This is coming up pretty soon. Can't wait to be surrounded by family and snow and music and you!
In other news here is the latest episode of my video blog. I've shared one of my songs from the November song challenge. I hope you like it and I'll be sure to post another one in the future!
Thanks for watching and see ya soon!
Its important to challenge yourself if you want to grow. So this November I'll be doing a Songwriting Challenge! The idea is to write a song every day for the whole entire month of November. I usually write a lot, but its rare that I'll finish a song in one day. I'll usually obsess over it, mess with it and tweek it for a while until I'm relatively satisfied that it is indeed done. I'm hoping this challenge will help me to get into my creative space more often, and more quickly than usual. I'm excited to line all the songs up back to back and assess them when the month is up and see if I made improvements and grown or if I just churned out a bunch of songs that are half done that I don't really like. Either way, it will have been a success to follow through with the challenge for the entire month.
In the spirit of challenging one's self, I now challenge all of you to try something that pushes your limits a little this month. Be it something creative, something physical, job related, relationship based or anything else! Get out there and grow with me, folks!
I'm going to be adding some show dates for December in Colorado, so keep an eye out for those and happy November to ya!
A little update from Magnolia Festival in Live Oak Florida. Had a blast playing with Nikki and Jason! Maybe see you sooner than later, Florida folks!
Thanks for watching!
Well, I just spent an hour writing a great blog update but then my computer crashed and I lost all of it. Oh technology, why do you hurt me so?
Here's the gist of it:
I've been writing a lot of songs, and also half writing a lot of songs in addition to co-writing a lot of songs. Basically, a lot of songs are being created and should be demoed. I would love to share those demos as they are completed throughout the winter months.
Full Moon Pickin Party:
I played the Full Moon Pickin Party with the lovely and talented Jen Starsinic, Lauren Saks and Nate Lee. It was cold, it rained, we played an acoustic set under the edge of the horse barn, people gathered around, it was awesome, we had fun.
I'm headed to Live Oak Florida tomorrow to play Mag Fest with Nikki Talley and Jason Sharp. Its going to be super rad and I'm excited about getting back out of town for a little while.
Sorry this post is lame. Rest assured that the first draft was a sparkling dazzling shining work of art.
To make up for the lack of excitement and effort put into this post, here is a picture of Ruby with a wild pony:
Enjoy the fall weather, folks!
Back in August, The Caudill Sisters, (Jessica Weatherly and myself), played on KRFC in Fort Collins for their Live At Lunch program. I know some of you may have missed it, but you can listen to it right now, right here!
And while you are listening, you can look at this silly picture of us.
Thanks for listening!
I've been back in Nashville for about a week now. Just enough time to rest up and reflect on the Colorado trip while settling into my new house by the railroad tracks. I've also gotten a chance to go through all the pictures that the gracious and talented, Tom Stuart, took throughout the tour. I want to share some of those with you, but first, some great news!
One of my favorite guitar players, Jim Hurst, has released yet another amazing album. On that album is a song that I was lucky enough to get to write with another one of my favorite guitar players, David Grier! So if you like guitar, guitar players, great music, fantastic singing and good songs, I suggest that you visit his website and get a copy of the new album! Its called Looking Glass, and it looks like this:
You can buy it here: www.jimhurst.com! Go on, go buy one, then come back for the rest of the blog. It'll still be here when you get back, I promise.
Ok, so now for the pictures from the tour. I had a blast! It was great to see my family, a bunch of old friends, make some new friends and get to play with some of Colorado's finest for some of Colorado's finest! Ok. Pictures!
From Cervante's Other Side:
Caudill Sisters at Stem Ciders:
The Quartet in Fort Collins on a beautiful day:
In the afterglow of a wonderful time in the West I'll be packing up and heading out again soon. I'll be in Virginia later this month and plan to do a mountain top video to introduce you to a brand new song! I'll also be celebrating my birthday soon, and lets just say that this one will be a milestone for me, so I'll be ringing it in on top of a mountain with my trusty sidekick, Ruby. I'm also getting revved up for Magnolia Festival in Live Oak Florida with my good friend Nikki Talley and her partner in crime, Jason Sharp! Its been a while since I've seen her, let alone gotten to sing an play with her! If you live near Live Oak, come and witness the reunion! Last time we were both in Florida there may or may not have been some late-night-moonshine-fire-spitting going on... It should be a wild one.
After that I'm going to try and ground myself for a while and get all the songs cleared out of my head and into the world before heading back to the good ol' C O in December.
Thanks for reading, and I will hopefully see you all very soon!
Here's my first attempt at a video blog. I'll be posting some of these from time to time. Hope you like it!
Thanks for watching!
Today, in between everything else that's going on (there's always something) I'm reflecting on life, more specifically, the life of an artist. There are many ups and downs. The phrase feast or famine, is a phrase that most musicians, writers, artists easily identify with.
For me its a life of cycles and extremes. While out on the road I find myself constantly around people for a time... playing with people and for people, seeing the sights, making new friends and fans. On the other hand you also have the long late night drives, flights, layovers and more driving, where you may still find yourself in the company of people, but with headphones on, looking out the window, zoning out or reflecting. When at home you have similar extremes. You're either out playing music, listening to music, hanging out surrounded by crazy, talented, wonderful creatives, or you're at home practicing, playing, writing, or again just gazing out a window and reflecting. Socialization, isolation, and collaboration all play a part in moving forward and continuing to create something that hopefully moves someone somewhere in someway. And that is what I have been thinking about lately.
Since the last post, in addition to other things, I took a trip to the great state of Montana! What a wonderful place! Everyone was so friendly, welcoming and music supporting! I played a couple parties and a show at Ruby's Jamboree in Missoula, Montana (which spell check apparently doesn't think is a real word) with Bradford Lee Folk & The Bluegrass Playboys! Amidst all the pickin' and mountain looking we were lucky enough to get to go fishing! We spent a beautiful day on the Blackfoot with some extremely knowledgeable guides and I can hardly believe it, but I caught three fish! We swam, jumped off of rocks and had an all around good time. I returned home worn out and with a head full of songs.
In this time of me being a bit of a hermit before I head back out for a quick jaunt up north with The Bluegrass Playboys I'm getting all my ducks in a row for my string of shows in Colorado. Did I mention yet how excited I am to spend some time in Colorado playing for all the wonderful Colorado folks? Not only is Colorado beautiful all the time, I'm thrilled to be able to play with some of my favorite folks while I'm there! I've got duo shows with my sister, Jessica Weatherly, trio shows with the great and talented Aaron McCloskey and Jessica, quartet shows with Aaron, Jessica and the illustrious Dave Richey! In addition to all that I'm going to get to hear a lot of local bands, solo artists, some of my favorites from the Nashville area (Sarah Clanton Schaffer) and teach a Songwriting Workshop at Swallow HIll!
I'll get to spend my days breathing that clean dry mountain air and my nights filling that same clean dry mountain air with some notes and words that I brought with me from all the stages, barrooms, vans, buses, greenrooms, living rooms, front and back porches, between now and the last time I was there!
Finally, here are some pictures from the last little while:
More specifically this:
I've also decided to extend the sale of the Spring Cleaning Demo! You can get it on the Store page
Thanks for reading and enjoy the rest of this hot and beautiful summer!