I have a new video from a couple of weeks ago when I opened for Pierce Pettis at Americana Community Music Association in Ft. Myers, Fl. Its the first time I have ever played a gig in which I performed the songs I wrote that I love w/o regard to entertaining anyone. I think its my best performance to date. This video is kinda quiet and serene. Hope you like it. If you have the time, please go my my newest video on my reverbnation site and thanks
This is not meant to be a put down and is only my opinion but, if you are payed for performing, you shouldn't have a music stand onstage with the words/chords for the songs you play. The reason? When you are being payed, you are a professional and should have practiced enough to know at least 3 hours worth of songs by heart. Also, part of the performance is communicating with the audience which involves eye contact as well as communicating via facial expression or body language. Believe me, with out the music stand, you stand a much better chance of winning the crowd over by looking at them instead of having your eyes fixed on a music sheet.
As a long time songwriter who is naturally shy but performs 'cause his songs aint paid him enough money, I got over the shyness long ago by simply "pretending I aint shy". Thats what I call it. It came easy with a little practice. The people who like to see me perform would never believe how reclusive and sometimes awkwardly nervous I am around those I dont know. I figure, if a venue is paying me, they probably dont want a shy dude playing tunes for their customers. In fact, once in a while I dont feel like playing the gig but I will never let the audience know that. Thats when I kick in the "gotta smile and look like I am having a ball" thing along with pretending I aint shy. One of my favorite compliments from a fan was when I felt like shit and she said to me, "you look like you are having so much fun!"
SWSB invites you to attend our Christmas show on Friday, Dec 23 from 3-6 pm at The 3 Fisherman Seafood Restaurant in North Fort Myers. 3 Fisherman has the best seafood found anywhere a full liquor bar and a beautiful view of the Caloosahatchee River. We'll do a few Christmas tunes, dress in our holiday finest and wish each other a Merry Christmas over shots of rum! I think Santa is coming and I've been a good boy this year!
"Your job is not to play what they want to hear....your job is to make them want to hear what you play"
This is special to us from NE Ohio. Not only have we lived thru sports heart break after sports heart break but our city is the butt of so many jokes that if you Google Cleveland jokes you could spend the rest of your life reading all of them. Hell, the Cuyahoga River caught fire, for Gods sake. When LeBron hoisted the trophy and screamed "This is for you Cleveland!!!!" and the cameras panned to Clevelands home court filled with fans watching it on a huge screen.....it brought tears to my eyes. That was the top sports moment in my life. Cleveland Rocks!!!!!
The Yard Dogs were born out of necessity. We wanted to perform our own original music, create our own identity, have a good time, meet some great friends and make a living as musicians. We did it! In the beginning it wasn't easy....Brian had a successful massage business, Charlie was a marina manager for a very profitable marina/restaurant (he had also recently moved here from Wisconsin) and I was doing all right as a solo singer/songwriter. Brian, Charlie and I performed regularly at my open mic which then was at Berts every Tues. I had known Brian for a while and we played with Lee the Troubador a number of times with me on percussion. Charlie showed up at my open mic one night because his beautiful wife Deb had prodded him into playing some music once again after leaving his band in Wisconsin. I still remember Charlie coming up to me and asking if he could play a few songs with me. I asked :what do you play?" When he told me accordion, I thought to myself..."accordion?" The Yard Dogs were born that very night. Now, around 14 years later, I look back on our struggles thru 12 cd's, shitty gigs where we didnt get paid, gigs that fired us because we werent cool, performing at that Hilton where it sucked so bad we stole a bottle of whiskey and drunk it on the way home....all the way thru our breakthroughs, success, standing o's and multitudes of friends/fans. In short...looking forward to March 12!
The Yard Dogs will get together on Wednesday February 17, 6 pm at Kips weekly open mic (Olde Fish House-Matlacha) in order to practice for our upcoming show at Americana Music Association (ACMA) Musician still invited to come pick a few because open mic will proceed but it would help if ya let me know you are coming via Facebook. Looking forward to jamming with by brothers Yard Dog Charlie and Brian Travis at my local fish house/bar. Lots of parking and great local, fresh seafood
The Yard Dogs will perform at my open mic on Wed. Jan 27 in preparation for their re-union show in March. We will play about an hour long set. Performers are welcome to let me know with Facebook post if they plan to attend and play a few songs. Open mic runs from 6-9 pm every Wed at The Olde Fish House Marina in Matlacha. I hope to see a bunch of our old friends. We will be selling tickets for our show to benefit Americana Music Association which happens on March 12 in Fort Myers. Tickets are 20 bucks for members of A.C.M.A. and 25 for non members. Come on out and learn the benefits of becoming a member. Also, if you haven't eaten at The Olde Fish House before, prepare yourselves to delight in the freshest, local seafood cooked just right. Yeehaw....I cant wait for this one.
I am Ok now but.....................a tornado whisked me off into the clouds and I landed on this old bitch with really cool track shoes.....she was dead so I took'em and joyously tripped down this paved path lined with curious yellow bricks.....a bunch of really happy midgets sang some wild songs for me along with this luscious, overdressed, hot chick who floated out of the sky (I think she was hitting on me) and sent me on my way to the wizard in someplace called Oz....they told me he always had crip weed and could put me up for a few days because he had a mansion or something.....so as I walk this yellow brickway I am tripping on the fact that everything is really colorful, the midgets were pretty cool, I may be able to score with the hot chick that can float in the air and I can smoke some awesome weed with the wiz in his palace .......and then...... I see this scarecrow....I kinda like his clothing style....its rustic, barnyard, old school and will go great with my brand new, ruby red track shoes....stop me if you heard this before