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What a Year

I can’t believe it’s been nearly a full year since we posted anything on our page… we all know what a year it’s been: full of hard events, losses, and so much unknown. We’ve hunkered down, just like the rest of the the world, and just like the rest of the world, feel our Phoenix slowly beginning to rise from the ashes.

In 2020, we played two shows: one right before everything went down, in New York at Otto’s Shrunken Head on February 13th, and one at our yearly New Year’s Eve party at the Driskill in Austin. Meanwhile, we wrote a few songs, distantly recorded them with the band- which was an adventure in itself- and played a few private events that we recorded from our living room. Rock n Roll.

In 2021 so far, we already made a HUGE change. Jorge and I moved to New York- since I’ve been working here for the past few years- and we got tired of ‘visiting’ each other. We’re actually right in the middle of that move now. And a few weeks after we get settled in, we’re bringing the gents north to record another socially safe video performance that will be available to the world at the Walldorf Rock n Roll Weekender on May 21-23. Stay tuned for more details on that!

Until then, we send everyone lots of love and support. Please stay safe, and we look forward to seeing you down the road, face to face, in the same room someday soon!

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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 🙂 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 🙂

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