I have a “mega-lot” of things going on. For those not familiar with the metric system, that means “lots” times one thousand squared, or something. Of course I’d like to be busier in a broader sense, but right now, details and specific actions are targeted toward goals that are focused and attainable.

Let’s talk about sponge brain.

In this business that changes every day, there is no way to think “I know everything.” The concept that “I know enough,” is an unforgiving brick wall. So, I attend conferences, exchange ideas, watch webinars, enroll in courses, associate with other performers and writers, rehearse, write every day and try to learn everything I can. It’s like saturating a sponge, hoping that as much of the important stuff stays in and doesn’t leak out my ears.

I have spent the past couple of months since the Southeast Regional Folk Alliance Conference, performing at every opportunity, networking, and getting a new CD ready for release. I have also freed Gump (my 2001 Subaru Forester) to a new life and found a 1993 GMC Vandura for touring with more room for gear and some living space. A recent short trip through Roanoke, Charlottesville and back through Damascus, VA have proven Ursa, the big blue bear, road worthy, indeed.

So, back to the CD.

Live at the Hideaway was recorded earlier this year at The Hideaway Recording Studio, Inc./ The Hideaway Café in St. Petersburg, Florida by John Kelly. John’s level of expertise created a smooth and relaxed performing experience. It was so easy to get in the groove, and I think you can hear that in the music. Thank you, John.

I took the live recording to Robert George at Sound Temple Recording Studios in Asheville, where I recorded Panes in 2016, for some final editing and remastering and then sent that bad boy off to be made into CDs.

Live at the Hideaway is a live recording of a 45 minute set: a few songs from Panes and newer songs that I have only released as self-produced demo versions or that I haven’t recorded at all. I am thrilled with the results and am eager to share it with you.

Hey, it’s darn near August already! Coming up soon is the Mount Mitchell Crafts Fair, where I am part of the Live Music lineup. I am also performing for the 3rd year at the Soulshine Farm Music Festival. Soulshine is always one of the highlights of my year. With a lineup that includes the Jeff Austin Band, Malcolm Holcombe, and Mac Arnold & Plate Full O’ Blues, this festival promises to be a stellar musical experience. See my calendar for dates and times.

As you know, Panes was recorded in Asheville. If you say that really fast, it sounds impressive, eh? Sorta like, “…recorded in Nashville.”  I often explain the difference between Asheville with two “E’s” and Nashville with one “E.”

Speaking of Nashville and conferences and networking and learning, I am attending CD Baby's DIY Musician Conference at the end of August. I plan on stopping by the Nashville Songwriters Association International offices and meeting a few folks that I only get to talk to on the phone. I’ll also get to the BMI offices to do the same.  Of course, The Bluebird Café is on my list of things to do if I stay through Monday. That promises to be a busy and productive week!

Then, September! (with 3 “E’s)

September 7th is the release date of Live at the Hideaway with a CD Release Concert at OOAK, One of a Kind Art Gallery in Micaville. OOAK Art Gallery is the home of the Micaville Music Thursday Concert Series. The Gallery provides an intimate setting and captivating backdrop for local and regional touring performances.

It’s good to be busy. I am looking forward to everything that is coming up and also to seeing you soon. Let’s sit and chat for a spell. I’ll probably appreciate a few moments of rest!

Peace Y’all,



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