Its pretty clear that I have been slacking bad at this whole blog thing. Not that I dont have all sorts of fun stuff to report, just lazy. That excuse works right? Sure it does…So heres a quick recap of what you have missed…
Nothing..no seriously. Nothing..
Its been a normal barrage of cover gigs, church gigs and trips to Dallas. Only one slight difference, I was able to join my pal Luke Wade at a gig in Fort Worth. Videos below..I know, I have blabbed about the guy in the past. I know..but seriously, check the guy out… hes good!
I knew before my trip to Dallas that my gig with Good Shive Low was going to be a day time thing. I figured if it was over in time, Id see if Luke was playing somewhere in the area. So you know, I sent him a Facebook message. Thats what people do these days. He replies that YES hes playing in the area and a little added surprise, he needs a drummer for the gig. I KNOW A DRUMMER!..As cool as I could reply..Im like, “yeah man thats cool and whatever I guess”. Luke sent me a set list (which didnt get played) and I started learning the tunes. This was ok because lets face it, I knew them already.
My weekend started at The Denton Arts and Jazz festival with my pals Good Shive Low. We werent really sure what to expect, festivals can be iffy. This was a nice surprise. The stage was covered. The stage manager, Jeff, was a sweet heart and it was a beautiful day. We took the stage shortly after a nice woman playing the squeeze box finished her set accompanied by a fine gentleman playing instruments typically found during the times of yore. We warned Jeff, “when we play outside, we get shut down”. FACT! CD Release..shut down…Denton..SHUT DOWN!!..Arts and Jazz fest..turned down twice. Yeah ok its not really shut down, but we warned them. The fellas moved alot of merch to very loving and welcoming new fans.
After the last beat, I packed my gear and headed to Fort Worth. The trip didnt take long and I found Lukes rehearsal / studio space. Much to my surprise and pleasure, Marian Brackney was there to rehearse as well. For those of you not familiar with her..She is a phenominal violin player and vocalist. Not to mention a really nice person! I was a tad star stuck, if that term works. I mean..These are two top notch folks. Shortly after sitting down with my cajon, a few shakers, and a tambourine..we were off and jamming. Something I learned about Luke really quickly. He has the kindest way of telling you that you are doing something wrong. Let me try to quote him. “Hey man, I love what you are playing there. I really do. You are a master at your craft and no matter what you play is gonna sound awesome. Just make sure you play exactly what I tell you to play!” ha! All kidding aside, Luke was very open to my rendition of his acoustic tunes. Rehearsal went great and we headed to the venue..
What happened next boys and girls…well…are you sitting down? …good…Luke Wade.. he…bought me tacos! THATS RIGHT! What? They were good. Annnnnyway.
The show got pushed back which was fine. I got to hear some great music and hang out with some really nice people.
When it was time to play, I found myself a bit of a goober. After damn near every song, I clapped. I mean who does that? Ill tell you who..a fan who is on stage. I was on stage for a show I would of gladly paid to see. I didnt win a radio contest of bribe the door guy. I was invited! It was a true pleasure. Please see the videos below for proof that I actually played a tad bit of world percussion. Yeah Im rounding out my abilities!
Hopefully that will not be my last time to share the stage with “LuLu”.. oh, yeah..thats what his friends call him. Dont be jealous!
Oh and how about that gypsy foot in the videos? I almost laughed out loud (LOL for you kiddos out there) when Luke told me to put my foot through a tambourine. I gotta tell you, it was cool!
More posts to come!