Friday, October 22, 2010

Still in the van.

Just crossed into Virginia. Beautiful country out here, rolling green hills decked in fall colors. Don't get to see much of that in Texas. Gorgeous sunrise in the Tennessee hills. Took graveyard drive shift, my first experince with both driving Boss Hoss and 5 Hour Energy. The latter actually worked. The former was harrowing for the first 20 minutes. Boss Hoss pulls to the right and is already swimmy from the weight of gear and the meatbags that play it.

Can't put my damn phone down. Both a blessing and a curse. Can update this blog on the road, but farting around on this thing is causing me to miss a lot of great scenery...

Thursday, October 21, 2010

Posting from Boss Hoss via my phone en route to Eric Tessmer Band gig in New Jersey.

Damn I love this phone!

Last night did some pre-show upkeep to my rig. Replaced both preamp tubes and put the 10" speaker back in m cab which Eric reglued the dust cap back on. Sounded pretty damn good, new tubes breathed some new life into my rig. Decent crowd at Maggie Mae's, felt we played really well. Turned amp back up after turning it down to tame my stage volume but realized it could come up while walking the crowd.

Also: last night voicemail from Josh saying that Little Steven picked "Alien Girl" to be his Coolest Song in the World for week of Halloween. Awesome! Second Truckers song from new album and 3rd tune overall he's picked. Think he likes us! Also check the latest Guitar Player Magazine (Dec 2010) for a quick Q&A with Josh Zee.

Talking to two speaker cab builders about custom 2x15 cabs. Very reasonable prices as well. Awesome. Looking forward to some gear upgrades.

ETB Monday night at Friends was a mixed bag. Dead when we started and packed an hour later. But I was making a lot of bonehead mistakes, then realized I was driving my amp way harder than I've ever done, hence the new tubes. Thank God, can't afford to blow an amp right now.

So yeah, in the van on a very long trip. Playing a private in Scotch Plans NJ for a catering company who's clients are music festivals. Yes, this could be huge. Spending some off time in Wisconsin with a few gigs trip back.

While posting this we almost died at least once. Fuckin drivers.

Thursday, October 14, 2010

My first blog post from the new phone, but will get to that.

Last few weeks since last post have been a roller coaster. Spent four days thinking long and hard about a life choice that I don't want to get into right now but will at a later time. Then drinking wine like a hobo every night so I can sleep. But it is all good and will all be good. You will see (er, READ).

The house sold on Oct 7th. That is huge. Feels like now my ex wife and I can finally move on. Took part in the signing over the phone while loading in for an ETB show in Athens Ga. Threw my od house key into the Mississippi River on.the way back. Picked up my check on Monday only to realize all the banks were closed for Columbus Day. Well shit!

Bought a new phone yesterday, a Samsung 4G Epic. Needed an uprade as a business tool since I travel so much. It is utterly mindblowing what these things can do now. Now my phone is a computer more than anything, just WOW.

In the middle of a busy week. ETB already played Sunday, Monday and Wednesday. Tonight it's the Mother Truckers @ Antones, Friday TMT at Sam's Burger Joint in San Antonio and Sat at Dallas House of Blues. Sunday ETB @
Jonestown. Busy busy busy.