Tuesday, February 20, 2018
Swing Time Sextet invited me to join them again in Austin, Texas, tonight. Nothing beats a little Western swing on a rainy Monday night! We started our set at midnight with Candler Wilkinson on guitar, A.J. Bihn on sax, Kyle Kline on bass, Sean Ziegler on pedal steel, and Chris Wallis on drums (and I was on piano). Some folks danced and generally enjoyed themselves while I enjoyed playing tunes with the band. I hope I get a chance to play with these guys again in the near future!
Sunday, February 18, 2018
Wednesday, February 14, 2018
Happy Valentine’s Day! I performed tonight in Austin, Texas, with Mikey Gammon. We celebrated a couple of anniversaries in the crowd, took random requests from everyone. My favorite love song of the night had to have been, “Rubber Duckie”. Yep.
Lesse le bon temps rouler! Our sixth annual Mardi Gras performance in Austin, Texas, was tons of fun, as it always has been in the past! Before taking the stage, I was honored to be named Mardi Gras King and given a trophy, which I will truly cherish. Musically, we switched things up a bit tonight and had the multi-talented Kevin Humphrey on guitar (instead of bass) which opened up the bass chair for our new friend, Curtis Sigurd. It was Curtis’ first gig with us tonight, but it sounded like we’d been together for years. His upright bass locked perfectly with the super-funky Chris Wallis on drums. Every time I have a chance to play with talented fellas like these, I feel a deep appreciation for where music has lead me in life. Also, I’d like to say a big thanks to my wife for taking pictures of the band. I wish I could’ve hung out a bit more with her tonight, but it was great to see her at the show. Happy Mardi Gras everyone!
Tuesday, February 13, 2018
I played with Swing Time Sextet tonight in Austin, Texas, tonight. This was my first show with these fellas, and I had a great time. Candler Wilkinson on guitar, A.J. Bihn on sax, Kyle Kline on bass, Sean Ziegler on pedal steel, and my buddy Chris Wallis rounded out the band on drums as we played though a bunch of swing tunes while the crowd two-stepped the evening away. This group plays some solid music, and I will join up with them next Monday for some more fun!
Sunday, February 11, 2018
I met two great players tonight on stage in New Braunfels, TX! Shawn Grindle and Léana Courtney are a couple of traveling players from California who I had the pleasure of gigging with tonight, as the three of us teamed up to take requests from the crowd. The place was packed all evening long, and they were singing their hearts out for most of the night. I enjoyed my evening with a couple of new friends on stage! FTW: “What A Fool Believes”. Just sayin’.
Saturday, February 10, 2018
I performed with Luis Balderas in Austin, TX, on 6th street tonight. We played a truly amazing variety of tunes from the crowd tonight, from Nine Inch Nails to ABBA. It’s been a while since I’ve done a show with Luis, and I had a good time with him! As I was getting ready to leave, and elderly gentleman approached me to say that he loved our show, and it was one of the best nights he’d had in recent memory. That kinda thing just makes you warm and fuzzy inside!
Friday, February 9, 2018
I drove to Round Rock, TX, tonight to take some requests on piano while Mikey Gammon drummed. It was a relaxed gig with good folks hanging out with us on a cold night. We played quite a few songs together for the first time tonight including “Rosanna” and “Lay, Lady, Lay”, as well as a bunch more. Thanks for a good show, Round Rock!
Sunday, February 4, 2018
I got a chance to perform with a couple of great musicians tonight in New Braunfels, TX. My buddy Roger Glenn was drumming, and fellow piano player Michael Carrandi and I swapped off all evening long. We had a great crowd with the ability to sing mostly on-key! Also, there were so many birthdays being celebrated that several times in the night, the entire crowd sang “happy birthday, dear February”.
Saturday, February 3, 2018
Party goers in New Braunfels, TX, joined Heather Ray and I on stage tonight! I always enjoy performing with Heather. We do some great tunes together when share the stage. The crowd was on the quiet side at the beginning, but as the drinks began to flow through the crowd, so did The the flow of requests to the piano. I’ll be back tomorrow night for more madness at Moonshine & Ale!
Friday, February 2, 2018
Our one-year anniversary in Victoria, TX, was met tonight with a humbling round of applause and cheers. Drummer Chris Wallis and I have enjoyed performing the first Thursday of each month over the past 12 months, and we’re looking forward to our move to First Fridays each month starting in March! We had a good show tonight, and the crowd was great to us, as usual. See you in Victoria again on Friday, March 2!
Tuesday, January 30, 2018
Gray Gregson and I performed in downtown Austin, TX, tonight with Groove Labs sound production for the Hukaabee Architects conference. It was a casino night theme, and so there were lots of gaming tables around. Gray and I performed our hour-and-a-half show, but then they still wanted more, so we went another half-hour for the good folks! It was fun performing with Gray, and Groove Labs made us sound great!
Friday, January 26, 2018
Amy, John, Andrae, Pancho and I were all hands on deck for tonight’s live Band Karaoke in New Braunfels, TX. We had a great crowd! I was also happy to have some long-time fans show up to the gig tonight. I had fun playing my keytar bass with a stage-full of great musicians!
Sunday, January 21, 2018
Tonight in New Braunfels, TX, I performed with David Lee and Chris Wallis to a packed house. We had a very energetic crowd, and they gave us tons of requests. I performed several new (to me) songs from random requests, and Chris Wallis kept up with all of them easily. Thanks, Chris & David, for a fun night!
Friday, January 19, 2018
I played bass (on my keytar) tonight in New Braunfels, TX, for Live Band Karaoke with drummer Andrae Blissett and guitarist Pancho Garza. I almost didn’t make it because my truck died on the way to my show. I got a ride, and we had lots of songs people wanted to sing when I arrived. I had a good time playing with the band, and I will return to Moonshine & Ale this Saturday to take requests on the piano!
Thursday, January 18, 2018
I performed with drummer Mikey Gammon in Austin, TX, tonight on 6th street. It was a very cold night, which scared lots of people away from the downtown area. We still played our show to the few who braved the weather. Most of the requests tonight were 70s & 80s tunes, so we played lots of classic rock & new wave. Thanks goes out to Mikey for an enjoyable evening of music!
Sunday, January 14, 2018
I was called in to sub for Matt Wilson in Round Rock, TX tonight, and Chris Wallis was called to sub for Mikey Gammon. Mikey and Matt both were ill, so we put on our show in their place tonight from 9:30p-12:30a. Tons of requests (and tons of great feedback) were delivered to my piano all night long from the people in the packed club. Thanks once again to Chris Wallis for being a pro drummer and knocking every song I threw his way outta the park!
Friday, January 12, 2018
I had a hard day today. Before my show, I had to take my sweet 17 year old puppy into the vet for the last time. I was in a reflective mood when drummer & good friend Chris Wallis showed up at the club in Austin, TX. When the show began, there were only five or six people in the club, but one of them liked our show so much that he left and brought back about 100 people with him from a convention he was in town with. That group was so nice and energetic, and all of them were so appreciative of the show Chris and I put on that it made my night enjoyable when I originally didn’t think that would’ve been possible. I’m so glad I was performing with Chris tonight, as he knew how very special my pup, Sam, was to me and my wife. Thanks to everyone who hung out and made my night happier.
Sunday, January 7, 2018
In New Braunfels, TX, tonight, Danny Smith and Joe Resnick joined me on stage to entertain the masses. I enjoyed our show, including when a bachelorette gave me an octopus tentacle to put on my drumstick, also when we celebrated about six birthdays at once, and when folks asked me mid-show for contact info for some private events! On a personal note, I also had a chance to hang out with my wife, Christine, and also my niece, Anna, which is always a treat. Christine took many of the photos in this post!
Saturday, January 6, 2018
It was another fun night with the great Heather Ray in New Braunfels, TX! We had lots of folks in great spirits tonight. I enjoyed playing for a couple of people’s birthdays and also a bachelor party, plus all of our normal requests from the crowd. I’ll be back tomorrow night, so you should show up, too!