Tuesday, March 22, 2011

South By South Best

I say it every year. "I HATE SOUTH BY SOUTHWEST!!!", but I don't know if I even believe myself. There was pretty much a smile on my face the whole week. I'm in a hotel in St. Louis and we met the Greenhornes tonight for a month. BUt first things first.
Me and the dudes played a ridiculous party in Nashville just before sxsw where, get this, we were booker t. and the mg's for the night. Its a wierd story on why this happened, but I'm glad it did.
It was a stax celebration with the Bar Kays. We did a set of mg's classics and rarities. I brought out my trusty esquire, and off we went. It was a treat. It was a thrill to meet Al Bell who ran stax for so long back in the day, and he was so complimentary on our performance. High praise from a man who was on the front lines of that great music.
By the time we got to Austin for sxsw we were riding high. Instead of debuting new matierial we opted for a sponteaneous set of songs from the first two records. Mixed in songs we don't always get to play. Still working on a new record, so the reveal is gonna still be a little slow.
Ran into all of my homies in Austin. Thats the reason sxsw is tollerable. Its so difficult for bands to do, but its like seeing your buddies at camp. Totally worth it. At least this year it was. I"ll say it again though, "I HATE SXSW!" maybe you cant tell.
Here are some pics from Sarah MAspero and Lilly Cazares-Mesquiti. They are my friends. Lilly rules cause she lets me sleep at her house and she makes gourmet breakfast. I"m talking soyrizo, thats right, soy, chorizo, "SOYRIZO!!!"

The pics are of some of my favorite bands, like Generationals, Floating Action and of course footage of a sneak daytripper performance in Austin.

Monday, March 7, 2011

Back to School

So you know that feeling when you were a kid around August something. You're getting your hair cut to look fresh. He have a new shirt that looks cool. Maybe you got taller over the summer. Your pumped cause your gonna see your friends again and get back to school. Thats what I'm feeling at this moment.

After 3 months of hiding in Laredo, I get to play live again and in starts with a bang. South by Southwest followed by a month long tour of the states with the Greenhornes. Some bigger announcements coming soon, but what I can tell you is that this coming tour will be very exciting. Some new sounds from Hacienda, the Greenhornes are at the top of they're game, and we might see a musical friend or two on the road along the way.

My favorite part of touring is making friends with audiences and other musicians. I encourage anyone who comes to the next string of shows to say hi. After our set, I'll be somewhere in the middle of the crowd singing all the greenhornes tunes loud as shit. Here are some friends that I know you're already familiar with. Look for a cameo from your boy at 2:57. Blink and you'll miss it.

Here are the dates, lets do this!