Sunday, October 23, 2011

Refueling Mid-Air


There are certainly people in this world who have a more demanding schedule. I just write what I know. Some people find it entertaining. I write this laying in my (rarely provided) hotel room here in Charleston. Lately, it's been an onslaught of constant work over the past month, starting with The Wood Brothers' tour & culminating (at least at this point) in the Southern Ground Food & Music Festival. Day 3 begins today. It's been stressful; but a fulfilling & good type of stress. I have a few meetings today & to play a set with ZBB. I have tomorrow off... but I'm sure that I'll find things to do (i.e., clean my house & pay bills). Tuesday & Wednesday are back in the studio with Blackberry Smoke... with, what may be, the final days of tracking for their forthcoming album. Then, it's back on the road. I may have loaded up my dance card a little too much over the past few months, but I am happy with the accomplishments. Have a wonderful rest of the weekend.

Sunday, October 16, 2011

No Cause for Concern

I know that it's been over a week & a half since I last blogged. The Wood Brothers tour didn't destroy me but it did order my priorities. One thing that DIDN'T make the list was blogging. It was a very stressful run. Good stress, but stressful nonetheless.
I write this while making rough mixes on my computer for The Wood Brothers to hear & decide what goes on the live album. I'm currently in the ZBB dressing room in Virginia Beach. It's been a very good run with ZBB this weekend. Every one has returned recharged. The playing has been very good.
When I got home from The Wood Brothers tour on Monday, I jumped right back in the saddle. I had rehearsal Monday night & played at Eddie's Attic on Tuesday night. It was my best attempt at a loop show to date. After that show, I plan to do it a lot in the future.
I've had a lot happen to me in the past few weeks which I don't care to share here... just a lot of stuff... I'll eventually be fine.

Sunday, October 2, 2011

Madison, WI


WHat a great show day. It was beautiful in Madison. I've always liked playing here although I have only a handful of times. Mic'ing the room with audience mic's was a challenge. It was a REAL theatre, so I had to hang some mic's from the lighting rafter. A bit more dangerous than I'd like... but I lived.
The show was fantastic for a Sunday night. The crowd was great too. I would think that we got some good contenders for the live album tonight. Even during my set as well. I guess it would be silly to NOT make a live album for myself. At the end of this tour I'll have 15 well recorded sets ready for mix... maybe the best of the tour would be worthy for a solo acoustic live album. Who knows?
Looking forward to tomorrow. Six shows in a row is rough when you're doing three jobs. Ready for some laundry & some rest.

Saturday, October 1, 2011

Evanston, IL


Initially, I guess we're in Chicago. We go from the dirtiest, tiniest venues to the nicest venue of the run. SPACE is an amazing secret nestled in the suburbs of Chicago. Awesome spot... awesome people... awesome time. The Woods' performance was a little clammy but I think there was some fantastic songs that will more than likely end up on the live album.
I'm not gonna lie... I can't wait for our day off in Ann Arbor. I have JUST enough underwear to get there.
This is a great tour. Very invigorating. It makes me confident in my songs, lucky to be a part of The Wood Brothers' circle of musical friends, & thankful of my normal touring life. All of those things are easy to lose sight of from time to time.