On May 2, Julie and I took a 36-hour out-and-back trip to LA for the Jontry/Stoddard wedding..SANS CHILDREN. Our previous 4 flights had included our 2.5 and 1 yr old daughters, so this trip without them made air travel feel like quite the pampered luxury.
On May 4, 5, and 6 I travelled to Nashville with my manager, John Owens to meet with several booking agents and producers. We took a tour and met with the lead engineer of the storied Ocean Way Studios. We are currently in talks with several of the producers that we met trying to decide who we will make our next album with. I can’t wait!
May 15 and 16 we played the Grapevine Main Street Festival and made some great new fans and friends. They liked us so much that they immediately invited us back to play the Grapevine Grape Fest (September 11-13). I also had the wonderful opportunity to meet Marc Broussard and his band, who headlined the festival (see photo below). Very awesome dudes and a killer band. They wrapped their own cables and loaded all their own gear…even my heroes have to do the dirty work.
On May 22 Julie and the girls went to Las Vegas to celebrate my brother-in-law’s law school graduation and I stayed behind to play a wedding. And what a wedding it was.
The wedding venue was Don Strange Ranch in Boerne. It sits over a mile off the blacktop road. Mike Gomez (my drummer, aka The DMG) and I got the venue at 330 in the afternoon to set up and it was raining pretty hard at that point. By 430 the area started to flash flood and all the roads in and out of the ranch were closed by the state police. The roads stayed closed until 1am. So the wedding party and all the guests were unable to get to the venue and we and the caterers were unable to leave. So we ate their delicious wedding food, drank the beer and waited out the storm. The wedding was rescheduled for the following day. Mike and I got out at 1am and returned the next afternoon to play the wedding, again. The roads were so washed out that Mike couldn’t get his go-cart of a car (Honda Fit) out of the ranch, so we had to hire a huge flatbed tow truck to tow him out…which happened during the reception. At the end of the day the wedding turned out great, but everyone was
pretty frazzled. It will go down as the great flood of 2015. We even made the evening news…”wedding band and caterers stranded at wedding overnight…”!
On May 30 Julie, I, and the girls travelled to Michigan for my sister Amy’s wedding. While I was there I performed on the eightWest morning show in Grand Rapids and debuted my new song called “Josephine.” A song about…you guessed it, my daughter Josie. Check it out here: https://youtu.be/-HTk8dfvM1w?t=3m44s
This next month we’ve got some big events coming up. We are especially excited to be playing on Monday June 15 with BEN FOLDS at Stubbs BBQ in Austin, Texas. There is no one I’d rather play with (except Billy or Elton, of course).
June 12-13 (Corpus Christi, TX).
June 19 – Sam’s Burger Joint (with Poor J Brown) (San Antonio)
June 20 – Local Pour (Houston)
June 21 – Springboard South Music Festival (Houston)
June 27 – Private party for our #1 fans, Vic and Margaret!
July 3 – Rock the Block music fest (San Antonio)
If you made it this far, thank you for reading!!!
Can’t wait to see you at a show soon. If we don’t come to your city, let us know that we should and we will!