Happy holidays everybody! We hope you had a great Thanksgiving weekend and are looking forward to Christmas. We’ve had a lot to be thankful for this year – new friends, new songs, new gear, the Vols are bowl eligible, etc. As good as 2014 has been we’re really excited to get this new record out to you in 2015. Speaking of that new record, there are just under three weeks left on our crowdfunding campaign. If you’re interested in contributing and scoring some sweet perks please take a look and see if anything catches your eye.
Friday the 5th the band and I will be playing our last show of the year in west Knoxville at a new venue, Open Chord Brewhouse & Stage, with our pals Finkelsteen. This’ll be my first K-town show on the other side of Bearden Hill since 1991… there will be significantly less hairspray and spandex this time. This is an early, all ages, show, so come on out and rock -n- roll with the whole family!
The band and I are very excited to be opening two East Tennessee shows for Robin Trower next weekend. Friday the 7th we’ll be playing one of our favorite rooms ever, the fabulous Bijou Theatre in downtown Knoxville, then Saturday the 8th we’ll be at Track 29 in Chattanooga. This’ll be our first time playing there and we can’t wait! A limited number of tickets still remain for both shows so get yours today and come on out an’ rock-n-roll with us!
*UPDATE: Sat. Nov. 8th 1:00 PM — Tonight’s show at Track 29 in Chattanooga has been canceled due to illness. We wish Robin good health and a speedy recovery.
I’ve set up a crowdfunding campaign with IndieGoGo.com to help me finish my 5th studio record. This is a new venture for me but I’m really excited about the possibility of getting the follow-up to Some Stories out sooner than later. Although a donation can be made in any amount, please take a minute to look at some of the perks I’m offering and see if anything catches your eye. If you have any questions whatsoever please don’t hesitate to reach out to either Jason or I. Thank you for your continued support!
Friday the 10th the band and I will be back down in Spartanburg doing a show with our buddies Marc Higgins And The Chainsaw Bears at The Upstairs Bar. Marc and I have done a bunch of shows together over the years, including a show in Johnson City just last weekend, and it’s ALWAYS a blast. His new band line-up rocks! Hope to see all our South Carolina friends there.
Thursday the 23rd our compadres Ned Van Go will be joining us at The Pilot Light in the Old City for an early evening rock-n-roll show. No, REALLY! In the same vein as some of the early shows that have taken place there the last couple Octobers, this show will be starting at 7 o’clock sharp and end around 9:30. No, REALLY! Come out and see for yourself… we’re gonna rock ya an’ send ya on home by the time most shows even get started.
We had a great end of August here at Abernathy HQ – a successful surprise birthday party was pulled off by my family, it’s finally football time in Tennessee, and we’re wrapping up recording for the next record. Moving forward, the boys and I have a couple full band shows coming up later this month.
Saturday the 20th we’ll be in Columbus, Ohio at Victory’s playing with our old buddy Tal Lohr, who will be backed up by the great Columbus band, The Boondogglers, who will perform some of their own songs as well. Back in 2010 I did an acoustic set with Sean McCollough and Greg Horne opening for Tal’s old band, The Cur Dogs, which sparked the fire that led us to make the Some Stories record. Tal’s a solid dude and we look forward to sharing the stage with him again. Also on this bill, closing out the night, will be the first live outing for Out Of The Pine, a new band featuring former members of Far Away Strays.
Friday the 26th we return to Capone’s in Johnson City hosting our good friends Ned Van Go and Marc Higgins, with his new band, The Chainsaw Bears. We do several shows a year with both Ned and Marc so it’s always a blast when we can all three get together at the same time. A great night of rock-n-roll will be had.
Saturday the 9th I’ll be playing the inaugural Star Hill House Concert in Sweetwater at the home of our friends Tom and Mary Hendershot. Sean McCollough and Mike Murphy will be joining me for this acoustic set. House concerts are a good time and I’m looking forward to seeing hometown family and friends.
Make sure to visit the Shows page for details on all upcoming shows.
Okay, so this July it’s actually more like reading, relaxing and recording for me. I’ll be doing some more recording and mixing this month for the new album while also taking the kids to the Atlantic coast to get some sand on their toes. Since I won’t be playing any live shows this month I want to go ahead and mention two early August shows.
Saturday, August 2nd I’ll be sharing the stage with some old and new friends at The Rutledge in Nashville. Our pals Ned Van Go will be hosting my band as well as Kentucky’s Josh Nolan, PLUS the return of the mighty Les Honky More Tonkies! This is gonna be a rock-n-roll throwdown so make sure to mark your calendars now!
On Saturday, August 9th I’ll be having another homecoming show, so-to-speak, performing at the very first Star Hill House Concert in Sweetwater. Our friends, and generous supporters of live music, the Hendershots have been talking for a while now about opening their home up to and small number of people to host house concerts. Jason and I went down to their house one day a couple months ago and talked to them about our previous house concert experiences and I’m honored to be the first participant.
Make sure to check out the Shows page for all the details regarding reservations for the house concert, and all of my upcoming shows. Have a great month, get them yung’ens back in school and we’ll see y’all in August.
Tha Stupor rides again! Derek Senter, Manning Jenkins, Vance Hillard, Brad Henderson and I are playing another punk tribute show Saturday the 7th at The Pilot Light. Superdrag bassist and all around badass, Senator Pappas, and his Tom Pappas Collection will close out the night. Come act like you’re 17 with us.
Saturday the 14th I’ll be heading back up to Richmond to play the 1724 House Concerts(presented by Shit Your Pants Productions – HA!). I first played at Zach and Paige’s place last summer when Mic Harrison and I were on the Full Body acoustic duo tour. We had an absolute blast! Our gracious hosts were spectacular, but what made the show was their neighbors and friends, most of whom had never heard mine or Mic’s music, came over to support the event and simply have a good time. We had so much fun that we went back up and played the final Full Body show there in December… to equaled support and enthusiasm. Mic & the High Score are in the studio this spring so this time I’ll be bringing my band, Gray Comer on drums and Mike Murphy on bass. I’ll play some acoustic stuff like the times before but we’re also gonna rock it out a little bit for ya. Grab some hooch and a dish to share and come on over. Clean britches optional.