Monday, December 31, 2007

Chicago, IL

Michelle & I walked 4 miles round trip in the freezing Chicago wind to have breakfast at Wishbone. It was worth it. I had crunchy french toast.
3pm saw me loading in at The House of Blues - which was across the street from the hotel.
I had a really great gig. We had many malfunctions but it was still a great set. Gerry Hansen, Patrick Blanchard, & myself backed Shawn Mullins up. I was in a weird position because I normally play mandolin on some of those songs. I did my best Peter Stroud impression. I thought I did a good job. An impression in the style of Rich Little; not perfect, but good enough.
Collective Soul took the stage around 11:15pm. Then New Years. It was a good time.

Sunday, December 30, 2007

Sacramento to Chicago

It took a while... the way that I went. Let's do everything in west coast time, shall we? I went to bed last night at midnight. I was up by 5:45am for my 6:30am ride to the airport (which was more than an hour away). Sacramento airport is pretty chill. My flight left at 9:40am. We had a layover in Vegas (I fell like I was just here). Then fly to Chicago. It took quite a while to get my bags. When I did, I met up with Kip & Shawn & we too a cab to the hotel. I checked in at 5:30pm (west coast time).
After that we investigated the deep dish pizza situation near the hotel. Luckily, there was a Lou Malnati's around the corner. I broke my diet, but it was worth it. Thanks Nexium.
I was in bed asleep by 10:30pm (west coast time).

Saturday, December 29, 2007

Oroville, CA

Yesterday was rife with travel. I woke up at 7am today. Of course, that's 10am EST. The most convenient part about playing any casino is the buffet. It's free (for us), it's all you can or need to eat, & it's adjacent to the hotel. Sometimes it's good... sometimes it's not so good. Lately I've been concerned with portion control. In the past I would make a couple small trips to the buffet line. Today I made one small trip. For some people, like myself, you have to be conscious of being full. I would normally eat until I couldn't eat any more. I just love food. Correction: I love good food.
I brought a few Christmas acquisitions on the road; one being the first season of "Heroes." In the spring of this year, just before the season finale of "Heroes," I caught the "Heroes" marathon on The Sci-Fi Channel. But, I started watching about 8 episodes in. I don't know how the story starts. I've been watching it in my hotel room today. It's pretty different. Usually something like this is not well embraced by the TV watching public. In this case, I'm very glad that it was (that means more seasons).
Also, in real life, the New England Patriots (the NFL team that I've been rooting for since '96) passed over one more speed bump on their quest for history. They beat the New York Football Giants (barely, by 3 points) tonight. They are the first NFL team to go 16-0 in the regular season. You probably already know this though. It's kind of a big deal.
We played a great, dynamic set tonight. It was very foreign but fun. In addition to my normal duties I had to play flute & keys tonight. I thought it went off rather well. Since there was one less player on stage, it was just 'that' much easier to hear & fall into the groove with the other 3 guys. It definitely wasn't the wall of sound that we've been dealing with over the past few years. It was a more 'moment' band that played tonight. The improvisations were better & there was no where to hide. I dug it!

Friday, December 28, 2007

Post XMAS Flight

Most of the folks on my flights seemed to be going home from vacation. Both flights were stuffed like a Christmas ham. I read a great deal in my "Recording the Beatles" book that I got for XMAS. It's really, really good.
We flew to Sacramento. Then we drove a little over an hour. I'm about to get into the bed around 3:30am eastern time. That's life on the road folks.
Listening: Emily Kate Boyd "Paint My Heart White" (slated for an '08 release)

Thursday, December 27, 2007

A Day to Forget & To Remember

I left for Macon, GA at 10am. I picked Chris HIcks up & we went to visit a friend of his. This friend was supposed to lend me a guitar that had some issues & I was to correct them while it was in my possession. After a long turn of events that I don't care to mention, Chris & I left his friend's place empty handed. On the way back to Chris's house I hit a dog. I didn't know what to do. The dog just ran in front of my car. I slammed on the brakes but still made contact. I thought for sure that it was dead. I ran Chris home. As I was making my way back to the interstate I passed the dog. It was alive & was being picked up by some one. I will never forget it. I hate myself for not stopping. I should've stopped & taken it to a vet or something.
I mixed a song for Y-O-U after I got back to Atlanta. It turned out really good. It's for a compilation put out by Paste Magazine for a tribute to U2. Y-O-U did "With or Without You" in the style of Sam & Dave ('60's R&B). I really enjoyed mixing it & for a minute I forgot about the dog.
Also, Michelle & I saw "Charlie Wilson's War." It was fantastic. It was even more impactful considering Butto's assassination this morning.

Wednesday, December 26, 2007

Depp sings?

Sweeney Todd is really good. Good in the way of 'these are well written songs.' Sondheim was a pimp. Is he dead? I dunno. They used all of his original lyrics & music. His arrangements are stellar. The melodies are kinda lame, but the lyrics are as good as any Kristofferson or McMurtry song. Well done. And Tim Burton did a great job like always.
Anyway, I got many episodes into the third season of Lost. It's getting really wacked.
I deserved all the lazy I radiated today.

Tuesday, December 25, 2007

Merry Christmas

I was up at 5:30am when I heard my Mom making coffee downstairs. I don't drink coffee, but I couldn't sleep. No particular reason... just couldn't sleep anymore. We had Christmas breakfast & presents at Mom's. Then we drove back to Atlanta for more Christmas fun. MIchelle & I did presents & she finished preparing the house while I put the presents away. Our Christmas 'dinner' started at 3pm. Everyone was gone by 6pm. It was a good time.
Also, I remembered that I got my first electric guitar on December 25th, 1987. 20 years ago today. It was a Lotus blackguard Telecaster copy. My first guitar cam two years earlier. It was a Franciscan 3/4 scale classical guitar (I was kind of a small kid). The electric was full scale & could get real loud due to the Fender Sidekick 25 that came with it. It's hard to believe that I've been playing guitar for well over 20 years. I feel like I should feel like an old man... but I don't.

Monday, December 24, 2007

Christmas Eve 2007

It only happens once a year. Michelle & I did a bevy of errands preparing for tomorrow. We're having Christmas lunch here at the house tomorrow.
We left Atlanta for Snellville at 4pm sharp. It was business as usual for XMAS Eve. I got to see my grandmother, Michelle's family, & Wallace. After the party at Michelle's Mom's house we left for my Mom's house. The boys (schnauzers) are with us. We are spending the night with my Mom & Brother. We'll see how the sofa couch holds up.

Sunday, December 23, 2007

Decatur, GA

After I got ready this morning I helped Michelle prepare some food. We made sweet potato casserole, squash casserole, two cakes, home made mac & cheese, & sausage balls.
I then went to the studio to pack my car with gear. I played with Shawn Mullins tonight at Eddie's Attic. We did a handful of XMAS songs. Eddie Owen sang two with us as well. Jennifer Daniels played the late show & to my surprise Bret Hartley was playing guitar with her. It was good to see Bret. I haven't laid eyes on him since my birthday (in April).
XMAS is coming soon... hold on tight!

Saturday, December 22, 2007

to Spartanburg & back again

Josh, Michelle, my sister Ana, & my Mom went to Spartanburg for our annual XMAS get together for the family up there. It was a long day: over 7 hours of driving. I've been going up there every year since I've been alive. Everyone seemed to be in good spirits. Happy Holidays!

Friday, December 21, 2007


Michelle & I saw the movie "Juno" today. I think it was very funny. It was the same kind of funny as "Superbad" but "Juno" had a center to it. I didn't feel that way about "Superbad."
I just got back from getting my brother from the airport. He flew in from southern California for the holidays.

Thursday, December 20, 2007

Taveren, day five (or knocking it out of the park)

We worked solely on background vocals, barring the tune that needed a lead vocal today. I think that we all agree that the record it ready to be mixed at this point. Everything seems to have fallen into place on their album. I love it when that happens.
Not much else to report. It was just one of those days where you lower your shoulder & push forward.

Wednesday, December 19, 2007

Taveren, day four

I was up & erranding by 11am. I had a dentist appointment/cleaning today. It was the fastest that I've ever been in & out with the hygienist. Apparently, I've been doing very good homework.
I resumed with Taveren today. I worked for a few of hours before they showed up at 6pm. I had cut some electric guitars, wurlitzer, & acoustic 12 string guitars before 6pm.
Our main goal today was lead vocals for every track. We got 5 out of 6 done today. The reason our goal wasn't met was because they changed the words, melody, & melodic rhythm for a few songs. Some of these phrases none of them had ever sung before. It was a little frustrating, but if this is the worst out of this project then I'm home free.

Tuesday, December 18, 2007

Chris Hicks, Day Two

A.K.A. Easy day. I ran some errands with Michelle (like most days). I also made it in to the studio by 4pm. I did some 'house cleaning' & such. Chris & his crew were a little late. Friend & Marshall Tucker front of house engineer Keith Glenn showed up early though. We had Ru San's sushi for dinner. We took our time.
Tonight's rehearsal went off without a hitch. Every one came prepared. They ran 10 songs (to the "T" I might add). The recordings I did turned out pretty good. I'm really happy with them. I think everyone was happy with the past two days of work. Especially Chris... it's his baby, he was the only one that I was worried about.\
Sleepy fun time!

Monday, December 17, 2007

Chris Hicks, Day One

Michelle & I ran some errands today. I also saw a movie on onDemand today."Rescue Dawn" was one that fell underneath my radar last year. It was a really great picture.
After that I went straight to the studio & started setting up for Chris Hicks' rehearsal. It was quite an undertaking... only because I've been charged with having a PA & recording the rehearsal. I maxed out the mult lines in the patchbay... but I got it done.
It was a good night. I actually didn't 'press record' but I did get it sounding really good. Tomorrow we'll record a version of each song. Tonight was getting everyone comfortable & familiar with the arrangements.

Sunday, December 16, 2007

More Holiday Cheer

Today was full. Full of cheer. Michelle & I went to Loganville (where's Loganville?!) for her nephew's 5th birthday. I had three hotdogs. They were so good. I couldn't help myself.
After that we went to Mark Cobb's house for a Christmas party. It was fun. After that we went grocery shopping. It was a full day.
It was really cold today... cold for Atlanta. It was hovering above freezing all day.

Saturday, December 15, 2007

Holiday Cheer

I went to Music-Go-Round today. I haven't been there in a while. I traded a few mics that I don't use for 2 mics & a guitar. I got a Beyerdynamic M88, an Astatic DR10S, & a Regal RC1 round neck resonator guitar. It was definitely a better trade on my end. I haven't used the traded mics at all since I moved to 800 East.
I got to see "I Am Legend". I really enjoyed it. I would love to see it again. That doesn't happen often with me. It was a rather tense movie.
MIchelle & I went to see her Dad's side of the family. We had dinner & opened presents. The wedding was a common topic. That's fine with me.
After that, we went to The Star Bar for Rodney's Toys for Tots charity.
It was a long day.

Friday, December 14, 2007

TaVeren, day three

I was supposed to meet a guy to do some modification to the control room. He cancelled an hour before our appointment. I wouldn't normally mention this but I could've slept in this morning & I didn't. I was in the bed last night at 3am & up by 9am. Today was filled with 'my type' of excitement. I went to Atlanta Pro Audio & used some newfound store credit, via sold consignment items, for a pair of Josephson C42's (short, small diaphram mics). They're kinda like the old Neumann KM84's. They were used extensively for tonight's session.
Marty Kearns engineered as I played Hammond, mandolin, Weissenborn, & a little bit of electric guitar. There was still work to be done on electric guitar, but I'll have to wait to see how the vocals sit in the mix with everything - how much space is left to add to the songs. Time finally caught up with me tonight. I was pooped by the time the end of the night rolled around.

Thursday, December 13, 2007

TaVeren, day two

Michelle & I drove home from Nashville today. We were both a little burnt from yesterday. I took a nap when I got home.
But that didn't last long. I met Carl from TaVeren at the studio at 6pm. We cut acoustic guitars, bass, & steel guitar for the entire record. Well, for the 6 songs that we're doing in The Small Room. This record is moving along nicely.

Wednesday, December 12, 2007

Happy Birthday, Mo

Michelle & I drove to Nashville to celebrate Maureen Murphy's birthday. After we got to Nashville & checked into the hotel, all three of us went to Katy K's & Gruhn's Guitars. I got to see a friend from a long time ago, Rick Wilson. He was the guitar tech for Marshall Tucker when I first started with the band in 2000. He's now working for the repair department at Gruhn's Guitars.
Our dinner was at Watermark. It was a really nice restaurant. I had the Arctic Char. Drinks were at Sambuca.
I can't wait to sleep. It's been a long day.

Tuesday, December 11, 2007

TaVeren, Day One

Just drums. Just drums. Mark Cobb in on the drums. I got there early & set up. Mark walked in to a 'complete' situation. Not only was the kit set up & mic'ed but since I had charts for him we blazed through the first 3-4 songs. However, when we got to the last song, the boys in TaVeren "button hooked me." I didn't know they were gonna button hook me. They decided to change the last song all together. I wasn't so bad. The worst part was the loss of the 'gained' time that we manufactured due to our early prep & speed. On the glass half full side, we were lucky to be ahead of the clock. Otherwise, who knows, I may have still been there tracking 'til some time tomorrow morning.

Monday, December 10, 2007

Some Guy Named Kirk

I played a session today for producer Marty Kearns at Exocet Studios. It was a lot of fun. Greg Lee & Gerry Hansen were also on the session. It was like I was just hanging out with friends all day. We played a few songs for a guy named Kirk. I have no idea of his last name. I guess it was rather rude of me to not know.
I used the ES330 & the 65 London. I also played one tune on the mandolin. It was a day of success. Hopefully it will be contagious to the rest of the week.
Listening: "Dreaming My Dreams" by The Cranberries

Sunday, December 9, 2007

Still Undefeated

Two things to do today: it was Kile's birthday. Kile is Michelle's step father. We had mexican food. It was good. The other thing to do was watch the New England/Pittsburgh game. The Pats took care of business. I was wary of this game more than the rest of the schedule. They came through with flying colors. It looks like Mercury Morris might be getting worried too.
Listening: "Gymnopedies" by Erik Satie (I love piano music)

Saturday, December 8, 2007

TaVeren, pre-production

7 hours modifying songs. We took a real hard look at six sings for TaVeren's new album. They've already recorded their four singles in Nashville. I'm working on their remaining 6 album tracks. It's a sticky equation to work on songs & have them fall in line with other material. I guess the good news is that I don't have to mix it to match it with what they have. That's some one else's responsibility.
After that, Michelle, NIcole Jurovics, & I went to Eddie's Attic. Josh Joplin Group was playing for the first time in 4 years. My friend Geoff plays bass with Josh. It was a pretty good night. It has been a while since I went to the Attic & didn't have to play. I also met Garrison Star. I'm a fan. She's also really down to earth.
Listening: "Unchangeable" by Garrison Star

Friday, December 7, 2007

Try, try try, again

I went into the studio today with the best of intentions. To put it plainly as possible, some one else "took over" the studio for the weekend. They really had no rights to do what they did, but it would've made more mess than solution to try to work today. I did get a handful of useful things done. I played bass & modified each session by removing tracks from the session that I didn't like. I also cleaned the room a bit & tried to wire in a couple of other things.
MIchelle & I made a rare journey to Atlantic Station tonight. This was even more rare considering the time: nighttime & the fact that we're so close to XMAS. We try to avoid malls & such if we have nothing to buy. All, or most, of our shopping list is fulfilled. We had California Pizza Kitchen & went to see The Golden Compass. In the avenue of Harry Potter, Narnia, & Lord of the Rings, The Compass held up quite well. I really enjoyed it. I can't wait for the next one. I know that movie genres come & go, but I hope this lore-fantasy genre stays around for a while.
Listening: "Christmas Time is Here" by the Vince Guaraldi Trio

Thursday, December 6, 2007

Shopping DONE~! (as far as I know)

I'm done with my Christmas shopping. I usually get it done in one day. Yeah, I lower my shoulder & go right at it. Of course, I only shop for Michelle. She handles everyone else's present. However, this year, our list was rather small. We're saving our money for the wedding. We're the primary purchasers for the event. It's just easier on everyone (especially our parents).
I also ran some other errands today. Nothing to speak of. I will tell you this: whatever you do, don't ever patronize the Ruby Tuesday in Decatur. Their a big 0 for 2 with me.
The new diet is working out very well. I feel better. My throat is almost cured. Everything is illuminated.
Listening: "The Great Compromise" by John Prine

Wednesday, December 5, 2007

Decatur, GA

Had early lunch with Mom & Michelle. Was in the studio by noon to listen to what I did last night. I'll admit, I was a little scared that it wasn't going to be a good performance. I'm glad to say that I'll be able to rest easy. I changed the keys on all of the songs. Shortly after 4pm I went home to change & pickup my guitar for the Eddie's show tonight.
Stephen Simmons opened up. He was great. The line up on the writer's in the round was Sonia Leigh, Adrianne, Emily Kate Boyd, then me. I had a blast. We did 4 serious rounds - then did a cover song each. The only thing about the cover is that it had to be a cheesy song. Everyone's choice was perfect.
What a great night. It was also good to see Shalom & Eddie.
Listening: "RIde Like the Wind" by Christopher Cross (cameo by Michael McDonald)

Tuesday, December 4, 2007

Tolcher, again

I was up early... early for watching the end of that game last night. I met Michael Tolcher (as pictured) at the studio at 10am. We recorded a demo of a new song. He's been doing that with me & submitting them to his record company. All of these songs are really good. It's been a lot of fun to work on. 
After he left & I had lunch, I made some 'scratch' tracks for new songs. Well, one new song... I am reworking two older songs to fit the vibe of the record better. That took up most of the afternoon. Dinner & home. Michelle made fish. It was good.
I came back to meet Marty Kearns at the studio. He engineered me playing the drums on those three songs. Marty's got some mojo in his engineering. I highly suggest him for your project if you need an engineer. 
I'm plum worn out. Ain't nothing like a 13 hour work day... especially when you end it with 3 hours of playing drums.
Listening: I guess my new tunes... at least that's what's revolving in my head.

Monday, December 3, 2007


I was home by 4:30pm. I then attended a home owners association meeting with Michelle. I also watched the Pats almost lose a game. It came down to the last play, tackle, & yard line. It was incredible. I love MNF. They're still undefeated. Represent!
I'm going to bed. I have a long, ambitious studio day tomorrow.

Sunday, December 2, 2007

New York, NY

Times Square to be exact. That's Times X Times= Times Squared or times times times= times squared. Whoa... that got out of hand real quick. 
This was my 3rd time at B.B. King's Blues Club. It was definitely a strange night. There was a lot of 'improvising' going on; sometimes good, sometimes bad. I did have fun, but it was strange. 
Well, it's over. And that's that. 
It's like the last day of school. The last day of school was always different. This is the last run of the year. Man, I'm tired.

Saturday, December 1, 2007

Sayreville, NJ

The only town ever named after Leo Sayer! Just kidding. We left the Casino hotel at 8am. I was up at 7:15am. I crashed pretty hard on our 5 hour trip across New York & New Jersey. I had a lot of time to kill today. The restaurant sucked so much at the hotel I went elsewhere. I walked a mile, both ways, in 20 degree weather to Ruby Tuesday's. 
I started another song today. I think it's going to 'make it' on the new record... however, every writer thinks of their latest work as their best. We'll see, won't we. 
I was glad to see that both West Virginia & Missouri lost tonight. That'll put Georgia in a more favorable BCS bowl. 
Our show was slammin' tonight. I felt like I couldn't play a bad note. I was having so much fun. I've played the Starland Ballroom many times. I loved it!

Friday, November 30, 2007

Verona, NY

Ah, the Turning Stone Casino Showroom! I've played here many times. My first was January of 2000. Some people would consider that a long time ago. It's a pleasure & a joy to play that room. I could see how people could get used to playing some of the posh halls in Vegas. We played well. There was A LOT of improvising going on... some good, some bad. It was all real. It's really cold outside. It's the first time that I've been really cold since March. Really cold = < 20 degrees Fahrenheit. I don't suggest it, but sometimes it feels good. Like when you haven't felt it in a long time.
Listening: "Silvergun Superman" by Stone Temple Pilots

Thursday, November 29, 2007

On the Move... sorta

Michelle & I had lunch at Moe's. We also dropped by the studio to grab my Everett acoustic & my Les Paul. We went back to the house & she watched The Dog Whisperer while I restrung both guitars. We then left the house by 2:30pm bound for the Atlanta Airport. The bus picked me up & we had an unexpected trip to make: Chris Hicks & Abbit (our new guitar tech) were broke down on the side of I-75 around Griffin, GA. We had to drive 80 miles round-trip out of our way to get them. Not only that, but the loss of time put us right in the middle of rush hour Atlanta traffic. That didn't make Jimmy (our driver) too happy. We finally pulled into Spartanburg around 8pm. Then, Chris had to go to a quick photo shoot for an hour or so. We weren't really "on the road" until almost 10pm. I've spent a full 'shift' on a trip that should've only taken 3 hours. I tried to stay up as late as possible. Even of I get a full 8 hours of sleep I'm going to wake up with hours still left to ride. It could be worse - I could be driving an RV.
Listening: "Hard Sun" by Eddie Vedder, from Music from the Motion Picture 'Into the Wild,'
Little known fact: originally performed by the band Indigo

Wednesday, November 28, 2007

Conserving my strength

I can't say much happened today. It was just one of those days where I sit down to write in my blog & I have nothing to say. Michelle & I went to Snellville today. She worked while I goofed off. I saw Kip Conner today. We went to Horsetown East to find me a new 'cowboy' shirt to wear on stage with Tucker. I didn't find anything that knocked me out. She found 3 shirts for herself. We also went to Galaxy Music & Guitar Center on the way home. I got some flat wound strings for my Silvertone/Danelectro U1. I have round wound strings on my Danelectro U1. I thought I'd give myself another option to my arsenal.
I really can't wait to get started again on my record. Greg Lee is in The Small Room today & the next few days. I guess I'll have to wait my turn.
These doctor prescribed steroids are making me thirsty & tired.
Listening: "Listen to Her Heart" by Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers

Tuesday, November 27, 2007

Tiny Things

Errands... most of you would call them. I went by Mark Cobb's house to examine his basement. He's going to build a studio in there. I guess he wanted some advice. Michelle & I had dinner at Picadilly. It's been a while. I also got some stuff from Radio Shack for the studio. Other than that... we've been home bodies. Were welcoming the Holiday Season with open arms this year.
Also, I saw "The Namesake" today. It was really great. It makes me want a family. Weird!
Listening to: The new Devo tune from the Dell commercial. It's called "Watch Us Work It." I can't say anything bad about Devo. They are TRUE artists. This song was commissioned by Dell. There's no new record. It's the new world order. At least for dance music.

Monday, November 26, 2007

Acid Reflux, I challenged you to a duel...

... & you won! Apparently my ailment of the last 5 weeks or so has been attributed to acid reflux. There are still some tests to be had but it all makes perfect sense. Evidently Coca Cola is some pretty nasty stuff chemically. My body was doing its best as I poured a market friendly acid down my throat a few times a day.
My new prescription of Nexium costs $150/month. Screw that! I'm changing my ways. For real. Get out of my way!
Oh yeah, I did a little work around the studio. I'm almost finished accomplishing my vision of what The Small Room should be.
Listening to: The Who "I Can't Explain"

Sunday, November 25, 2007

A Day to Rest

I was up at a reasonable time... considering the past two days. Michelle & I saw off Maureen on her way back to Nashville. We saw the new movie "I'm Not There." It was hard to watch. Dylan is pretty interesting. I can't speak much for the rest of the day. I needed this.

Saturday, November 24, 2007

Atlanta, GA

The bus dropped me off at 5:45am at the Atlanta airport. I drove home & crashed. I got up at noon. I met Marty Kearns at the studio to load all my stuff & my Hammond & Leslie. We carted all of that in 2 trips each to the Variety Playhouse. It was a special day - all around. Georgia beat Georgia Tech. They filmed a DVD of tonight's show. They even put a grand piano up on stage. It kick lots of ass. Peter Stroud, Marty Kearns, Patrick Blanchard, Gerry Hansen, & I all backed Shawn up tonight. Even Francine Reed got up & sand a couple of tunes with us.
Marty & I were finished unloading everything in the studio by 2am. I also got to pig out on Savage Pizza after all that. Today was a good day.

Friday, November 23, 2007

Auburn, AL

I spent most of the day with Michelle & Maureen Murphy (Thanksgiving house guest, amazing singer, & longtime friend). We saw Mr. Magorium's Wonder Emporium. It's hard not to like Natalie Portman. The bus picked me up at the airport at 9pm. We played a frat party the night before the Iron Bowl a.k.a. Auburn vs. Alabama. It was 28 degrees when we went on. It was a good set though. I have to go to sleep. I have a noon wake up call tomorrow.

Thursday, November 22, 2007

Happy Thanksgiving!

We had a dozen folks over for lunch. Today was a good day!

Wednesday, November 21, 2007

Mullins rehearsal, take 2

It's true. I slept in. I'm STILL trying to shake the funk & be useful. We had another rehearsal tonight. Everything's sounding real nice. Shawn & I had dinner at 'Across the Street,' a mexican resteraunt that just opened near the studio. It's a little pricey... but really good!

Tuesday, November 20, 2007

0 to 60

I was at the studio at 9:45am for another Michael Tolcher (pictured) demo session. He's getting his new songs down on CD for his record company. I came home for a couple of hours before returning to the studio. I was there at 4pm to start setting up for a Shawn Mullins band rehearsal. Gerry Hansen on drums, Patrick Blanchard on bass, Marty Kearns on Hammond, Peter Stroud on electric guitar, & me on everything else. Kip pretty much brought a PA for us to reinforce vocals. It was a great rehearsal. How could it not? This band is pretty much "The Heartbreakers." As far as I'm concerned, it's the best band in Atlanta. It's gonna be a good show on Saturday.

Monday, November 19, 2007


Grocery, moving guitars from one place to another, cleaning... just everyday stuff. When you're on the road 4-5 days a week, you only have one day to get a week's worth of chores done. I guess I'm lucky to have the one day.

Sunday, November 18, 2007


I guess you could chaulk ALL of today up to travel. 'The Atlanta Boys' were lucky enough to sleep in & get a direct flight. It was a pretty non-offensive flight. I tried to sleep, but I already got enough sleep last night. Oh well.
I was in my own bed by 10pm. I can't complain.

Saturday, November 17, 2007

San Juan Capistrano, CA

Early morning flight. Our hotel is near the John Wayne Santa Ana airport. Which is good because my Dad & brother live very close. They picked me up around 1pm & we went to Johnny Rockets & to see "Beowulf" in 3-D. I highly suggest it in 3-D. I could see how it would be boring in 'normal vision.' It was different. I was really excited from the different previews: Johnny Depp in Tim Burton's "Sweeney Todd," Brandon Fraser in a 3-D "Journey to the Center of the Earth," & an another animated 3-D movie (I've already forgotten the title).
Our gig was late tonight. Billy Yates sat in with us. Chris' friend Buster brought some guitars for them to play. Chris played a 1953 Les Paul that was converted to '58 specs. Billy played a '56 Strat. Those were amazing guitars. The set tonight was as good as we've ever played... & on rental gear no less.

Friday, November 16, 2007

Las Vegas, NV

I spent as much time indoors as I could. I had buffet. We loaded in downstairs at 2pm. I also watched the most recent "Harry Potter" in my room. $10... I think I paid that to see it in the theatre.
We played the showroom at the Boulder Station Casino (which is also where we stayed). It was a nice room. I'd say it held 350. It was a good crowd. Doug didn't seem like he was having fun. Oh well, there's always tomorrow.

Thursday, November 15, 2007

Los Angeles, CA

We left the hotel at noon for the airport. We're using Vegas as a 'base of operations' for this weekend. Cheap hotels I guess.
We flew to L.A. to play a radio thang for KLOS 95.5. It was an acoustic set. We even rented acoustic guitars. We were in & out. I wish more gigs were like this. And now... back to Vegas!

Wednesday, November 14, 2007

... to Vegas & beyond

I left the house around 6:15pm for my 9:15pm flight. I passed through security at the airport at a clip that I have never in Atlanta. I walked right up to the 'ticket inspector' at pretty much walked right through the security gate. I guess the best time to fly is week nights. I usually don't get to fly during that time though.
It was a perfect flight. We left on time, no turbulence, I 'wanted for nothing,' 2 movies, I had new reading material, new listening material, & we landed early. Our rooms were ready & waiting on us. Time to sleep.

Tuesday, November 13, 2007

... nothing to do about NARAS

I attended the NARAS board of governors meeting today. That was pretty much it. We also went to the grocery store. I feel kind of useless on my days off lately. I just want to get better. High hopes I guess.

Monday, November 12, 2007


I did the most "nothing" that I could do today. I'm trying to shake this funk in my throat. I probably should go back to the doctor. Maybe after this weekend's trip.