A last minute addition to the September calendar…
Po, Mike and I will be opening for our friends Marc Higgins & the Chainsaw Bears at The Upstairs Bar in Spartanburg, South Carolina on Friday the 30th. I’ve visited Spartanburg a couple times recently, but it’s been two years since we played there, so come on out and hear the new tunes why don’t ya?
After a couple months of acoustic shows, the band and I enjoyed kicking things back into gear in August, but September finds me with one acoustic show and a couple other shows playing guitar with one of East Tennessee’s finest.
Friday the 9th I’ll be opening for Ty Hager and his band The CowTippers at Bobby’s Idle Hour in Nashville. It’s been awhile since Ty and I have done a show together so I’m really looking forward to spending some time with my old friend.
And speaking of old friends, I’ll be playing guitar with Mic Harrison And The High Score at Preservation Pub in Knoxville on Friday the 16th, then again the next night at Bristol Rhythm & Roots Reunion! Been lookin’ forward to this all summer!
For more details click on over to the SHOWS page.
We’ve got a couple great shows coming up this month…
Saturday the 20th we’ll be playing the 8th Annual Smokin’ Day Fest at Sweet P’s Barbeque & Soul House on Maryville Pike with Cedric Burnside, Beth McKee and Laura Blackley.
Then the following Saturday we’ll be down in Maryville opening for Paul Thorn and his band at The Shed Smokehouse & Juke Joint! It’s been a couple years since we’ve played The Shed so we’re really looking forward to getting back down there to see all our Blount County friends.
Summer’s finally here… y’all stayin’ cool? Keepin’ hydrated? Don’t forget your sunscreen. Don’t forget our upcoming July shows!
Thursday the 7th we’ll be returning to Scruffy City Hall for another instalment of The WDVX 6 O’Clock Swerve. The Swerve is a live radio show hosted by Wayne Bledsoe and broadcast around the world from downtown Knoxville, Tennessee. If you’re in the area please join us. If you’re not in the area, and can’t pick up 89.9 FM on your radio dial, you can tune in online and listen to the show live via streaming audio at www.wdvx.com.
Later in the month, our friends from central Ohio, Jeff German and Todd May, will be coming down for a trio of acoustic songwriters-in-the-round shows starting in Knoxville on Thursday the 21st at The Open Chord. Friday the 22nd we’ll be at The Acoustic Coffeehouse in Johnson City, then we’ll wrap it up in Athens, GA on Saturday the 23rd opening for The Lanes at Hendershot’s Coffee. We’ve been looking forward to these shows for awhile! For more info make sure to click on over to the Shows page.
The boys musta behaved well enough last time for us to get invited back to play “Behind The Barn.” Behind The Barn is a free weekly concert series held on Thursday evenings at Barley’s Taproom & Pizzeria in Maryville. The show is hosted by Jeff Barbra & Sarah Pirkle and broadcast live on i105 WFIV. If you can’t join us at Barley’s on the 23rd you can tune in live on your radio dial at 105.3 FM or online via streaming audio at www.myi105.com
Okay… one last Shapeshifters post… only because we’ve had a few folks ask. The entire album is available to stream and download on my Bandcamp page. Just click on the album cover below and it’ll take you there. THANKS!
Here’s one last track from the Shapeshifters record that I want to share. I’ve enjoyed hearing and seeing your responses [on Facebook], and I’m surprised at how many folks remember the band. This one’s called “Rock City.” It was kind of a novelty song and no doubt our most requested number. I played a Les Paul through a ’74 Marshall Super Lead ll and a 4×12 cabinet. It was recorded live into a Fostex 8-track reel to reel on a hot summer night in Nashville. “So for those of you who are ready to take that next evolutionary step backwards… step right on up!”
Here’s another Shapeshifters tune. This one’s called “Somebody Stop Me.” If you don’t care for straight up “Kiss Style” rock, then don’t bother clicking. This was a fun song to play. One of those riffs that makes you realize how wonderful it all was when you first started playing guitar. I played a Les Paul through a 100 watt Marshall Super Lead ll on this one.
Here’s another Shapeshifters song called “Too Many Strings Attached.” It’s quite different from the one I posted last week. Whereas that song made you bang your head, this one might make you chuckle, and dance like Jed Clampett. It was our attempt at hot rodding some bluegrass. Again, the Shapefhifters is a band I was in from ’96 until 2000 over in Nashvegas.
From ’96 til 2000 I was in a band called the Shapeshifters in Nashville. We released one CD, played a lot of gigs and had a grand time. I thought I’d share a few songs starting today. It’s a straight up rock and roll kind of thang. It might make you smile. I did.
“Seen The Future” was a band and crowd favorite which ended up on a soundtrack of an indie film called “Films That Suck.” I remember playing this song at the Bristol Theatre when we opened for Junior Brown. His country crowd didn’t know what to think of us. People in the front were covering their ears. Good times indeed.