Just A Few More Shows In Florida
Need A Few More Good Places To Perform In NC
Just me, my guitar, harmonica and footdrums performing Hurricane Party
It has been what seems like forever since I released a live music video. If you're wondering what I sound like nowadays, here's a good chance to get the answer. My version of James McMurtry's song, Hurricane Party. Was recorded live on Saturday at the Saturday Morning Market.
Crazy good harp in this cover of CCR's classic song
Here's the last of 3 videos from this past weekend. This time it features my harmonica player showing off my Front and Center Harp "G-Rack" Mic that Scott Brown created. Along with the Farmer Footdrum harp mic it is simply the best I've ever used.
Another live song recording...
Here's another live music video of me covering Steve Earle's song, Invisible. It was recorded live on Saturday at the Saturday Morning Market
I'm proud to announce that my latest CD, The Good Ones, is out!
I always get excited and super nervous when I release another CD. This one is what others would title as a Best Of CD, but since I'm not famous I've just called it The Good Ones. They are 17 of the songs I believe are the best originals I've ever penned and recorded. There are a few that are not yet recorded that I believe are better than these, but every songwriter always feels that way about the babies.
READ ABOUT THE GOOD ONES
You've heard it said that a picture is worth a thousand words and even though a song is just a picture that is painted with music instead of paint or film, many times those words don't tell the whole story behind how or why a song came to be written. With that in mind I took several hours and tried to write down the driving force/muse behind every song on my new CD, The Good Ones. If you're interested, it might be a pretty good "read". While you're there you can also be one of the first to order the new CD, which features 17 of the what Lynn and I think are the best songs I've ever written. My good friend Gray Burchette always tells me, man that's a Good One! I think he said that about every song on this CD and many times listened to them when they were not even a whole song and not even close to being a good one, so I think this is very appropriately named. It was hard for Lynn and I to narrow down a lifetime of songs to just what would fit on one CD but this is as close as we can come.
Those that didn't make the cut might end up in another Best Of CD called "The Pretty Good Ones". :-) Thanks for all the love and support many of you give me and my music. You're family to me for all the right reasons and my life would not be as rich or rewarding without you.
Over the years, especially after performing regularly at St Petersburg Saturday Morning Market which is one the country's biggest farmers markets, I have learned that I love performing at markets. This past Saturday in Pineville was no different. Lynn and I arrived at 7:30 to get setup to perform at 9:00. That's 9:00am for my music buddies who are used to starting their sets at the other 9:00 time. :-) Like all outdoor shows this time of year, it was hot... I mean HOT! But my trusty big blue fan kept me cool enough to do the 3-hour show and enjoy performing. I thought I did a great show and I'm my worst critic but later that day I received an email that confirmed that they thought the same thing. Here's the email:
We have been fortunate and had some very good musicians perform at our farmers market this year, however, you may be the best we've had the honor to host. You put on a great show this morning. I wish more people had been there to hear you, but like a true pro you put on a standout performance. We will definitely have you back and hopefully to a larger audience. Again, thanks for coming and look forward to seeing you again.
You meet the nicest people at markets, well almost anytime I perform, but especially at markets. From my stage I could see the side street and smiled at the fact that many folks made several trips around the block to listen, even one red truck just blocked traffic for several red light sequences. Business owners on the block brought chairs out in front of their stores and just sat there and listened. And then there were the market visitors. It got busy around 10:00 and they were very complimentary and kind. Many vendors told me that it was their biggest day yet and that some folks came around 2 or 3 times while they were listening. Always good to hear that my music keeps folks interested and engaged instead of driving them away.
So if you've read down this far you're either family or a real fan, which means you're also family and I thank you. On a personal note, I had been off for 2 weeks to visit friends in Canada prior to this show. That's the first time I haven't picked up a guitar for that long in probably 40 years. I thought I'd be itching to get back to it but I was shocked that thoughts of retiring from the tiring grind of making a living as a solo musician and just enjoying my days that I have left. Lynn and I have talked a lot about it lately. I know the day that I'll do that is quickly approaching and until this performance I thought it was just around the bend. I'm not saying it won't happen soon, but shows and audiences and love of my music that I felt this weekend will likely keep me performing for a few more years. This thing that I do is a physical thing. It hurts an old body everytime I do it. It's hard work and leaves me tired and drained. But the rewards of having folks love one of my songs, buy my music and applaud after every song at venues that are not concert venues... well that's enough joy to be OK about the strain I apply to my legs and hips each show. Don't get me wrong, it's not a freaking marathon but it is much harder than just standing there strumming and singing. I've built up a stamina level by performing so much, but the 2 weeks off was an awakening this weekend. I love what I do or I wouldn't be doing it, but at some point there will come a time when I just enjoy listening to good musicians... well maybe it will come. :-). Until then I'm going to keep pounding on these drums and singing my heart out to anyone who will listen and smile.
Here's one-camera video from last night's show in Columbia, SC. If this isn't my best live video yet then I'm not sure what it would be. It's me performing Ray Wylie Hubbard's song, Last Train To Amsterdam using my secondary setup for drums which includes the Stomp, Upsnare and Downbeat from Farmer Foot Drums.
Fun times last night at Full MOON Oyster Bar in Clemmons, NC
Last night at Full MOON Oyster Bar in Clemmons was a fun, fun time. They have the best staff and I love being part of their regular music scene. Last night after I had finished my last song I was reminded I never got around to performing the requested song Piano Man so I fired up an encore and to my surprise the pretty girls behind the bar proceeded dance and sing.
PS, for those of you who know harps, I had unknowingly blown a reed in my C harp during the show so it's fun to watch me try to work around this while doing the song.
It's Good To Be Back Home... But Geez What Bad Karma and Press!
You'd have to live in a cave to not know that NC is getting a lot of bad press recently. Lynn and I made out 12-hour trek back to NC last week and while it was good to get back to our real home it was sad to see so much negative press about our state. I'm as "straight" as I95 in Florida but I do believe in folks having a choice of who they are and what makes them happy in their own pursuit of happiness. I'm not cancelling shows like many bigger acts, because frankly I have to eat... but I am sensitive to the fact that many folks are ashamed of how our government in Raleigh is representing those who pay the taxes that pay their salaries. Many of the folks I cherish and love are here in our home state and I'm happy to be back. I just wish this legislation had been better thought out and debated before hastily enacted. I'd make a terrible politician because my main platform would be is this better for the music in NC. That wouldn't make everyone happy either.
On To Happy News...
It's been a busy week or so in NC. Last week I was honored to provide the music for a cool, brisk outdoor wedding in Laurinburg, NC. Wednesday night kicked off my first public show in Mount Airy, NC at Old North State Winery. We had a great rowdy crowd that helped pump me up for a good show. Then last night I was at Full MOON Oyster Bar in Clemmons, NC for a fun show up on their cool little stage. It started out low key and laid back, as it usually does, but by 8:00 it was rocking in their. I had a lot of requests and as I always do, if I know the song I'll do it. Even if it's Freebird which I killed last night... sure wish I'd recorded that one. I appreciate all the friends, family and fans my music brings me close to. Many of you came out last night for my welcome back to NC show and it was so good to see so many of you there. As i make the rounds to all my local stomping places I know I'll get to see many more and I can't wait. Next week I'm booked at 2 private events, one in Winston-Salem and the other in Columbia, SC.
Keep an eye out of Facebook for updates to my schedule. If you haven't "Liked" my page there, I'd sure like it if you did. :-)
I just received a great review from the couple who hired me to play the rooftop cocktail hour that turned into a rooftop wedding reception. I always love it when folks love my music and I work hard to make sure folks are happy.
We hired Owen Poteat in Virginia Beach back in 2013 and last week in St Pete Beach, Florida for our friends rooftop wedding at the Hurricane restaurant. Owen played his fantastic original songs,and a few covers and mesmerized all of the guests. Owen plays harmonica,guitar,and drums all at the same time and he sounds like an entire band is playing on stage. We have never seen a better one man band that can even shine this man's North Carolina shoes. Owen is a class act and his wonderful wife Lynn is awesome too. If you want an unforgettable musical experience you need to hire this great musician.