I’m calling this one Ramblings. Just too much in my head. Join me.
This is turning out to be a very cool month! First was Summerfest in Milwaukee on
July 4, now band trips to Dallas and Austin, Texas for shows with the legendary
band Little Feat, then off to NYC to close out the month. Really cool happenings.
Have you seen the cool poster for Little Feat?
I was asked about 5 reasons I am turned on by the Little Feat shows. We have like
another 5 or 6 in early September with them:
Reason #1 is traveling with the band. We’re all going together in a very cool van,
truck, RV thing. I just know it holds all of us plus gear. So I think it will be 6 of
us. Anyway, hanging with the band on a road trip to Texas is my idea of a very
memorable time to be had. We’ll do some video on the way, sing tunes I’m sure,
maybe write a couple of hits, and of course tons of smiles and laughing. John,
Joel, Jordy and Ryan are like a family to me. I never tire of being around them.
Love the dudes.
Reason # 2 is I also love Texas. I haven’t been there in about a year or so. In
another life, I have been to Dallas many times, Austin once, Fort Worth, and
numerous small towns along the way. Texas is a cool place to hang. Hoping too, to
see some old Texas friends and of course, make new ones. Texas is a great state
that is huge. They think Big, but are down to earth good people.
Reason #3 is writing. There will be a lot of time while away to clear my head, and
get the ideas out. Been starting to write more and a trip like this will be loaded
with moments that I can put into words at some point. I could call them Ipad
tunes. You know it’s weird. I never really know when the magic will happen, but I
will be ready.
Reason # 4 is for our Texas fans. I so want our fans there to hear us live. I think
they will get it and help us rock out Dallas and Austin.
Reason #5 is Little Feat. Feel good music we all can relate to. Fat Man in a
Bathtub? Bring it on I say! I think Little Feat is very much a unique American band
as my producer Rick Chudacoff has said before. Part of my mission will be to
say hi to Paul Barrere and Billy Payne. I guess they all knew each other way back
when in LA. I like meeting his music friends past and present. I have met some
wonderful people along the way.
Back to ramblings……………… the NYC thing. It started out as catch a flight to
NYC for an Ariel Publicity event. Then it was bring John too, they want you to
perform. Then I mentioned percussion……….that led to Jordy being involved.
I thought fine, we’ll fly out, fly back. Same day, a no brainer. Well one thing
led to another. We’re all going. Ariel PR thing which will be great. They have
done such a great job for TFB. Looking forward to meeting all of the cool people
at Ariel. We’ll do a short set for them, pictures, interviews etc. Thinking this
thing will be heard by many all over the world. Cool stuff. Then Zach asks if
we’d like to do a show in Greenwich Village at the iconic Rock wood Music Hall.
So………………TFB live at 11:30 PM for an hour. Getting chills just thinking about.
1917 Steinway grand piano, 1963 Slingerland drums………….We don’t have to
bring gear other than sticks, guitars, and whatever else I can’t remember at the
moment. This show will be recorded too. It’s feeling like a meant to be thing
and I know the music will be fabulous and done in a slightly different way, with
a killer TFB vibe. I’m thinking this is going to be something very special. We’re all
stoked. It’s really fun to think how this all just kind of evolved.
Thinking right after Texas and NYC, I’ll be heading back to London for a few days.
Haven’t been there in a while, so I’m excited to return. It’s weird how the weather
in all of the UK has been the opposite of what we have experienced in much
of the US, hot and humid verses cold and rain. Have been praying daily to the
rain gods for help. All the grass is brown in most places and I worry about crops,
What else? Lilah says hey, I say goodbye for now, and a sincere promise for
more to come.:) Watch for Summerfest videos to be posted very soon. Garden
Dreaming Days is my favorite already.