It’s a two-disc live recording that I didn’t even know I was making…
Everything felt good. It was a Friday night in November. The room, an old post office in League City, Texas, was full. The audience was kind and warm. I stood on a little stage, guitar strapped to my chest, and played my songs. I told stories. I played whatever popped into my head as the night progressed. I didn’t have a setlist or a plan– I just shot from the hip, which is what I usually do at my shows.
I didn’t find out that the tape had been rolling until after the evening was over.
I would have done a few things differently had I been planning to make a live record: I would have mic’d the crowd and I would have mic’d my guitar. The crowd noise that you can hear is coming through my vocal microphone. The guitar signal is coming straight out of my DI. These are minor complaints– one doesn’t trifle with happy accidents, after all.
This is a human recording. It’s not perfect, but that’s the nature of being human. I think I speed up and slow down here and there. I think I say “thanks” too quickly after every song– and in a weird way– but that’s what I did on this particular Friday night in November, the culmination of my 33 years, 8 months, and 5 days of life.
I think this is a good representation of who I am, as well as of my music and where it has taken me over the last third of those aforementioned years, months, and days.
I’ll be doing a few things leading up to the release, so keep your eyes open. Until then, I hope I see you at a show!