Summer is here in Texas. Let the heat begin. The intense sun brings depression to me this time of year. It becomes a daily battle to not let the climate bring me down. It is one of the main reasons why I hope to be leaving this great state for good in the next few years. More on that when the time comes.
My nephew, Jack, came to town and we took some great photos that ended up being part of my promotional campaign for the new album. He is getting better at video games every year and I’m almost certain he will take my Nintendo crown before the age of ten.
My brand new album, Searching Through That Minor Key, comes out in three weeks on July 7th. I have never been more excited about an album’s release before. However, you got to keep expectations low in this business, whatever that means. You still have time to pre-order it on iTunes and Amazon or if you like actual CDs, like myself, you can order them on Bandcamp. I will even sign them with my fancy silver sharpie.
I turned thirty this year and my father turned sixty. Time is going by too fast. Stop every once and a while to enjoy things and don’t worry so much. Listen to music, read books and watch movies.
Speaking of that, my book suggestion for this post is Larry McMurtry’s The Last Picture Show. I saw the movie first and was blown away. The book is even better. My next book I’m reading is Peter Heller’s The Dog Stars on a recommendation from a friend (thanks, Noah!).
My music suggestion is an album called Do Not Leave Baggage All The Way by Secret Dakota Ring. The band is the side project of Andy Ross of OK Go. I mainly got into them because I love all things Josh Kaufman. He’s a great musician (fantastic beard too) from Brooklyn who has played with Josh Ritter, Yellowbirds, Craig Finn, Dawn Landes and many many many others. Do not confuse him with the guy with same name who was on The Voice. If I ever make another record, I hope to have Josh produce it. His band, Rocketship Park, is fabulous and you should find them on your favorite music delivery system.
As far as movies, not much to tell you. I saw San Andreas and it was by far the worst movie I have ever seen in my thirty years on this planet. I’m seeing Jurassic World this week and I’ll let you know on Twitter what I think.
That’s all. I will talk to you again soon. Thanks for taking the time and reading this.
PS. I’m on Periscope. Look me up! I’ll probably do something special for the album release date… play a few songs, chat, whatever.
Happy May, my friends. The storms are alive and well here in North Texas. This is my favorite time of year (along with autumn). I just thought I’d take the time and give you folks an update on what is going on in my world.
A few nights ago Kevin (keyboards/vocals) and I got to play a show at the historic Sons of Hermann Hall in Dallas, Texas supporting Elvis Perkins (amazing!). Such a lovely venue and a wonderful crowd. Shortly after our set ended we headed over to the Vagabond for Salim Nourallah’s open mic night to play another set. We Made some new fans and promoted my upcoming appearance there in a few weeks (see below). There is a really wonderful and beautiful scene happening at the Vagabond on Tuesday nights. If you’re a songwriter in the area, you should make plans to be there and share your work with us.
It felt good to get back on stage in a solo acoustic capacity. For the past couple of months we have been doing the full rock band thing and I have loved every minute of it. However, it’s nice to get back to basics sometimes, and that is the plan for a majority of the shows this summer. We’ll bring back the rock the band in the fall and winter.
My show schedule is pretty full this summer. Below are the dates. I hope you folks can make it out to some, it’s always nice to see familiar faces.
06/02 Vagabond - Dallas, TX
As you know, my new album is coming out on July 7th. To celebrate the release, we have booked some special shows the week of the release. CDs will be available for only $5 at these shows.
Pre-orders have begun for my new album. Click here to pre-order the album and instantly get two free tracks. All digital and CD orders will arrive before the July 7th release date. iTunes pre-orders will begin in about a month.
Well…. that’s all I got for now. After a long and grueling spring semester, I’m going to enjoy this summer a lot. It feels good to finally realize that I can actually see the finish line… and it is near. More on that in another blog, I suppose.
Enjoy the spring…
I have a new album coming out this summer called Searching Through That Minor Key. July 7th to be exact. I’m real proud of this one. I’m real proud I was able to pull the rabbit out of the hat and get this thing out into the world. It wasn’t looking that great when 2015 rolled in. I was afraid this might end up on the shelf for a while.
I started recording this album a week or two before Without a Home came out back in the later winter/early spring of 2013. When the fall rolled in I put the album on hold to deal with a divorce and recorded the Mesocyclone EP. One year later during the late summer of 2014, I restarted the project and we finished it around Halloween.
I must admit it feels strange that this album is coming out during the apex of summer. This is an autumn album. Crank up the AC, put on a sweater, and think of pumpkins and falling leaves when you give it a listen.
That’s all for now. More details will be released in the coming weeks and months. Thank you to everyone who is as excited as I am about this album. It feels good to know that there is an interest out there.
Book - Saving Grace by Lee Smith
Music - Tunnel by Amy Stroup
Film - Dear Zachary: A Letter to a Son About His Father (2008)
Thanks for reading this…
I have a new single that will be available for free download on February 23rd on NoiseTrade. Instead of making you wait until then to hear it, we have decided to release the audio stream today.
This song comes from a new LP that will be out later this year. Hopefully in May or June.
Hope you like the song!
The harshness of winter is taking a brief sabbatical for a few days while my climatological lover, spring, settles in for a passing stay. It is days like these that I live for. The warmth feels new but familiar. Like a visit from an old friend you have not seen in years. You seem to pick up right where you left off. All that is missing is a Texas thunderstorm but I guess I will have to wait a few months for that.
As I enjoy the sun, I am contemplating this new album. The artwork is done and the mastering will wrap up in a week or two. I am trying to come up with new ways to get the music in your hands. How about for free? Everybody likes free stuffs. Next month or the month after, I will be giving away a couple of tracks for free download. My hope is that you share these tracks with friends, family and lovers. I will let you know when this will happen as I am still working on finishing up a few details. The release date will depend on the release date of the album. Once that is secured, I can move on with these free downloads. Stay tuned!
Yesterday I wandered down to Deep Ellum with my brother to check out some shows. I have not done that in many months… in fact, I cannot remember the last time I saw a local show. Blasphemy! We ended up at the legendary venue, Trees, and caught a few bands. One of them was my pedal steel players Motown band, The Blondettes. They were amazing and I am so proud of them. They have come a long way and I am certain the North Texas music scene will be hearing a lot more from them.
Next was Leon Bridges. There has been a lot of buzz surrounding him. He just signed to Columbia Records and the buzz is legit. He is Sam Cooke reincarnated and will go on to superstardom this year. Very inspirational to watch.
Thanks for reading. I am off to enjoy this abnormally warm weather while it lasts. It is quite amazing that it did not take over a year for my second blog post! Below are a few recommendations you should check out. Thanks and see you at the shows!
P.S… say hello to Jake!
It’s been a while since I have posted anything. I think I say that every time I post on here.
2015 is finally here (thank god) and I guess I should let you know what’s going on. Around Halloween last year I finished an LP with Salim Nourallah. I started the album a week after Without a Home came out in 2013, so it’s taken quite a while to wrap up but I’m happy to say it’s finally done. If all goes well, it should come out in the spring or summer. I might release a single very soon. I’ll keep you posted.
2015 started with a bang last night in lovely Conroe, Texas. I shared the night at The Corner Pub with my good friend from Houston, Kimberly M’Carver. She is beyond great and you should check out her music the first chance you get.
The crowd and town were lovely and I can’t wait to get back.
In the picture left to right…. that’s me in my standard folk uniform, Wayne Wilkerson from Kimberly’s band, Dr. Heather Kitzman looking cold, and Kimberly M’Carver. Such a great night with friends.
The spring semester starts in a week. I’m slowly working my way to becoming an English teacher. It’s very indie alt-country rock. In the meantime, I’m working on some lo-fi pop songs that I will be releasing for free download. Just go to www.soundcloud.com/thegigawatts. I’ll try and get something up before the month ends.
That’s all I got. I’m in a really good place these days. I’m going to continue to ride the wave for however long it is.
I’ll try and post here more often but no promises…
Have a wonderful New Year and be good to each other.