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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!

Last minute Denver show added for this week!

Join us as we debut at the Rackhouse Pub!

Live from The Owl Saloon in Denver, CO

Lucky Old Colorado

"Lucky Old Colorado" is a song written by Bakersfield legend Red Simpson and recorded by Merle Haggard.

 

I first moved to Colorado at the end of 2011 from Tulsa, OK. Unlike my usual M.O. I did no research before the move. I didn't inquire about a music scene. I reached out to a few musicians about playing together, but I didn't necessarily know if that would mean for fun, or to continue the career that Tulsa had kick started for me.

I grew up as much an athlete/outdoors type as a musician and by the end of 2011, I needed to get back outside. I needed the mountains that I dreamed of living in since childhood. I needed consistently good weather and sunshine for my soul and health, which frankly, was in the toilet around that time.

I figured a few scenarios would work out: I could continue my career by focusing solely on road work and returning to Colorado in my downtime, I could get a day job and play when I could, or I could just start a new life working in the sporting world as I'd done part time here and there over the years.

Turns out Colorado has not only fantastic musicians to work with, but amazing and supportive music lovers and venues alike.

I truly had no idea what I was in for but I am beyond grateful for what I've found here.

Tulsa led to me planting roots into places like Arkansas and got me my start working in Texas; which besides being a familial home, has become a musical home for me as well.

However these days, I'm basically a full time Colorado resident and I'm super happy and grateful for that.

The support here has been overwhelming at times and I just want to let everyone know that. I'm extremely happy to be here and I feel at home here now. The last few months of shows our crowds have been continually becoming more and more awesome.

Folks coming out FOR us. Dancing and drinking in the best way possible. Strangers singing along to songs I wrote even. It blows my mind when I take a step back and think about life here in Colorado now.

Thank you for the support Colorado. It's an honor to be a 'local' musician here and to serve the music lovers, dancers, and venues that are so generous to me and the San Joaquin Valley Boys.

~Lopez

 

A Princess in Europe

Howdy friends!

Our princess has a wonderful opportunity for her first trip to Europe! She'll be going with some classmates and teachers from her high school.

I've given her my word that she IS indeed going, so this is NOT me asking for a handout, donation, or charity (although anyone wanting to help for sake of it is welcome to), but simply another way for me to help her out.

Music is what I know and do best, so why not continue our holiday special for fellow music lovers while helping make our baby girl happy and giving her something that I could only dream of when I was her age!?

Thanks to everyone for the support all these years and if you or someone you know likes honky tonk/rockabilly/rock&roll music, this might be just the deal you're looking for!

Supplies are very limited, so please email me asap to reserve your copies!

Much love,
~Lopez

 

NYE with Brent Loveday of Reno Divorce!

We can't wait for this party!

 

The Holidaze Trifecta!

Perfect Imperfections: An Audio Diary

I've started over with this audio diary. I wanted to up the quality of the recordings and also make them more consistent from song to song. I think we're off to a good start! Tunes from  Bob Wills, Fuzzy Owen, Harlan Howard, and Ernest Tubb! More to follow soon. Enjoy and Happy Thanksgiving!

 

 

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