The weather is warming and the grass is starting to green up, and outdoor spaces are beginning to open up to crowds that want live music. There's always a slow spell somewhere towards the end of the winter here in Charleston, where everyone is busy working out whatever new year's resolution they've made or mourning the end of football season. I'm always thankful when the self-improvement posts end and people start getting back to their normal selves. People are less stressed, less pressured, eager to have fun. The brooding over goals set stops and rhythms are well established towards completion of whatever those might be.
We've had a few changes in the lineup. Butch has shifted to lead guitar and some lead vocal duties, and we've recruited Jerimiah King on keys and lead vocals as well. This has shifted the overall dynamic of the band to a emphasis on variety, which I think will only improve the response from our audience. Having grown up near New Orleans I've always had a romantic notion about the singer/songwriter piano guys like Dr. John, Allen Toussaint, and Professor Longhair so adding Jerimiah was a natural and almost necessary thing. You'll end up hearing more R&B, Soul, and Funk in our sound as those elements begin to drift up to the surface. Butch and Jerimiah are also both great songwriters so expect further contributions from them.
In those setting of goals and those resolutions and that push there's always a bit of pain for me as I break away from the known and comfortable. This band began as the core unit of just myself and Bob with just an acoustic guitar, voice, and drums. I had little control of my instrument, and ripped my hands apart until they were bleeding sometimes just trying to push all of sounds out...to express this energy. Now with five people I finally get to sit back and look at these building blocks we've carved out and see where we can take this thing. Already thinking about the next recording and how to pull it off.
If it's been a moment since you've come out to see us, now is the time. If you're keeping up with us, thank you for believing in what we do!