Saturday, January 28, 2017

Pipeline Gig...and My Take on Bullies

Singing in the cold with my friend Dan Ward on flute.
I will expound below in this post to express my thoughts on this whole pipeline business (independent of how Trump is or Obama was handling - or mishandling - the situation).

For now, just wanted to express how wonderful it is to see so many young people being smart, articulate, and active. Psera & Landra organized this in days, and I was honored they asked me to play. So I called my buddy Dan Ward and we did a few songs: the old folk song "Wayfaring Stranger", the Peter Gabriel song "Biko", and what started as an instrumental version of "Amazing Grace" but ended up having the 400+ people (who were out in the dark and freezing weather) singing their hearts out.

Michael Johnathon (founder/host of the PBS show Woodsongs) also played, as did Fred Keams. Many fantastic speakers included Black Bear, Rachel Thunder, Landra Lewis, Psera Newman, and others. And it was all just fabulous.

I hope you had similar experiences and gatherings in your neck of the woods.

Aside: All photos care of Jon Ricker of Lexington, KY.

And here's a local news story: Herald-Leader

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

January 2017

Well, we're halfway into the month! 2 weeks ago I posted about my 2017 Goals and invited you along for the ride! So, quick mid-month follow-up...

On-stage at Lexi-Fest Festival 2016
Kickin' workouts so far and about to go do 1000 stairs this morning.

Did some in-studio demo-ing of Bergstok Guitars and am having a fantastic chat with the owner - more details later if anything comes of it. But the guitars are fantastic, Sean is incredibly forward-thinking, and he's gonna be rich (with or without my input) very soon. Big shout to Dustin & Joshua over at Spectrum Entertainment.

Doing some TV & radio tomorrow (Thursday), session work Saturday, big story on me in the local newspaper Sunday, back to teaching Monday, Red Barn Radio appearance Wednesday (about a dozen radio stations across the southern US), some more press through the week, and the 3rd Lexington Music Awards Sunday, January 29.

Sunday, January 1, 2017

2017 GOALS (not resolutions)

I don't mind resolutions, but it's almost a tradition to break them (haha!). So...this is all about setting goals - both "process" goals and "product" goals.
On-stage at Lexi-Fest Festival 2016

Really, it's the same as our lifestyle challenges, but those got few and far between, with most comments happening on social media instead of here. So the idea here is to use this post as a PLACE to go to keep track of your goals, keep them at the forefront of your mind, and help each other stay focused....not to mention, sometimes we can help each other on the journey by some sort of collaborative effort. are some of my goals: