This is a big deal! Texas Music Pickers are well-regarded and highly influential. I’m beyond proud of these two. We made a fantastic record together and they worked their asses off promoting it. This recognition is well deserved.
We’ve just started the demoing process for record number two, and should be making that this year. Can’t wait. Congratulations Jackie and Brandon!
This is weird and fun.
One of the big pleasures for us over the last year has been building a friendship with the legendary Martin Atkins. Martin was first a huge influence on me when I was a kid — he played drums in like 5 of the bands I was the most into in my most formative years. And then he was again a huge influence, on both me and Shannon, when he put out his book Tour Smart nearly ten years ago, which is where we got a lot of our initial ideas for how to do all the DIY stuff that we’ve been doing since with Shannon’s career.
Martin asked us to do our house concert presentation for him at 2112, a music/tech/film incubator in Chicago where he has an office. And of course we said yes!
Oh hi! Tour is … well, not done … but VERY NEARLY DONE. We’ve been on tour so long that I can’t remember ever doing anything else. It’s been this pretty much every night (i.e., amazing):
Just a quick note — Shannon and I have been asked to give a talk on how we do house concerts at the CD Baby DIY Musician Conference. It’s next week, in Chicago. If you’re an independent musician, you should go to this conference. It’s positive and it’s useful and the vibe is supportive and excellent and we recommend it highly. If you’re there, come say hi! We have a table and we’ll be around all weekend.
I remixed and remastered Christen Lien’s debut record this spring … and it’s out today!
TMP has put our The Gibbonses record in their top 5 must-have debuts. Love it. Thank you.
Shannon and I are heading out tomorrow for our EIGHTY-SHOW TOUR. Goodness. See you in October! If you want to come to a show, find one here that looks good and let us know and we’ll get you hooked up with an invite. See you out there …