The penultimate show of 2016 took place in New Braunfels tonight, with my good friend Chris Wallis on drums. Every single song was a left turn for us. Johnny Cash, Metallica, the Bangles, Billy Joel, the Village People, Sublime, Merle Haggard, to Taylor Swift were all represented this evening. We did a pretty good job of keeping peoples eyes, except for now and then when they'd look at the TV for the sportsing scores. Ah, sports. Always sportsing when I don't care at all.
Friday, December 30, 2016
Roger Glenn and I had a good crowd tonight in San Marcos! I played a bunch of requested tunes with Roger which we had never tried before. Two come to mind: "Dear Prudence" and "I Melt With You", both of which we played like we'd rehearsed them. Thanks to everyone who showed up and gave us tunes to play!
Saturday, December 24, 2016
Chris Wallis, Merry Christmas. Hopefully, performing with me was as much of a Christmas gift to you as it was to me getting to perform with you in New Braunfels. Bah humbug to anyone who wasn't in the best of Christmas spirits as we jingled their bells with "Piano Man", "Shake It Off", and "Seven Nation Army". Just ask Santa, "You Shook Me All Night Long" is his version of Silent Night.
Friday, December 23, 2016
I had bunches of fun with Chris Wallis (drums) in Round Rock, TX tonight! We had a very energetic crowd. The requests ranged from Rocky Horror to Soft Cell. The best request of the evening was "Jessie's Girl" by Springsteen. That's right, Springsteen.
Sunday, December 18, 2016
I woke up in San Marcos, Texas, this morning at about 9 AM, and put on my running clothes. I then went for a 3 mile run through Purgatory Creek Park with my niece and my wife in 70°, lightly rainy weather. We all came back to my house and got showered and dressed, and then headed to New Braunfels with my parents to Alamo Drafthouse to watch the latest entry in the Star Wars franchise, Rogue One. We then headed back to my house where I played Battlefront on the PS4 with my niece until it was time to head out for my show. When I hopped in the car, it was 68° outside, but when I pulled up to my gig in Waco, Texas, it had dropped to 36°. I played a three hour show with my buddy Roger Glenn (drums), and after we packed up and loaded out at 1 AM, the temperature dropped 26°! Just a couple more hours and I'll be home, ready to celebrate my 13th wedding anniversary with Christine!
Saturday, December 17, 2016
Mikey Gammon and I reunited in New Braunfels to take requests from the audience. We had a good crowd all evening long. It was fun playing with Mikey again, especially doing tunes like "Lucy In The Sky With Diamonds". Another great show, logged in the books.
Friday, December 16, 2016
My first night at Crafthouse in San Marcos was tonight. I had a good crowd for my solo request piano show. I played from 9p until midnight, and they were asking for more as I finished up. Looks like I'll be back at Crafthouse sometime in the near future!
Thursday, December 15, 2016
Gray Gregson and I teamed up in Austin today to play for a private holiday party for employees at Visa. We performed "in the round", which was fun because it's an unusual set up for us. People got involved during our hour-and-a-half show. The show went really well!
Wednesday, December 14, 2016
I drove to Houston, Texas tonight to play with the club crew at Howl At The Moon. Four of us, Carey, Andrew, Brittany and myself played for a private party. The two hours I performed went well, although it took me a total of six hours in the car to do it! Ah, the life of a musician.
Tuesday, December 13, 2016
Sunday, December 11, 2016
I drove to Houston and met up with Mike Sueiro (piano), Kevin Humphrey (guitar), and Chris Wallis (drums) to play a Howl2Go (Howl At The Moon) dueling piano show for a company party on the main stage at House Of Blues. It's always a treat getting a chance to play with Kevin and Chris, and it's been a long time since I've had a chance to play a show with Mike. Mike is a great performer, and he was easy as ever to perform with. I'm glad I had the chance to perform with these talented musicians on the big stage in Houston!
Friday, December 9, 2016
The amazing Chris Wallis played a show with me tonight in San Marcos! We had a bunch of people hanging out and requesting oddball tunes. "Good Enough" from the Goonies was my favorite. Fun fact, "Whole New World" and "Faithfully" are almost the same song. We mashed them together perfectly. Oh, yeah, and we shoved "Strokin'" into "Champagne Supernova" just because.
Sunday, December 4, 2016
It's been several months since I've had the pleasure of working with drummer Clay Rheinlander, but he met me in Austin to take requests from the crowd tonight. We locked in just like old times. About half of the show was filled with tunes we've never played together, but they sounded like we rehearsed them a bunch. My favorite request of the night was "Just Like Heaven" by The Doors. Ha!
Saturday, December 3, 2016
In New Braunfels, TX, Andrae Blissett (drums) joined me on stage to entertain the masses! He's a great drummer, and easy to work with. The crowd was bringing up random tunes, and Andrae and I played and laughed through most every tune. It'll be good to gig with him in the future!
Friday, December 2, 2016
I played in Round Rock, TX with drummer Robin Mordecai for a party from 7p-8p, and then finished out the night for the general public from 8p-11p. Robin was easy to work with, and the crowd loved his tiny splash cymbal. My parents are in town for the holidays, so they came to the show tonight, too! It was a good show, and I look forward to the next time I'm in Round Rock at Rockey's!
Thursday, December 1, 2016
Gray Gregson and I put on a show tonight in San Marcos for the specific reason of video recording it for some online promotion. We had a packed house, and the crowd didn't let us down, because they sang and clapped with every tune we pulled out! It was a really fun night, and I would like to personally thank everyone who we invited for coming out to the show, and to the staff of Wake The Dead for helping us with the sound, and finally to my wife for taking a bunch of photos throughout the evening!