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We’re All In This Together

Is anyone else experiencing this? I’m not exactly depressed by what’s going on in the world right now. It’s more that I’m having a difficult time not being able to do anything to help anyone. Sure, I’ve made some donations to Austin Pets Alive! And to help out some friends struggling to make ends meet. But my go to thing to do in hard times is to feed people, make meals and feed folks’ souls and bellies, and I can’t do that right now.

I do have friends who are more deeply struggling, and I wish I could give them more than supportive words. Maybe that’s enough.

I know that time will pass, and the virus will eventually be wiped out- even after coming and going in waves as they do. And that business will get back to normal, and doors will open again, and communities and people will get back on their/our feet. Yet for now, I’m feeling bad for everyone who is currently struggling, for those who are losing businesses, and jobs, and are in fear of where the next rent payment or grocery money is coming from.

Yes, this too shall pass. It’s happened before (1918, 1889), and societies around the world came back as strong as, or stronger than before. It’s still painful to be powerless to do anything, and to know there are many suffering or struggling to get through. I believe it’s time for the administration to step up and quit cowering over popularity polls, and honestly start protecting and helping all of us.

If anyone else is feeling this same sense of helplessness, or fear, or any feeling that feels too big, please share. We’re all in this together, and I think we can all help one another get through it together. Anyone else need to connect, check in, get their difficult feelings unlocked?

Hang in there, and stay safe and sane, everyone <3

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Into the Fray Again ;-)

We’re heading into the studio tomorrow! That’s always a little nerve-wracking, as well as exciting and something I always look forward to. It always makes me a little nervous because you just never know if the songs that you hear in your head one way are actually going to easily come out that way in the studio. How much time will we put into each song. How much effort…

We’re only recording 4 songs- to release as singles and a 45- yessir, that’s A Side, B Side to you πŸ™‚ The band really wants to get one of these songs released right now- so we’re recording bass and drums tomorrow, and then again in a few weeks with Earl Poole Ball on piano, and Jim Trimmier on sax, and somewhere in there- vocals and guitars.

I’ve been in discussion with some folks- can’t say who yet- who are interested in releasing the songs. We’ll let you know as soon as we get closer to signing on the dotted line! And either way, we’re extremely excited about bringing these songs out into the world- and to having a lot of you hear them for the first time soon πŸ™‚

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Always a Good Time!

Those Sea Monks get better every time we see them! Both bands tore it up the other night for July 4th celebrations at C Boys to a tight audience!

Thanks so much to the Sea Monks, Michael Bahan, Rick Watson, and Jorge Harada for rockin’ the stage with me- and thanks to Steve, Cecile, and the whole C Boys crew for taking such good care of us!

Hey, BTW, we’re heading into the studio today to start recording a few singles- I’ve been writing a bit, and the band and I have been working on the new songs and can’t wait for you to hear them too. Especially Which Side Is Best, about folks coming to this country to escape difficult times back home, only to be met by further difficulties, racism, and dehumanizing here on our land. The Land of the Free…

Just so you know, not much of my new material is rockabilly per se- there’s a lot of jump blues, swing, and even some gumbo ya-ya thrown in for fun πŸ˜‰ We’ll keep you posted about the new songs- and hope everyone out there is staying safe and sane! Also, of course, hope to see you at a show sometime soon πŸ™‚

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