Notes From the Road

12-25-11 Happy Holy Days and New 2012!

Sunday, December 25, 2011

12-25-11 Happy Holy Days and New 2012!
I’m getting on a plane for the East Coast to do the annual year’s end madness with Ellis Paul and crew. Before the circus begins I’ll get a chance to go do a solo acoustic show in Seekonk and afterwards I’ll get to go up to Bar Harbor to spend some time in the studio with my dear friends John Kurgan and Jesse ‘Holly’ Duane who are both brilliant music people that I love working with on whatever project we have going. Great way to end one year and start a new one. When I get back to Taos the first thing I get to do is a show January 13th with the amazing Bob Livingston from Austin. Bob’s new award winning CD “Gypsi Alibi” is brilliant and we’re very excited to have him in Taos on a Friday the 13th. Bob is one fascinating hombre and I highly recommend Googling him or checking out his Wikipedia page in addition to his own interesting web site. At the end of January I’ll help dear friend Alison McBean Kitchen with a CD release show for her new album "Edge of Everything" which was recorded by Don Richmond. Had a great time working with Alison and Don on that project. The band will be stellar and that’ll be a fun night in the beautiful San Luis Valley of southern Colorado.

Survived a whole year without one major league disaster in my personal life, but the rest of the world certainly made up for any ground I lost in the disaster department. I always try to practice gratitude and there was plenty to be grateful this year. in 2012 I hope things gets more sensible on the national and world stages and that I get to see more friends and family. I've been sticking closer to home and working with various friends like Don Richmond, Jimmy Stadler, Jennifer Peterson and Kevin Bolan plus continuing the work I do with my own band. I really enjoyed the fine work of my friend Dan Daily on bass and tenor this past year and hope he’ll be able to play more with the band as a woodwind player. He’ll be playing a special acoustic show with me at the Taos Inn January 25th on woodwinds.  I’ll be welcoming Taos newcomer Cliff Collins into the band on bass beginning with a Taos Inn performance February 5th. Cliff and his successful artist wife Erica moved to Taos from Maui in early 2011. Change is the constant, yes?
A few recent highlights are the amazing electric guitar I got from local guitar builder Norbert Ubechel and his Newcaster Guitars. This is really raising the bar on how and what I play as a guitarist. I’m still trying to get the hang of that twisted thing called the guitar. It’s way over my head. Also got the chance recently to do an interview with a friend of mine from my pre Eddie’s Attic days in the Atlanta bar scene of the 80’s. Bill Kahler was one of the kingpins of that amazing music scene and is now a truly fine singer songwriter as well. You can check out the conversation on Bill Kahler's Pretty Good Gig Podcast.

When I got my little home project studio running this year the first project that came in was another Atlanta connection. Back when I ‘lived’ at Eddie’s Attic there was a young guy named Dustin Overbeek who was really turning a lot of heads. He just sent me a copy of his newest and it’s a stellar piece of work. I’m so glad I got to be part of it. Check out Dustin Overbeek's new CD "Asis"

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