It’s Show Time!
I haven’t played a live show since some time in December. I think it’s safe to say it’s been about a month. I love playing shows. It’s unlike anything else I’ve ever experienced. On the one hand, it’s almost like I’m in my own little world when I’m performing. I often clothes my eyes and get lost in the emotion of the song. On the other hand, I love connecting with the audience, whether it’s eye contact during a song, or having a conversation with them from the stage between songs.
Usually from about November through March of the next year, I don’t book any shows. I use that time to write new songs, record them, plan for the coming year, and sometimes, just take a break.
As it is, I’m getting started a bit earlier this year. Usually by March, I’m chomping at the bit to play shows, because it’s been so long. Most of the shows I’ve played recently have been really special shows. I played my 10th Release Concert to a full room and took requests all night. I played anything that anyone shouted out. I got to perform songs that people wanted to hear, and everyone went home having heard the song, or songs, they wanted to hear. It was awesome!
Also, for the past 6 months, I’ve been hosting an online show called “Live From Your Living Room” from my living. I invite guests over to sit on my couch with me and trade songs back and forth and the whole show is streamed live online. I audio record the show and post the podcast on iTunes. It’s been amazing and I’ve had so many wonderful guests. It’s a great way to play a relaxed show, and the audience can sit in their own homes and enjoy a fun show.
Anyway, I’ve got some shows planned for this year so far that I’m really excited about. My first “Live From Your Living Room” show features a good friend of mine, Sean T. Johnson, whose band, By The Bushel, is releasing a new EP this week. I’ve already got shows booked in Newport, KY and Nashville, TN, not too mention playing the Buy Local Fair here in Louisville.
I used to just play whatever, where ever, whenever. And I’ll never say no to a gig, unless I have a really good reason. But it feels awesome to be able to play shows that I can reach out to people in a new way, or share a common cause, or travel to new places and meet new people.
I’m a lucky man to be able to do what I love and share it with people like you. Check out the shows page for upcoming events, and check back often, as I’ll be adding more soon!