Kicking off the 2017 shows tomorrow, January 13th, at Parkview in Allen. I have a lot of shows already booked this year and many more in the pipeline. I’ve been in the studio for the past two months creating new backup tracks and I’m super excited about the mix of traditional, contemporary, and gospel bluegrass songs that we’ve put together. I can’t wait to get out there and play them for everybody.
The studio work is very interesting and is a lot more work than most folks realize. I’ve learned a lot over the past few years about recording, mixing and mastering my backup sound tracks. I’ve been fortunate to be able to continue to upgrade my recording microphones and equipment and have spent a lot of time experimenting with, and working on, recording techniques. I’ve also worked hard on mixing. Mixing is like playing an instrument…you just never stop learning. The mixes are getting better and better as I learn more and more, and I’m really pleased with this latest batch of tracks. It is a lot of work, but it’s also a ton of fun.
Next week, I’ll be in Amarillo at the annual Panhandle Bluegrass & Old Tyme Music Association Winter Indoor Jamboree. Four days of bluegrass jamming with some good friends (and mighty fine pickers). I’m really looking forward to getting back up there. A show at Silverado Southlake will close out January, then I’m headed to Hendersonville, TN (just outside of Nashville) to have Steve Huber do some upgrade, maintenance and setup work on my banjo. Then, back for more shows in February. Lovin’ it.
Hoping everyone has a great 2017.