A big “hello” to everyone. Summer is finally here, and not a moment too soon! A lot has been happening since my last Christmas blog.
For the most part, I have been home in Brenham, Texas, locked away in the recording studio working on various projects, as well as performing classic guitar at wineries and bistro’s in and around Washington County. It’s great to be home and not having to rush through airports and travel all over holy hell, as in past years. I do have plans to travel this year, but not as grinding as in past trips.
I finally finished my BIG GUITARS – VOLUME TWO CD and it’s now available through this web site. I love doing the BIG GUITAR projects and revisiting some of the old songs that influenced me so much as an up and coming guitar player. I hope you’ll pick up volumes one and two, as they make a great addition to any party or gathering you might be having this summer.
Texas singer / songwriter Buck Johnson’s CD project is finished and ready to hit the streets this month. We spent a long time on this one, but the results make the time and effort well worth it. If you like traditional Texas country honky tonk music, I suggest you pick up a copy of Buck’s CD, called THE TALL DARK STRANGER. The CD also features some great players, including former Linda Ronstadt band alumni, the legendary steel guitar ace, Herb Steiner as well as steel guitar champ, Bill Terry. More info on where you can get Buck’s CD coming soon to my web site.
I’m also working on a couple unique projects. The first is a new radio program to be called RADIO RANCH. Radio veteran, Ken Murray, and I are mapping it out now. The show will feature songs and stories built around my writing, playing and recording career in country music. We’ll feature interviews with top acts and play rare songs by classic country legends, and give you an insight into the making of their records. Many fans never hear the “other” material of their favorite artists, only their hits. We plan to feature their other great songs, the one’s that never made it to radio.
The show will air on Saturday nights. we are presently in talks now.
The other project I’m working on is the completion of my book, YOUNGER THAN YESTERDAY – A LIFE IN COUNTRY ROCK. I’ve been working on this book for years and now finally starting to see the light at the end of the tunnel. The book will feature appearances by many of the people I have worked with over the years, as well as some vintage, previously unseen photos from my private collection. As a bonus, each book with come with a four song CD featuring new songs by myself, specifically written for the book. I hope to finish by Christmas.
I was recently interviewed for a new book on the life of Ricky Nelson, to be published in early 2011. I was also interviewed for a new film coming out about the famous LA club, the Troubadour.
Ms P and I are taking advantage of my time home, catching up on movies and events and enjoying the time together. It’s great to be home, seeing friends, neighbors and loved ones.. and not burning up time looking out the window of an airplane. although I do confess to missing many of my friends and fans abroad. I hope to make it back to Europe soon. there is still plenty of rockin left to do!!
Oh yes, and there’s O’Malley, my big black cat who hails from the planet Krypto. He and I share this neat little ol Texas house just off the town square here in Brenham. He tends to make noise while I’m in the studio, so he’s been ejected from many a session. But he’s a cool companion, when he’s quiet!
So all is great. Summer is here, and the historical Brazos Valley is in full bloom. Music and history is everywhere, and it’s the perfect time to be in Texas. If you are a fan of the old west, Brenham is a great place to be. Just down the street from me, the famed outlaw John Wesley Hardin used to roam the area, using Brenham as one of his stomping grounds. Just across the road from Ms P, in Chappell Hill, the Crockett family are buried, all descendants of the famed folk hero, DAVY CROCKETT. Also buried in the same little cemetery is the only son of Alamo hero, William B Travis.
Our area was also a stop over for Indian fighter General George Armstrong Custer’s troops, heading back east. But most importantly, this is the birthplace of Texas, where the constitution was drafted and signed, giving Texas it’s independence from Mexico. Lot’s of history, that’s for sure.
So have yourselves a great summer. Be safe and have fun. Much more music to come and many great adventures ahead. My heartfelt thanks to the wonderful Ms Lotta Asp, for all her continuing hard work on my behalf, maintaining this web site. Love ya, Lotta P.
Finally, our thoughts and prayers are with the many friends and loved one’s struggling in the Gulf over this damned BP mess. Like always, we’ll get through it. But for now, they are facing desperate times ahead. Let’s hope it can all be cleaned up, and those effected get compensated from BP. without any red tape or delays.
That’s it for now. happy summer everyone!
Cheers from here