I admit that even though there’s lots going on around these parts, I’ve been light on posting. I’m a little burnt from post-tour re-entry. The wife and I have a vacation coming up in early June to take care of that. So in the internet tradition (yes, I am aware of all of them) of the daily wrap-up of short items with links, here’s a collection of stuff I’m up to that should tie us over until I return to 100%:
Speaking of Kira and I, we’re in Birmingham tonight, Atlanta on Saturday night (with CNN’s camera crew in tow!), and in Nashville for three dates in June before heading up to the Northeast late in the month. Check out the calendar page for all of the details. We’ll be putting some miles on the minivan, that’s for sure.
I’ve been doing a lot of tracking in the home studio for other artists. Cool folks like Razl (groovy guitar fusion), Anders Helmerson (insanely difficult keyboard-driven instrumentals), and Godsticks (modern prog; new album Spiral Vendetta coming out soon). I’ll give y’all a heads up when these releases come out.
Got two new Bass Player Magazine columns in the can, both dealing with metal bass techniques and tone. Also reviewed new CD’s from Julie Slick, Yves Carbonne, and The Generosity Water Project. All good stuff.
That’s all I got. Looking forward to disappearing in the Smoky Mountains for a week. See lots of you soon, I hope.
All My May Digital Sales Are Belong To “Low Notes For Nashville”
Tuesday, May 18th, 2010
This is a cute, internet-meme-aware way of saying that I forgot to mention in my last BellerBytes that I’m donating all the profits from digital sales of my music in the month of May to www.LowNotesForNashville.org.
The BBDC marketing department is having a meeting about this omission right now. It’s not going well. I think I hear metal scraping.
But if you’re not on the BellerBytes list, no bread for you. How to fix this? Just click here to subscribe. It won’t hurt a bit. You might even like being informed in real-time about this stuff, you never know.
For now, if you’re not on BellerBytes, just go here to see the whole info-packed thing. (Yeah, I know, it’s a MySpace blog. For some reason, that’s the easiest place to copy the whole e-mail and have the formatting stay intact. Yes, MySpace. Go figure.)
“Low Notes For Nashville” Flood Victims’ Relief Fund
Friday, May 14th, 2010
I just got home from the tour this morning, and my wife Kira and I drove around a neighborhood less than two miles from our house. It was completely devastated. Hundreds of houses totally wrecked by water, piles of waterlogged belongings out on the front lawns, Red Cross and FEMA workers everywhere, signs about missing pets, ruined pianos on the street…it was hard to be with.
So instead of getting down about it, I’m joining the efforts of Sean O’Bryan Smith, Lane Baldwin, and many other bassists in generating as much help as we can through their relief organization Low Notes For Nashville. It’s a bassist-led effort to take care of our brothers and sisters who lost everything down here. They really need your help.
I’m inviting you to watch this PSA I did for them, and consider donating to this worthy cause. Thank you for anything you can do.
Well, it was a week-long blur of only five shows, but it was one of the greatest musical weeks of my life.
Both Mike Keneally and I want to thank everyone who came out to the “They’re Both The Same Band” Northeast Tour 2010. It was great reconnecting with old friends, and seeing some new ones as well. I know I speak for Rick, Griff and Joe when I say that it was the energy and enthusiasm of the audiences that really made this tour special.
This is also a good opportunity for me to publicly thank Rick, Griff and Joe for their incredible musicianship in bringing my music to life for people who’d never before seen it live. Many had seen Rick and Joe bring the house down before; it brings me immense joy that lots of folks discovered the greatness of Griff Peters, and the unique and beautiful tonal palette he brings to the table. It not only completes the sound of my music, but it also adds a whole new sonic dimension to Keneally’s band as well.
Speaking of Keneally – we did play “Love Terror Adrenaline” on this tour, and he slayed it every single night. What else can you say about Keneally? He makes the impossible not only possible, but musical. I’m extremely grateful that he was up for the concept of this tour, and I’ve never had more fun playing in his band.
There are pictures of the tour scattered throughout the interwebs, especially on Facebook. But one set in particular stands out, shot by our friend Matt Urban. Both of the photos you see below were taken by him, (c) 2010 Matt Urban / www.studiomlive.com:
Get Things Done
Thanks In Advance
Love Terror Adrenaline/Break Through
Seven Percent Grade
Many people were taping. And that’s all I’m going to say about that.
As I said before we started, it was a test run. So was it successful? I’m proud to say that, yes, in our eyes, it was. Our little fledgling operation has plenty of room for improvement, but the general vibe is that we want to do it again, and sooner rather than later. It’ll be a bit, but eventually we’ll have something to say about that.
If you were on my digital street team to help promote the tour, or helped us load in or out to any of the shows, I am especially grateful to you for making the extra effort to help this crazy idea work as best it could – and it really did work. I’ll be in touch with a special “thank you” in the near future.
And now, I’m driving back to Nashville from Philadelphia. Nashville’s taken some lumps lately, and I’ll have something to say about supporting the relief efforts soon, as well as news about upcoming shows with Kira and I, Kira’s new CD, and much more.
For now, let me just say it one more time to everyone who came to see the tour: thank you. You made a dream of mine come true.
I almost didn’t make it out of Nashville, though, when a once-in-a-generation rainstorm came in and started flooding the state hours before I was set to leave. We’re using my minivan as one of the touring vehicles, and I’m bringing up a ton of the tour’s gear with me from Nashville to Philly. Then the rains came. I had to break out the full rain gear – meant for hiking! – just in order to get the car packed. Pictures below:
Eventually, man prevailed over nature.
Some of our fellow Tennesseans weren’t so fortunate, though – there was some pretty severe flooding, 70 cars got trapped on I-24, and a few people even died as a result of all this. Our thoughts are with them.
I was supposed to post another live video today, but in all the craziness it just wasn’t possible – I ran out of time. I’ll put up something good when I get back.
In the meantime, you might as well come and see the real thing.