Happy New Year. Last year was so eventful and there was so much that was done on the music front of my life. So thankful for all the people I've met and the fans I've gained along the way! Needless to say, so many great things started and this year the things we started will continue to grow! I have great news to share also. Recently the idea has come to manifest itself that we will be able to go on tour. I have been booking shows for months now in different states and this weekend I was able to secure the vehicle to get us there. No doubt this was a lot of work and has been for YEARS. I underestimated the amount of work this was going to take to make it happen. I've emailed HUNDREDS of venues enquiring about bookings only to get a small few that would take us. I've stressed for countless hours about getting a vehicle to take us to shows that are in the books in other states. But as the saying goes, "Everything comes to you at the right time" and that is so true.
Had I tried to do any of this 2 or 3 years ago it wouldn't have happened. Had I tried to create this band 2 or 3 years ago it wouldn't have happened. Because it wasn't the right time. I'm a true believer in that. You all know how much I love Joe Bonamassa. He came out with a record a few years ago called, "Royal Tea". On this album, there is a song called, "When One Door opens". The song goes on to say, "When one door opens, another closes on me." It's a great turnaround to the age-old adage of, "when one door closes, another opens" Great song. For a while, I resonated with that song because it truly expressed how I felt. I felt stuck, nothing was moving. The fans I have now were not around. I couldn't get gigs because of Covid and the only thing I could do was create music in my home and release it on streaming platforms. It was a dark time. Not much I could do to keep things moving forward but 2020 was the year that I decided I was going to make a change. I was going to make a move toward my music career and I wasn't going to take no for an answer. Here we are 3 years later, and things are moving quickly.
I've created so many fans that are TRUE fans. Not everyone buys something, and not everyone comes to shows. But the ones that I have met in person or have held full conversations with me online are the ones I love. You are all keeping this dream alive. When I started this blog 3 years ago I thought that I would be writing to no one. And for the first 6 months to a year that is certainly what I was doing. But now I know some people read this blog and who take inspiration from me, my music, and my career. It keeps me writing every month. It keeps me accountable. I've been more accountable for myself in this career than I EVER have for any day job I have ever held. This is what I'm supposed to be doing. This is where I'm supposed to be. I've found my purpose and it is amazing. It is trying and hard to keep up with sometimes, some days it's so slow and I drive myself mad with thoughts of what I could be doing and what I could be making happen. I have found though that with the way summer is already shaping up, i'm going to be wishing I was slow at some point in the summer, I already know it. So I'm trying to enjoy the slow time while I can!
This is road one. This is where it starts. This will be a trying and difficult summer but I'm ready for it. Mike Tyson has a saying, "god gives you everything we want to see if we can handle it". I'm not a huge believer in the almighty but I do believe there is a higher power out there. I don't know if it's a god or the universe or whatever but I know there is something. I truly believe what Mike is saying. You get everything you ask for just to see if you can manage. So far I've been able to manage. Now If I can just get that power to grant me a show at red rocks we will be doing it! That's the goal. Red Rocks amphitheater here I come. I'm claiming that now. This is the first road of many to that destination but one day, the road will lead me there. Maybe road 2, maybe road 600, or maybe road 7,234. I don't know when I'll get there but I know I will. For now, that's all I need to know, because everything comes at the right time. Now is not the time for that. But road one is where we need to start. So be it, here we go. 2023 is going to be a year. I know trials will come, tribulations will rise and fall and it's a long way to the top if you want to rock and roll. But I've wanted to rock and roll for 25 years and I've been doing so for 22 of those 25 years. I can wait for another 10 or 20 or 100 if I'm alive that long. I have the drive, all I need is you. Just keep being fans, sharing the music, and sharing the social media posts with your friends. Buy tickets and merch if you can and help the dream come true. Because without you it's all for nothing. Playing Red Rocks is GREAT but it's WAY BETTER if it's to a sold-out show on a July night. I can't do that without you!
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Things are looking up, besides obtaining shows in other states and securing the vehicle to do so I've had so many other great happenings. The saying, "Opportunity lies in the center of difficulty" is so very true. I've booked so many shows on my own that now I have a booking agent looking to work with me also! This is HUGE news as it means even more shows to my already busy roster for the year! I hope that all of you are having as prosperous of a new year as I'm having and it's not even 15 days into the new year!
I couldn't have done this without you. Thank you for the support, thank you for the help, and the conversations that I've had with some of you. Thank you for the info on where I should play in your state. Thank you for pushing me when I felt like I couldn't go any further. It's because of YOU that I'm here now. So let's rock the shit out of this new year and I really hope I get to meet you at a show.
Till next time,