Thursday, March 21, 2019

Spring has sprung in the Beehive!

After a festive holiday season, February found me in one of my second homes, New Orleans, onstage with members of the Radiators and the Subdudes to celebrate the great Spencer Bohren and aid him in his cancer recovery. Of course there was a lot of other music and eating, much of it in the company of Radiators' master bassists Reggie Scanlan. The man can eat! March was a wonderful blur of travel and the chance to meet new friends and cohorts. The Sessions Panel flew to Europe, meeting with students in Nottingham UK and at the Royal Academy in Ghent. We traveled by train between the two, including Eurostar under the Channel. Wonderful ride, wonderful folks. Moved on to The Caleb Chapman Soundhouse in Salt Lake City, where 1000 intrepid rock n' roll souls packed the place for the Roundhouse 20th Anniversary with guest artists Steve Smith of Journey, bass god Victor Wooten, and the Li'l Beehive Queen! Then on to to a place near and dear to my heart, the Children's Inn in Washington DC at the National Institutes of Health as the Rock & Roll for Children Foundation, of which I'm proud to serve on the board, hosted its annual charity bash at Fillmore Silver Springs. Honored to share the stage with Martina McBride for that one. Rebel Montez lead guitarist Cliff Goodwin has released his first solo CD, "Rhythm and Blues Union".. it's full of soulful, fiery guitar work over a great choice of songs and vocalists. Rock on with it at CD Baby here: ... Proud to work with Cliff, and wish him all the best with this new project! Springtime will find me preparing songs and arrangements for Christine Ohlman & Rebel Montez's seventh CD, "The Grown-Up Thing". I have a pretty impressive roster of guest artists in the wings. Let's get down in the Hive! Cliff Goodwin, Michael Colbath, Chris Bickley and I will welcome them in. More news to follow! 2019 plans include extensive time in my other second home, Muscle Shoals, for the WC Handy Festival, where I'll partner with the cream of the Shoals including David Hood, Spooner Oldham, Donnie Fritts, Kelvin Holly, Travis Wammack and so many more; "Shoals Jam" in October; the AMA Festival in Nashville in September for the third year of "Sunday School" with Sarah Potenza, Lisa Oliver-Gray and a group of the finest chick singers there, or anywhere. And I'll join my longtime brother from another mother, Big Al Anderson, at a series of Northeast gigs in July. Rebel Montez will trod the boards at the Katharine Hepburn Theater, 9 Wallis, City Winery NYC, and so many more...reach out to us at and at for all dates. Can't wait to see you down the road, and DEEP down in the Hive!