Saturday, April 29, 2017

Moonshine & Ale 4/28/17

Yeah! Chris Wallis and I had them losing their minds in New Braunfels tonight. We played our all-request show from 9p-midnight, and had lots of different kinds of things brought up to us. We tackled everything from 'N Sync to Barry Manilow to Led Zeppelin to Train. Always a treat to get to perform with Chris!

Friday, April 28, 2017

Crafthouse 4/27/17

San Marcos, TX was full of dancers and sports fans tonight. I took requests from the crowd,  and Brian Carlisle helped me perform those requests with his drum beats. I wasn't sure how the night was going to go because when we started, there was a game on TV, and everyone was watching, but when we started, we had them dancing all night! Great job, Brian!

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Desiderata Estates 4/25/17

Jimmy T and the Teardrops invited me to gig with them this evening in Lockhart, TX, so I did! Jim Talbot (guitar), Johnny Schexnayder (bass), and Gilbert "Big Daddy" Gonzalez (drums) were easy to perform with, and I enjoyed just hanging back and playing some blues. I hope to play again with them in a few weeks! Thanks to Christine Barton-Holmes for the cool photo. 

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!

Saturday, March 11, 2017

Gourdough's Public House 3/10/17

Heather Ray and I played in Austin tonight, and it was a fun show! We swapped off between drums and piano a few times, and even had a guest drummer come sit in with us at the end of the night. People were in from out of town because this is the beginning of SXSW. I was just glad to play requests like "Sex Machine" and "Let's Stay Together". Heather rocked the crowd on both drums and piano. Lots of people told me how much they enjoyed our show, so I left the gig happy!

Wednesday, March 8, 2017

Tantra Coffeehouse 3/7/17

I love playing with these fellas. Ian Lee on guitar, Kevin Humphrey on bass & Chris Wallis on drums joined me in San Marcos for an outdoor event on a beautiful evening. We played a couple hours of tunes for our first of our monthly shows at Tantra, "Phat Tuesdays". I did record it, and I'm sure I'll get at least on video together before we perform again there on April 4, 2017! A big thanks to Christine Barton-Holmes for taking photos, and to Eddie Baty for the poster. 

Saturday, March 4, 2017

Moonshine & Ale 3/3/17

I knew tonight was going to be weird and fun by the first two requests Roger Glenn (drums) and I received. Yep, "Rudolph The Red Nosed Reindeer" by Burl Ives and "Pony" by Ginuwine started off the night which just got stranger as the evening went on. Several birthdays and bachelorettes took the stage during the night, but when the vets came up for "Proud To Be An American", they rightly received a standing ovation from the full club in New Braunfels. And then they all danced to "Brick House". Yep. Weird. 

Friday, March 3, 2017

Moonshine Drinkery 3/2/17

I drove to Victoria, Texas tonight, where I met up with Mr Rhythm, Chris Wallis. We took request from the crowd, and played a fun show from 10 PM until midnight. The crowd really packed the place! Thank you to Everett for running the sound, and to everyone for all of the kind words at the end of the night. Chris and I will see you next month!

Wednesday, March 1, 2017

Evangeline Cafe 2/28/17

Happy Mardi Gras! We had a fantastic show tonight in Austin, TX. Ian Lee on guitar, Kevin Humphry on bass, and Roger Glenn was filling in on drums, and they made the show flow. I love playing with these guys. We had dancers and sold some records, so what more can you ask for? Thank you to Curtis Clarke for including us again this year in the festivities. Also, thank you to Kashi for taking some photos of the band! 

Sunday, February 26, 2017

Cascades Country Club 2/25/17

Gray Gregson (piano), Chris Wallis (drums) and I traveled about five hours north to play a benefit show where we were representing New York, New York Dueling Pianos. This show was for the heart association, and it had an "Alice In Wonderland" theme. There were people dressed up like characters from the story, and everyone else in formal wear. The show went great, and we were even joined by the organizer, Carmen, for a rendition of Patsy Cline's "Crazy"! Afterwards, we hopped back in the car and headed five hours back to San Marcos. Long day!

Saturday, February 25, 2017

Moonshine & Ale 2/24/17

Roger Glenn and I had a full house again tonight in New Braunfels! It was a crowd ready to sing, and boy, did they sing. Roger sounded great, and I enjoyed performing with him tonight. Coming up this Tuesday, Roger will join me in Austin, Texas for Mardi Gras with my original band! Yay!

Friday, February 24, 2017

Crafthouse 2/23/17

I like the dancers we had tonight in San Marcos. Brian Carlisle (drums) and I got them moving with us. We had some of the most random requests in recent memory, including a random Ohio tangent of Bowling For Soup, Ohio Players, and Midnight Star. The night concluded with the Beatles "Martha, My Dear". Wow!

Sunday, February 19, 2017

Gourdough's Public House 2/18/17

Man, oh, man! Tonight was crazy in downtown Austin. Brian Carlisle (drums) and I performed four-hours to a packed house. Apparently, there was a 90s pub crawl happening, and so we had TWO different groups of Spice Girls come in and sing with us. We played so many 90s tunes, I began sweating flannel. Brian rocked, and the night was great!

Saturday, February 18, 2017

Moonshine & Ale 2/17/17

Chris Wallis and I played in New Braunfels tonight! I had quite a few people tell me they loved me over the course of the evening, so I guess I did something right. Chris is always on top of the gig, and tonight was no different. He's the beat master!

Friday, February 17, 2017

Hyatt Regency Lost Pines 2/16/17

Matt Wilson and I performed a dueling pianos show tonight in Bastrop, Texas, for the Moer company. Troy Stone helped with the setup outside at the amphitheater, and then Matt and I played a couple hours, from 8p-10p for a fun crowd. Even though it was in the 40s tonight, I stayed warm by playing a bunch of upbeat stuff. It didn't take long for the people to migrate onto the stage for a dance party. I had a good time playing with Matt again, and the night went great!

Sunday, February 12, 2017

Moonshine & Ale 2/11/17

Roger Glenn and I played in New Braunfels tonight. We had a full room with quite a few friends and fans in the audience! I'm so glad to have a rock-solid group of musicians to perform every week, especially when we had so many requests that I had to try for the very first time on stage. Thanks everyone for a great night!

Saturday, February 11, 2017

Moonshine & Ale 2/10/17

I was a drumming fool in New Braunfels! Michael Sueiro took the piano duty (for most of the evening), and I gave him the funky beats to play with. The house packed up fairly quickly, and most folks stayed around all evening long. I did swap places with Michael a couple times, but my fingers were no match for his bloody nubs (yep, he bled for the audience tonight). I'll be on keys all night tomorrow at Moonshine & Ale!

Friday, February 10, 2017

Treff's Tavern 2/9/17

Dancing! Singing! Drinking! Yep, all that and more took place in San Marcos. Always a pleasure to work with the great Joe Resnick on drums, and tonight, the crowd put us to the test. We easily played more than half-a-dozen tunes for the first time together this evening. The crowd was all about challenging us!