Sunday, April 23, 2017

Moonshine & Ale 4/22/17

New Braunfels had all the people in it tonight. The club was packed before Chris Wallis and I never hit a note. We kept them there all night as they requested songs and danced like crazy! Not only did we have the most bachelorettes on stage I've ever had at a show there tonight, but we also had one of the most polite bachelorette parties I've ever experienced. I know that may sound like a strange thing to say, but a lot of times, when the alcohol gets flowing, bachelorette parties tend to get a little crazy, but this one was full of a bunch of cool girls just asked for songs nicely, danced appropriately, and had a good time all evening long! On the opposite end of the spectrum, I had a drunk bachelorette stagger in off the street and walk up on stage while I was playing. I asked her when her big date was and she said, "November, wait....May 21st"!  Naturally, I leaned into the mic and told the crowd that the doctors told her she had to move the date up quickly. She then left the stage (laughing).

Saturday, April 22, 2017

Gourdough's 4/21/17

Jeff Botta and I reunited tonight in Austin. We hadn't played together in a few years, but the show was solid. He's a great drummer & provides good harmonies to the crazy tunes I perform. We were supposed to start at 8pm, but the club had booked out the room for a private event until 9:30pm, so we began after the room opened to the public, and played straight through until midnight. 

Friday, April 21, 2017

Recording session 4/21/17

I went back into the studio with Jimmy Deveney today in Austin, Texas. I knocked out four more keyboard tracks for him for his new project he's working on. He's writing some really cool tunes, and I'm looking forward to hearing the final mix!

Saturday, April 15, 2017

Moonshine & Ale 4/14/17

Tonight was Heather's first official night in New Braunfels with me! We had a good crowd, and lots of requests. The people enjoyed watching us swap off between drums and piano. I think I ended up in a bunch of Snapchats. Good job, Heather!

Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Howl At The Moon 4/10/17

We had a packed house on a rainy Monday night in San Antonio. Tommy, Denise and I performed from 8:30p-1:30a for lots of business folks in from oil companies. Also, there were a few birthdays celebrated, and one guest singer with her own special time signature I tried to follow. Fun, fun!

Sunday, April 9, 2017

Donny's Brew Pub 4/8/17

My first time in La Vernia, Texas tonight found me at Donny's Brew Pub for the first time, performing with Luis Balderas also, you guessed it, for the first time. Luis is a solid drummer, and I know he played lots of tunes for the first time tonight, and very successfully. It was the first time I had ever gotten a request for "Wild Wild West" by Escape Club, "Whispering Bells" by the Del-Vikings, and "You Might Think" by the Cars. Lots of firsts!

Saturday, April 8, 2017

The Springs 4/7/17

Congratulations to newlyweds Mr. and Mrs. Coker! John and Alyssa had Chris Wallis and I perform for their wedding reception tonight. It was a beautiful outdoor wedding, and then the reception was in a large, open, wooden room with lots of room for dancing. We had a great group of people requesting tunes, and everyone had fun in New Braunfels!

Friday, April 7, 2017

Moonshine Drinkery 4/6/17

Chris Wallis and I played another fun show in Victoria, TX tonight. I am proud to announce that they have decided to add first-Thursday shows through the end of the year! Mark your calendars and get your requests ready. We'll be back each month. Yay!

Wednesday, April 5, 2017

Tantra Coffeehouse 4/4/17

I had a great time with the band tonight in San Marcos. The fellas were rock-solid on the grooves, including ones we haven't played in a couple years. I gave away a bunch of CDs tonight, so if you were one of the lucky people who got one, let me know what you think! I'd love to hear from new fans. Thanks to Christine Barton-Holmes for taking photos tonight!

Saturday, April 1, 2017

Rockey's Piano Bar 3/31/17

We had them dancing in Round Rock tonight. Mikey Gammon and I played three hours of requests, spanning everything from Billy Joel to R. Kelly. "Copacabana"? Check. "It Wasn't Me"? Check. "Holiday Road"? Sorta check. We did our best to cover everything. It was a good gig. 

Friday, March 31, 2017

Crafthouse 3/30/17

Brian Carlisle and I played in San Marcos tonight. We took requests from the crowd, which included a "Don't Stop Believin'" and "Single Ladies" mash up remix, and a whole bunch of Beatles rarities. It was a slow evening on the square, but I still had a good time with the crowd we had. I threw Brian tons of curveballs tonight, and he did the appropriate baseball analogy of doing well. 

Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Recording session 3/28/17

I recorded a couple of piano tracks for Jimmy Deveney's newest project. His tunes are cool, and I was happy to oblige when he asked if I'd do some playing on them. I can't wait to hear the finished versions in the future!

Howl At The Moon 3/27/17

It was a weird Monday night crowd in San Antonio. The club was packed, and people were requesting songs, but no one would sing along or even applaud at the end of tunes. Everyone seemed to have a good time, although we were treated sort of like background music. There were a couple of different "drummers" in the crowd who paid the stage fee to get up and play one song with us each. The fella who sat in with me was named Wayne. He wasn't a bad drummer, but he had definitely been having a good time with his friends, so he was a little over active. He wanted to play the Bon Jovi tune "You Give Love A Bad Name", so we did, although, every chorus I sang "you give love... a bad Wayne".

Monday, March 27, 2017

Howl At The Moon 3/26/17

Heather Ray and I joined up with Howl players Michael and Hailey tonight in San Antonio. We had a good show with a good crowd. Downtown San Antonio was packed tonight because they are filming American Ninja Warriors there for the next few days. At one point, I looked up and saw Murr from the TV show "Impractical Jokers" hanging out at the bar. I played "You May Be Right" for him. We had a chance to talk with him for a few minutes on our break. He's a very nice guy! 

Sunday, March 26, 2017

St. Anthony Hotel 3/25/17

Representing New York, New York Dueling Pianos, Gray Gregson, Chris Wallis and I played in San Antonio for the Pate wedding party. The room was gorgeous, and the people were ready to party. From our first note to our last, folks were on the dance floor. We had a great time with the fun crowd! Chris and Gray sounded great, and I'm looking forward to our next show together. I'm glad we were so well received. Congratulations to newlyweds!

Saturday, March 25, 2017

Rockey's Piano Bar 3/24/17

In Round Rock, TX tonight, men took off their shirts and confetti fell from the sky. Mikey Gammon and I were laughing so hard, tears rolled down our cheeks! It was one of those events I won't soon forget. I hope that from this day on, that shirtless man carries confetti with him 24/7. 

Friday, March 24, 2017

Howl At The Moon 3/23/17

I found myself in San Antonio again this evening, dueling on the riverwalk. Tommy, Katie, Ryan & I played for a private party before the club opened to the public, which means we were there from 5:30p-1:40a. That's s long day of piano playing! 

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Bloch Residence 3/21/17

I played today at an afternoon wedding for Colin and Kelly Bloch. They were regulars of my Thursday night show for years in New Braunfels, and they asked me to be a part of their day, so of course I said yes! I took requests from the crowd for a few hours, plus had a few people come up and sing. It was held at their home in Martindale, TX, and they couldn't have picked a better day. The weather was perfect, the food was delicious, and the ceremony was beautiful. Congratulations to my friends!

Saturday, March 18, 2017

Linda's Event Center 3/17/17


Happy St. Patrick's Day! I was in my truck by 7am for my eight-hour trip to the pan handle with my buddy, Gray Gregson. We were contracted by New York, New York Dueling Pianos to perform for a fund raiser in Tulia, TX to benefit the local hospital. We played "in the round", meaning the stage was in the middle of the room with the crowd all around us. The show was only supposed to be two-hours long, but they liked us so much, they hired us to play another two hours! After our four-hour show, we packed up our gear and headed a couple hours south to bed-down at a hotel at 4am. Great show!

Sunday, March 12, 2017

Moonshine & Ale 3/11/17

Chris Wallis (drums) and I had a great night in New Braunfels. The crowd was generous with their requests tonight, so we played all the big hits, and a few rarities, too! "Mess Around" was my personal favorite tune tonight. We also had lots great dancers which made the night even more fun for us. Chris sounded great, and we made a few connections for some private events after our show. Thanks everyone!