Here's my first attempt at a video blog. I'll be posting some of these from time to time. Hope you like it!
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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!
There is so much going on! I'm bubbling over with excitement!
First of all, my Spring Cleaning Demo is now available for your purchase right on my website for the low low price of $5.37! I would love for each and everyone of you to have a copy! Visit the Store to download it now!
In other news, I'm back from the trail. My mom, Ruby and I had a wonderful journey through part of the Appalachian Mountains along a section of the A.T. We got rained on, snowed on, swam in lakes, met new friends, almost got blown away by tornadoes, hitchhiked, bonded, saw beautiful views, witnessed the world change from winter to spring right before our eyes and even saw wild ponies... with babies! It was a wonderful adventure that's hard to put into words, and you all know how much I like words! I guess you'll have to settle for a few pictures instead.
Now that I'm back in reality... well as much in reality as I'll ever be, I'll be doing some shows with the great and illustrious Bradford Lee Folk and his Bluegrass Playboys. Check out the Shows page for that and other upcoming performances. Brad is one of my favorite performers and a fantastic songwriter and its truely an honor to get to share the stage with him and his wonderful band.
And as if there wasn't enough excitement already, my good buddy, Matt Wingate, just released his brand new album, Glimpses! I just got my copy and have been wearing it out in the van all day long. Its awesome! After you go and purchase your copy, open it up and you just might see my name in the liner notes for playing on a track and doing a little singing. You won't be disappointed, I promise!
Be sure to check out the Shows page, seriously. I'm pretty thrilled about this weekend! On Friday you can catch me at the Full Moon Pickin Party and I'll be lucky enough to have some amazing pickers along with me for that. David Grier on guitar, Nate Lee on the fiddle, and Sterling Abernathy playing mandolin. Then on Saturday you can see that same lineup as David Grier & Friends on the radio! Well, you won't be able to see us on the radio, but if you come out to the show you certainly can. All that info is on the Shows page... did I mention that yet?
Alright, the animals are all curled up and looking at me like I'm crazy for still being awake and updating my webpage in the middle of the night, so I guess I'll call it a night.
Thanks again for reading and supporting real live music and musicians! Couldn't do it with out you!
Spring is in the air! I know it snowed in Nashville, and in many other locations I'm sure, but spring is indeed in the air! I see the daffodils popping up here and there, trees are in bloom at the park, and here comes the rain! I know many of you have had a long and a cold winter so lets celebrate spring and get rolling into the summer music season!
I'll be kicking off the festival season by disappearing into the woods for a month! About 5 years ago I hiked on the Appalachian trail with a buddy from Boston from Springer Mountain in Georgia up to Hot Springs North Carolina. This April, I'll be embarking on yet another adventure, but this time I'll be hiking with my mom! Its going to be a great opportunity to spend some quality time with her as well as clear my head and get in touch with nature again! I'll be sure to post pictures and stories both when I return and when we walk into town to resupply.
Upon returning from said grand adventure I'd like to offer a special "spring cleaning" deal to all of you! I've been writing a ton and recording some demo's and I'd love nothing more than to share some of that with you, so I'll be doing a special limited time download! It'll be 5 or 6 new tunes, some solo, some live and of course a handful with some of my friends and favorite Nashville musicians! You'll hear stuff that only my pets have heard before, so be sure to stay posted about that. Chances are you can expect to see something around mid May.
All that said, please come out tomorrow afternoon to Brown's Diner! I'll be playing some brand new songs with Nate Lee and David Grier. We start playing around 4 and are followed directly by the always fun, Jhesi & Jan!
Be sure to check out the shows page for more on that and to follow the fun dates coming up this summer!
Man! The Bluegrass Underground with Missy Raines was so awesome... despite it being the earliest I've been awake in a while! We pulled in bright and early and were greeted by the friendly crew. We loaded our instruments and gear into the back of a little cave jeep with a trailer and they cruised it on down into the cave. We followed on foot, and met a low hanging sleeping bat! After sound check I did an interview for radio. They'll be mixing down the whole show with the interview and air it on WSM before the Opry this upcoming Saturday at 5:00PM! I could go on and on about how cool it was and how good Missy and her band sounded, but instead I'll post some pictures thanks to the Bluegrass Underground facebook page.
In other news, I'll be playing at Dino's tomorrow night. The show starts at 8:30. Jhesi Boyer will open up with all her awesome songs, followed by Rorey Carroll. Then I'll be playing some bluegrass with some of my tunes thrown in. I'll be joined by the great and talented Matt Wingate and the also great and talented Nate Lee. Here's the silly little poster I threw together for that one:
Now for more cave pictures! And here you are:
Thanks for reading and don't forget to listen to us on the radio this Saturday February 8th at 5:00!
Merry Christmas, happy holidays, and happy New Year! I hope that everyone got to spend some quality time with the people that mean the most!
I had a wonderful time in Colorado, so far. Spent lots of time with my niece and nephews, sisters, brothers, parents and friends! I got to hear some of my favorite Colorado musicians, write with some good friends, play songs with my family, and go to the zoo!
I'm really looking forward to the coming year. 2013 was a great year for me. Life is always full of ups and downs, but when looking back its usually the good times that you remember, which is what I intend to do, while looking to future ventures.
Some highlights from my 2013:
The birth of my second nephew, Levi.
My song, Row by Row, on Balsam Range's Papertown, became number one on the Gospel Charts, was nominated for IBMA's Gospel Recorded Event of the Year, and was on IBMA's Album of the Year (also, Papertown).
Dancin In the Kitchen' was released on Darren Nicholson's Things Left Undone.
I got to record on some great records, wrote new songs, attended some fun parties, moved into a new house, made new friends, saw old friends, heard Tony Rice speak in his real and natural speaking voice, had a big time with the East Nashville Bluegrass Spectacular, played at Brown's Diner, played music with some of my heros and friends and performed at some sweet venues!
I wish everyone a very prosperous 2014 and I hope to see you in the Cave on February 1st when I get to open for Missy Raines!
See you soon!
It's here! Its released! Its a Christmas song! You can get your very own copy for less than a dollar! You can get it right now, for only 99 cents! Just go to CDbaby, and download it for your Holiday enjoyment! While you are there, feel free to pick up a copy of either of my other albums. They make great stocking stuffers and/or coasters for your holiday parties!
Still need more music for Christmas? Darren Nicholson's new album, Things Left Undone, is now out! Darren is great, the guests on the album are fantastic, and there is a tune of mine on it! So, go pick you up a copy of this one at Darren's website.
In other news, I'm looking forward to a few albums from this winter coming out! I was just in the studio yesterday with Rorey Carroll singing a few background vocals for her new record. Its gonna be very cool! Also, tomorrow will be the first day in for working on Nick DiSebastion's new record that should be released sometime this spring. Its a busy time for this lady, so I best get off the computer and get going!
Very soon I'll be releasing a brand new single! And its a Christmas song!
One of my favorite things about Christmas time has always been laying under the tree and looking up at all the lights twinkling off the ornaments. My childhood cat, Meowzer, used to lay under the tree with me when I was a kid, but I think she was there for the low hanging candy canes and not the light show. In any case, the song is not about my cat, but about magical wintery scenes of Colorado, trees and love.
I recorded it last night just me and my Cedar Mountain banjo at Ship Wreck Studios. It came out sounding great and I can't wait for everyone to hear it! It should be available for download on CDbaby very soon!
Thanks for reading!
Hey friends. The sad news is that the show this Friday at Turtle Anarchy Tap Room has been cancelled due to the venue's failure to obtain proper music license and pay all the fees that need to be paid.
We are all bummed and nobody wins in this situation, but let it be a reminder to all the venues to get their affairs in order so that live music can continue to thrive. The work that ASCAP, BMI and SESAC do is important. It is a big part of how many artists make their living and get paid for the songs that have brought joy to so many music lovers over the years.
I hope that we will see you at a show in the future and that everyone has an amazing holiday season! Thanks for your continued support and love!