Monday, December 17, 2012
I know this gun control debate will get out of hand. On one side you have the New York Times reminding us that the previous gun control bills have been incited by assignations or assassination attempts: Kennedy/King, Reagan. I see irony in the fact that most of the people who would WANT to see the president's life attempted on are probably also ones who would like to keep their gun rights current. It's a win/lose for them, in that case. That's a bad thought but probably true. I am in an odd position. I am not necessarily anti-gun, but I will never own a gun myself. I, however, am SURROUNDED by those who feel very strongly about their right to bear arms. The only argument that I understand is the right to protect yourself from your own government... which is why the 2nd amendment was drafted. It keeps us from being Syria. You know what else keeps us from being Syria? Evolution, education, free thought & a non-religious based government. I'd think that the evolution should include more stringent gun laws as these weapons are INFINITELY more deadly than those referenced during the Bill of Rights days. Maybe we refine the law allowing handguns but limited to be the six shooter variety at the very worst. These clip oriented loading weapons are much more efficient... & deadly. Maybe everyone has to get a license... like for driving... but are allotted only one firearm specifically for protection. I honestly can't imagine why we'd need assault rifles at all. This is real life... not Grand Theft Auto. You can make it illegal to possess more than what would be allotted. Enforcing it is another thing. Granted, narcotic drugs are illegal... but they're still out there. However, getting caught with them bears a penalty. I'm thinking the enforcement of such gun laws can be the same. I don't know. I'm probably talking out of my ass, but something is GOING to change in my lifetime regarding these things. I have no dog in the fight but I'd like everyone just to chill the fuck out. My friend, Adrienne, said on Twitter today: "There's nothing more American than using a tragedy to further a political agenda." It's only going to get worse. It's not hard to see how this will become a blue or red issue... like abortion on steroids. Let's start to think outside of the box... as Americans. The role of government is to save us from ourselves. That's why we have laws. That's why we have a military, a police force, & first responders. That's why we have interstates. That's why we have public schools & social services. A lot of these things are not perfectly run by any means but that's what (I hope) most of our tax dollars are paying for. If you don't want guns banned, come up with a better idea to prevent things like Newtown from happening ever again. The most egregious stat that I saw with this media blitz covering the tragedy is that THIRTY-ONE incidents like this have happened since Columbine in '98. How about, for starters, putting an armed guard in EVERY school. At least then, maybe SOME of the precious lives could've been saved. We don't need to be afraid of our shadow but we do need to take SOME steps in making it harder for events like this to happen. I challenge all of the learned people in this world to come up with a solution. It's going to take a lot of convincing to change the minds of the pro-gun folks out there. I bet some of the parents of the slain children were pro-gun, but would trade ANYTHING to have their child in bed tonight. Let's hope it doesn't come to that to change enough people's minds to come up with a GREAT solution. Not a tourniquet to stop the bleeding but a cure. I have faith in the brilliant people in the world. There's good & evil in EVERY heart in this world. The call to help in recent days with Hurricane Sandy was proof of the good. Kumbaya, mother fuckers. Kumbaya.
Friday, December 14, 2012
THIS happened today. There's really nothing I can say about it that hasn't been said already. It's terrible. Obviously, the worst part about it is the loss of life. The distant 2nd worst thing is the uproar in debate about gun control. I hate that THIS is how the gun control awareness had to come about. Once all are mourned & time has passed, I assure you there will be a tiny civil war about this issue. I stand aside on it. I don't own & never will own a gun. However, I'm surrounded by people who feel very strongly about their gun rights. I can see their point, but completely see the other side of the coin... especially on days like this. I'm too tired to even be talking about this right now. Good night.
Wednesday, December 12, 2012
Tuesday, December 11, 2012
Monday, December 10, 2012
Nashville tuned guitars. There were some doubled tracks with different guitars. Matt & I got to play a couple supporting acoustic guitar tracks as well. I think I tracked a mandolin track in there too. We took a well deserved long break for dinner. When we got back, Levi sang the vocal on one song. We shifted our workflow to start completing the song instead of the 'assembly line' tracking that we were doing. We brought that particular song as far to completion as possible tonight. Not much left on it. Waiting on some guests to do that. Also, tomorrow we change over to 10am-10pm tracking instead of the noon-midnight hours we'd been keeping this past week. Moving right along, footloose fancy free.
Friday, December 7, 2012
Thursday, December 6, 2012
Wednesday, December 5, 2012
Tuesday, December 4, 2012
Monday, December 3, 2012
Sunday, December 2, 2012
Thursday, March 15, 2012
Recap: Daytona was huge success. Especially all of the new stuff in the show. You'll have to wait to see it for yourself. My house is finally 'show ready.' Actually, a few folks have already shown it. This market sucks though. Nothing you don't already know.
Fast forward to last Friday. I went to an ACC tourney game with Wyatt at Philips Arena. Duke vs. Virginia Tech. It was cool to see a conference tournament game. Never seen one. We immediately made our way to the bus which made its way to Little Rock, AR.
Little Rock was just a continuation of the new show; a few tweaks but more of the same. I think it was received well. Then, Bossier City, LA was our next destination. We said goodbye to our longtime video director, James Duer, that night. I hate it. I really like that dude. He's moving on to a better position elsewhere. Can't hate on that.
Monday was the Houston Rodeo. We played it last year. It feels strange to set up ALL that stuff to play for 60 minutes... but we did it anyway. I think the 74,000 people enjoyed it.
The long bus ride home dumped me out in Atlanta at noon on Tuesday. Upon where I showered & jet my little truck to Chattanooga. There I met The Wood Bros. I played lap steel & sang on a few songs in the set. Wednesday morning I woke up & made an appointment with an audiologist in Asheville to make impressions of my ears. I'm having new in-ear monitors made. My old in-ear monitors don't seal like they used to. You gotta spend money to make money. I am excited about the new ears though. They are the best on the market.
Asheville at The Orange Peel was pretty great. I played Hammond with them tonight. I not only love their music, but I LOVE playing Hammond on it.
Shortly after the show I made my way back to Atlanta. Got home around 2:15am. Asleep shortly after that. Atlanta is tonight. I'm ready. LOOOOVE my job.
Friday, February 24, 2012
Sorry about the delay. I've been Über-focused on my move. The update is this: my house is ready for sale & up on the market. The Atlanta studio has been vacated. So now, I wait. The Nashville studio will be in our possession next week. I need to sell my place before I buy one in Nashville.
Since I last wrote I finished mixing The Wood Bros. Live album (Vol.1) along with some bonus material for that project. I started on Vol. 2, but it's due date is later this year... so I'll finish it in Nashville.
The band has played a few gigs. The singers took a few days to go to Key West & record most of the vocals on the album. Last week we had a full band rehearsal to polish some of the new tunes from the record for our live show.
All of this has been quite an undertaking. Lots of stress... albeit good stress. The past two months have been a good set up for the rest of the year... the moves, the record, the tour. Ready.
I'm currently in Daytona Beach to rehearse with the crew tomorrow. The band will be here on Sunday to join us. Let's slap the shit out of 2012.
Saturday, January 14, 2012
Yes. 2012. Let's rewind it back. The last time I wrote was at the end of November. Lots has happened, but some I can't talk about. ZBB started our record. I really can't speak much about it... so I won't. Anyway, the Blackberry Smoke album is getting close. It's gonna be pretty great.
We played Evansville, Nashville, & Atlanta at the end of '11. We uses our new lighting & video rig. From what I could see, it was pretty awesome. Yet another reason to get excited about touring in '12.
I went MIA for about a week after New Years. Just needed some time off. It worked. I spent most of my time mixing the Wood Brothers live album, working out, & resting. Very therapeutic, I assure you.
I'm bracing for Vegas next week. No telling what THAT's gonna do to my body. However, the big news I have is that I'm moving to Nashville. It's not going to effect my presence in ZBB, it just makes sense. At this point in our career, I can pretty much live anywhere. The main reason that I'm moving is because I'm moving my studio up there. When I'm not on the road, I'm either at my home or at the studio. So, if the studio is going to be there, then all I have to do is move my home. That being said, I think I'm at a point in my life that needed some sort of big change. To be honest, when I joined ZBB, nothing really changed: I've almost always been in a touring band, so it was a natural transition. I feel really good about this transition.
Not much else to say. Even though it's two weeks in, I am unbelievably ready for 2012.