Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Coy Bowles (Studio Madness)

Since I last blogged I have been hard at work on my house. Still juicing. Still working out. I did take delivery of a new washer/dryer. I had a couple nights in the studio last week for Coy's album. I also went to Nashville this past weekend. I traded for my ultimate road pedal steel. Since I only use one neck on the steel (the E9 neck) I got a Sho-Bud LDG - which is just that: a single neck on a double frame. It's pretty awesome.
While in Nashville I also played at 3rd & Lindsley. I opened up for Shawn Mullins. They simulcast the concert on Lightning 100, Nashville's AAA radio station. It was a great night.
I drove home on Monday & squeezed in some work on the house along with a trip to the grocery store. Today, after my juicing & workout, I had a chimney sweep not only clean my fireplace but remove & dispose of the wood burning stove insert that was in it. I'm almost ready for a fire. All I need is cold weather (81ยบ today), wood, & a screen to place in front of it. Most of that will come in due time. I also was one the radio tonight. I co-hosted "Dave After Tomorrow" on DaveFM here in Atlanta. Our subject was Murder Ballads. It was a really fun show & Margot has invited me back any time I want. After the radio show I had a crazy session for Coy Bowles. I recorded a 12 piece horn section. It was trying but we all got through it with smiles on our faces. I'm about to drop. Ready for sleep & another tightly packed day of activities tomorrow.

Sunday, October 17, 2010


I've spent some days in the studio: 4 scattered over the past two weeks. I cut a Christmas tune for Brian Wiltsey. I also cut a tune for the band Echo's End. I also mixed both tunes. However, the past 2 weeks have been riddled by errands - trying to finally get the tiny things in my life in order. I am reclaiming my old studio - which lies in the building behind my house. It's been used for storage over the past 4 years. It HASN'T been taken care of. Many creatures hath taken residence there. I am currently trying to have them vacate. I bought a new dehumidifier & set it to KILL! My friend Kevin & I will dispose of the mold ridden couches tomorrow. This is all very exciting to me. I will stage my drums in there along with all of my guitar maintenance tools - like it was when I had my studio back there. It's just going to take a little time to gentrify.
This weekend was full of ZBB fun. We had a CD Release/Open House party last night for industry folks & our business partners. It was a wonderful night. Chef Rusty christened the new kitchen at the warehouse/headquarters/leather shop/machine shop/t-shirt shop/bus & cook trailer storage site... referred in our circles as the warehouse. & what a warehouse it is. We had about 150 folks for dinner & the party.
Today was slightly different. The 5 members of the band shot their scenes for the new video (due out next year). We did that at the warehouse then made our way to Zac's house for a party for the crew/family. Rusty, again, cooked up a storm & fun was had by all.
I've been juicing everyday... &, until today (day off), working out everyday. I feel SOOOO much better than I did a couple of weeks ago. I can't preach enough about it. Juicing is actually really cool. It curbs my appetite & flushes my body with vitamins & minerals found only in raw vegetables & fruits. It tastes like shit but it's totally worth it.
Anyway, I'll try to keep my 'at home' updates at tad more frequent. Reclaiming this house has been a full time job unto itself.

Sunday, October 3, 2010


This past week has been great. I just haven't had time to catch up. Last Sunday we played our last show of the tour in Irvine, CA. It was a great show ending a great tour. THen, Monday, we played Leno. Tuesday we taped Ellen. Wednesday we taped AOL Sessions. We flew home Wednesday night & I was in my own bed by 2am.
I spent Thursday & Friday playing catch up at home: bills, errands, etc. Saturday I played with Coy Bowles & The Fellowship at Northside Tavern in downtown Atlanta. It was a great time. Would love to do it again if time allows.
I chilled out today. Going to work in the studio starting Monday. Ready to get EVERYTHING off of the back burner & cooked, served, & enjoyed. Sorry, I think I took the metaphor too far.