Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Blog Update

Lots has happened since last I blogged. We played our last two Chesney shows this weekend in Foxboro (Boston). We had an end of tour party on Friday night. I got drunk that night. On Saturday night Hop & I doused Chesney with a Gatorade cooler full of ice water during the encore (football coach style). During that maneuver, I aggravated the tendon on the outside of my left forearm. Sooooo, I am not allowed to over use it or play guitar until Sunday (if I want to play Sunday's show in Aspen).
I attended a charity show put on by Levi Lowrey on Monday night. I got drunk again. Sheesh! I need to back down a bit.

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

The day before...

Lots of home errands today. Thanks to Molly for all of the home improvements today. I should own stock in Lowe's & Home Depot. Also, a little over a year ago, I owned exactly 0 cars. As of today, I own 3 cars. I took over my Mom's old car... my insurance agent loves me.
Anyway, I got my bag packed & I'm ready to leave for Boston early in the morn. Til then...

It Keeps You Running

Workout. Practiced a few instruments. Headed to the studio. My work was not urgent. This was good news... considering my computer finally shut down on me. I've had it as my studio computer since 2003. It's served its time well. I took to Atlanta Pro Audio. Their team is going to take the computers content (Pro Tools cards, programs, & plugins) & transfer it to a new computer. Also, my monitoring system has been a tad buggy as of late on channel 1 (of 3). The thought is, if you're gonna shut the studio down for repairs you might as well repair everything.
I also spent a lot of time 'putting out fires' on the phone. I had to charge it twice today. That's a lot for me.
I also spoke at a music industry panel on touring for NARIP this evening. It was a good time. I'm tired. I want to go to bed.

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Tumblr Tuesdays

I woke up this morning with 30 Tumblr questions to answer before I got out of bed. It's a weird, benign stress. It loomed over me all day. I haven't felt it in a little over a month. It's still kinda fun though. A successful experiment. Thanks for the idea, Kristen.
Anyway, I got my Mom a license plate for her car today... among a handful of tiny errands around the 'ville. I set up a practice area for the couple looping audio shows that I have in the future. It's a hard thing to do... but once you get the hang of it - it's rather easy. The music is the easy part - the technical logistics are the bitch.
I had dinner tonight with a high school friend. We had Hooters... I don't suggest it. Also, he drove me down to the warehouse where I picked up my Mustang. It's been a pretty good, calm day. Ready for the rest of the week. Bring it.

Monday, August 22, 2011

Here Goes Nuthin'

I spent the day running errands. The funny thing is that after tomorrow I'll have done all of the weeks errands. However, you know how it can be... something always pops up. I would literally bore you to tears if I told you what I did today. I'm coming closer to getting the house the way that I want it. The Mustang will be ready tomorrow. Stoked about that.
I have decided to try out the Tumblr questions once a week to see if that is more copacetic. So, in a few moments, I'll enable that function on ye olde Tumblr site to "Ask Me Anything." I may not start to answer until tomorrow, but I'll be open for business for 24 hours. Let's see how it goes.

Sunday, August 21, 2011

Back with the Lecture at Hand...

Okay, okay. So I fell off of the face of the planet for a bit. Some times you just need to walk away. That being said... I've decided to enter the world of Tumblr again... in spurts. I think I'll call it 'Tumblr Tuesdays.' As you may have guessed, it will happen on Tuesdays. Looking forward to the madness.
Since I last blogged we played our 'New York' show with Chesney. We also did another Jack Daniels shoot in Atlanta. This time for a 'responsibility' campaign. Last night we played Detroit with Kenny. I'm gonna miss this tour. The final dates are this coming weekend in Boston.
I'm feeling a bit run down. I was supposed to drive to Nashville tomorrow but have opted to stay home & shore up my home & relax a bit. Otherwise, I would be heading towards burning out... & we don't want that. Do we?
She thinks MY tractor's sexy.

Friday, August 12, 2011

Lynchburg, TN/New York City, NY

Sorry about the lack of blog posts. It's just been really busy. We did a photo shoot at Jack Daniels on Thursday. We flew to NYC that afternoon. I was in the bunk by 9:30pm... know full well that I had to get up at 5:30am.
We got up at that nutty hour to soundcheck for the Today Show. It was a good performance this morning. We played 4 songs & Zac & Rusty did a cooking demo.
I took a 3 hour nap then woke for a shower at our "new home": Meadowlands Stadium. We left for the Yankees game at 5pm. We had great seats. I had to leave in the 5th to escort two of my wasted compatriots back to our "new home."
& now I'm back in my bunk watching 'The Great Muppet Caper.' Ready for tomorrow's madness. Good night, all.

Tuesday, August 9, 2011

Cowboys & Aliens

First of all, let me say that anything would taste good with Chick-fil-A sauce on it. I would eat a newly fallen pine cone if I had some of that sauce to dip it in. Glad I got that out.
I slept in this morning. It was well needed. I followed that with a brutal, first-day-back workout in the 90ยบ/90% humidity that was rockin' outside. I felt like I was going to blackout a couple of times. I made it through though.
My pest guy renewed my termite bond today as well. He also will install a new door on my crawl space next week... along with some other work. I also had a slow leak in my driver, rear tire. I got that fixed this afternoon. A handful of other errands today. I also set up my backyard shed for practicing (drums, piano, & amplified guitar).
Then I made my way to The Mall of Georgia. My Mom & I went to see 'Cowboys & Aliens.' I liked it. Favreau finally made a movie without HIMSELF in it.
I spent most of the evening paying bills, filing, & such. I bought my Dad a plane ticket to Denver for our Red Rocks show. Happy Birthday, Pops.
Starting to pack for my CRAZY New York weekend. Let's do this!

Monday, August 8, 2011

Busy as a Bee

I was up early. I was at the warehouse/headquarters by 9:30am. I planned to leave by noon. One thing led to another... to another... to another - & I didn't leave until 3:30pm. I did, however, get a TON done.
I made my way to the studio & mixed a song for the label. I spent most of the rest of the day doing that. It's 9:45pm & I'm just returning home & ready for bed. I have lots of good plans for tomorrow. My past week has finally caught up with me. Ready for some real rest & a good workout tomorrow... even if it kills me. Well... maybe not if it actually kills me.

Sunday, August 7, 2011

Day Off

Reflect & relax. I finally saw 'Bridesmaids.' Ehhh. It was okay. I was expecting a truly funny movie. Just slightly disappointing. Wiig was a bad-ass... but that's about it.
This was my first REAL day off in a while. I needed it. Everyone needs a day off every now & then.

Saturday, August 6, 2011

Atlanta, GA

I will rest one day. I promise. I did, however, get to sleep in my own bed last night. It seems to center me no matter what is going on. I got up, ran some errands, & then made it out to our tour manager's house by 2:30pm. We had a surprise birthday party for Jimmy De Martini at 3:30pm there. He was genuinely surprised. I came home & cleaned. It was much needed. I haven't cleaned in weeks... granted, I've only spent a few full days at home during that time.
I left the house by 8:30pm for Atlanta. Nic Cowan had a CD release tonight at The Loft. Matt Mangano came down from Nashville for it. It was good to have most of everyone involved in Southern Ground Records under one roof. It doesn't happen often.
I also got to see Maureen Murphy for the first time in over a year. I'll NOT let that much time go without seeing her again.
Nic & his band were fantastic tonight. I worry not for their future.
I really need a good night of sleep. It will happen tonight. Good night.

Friday, August 5, 2011

Athens, GA

After a late night, I was up early this morning. Matt Mangano, Brandon Bell, & I had breakfast before they dropped me off at the Asheville airport. I had about 3 hours to kill there. So I listened to some music.
Finally landing in Atlanta by 2:30. It took forever for my bag to show up at the claim. My buddy Chris picked me up & took me south to Zac's house (where I left my car last week). I immediately loaded it up & took off - bound for home & trying NOT to hit any traffic. I was pretty lucky. It only took me an hour & a half to get home. I spent an hour chilling at home before I restrung my mandolin & tore off for Athens.
Blackberry Smoke shot a DVD tonight in the newly renovated Georgia Theatre. The theatre made news a couple years ago because it caught fire. It's an Athens landmark. They've spent a great deal of money to get it back to open. It's actually a LOT nicer than it was before the fire.
Anywho, Zac & I guests during their set. Also, Jimmy Hall (of Wet Willie fame) joined them for the evening as well. It was a great show & I was honored to be a part of it.
It's late & I want to go to bed. Good night.

Thursday, August 4, 2011

Blackberry Smoke - day... awww, I forgot

Surpassed our goal for recording this week. We hit up some overdubs. Very few for this record. We're leaving vocals for a later date. John Kelton has been making rough mixes for hours now. It takes a long time to rough mix 17 songs.
No matter. I'm SO happy with this record. Not much left to do. I fly home tomorrow. No sleep for the wicked.

Wednesday, August 3, 2011

Blackberry Smoke - day four

Everyone involved must've had their spinach this morning. Six songs. We cut six fully-involved songs today. That's a VERY productive day. We did work an extra hour tonight but it was worth it. That's 17 songs in 4 days... well, technically it was 3 & a half days. We really didn't start tracking until 6pm on Sunday.
Super stoked about this album though. John Kelton & Brandon Bell are bad-ass musicians. Also, I think Matt Mangano & I work together as any two people in this world. Our communication is great & where I lack, he picks up (& vice versa).
The Hammond B3 died on us today. So we will have a rental for tomorrow... do some overdubs. A very short list. We won't have vocals... but we'll have most of EVERYTHING else.
Now off to dream land. Good night, all.

Tuesday, August 2, 2011

Blackberry Smoke - day three

I must have slept funny. I woke up with pain in my shoulders, back, & legs. A tightness. It lingered all day. Today was the most productive day so far. We did 4 songs... but a lot of cool creative stuff came out of those songs. Most of the day was a blur of working. Ben Lovett dropped by. Good to see him. Also, Debra from Fuchs came by. She brought Charlie an amp to try out. It was a Blackjack 21. We were pretty floored by it tonight. So she let us keep it for the duration of recording.
We also had a Traveling Wilburys moment today. We got Charlie & Paul from Blackberry Smoke to cut an acoustic guitar track (joined by Matt Mangano). All three playing acoustic around one mic... doubled. Sounded like an acoustic guitar army marching off to war. Dug it! Eat your heart out Jeff Lynne.
I like this studio. It's really comfortable & cool. I would hope to work here again. Need rest... need to get rid of this nagging minor nerve damage that last night's slumber had caused. I'm sure there is an underlying cause.

Monday, August 1, 2011

Blackberry Smoke - day two

I was so freakin' tired last night that I slept 10+ hours. I was late to the session (but they started late - so I guess it was okay). They had to wait for the piano tuner to tune. It was unplayable the day before. Today was a perfect example of working & breaks. We budgeted our time to get 3 songs/day. Today we rocked 4 & did some piano overdubs on the previous day's tracks. It was a very productive day.
It was made official about "Knee Deep" going #1 today. Also, it was double stamped official that 'You Get What You Give' went platinum. Rock n' roll!
Not much else to report. Just gettin' shit done.