Letters Have No Arms

 

Here's a favorite Ernest Tubb of mine. I love his lyrics! Hope you enjoy and are enjoying your holiday season!

~Lopez

 

 

This Week In Colorado!

 

I'm so very grateful for all the opportunities Colorado provides! Thanks for the support great people of Colorado, and hope to see you a show or four this week!

~Lopez

 

 

Live from Austin, TX!

 

A big thanks to Ted Branson for having me on his Under The X In Texas radio show earlier this week in Austin, TX! It was great to be back home and see so many great family friends!

Here's a tune I wrote for my Grandfather (and namesake) who came from dirt floor poor beginnings in San Antonio, TX to make something of himself out west in California. He's a great man who I give much of the credit for raising me with morals and integrity and where my Mother and I got our work ethic.

The tune is called "Trees (Hard Work, Honesty, and Pride)" and will be one of the new tunes on my upcoming solo acoustic release.

Please be gentle as the A.M. hours are not usually my best ;)

~Lopez

 

 

New songs and this week's calendar!

 

As some of you may have heard, I'm planning on recording a new solo acoustic record featuring all new original tunes. I've been writing non stop for a couple months now, so the recording sessions have yet to begin but they are coming !

The flow of new material is strong so I'm doing my best to stay open to it and let it happen. Once things feel 'right', I'll start getting some recordings made to share with the world and then head out on the road!

If you're a lover of acoustic music, or just honky tonk music, but also love a good intimate show setting and enjoy hearing the stories behind the songs, then please leave a comment! Let me know where you live and what venues you'd recommend.

Many thanks to everyone for the support! If you're in Colorado this week, here's my schedule. Hope to see you at a show!

~Lopez

 

Wow!

 

What a busy summer it's been thus far! I'm so very grateful for the support! Especially in Colorado!

I made an effort to travel less this year knowing that it may be risky financially to not be out on the road. Colorado has been so very gracious in it's support however, that it's turned out to be a very successful summer! I'm extremely fortunate to have such great support in what really has turned into my new hometown.

Thanks so very much to all the music lovers, musicians, venues, booking agents, etc for all the love. I truly do love Colorado and all it has to offer. I would be here on some level regardless of the music scene, but knowing that I also have a home base that is this supportive is an amazing feeling.

SO VERY GRATEFUL AND WITH LOVE;

~Lopez

 

In the works!

 

I know I've been slow with site updates (again!), but life is just so beautiful and fun, sometimes it's easy to drop the ball on "work" :)

My apologies!

Please check out the new site look and see the updated calendar!

Lots of new things in the works, including plans for a solo (acoustic?) album featuring all new original tunes! I'm considering a return trip to Cinderella Studios in Nashville to cut it live. If the solo shows are any indication, I feel like you all will enjoy and support the new songs and presentation. Thank you all so very much for the support!

Lots of upcoming dates are on the calendar including a number of solo shows, so if you are interested in what those new tunes sound like, come on out to an upcoming acoustic show!

Wishing everyone well and enjoy your summer!

~Lopez

 

Giving your 'best'.

 

I sometimes wonder: how many artists ever feel that they've shown their absolute best? Not just your best on any given day (I always give my best on any given day), but the apex of your talents, hard-work, creativity, and presentation. That right time and place where an audience is able to share in your moment with you.

How many artists really feel they've gotten to experience what that might feel like?

I realize it's not something quantifiable and that it's subjective on many levels, but I guess my point in asking is that I imagine it comes with a bit of inner peace for the artist.

I know that deep down in my being that no one has ever experienced my best moments as a guitarist, singer, or performer. Although, I don't even consider myself a singer or a performer, so there's no inner conflict there for me.

I know the best I've ever picked a guitar, there was no one around to see or hear it. I was barely there myself, at least mentally/emotionally... I was in that other realm. One I can't fully explain . One I can't Google for directions to. It comes to you, you don't go to it.

That's an interesting thought for me to ponder after all these years. After some 35 years, to feel that you haven't shown your best; it's an interesting thought.

I'm not here to judge it, just to recognize that it's something that comes to mind occasionally.

All that to say, if you'd like to be around should that unicorn make an appearance this coming week and share in it together, then check out this week's shows in Colorado!

Thursday is my monthly residency at the Owl Saloon on E. Colfax in Denver. An extremely fun show that keeps growing every month! The music starts at 5 pm

Friday, come on out to New Belgium in Fort Collins! This is our 4th ? time there and the crowds have been awesome. Of course, you can count of great beer as well!

Saturday, come celebrate the Kentucky Derby with us as the Bar Car in Denver. Their annual Derby Party is huge! We'll be playing at 4 pm.

You can catch us for a late show at our home base: The Star Bar off 21st and Larimer in Denver about 10pm.

Come chase unicorns with us!

~Lopez

 

 

Thinking aloud, and this week's shows.

 

I don't remember why, but the thought crossed my mind again this week. Why do I do what I do? Why not have a 'normal' life? Why not have more reliable income (although I have to think I have it really good when I hear most musicians talk about money)? Why put up with the non stop job (gig) hunting? Why continue to chase booking agents, talent buyers, bar managers, etc when they don't generally give you the same courtesy by returning emails, phone calls, or texts? Why?

Why put SO much into something with your heart and soul that, if you let it, will eat at you from the inside out. That nagging, negative voice that it so hard to shake. The days, weeks, months on the road away from home. The constant feeling that you never really get paid what you know you're worth.

Why 'keep on keeping on' ?

I'm not doing it for me. I'm doing it for music lovers. Honestly, I don't really care to be the center of attention. I'm not a social butterfly. I HATE having my photo taken. I don't really care to have all eyes on me. It's not my personality and it's not my motivation.

The amount of effort it takes to keep the ship afloat can consume you. It's a very selfish pursuit most of the time. It takes you away from friends and family often and doesn't always reveal a good reason why it has done so.

So again, I ask 'why'?

I'll tell you why. Because I'm compelled to do so. It's true, I don't do it for me. I am just as happy, if not more, just sitting around at home pickin' guitar and singing tunes to myself or my wife. Sometimes the dog. That's really enough for me.

But I'm compelled to share it. I'm compelled to carry on a tradition that I was taught was a gift. I'm compelled to do my darndest to make people feel the way my Grandma Lina made people feel when they were guests in her home.

I'm compelled to feel that feeling I could only imagine when she would tell me about her youth and the singing and the dancing that made her so happy.

I'm compelled to do my best to recreate that feeling I can see on my Granpa Adam's face when he tells me about growing up in the old neighborhood in San Antonio. Poor. Dirt floors. Going to school with no shoes. But how at night they'd sneak out to go hear music coming from the honky tonks and jook joints across town and just how amazing that music was.

I'm compelled to reach that level of joy that my Grandpa Carmen had when near the end of his life, like a child with a new toy, he showed me all his latest percussion instruments he'd bought and how he was still playing them in the Church band.

Because I think of all the chaos of my childhood and how music soothed me. It took me to other worlds. It saved me from a 'normal' life.

It saved me from the fear of not having reliable income. I mean, no one's job is really reliable anyway. We only THINK we have security in this life, let alone in a job.

It saved me from being too lazy, timid, or shy to job (gig) hunt everyday. It made me tough. Immune to the unreturned emails, phone calls, texts, and rejection.

It gave me a voice that's stronger and more powerful than the negative nagging one that sometimes barks at me.

It gave me the endurance to 'keep on keeping on'.

It gave me the work ethic to make the most of my gift so that my selfishness is not in vain.

Music is powerful and if I can make other people feel good, happy, and get them dancing, then I feel good. I'm happy.

So thank you music lovers and fellow musicians, as another great week of music is on the horizon!

 

 

This Week In Colorado!

 

 

Our Princess is Europe bound this summer!