Joined: Feb 25, 2007
Location: Somewhere in the United States. (Traveling...)
No. 1 Posted on May 16, 2012 3:26 PM
I've been missing for a while. I stopped in yesterday and read a lot. I thought I'd give you all a few updates as to what I've been doing. I am dividing it into a post about my music life and a post about what's been going on other-wise so that one conversation doesn't derail the other.
In the summer of 2010 I met a singer/guitarist who was doing a solo acoustic gig. We became friends and started jamming together with me playing hand percussion and doing background vocals. We took it into the bars and have played thirty or forty gigs in the past year and a half. We go by the name "Feral" and recently anded a third member who plays bass, doubles on guitar and sings some lead. It is a cover band doing acoustic versions of mostly classic rock, although we have added more and more new music. (Think "unplugged".)
In the spring of 2011 my cohort in "Feral" seemed to be loosing interest. I looked for another solo singer/guitarist as I was enjoying that format and wanted to do more of it. I ended up meeting two guys who were doing acoustic covers (guitar and bass) and wanted a percussionist. Just as we were ready to start gigging, the singer/guitarist decided that he wanted to go more rock oriented and electric. When the bassist and I said that this wasn't our intention, he moved on. We fount a new guitarist/singer who did covers and originals. The sound really was magic from the begining. We've been gigging together since last summer and have built a bit of a following. Now we recorded our first CD of originals. It is being mastered right now and should be released some time in June. The sound is roots/americana with an Irish accent. It's very different. We go by the name "The Green Ridge Runners". We are booked steady through September. Either band gets a line on a gig, they check my schedule before they confirm. It's keeping me busy.
But as they say in the infomercials, "BUT WAIT, THERE'S MORE!"
I have an old friend named Rob who is a pretty good drummer and a really nice guy. He is very involved in the local blues society and friends with every blues musician in the tri-state area. He had talent, but really owned junk equipment. I stumbled upon a set of 1966 Rogers in black diamond pearl. Someone had drilled them for new hardware, but they sounded good. I picked them up cheap, put together a hardware package and gave them and my A Customs to Rob so that he'd have a gig-able set. Rob's dream had always been to play in a working blues band. When he got the kit a several local musicians from different bands joined together as a band so that he could realize his dream. They all have more serious bands, but this is a fun side project for them. Alas, they didn't have a full-time bassist. Each gig a different bassist would fill in. They know that I play bass as well as drums , so they recently enlisted me to be a part of this blues project. This band doesn't play a lot, but it is fun. The name is "The Hedge Trimmers".
I'm playing hand percussion in two bands and bass in one. Weirdly enough, I'm not playing drumkit with anyone currently.
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