Hello my people,
I usually wait just a little too long to sit down and write something here…glad to report my record remains unblemished.
Pretty much only good news to report. Lots of good stuff actually. First off, Jerrod Medulla and I have been talking about making a new record on him for a couple of years now…we’re actually gonna go do it (w/ the expert co-producing assistance of everybody’s favorite Beagle, Matt Nolen). Sidenote: does this mean we get Jerry’s assistance on the project? Anyway, we’re in the middle of going through songs, finalizing our musician choices and all that good stuff. We’re all pretty excited about it. We start recording Sept. 12 and about a month or so later all you Jerrod Medulla fans will get the chance to hear a new offering.
Aside from that, there’s just a lot of good stuff. I know most people don’t spend a lot of time thinking about the business part of the music business (I really didn’t either for a while), but believe me it is a very real monkey we carry around. Well, that part of things is going quite a bit better all of a sudden. Lots of fun gigs coming up (I’ll discuss a few below) and several other opportunities coming down the pike that sure make the business side feel more musical.
Dosey Doe continues to be better to me than I deserve. Not only did I pull a wife out of there (sorry Steve), but I’ve got a slate of shows scheduled there I’m pretty excited about (thanks Steve). The next one of the shows there will be a co-headlining song swap with one/maybe two people I’m excited about playing with. Should know something today about details, but can’t say anything yet. So hopefully that did something vaguely Pavlovian to you even though I didn’t actually tell you anything. I can say this, however, in November I’ll be opening for The Bellamy Brothers…February I’m opening for John Conlee…and in March I’ll be opening for Guy Clark. Obviously it’s gonna be cool to share a stage with all those guys, but to get paid for it? Winning. : )
Most immediately (August 26th) I’m gonna be making my return to The Blue Door right here in Oklahoma City. If you’ve never been there, it’s a little ramshackle house…seats about 100 max…but like Dosey Doe and a very few other places, it’s actually a place dedicated to songs and musicianship. $20 at the door, but you can bring your own bottle of anything, which is another policy that seems to work out pretty well for everyone involved. If you’re around OKC on the 26th, get your self out for an exciting evening of…well…me. Which leads me to my next point.
I’m trying something new out. No drums, no bass…just me and a steel guitar player named Rick Hood. Rick’s from the Sherman, TX area and is not only an amazing musician, he’s a great guy to drive up and down the road with. Y’all will like him – and he’ll be with me at The Blue Door. AND, on certain occasions – as our schedule’s permit – you’ll see the incomparable Bart Weilburg making some shows with me. I’ve done a couple of dates with him lately and we both had a great time. So look for that.
I could keep going, but I’ll talk about two more related things and sign out for now. Bart has been working the past few months on a new record funded by Jeff Rodgers (a fellow rat-bastard lawyer – who also owns JJ’s Alley in OKC). Basic premise is they gathered up a bunch of Oklahoma singer/songwriters and made a compilation album of original songs. They called and asked if I’d participate right about the time I wrote a song called “Annabeth Warren Henry’s Ring” which is pretty near and dear to my heart. Buy the record and you’ll find out why. : ) Bottom line is that the record is almost finished up and should be available in the next month or so (maybe two).
I said there were two related items right? Well, another bunch of guys put together a singer/songwriter album in Texas, this one is called “Songs In The Spirit”…so the assignment was we all recorded a song we wrote about God. Oddly enough, I’d just written one of those about two weeks before the call came in, so when that album comes out look for a track called “Fighting Goliath.” But just buy the damn thing…they really pulled out the stops and got a bunch of studs on that project – which, by the way, the Oklahoma boys did too. Look for the records; from what I’ve heard you’ll dig em.
So that’s about it or this things gonna start looking like a Wikipedia entry. Y’all have fun…pray for who you care about…then someone you don’t like just cause I think it makes God happy.
I’ll check in soonish. : )