Sunday, February 28, 2016

My life as a sideman

So, we bring seven months of work to a conclusion as a side man for an up-and-coming Texas songwriter. It's been an interesting experience being part of the support structure for a good band but, in the end, it was time for the experience to draw to a close. I'll miss the guys in the band, miss the gigs that were a look into the real musical heart of Texas. But I learned a few things....

First, I remember just how much I love the sound of the steel guitar. Playing all the parts that pull a song together is one of the best spots on the stage. You can move couples closer together on the dance floor with the right melody lines, support a good singer and make them sound better. And there is nothing on this Earth that sounds as wonderful as a pedal steel. Nothing.

Second, I never would have even considered taking up the violin had it not been for this band. It's another sound that I've fallen in love with, and hopefully soon the sound in me head will match the sound coming out of the instrument. Sandy Mathers was right, it is the devil's instrument. It's not going to take a visit to the crossroads to master this thing, just time and the stress of getting parts ready to play on stage. No fear.

Third, I'm not cut out for sitting in the back.

Finally, would I do it again? In a heartbeat.

With luck I can still fill a spot with these guys in the future. Always good to make music with your friends...

Saturday, January 09, 2016

Gigging again

Been fighting some kind of a tendon problem in my left arm. Probably comes from trying too hard to learn how to play the fiddle. I'm pretty tough, determined and so with some stretching and a lighter schedule I'm healing up. Still practicing like a fiend, because I'm going to master that 4-stringed monster.

So, tomorrow night, playing with Cody Ray at the Lone Star Saloon, a real Texas roadhouse in Richmond by the train tracks. I'll be playing some guitar, mandolin, pedal and lap steel. If you're in the area, come on out and say hello.

Yeah, I may go back to running my own band someday. Right now I'm content to show up, plug in and wail. I'll let someone else deal with the crappy world of booking gigs and dealing with band members. It may or may not last, but for now it's great to just play. And play.

If by luck you're nearby, come one out- tequila's on me...

Monday, December 28, 2015

So, at long last....

Lots of news to catch up on!

I'm back playing again. Finally. Not fronting my own band as of just yet. Right now I'm having too much fun playing steel guitar with a couple of Texas Country bands. Kinda nice to sit in the back and lay it on.

I'm also doubling on guitar (of course), mandolin, dobro and lap steel. That's really keeping it interesting- sometimes it's 3 different instruments in 3 different tunings on one song. Not for the faint-hearted.

Still, I miss being home, wandering the beach in the rain with the dogs. Texas is a pretty great place, but it's not Scotland. So, we'll see y'all there again soon...

In this next life

I am actually learning the fiddle...

Coffee is required.

Monday, July 01, 2013

And we are live...


It's been a few months to get us there, but the record label is in business. The website is up. And we're working on our first formal release, after re-releasing some of the old Front Porch records back catalog.

Live is good. Busy too.

Check it out:

Small Fish Records

Sunday, April 28, 2013

A New Record Label

Well, it had to happen sometime.....

After years of watching from the sidelines, I'm starting my own record label. It's called Small Fish Records, and for now just looks after one very small fish. No physical media, electronic distribution through outlets like Itunes and Amazon only.  Perhaps down the road we'll print vinyl and CDs, but for now the important thing is to get the music moving.

It's doing to take me a few more weeks to get the full website up and running- there's a lot to do. So, for know it's enough to be really back in the music business again.

Saturday, February 16, 2013

New songs?

Getting organized to teach the guys the new songs, new CD in the works for fall...

Friday, January 18, 2013

Time to pack...

Ok! The weekend after next, two great shows at the Moorings Bar in Aberdeen. On Friday February 1st  it's a reunion of the old Malpaso Gang- country all the way. And then the Son Henry Band gets back for one gig at the Moorings on Saturday February 2nd.

I can't wait to get home! Started packing today, and trying to decide how best to pack lap steels and guitars into a small suitcase that the airlines can't destroy.

More gigs to follow. I'll be back in the fall for a couple of weeks of gigs in September. In the meantime, get your pirate on at the Moorings with us...