Still looking for a drummer.
We got the full compliment together yesterday afternoon for several hours. For the second practice I was pretty freekin' impressed. We're working on the hard songs first. That way we go over them the most. Towards mid summer there's going to be some badass music come out of HANK COLE BAND.
Not to jinx this but i think it might be time to crack the shell on this egg. HCB is working in a new drummer. Don't want to say who yet..... That "jinx" thing. But he is on schedule of an daunting task of learning 40 new songs he's never heard. " 'Good Boss' willing and the creek don't rise." we'll be ready to be heard about eight more weeks. I think this is the best incarnation this band has seen. I'm looking forward to presenting it in its new, and I think, improved formation.
Just an update to say I didn't die on the operating table and thanks for all the good wishes and prayers. I'll be down for 9 weeks as far as heavy lifting goes. If all goes well I hope to be playing again in around 4 to 5. But i ain't gonna push it. Thanks again all. Keep rockin'
Going to have hernia repaired 1/12/16. They don't know if it will be laparoscopic or open me. Not real keen on that "off the fly stuff." How they proceed will determine how long I'm down.
Got to perform several of my original songs with Savanah Reed, (Reid, Read...) sorry I didn't catch how she spelled her last name.She's a young talented mandolin picker with a voice that'll bring a lump in your throat. A lot of fun tonight.
On this day we remember those who have fallen, those who served and those who are serving. If so inclined please view the video "Man of Vision." This song is dedicated to you.
Played at "Capri on Main in Gaffney SC 9/17. Really had to dig back in the mental archive since I went on first and was given way more time than I figured I'd have. Played just under an hour. As usual the sound was excellent and the atmosphere was awsome. It's a great place to be every Tuesday evening. Some really cool acts.
9/18 was Freeman's Pub. I can't say enough....12 songwriters 24 original songs in machine gun succession and not ONE bad tune. People come to listen and interact on a musical level. Someone said of the appreciation "it's almost like church" except with alcohol. Lori and I were able to hang around to the end, this time, since she didn't have to work the next day....I did; but I'm bulletproof........Got to play two more tunes before it was over. AGAIN. If you live in this area and you want to hear real music you have never heard before Freeman's Pub is the place to be everyother Wednesday evening from 8:30 until 12:00. Next date should be 10/2/13. I promise you more fun than you should be legally allowed to have for free. OH! And "WESTART VIDEO" documents each act. Professional quality video. Just posted the song "Crosshairs" from the 9/4/13 evening. Check it out and you'll see what I mean.
9/19 was Applebee's of Shelby. This one's kind of hard for me to catch as it is "every third week of the month." That's a bit hard for an idiot to grab on to. But I did and made it. Met some really good musicans and hope to be able to interact on some new as well as old songs I've written.
So over all it was a fun, if not tiring, week since I had to get up at 6:30 every morning to be at work 70 miles away by 8:00. Ya do what ya gotta do since I didn't win the big lottery this week.
Every other Wednesday from 8:30 - 12:00 Freeman's Pub host a "Songwriter's Night." Each artist was allowed two songs each. They have to be their songs. NO COVER TUNES..... Out of the 8 artist I heard, not one bad song. Looking forward to going back and doing a couple more on the 18th of this month. If you live in this area and you want to hear something besides cover songs this will be the place to be on Sept. 18. Really enjoyed it and would like to set up a full show sometime in the near future. Thanks to Freeman's for this opportunity to hear some really good original stuff.
The wife wanted to go to Graceland. Elvis' home probably isn't in the top ten on my bucket list; but Lori's wanted to go since we've been together. After 22 years I supose it was about time. Having never been to Memphis I first noted how long it took to see the skyline. Memphis is an old town that pretty much has remained the same since Reconstruction or at least it appears that way to me. We stayed at the "Days Inn" directly across "Elvis Presley Blvd." from "Graceland." The first thing that struck me when we got out of the vehicle was Elvis Radio was on the PA at the hotel, and the store next door, and next door to that. Actually Elvis Radio was on every PA for 5 blocks either direction from Graceland. I actually began to feel like Elvis was still here. In a way I suppose on Elvis Presley Blvd he still is. The high point of the "tour" for me was the visit to "Sun Records." It was a hole in the wall then and still is now. It is a step back in time to the mid '50's. Don't know how much enhancement was done to the music at the Sun Museum but the first song they played was by Howlin' Wolf. The first lick on the guitar made the hair on my arms stand up and I felt a lump in my throat listening to the purity of the sound. Outside of the historical significance of "Graceland" I've seen and partied at bigger homes. Since the purchase in the mid '50's I assume economic growth has sprung up all around the "Graceland" grounds. So it is now an oasis amidst residential housing, gift shops and the transit terminal that has developed around the grounds since Elvis bought it and the grounds for around $100,000 back in '56. The most impressive thing at "Graceland" that I found was the awards hall. Anyone that can wall paper two 40 foot walls with gold and platnum records you have to take your hat off to. The transit was convienent. We road the "Sun Record" bus just about everywhere we went during the day. The first evening we went to Beale Street and listened to some music and sampled some "Q." Both were very good. But if the "Q" we had was an example of Memphis Bar BQ, Carolina Bar BQ, specifically Shelby, NC at Red Bridges has a better taste imo. We took a carriage ride afterward. We should have done that first because down on the river front it was cold as a witch's tit in a brass bra in December. The next evening we found a bar called "The Old Whitney Tavern" in Braxton that had an open mic night. I played 5 originals solos and "The Weight" with the sponsors Bob and Susie Sally. They were spot on and it was fun because there were no worries as to who was supposed to be where, when they were supposed to be there. By the end of the evening the carriage ride the evening before had taken its toll on Lori and she was about to cough up a lung. We also went to the Gibson factory that Wednesday. There I was disapointed to find out that the Gibson rejects didn't become Epiphones....They just cut them up... Oh my heart. Over all I liked Memphis alot. Would like to go back. It's like everyone there has a tune in their head. It is a music town. The big difference I senced between Memphis and Nashville was, in Nashville someone writes a song. Then someone buys a song. They find someone to sing the song. Then they find someone to play the song. In Memphis...The guy in the bar or street corner wrote the song, sings the song and plays the song. Another observation I made. I didn't hear a rap or thrash the whole time I was there. It was very refreshing. I want to go back.