The title says it all. I challenged myself to write and record an album in one weekend and I’m proud to say that I actually did it. Stream or download it for free below then check out the story of the project.
I learned a lot from the Home Roots Tour but I also had one hell of a time. I learned where I want to take my music career, how I’d like to change my live performances and storytelling in my shows. If you were at the The Riviera show in Geneseo you know exactly what I’m talking about because that was the show I want to play and how I’ll base my future shows. It was, without a doubt the best show I’ve ever played and the most exciting part of is that there’s only better shows to come.
It’s a busy summer for me, and the Dog Days tour is the second of three tours during this year’s warm season. I’m announcing this from Bend, OR while on my Solstice Tour, so this is really non stop for me all the way and I’m lovin’ it.
Since I often play three to four hour shows, people frequently ask me how I remember lyrics to each and every song I play. To be honest, my memory is awful. Really, it’s incredibly bad. The trick in remembering lyrics lays in the tradition of folk music and why it exists in the first place.
What a busy week but I can’t complain. I love the work. On February 10th, I made my way up to Bellingham for a show at Kulshan Brewing Company and then two days later I headed over to Moses Lake for a show at St. Brigid’s Brewery. There were lots of stops in between too. One at Whatcom Falls Park and then plenty of stops around both towns trying to get some future gigs.
This week I’m in Monroe, WA at the cozy Twin River’s Brewing Company for the Regional Weekend of Expressway Balladeer. Twin Rivers is a pretty small place but they make some great beer and have a great atmosphere, which is probably why the place was pretty full for most of the night.
I met so many great people while on my fall tour last year and I just so happened to meet Trevor Down who is the co-founder and Director of Promotions of Even Stevens at my show in St. George. We got to talking about his business and what Even Stevens is all about and I’m telling you right now that if you have not visited an Even Stevens near you, you need to do so for a couple of important reasons.
This Regional Weekend episode of Expressway Balladeer, I venture over the Cascades to the snowy town of Winthrop and perform at the Old Schoolhouse Brewery. While there, I got a call to sub for another artist the following day in Maple Valley to make this episode a double show doozie.
I don’t get to play in Seattle very often, even though I live in the area but this weekend I get get my chance with Spinnaker Bay Brewing. Since they’re so close, I was able to take the train to the show so this episode of Expressway Balladeer should really be an episode of Railway Balladeer.