Thursday, November 29, 2012
Molly Malinowski opened the show tonight at the Triple Crown in San Marcos, TX before I joined forces with the Hill Country Gentlemen for a evening of fun-rocking country tunes. The crowd was deep into every tune we played, and I had fun just holding down some piano without worrying about having to remember lyrics! Molly sounded great, too! It was my first chance to hear her set, and she is a talented songstress. Thanks goes out to Triple Crown for keeping live music going in San Marcos!
Tuesday, November 27, 2012
Dah dah dah dah dah dah... You say it's your birthday.... Dah dah dah dah dah dah... It's my birthday too, yeah!
I performed tonight with my good friends, Ian Lee and Chris Wallis in San Marcos, TX. It was easily one of the tightest shows we've performed together thus far, and it was a great end to a birthday which started off in New Orleans. I spent the weekend with some old friends and my beautiful wife, and we drove back in today so I could perform with Chris and Ian. Those two made the drive worthwhile! Ian's guitar and Chris' drums sounded full and funky! Thanks to everyone who came out to the show!
Thursday, November 22, 2012
I was called in at the last minute to cover a show in New Braunfels, TX with Joe Resnick (drums) for the big Wednesday-night-before-Thanksgiving show! We had a full house by the evening's end, and tables were full right up to our last note. After playing all the requests with amazing Joe, I was ready for bed. Happy thanksgiving to everyone! I'm thankful for my wife, and the weekend trip coming up to NOLA to see our friends from the great restaurant in Moorseville, IN known as Zydeco's!
Tuesday, November 20, 2012
Tonight in San Marcos, Ian Lee, Chris Wallis and I performed at Jack's Roadhouse. Chris was frisky with his sticks, and he sounded like he was laying the groove down for some awesome old LP. Ian dug deep and surfaced with more blues licks than I thought he knew, which was fantastic to listen to. I had several people tell me how much they appreciated the style of music we were playing, and all said they'd return next week! I like how open folks are to music in these parts. It makes my career seem more meaningful.
Sunday, November 18, 2012
Night fell on Marble Falls, TX, then our big show began! Chris Wallis made my job easy once again, and the crowd appreciated him as much as I did. I had so many requests for '80s tunes, I felt like Martha Quinn. We had Toto, Talking Heads, Tears For Fears and Van Halen just to name a few of the many bands we covered. The night ended with "Ghostbusters" and "Don't Stop Believing". Who you gonna call?
Saturday, November 17, 2012
I returned to New Braunfels (after my first show at Tres Hermanaz) to perform with Chris Wallis at AJ's. We had a pretty packed house with a ton of birthdays. I felt bad at one point because two of the birthday people were dancing together, and they somehow tripped each other and slammed into my piano! They were fine, so we continued our show...
My favorite request of the night was written on a single scrap of paper which read, "Piano Man or Primus My Name Is Mud". I'm fairly certain that's the first time those two have appeared on the same piece of paper.
Friday, November 16, 2012
Ian Lee joined me in San Marcos, TX to perform a bunch of tunes at Tres Hermanas for my first gig of the evening. I performed on their baby grand piano, while Ian sounded fantastic on his acoustic guitar. We did everything from some originals to Ray Charles to Radiohead, and the people watching made it a point to come up and say how much they were enjoying themselves. I always have a great time with Ian!
Joe Resnick and I performed in New Braunfels, TX tonight for a small but very energetic crowd. I was impressed by the sheer volume of requests which hit my piano! I think I chose the very first song, and then played request after request after request right up until closing time. The cool thing about it was, most of the tunes requested were slightly unusual. Most of them I had played before, but it had been a while. I had a bunch of fun performing with Joe, and tomorrow night, I'll be back at AJ's in New Braunfels with the great Chris Wallis!
Tuesday, November 13, 2012
Monday night was a bit cold in San Marcos, TX, but that didn't slow us down a bit! Chris Wallis, Ian Lee and I did our thing for the crew at Jack's. Ian had a chance to shine during several tunes, and boy, did he shine! We pulled out half a dozen new tunes, and I had a great time performing to Chris' drum grooves. I look forward to our next Jack's show!
Sunday, November 11, 2012
I woke up in San Marcos, after about five hours of sleep, drove to the Houston Howl At The Moon to pick up gear and my wonderful dueling partner for the evening, Joi Keeler, then drove to where the wedding reception was being held in Port Acres, TX. Joi was a great partner to have at this Howl-piano-show-to-go, because the requests were pouring in, evenly split, between current girl pop songs and classic rock guy songs, so we were a perfect compliment to each other! After our three hour show (and another half-hour of very gracious compliments from the wedding party) we hopped back in the van and headed an hour-and-fifteen-minutes back to Howl in Houston to unload. So, basically, my day has consisted of three hours of loading/unloading gear, a three-hour gig, and six hours of driving. Goodnight!!!
Saturday, November 10, 2012
I drove to Marble Falls, TX and met up with drummer Vince Mejia at AJ's Ale House to play some requests for the Friday night crowd! The people danced to everything they'd requested, which is impressive because they wanted upbeat soul and rock like "In The Midnight Hour" and "Brown Sugar". The highlight of the night for me was when Duran Duran was requested, and I sang the girl and guy parts simultaneously. Too funny! Speaking of Duran Duran, does anyone know if they took their name from that old B-movie, "Barbarella"?
Monday, November 5, 2012
DHG is rocking Jack's super-good tonight! Chris Wallis was in the pocket during "Zachariah", making it sound even better than usual. Ian Lee showed off his best blues licks during many different of our rocking blues tunes. We are on break right now, so if you're reading this on Monday night, come on down to catch our last two sets!!!
Sunday, November 4, 2012
Hoooooooweeeeeeee! Tonight was PACKED at AJ's in New Braunfels, TX for the show Chris Wallis and I performed! The requests were landing on the piano faster than I could play them. The city was holding their annual "Wurstfest", so lots of lederhosen could been seen all over the place. We had them singing and dancing all night as we played one gigantic three-hour-and-fifteen-minute set. 10th show for me in 10 days. Time for bed now!
Saturday, November 3, 2012
This marked my 9th gig in 9 days, tomorrow night's show will be 10 for 10, then I can get some rest. But I'm glad to be performing with my buddy, Chris Wallis on the drums. The two of us played a bunch of widely varied requests from the crowd. My favorite request was from a birthday girl who promised us "lots of money" if we'd play "Natural Woman". Before I said yes, the man who was trying to impress the birthday girl ran up and dropped a bunch of cash in our jar, so I sang Natural Woman. Craziness.
Friday, November 2, 2012
Joe Resnick played drums tonight with amazing precision in New Braunfels, TX, while I played piano and threw tons of curve-ball songs his way. The crowd grew steadily all night long, and they had lots of ideas for tunes. Many requests for songs I'd never tried before, but we did them all! R.E.O. and Carley Rae, Paul Simon and Supertramp, and many, many more! See you in Marble Falls tomorrow night!
Thursday, November 1, 2012
Happy Halloween! Chris Wallis and I drove a couple hours from our houses to College Station, TX to perform a scary show for a big crowd. Lots of mummies, vampires, priests and goblins were out getting their drink on. I always have fun performing with Chris, and the crowd was entertained by his multi-part rendition of "Shots". The only down side to this show was the two-plus-hour drive back home after the show!