all have some - some of us less than others, or in my case, much more than others.
For those that don't know me personally, I grew up in a large family in Utah. There
were eight kids, so with two parents, I was in a family of 10!?!
Recently, I have been able to catch up with some family
members as they have visited this summer. My parents have been teaching English
in China for the last four years, and during their break this summer, they came
to visit their three Texas boys, my two brothers and I. They have since started
traveling the world again and are currently in Finland, a stone’s throw from
Russia. Apparently they are not afraid of Communists. While they were in town, I
was able to catch up with my brother Stoner Ericson, of which I don't see enough
these days. My brother Josh had his two kids come visit from Utah last week, and
I carved out a Saturday to have my nephews over to the house to watch the "Back
to The Future" Trilogy.
I'm sharing my summer of family with y'all is that reflecting on the time I was
able to spend with them, I recognized a circle that contributes to my music. My
Dad, my favorite Dad ever, taught me my first guitar chord on his guitar when I
was 11 years old. I played bass & guitar with my two brothers, Josh and Stoner, for 20 years on our quest to become
the next Beatles. And this last Saturday, while watching
Marty McFly jam the hell outta Johnny B. Goode in "Back to the Future,"
my 11-year-old nephew Denny asked if I could teach him a thing or two on my wife’s
new ukulele. It was a blast teaching him a chord and him jammin' on it. The circle of life is unique for all of us, and I'm
so pleased to see that music is coursing through generations of my family’s
hot summer is getting a bit more open this year. We continue to play our monthly
residencies at Junior's and Little Woodrow’s, except this month LW's will
host us tomorrow night, Saturday, June 20, because tonight they are having Charlie
Robinson perform. Next week we are traveling back out to Galveston to play The Pleasure
Pier on Thursday evening. It's gonna be hot, so those of you on the Gulf Coast,
dress cool and come get your dance on with us!
On one last
note, I'd like to extend a special thank you to everyone receiving this e-newsletter.
If you're receiving this, it's because you agreed to come with us over to our new
e-blast platform, and we can't thank you enough for your continued support. Our
fans are everything, and we're so glad to share our journey with you!
Johnny Austin of The Staylyns!