Busy Time

my workstation

I have over 70 pieces of music, instructions, chatter and noodling recorded on my little Olympus hand-held doohickey, all in the space of a week, which means there’s a ton of stuff, many hours to sift through to get to the good takes of each tune..roughly 25 songs.  We’ve all been busy working hard to get this band to sound as good as possible, rehearsals have been quite productive and spirits are definitely up.  Seems like everyone is ready to get the show on the road.

Chris Robinson, doing his thang.
Neal Casal, terrific player and great guy.
Mark "Muddy" Dutton...this is the view I've had of him for the past two weeks, as he so diligently records these rehearsals. All the while trying to play the correct bass lines!
Adam MacDougall, my right-hand man...getting the job done.

It’s an honor to play with these cats and a wonderful opportunity for me to be in an entirely new and different musical situation than what I’m used to.  I’m a bit frazzled, but I know that once we get out and start playing in front of people, things will mellow out.  That’s my hope, anyway.  One more rehearsal to go, then I’ve got a few days to myself, which I’m very much looking forward to.  At midnight, I’m boarding a red-eye for a quick jaunt back to Memphis for the weekend to finish recording my good friend Billy Seward’s album and playing a gig with my trio, then right back to LA to continue with this chapter here.  As crazy as all that sounds, it’s gonna be nice to be home for a couple of days, slow down the pace, eat some bbq and be with my close friends again.

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