Told you I'd have some big personal news to report in this update... well, I'm moving to NYC in February to be with my sweetheart. It's a bittersweet move for me, as I enjoy living in Durham and I love my community here in the Triangle. She's absolutely worth it, though, and I am excited to experience living in the big city. I'm sure I'll still be returning to my Old North State home a lot to work and play.
That news brings me to this announcement: Promoter John H. Fields has decided to turn his Annual Alcoholidaze Bash on Saturday, December 22 at Raleigh NC's Lincoln Theatre into a going-away party for me. I'll be doing full sets with Dillon Fence and HOBEX, as well as a short opening solo set. Expect some special guests on all three sets! I hope you'll be able to be there and celebrate with us. You can buy advance tickets here. Tickets are $12 in advance, $14 day-of-show, $20 VIP Balcony.
Playing another special Dillon Fence holiday set on Friday, December 21 at Charlotte NC's Visulite Theatre, as a part of MoRisen Records' 10th Anniversary Celebration. MoRisen released a Dillon Fence best-of compilation called Best + in 2004. Leisure McCorkle and The Alternative Champs are also on the bill. Tickets are $12 in advance, $15 at the door. You'll be able to purchase advance tickets on the Visulite Theatre box office page.
Our good friend, Austin TX-based guitar slinger Phil Hurley, will 'phil' in for longtime DF guitarist Kent Alphin for these Raleigh and Charlotte Dillon Fence holiday appearances, joining drummer Scott Carle, bassist Chris Goode and me. HOBEX will bring a big band for our December 22 set at the Lincoln: Andy Ware on bass, Dan Davis on drums, Doug Largent on keys, Cyril Lance on guitar, me, and Robert Cantrell on percussion.
Playing a special house concert in Durham, NC this Saturday, November 10 for my friends Nancy Bierman and Art Champagne. There still a few seats left if you'd like to attend – you'll need to RSVP here. Just added a solo acoustic set at Raleigh NC's Pour House Music Hall on Friday, November 23 as part of a special benefit show for victims of Hurricane Sandy. Hank Sinatra, Michael Rank & Stag, Maldora, John Howie, The Bleeding Hearts, and Richard Bacchus & The Luckiest Girls will also perform; music starts early at 6 pm. More details about this show will be announced soon on the Pour House Calendar; let's help our nor'eastern friends in trouble.
Still riding high from my songwriting sessions in October with legendary Stax recording artist William Bell... here are a few photos from the sesh over on my personal fb page if you'd like to check 'em out. We completed two songs and wrote the music for a third. He shared some amazing anecdotes about growing up in Memphis and making music for Stax Records. He's a living legend and and a national treasure. Really looking forward to his next album, and hopeful that our songs will make it.
Until next time,