When we tour as a band, or when I’m away on a film but can fly home on weekends for shows, that’s always a good time: we connect with one another as a band, sometimes get on eachother’s nerves- but hey that’s family 😉 and I always come out feeling rejuvenated, happy to be able to do what we do, and so happy to be doing it with the folks I get to play with and for 🙂
When I’m far from home on a film though- like right now, I’m halfway around the world in Jordan- I really miss that grounding, that connection, with the gents in the band, with Jorge, and with folks we get to play for. Such a different feeling- being away from home with the gents, and seeing folks who are happy to see us play- vs being so far away from home on my own…
I can’t believe it, but I miss rehearsals! I miss that vibe that happens when I bring a new song to the guys, and they work out what I’m trying to say (“it’s a jump blues thing right here”, “play stabs like a horn”, “play the lower part so you don’t step on my vocals”etc), and they add that final thing to the song that makes it come alive. We all look at each other and just know we’ve come up with something right 🙂
And I miss just playing regular shows with the guys too- showing up, loading in, setting up, getting ready to rock n roll for folks, and always always having a great time playing together.
Most of all, I miss Jorge. For those of you don’t know this- we met years ago to play music together, and over the years, grew to love one another, eventually dating then marrying. So when I don’t get to play with the band, I miss an essential part of my love life too! Sigh.
So… our next show together is 2 days after I get home from Jordan and this movie- new year’s eve at the Driskill Hotel. I really look forward to that show, and really look forward to seeing all our friends’ who show up to share the night with us. Until then, everyone please remember to appreciate all the good folks you have around you. Be good to one another, and pass it forward, whatever ‘it’ is 😉
Hi all! Well, we got back from a quickie trip up to Seattle to play the Kustom Kulture Festival and a private show at Highway 99 Blues Club where we had a BALL at both events- have I mentioned how much I love playing with Rick Watson on bass and Michael Bahan on drums?! And of course Senor Jorge Harada on guitar, always 😉 anyway, we had a lovely time in the NW, and came back to Austin enthused about working on new material!
Our first night in the studio, we worked on 3 new songs- finally!!! And they all sound really good- really unique- one blues number, one rhumba, and one swing-stroll- not your average rockabilly fare! Plus, I hope folks listen to the lyrics, because I have something to say in each of these songs…
Now here’s the crazy CRAZY part of our update: I am leaving the country in less than 2 weeks- heading to Jordan to work on a film until the end of the year!! So the gents can work on these songs- plus hopefully a few more that we can work out the deets on before I go- and we might get one rehearsal in before our last show of the year- New Year’s eve at the Driskill, as always 😉
We are playing a few shows before I head out- so if you’re around Austin, please come see us this upcoming Saturday September 8 out in Luckenbach for their LuckenRod Classic Car & Rod Show from noon to 6pm, early show! And then Tuesday September 11 we’re playing in support of HAAM- that’s the Health Alliance for Austin Musicians- at Whole Foods on North Lamar 7pm while you shop 😉 and then I leave town, so please stop by and drop some lovin’ on us before I go 🙂
Now we’re just looking forward to seeing your bright and shiny smiling faces at a show either right before the end of 2018 or sometime in the new year already… There are a handful of exciting festivals and events we’ll be playing throughout 2019, playing our new songs for you bright and clear- so be sure to check out our calendar to find out where and when we’ll be playing next, and until then, keep on a rockin’!
We are REALLY excited about our quick trip to Seattle next week to play the Kustom Kulture Festival on Saturday in Kingston (early for RDSH- we play at 12:15pm) and then on Sunday a private party at Highway 99 Blues Club for our pals Ed and Britta and all our friends there 🙂
We can’t wait to see your awesome smiling faces- please make sure you stop by to say hi to the band! As always, we promise hi-jinx 😉