"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.