2.7.17 I’ve taken most of this new year to homestead, cultivating the collection of songs that I believe will become the next record. Some I’ve futzed with for too long, but just can’t seem to give up on. Others I just haven’t given the time or wasn’t ready to write, and was hoping this downtime would give them space to mature. The results? I’ll have to let them cool before I know how tasty they are or aren’t, but in the meantime, I’m happy to get back out and play them to strangers. The upcoming run will eventually lead me to Nashville where, on April 8th, I’ll begin finally making this next record with producer, Eric Masse (Rayland Baxter, Miranda Lambert, Andrew Combs). Joining me, will by my riding podnuh’s, of course, Myles Weeks (bass) and Maxwell Zemanovic (drums), and to dial in some keyboard colors, Jano Rix of the Wood Brothers. I’ve yet to approach a record with such confidence in the musical interaction between myself and the band. I’m so confident in that aspect, in fact, that it scares me into a focus on the songs themselves. I’ve never spent so many hours on a group of songs, methodically attempting to convince myself that I’ve written clearly and bravely. Why should that be so difficult?
New Orleans, LA
Its time to set off again. It’ll be the trio +1 with manager, Cap’m Ron on board. We’ll head Northeast just before the cold sets in, up to NY and back. By the time real winter shows up, we’ll be long gone, recording this new batch of songs in Nashville. I’ll use this tour to hone in on melodies and phrases of the new tunes here and there.. There was talk of bringing a tent along and doing some camping along the way to save a buck. The thought of beers around a campfire sounded like a great way to spend a handful of the nights on a tour. Looking into it, campground fees ain’t what they used to be. My Father and I used to pay 8 bucks to set up near a river in Mississippi every Summer when school let out. Rates are teasing 50 bucks these days. That’s what you pay for a Motel 6. What happened? Tent or no tent, we’re headed North and looking forward to it.