We made new fans and great connections with other bands at our SXSW showcase. Maybe even more noteworthy though, we just so happened to snag a parking spot directly in front of the venue…this is absolutely unheard of. SXSW is infamous for its atrocious parking and load-in for bands. I suppose the sweet parking spot was counter-balanced by the unfortunate absence of an elevator up to the third floor rooftop venue. We had to carry Bert (my upright piano) up several flights of stairs. I should have played the flute.
This month we sadly had to bid adieu to our bass player, Matt Franke, who took a “corporate man” job for UPS in the oh-so-frigid Minneapolis. He is in for a cold cold dose of icy reality. Hopefully he can find some side gigs playing bass up there to keep his chops up. We were very fortunate to replace him quickly with another great bass player from England called James Tommey. Tommey has been playing with us for about 2 weeks now and it’s been a very smooth transition. James has a degree in bass performance from Berklee…so yeah, he’s very solid.
This past Friday we had the honor of opening for Dennis DeYoung (Styx). His voice is as strong as ever and the band’s 4 part harmonies on all the classic Styx hits (Lady, Come Sail Away, Mr. Roboto, Too Much Time on My Hands, and the list goes on) were awe-inspiring.
Above is a photo of me and Dennis after soundcheck. He was very impressed with Bert and we talked keyboards/gear for several minutes. I was fanboying pretty hard.
And now the part where I encourage you to buy stuff from me so that my children can eat 🙂
Our new t-shirts have arrived and are now available to purchase online! Check them out (http://lucasjackmusic.bandcamp.com/merch/mens-gray-upright-piano-t-shirt) here (http://lucasjackmusic.bandcamp.com/merch/mens-gray-upright-piano-t-shirt) . A special thanks to Mike Gomez (my drummer) and Jazel Marie for modeling the shirts! Note that Bert graces the front of the new designs!
Enough of that, on to the music.
Our new album, “Before I Forget” continues to get solid radio play all over the country–34 stations and counting!
I wrote 5 new songs in March and I’m really excited to start incorporating them into our sets. They are intentionally NOT-ballads. I’ve been forcing myself to emerge from the comfort of writing sad ballads and turn up the energy with some raucous, dancy tunes. I love the new songs and can’t wait for you to hear them!
This month I have a long weekend trip planned to Seattle to visit my dear friend Jeremy Clem (Clementine’s namesake) and his family. He also has two girls almost the exact same age as my girls. It should be a perfectly hectic weekend. My sister Amy was kind enough to agree to come along as our babysitter-for-the-weekend. Side-note, Amy is an incredible singer. She sang the harmonies on my song “Paralyzed.”
I’m also spending a weekend in Charleston, SC to visit my brother. He has 10 kids. It will undoubtedly make me feel quite silly for periodically thinking my two daughters are a handful.
Despite my being out of town for two long weekends, we are still planning on playing a bunch of dates:
April 1 – Fox Daytime at 9 TV appearance (SATX)
April 1 – Quarry Hofbrau (SATX)
April 2 – Aztec Theatre (SATX) (opening for Sean McConnell)
April 3 – KPFT (90.1 fm) on-air performance (Houston)
April 3 – Corkscrew (Houston)
April 4 – Sobro (SATX)
April 15 – Quarry Hofbrau (SATX)
April 17 – House Concert (Fredricksburg, TX)
April 18 – St. Mary’s Oyster Bake (SATX)
April 24 – Vino Mio (Corpus Christi)
April 25 – Random beer Garden (Boerne, TX)
April 29 – Quarry Hofbrau (SATX)
April 30 House of Rock (Corpus Christi).