Greetings from my little window overlooking downtown New Braunfels.
I moved into a new office– sharing it with a couple of like-minded independent business men who, like me, were feeling that they weren’t operating at 100% from an office inside of their house. It offers me a wonderful view of downtown. It’ll be a great writing room when other writers come into town, and I’m already feeling ten times more productive. I’m excited about this. Walt Wilkins helped me break in the room with half of a song (which we’ll complete when the songwriting gods allow), and it just felt right in here.
Speaking of Walt, I shared the stage with him on Tuesday at The Phoenix Saloon. On Sunday I was sitting on the stage at Arkey Blue’s Silver Dollar in downtown Bandera between Bruce Robison and Grammy winning songwriter Bobby Boyd. It was an incredible three day span for me– playing my songs alongside some of my heros. As a writer, I can think of no higher honor than that which is bestowed upon you by the silent nods and the quiet asides that are shared off mic during a show. The past few days have been chock full of those little honors, and if I just watched my career peak over the course of those two shows– well my friends, I am a lucky and successful man.
I’m not going to let that happen, of course. But if it did– if that’s the high water mark of my little musical jaunt– you won’t hear a single word of complaint from me. So, moving forward, there are some exciting things on the horizon that I’d like to share with you.
I’ve got a full calendar of shows until the end of the year. Soon, I’ll start working on 2011. Another one is in the books– 221 shows in all. Probably my best year yet, and for it I have you to thank, of course! Before we let 2010 slip away, however, I have a few more tricks up my sleeve. For those of you in my old stomping grounds of Hanover, Pennsylvania, I’ll be playing a show at The Conservatory inside of The Eichelberger Performing Arts Center on December 23rd. It’ll be an intimate night of music and stories. I haven’t played in Hanover in probably 7 or 8 years, so I’m excited to get back there. Look for details some time next week about tickets.
To bid adieu to 2010 in style I’ll be heading out to that beautiful little gem of West Texas: Alpine. Josh Grider, Matt Skinner and I will play a show at the Granada Theater in downtown and I’m really looking forward to this show– it’s a great venue, a great town, and I’ll be there with some of my best friends. We’ll be announcing the details shortly. If you’re interested in making the trip out there for the big day, you’ll have plenty of time to plan it out. We hope you’ll join us.
And of course in January of 2011 I’ll be heading back into the studio to craft album #5, Fresh Water In The Salton Sea. I’m really proud of this collection of songs and I can’t wait to share them with you. An early spring release sounds about right. Never in my wildest imagination did I expect to have 5 albums to my name, but that’s the cool thing about chasing your dreams– most of the time the things you come up with in your head pale in comparison to the events of real life. Imagination is fantastic, but real life is even better.
The sun just peaked it’s tired old head around the corner, busting right through the cloudcover of a sleepy New Braunfels Friday morning. Enjoy your day and your weekend, and as always, thanks for supporting the songwriters that matter to you as we’re out there fighting the good fight.
See you down the road