I have decided to take on learning the mandolin. I borrowed an epiphone electric one from Cody and am wearing my fingers down already. If I actually start seeing some improvement I think I'll have to buy one that has double strings because those little single string hurt like none other. So far I've got a few of the basic chords down. I like the sound of it and it's always fun to hear something make music from your work.
Our band is doing well and had a great practice tonight going over some new songs we can hopefully have ready by next Saturday for our pre labor day bash at The Hog Pit.
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Friday, August 28, 2009
Friday, August 14, 2009
Tomorrow we are playing at The Hog Pit in Midland for The Dottie Hill Musicfest. It is a cancer benefit concert in memorial of Dottie Hill and the proceeds are donated to The American Cancer Society. Last year we were able to raise ten thousand dollars to donate towards fighting cancer. This year we are hoping for more. The music starts at seven and goes on until the bar closes down. The line up will start with Manda Hill playing an acoustic set along with other acoustic surprises. The full bands then start with The Jackson Lee Brooks Band, then Black Eye Shiner, followed by Quincey Harper, Cody Hughes Davidson Band, and then headlining will be Mike McClure. It's going to be a great festival and I hope to see you out there.
Steve Miller Band last Monday was very fun. We played before the concert in the V.I.P. tent and had a fun short set. We didn't get to meet the band or anything particularly special but it was a fun show to be a part of, even with as small a part we had. Steve Miller Band took the stage and blew the house down. I was very pleased to see that with age the band hasn't lost a step. They played with a good energy instead of that sad familiar show of an old touring band that has lost the will to step up on stage. Steve's vocals were clear as the recordings and the band all together just knocked it out the park for me. Here's some pictures I was able to squeeze in between cheering and singing along to the hits.
The man in the foreground with the white hair, is the band's harp player. I believe his name was Buffalo? He had a very significant chromatic harp solo in one song I couldn't name. Also he accompanied just about every song with either diatonic riffs that were great to pick out or some well placed rhythm instruments.
Monday, August 10, 2009
We're playing at a fundraiser tomorrow in Midland and guess who we're opening for? I bet you've probably guessed by now considering the title, but yes we get to open for Steve Miller Band tomorrow. Incidentally, I just purchased a great Nikon camera and there are going to be so many pictures the next blog post will be eight pages long. Maybe I won't torture ya'll that bad, but i promise some great pics. Really really pumped for the show.