Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Georgia Southern

Hey y'all...did I pronounce that right?  I just got back from doing a show in Georgia.  To be more specific...South Georgia.  There is a creatively named college there....Georgia Southern.  I bet you didn't see that coming.  Here is a picture
The show was part of their "Day 1" event which is sort of a pep rally/welcome for incoming students.  As part of their welcome we rocked their faces off.  I think both the students and their faces appreciated the fact that we didn't play our full 90 minute set...

Here is something I think is cool.  Their mascot is named Freedom and he looks like this...

Freedom is the one on the top. 

It's a freakin' bald eagle!  I don't care who you are...that's cool.  Here's Freedom with the band and crew.

To summarize...your Monday probably wasn't as cool as my Monday because you didn't get to hang out with a bald eagle.

Saturday, August 10, 2013

Little Portugal

We arrived in Toronto on Thursday afternoon for a string of shows through Tuesday night...

Toronto has to be about the coolest city I've been to.  It's clean, fun, active, and they have a freakin' space needle.  Speaking of cool, check out the view from our hotel bar....

 That's right.  Left field of the Rogers Centre where the Blue Jays play.  Not a bad choice as far as lodging is concerned.

We played a small club in a Portuguese area of town; it's what we call a "fill in gig".  Sometimes bands play small shows between the big shows to keep the schedule full.  It was a ton of fun.  Small bars in cultural areas are some of my favorite places to play.  It's a much more personal performance and the band really gets to interact with the folks.  And in this case, those folks are Canadian.  So that means they're extra nice.  Here's a picture of the Dakota Tavern in Little Portugal...

String lights AND an upright piano?  I don't think you could ask for much more....

Monday, August 5, 2013

Start Your Engines

Nascar?  Awesome.  Pocono Raceway?  Also awesome.  Playing the pre race concert at Victory Lane before the Go Bowling 400 at which my friend and frontman Eric Beddingfield sang the national anthem?  More towards the upper end of the awesome scale as compared to the previous two subjects.     

Is there anything that stands atop the awesome scale, a full spot above playing in front of the grandstands at a 100,000 seat raceway?  Yes.  Here is a picture.

That is, in fact, the real Chuck Jones in the background.  What is that we're sitting upon?  Oh yes, you guessed right.  It's the pit box of the Burger King car.  That's how we roll.  Pun intended.  I shall leave you with one last view from the stage during sound check, if you care to take a gander...

Wednesday, July 3, 2013

On The Road Again

Hello reader.  I decided to start writing on this again because my life is getting interesting to the outside world.  While I find grilling every night and teaching every day to be quite interesting, it probably isn't to you.  So here goes....

I've spent the past few months away from stages and roads.  Most of my time has been spent teaching guitar lessons or producing songwriters' demos.  I absolutely LOVE both of the aforementioned activities.  The next few months, though, will be quite different.  August 1st will bring with it a very big change of scenery: a 5 week tour.  Here is a picture of what you can expect that to look like:

Pretty crazy, I know.  Try to contain your jealousy.  The road will take us up through the Northeast for some NASCAR races, into Canada for some festivals, back down south for more NASCAR, and back up to Canada for more festivals. 

I hope to keep you updated as this tour unfolds.  Until next's another picture from a previous ELB gig.

Thursday, February 28, 2013

Worship With Some Music

If you are a Christian musician, I want you to try something.  I want you to sit down with your instrument and worship with it.  Forget about art.  Forget about vocation.  Remember that you have been blessed with a talent.  So "play skillfully on your instrument and sing with joy", for the Lord delights in you and your praise.  If at all possible, get some other people to join you.  There should be no lights, PA systems, or teleprompters.  Only instruments and voices in unison.

We were created to worship.  Don't let it be misguided.

Tuesday, February 12, 2013

The Competition of Music

When did music become so competitive?  How can art be competitive? 

Two days have passed since the Grammy awards and I can't stop asking these questions.  I live in Nashville.  Music City.  Most of the country's most popular music is recorded here.  Underneath the artistic surface, though, is an extreme sense of competition.  Everyone is always looking for the next best gig.  Everyone goes to shows and stands in the back with their arms crossed saying "I can do that better."  I'm guilty of it.  I used to play music for free in church bands and local rock clubs because I loved it.  It was so fun.  But since I've entered into a professional music realm, I've noticed the competitive nature in me slowly creep up and begin to snuff out some of that raw energy and passion that consumed me early on in my musical life.  Does it come with age?  Does it come with money?    

I haven't been able to stop asking myself...why do we make music so competitive?