Well hey there 🙂 How’s things?
So using the wise words of Mr.Warren G, I’m gunna back up, back up for just a bit.
In less than 7 days SO much cool stuff that has happened and I don’t wanna miss a thing….(blimey, it appears to be a musical metaphors kinda day).
As some of you may already know – I’m originally from the UK but my home is Austin, TX. And as some of you may also know – Texas is kind of like an oven….only a tad warmer.
One very valuable lesson the Universe taught me in a rather short space of time, is to never ASSUME that the weather in one place will always be the same as another and that a *really* super smart / sensible thing to do is check the weather forecast in the location where you are going.
Very obvious to most….not to me apparently.
So I left a wonderful, warm 90 degree Austin to arrive in a 55 degree rainy Nashville, dressed in nothing more than a thin shirt, jeans and flip-flops.
I know. What a plonker.
But despite my lack of weather prep, I was extremely happy to be in Nashville – I mean….I’m a musician, of COURSE I’m going to be happy to be in Nashville.
Doug and Telisha very kindly hooked me up with a ticket to the AMA awards show at the Ryman Auditorium.
Unbeknown to me one of my all time fav people was on the bill.
Lori McKenna 😮
I got to see Lori freakin McKenna playing at the Ryman, Nashville.
Pretty darn cool.
I also got to hear / see a ton of other amazing people including The Lumineers, Rodney Crowell, Billy Bragg & Joe Henry, Drive-By Truckers, Hi Rhythm Section, Jason Isbell, Amanda Shires, Lee Ann Womack, Emmylou Harris, Van Morrison, Graham Nash and Hurray For The Riff Raff.
It was indeed a pretty cool way to kick off my trip here.
The following day was rehearsal and first-show-of-the-tour time.
Now, I’ve been playing drums for a ba-zillion years.
Well, a ba-zillion years is a slight exaggeration. It’s been 20.
What I’m trying to get across is that I’m super confident and for the most part – know what I’m doing.
For the Wild Ponies I’m playing a mixture of drums and mandolin.
Now mando is awesome and rad BUT it’s an instrument I feel very vulnerable on because I’ve not been playing it that long.
….and now here I am. In Nashville. Surrounded by probably the best mando players in the Universe and I’m playing – to them.
Not intimidating in the slightest.
But I have come to the conclusion that the powers that be are putting my ego in check. It’s always good to step out of your comfort zone every now and then and do something new (so people say). I remember someone telling me that the Universe doesn’t throw anything at you that you can’t deal with.
I’m up for the challenge. Let’s do this!
Fortunately for me not only are Doug and Telisha super sweet and awesome human beings who are full of praise and kind words – but our guitar, lap steel and fiddle playing dude Greg Horne has written books which have been mass published specifically on mandolin playing.
AND he too is super kind and a really nice guy.
Sooooooo….I’m in pretty good company. I feel extremely lucky to be here and being the learning junkie that I am I can’t wait to soak up as many good vibes as I can.
Mind you – this is what they have to contend with:
The first show went well….in that it was the first time for me to play mandolin to a room full of people and I didn’t make a total arse out of myself 😉
Here’s a little snippet:
CD launch party is tonight…wish us lot luck and thanks for reading this far 🙂 ❤