Sunday, May 27, 2018
Chris Wallis and I performed in Kyle, TX, together tonight. I was glad that I got to spend both Friday and Saturday with Chris! It was a rare treat! We played several tunes by Queen requested by the crowd, plus a bunch of other songs. This was my first night at Papa Jack’s, and I’d like to thank those who hung out with us.
Saturday, May 26, 2018
Chris Wallis and I had a good time in Victoria, TX, tonight. The club had all new gear waiting for us, so after a few adjustments, we began our request show. Some very odd songs were given to us to play in between all of the sing-along classics. The favorite of the night was “Walk The Dinosaur” which we had to convince one of the bartenders was a real song.
Friday, May 25, 2018
Did another night of Live Band Karaoke in New Braunfels, TX, tonight with Andrae Blissett, Pancho Garza, and for the first time, Holly Cloyd! Holly was fun to work with, and I’ll share the piano-bar stage with her in a few weeks here. We had a bunch of singers come up and sing with us. I was on bass (via my keytar, while wearing my new “Music Of New Braunfels” Star Wars-themed shirt), and every now and then, I’d roam out into the room to see how it was sounding, and it was good. I was watching the show “Community” on Hulu before the gig, and lost it when one of the characters beat a car with the very same model of keytar I use.
Saturday, May 19, 2018
These black and white photos were taken by my talented niece at our gig tonight. I love performing at Zydeco’s in Mooresville, IN, with Mark Clark (drums) and Bill Ritter (bass). It gives me a chance to not only play my original music in venue full of appreciative people, but also get to see family, friends, and fans from all over Indiana. My niece and nephew were there with my sister and brother-in-law, and at one point, she borrowed my wife’s phone to take some good shots. A bunch of other people were there, too, and the only downside to playing is that I don’t get to hang out with everyone as much as I’d like to, but we all still found time to photobomb each other! Until next time, goodbye, Indiana! We’re heading back to Texas in the morning.
I returned to Mooresville, IN, tonight for a gig with the two great musicians, Bill Ritter (bass) and Mark Clark (drums). I loved seeing all my old friends and fans, and getting a chance to perform a bunch of good music for them. We performed almost every tune from my new album, “Matinee Monster Movies” over the course of the evening. I feel lucky to be able to play music for a living, and I’m glad I get to do it with such talented musicians. Also, another big thanks to Christine Barton-Holmes for taking photos!
Wednesday, May 9, 2018
Performing on the Ray Benson stage at the airport in Austin, TX, with Matt Wilson Band today was fun! His original material has a good singer / songwriter vibe to it. Jimmy, John, and Kevin are solid performers, which makes my job easy playing organ parts for the soloists to play on. I’m just glad I didn’t have to be thoroughly patted down leaving as I was when I arrived. That TSA guy didn’t even offer to buy me a drink!
Sunday, May 6, 2018
Jack’s Roadhouse in San Marcos, TX, is where DanHolmesGroup tightened up over the course of a couple years. Today was their last day of music with Floyd and Jamie as the owners, so Kevin Humphry and I played a set as a farewell to them! I always enjoy performing with Kevin. He’s a great guitarist and friend!
David Lee, Heather Ray and I performed in Pearland, TX, tonight for Cinco De Mayo! There were a couple hundred people out to see our five-hour long dueling pianos show. The folks were very kind to us as we played all of their requests. A couple birthdays and a lot of dancing later, we hopped in the truck and headed back home, (about 3+ hours away). I know it’s been a long day when I hear birds chirping before I get to bed. It was lots of fun to play with two very talented performers tonight!
Saturday, May 5, 2018
I wore a rebel helmet and two Star Wars shirts for our “May The Fourth Be With You” gig in Victoria, TX, tonight. Heather wore a “Juan Solo” shirt, and Chris decided he was Han Solo’s lesser known son, Drum Solo. It was a great evening with a couple good friends playing all the random requests people would bring up. Oh, and Star Wars was playing on all the screens throughout the bar all night. Geek heaven!
Friday, May 4, 2018
I drummed all night for Live Band Karaoke in New Braunfels, TX, on a pleasant Thursday evening. Jami McNeill and Pancho Garza were on stage with me as we let audience members come up and sing their songs with us. It was a good night all the way around!
Tuesday, May 1, 2018
I played a pick-up show in Austin, TX, tonight (because another player was ill) with drummer Joe Resnick. I always enjoy shows with Joe. We pulled out lots of tunes we’d never played together before. The crowd threw some fun curve balls at us, like Don Williams and Howling Wolf. It wasn’t a busy Monday night because of some rain in the area, but it was very enjoyable!
Sunday, April 29, 2018
John, Amy and I teamed up on the crowd in New Braunfels, TX, tonight. It’s always a pleasure to perform with both of them! We had a great crowd with what seemed like an endless parade of birthdays and bachelorettes. We had the keytar and John’s trumpet to sprinkle in the show, which was fun. Yay!!!
Sunday, April 22, 2018
In the Park View room, Chris Wallis and I performed for Kelly Penick’s 50th birthday celebration in Austin, TX, tonight. We played a three-hour show from 9p-midnight. Before and after our set, I did a little DJ work to keep the crowd entertained. Chris and I had a great time in the beautiful new downtown Austin hotel, and it was a pleasure performing for all of Kelly’s friends on her big day! Happy Birthday, Kelly!
Saturday, April 21, 2018
It was a fun night in Victoria, TX! We had tons of requests and people dancing to their various tunes all night long. The great Chris Wallis joined me on stage as we ran through a bunch of 4/20 related song request shenanigans. Thanks to all the people for bringing up so many tunes tonight! It was fun playing them!
Wednesday, April 18, 2018
I performed with Mikey Gammon in Austin, TX, on 6th street tonight. We had a great crowd of singers and dancers! They were on a Beatles kick at one point, which I always love. I enjoyed performing with Mikey, especially since we got to play a dozen tunes or more tonight which we’ve never played together. It made for a fun time!
Sunday, April 15, 2018
Tonight, I met and performed with a couple players in New Braunfels, TX. Evan Burgess and Jami McNeill both put on a good show for the club. A few bachelorettes and birthdays, and a bunch of requests made for an entertaining night. It’s always a good time in New Braunfels!
Saturday, April 14, 2018
Ian Lee, Nick Lochman and I performed as “The Swingits” today in San Marcos, TX. It was a gorgeous day to play outside, and we had a great time playing a bunch of Western swing tunes and standards, plus a few original tunes just for good measure. During our second set, we were joined by Ike Eichenburg on guitar. Big thanks goes out to Christine Barton-Holmes for taking a bunch of photos today!