Wow. We're already halfway through the second month of 2020?!? Amazing.
I figured it was time for an update. The #MondayMorningCoffee and Bob Wills Wednesdays have temporarily been set aside the last couple weeks as I've been working hard at prioritizing some new audio recordings.
I have some 15 'full band' tunes demoed that I am trying to finish so that I can make them available for sale here on the website. Some are tunes from 2010's "Rock & Roll Is My Super Power" that have been rearranged and rerecorded in the same style; with myself performing all the sounds you hear on the recordings! It's something I've always been inspired to do since I was probably 10 years old with a cheap Price Club tape recorder. I think it's the JJ Cale and Stevie Wonder influence ;)
Also on the 'to do' list are a series of solo acoustic guitar and vocal recordings.
For many years in my late teens/early 20s (and to this day) I was obsessed with prewar country blues artists as well as latter day singer songwriter/folk/acoustic guitarists and singers. Folks like Ted Hawkins, Corey Harris, and Alvin Youngblood Hart. There is also the country side of that coin that includes the likes of Jimmie Rogers and Merle Travis.
To me all these cats are really the same side of the same coin. Country, blues, country blues...it's really just American music about the human experience to me.
My goal is to bridge the gap of that solo guitarist/vocalist mold with my favorite eras of bands led by Bob Wills and Ray Price. That 'Bob Wills Two Beat'. That 'Ray Price Shuffle'. I hope to capture that feel and energy as a solo act. I've touched on it over the years; folks have shown up to my solo acoustic shows to dance; but I'm taking the proper time currently to really find my groove with it.
While all the aforementioned cats are in the same mold as far as I'm concerned, the one thing that made/makes each one unique is their feel. Their personal stamp on rhythm. They don't play 'blues or 'country'; they play themselves. They are exposed and totally vulnerable but their personalities shine through. Their inner essence comes out. At their best, they just make music and words do to that music no justice when it comes to definitions.
I'm working towards that. My own songs. My own style of guitar picking. My own style of vocalizing. My own way of connecting with those that care to be connected with.
I hope to have demos of the new recordings posted soon and a final album for sale here on the site shortly thereafter.
In the meantime, I'll keep working towards the vision and get back to posting some videos for you all to get glimpses into the journey.
I hope everyone is well! Happy lover's day!