If I'm not on the road there's an itchiness that starts happening with me - my feet and my BUTT! The butt is because I'm sitting too much and my feet because they have a hankerin' to hit the road! Last weekend found me back in my 2nd home- Nashville Tennessee for the 11th Annual Nashville Indie Songwriters' Fest. I love reconnecting with folks who I haven't seen in awhile, playing some tunes, sharing new songs and even chatting with young songwriters who might need a bit of advice. After my last official set at the fest I was invited to a West End venue to perform an extended set. I was so happy that folks really dug my music! It's truly humbling to have folks compare me to the likes of Johnny Cash, Kris Kristofferson and John Prine. One "industry-type" told me that Nashville needs more singers with my style of music! From her lips to God's ear! :-)
So, it's a 4 day break for me to play a couple Cinci area "small gigs" then a 4 day vacation with some old friends of mine to play some golf, poker, euchre - smoke some cigars and play some poker (they even want me to play a mini-concert for them!) then it's off on the Western US Tour! More photos and reconnecting with friends and fans in Nevada, Utah and Oregon!
For those who'll be searching for me - I'll be back in Nashville in July!
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Keeping up with blogging obviously isn't my strong suit. For the couple of folks who check out my blog, I apologize for the gaps! :-)
Since returning from the Western US Tour I've been sticking close to home. I've been working on some new songs and tweaking the set list for both the smaller shows and with the band. Resurrecting songs from my earlier CDs has been fun, and I'm hoping fans are enjoying them as much as I'm enjoying giving the songs new life!
My friend and fellow musician Pat Ewing called me just before Thanksgiving with a great idea for a fundraiser for Hurricane Sandy victims. 8 bands performed at the new Southgate House Revival in Newport Kentucky. We had a nice turnout and made some bucks for the folks in the New York area! Two weeks ago I traveled with Peg Buchanan (fiddle) and Stan Ginn (percussion) as CELTIC CORE to perform at McGinley's Golden Ace in Indianapolis. An intimate, family pub that's been in business for 80 years. The show was also a Sandy Fundraiser. We were happy to be a part of this, and the Golden Ace raised $1000 for the cause! Through the Holidays I'll be staying close to home, and performing some home-town gigs. After January 1st it's back to Nashville for some performing there and planning the Spring West Coast Tour.
Along with everyone here at Dave Hawkins/SBH Music I'd like to wish you and yours the happiness of the Season, Good Times and Safe Journeys.
I realize my recent schedule hasn't included my 3-per-week trips to the gym... but I'm pretty sure that airlines have definitely made space SMALLER to add a body or two to each flight! My flight from Cincinnati to Las Vegas (through Minneapolis/St. Paul) was like sardines in a can! WOW! I arrived in Las Vegas on October 6th and was lucky enough to have a couple days off to relax before performances. My good friend of 41 years and Tour Manager, Dave Gerow is an EXCELLENT golfer and, I'm SURE has helped me shave a few strokes off my game. I was back at Freakin' Frog on Wednesday for a lovely show with a nice crowd. It's always fun to meet new folks and add new fans. Photos from the road are being added as we speak! Starting when I get back home, I'll be ramping up with my bi-monthly "From a Songwriter's Studio". Right now these are showing up on my personal Facebook page, but we'll add them to www.facebook.com/dave.hawkins.singer.songwriter
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It's been really nice to be home for a couple/three weeks or so. I've been staying fairly close to home- doing one day "run-outs" and 2 or 3 day regional "tours." With fall/winter coming on and me being out West for 2 1/2 weeks in October that means I've got more than a few chores around the house! It's hard to bring myself to "winterize" the pond, put away deck chairs, etc., when it's 80º and sunny! Last weekend I had LOADS of fun at the Lithopolis Honey Festival just outside of Columbus Ohio. They're always happy to see me (or ACT like they are :-) and even with the rainstorms of the night before, they had a good crowd. Around that show I stopped into 3 senior citizen centers around the Columbus area. Emeritus has 4 centers in: Groveport, Grove City, Westerville and Gahanna. One of them is my Dad's "home," and he sat right up front with a smile on his face through the whole show! Afterwards I sat with him back in his room and we visited for a good while. Dad shared with me that, when I was younger, but still living at home he and my Mom would sit on the couch and listen to me while I was up in my room rehearsing....
I NEVER knew that!
Well, I'm sure I won't get ANY argument from all sides when I say, "This election can't come soon enough!" I'll only allow that BOTH conventions were quite interesting in their own way. I have good friends who are diametrically opposed to my politics and I to theirs. Because of that, whenever we're chatting we have a "safe word" which is, "OK" and we know to go no further! To me, that's what makes America, America. I personally refuse to resort to calling someone names, or questioning their patriotism just because I don't agree with their views. All I ask is that I'm afforded the same courtesy!
OK, that's about as "Soap-boxey" as I'm going to get right now.
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I pulled into Nashville yesterday afternoon and the ol' xB is just about 50 miles shy of the 200K mark. It seems appropriate to hit that milestone in one of my favorite towns, and a second home! The Bluebird Cafe' was PACKED last night and what an appreciative crowd it was! Over on the Facebook page I'll be posting some pics. One very interesting picture is of a group of teen-aged boys who planted themselves outside the Bluebird (they have an outside speaker) and watched and listened to the ENTIRE SHOW! I guess there IS some hope for the younger generation! :-) Today and tomorrow it's some meetings then every day for the rest of the week it's FUN-TIME performing around Nashville!
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