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Tuesday, September 29, 2009

NYC Tomorrow

Land of Mañana = chile.

It REALLY does not seem like it is time for us to go to New York City already. This tour was in the wee planning stages this summer and all of the sudden here we are, autumn on the east coast. I'm pretty excited. I'm pretty freaked out at our train schedule on Friday to get from NYC to Phoenixville, PA outside Philadelphia:

- Leave West 125th Street Station: Take the A train from 125 Street station heading Downtown / to Far Rockaway
- Get off at 34 Street - Penn Station
- Take the NJ Transit - Northeast Corridor Line from New York - Penn Station heading to Trenton
- Get off at TRENTON
- Take the R7 Line from Trenton station heading to Chestnut Hill East
- Get off at 30th Street – PHILADELPHIA
- From 30th Street Station Take Bus 125 to Valley Forge -
- Get off at KING OF PRUSSIA PLAZA – Take Bus 139 to Philadelphia Premium Outlet/Limerick

That is just FRIDAY. I think the other days have a lot less hopping around. But really. I grew up in New Mexico, where the few buses that did run were late all the time. Land of Mañana is what we called it. So this is slightly new.

Between now and then we need to figure out how Susan and I are going to pack all our clothes into one bag. Egads. And then get to the airport. And then take off. And then land in New. York. City. Sweeeet!

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Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Music Everywhere


I am so behind. I feel good about it, though, because there's lots of things stirring in my pot of projects. I just spent the morning at Whole Foods and saw Terri Hendrix and Lloyd Maines play for HAAM Benefit Day - the Health Alliance for Austin Musicians. That program does great things for a large part of the community in this town. They cover my teeth, yo, because my normal insurance does not...they help out a lot.

Terri at Whole Foods

This weekend's set of Susan gigs was awesome...I had my 2 weeks off from the tour life so it was good to hop in and go for some neat shows. Suz songswapped with Beth Wood, who is someone you all should see live as soon as possible. She's the real deal. That was in Possum Kingdom Lake, where I saw no possums, but I did see a lake.

Beth Wood and Susan Gibson House Concert
This house concert was in a COOL house.

Susan Gibson
Beth Wood and Susan Gibson!

Friday night Susan joined forces with Michael O'Connor who is one of my favorite people as well as guitarists. They played a great show at Dosey Doe in Houston, whereupon we wandered in a pawn shop before the show and I could have dropped a good chunk of change on DVDs, guitars, and gold watches. I never even knew I needed a gold watch. Or an accordian.

Michael O'Connor
Michael O!!

Kyle Hutton and Susan Gibson
Susan sang with Kyle Hutton for his CD release gig.

Saturday was one of my favorite venues for a Susan show - the White Elephant Saloon in Fort Worth. This means...FULL BAND. The energy in the room was potent. I spent all night filming things for one of those aforementioned projects Susan and I are working on. I had four cameras going at once...we'll see how it all turned out.

Also, the lighting all weekend was GOOD. I am only a good photographer when other people light things well. Don't ask me to do it.

Susan Gibson at Dosey Doe

Susan Gibson: Fort Worth

Tomorrow I fly to Albuquerque, where I have to ready the first real toast I have ever given at a wedding, for my best friend Jamie. I hope I can be witty and touching and all that while making everyone cry, but not crying myself. Hm.

I'll be back in Austin on Monday, have Tuesday to get ready, and then on Wednesday we FLY TO NEW YORK CITY! So excited for this string of gigs. It seems like only this summer when I was on the phone constantly booking these shows. Wait, it was only this summer. Things come up fast.

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Thursday, September 17, 2009

Back to it.

I figured I'd actually write a blog post for once instead of posting a movie. Four in a row is kind of overboard, I guess. But that's why my name's at the top of the blog, so there.

I had a great time at the JFK Sixth Floor Museum. I've always been sucked in by conspiracy theories and intrigue in politics. I also really dig visiting the actual sites of where things happened...so looking out the windows at the "sniper's nest" was a fascinating thing to do. Gave me the willies, to be honest.

No Smoking Guns?
No smoking+no guns=no smoking guns

Assasination X - Final Bullet
Who knew they actually marked the assassination spot on the highway?

Then it was off to Marble Falls to catch up with the boss and watch a songswap with some awesome folks. Hal Ketchum was among the swappers, and I have loved his stuff since I started listening to country radio in the 90's. Weird how someone you see on CMT when you're a kid is playing a show you're at in Texas 15 years later. It was a great set!

Songwriters for Camp Phoenix
Gary Nicholson, Hal Ketchum, Susan Gibson, Walt Wilkins

Hal Ketchum, Susan Gibson, Walt Wilkins
Susan rocked as aaaaaalways!

Now I'm back in the van on the road to Possum Kingdom Lake, Houston, and Fort Worth. I hope I see a possum. An opossum? Hm.

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Tuesday, September 15, 2009

In Search Of...JFK

Yes, another video. This weekend I took a day and visited the Sixth Floor Museum at the Kennedy assassination site in Dallas. Since my degree is in Modern American History, I was quite thrilled to see it.

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Sunday, September 6, 2009

Religion and First Aid

Yeah I know...this is probably the weirdest film ever. It's not even on the same weird level as the chicken one. I'm not sure if it's the scary music, or the neosporin, or the gospel music. Maybe I'm just going avant garde. Respect the art, yo.

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Friday, September 4, 2009

Recording EP 2: Day 4

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Thursday, September 3, 2009

In Search Of: The Luckenbach Chicken

I used to watch "In Search Of..." all the time...it was one some cable channel when I was a kid. They were usually hunting Bigfoot or aliens or something. I was looking for something far more sinister in Luckenbach, Texas.

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