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I do Las Vegas!

In an hour I leave for Las Vegas. Was home for a week, which gave me time to hear some local music and I got a great CD in the mail (will save that for another time). So, Wednesday I stopped by the Lafayette Hotel to hear Normandie Wilson, singing and playing piano in the hotel lobby. It was a pretty quiet afternoon at the hotel, so we had time to chat between her songs. Later, Maggie Taylor, her singing partner from Blue Velvet, stopped by and joined Normandie in singing. After Normandie's gig, the two were planning for their duo engagement on Friday.

Thursday, I saw that Mercedes Moore and her band were going to be at Tio Leo's in Linda Vista. We had already had dinner, but decided to go at the last minute and had margaritas while enjoying the band. Many of the local blues community were at Tio Leo's so not only did we get to see Mercedes perform with her band, but saw her perform with other blues artists like blues harpist extraordinaire, Billy Watson. Later Bubba McCoy came up to sing a few, and soon, the band drummer and guitarist let some others take their instruments and perform. The list is too long to repeat here. It was a fun time.

Friday night, we headed out to the Riviera Supper Club to hear Three Chord Justice twangin' on some country tunes, many of which were written by Liz Grace, lead singer & rhythm guitarist for the band. Liz has a great voice and it is very well-suited for country music but I bet she could sing most any popular genre. They had a dynamite steel pedal guitarist with them but I cannot recall his name. The band is a tight unit. The backing singer, Cheryl Preston, does some tambourine, maraccas, and wood sticks as well as interesting movements, like a sign interpreter to Liz's lyrics; fun to watch. Got to talk to Liz, the drummer Mark Markowitz, and bassist Dave Preston during a break. They are one of the few country bands in the area and are a quite talented bunch.

Saturday night we went to see Blue Velvet again, and they were in top form. I think after having their contract extended they felt a bit freer in their performance - it seemed to me that they were even more soulful in their delivery, which has been great to begin with. It made for another enjoyable evening.

Well, nothing to report on plans for Las Vegas. I am doing a 3-day presentation that I have done several times elsewhere. Evenings are free, but I am at the Golden Nugget and not the Strip. I might go down to the Strip if I find that it is getting boring at the Nugget. Or I might find that I get stuck in answering work emails in my guest room. I'll just play it by ear. Have an exciting new CD to report on when I return.

A Really Great Show at the Rutledge . . .

On Where Pianos Roam

As many of you know, I played my first show with a band on Sunday night here in Nashville at the Rutledge .  .  . This was my first time to play at this awesome venue, and by all accounts, it was a very good start to the promotional run for my album "Seahorses".   David Sutton was on hand to play drums and Ben Wilson rocked out on the bass.  They both also happen to be really good vocalists and helped me out with some harmonies.  We played 8 songs--one of which was a cover of the Marvin Gaye classic, "What's Goin' On".  It was so awesome to play with a drummer and bassist on stage.  I don't know why I haven't done this sooner.    Here are some more photos .  .  . [caption id="attachment_210" align="aligncenter" width="400" caption="David on drums and Ben on bass!!!"][/caption] [caption id="attachment_214" align="aligncenter" width="500" caption="Striking a pose after our set."][/caption] [caption id="attachment_215" align="aligncenter" width="300" caption="Special thanks to my friend Dennis for taking some great photos!"][/caption] [caption id="attachment_216" align="aligncenter" width="500" caption="My Mom and Sister at my show!!"][/caption]

Up next is my show at Cafe Coco on October 15.

By the way, on my regular Sunday post I mentioned that I received a random, but very pleasant surprise.  Well, the owner of Loudhouse Coffee in Greenbrier, TN, contacted me on myspace (out of the beautiful blue) and asked if I could do a show at their venue.  Well, after some scheduling negotiations, we've come up with a solid date.  On Saturday, November 1st, we'll be playing at Loudhouse Coffee.  I'll have more info on this as more details are hashed out.

Thanks, and I hope everyone is having a wonderful week!


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