. They never showed. I left town around 10:30am for Snellville.
I had an audiologist appointment today to check my hearing. I do it every year. I passed with flying colors. My hearing is actually better now than a year ago - attributed to playing at lower volumes with ZBB than MTB.
I picked Michelle's Mom up for lunch & a little shopping for Michelle's Christmas presents. I then dropped her off & went to Sound Associates in Lawrenceville. I traded a guitar for a 1965 Gretsch Country Club G6192. It needs a neck reset & a refret but, for what I had in the other guitar, it was still a good deal.
I came home for a couple of hours of rest. Michelle made dinner, we walked the boys, & then we went to the movies to see "Invictus." It was fantastic. Clint Eastwood has turned out to be one of America's greatest directors. Hands down!
Monday, December 14, 2009
Late bloomer. I know. I was up late last night because I discovered Hulu for the first time. I've been aware of it for a year but never really had the time to investigate it. I must have watched 5 episodes of He-Man. I haven't seen that stuff for 25 years. THey had the first full season online to watch for free. I also saw that they had Thundercats too.
Anyway, I was up late. I had plans to sleep in to, say, 10am. Michelle had jury duty so she wasn't there to answer when Georgia Power came a-knockin' at 7:45am. They wanted to inform me that they were going to change my meter to a model that can be read by satellite. I guess that's how they're getting rid of meter readers. It makes fiscal sense I guess.
Continuing, I was up. No going back to sleep for me. I decided to embrace the day. I can't divulge the details of my entire morning because most of it was shopping for Michelle's Christmas presents. I did find time to mail 4 packages. I can't believe that I sold out my CD's on CD Baby! Wow!
I ended up picking Michelle up for lunch at the courthouse. We went home & enjoyed the 45 minutes around our own table. After dropping her off, I went to the studio for the final Gareth Asher session of his record. There were a few changes to be made. I'm really happy with it.
After he left at 5pm, Will Robertson showed up. He rented my room out to record a choir. I left him after I helped him get set up. Then it was home for dinner. We found out that MIchelle has to report back tomorrow morning to continue the case. We also attended our annual Home Owners' Association meeting tonight. That was a barrel of monkeys.
All in all it was a good day. Lots of things got done... including me - I'm done. Crispy fried. I'll sleep good tonight.
Sunday, December 13, 2009
This year has been absolutely amazing. Since I last blogged we lost 3 CMA awards, we've been nominated for 3 Grammy Awards, & taped our CMT Crossroads with Jimmy Buffet. This month has been riddled by highlights. Thanksgiving was cool. I went to the mountains on vacation with the family short after it. ZBB has played a dozen shows this month too.
I'm looking forward to this time off. I came home yesterday. While I'm looking forward to my time at home, it will be full of errands & work. I only have to shop for Michelle's presents. She's shopped for everyone else. I have a list & am ready to start chipping away at it. I have plans to continue blogging. I'm actually going to force myself no matter how tired I may be at the end of the day.
Reading: The Mixerman Diaries
Listening: Christmas music on B98.5
Watching: Dexter (Showtime)
Tuesday, November 3, 2009
Anyway, we played a butt load more shows & played the benefit for the Georgia Theatre at the Fox here in Atlanta. It was a very fulfilling yet stressful time had by all. "Toes" went #1 for two weeks on Billboard Country.
I'll try harder. Lots of cool stuff coming up.
Saturday, October 3, 2009
I fell off the blog wagon. I had good reason. Starting on Monday the 21st, we had 3 solid days of constant rehearsal in Athens, GA. At which, on the final day, I got sick. My good friend (& even best man at my wedding) is in the group of folks who are touring with us. That's put a bright spin on everything.
The following 3 shows were very stressful but rewarding. The crowds were fantastic.
The 3 days that we had at home were riddled by errands & working on equipment for the road. Also, I spent a great deal setting up Michelle's surprise birthday party (which went off fairly well). By the end of the day, I think she had a good birthday.
The past few shows have been great. Yesterday was in the Dallas area. We played the Nokia Theatre. What a great night. This show is really coming together to be something special. Damn Zac Brown & his good ideas.
Michelle has been out with us this weekend. I wanted her to see how hectic my new daily road schedule. I think she believes me when I say that "I'm busy".
Today was a rain soaked set at the Austin City Limits Music Festival. All in all, minus the rain & the lack of planning on the party of the festival folks, we had a great day.
Rain on the forecast for tomorrow. Grab your galoshes.
Sunday, September 20, 2009
Today started out in distress. Our bus broke down 30 miles from home. Luckily, the bus company that owns this bus was bringing us another one & met us in Acworth to make the swap. It only put us out an hour - even with the swapping of goods from one bus to another.
I got home, showered, & then had lunch with Michelle. Then it was the Falcons turn to garner my attention. They beat Carolina in a solid fashion. I like this team. I'm thinking a repeat of last year's 11-5 record. Our schedule is a toughie this year. I love the new digs though; a mix between the red from the 80's & the old school-new school black scheme.
My brother stayed at the house tonight. Michelle's going to take him to the airport in the morning.
I rolled out of Atlanta with Coy Bowles around 10:30pm en route to Athens, GA. We start fall tour rehearsals there tomorrow. I have a lot of modifications to be made to my gear between now & Wednesday. I also need a good night's sleep tonight. See you tomorrow.
Saturday, September 19, 2009
Today was crazy. Not only did I wake up in the belly of Lucas Oil Field, but my eyes were open wide on many different matters. I got to meet Mac McAnally. I got to play with Miranda Lambert, Montgomery Gentry, Sugarland, & Kenny Chesney. Not only that, but we got to sit in with Kenny Chesney. I played guitar & sang back up vocals. What a blast! Kenny's a good dude. I hope we get to do more shows with him next year.
The Dawgs won a tight one again. I'll take the 'W.' USC got beat. Saw that. Hung out with my friend & Sugarland keyboardist Brandon Bush.
It was just a buzzy kind of day. I'm tired.
Friday, September 18, 2009
Where do I start? We were supposed to load in in Montgomery at noon. Since we have a brand new bus (maiden voyage actually), it had some kinks that were not worked out before they gave it to us. We showed up to the gig around 6pm (an hour & a half to put everything together. That's not much time with our skeleton crew & all the gear that we have. Our expanded crew starts on Sunday. Sheesh.
The gig was great though. We played the Riverwalk Ampitheatre to close out the Bassmasters Classic. The stage kinda smelled like fish.
Anyway, I got my shower (finally) & we're heading back north to meet up with Sugarland & Kenny Chesney. I would say it's gonna be nice to see the guys in Sugarland but I saw them last week at home. Oh well.
Thursday, September 17, 2009
It was a good day. We were the first of three acts tonight at the U.S. Cellular Coliseum. It's an easy gig, but you don't get much time to play & you have to be on & off very quickly.
We got our new bus last night. It's pretty pimped out. We have a PA in the front & back lounge... with electric guitar inputs connected to POD's. We also have two LCD HD flat screens that pop out of the bays so we can tailgate. We watched the Georgia Tech/Miami contest, outside, tonight. This fall will be pretty comfortable.
We're in one bus this weekend... but next week starts the three bus tour. I'm ready.
Wednesday, September 16, 2009
We had our garage door looked at this morning. It did that thing that 'it doesn't act up when the repairman is there' then doesn't operate at all after he leaves. Oh well.
Michelle & I picked up her car from the mechanic. It wasn't too bad.
I left this evening to meet the bus. We left, late, for Bloomington, IL. Not much to report. I'm really glad to be back on the road. I do well out here.
Tuesday, September 15, 2009
Our original intention was to drive to Snellville & clean out my old studio (which has recently become a storage facility). Then, the rain came. Then, we found out that the only key was not going to be in Snellville. So, we went performed an about face, 5 miles into our trip.
So what did we do... we improvised. We took Pete, the youngest Schnauzer to the groomer. We had brunch at The Flying Biscuit. We went home to get both cars. I followed her to the mechanic. We dropped her car off & hoped for the best. Then we went to my current studio (which, oddly enough, is also part storage facility). I grabbed a guitar that I've been meaning to trade & we went to music store to do so.
We actually took a nap today. I felt 4 years old again. Then we had our date night. We went to Agavé. Some one gave us a gift certificate. What a time we had. The burrito & stew is the shit!
I packer for the weekend & restrung my doubleneck steel guitar. What a day!
Monday, September 14, 2009
Michelle & I began the day with a run around Grant Park. After lunch at Jimmy John's, I went to COS Mastering to pick up my reference CD with some changes that Larry made. I'm really happy with it. Can't wait to put it out.
I spent the rest of the afternoon cleaning my studio. I haven't done any of that for a while.
The ending to the Patriots/Bills gam on Monday Night Football was amazing. Check out the highlights on Sportscenter. I'm so glad football is back. Now, if we could just get the MLB playoffs rolling & the NBA started back up.
Sunday, September 13, 2009
All of my teams won this weekend. Tucker Tigers, South Gwinnett Comets, Georgia Bulldogs, Atlanta Braves (actually swept the Cardinals), & the Atlanta Falcons all were victorious. Hell, even Georgia Tech won on Thursday. The Falcons played well & capitalized on the Dolphins many turnovers. The defense looked really good & that was supposed to be the weak point of the team. The supposed strong point (the rushing game) was way off though. I guess there's no surprising teams with that this year. They see us coming.
Michelle & I went running... then I watched the 1pm game after a shower. I did a few things around the house. We didn't eat much today. Actually, we had juice for most of the day; juicing fruits & veggies before they go bad.
The season finalés for both 'True Blood' & 'Hung' were on HBO tonight. Both were pretty disappointing. There were great moments with both series but neither fulfilled.
I've been randomly listening to my new album. Only a few changes need to be made for it to be done. I'm really excited. Can't wait for you to hear it.
Saturday, September 12, 2009
Errands, errands, errands. MIchelle & I spent the day doing little errands. I restrung my new Strat. We went to the hardware store. We went to Target. She took a nap. I listened to the new record.
Then it was time for Lynn Oliver's birthday party. Lynn is ZBB's manager. We met a bunch of folks at the Cypress Grill Pint & Plate in midtown for the Georgia/South Carolina game. Lynn is from South Carolina (& went to SC). So, naturally, we were enemies tonight.
It was a sloppy game. We looked like a #21 team. I guess that I've been spoiled over the past 8-9 years. Sure, we had a year where Joe Tereshinski was our quarterback. But, for those few games with Jow T., we had 4 years of David Green, a year with Shockley, & 2 & 1/2 years of Stafford. Joe Cox seems physically unable to be the presence that we need.
Lots of fumbles, pic-6, dropped passes, bad passes, & not enough Richard Samuel. South Carolina had 80+ plays on offense to our 50+. Weak. We were lucky to win this one. Next week will be even harder. Arkansas has been gunning for us since spring practice.
Friday, September 11, 2009
This was a day of days. I started off sprinting to Jonesboro, GA (hour round trip) to drop off my '55 Martin D28 to guitar guru Donald Dunleavy. He's gonna put some juju on it. By the time I got home it was time to leave again. Michelle & I had a full day ahead of us. We saw two new documentaries: 'The September Issue' & 'It Might Get Loud.' Both were very good. My friend Brian Wiltsey joined us for the latter. Somewhere between the two movies I picked up my new-old guitar. After shuffling some gear around, I afforded a 1961 Fender Stratocaster (thanks Sam, Jeff, & Jared). I'm not much of a Strat guy, but this is one hell of a guitar.
After the second movie, Michelle & I had dinner with a friend that we hadn't seen in quite a while. Michelle commented that it was cold outside the last time that we saw each other.
We then came home & let the boys out & fed them. Then it was off to the Son Volt concert at The Variety Playhouse. The sound was terrible. The new line up of Son Volt was ill-fitting as well. Disappointing.
After all of that, I picked up the unapproved master of my new album. I'll have the next few days to listen & make notes if need be. It's kinda like Christmas Eve... I want to listen to it now, but my ears are fried. I'll just have to wait 'til Christmas morning.
Thursday, September 10, 2009
I got in über-late last night. That equals late wake up. So... Michelle & I had lunch together. Then I went to Zac's to pick up his computer & Levi Lowrey's hard drive. Then I showed up just in time for a tiny session for Levi's album at my studio. Sally Jaye flew into town to sing on Levi's album. She was done in 30 minutes. It was perfect for the song.
Then I sat in on 45+ minutes of Larry Anthony mastering the new album. He doesn't need me there so I didn't feel guilty slipping out.
I dropped Zac's computer off at Atlanta Pro Audio, had dinner, then showed up at Guitar Center by 6:30pm. I judged the Atlanta finals for Guitar Center's King of the Blues competition. It was quick & painless.
Michelle & I spent the rest of the evening together. Not many Thursdays at home left for the year.
Wednesday, September 9, 2009
Michelle & I went running. After that, I sprinted to Atlanta Pro Audio to pickup some things for Zac's new Pro Tools HD rig. I then made my way to the 800 East studio complex. Today was day one of mastering my new record with Larry Anthony at COS Mastering. As the process goes on, I get more & more excited. I feel like I've finally made a statement with this album.
Michelle & I had dinner at Lenox as I picked up the final ingredient for Zac's computer at the Apple Store.
On to Zac's for a meeting with the band regarding the upcoming tour. I got there an hour early to work on his HD rig. As I pulled up, Zac greeted me & told me 'it was time.' Zac's wife was finally ready to give birth to #3. The band moved the meeting to the patio of Dixie Tavern (appropriately enough). Georgia Brown was born sometime before midnight. A big congrats to the Brown family.
Tuesday, September 8, 2009
I left the house around 11:30am for my TRA (The Recording Academy) board meeting. TRA is still known as NARAS, but national has decided to shift the focus of the title of the organization. This is my third year sitting on the board - & this may have been the best meeting that I've ever attended. A lot of great things going on & coming up. One thing that I'm particularly excited about is Grammy365: it's a private social network for members in the vein of facebook. It will allow all members of TRA to network very, very easily.
Anyway, after Michelle & I walked the boys, I loaded the car & went to Eddie's Attic for the umpteenth time. Levi Lowrey was brilliant. He was perfect for opening up the show.
The last time that I played my music was sometime last year. Most of these songs I've never played live. The reason that I mention this is because I was really nervous that I was going to forget the words. I have a terrible habit of doing that. Anyway, I did for get half way through one song. Outside of that, I really, really had fun playing tonight. It makes me want to keep booking shows. It reminds me why I even write songs.
'Thank you' to everyone who enjoyed the evening with me.
Monday, September 7, 2009
Today did NOT feel like a holiday. It just felt like Monday. After Michelle & I ran, I went to the studio to grab some instruments. I spent most of the day scheming for tomorrow's show. Not much else. Michelle made zucchini bread &, what I'd like to call, "fridge velcro" pot pie: basically, she cooked a bunch of veggie in a pot pie before they went bad. It was awesome. I haven't had zucchini bread in years. I think my Dad used to make it when I was kid.
I watched Stephen King's "The Mist" tonight. Wow. I was impressed. The special effects were kinda lame but the story was fantastic... like most of his movies. I suggest it.
Ready for tomorrow. Everything's restrung & packed in the basement. See you there.
Sunday, September 6, 2009
The Dawgs aren't going to look good this year. The Braves are right behind them. As of last week, they had a chance to at least make the playoffs. After 5 losses in a row, not much to look forward to. At least we can hope for the Falcons, the Hawks, & (god forbid) the Jackets.
Michelle & I attended today's snoozer between Atlanta & Cincinnati. When you let a team hang around for 12 innings & can't score more than 2 runs, you're not going to win many games.
Saturday, September 5, 2009
So... yeah... Georgia had flashes of brilliance today. Richard Samuel, the O Line, the D Line, & the play calling was great. The execution was kinda weak. We really coulda benefitted from Stafford & Moreno staying for one more year. Jow Cox looked okay... for an ACC QB. We gonna need more than that to beat Florida. I wouldn't be surprised if we were slightly above Vandy & Kentucky at the end of the year. If he doesn't show much more promise, Joe Cox might be the next Joe Tereshinski III. He was removed from his starting job a few years ago to start the ball rolling on a freshman named Matthew Stafford.
Anyway, I recovered from last night's gig fantastically by staying in the bed ALL DAY but an hour to walk the dogs & go downstairs to eat. Atlanta is no place to drive this weekend. Braves, Bama & VT at the Dome, Black Gay Pride Celebration, DragonCon, & NASCAR race weekend. Sheesh! I'll just stay home.
Friday, September 4, 2009
The day started out with a normal gape through my regimen. I rolled out around 10-somethin.' I carried a car full of gear to Duluth to load in at Wild Bill's. It's the renovated Service Merchandise that my family used to shop at off of Pleasant Hill Road. Another 'full circle' commonality that I have with WB's is that it's where I played my first Zac Brown Band show not even a year ago. So much has happened since then. We are much more on the radar of the biz.
Today was rough though. Slow setup. Integrating new personnel. Not only that, but we had to integrate Shawn Mullins & Aslyn for two songs each. It all ended fine though.
I was less nervous than I was on January 2nd. I'd never played with any of these guys then. No rehearsals, nothing. Just get up there & hang on... and I hung on. Tonight was a breeze. About 50% of the songs were ZBB staples. The rest of the time was filled with our guests: Shawn, Aslyn, Sonia Leigh, Levi Lowrey, & Nic Cowan. I love playing. I love taking time off from playing. It's like being well rested & fed before going on a run; it actually feels good to push your body.
Anyway, I returned home with no gear in my car. It all went on the trailer for our gigs in a couple of weeks. Easy, peasy, lemon squeezy!
Wednesday, September 2, 2009
I rolled into the studio today with a mission: to find a certain song among 8 hard drives & mix it in a timely fashion. I was done in 4 hours. It's a live version of "Where the Boat Leaves From" from our May 25th Chastain show for a GAC Special.
Michelle & I ran around Grant Park after I got home. We spent the afternoon & evening together. Then, around 9:30pm, I headed over to Zac's house to hash out some of these new records for his label. Lots of work still to be done.
Good news: we'll be mastering my new record soon. The plan is in the works!
Tuesday, September 1, 2009
Shortly after waking up, I worked out... too hard. My blood sugar bottomed out & I never really recovered all day.
Michelle & I celebrated with her inlaws for their anniversary. I think they've been married for like 900 years or something.
Anyway, nothing else to mention. Michelle & I broiled fish tonight. It was our first attempt at fish. I dug it... she didn't. We did have ice cream from Morelli's for desert. I also restrung one of my lap steels & we watched the new Warehouse 13.
See... told you that it's boring.
Monday, August 31, 2009
I left the house for the studio around midday. I worked on finishing my album; printing final mixes. I put an hour or two in before lunch & my sojourn back home. After lunch I was interviewed by band mate Coy Bowles. It covered everything. 0-31 years. It was for a book that he's putting together about the band & our beginnings. I think it's a grand idea. It, however, took handful of hours to complete.
After that, it was at a bad hour to drive in Atlanta, so Michelle & I invited Coy to dinner.
I spent most of the evening watching the ABC special about the CMAFest. I watched the first two hours to no avail. I left the house around 9:50pm to go see a friend's band at Smith's Olde Bar. The were really good. A great end to a good day.
Sunday, August 30, 2009
... & I'm back. Full force, y'all! I've revamped the website & myspace & such. I've finished my album (well, almost... need to master). I've had a month off (even though I worked in the studio quite a bit). I would've worked every day that I've been home, but my client (& my boss, Zac Brown) has been waiting for his wife to give birth. This will be #3 or them. I dig the time off though. The new Zac Brown Band fall dates are mostly confirmed & announced. This fall will be very eventful. Monday night, we'll be on ABC on the CMA special. It was a great show. I think they'll only show one song though. Fine with me.
Anyway, as some of you know, I'm pretty obsessed with musical gear. I've been trading a lot in the past 2 weeks. I have one more trade left & I'll divulge all of my new acquisitions.
It's just all very exciting. I got to sit in with The Marshall Tucker Band this past Friday at the Mable House Ampitheatre near Atlanta. It was great to see those guys. I really do love them. I'm going to get back in the habit of blogging. Here we go!
Tuesday, August 4, 2009
Anyway, that was in Nashville for a few days. Michelle came with. It's been a pretty relaxing time over the past week. I spent 12+ hours over two days in the studio trying to finish my record & finish Gareth Asher's record. Both are destined to complete at the same time some how. His is a year in progress due to my schedule. Mine is a month in progress due to my schedule.
We had a birthday party for both Zac Brown & Jimmy De Martini at Dixie Tavern on Friday night. It was the usual debauchery.
Zac has commissioned 3 records to be recorded at the studio over the next month. They are for the 3 artists that are on his new label. I set up for that with John Kelton & John Hopkins during most of Saturday.
I left with the fam on Sunday for vacation. The reason that I'm writing this now & not relaxing is because I actually have time to write this now. You shouldn't hear from me for the next week though. Hey, what's new?
Monday, July 27, 2009
On the 'work front,' I'm almost done with my new record. I'm waiting on Peter Stroud to play a guitar solo for me & I'll be done. All of the songs are 85% mixed.
I can't wait to share it with you!
We've finished our summer tour. I'm off for the next few months. I do have work but at least I'll be home.
Since I was home, I got to play with Shawn Mullins this past Friday. I love playing with him too.
I think now that I'm home I'll be able to get into more of a rhythm with life... a little consistency.
Wednesday, July 8, 2009
Michelle & I had a great time while I was home. I also worked three nights on my new record. This thing is coming together nicely.
I leave tomorrow morning for Fargo, ND. Pete, my dog, is coming with me on this quick weekend. We'll be back by Sunday.
Monday, June 29, 2009
This was an exciting day. It wasn't exciting because each of us had our own hotel room... or the quality of the venue was fantastic... or because GAC interviewed each of us on camera for a special about the band... or that we're going home tonight. It was exciting because we're headlining this 2,500+ theatre. It's completely symbolic. We played here opening for Little Big Town on March 21st... a Saturday night. It didn't even sell out then. Fast forward to today. We're the only name on the bill. It's sold out... in advance. It's also a Monday; historically the hardest day to put on a show. Granted, it is the summer time. But I feel like this is symbolic of our growth... & even bigger things on the horizon.
The interview was cool though. I put my wild card stamp on it. I showed up in a bath robe & sunglasses, shaking a wine glass full of ginger ale.
Looking forward to going home though. They cancelled next week's run to Canada so I've got a week off at home.
Sunday, June 28, 2009
This week we've played Manhattan (KS), Peru (IL), & Norfolk (NE). I'm calling this weekend "The Cities That Sound Like Other Places" Tour. Today we had a "Big & Rich time." We opened for them here in the middle of corn country. What a crazy show they put on. Something was in bloom that my sinuses didn't agree with. It continued throughout the day & peaked around showtime. I ended up taking a Zyrtec after the show & that dried me out so much that I got an amazing headache. It was truly amazing.
I'm really enjoying myself right now. We're kinda on top of the world... Michelle & I are doing great... I've started my new album. We're headed for time off at home (= studio work, but at least I'll be at home). Things are looking up!
Saturday, June 27, 2009
I guess Peru is about an hour from Chicago. This was definitely NOT a Chicago crowd. If it is, they're all Cubs fans!
We had a long soundcheck today. If not for that, we would've played Little BIg Town in basketball. We opened up for them tonight. I think that as far as bands go, we're better friends with them than any other band. They're great people & put on a great show.
We were supposed to play around 7:30pm tonight. A giant storm system moved in around 7pm. So we held... & hung out in the bus until the storm passed. We ended up starting our set around 10pm+. The crowd had been drinking all day so they were pretty wound up & hammered by the time we went on. Most of them stayed to the end of the whole show. Crazy folks. They were drenched to the bone from standing out in the rain all night.
Also, our current single "Whatever It Is" finished out this week at #1 on the Mediabase chart. Now that, in no way, guarantees us a #1 for the week, but it sure doesn't hurt.
Friday, June 26, 2009
When most of us woke up today, we were in 'our spot' for the day. We played a 3 song set for some radio listeners under a tent around lunch time. Then, we played a full set on the main stage around 2:45pm. Then, we tore down all of our gear from there, loaded it back in the trailer & moved it to another stage for our nighttime performance. Our sound guy, Eric (a.k.a Dirty Squirrel), had to get an IV for exhaustion. I knew it was going to be hot... but not that hot! Even our satellite on top of the bus gave out. It shuts down when it reaches 122ºF. We also didn't get showers today. It's kinda stinky on the bus.
During our mainstage performance, James Otto & Dierks Bentley were in attendance on the side of the stage. The performances were fantastic. As a matter of fact, I will no longer tell you how good our performances are... I will comment if they weren't good. It's easier on me.
Thursday, June 25, 2009
We left home this afternoon, bound for Mahattan, KS - not only is it the location of Kansas State University, but it also serves as the site for Country Stampede. Lots of big name country bands are scheduled to perform. This weekend should be kinda crazy.
Saturday, June 20, 2009
Since United Airlines was in possession of their luggage, we had to stop by a department store & buy clothes for everyone. We eventually settled on matching, black Dickies work clothes - not unlike a mechanic's uniform. We rocked that in the heat today. Even though there was two other acts after us, they shut the show down for the day. Due to the abundance of rain over the past 4 days in Michigan, the damn busted open in Lansing & the river flooded & filled the parking lot with 3+ feet of water. We were lucky to get out of there unscathed.
Looking forward to Fathers' Day tomorrow. We have some fun family stuff looming. I could use some sleep...
Wednesday, June 17, 2009
Almost a full two weeks since I wrote last. A lot has happened since. Let's stay positive & not ficus on my inadequate blogging & recap... shall we?
We played a great gig in Greensboro, NC. During that day we had a radio visit, soundchecked, did on online chat with our fans, & played a stellar show (in my humble opinion). The next day was in Reinholds, PA which was an old style country show (part concert, part city/farm fest). Again, a good show... & we signed autographs for almost 2 hours after the show. Then there was The Birchmere in Alexandria, VA. I've played there with a few artists... most memorably Shawn Mullins & Sugarland. It was, again, another great show.
Then I got a few days at home with Michelle & logged a few hours in the studio. Gareth Asher is releasing his album 3 songs at a time. I'm really excited to see how his new business plan will work. I mixed his first three tunes during that week.
Then the amazing stuff began: Thursday was Bonneroo. That was awesome. We closed down one of the big tents on the first night. Then there was CMAfest in Nashville. We signed autographs for a few hours & played for 70,000 folks at LP Field (where the Tennessee Titans play). Then we played for WXTU's 25th anniversary in Camden, NJ alongside Phil Vasser & Big & Rich. We also played the CMT Award Pre-Party the night before the award show.
The news: last night we won a CMT award for Breakthrough Video. I was sure that we were gonna get trumped but we won! It was really exciting.
The rest of the band went on to the Telluride Bluegrass Festival, but I had a death in the family & will be attending the funeral tomorrow morning. I do what I can.
Thursday, June 4, 2009
We played Ft. Jackson for the "graduates." They treated us really great & were a wonderful audience. We'll be in Greensboro, NC before the bars close. On it!
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Wednesday, June 3, 2009
Just chillin' here waiting for the HVAC guy to fix my shit so it's not so hot at the house.
Just got my new F9 mandolin fro Gibson in the mail this morning. I'm glad I can retire my 80 year old mando. She was not liking the road anymore.
I've been mixing Gareth Asher's new album in my "spare" time. I've been spending most of my home time with my wife. She just got back from a road trip & vacation to Jackson Hole, WY. We've both been very road weary for the past few days.
I have to visit our guitar tech/monitor engineer's house in a little bit to change out an amp or two. We have a lot of fly dates coming up so I have to modify my gear situation slightly.
Not much to do but drop that shoulder & push forward. Leaving tomorrow morning.
Sunday, May 31, 2009
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Friday, May 29, 2009
Tomorrow should be another great, busy day.
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Wednesday, May 27, 2009
Since my last entry, we played Richmond, VA, Uncasville, CT, & Chastain Park in Atlanta. It has been that kinda schedule that keeps me from doing extra things like blogging. I've been spending that time showering, eating, & sleeping. Not much extra time lately.
I spent all of yesterday & most of last night finishing Gareth Asher's album. It feels good to finish a chapter on a book. I only have one chapter left for this book: mixing. I can't wait to tackle this in my "spare time." Thus has been the story with this album; we have averaged one day in the studio every month. It's hard to do that. I don't suggest it even thought it's been necessity for this album.
I'm leaving in a few minutes to meet the bus & head back to West Virginia. Clocking back in...
Friday, May 22, 2009
We got to go to Lowe's Motor Speedway & hang out with Carl Edwards during his practice run today. It was very eye opening. I had no idea how intricate their operations were on the road with NASCAR.
Anyway, the set was your average bar 90 minute set. The only thing different was the lack of A/C. It had to have been over 90 degrees farenheit all night. After the set I drank 3 bottles of water. All in all, it was a good day. On to Richmond...
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Wednesday, May 20, 2009
We had a nice long sound check which yielded a good stage version of the new tune we recorded this week. I can't wait to put it on a record & have be part of the permanent set.
Tonight's show was tops. I thought last night was as good as it's gonna get, but tonight's was even better.
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Sunday, May 17, 2009
Anyway, we ended up staying there all day & night on Monday. We played basketball on his court, we swam in his heated pool, & we drove go carts on his go cart track. He even fed us... well.
We left his house this morning for Cleveland. We played the House of Blues tonight. We also had my first photo session with the band. Zac also bought one of my favorite types of instruments today: a vintage Gibson J45 acoustic guitar. I used to have on but sold it when I needed money. I miss it. I'm glad Zac got such a great deal on it.
Anyway, the show tonight was fantastic. We were contracted for 90 minutes but played over 2 hours. Even though I appreciate all of the performance opportunites that we've had over the past week, I still prefer headlining & playing a full set.
On to West Virginia...
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We had good reason for leaving: we got tickets to game 1 of the western conference finals between the Red Wings & the Blackhawks. Seeing a Red Wings game is quite an experince. It's easily as intense as a SEC rivalry football game or, say, Duke-UNC basketball game.
Then, shortly after that, we had a meet & greet... then dinner.
Then we played the Detroit Downtown Hoedown just before sunset. Our set before 20,000+ ended with is backing up Kid Rock for "All Summer Long." That was amazing.
Then we got to meet & watch Willie Nelson.
We're on our way to park the bus in Kid Rock's driveway & I guess have one of those memorable nights to go along with the memorable day. Sheesh!
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Saturday, May 16, 2009
Anyway, I had to skip the workout today to do a few chores. I went shopping for stuff for the bus, I restrung my instruments, took a shower, & cleaned the bus. It just seemed a better use of that hour & a half.
It was business as usual on stage tonight. I got to crank my amp & it sounded fantastic. I also enjoyed being wireless with my mandolin... which is new.
Green Bay was awesome. I hooked up with some Stevens Point Root Beer today too. It's really good. You can only get it up here too.
On to Detroit... a crazy day tomorrow.
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On to Green Bay...
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Thursday, May 14, 2009
We came back to the venue & were informed that Keith Urban's crew was running 4 hours late... so we worked. We made the best of the situation I guess.
We didn't get a sound check. That being said, I was still surprised when Zac's microphone didn't work at the top of the show. That was a little uncomfortable but we carried on until it was fixed.
I don't think I mentioned that I cut my beard off Tuesday night. I've been rockin' the 'stache for the past couple of days. After the show tonight, I parted ways with all facial hair. She starts growing back tomorrow. Just a nice change for a minute.
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On to St. Paul...
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Monday, May 11, 2009
Saturday was the "Toes" video shoot. I'm not allowed to divulge any particulars, but I bet you'll like it. The band is but a side bar in the video storyline. It' still fantastic.
Anyway, Sunday belonged to Michelle. We didn't do much - which was alright with me.
Today consisted of a couple of things. We went to see "The Soloist." I didn't hate it, but I considered it a poor man's "Shine." After that, we got some groceries & had just enough time to change clothes & make our way to Philips Arena. We rocked the 'Star Spangled Banner.' The game was amazing. The only thing that could've made it better was a win. Cleveland is just flat out a better team. No way around that in a best of 7. Maybe next year. Maybe we'll get us a real 3 in free agency, re-sign Bibby, & everyone can stay healthy next year. That might ensure us to the Eastern Finals depending on the seating. One can only hope.
We watched the game from one of the boxes. It was great to see a game in such luxurious setting. Despite all the fanciness, I still dined on $4 hot dog. You can't go to a sporting event & not have a hot dog.
Friday, May 8, 2009
Michelle & I escaped Atlanta & headed for Suwanee & The Mall of Georgia. It was our shopping grounds for many an early year. The reason for such a journey was the IMAX theater nestled ever so deeply in the mall.
However, we didn't think that the 4pm would be sold out. Oops! It was.
We still saw the movie. It was fantastically portrayed by the creator of TV's "Lost." I highly suggest it.
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Thursday, May 7, 2009
I've been home from Hawaii for a couple days recouperrating. It's been wonderful sleeping in my own bed. It's also been great spending a few days alone with my wife.
We went on a pseudo-date tonight. We caught Casey Driessen & The Colorfools at Eddie's Attic tonight. It was an inspiring show. Casey's new compositions are great but the heart of the performance was the improvisation. Bassist Matt Mangano was tearing it up tonight. He is one of my closest chums. It was great to see him tonight. Casey, Matt, & I were all at Berklee together in '97. Just fantastic!
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Wednesday, April 29, 2009
So here we are again. I got my shower, my In-N-Out Burger, & we had to leave by noon. We visited our management company, ROAR. It was interesting to see what goes on behind the scenes. They're really working some crazy angles.
Shortly after that, we visited The Recording Academy here in L.A. (i.e., NARAS). It was good to get the rest of the band signed up for NARAS so they'll be eligible to vote in this year's Grammy Awards.
We the visited Monarchy's clothing warehouse. They're a designer clothing label. It's not really my bag, but I do appreciate everything they bestowed upon us.
I'm ready to do Leno tomorrow. Then ready to head to Hawaii. Then ready to go home.
Monday, April 27, 2009
I've kept this blog up for over 2 years now. I've become kinda slack lately though. The reason being is that I've had less 'computer' time in my new road gig with ZBB. I can't seem to find the time during the day to plug it up, turn it on, & log on. Another reason is that I've been doing a great deal of my computer work (e-mail, internetting, etc.) on my iPhone this year. It's just been hard to get into the groove.
THat being said, since I blogged last, I'm feeling much better. We played Boulder Station in Vegas, Stagecoach in Indio, & tonight we played Rodeo Club in San Jose. The other two gig were normal, club-type gigs. Stagecoach was a huge country music festival. We played, then Lady Antebellum, Miranda Lambert, Kid Rock, & Kenny Chesney. We played to over 40,000 people that day. The more interesting things happened later that night.
I watched Kenny Chesney play for half an hour. It was quite impressive. The light show, LED back drop was amazing. It's on par with, say, U2 or something like that. He carries 17 semis around with him to carry all of the stage setup. I was impressed.
The evening concluded with hanging out with Kid Rock playing songs on a couple guitars. What can I say... I like him.
Going to try to make a better effort or find a new system for blogging...
Friday, April 24, 2009
I know... it's been another "long time."
A lot has happened that has kept me from my computer.
1. Michelle came out on the road with us. I thought I'd spend more time with her instead of my Mac.
2. I developed some serious stomach aliment. I had diarrhea (saying it like that is an understatement) from the morning on my birthday until yesterday afternoon (4 solid days). I went to the hospital & everything. Weak!
I'm happy to report that I'm on the road to a full recovery. I only missed 3 songs over 4 days. Just couldn't do it all.
Anyway, I'll get back on the horse & keep you updated the best I can.
PS. Here's a pic from my birthday; a Waffle House in Biooxi, MS. The band bought me a banjo. How cool is that?