Some reasons for my excitement, in no particular order:
1. This is my first show at The Earl, and they say you always remember your first time.
2. I get to hand out new, slick looking EPs which include two NEW songs (if you’ll recall, Universal You was a five year project, so all of its songs felt “old” by the time the album was finished). Additionally, the “Everybody’s Out Tonight” EP just looks damn fantastic, thanks to Scott Sanders of REGR.
3. I’m playing with a backing band, which is something I rarely get to do… this time around I’ll be joined by Kevin Leahy (a real pro who has played on my records but until now has been too busy touring to perform live with me), John Tuggle (a guitar virtuoso whom I’ve known since my days as a budding musician in Athens, GA), Kelly O’Neal (an old friend with big, big pipes), and Will Robertson (the mastermind behind “Everybody’s Out Tonight” and Universal You).* Last summer, Will was unable to join me for the UY release show — so glad I could lock him down for tonight.
4. ‘ve got a bit of facial hair. Nothin’ really to write home about yet, but I’m excited about its potential (very “alt-country”).
5. My good friend Mr. Silon and his lady friend Chelsea have driven down from Nashville to see the show.
6. I’m still in the honeymoon phase with my “new” guitar, even though I’ve had her for well over a year. Love, love, LOVE strapping her on and performing (no jokes, please).
7. ‘ll get to meet the guys and gals of Violet Lane and JK and the Lost Boys (I’m hoping we’ll all be friends).
8. We’re opening the second set with a cover, and NOT one of the five or six that I’ve been known to go to throughout the years (I hinted at this awhile back, but it looks like it’s really gonna happen tonight).
9. I’ll get to hang out with my good friends Richard, Mike, Scott, Tali, Anna, Ryan, John, and Matt of REGR, without whom this EP and release show would not be possible.
10. Though I don’t expect to pack the 300-capacity room, I’ll get to perform in front of some real fans who do everything in their power to make me feel welcome and appreciated as an artist AND who are as excited about this EP release as I am. I imagine that some performers never get to experience this feeling, and I do NOT take it for granted. Can’t wait to see y’all!
See you tonight. Doors open at 6:30, I should hit the stage at around 8:30. Arrive early, let’s drink a beer together and catch up.
11. Oh, and The Earl has great food. You should definitely arrive in time to catch dinner.
*Not sure if this sentence’s use of “whom” vs. “who” is grammatical.