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News - Sat. Nov. 6th @ Marsh Woodwinds Upstairs

"Along the way I chose the path of authenticity. I don't know what's going to happen next but I feel great!" India Arie Grateful: It is easy to take for granted that which becomes routine. I've had the good fortune of music and friendship with Allyn Love (pedal steel guitar) and Ken Weigand (vocals/bass guitar) for 8 years now. Allyn is truly a consumate pro. I was handed a cd at a recent gig of a live recording from the last time we had played there & listening to it on the way home was blown away all over again with Allyn's taste and tone. I'm not the only one who thinks so. Allyn recently rejoined his old touring partner Steve Wariner for dates in Nashville, Houston and Austin, only to come back home and play with us The General Store Cafe in Pittsboro. And he played his heart out. Thanks Allyn. And Ken is much the same. Always there providing rock solid perfect pitch from the heart every time. I heard it on that same recording. And when Ken isn't killing it with us or Big Mama E & the Cool, he is the founder and chief encouragement officer of Bamboo Music. Bamboo does much more than teach kids how to sing and play an instrument. Under Ken's direction he pairs students to form bands, gives them a web presence, and puts them in showcases to perform in real music venues. And he teaches them about life. Many of Ken's students have gone on to wonderful careers in music. A current student named Reilly Garrett recently auditioned for and won a scholarship to the Berklee College of Music. I'm sure that Ken has prepared her well for the road ahead. Keep on planting those seeds brother. Shows (the Man Upstairs and Marsh Upstairs): Two weeks ago it was my great honor to have the whole Crooked Smile Band play as part of our church’s spiritual renewal service. Here is a rough house recording of one of the tunes from that night. The song is called “Surrender,” and it is part of a new gospel collection that we are calling “Taproot.” Download "Surrender" @ www.crookedsmileband.com/media/surrender.mp3 This Saturday, November 6th @ 8:00 we will be performing our last full-band public show of the year @ Marsh Woodwinds Upstairs. Located near the Krispy Kreme on 707 N. Person Street this venue offers a very intimate, house-concert type of setting in the vibalicious upper room of Marsh Woodwinds (think wormhole back to the late 60's-early 70's). We hope to see you there. As always, thank you for supporting us. It wouldn't be as fun without you. David & the Crooked Smile Band