Tuesday, December 27, 2016

2016 Year-End Recap

Hello all

Please forgive my radio silence from this blog for most of this year. 2016 was not especially kind to me, but I am still here. There was certainly much going on musically, but with everything going on I didn't want to talk about it.

I did briefly publish a post detailing everything, but took it down. I don't know if I will re-post it or not.

Regardless, I am still fucking here. And in 2017 I will have my revenge.

So here is a recap for 2016, courtesy my FB page.

Not a bad year, but not a great one either for reasons I won't get into. But I stayed busy, played as much as I could, and did some cool stuff. Adrian Conner at RevFest in Kerrville TX, Ocean of Stars summer residency, lots of other highlights as well!
My numbers might be slightly off but so far the breakdown:
159 shows with 15 projects across 7 states.
40 dates with Stupid Drama
30 dates with Thunderosa
22 dates with Bleu Edmondson
19 dates with Adrian Conner
13 dates with Deann Rene Band
12 dates with Eric Tessmer Band
9 dates with Ocean of Stars
As well as gigs with Heather Bishop, Ulrich Ellison, Jen Leigh, Dave Winsman, Taking Back Thaxton, Bricktop Blues Band, Shaun Peace, and Kitty & The Lucky Break.
Closed the year off with an Ocean of Stars gig. I am currently on vacation seeing family through New Years Eve and am not even looking for a gig. This will be the longest visit for me that I can remember, and much needed.
Other highlights: Ocean of Stars recorded and released the digital single "Great Divide". Work is set to resume on the new Stupid Drama record, on which I made my recorded debut as a mandolin player. Had my first session as a harmony vocalist on Rick Hornyak's new record.
I did not work on an RPM Challenge solo album this year (took my first break from participation since 2009), and am deeply regretting that decision now.
Looking to make things happen with Ocean of Stars for 2017. Look for a new EP coming soon (if you run a label who might be interested in us, you can reach me here \m/,)
Looking forward to new musical challenges and making music with and for new people, and continuing to make music with and for old friends. Lost a few of those this year. Tell people you love them.
Hope the coming year finds you all well.
Take care and rock on,
Danny G

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