Sunday, February 27, 2011

Wood Bros, Chesney, pre-Letterman

Since I last wrote I spent a few days out in Orange County, CA with my Dad. I also found time to be a part of the Wood Brothers video shoot up in Burbank. I can't wait to see the final cut of that.
On my last full day in California I drove down to Calabasas to meet up with the Wood Brothers again for a private radio industry function. We only played 20-30 minutes but it was a blazin' set. I am honored to be asked so much to be a part of their ventures. They are truly a great, unique band.
I came home a turned on the 'health switch.' Working out, juicing, eating right, & getting god amounts of sleep was part of the schedule while I was home. I found time to put an evening with Coy Bowles in the studio. However, this didn't last long. We left on Wednesday night for Nashville.
Thursday brought rehearsals with Kenny Chesney & his band. I will say that I had a blast over the next two days. We came up with some great stuff for the upcoming stadium shows for this year.
We came home Friday night & yesterday I put a self imposed LONG day in the studio yesterday. I did some drive maintenance & prepared Coy's album for mixing. There's still a few things left to track, but it never hurts to get a jump on the project. I have been working on this album, on & off, for well over a year. As much as I am proud of it, I will be glad to 'get it off of the books' soon.
Anyway, leaving this afternoon for Letterman. We will have the opportunity to get a good night's sleep (which has NEVER happened before TV). Should be a good trip. I will update (I hope).

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Da' Grammy's Recap Style

It's been two weeks since I last blogged. I spent much of that time getting back to my old self. I juiced most days... especially on days that I was home. I visited my girlfriend, Stephanie, in Nashville for a weekend. We also came out here to southern California starting last Friday. We attended Grammy parties. We went to gift suites. It was a busy schedule of frivolity. No performance rehearsals this year. It was relatively stress free.
I finally won a Grammy. ZBB won for Best Country Collaboration for "As She's Walking Away" with Alan Jackson. I'll take it. Really happy with that.
I'm staying with my Dad this week. I have some Wood Brothers business later this week in southern California so it didn't make much sense to fly back to Atlanta & then fly back out here. More events soon & more updates to come.

Tuesday, February 1, 2011

Absentee Blog

Alright. I'll try to ease back in to this routine. I feel old self creeping back into my life. When you tour & travel as intensely as I did for the past 2 months, you have to let some things go: like blogging. I have cold turkey'd my way back into my workout regimen, my eating & juicing regimen, & (most importantly) my sleeping regimen. I also started practicing again. I find it impossible to practice on the road. Only after two days of actually taking care of myself I feel the results. The only negative thing I feel is stupidity for not keeping up with it over the past 2 months.
To recap since I last blogged, we hit New York & most of the east coast. Boston & New York were the best shows of the whole run. XM taped the New York show. If I find out a performance schedule I will post it somewhere. Andrew Combs won the Clay vs. Levi. Ironic, huh? Most were coming a part at the seems toward the end of the run. I was for different reasons. I lost my first dog, Charlie. He was my little buddy. I raised him since he was a little Schnauz. He passed due to complications with pancreatitis. I'm glad he didn't have to suffer long.
I had much to do since I came home on Sunday. I have done much of the list with little stress. Few things left. I am taking Levi's family out for pizza tonight (it's his birthday tomorrow). I figure he'd like that better than a new pair of socks.
I'll try to blog when I am able.