Monday, February 8, 2010

Book it Dano.... Clay Riness

More to follow... hot off the presses Clay Riness is a great musician and entertainer, and we're going to host a cool concept concert of Clay sharing covers that he was most influenced by btw......Congrats to the Saints!

I said there would be more details... here is the blog that Clay posted explaining how this concert booking happened:


So, I just booked this gig. The whole thing happened so fast … proving to me that it was meant to be. No time to over think.

A few weekends ago, as I have mentioned, I spent some time with a few old friends playing and singing some of the most wonderful old songs. Songs which brought memories gushing through the floodgates; songs that were there for me when I was coming up as a young musician; songs that shaped me as a songwriter … that’s what they were and that’s what was so lovely. Talk about a musical version of comfort food.

I returned from the weekend energized and couldn’t seem to put a guitar down. I located and dusted off my old loose leaf gigging notebook and some folders of handwritten fake sheets, some of them over thirty years old, and poured over them, uncovering treasures not thought of since I quit playing out all those years ago. And, I had a reunion with a whole bunch of old friends. So many of those songs were simply brilliant.

I mentioned on the blog how the whole thing made me feel. Then, I got a little email from my friend Dave who organizes and hosts Bluff View Concerts, a little concert series up the road an hour or so.

“I guess we’ll have to talk about a house concert sometime,” he wrote.

A house concert? I haven’t done a house concert in … uh … decades. Probably 1987. What a wonderful thought! I emailed Dave back and told him that I had an idea for a show. I explained that in November of 2010 I had a concert booked at the Regional Arts Center (in conjunction with a one man art show of my father’s oil paintings). That concert would certainly be my normal show of original music, and I made it clear I had some contractual and moral obligations not to jeopardize the potential attendance of that event by being redundant.

You can see what’s coming here, no doubt. Yup. I proposed a show called “The Covered Up Concert” at which I would feature only covers of some of my all time favorite songs. He thought it was a fantastic idea. Further, I think the show will help to promote my November concert nicely, too.

Upon discovering that Dave’s house could seat about thirty-five people, I suggested that if he and his wife Lori were game, I would certainly offer a second show. After some discussion of marketing the event, we agreed to forge ahead with it and scheduled shows for Saturday, April 10th and Sunday, April 11th. I guess this note begins the marketing strategy. Surely we can convince seventy people to come and enjoy some of the best songs ever written, hmm? Well, OK, that’s my opinion there, regarding the songs.

I’m completely jazzed about how much fun this will be. Here’s a link to the flier / poster announcing the event (PDF format). If you’re local enough, please do print it and hang it up somewhere. Make reservations. Join us. It’s going to be a wonderful good time.

Saturday, February 6, 2010

The Pines on Wis Public TV

Last week during the house concert the guys told me about taping this... wow... great job. I've got to get this out to people who attended, and those who missed it. Clicking on the picture won't help, here's the link http://wpt2.org/media.cfm?id=1114&category=30MMH

Tuesday, February 2, 2010

Tori Sparks... Saturday May 29th

Now I met Tori through Concerts In Your Home and quickly warmed to the woman I heard in a few mp3's and the outstanding broad range of YouTubes. It feels like I know her so well. Of course when Allison Sattinger told me that I'll love Tori... the deal was set. Now I'm finding out that she's also graduated from Florida State in 3 years Magna Cum Laude.

But don't just take my word for it...

Hometown TV Station report on her:


Cold War from her 2007 CD Release


Merry Go Round from her 2009 CD Release


now if she doesn't come off as like Barbara Striestand with a guitar in this one...



then a little taste of what we might have in store with her acoustic set, a little bluesy piece called Trouble..