After quite some time away, I rejoined Charles Peters and Truman Cox last night to rehearse for an upcoming show. Though we haven’t played together in a long time, it came very natural. So much has changed, yet its all very much the same.
Since i last played with Charles Peters and the 10%, we have all been very busy in different directions. Charles took his music and began working on a solo album which is now complete. It sounds great and Ill be honest, it hasnt left my CD player for a few days now. My personal favorite is “Wake up”, it always has been. Listening to that song can takes me on the same musical roller coaster as it does when I play it. Its the only song I play with brushes. Wake Up doesnt need much from me to make it a strong song. Just a little compliment to help it build until your full attention is on every note…every word. Seriously..give it a listen. Charles adaption on the album (which he played guitar, bass and drums on..yeah hes got skills) is slightly different than hearing the song live..I suggest you hear both versions! You can grab the album and listen to samples here, or at a live show.
Once the album was finished, Charles began rebuilding the band and moving forward with his solo project. Taking the seat behind the drums is my old friend and amazing drummer, David Taschery. Its really awesome to see him playing again after a 4 year stint away from the kit. Charles and the fellas recently played the live release shows to support his album and have been receiving rave reviews!
Ill admit, I was caught off guard when I received a text to play a show with Charles and Truman. So much of what we did is different than what you will hear at a current show. Talking to Charles about it was pretty clear. The idea is, every so often, to play a show and revisit the old songs while sprinkling in a few new ones. He also has some exciting ideas about going back in to the studio to explore some fun drum ideas. Naturally, I agreed to play the show and we scheduled a rehearsal.
I had not been to the rehearsal spot in a long long time. Surprisingly, not much had changed. Not until a little blonde headed boy ran around the corner and waived hello. My immediate question was “Charles, no way?”. YUP..I was looking smack dab at a smaller and well..cuter version of Charles Peters. His son, Charlie, had grown up so very fast. Much to my liking, he is a fan of the drums and took the first chance he got to sit behind my kit. He needed a little help from dad though.
To quote Truman “the face of rock and roll has changed”. We all have kiddos and our priorities, though still rooted in music, have changed directions. The rest of the night went great. It took me a few tries to really get comfortable with his new music. We joked that some of the songs are better if we just dont practice them. Honestly, us feeling it out and just playing from our hearts is far better than thinking too hard about it.
All that being said..we will be playing a show at the Continental Club in Houston on the 28th. We play at 10 I believe and have been given as much time as we want. You know what that means…oh yes..you wont wanna miss it!
Heres a sneak peak at the set list…know any of these?
And just in case you have forgotten the silky smoothness that is Charles Peters.