Had a great time performing with Michael and Roger in New Braunfels tonight! Once again, those two fellows helped me put on a great show for an incredibly full house. If you weren’t there, you missed a lot! I’ll just leave it at that.
Sunday, July 15, 2018
Wednesday, July 11, 2018
Sunday, July 8, 2018
Brian Carlisle joined me in Victoria, TX, for request-taking madness. It’s been a little while since I’ve had the chance to work with Brian, and it was great to play with him again. We weren’t terribly busy, but again, it was fun. I think the Fourth Of July threw off everyone’s schedule, but I’m glad for the people who joined us tonight! Thanks to my wife, Christine, for taking some photos tonight!
Saturday, July 7, 2018
Victoria, Texas, was a little slow tonight, but Chris Wallis and I still had a good time playing requests from the crowd. Even though there weren’t a ton of people there, we had a steady supply of requests to choose from. My wife came to the show and gave us some great requests, too! I enjoyed the note we got from a happy couple in the crowd which said, “You made a bad day end very well. Thank you.” It’s hard to have a bad day with good music. It’s always fun playing with Chris Wallis!
Friday, July 6, 2018
I had a great time making music with Wilkinson’s Quartet, with Candler Wilkinson, Huck Johnson, and Russ Patterson in Austin, Texas tonight. We played 8p-9:45p for all the swing dancers and good folks in the crowd. I enjoyed my evening with such talented musicians, and I’m sure I’ll get another chance soon!
Wednesday, July 4, 2018
Happy 4th Of July!!! Heather Ray and I performed in New Braunfels, TX, for the night-before celebration. We had a good crowd with lots of requests. Heather sounded great on both piano and drums as we alternated all evening. The most interesting comment of the night was on a request for “Piano Man” which said, “Thank you, my wife and I favorite, we survived flight 1380 out of New York that almost crashed”. The crowd applauded the couple when I read this to them. I hope everyone has a safe and fantastic 4th Of July, and we’ll see you again soon!
Sunday, July 1, 2018
Today, I played a bunch show with Candler Wilkinson Quartet in Austin, Texas, from 1p-3p. I had a great time playing a bunch of Western swing tunes. This was my first time with this particular rhythm section, consisting of Huck Johnson on bass and Russ Patterson on drums. They were bunches of fun to work with. Solid players. I look forward to the next gig with Candler’s group!
I played my first request show with the talented Holly Cloyd tonight in New Braunfels, TX. Joe Resnick drummed in his awesome drummer way for us, as we brought up random folks from the crowd to celebrate various special life events. I enjoyed the evening, and Holly was great to work with. Joe on the other hand...ha! Joe is always great to work with. Fun times all around!
Saturday, June 30, 2018
Heather Ray and I performed in Victoria, Texas, together tonight. I always have fun performing with Heather! She drummed for most of the evening, but we did swap off for a few tunes at a couple of different points in the evening. We had some familiar faces in the crowd tonight, and just like always, they were bringing up great songs for us to play. Thanks to everyone who came to the show!
Friday, June 29, 2018
Live Band Karaoke in New Braunfels, TX, was fun with Holly Cloyd and Pancho Garza. We did have a few technical glitches with the laptop which runs the lyric program, but we played through it fine. The crowd wasn’t as big as last week, but that’s probably due to the 4th Of July weekend, as everyone holds out for all the festivities. I’ll be back this Saturday to take requests on piano, and again on Tuesday for a rare, mid-week piano bar show!
Thursday, June 28, 2018
Sunday, June 24, 2018
Heather Ray joined me in Victoria, Texas, tonight for our sing-along piano show! She played drums most of the evening, but we did swap off for a little while so she could play some piano for the people. The show was a lot of fun, and so were all of the various conversations I had with people in and around Victoria today. I feel very fortunate to be able to perform for a living, and do so with such great musicians. I love my musician’s family!
Saturday, June 23, 2018
Who knows who sings Fresh Prince of Bel-Air? Most everyone who has seen the show, except for one person in our crowd tonight in Victoria, TX. Chris Wallis and I played it just like Fresh Prince would’ve if he played piano or drums. Besides that tune, we had some great random tunes come up. “Break My Stride”, “Hook”, “Every Little Thing She Does Is Magic”, “I Kissed A Girl”, “Cold As Ice”, “I Want A New Drug”, and the only Billy Joel tune requested tonight was “Say Goodbye To Hollywood”. Interesting requests all night long.
Friday, June 22, 2018
People were singing with the band again tonight in New Braunfels, TX. I played some key-bass with Andrae Blissett (drums) and Pancho Garza (guitar) for Live Band Karaoke. We had a packed house for most of the evening, and a steady stream of song requests. It was good to make some music with a couple great musicians!
Sunday, June 17, 2018
New Braunfels, TX, was the site of our sing along show tonight! Joe Resnick (drums) and Michael Carrandi were my partners on stage. We had a bunch of requests and played them all! Thanks again to everyone for making it another great night!
Saturday, June 16, 2018
Friday, June 15, 2018
Christine, my wonderful wife, sang with me tonight in New Braunfels, TX, during Live Band Karaoke! This was her first time ever trying Karaoke, and she made me proud. Those of you in the know will understand what a big deal this was to me. I really didn’t think she’d join me on stage, but she came up and sang “Come Together”. Anna, my niece, was in the crowd, too, so I had some time to catch up with her over the course of the evening, which also made me happy. It was a fun show with many great singers. Andrae and Pancho are a couple of fun cats to jam with, and I look forward to playing with them again soon.
Sunday, June 10, 2018
The Governors performed in south Austin tonight, and I joined them on keys. I had a great time playing Doug’s original tunes, and a few tunes Candler and Chris sang, too! Some sweet pedal steel, hot guitar licks, thumping bass, and groovy drums made my job easy and fun. I had a good burger and tots before taking the stage. This was my first night at Sam’s Town Point, and I hope I get to come back some day soon!
Saturday, June 9, 2018
Roger Glenn joined me in Victoria, Texas, tonight for the all-request piano show. This was Roger’s first night in Victoria, and the crowd didn’t let us down. They requested pretty much one of every kind of song. No matter how many curveballs I threw at him, he hit them all!
Wednesday, June 6, 2018
My show went over great at a private event for Wal-Mart in Austin, TX, today! I performed right after “The Voice” contestent Reid Umstattd. Turns out we have a mutual friend in drummer Roger Glenn! Today’s event was for Wal-Mart associates. I played about a half-hour worth of cover tunes for the ballroom full of people. As a treat, I had a chance to listen to Reid’s set. Boy, that fella can sing!