Tuesday, November 30, 2010

On the Road Again

So finally I'm catching up on this site. Its been a busy time of year. Its probably busy for all of you as well. Packed some bags and headed out west with the Hacienda dudes for this tour with the Greenhornes. I mentioned before in a post from Nashville that I love love love the friggin greenhornes. Now that were in the thick of it, I can confirm that they are the most rock n' roll band I know, PERIOD!

Before meeting those dudes, I road in a van for about 12 hours due west. A lot of people don't realize how great a drive it is out west. IN December its probably the only place in the country thats wortha shit to travel to. Great weather and scenery.

SO heres how it goes. If you wanna know what is like to start a tour, here are the steps.

1. First you pack your bags. Its not like going on a holiday. Your are going to live out of this bag for the next month, and you don't have enough space to pack more than one bag. What do you do? ANSWER: You pack about a weeks worth of clothes and on week 4 your gonna smell fierce and people are gonna have to accept it.

HINT: run to Target or walmart and get a bag of clean socks at least once in a tour. New socks are a life changing event, ALWAYS!

2. SO your packed up, now its time to ride. Earplugs are a must. Headphones will save your life. A portable dvd player is my only friend. I've been watching some concert movies and hittin the redbox where we stop.

3. When you get cabin fever, my recommendations are to: SUCK IT UP, this is the life you have chosen. Accept that your ipod is king, accept that truckstops are your refuge, and accept that you are confined to a bench seat in the back of a van.

You know why? Cause when you get to where your going, you get to play the guitar for people that want to listen and thats just about the coolest shit ever.

Finally I arrive at the first stop. Turns out its a hard rock cafe in Phoenix. You know its like chuk e. chesse for adults. Well, fuck it, I'm playing it anyway. Theres always tomorrow, right?

Thursday, November 25, 2010

Happy Thanksgiving

So Happy Thanksgiving Everyone! I know this is late, but it turns out my computer has taken a turn for the worse and theres no saving it. Its unfortunate, that laptop has been all around the world and its over. Thankfully I was able to back up all my stuff and save some irriplaceable photos and videos from the last few years. My advice to all of you is to get an external harddrive just in case. Allright, enough of the nerdy shit.

I'm not a huge holiday person, but I spent Thanksgiving in my hometown and it got me thinking of things to be thankfule for, so here goes.

1. Thanks to everyone who has participated in this blog, i've enjoyed doing it for sure and plan on continuing.

2. Thanks to the spurs for getting off to a good start for once. Maybe they rest players down the stretch and be healthy for the playoffs for a change.

3. Thanks to the Greenhornes for getting together to tour again. This band is a huge favorite of mine, and I pysched to be on this tour with them.

4. Thankfull, that I'm finally getting my health back. I've been out of sorts for the better part of the year, and hav'nt been the easiest dude to be around.

5. Thanks to friends and family and all that stuff for hanging around with me for yet another year.

Holy shit! This might be the sincerest thing I've ever written.

Thursday, November 18, 2010

Viral Blues

So I wasn't able to post anything these few weeks cause wouldn't you know it, my computer has contracted a bad virus. Without this computer I have realized that I can barely function in life. Its kind of embarassing. All my stuff is on there. Fingers crossed I don't lose any files. So in the meantime if you get weird emails from me selling viagra, or vouching for the son of an African Prime Minister who wants you to hold on to his money for him, or how I can get you discounts on your meds, IT AINT ME! Anyway, enough of the nerdy shit.

I switched to my phone to utilize its resources. No go on that either. So anyway sorry its taken a bit to update.

Since I don't have much to show off, I visited the wonderful world that is Youtube to let you know about an awesome band that opened for Hacienda at the begining of the month. I've talked about them a bunch in interviews and stuff. They are called the Jungle Rockers and they have the worlds best guitarist. I'm a complete guitar junkie and this guy can smoke everyone. Its pretty amazing.

Check out this clip of them here. The sounds at the 1:55 marker are amazing. What am I saying, its all bad ass.

When Hacienda started playing in Austin, we had a gig with the Ugly Beats and these guys. Joe from the Beats told me "You know, you and this guy from jungle rockers are kind of the dudes fighting for guitar spotlight right now in Austin". I thought, cool I'll check it out. Within about thirty seconds, I knew I was outmatched, outclassed, and no where near this guys league. His names Mike Molnar and hes a tele wizard. watch this clip at 1:26.

I moved over to this black les paul months later and when I saw Mike again he said, very cool guitar, just like Mickey Baker. I though "Shit, this is the only guy who caught that. Mickey Baker was the reason I bought it." Everybody thought I wanted to be slash or jimmy page or something. But it was Mickey Baker all along, and Mike caught it. This guys sharp, so do yourself a favor and catch them. Heres a clip of Mickey Baker's guitar sound. The most beautiful sound in the world. The solo is at 1:40 couldnt be better.

Monday, November 8, 2010

Finally Home

so when your home, you cant wait to leave town, and when your on the road, you usually cant wait to get home. Not the case when your touring with Grace Potter and her crew. Its like summer camp with these guys. I didn't want to go home at all. They are some of the most positive people I know. This is Benny Yurco, Guitarist extraordinaire. Whenever I would ask him, "hey Benny, How's it going? How you felling today", he would always answer with a big smile on his face and say, "Living the dream, man. We're doing it" Its impossible to be down around these guys.

After New York, we met GP and the Nocturnals in Pontiac Michigan. I preceded to go about five days without sleep. It was great. Grace cooks every night. She made Her psychedelic breakfast for me and Frank, we saw the giants woop the cowboys on Monday night football. And played the National Zoo in Washington D.C. Their drummer Matt Burr is one of the funniest poeple I know. The dude had me in stitches the whole time. All star players and all star people. thanks Grace, Matt, Benny, Scott, Catherine, Josh, Ben, Sam, and Justin.

So here's a super top secret exclusive clip. I'm probably not supposed to leak this, but I don't think that many people read this. Don't tell anyone you saw this hear. Its a clip of Grace Potter at the National Zoo in their animal costumes. check out your boy at 1:22 in this clip.

from frank weysos on Vimeo.

Benny and Scott have some amazing gear. Scott's a total tele wizard and plays great slide on a 70's sg. Benny's got a les paul with PAFs that is out of this world, and his sg custom looks cool as shit. These dudes look hard when they play, its great. This entire band and crew has a bud for life down here in San Antonio, Texas. Believe that.

Monday, November 1, 2010

Happy Halloween

So it finally happened. Its about 15 years too late, but I've now outgrown Halloween. I guess I outgrew it a few years ago. I love candy, especially m&ms, but I didn't have the desire to wear a costume this year. I don't know if I'll do it again. Heres a spooky full moon during a Hacienda show. That was about as Halloweenish as I got this year. I'd been Hulk Hogan, the Hamburglar, civil war soldiers in years past. I just didn't have it this year. Just got home after a tremendous run with Grace Potter and the Nocturnals. They killed it, by the way. They had great costumes. I just couldnt get psyched for it this year. Maybe if I had kids, I just don't know. only 364 days will tell for sure if I can get back on the Halloween horse. Coming up next, I'll post some stuff from the Nocturnals tour. I've said it before, and I'll say it again. Best people we've ever toured with, band and crew.

So I would just like to wish you all a Happy and safe Halloween, and a great Dia de los Muertos to you all as well.