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Friday, December 30th, 2011 8:50 AM PST
HAPPY NEW YEAR EVERYONE!
 
"GOOD HEALTH, GOOD FORTUNE & GOOD TIMES"!
 
MY NEW SINGLE BLUES MAGIC IS OUT AND YOU CAN BUY AN MP3 NOW @
 
AMAZON MP3 and ITunes!
 
 
VERY EXCITED ABOUT THE NEW YEAR!
 
 
 
 
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Friday, October 28th, 2011 8:14 AM PDT
 
 
 
NEW YEARS EVE SHOW ANNOUNCED!
 
WE WILL BE AT THE BLUE HERON IN YOSEMITE LAKES PARK - COARSEGOLD!Landon, Brian and I arrive at the Blue Heron early. Tonight is going to be very big! The place is full of people having dinner and lots of friends are arriving. We set up with the tables close and everything here is at full steam ahead. Dave Holob arrives with his electric violin gear and after set up we are enjoying dinner in the bar. The food is top quality prime rib dinner for the band. Very good. The first show is a light set to people having dinner and we ring in a 9pm New York New Years Eve count down. As the evening goes on the band and the crowd rave up higher and higher. 10pm we celebrate New Years Eve with Chicago. A rippin' blues version of Sweet Home Chicago is played. A surprise appearance of an excellent Harp player with amp, mic, and harps turns the blues songs into a room full of blues. Towards midnight the energy is peaking and we have a dance floor full to the max. We stop the song just before the countdown. Everyone gathers close and it starts 10, 9, 8, and then it is here, 2012. Hugs, kisses and drinks, wow what a blast!
With Auld Lang syne playing there is a calm just before we rip into the tunes. Then it is a wild party until 1:30am and still we can't stop playing, everyone is feeling it, it is a new year and let's boogie! Super Thank You to YLP club house for a monster bash! One of the best New Years Eve parties!
 
 
 
 
DECEMBER 16 & 17 EAGLE MOUNTAIN CASINO - PORTERVILLE
 
Two great nights! Landon, Brian and I are playing the new songs from the Blues Magic album. I leave for Los Angeles to work with Adam Gust on Tuesday. we are excited to have Francis Buckley to mix the first single Blues Magic! The holidays are here and So. Ca. will be Rockin'! Lots of plans while I am in town. New video planned from the 2011 shows. The casino shows go well, great weather, good food and lots of dancers. Landon is really playing the songs very well. Takes time to learn all of these songs. There are plans to have the awesome violin player Dave Holob join us on New Year's Eve! Checking out a light system to have with us for the 2012 shows. I will be at the Namm convention in January, the music manufactures gathering in Anahiem. Special thanks to Alex C. for photos and the great Kevin M. for internet work. Exciting times!
 
 
 
 
 
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Monday, October 10th, 2011 11:41 PM PDT
 
 
 
 
FRIDAY, OCTOBER 21st - BLUE HERON, COARSEGOLD
 
Located inside Yosemite Lakes Park - 9PM - 12AM
 
Great Food and Dancing!
Landon, Brian and I arrive early. There is a lot of excitement tonight. Everybody is in the mood to rock. Scott Bolsta is in So. Ca. and driving direct to the gig.  They serve a great dinner here. Kris Burson is in town from West LA so Laurie G. has brought her along for dinner and the show. The place fills up with lots of friends that know myself, the band and are all part of the YLP scene. The location of this great small town in the Sierra foothills makes for a beautiful countryside all four seasons. Super place to live! We ease into the tunes because we are set up close to the audience and bar. With a splash entrance Scott arrives during the Bo Diddley song. After the first break he is at the boom stand mic shredding on sax. Scott is one of the best. The band takes off into the new songs and the crowd joins us with dancing and singing. They have a lot of good looking ladies here and the bar opens the door to the patio so the guys can cool off a bit. The vibe is hot and everyone is going for it. As the band launches into the last show the place is in full party action, suddenly Lisa is at the mic singing Heat wave with me. The band plays on as Scott goes for a rippin solo. The smell of weed comes in the door from the patio or a sherman cigarette. I might be mistaken. As we call out last call we do a slow dance song from John Mayer called I'm gonna find another you. What a fun night! as we are putting the gear in the truck a friend from Fresno says I'm glad I drove up the hill for the show tonight. The YLP crowd really puts on a good time. I agree. As we finish up word is that we will be here for New Years Eve. Wow!
 
 
 
 
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Tuesday, October 4th, 2011 11:15 AM PDT
 
 
 
FRIDAY, OCTOBER 7th
 
- EAGLE MOUNTAIN CASINO, PORTERVILLE
 
SUMMIT ROOM AT 8PM
 
With a great weekend ahead Brian, Landon and I drive over to Porterville for a show at the casino. The weather is super nice and lots of people planning to be at the festival on Saturday.  After dinner the room fills up with lots of dancers out for some fun. We roll out  the tunes with Landon digging in to the grooves and people can feel it. This room has a nice sound and our JBL PA is very clear on the vocals. The night goes by fast and at midnight we are quickly loading out the gear for tomorrow's show.
 
 
 
SATURDAY, OCTOBER 8th (DAY SHOW)
 
FALL FESTIVAL, EXETER
 
ON THE GAZEBO STAGE IN CITY PARK AT 11:30AM
 
The door bell rings and it is Dave Holob, one of the hotest violin players in California is here in Visalia. We are very excited to have Dave join us on stage today for the Fall festival. Landon pulls up and we all drive over to the Exeter park for the event. The place is super crowed. The weather is perfect and the parade is just finishing. Huge day! Lots of friends here today! As we begin to set up Alex Centrella, famous photographer arrive to shoot photos. Wow! Great! Soon the gear is up and the all the beautiful girls arrive on stage who are competing for the crown of Queen of the Fall Festival. Then just minutes later the band opens up with the title track to the new album "Blues Magic". You can feel the excitement as Dave's violin rips across the arrangement. The tone of the violin with Brian, Landon and I sounds great! We are still warmed up from last night at the casino! On the intermission, Gary and Moneka say hello and I meet with lots of friends from Visalia and Fresno. What a great afternoon for us to be here at the Exeter festival. As we get to the end of the second set everything sounds awesome so Landon pulls out his winning drum solo. His dad is a pro musician and he is in the audience to see his son play great! The crowd loves the drum work! Dave finishes on a high note and we celebrate having Dave Holob with us at this important show. Soon the gear is on the truck and I am home to get some lunch. It won't be long before we are on our way to the casino tonight.
 
 
SATURDAY, OCTOBER 8TH (NIGHT SHOW)
 
- EAGLE MOUNTAIN CASINO, PORTERVILLE
 
SUMMIT ROOM AT 8PM
 
It's 5pm and Brian and Landon arrive to travel to Porterville and up on to the mountain to the casino. The band will be smoking hot tonight because of all the music in the last 24 hours! It really comes down to the songs. Playing lots of shows you live with the songs. If you like them and enjoy performing them it is not a problem to play them many times. Lots of our show is songs I have written over many years as a musician. The good ones have a long life and sound cool year after year. The show has a dance blues style so those songs stay in the show more than something I have written that is more of an album track. I also play songs that I like by famous writers that I feel fits my style. These songs I often change so much that it is close to a rewrite of the original. Still the audience knows the song and can go along with me as I play my rewrite of this hit song. Then there is the interplay of the musicians. Each musician has a sound to there instrument and this sound blends with the band. All together the band creates a sound everyone hears including the musicians. This inspires the musicians to build second by second riffs that can inspire all the members of the band. This team work lifts the band to work as a unit as each member works on their own. When the audience gets involved by listening and reacting to what they hear it lifts everything and everybody up to an exciting place. The songs are the starting point. From there it builds has each song tells a story. Tonight the show goes by quick because we are all playing very well and are into the details of each song. After midnight we load the truck and drive to V-town. A long day with lots and lots of music!
 
 
 
 
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Sunday, September 18th, 2011 9:47 AM PDT
 
 
 
 
 
SATURDAY, OCTOBER 1st - THUNDERFEST - COVINA
 
WITH BAND MEMBERS KIRK NELSON ON KEYS, BRIAN BEAL ON BASS, AND LANDON WING ON DRUMS
 
MAIN STAGE AT 6PM.
 
The weather is great and there are lots of people here today! Landon, Brian and I meet Kirk here at the stage in the late afternoon. Maile from the LA Blues Society is here taking photos and is an awesome support person to the blues scene in So. Ca. A very cool artist as well. The stage is perfect with a sound system run by two pro eng.'s that give my guitar a huge sound. The promoter Jodi is terrific and totally makes this event one of the best in California. Lots and Lots of classic cars line the streets. They are open to see the amazing detail work done in restoring them. Super DJ Mark Maverick MC's the event and has a great vibe with the crowd that welcomes and informs of all the stuff going on. Right on time the band launches into the tunes. The guitar is ripping and Kirk, Landon and Brian are all on their game. The band is flying higher and higher. Ti Thompson is here near the front with his camera, a long time friend that lives in Brazil. What a great surprise! He is here with friends and that always makes the band play better. At the end of the show a very good buddy is with me, Steve Brocke, we talk as the gear is loaded out. Steve has been a very good friend to many many blues musicians for years. He has been at the best shows in So. Ca. and seen the musicians just ripping into the tunes. Wonderful to visit with a legendary person here today. The music fans gave us a lot of support and I enjoy this Covina show so much. After living in So. Ca. for over 20 years before Visalia it is a huge positive feeling to be able to be Blusin' big time here in the wonderful So. Ca. city. It makes the ride home over the grapevine seem like minutes until we are home.
 
 
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Monday, September 12th, 2011 7:31 PM PDT
 
 
 
FRIDAY, SEPT. 16th - BLACK OAK CASINO, Tuolumne
 
Gonna be a party! See you there!
 
Tonight someone I have known for a very long time is celebrating their birthday at the casino. That person is Connie F. an her husband Matt. A super couple that has a lot of good times in their travels and has been at the show around Ca. Connie joins us on stage and the crowd sings Happy Birthday to her. Fun! Kirk Nelson is in town with his wife, kirk will be rippin' on keys with the show. Brian, landon and I drive over to Sonora, check in and sound check at the casino. This is an excellent stage with a terrific PA and an awesome pro soundman. Just a great room to work. My good friend Cathy along with Wayne D. and his wife are here tonight. Just a super group of people out for a good time. Lots of dancing and sing a longs. A young couple in town from the bay area spend some time talking with me after the show. They had seen the show before and bought a couple of CDs. I enjoy meeting people and talking about music. Later the band is back at the hotel to get rested to travel early in the morning. As we pull in there is a truck with dogs in a trailer resting. Brian explains they are with the game warden staying at the hotel. With hunting season starting it is important to have warden's checking up on the hunters regarding their lic. and how they handle themselves in the forest. Sounds like a good idea.
 
 
 
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Wednesday, September 7th, 2011 2:44 PM PDT

 
 
 
BLUE LAKE RIDE SEPT. 11th
 
 
On Sunday Brad Wilson taking the stage at 2 p.m.
 
 
"It's inspiring to perform as part of the Blue Lake Ride and to honor the memory of September 11th,” Wilson said. “Being a native Californian, I love this state and its history. Humboldt County is a big part of California's history and it's very exciting to be visiting this cool location. Blue Lake Casino is a great place to perform -- a top-notch venue. I'm looking forward to a rockin' blues weekend and hope to return for future events."
A detailed schedule of events, prices, prizes, registration, directions, photos and more information can be found at www.bluelakeride.com.
From the newspaper story in the Tri-City Weekly newspaper.
 
 
 
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Sunday, September 4th, 2011 10:42 AM PDT
 
 
 
 
 
Brad Wilson and his band
In Concert on Sept. 10 & 11
 


Also Appearing
Lou Gramm & Foreigner
Mickey Thomas & The Jefferson Starship
 
BLUE LAKE RIDE!
 
At The Blue Lake Casino
Northern California
 
 
 
 
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With an amazing weekend ahead Brian, Kirk and I start the drive towards Blue Lake on a awesome Friday afternoon. Through the Bay area and up to the top of the East Bay along the delta wet lands. This is a great place to drive through giving you the look of the way it was a long time ago. Even the towns are still the same.  A much more industrialized, shipping port look. This is where much of the Blues scene started for Northern California. There was work here and it was hard, so the clubs at night rocked with blues bands from the south and Chicago. The buildings, streets, old factories and homes are all still here. Just the way it was.
 
On the other side of the bridge is an amazing collection of ranches this close to the city! We take the back road into Petaluma and on to 101 highway. Driving through the night we arrive at the casino before 1AM and check in. The concerts are just finishing, Kiss Tribute and Tom Petty Tribute bands. The place is jumping so everyone goes down to the casino.
 
The next morning I give Adam Gust a call to his room. Sonjia and Adam had checked in very late arriving from Los Angeles. The first thing to do after breakfast is set the gear up in the showroom. Great stage and bar in the center of the casino. We soundcheck and everyone is feeling ready for tonight.
The weather is awesome, lots of sunshine with a cool Northern Ca. breeze. There are bike events all day and the huge stage and PA is ready for Starship at 8PM and Lou Gramm at 10:30pm. After dinner we all meet in the showroom bar for the show. Great stage and big room with a long bar for drinking! The place is filling up fast. I have performed here before as well as performing at the Blues By The bay festival in near by Eureka. I always have a lot of fun in this part of the state because the locals like to get load and have a good time! This is an amazing place with the ocean and 300 foot redwood trees. Our show does not start until 9pm so I am out at the sound board watching The Starship. Great voice with Mickey Thomas and pro musicians playing all the hits. As I return to our stage I meet up with Michael and Ron producers of Blues By The bay Festival. These guys are very cool and produce one of the best festivals in the country. Adam is traveling with his wife Sonjia and her Mom.  Sonjia is a fantastic outgoing person and soon her table is surrounded by people visiting and welcoming them to the North Coast. After the first show I visit with friends from my last visit here at the casino and the room is very crowded. Even with Lou Gramm on stage outside lots of riders and locals are inside at one of their favorite bars. Lots of dancing and singing going on! The place is packed full of riders by 11pm and we are into a Bluesin' boogie! At 1am we call off the last few tunes and everybody jumps in and dances. It has been a really great night!
Sunday, Sept. 11th and we get the big stage outside! Huge PA and the casino is giving away motorcycles and cash! After sound check we launch into a 90 minute set of my tunes, The sound is excellent and people are dancing and enjoying the sunshine warm weather. After the show I give Adam and Sonjia a hug to celebrate their first year wedding anniversary and they are off to Los Angeles. Brian and I are meeting concert producer Michael Buel for dinner to talk about 2012 shows. The next morning we check out at 6am and drive south.
In Petaluma we stop at Mesa Boogie head quarters to have Brian's amp looked at. The rep is super cool and invites us in for a personal tour of the factory. Every step of the making of the worlds greatest amps! It is awesome! I enjoyed this so much. They fixed Brian's amp on the spot and we see the new mini recto amp just about to be released. Loved this experience since I have used Mesa amps for years. Kirk, Brian and I get into V town a few hours later after one of the best weekends of the year. Wow!
 
 
 
 
 
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Tuesday, August 30th, 2011 9:35 AM PDT
 
 
TWO GREAT SHOWS TO ENJOY LABOR DAY WEEKEND!
 
FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 2 - GATEWAY RESTAURANT, THREE RIVERS @ 7PM
Traveling to the entrance to Sequoia National Park tonight. This is a great drive to the mountains above Visalia. Landon, Brian and I are working on the patio stage just above the river. This is an amazing location of large rocks and water running out of the park from the high mountains. This is a famous location with very high quality food. Brian's wife and daughter are here tonight and the dinner we have is fantastic! The place is full and I get a chance to visit with some very nice people from Southern Cal. visiting the park tomorrow. With a super smooth show of tunes the only drawback is Brian's amp stops working. We will have to stop by Mesa Boogie in Petaluma on our way back from Blue lake. Lucky we have an amp on the kick drum mic and Brian's gear sounds fine through this amp. Wow! At the end of the night we are on our way back to V-Town with an early call tomorrow.
 
 
SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 3 - DEAVER VINEYARDS, PLYMOUTH @ noon
With all the gear still on the truck we are out the door early. The weather is great and we are driving through the countryside passing wineries and small towns. Great part of Ca. in the foothills of the Sierra's. As we turn into the property the event is perfectly set up. Food, wine tasting, large grass area with picnic tables and a covered area for the band. We are all hungry so after the first set, it is over to the BBQ! Super afternoon with some friends here from Sacramento. Brian is using the extra amp but it sounds ok. Landon is getting to know the songs better so it is a very nice gig. Visiting with some friends from Iceland I ask if I can stay at their house if we travel to Iceland. What a fun adventure that would be! After the gear is on the truck we grab some water cause the last hour got hot outside, Wow! It has been a great summer and I hope to work here again. The people working here are very nice to the musicians. Time to cruise on down the road in the Black Stallion and back to V-Town!
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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Monday, August 22nd, 2011 8:23 AM PDT
 
 
 
SATURDAY, AUGUST 27 - PILOT PEAK WINERY, PENN VALLEY
Landon, Brian and I take a ride up to Penn Valley. This is a beautiful valley near Nevada City off of highway 80. The weather is perfect and it will be a super nice evening. After set up of the gear we have a super meal provided by Jackie and her husband. They have an amazing winery with a cool stage area for guests to dance and have dinner. What a nice surprise to see Big Rick and Lisa who rode over on Big Rick's Harley. Sitting with Big Rick is a long time friend of mine, guitar man Paul Waul.  Joni, Mike and Jac are here as well, wonderful to have friends in this awesome part of the state. The show goes well with lots of dancing and the feel of a classic summer night. Later with each of us carrying a gift bottle of Pilot Peak wine from Jackie & Lynn, we drive the black stallion back to V Town.
 
 
 
 
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Thursday, August 11th, 2011 6:56 AM PDT
 
 
 
SATURDAY, AUGUST 20 - HUNTINGTON BEACH HYATT, HUNTINGTON BEACH
BLUES SERIES CONCERT 7PM ON THE PLAZA
Adam Gust is on drums tonight. I have been recording at his studio along with Brian Beal. We have recorded some solid new songs for the new album. This will make tonight a smooth show since we have been playing music together the last two weeks. Kirk Nelson is on Keys making for an all star line up. This is a cool gig right near the ocean at a wonderful hotel. We perform on a plaza in the center of the hotel with people having dinner at a cantina near the stage. It always turns into a lot of fun with dancing as so many people are staying at the hotel on vacation. Huntington Beach across the street is a super summer place to visit. The hotel has a bridge from the plaza right on to the sand. The food is BBQ with a blues music celebration. Fun to meet new friends at this show!
 
 
 
 
 
 
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Monday, August 8th, 2011 7:58 AM PDT
 
 
 
 
 
SATURDAY, AUGUST 13 - GOLF CLUB HOUSE, TWAIN HARTE
 
Tonight I am going to my class reunion! My band is hired to provide music to dance, which is fun for me. How many people reading this have been to their high school reunion? You know it is a blast! Ok. First Brian Beal, Landon Wing and Tumbleweed are with me for musicians to Rock the Blues. My high school friend Jana is joining us on vocals with her husband ace keys player Leroy b. Mark kraft, who has produced all our class reunions has organized an amazing meal at a super location. Everyone is here! Almost. Summerville was a small school back in the day so there are four classes celebrating reunion tonight. Lots of people are here from all over. It is electric with excitement! The gals look fantastic with a cool vibe and the fellas are talking football and business. It is clear everyone in in the prime of their lives. It is wonderful to visit with people I have not seen in so long of a time! Amazing! As the band gets going with songs and dancing we stop along the way to have friends come up on stage and tell stories. What fun remembering stuff from those days. A special thanks to english teacher Wayne Deganero. and music teacher Mr. Crawford foe being there and allowing us to say thank you for their fine work. The evening goes by fast with visiting, photos and a feeling that we are back in time. What a terrific event. Thank you Mark & Kris Kraft for bringing everyone together again. Loved it!
 
 
 
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Tuesday, August 2nd, 2011 3:32 PM PDT
 
 
 
 
Thursday, August 4
Summer Music Series
Pioneer Park on Cedar Street
6PM

Calistoga
 
On the way across the delta on highway 4 driving towards highway 80. The delta is amazing with bridges, levee's and river inlets for miles. A part of California that once again makes Ca. have just a little of everything in the USA.
We stop in Napa at a subway sandwich shop in downtown. Landon is using his phone as a GPS as we walk from the truck to the shop. There is a farmers market here today and what is surprising is all the empty store fronts. You would think downtown Napa would full of people. This is the historic section and I guess the business has moved to new sections. After lunch we are back on the road, driving through beautiful countryside'a and small village towns. You can see why people love it here as it looks like your in Europe. Still traffic slows us down in the main streets of towns as the one or two lights lead to traffic back ups. This has to bum the locals a bit. Then we are there. An old park from the 30's in Calistoga. A small band stand that is covered surrounded by huge old trees. The crowd gathers and a local charity sells cupcakes and other sweets. The mighty Richie Blue is on guitar with us and Tumbleweed is here too. Awesome Blues band with these musicians on stage. We rip into the tunes as the band holds back from hitting it to hard. The crowd is surprised with the quality and responds with support. I reach for my Les Paul during a song introduction and no sound, it is broken inside at a wire point. This has never happened. A few days later it is repaired in Visalia by hot shot repair ace Doug @ damaged music. Landon who is new to the band is doing his best to keep up as the band pushes forward towards the end of the show. He has not been gigging a lot and his kick drum leg is hurting to keep the pace. On the way home I offer him my living room for drum rehearsals for the next few weeks and that will bring him up to speed. The Black Stallion F-150 truck we travel in is very powerful and big. 5.4 V 8 engine super crew. Soon we are gliding across the valley on our way home to V-Town.
 
 
 
 
Saturday, August 6
CAFE BOOGALOO
9PM
 
Hermosa Beach
Looking forward to an outstanding evening in Hermosa Beach! I place a call to a good friend, hot sax player and record producer Joe Robb and invite him to join us on stage tonight.  As we roll into town for dinner and sound check the cool night ocean air feels great. Setting up the gear I get the wonderful surprise of Monique Bricca is here! A very talented movie actress that I have known since we were kids in the bay area. Wow! I join her at their table for some visiting and news on the Hollywood scene. Soon the band with the awesome Adam Gust on drums launches into the tunes. The dance floor begins to fill with folks out to have a good time. The band is hot and Joe Robb is jamming sax riffs around the vocals. This club is so popular there is a long line to get in. At the end of the night Brian and I are soon driving north on the 405 freeway and I comment on how nice the staff of people that work there are. For as busy as they are, they still find a way to be very supportive and kind to the band and guests. What a great club!
 
 
 
 
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Monday, July 25th, 2011 9:35 AM PDT
 
 
 
Friday, July 29
Eagle Mountain Casino
Porterville
After just a couple of rehearsals Landon Wing has learned the show and is on drums with us tonight. A true Visalian with lots of experience here in the Central Valley. A super person to work with and he is excited to work the shows! We meet at my place and get the gear on board the truck. Later we are in full swing at the casino with people dancing and the new songs in the show!

Saturday, July 30
Eagle Mountain Casino
Porterville
After the show tonight we load all the gear on the truck at midnight and roll at 1am home before 2am. Then up at 6am to leave for the festival. Wow! Set the alarm, have breakfast and out the door. Today I got a call the Scott Bolsta is sick bad and can't work the show. I call harp master Tumbleweed and he agrees to work the show. Great news!

Sunday, July 31
Garlic Festival
Gilroy
The truck is rolling and we are planning to meet Kelly, Scott's wife along the way to get his parking pass and stage pass for Tumbleweed. After we meet Tumbleweed in Gilroy we drive over to the festival. This is a very big California event! Cars parked for blocks, staff at check points, thousands of guests from around the world. Once inside the park we get near the center stage and park the truck. Mobile small truck carts loaded with our gear take us through the crowd to the stage. Soon the show starts and the big and excited crowd jumps in for dancing and singalongs. What a lot of fun! The weather is the coolest ever, about 80 degrees. With Landon Wing groovin' on drums, Tumbleweed and I jump off the stage and into the crowd. Playing Rippin' Blues all the way. What a great surprise is Sheila H. from San Jose is here with all here friends. She is awesome! The band is Bluesin' big time and over our stage time, but the crowd wants to go higher! Ok, just a few more riffs and we land with some meet and greet by the stage. The stage manager is very nice to us and the soundman is supportive. The Garlic festival is a super event that is on a worldwide level. Thank You Gilroy for the invitation to be here!
 
 
 
 
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Sunday, July 17th, 2011 10:52 AM PDT
 
 
 
Thursday, July 21
Downtown Marketplace
Hanford
It is always HOT this time of the year here in the Central Valley. I am use to it and it does not bother me. So we are in downtown Hanford near Visalia with a great night ahead! Set up is near the beer garden and the historic downtown park. Jim Castleman is the promoter and has been super to us over the years. We rip into the tune, Larry, Scott, Kirk, Brain and I. The group sounds amazing! Dancing and fun begin. This is a famous gathering here that happens every Thursday during summer and it draws thousands of people. We are getting ready for a concert on Saturday so the last set is all the tunes as we will play them in Hollister. My friend jun stops by with his family and say Hi along with some friends like promoter Larry R. Kirk is on his way to Three Rivers tomorrow for fishing. His plan is to meet Brian for locating the best fishing spots on the river. Brian is with Fish and Game and knows how to fish very well!
 
 
 
Sat. July 23
Marshall Tucker Band
with Special Guest Brad Wilson
and his band
Concerts On The Green
Guerra Family Cellars Winery
on the Peppertree Ranch
Hollister
 
Today is goona be awesome! We open the show on a huge stage with a large PA system! Larry, Brian and I ride over early to set up and get into the vibe. We enter a dirt road off the main road leading to the concert area. By chance Scott Bolsta is on his harley with friends arriving at the same time in a group of riders. Kirk Nelson is already here when we pull up to the stage. Located in a natural valley with lawn going up the side of the hill and the stage at the bottom with a dance area in front. Perfect! Plenty of parking and vendors at the top in a plaza area. Just before the show the promoter tells us that the event is sold out and the biggest crowd of the season! Great news!
We hit the stage ready, we know the songs! Soon the crowd is with us and people move close to the stage. With a fun summer night in a beautiful location the show goes very well. Everyone is Rockin' the blues by the end of the set! Feels good as we visit with folks after the show. Marshall Tucker is on and sound good. With hit songs the crowd is enjoying hearing their favorite radio hits. Friends of mine from Monterey, musicans Rod and Jeff are along side the stage as we watch the show and visit. Both excellent musicians as well.
A few days later top notch drummer Larry Dunawa would leave the band to return to New York to care for his 90 year old father. The show was huge so saying goodbye on a very up concert is a nice way to take some time off.
 
 
 
 
 
 
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Sunday, July 10th, 2011 6:55 PM PDT
 
 
 
FRIDAY, JULY 15th - CONCERTS BY THE LAKE, COARSEGOLD
The weather is the coolest temp. I can remember for an outside concert here. A good friend Lisa is celebrating her birthday tonight. She has lots of friends that will be here to have fun with her. She is very popular! Larry, Brian and ripping Sax man Scott Bolsta are working this show. Everyone is up for a goodtime with summer weather like this! The band is groovin' on the tunes and Lisa joins me on vocals for "Heatwave" a favorite song she likes! Scott is rippin' hot on the sax tonight! Lots of dancing and friends that we have not seen in a long time are here tonight. With the weather perfect we have one of the best night of all the concerts on the lake!
 
 
SATURDAY, JULY 16th - PILOT PEAK WINERY. PENN VALLEY
Our first visit of the year back in Penn Valley. This is an amzing California location. Beautiful country roads with farm houses and fields with horses. Just a nice place to live in the foothills of the sierras.  The winery is on a hill with a view of the valley in a grove of trees with the tables, chairs and stage area tucked neatly in. After an outstanding dinner everyone enjoys danncing under the stars on a summer night. It really is a fun experience! The owners take great care to make sure the evening is perfect including their award wining wine. They are very kind to give each musician a bottle of their choice at the end of the evening. With many friends here tonight we are have lots of good times. Tumbleweed is on harp playing blues and Joni, David, Mike and Jac have a table of friends to make it a super nice night!
 
 
 
 
 
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Sunday, July 3rd, 2011 11:11 PM PDT
 
 
 
Friday, July 8
Firkin and Fox Concert Series
Carson City, NV
 
Pro Bass player Oscar Huguet is subbing for Brian Beal on Bass guitar this weekend. Kirk and Oscar arrive from So. Ca. this morning and we load the F 150 with their gear. Up the road on HWY 99 we pick up Larry and head for Carson City. The weather is great and we climb over the pass on HWY 88. Nice road through beautiful green sierra's. First stop in town is the hotel and get the rooms, we won't be back until late tonight. Then over the the club. The location is down town and we are in the historic section right across the street from the capital building where the Nevada state rep's meet. The club is very nice to offer a full meal so we sit down for an early dinner at 5pm before set up and sound check. The PA company is great, we worked together in Minden on Memorial weekend. The crowd is up for a fun time and we are playing songs from the new album. Big Rick is here from Redwood City and he has brought a lady friend from Placerville. They rode over the mountain on his Harley and are enjoying the summer as riders! The show goes very well and folks buy some CDs for listening later. Hope to work this gig in 2012!
 
 
Saturday, July 9
Fountains at Roseville
Roseville
 




Oscar played great and the band sounds cool, ready for tonight. I call my brother Reg in Fallon and he invites us to stop by for lunch. Perfect timing to visit on our way back to California. After a great visit and amazing lunch we are on our way past Reno, Lake Tahoe and down into Sacramento area to Roseville. We pull up to a beautiful new mall with famous fountains, stage and chairs for a lot of people in the audience. My cousin Shari is here and she is very nice to help with the CD sales. She is very cool so folks like to say hello to shari while asking about the songs on the CDs. Based in Sparks, Nevada, she is in town to visit her Dad, uncle Bill. The show is awesome with lots of crowd support. Liz the promoter is very kind to us with food and cold drinks. This is a very nice place to gig at! Later we drive south towards Visalia and Kirk is on his way to Los Angeles tonight. Oscar opts to stay over and get a room in town. Great to have Oscar on the shows again. We have worked together for many years and he recently has toured Europe with the Michael Burks band.
 
 
 
 
 
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Tuesday, June 28th, 2011 10:05 AM PDT
 
 
 
WEDNESDAY, JUNE 29TH - MOUNTAIN RANCH PARK, MOUNTAIN RANCH
The truck is climbing higher and higher into the sierra's. Soon we are at highway 49 in gold rush country near Calaveras. We pass a small road and stop for directions. A kind stranger explains to double back and get back to that small road. We find the road and climb up to the town of Mountain ranch. green and wooded, the park has a nice stage surrounded by a grove of trees, we set up. Richie blue is with us today. Richie is a hot guitar player I met recently and invited to join us on some summer shows. The event begins on a beautiful night with people coming in from surrounding towns up for a good time. The evening is about community and we are having a lot of fun playing music outside at a super location. Summer begins and there is lots to look forward to!
 
FRIDAY, JULY 1ST - CREEKWALK CONCERT SERIES, VACAVILLE
The day is gonna be hot, we know that. Kirk is arriving from Los Angeles at 9am and Brian, Larry, Kirk and I are driving north to Vacaville today. After a lunch stop at Home Town Buffet we are pulling up to the stage. Downtown Vacaville is a clean, nice small town. This section is the historic original and it looks great. The park is huge with a small river running behind the stage. Lacy greets us and the backstage is tented with food and drinks. The heat is high today at 100 degrees, however the crowd pours in and the surrounding hillsides are full reaching a 5, 600 guests through the gates! The band roars into the tunes with the sound company doing a great job to project our music out to a large area. By the end of the night the front of the stage is full of dancers and people are on their feet. Wow! The singalongs are loud and the feel of a hot summer night is happening. Higher we climb right up to the closing note and beat. One of the biggest, most fun shows of the year. Later we are on our way to Chico to check in around 1am. Through the country side and small towns the F-150 moves in the night, our GPS guiding the turns. The motel is closed when the night clerk opens up to get us room keys, we are still buzzing from the concert!
 
SATURDAY, JULY 2ND - PAUL BUNYAN FESTIVAL, WESTWOOD
A beautiful summer morning, breakfast and travel up in to the mountains. Listening to a BB King interview on the radio and enjoying the scenery of Northern Ca. The logging industry and mills once made this area thriving however changes have made growth in the small towns stop. Compromise between loggers and others could not be reached.
 
Soon we are in a small town called Westwood pulling up to the park. Entering the event, we park near the stage and check out all the venders and events. A classic event with lots of history. Talking with two ladies I am told that the town is losing so many people to the lack of jobs and it has an effect on schools and the remaining people. With 100's of miles of trees it is hard to understand why the Mills would close.
 
The show is a lot of fun with everyone on blankets, lawn chairs and park benches. A wonderful location to spend an afternoon. With the gear on board, we drive towards Redding and highway 5, then south to V-town. Really fun weekend with July 4th on Monday!
 
 
 
MONDAY, JULY 4 - PRIVATE PARTY, SAN JOSE
Richie Blue on guitar and Mark Borboa on drums. are with Brian and I as we drive into San Jose. Looking forward to a fun BBQ pool party with Sheila and her friends.  As soon as we arrive they are so nice to us, with great food and cold drinks. We set up in the Backyard and roll into the tunes. Everyone is up for a huge afternoon, with lots of drinking, singing, dancing and fun! Wow! Sheila joins the band on a smoking version of Brown Eyed Girl, belting out the chorus with me and the crowd. She is on and the whole place is Rocking! The BBQ chef leads everyone in a super singalong on God Bless America! With the place full of people inside and out, it is a massive successful event for Sheila and Even! I am so glad they invited the band, what a super July4TH!
 
 
 
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Sunday, June 19th, 2011 10:52 PM PDT
 
 
 
FRIDAY, JUNE 24 - POMAR JUNCTION VINEYARD, TEMPLETON
Brian, Larry and I are on our way to the Paso Robles area today. beautiful wineries in the countryside.  Driving along a country road and then stopped because of a wild grass fire that sometimes moves through in the hot months. Ok so we turn around and go back to the main highway. Problem is we do not know how to get to the winery now. Brian calls his wife for directions from her computer and we start to reroute. Arriving on this beautiful hill top winery we set up on a stage in front of big lawn. Lots of people show up for a BBQ and evening of music. Just a fun night. Kirk is here on Keys and we all drive back to the central valley around 11pm. We lose cell coverage and kinda of question our way home, however we do get back to the main road. kirk is recording with Larry at his house so he is in town for the Three Rivers gig tomorrow. I have a Tom tom GPS at home so I'm putting it inside the truck for next time!
 
 
 
 
SATURDAY, JUNE 25 - RIVERVIEW INN, THREE RIVERS
 
Close to home and a fun club to work! Kirk loves the Three Rivers area and camps here when he can. The river behind the club is to the brim! The snowpack run off this year is massive! Tonight the club is jumping with locals and the band is sounding very good. Rudy Parris, Able Parris and Phil S. are here all great musicians. I ask Rudy to play guitar and sing a couple tunes. He wows the audience with some hot guitar playing! Around 2AM we are on our way and Kirk is on his way back to Los Angeles. He likes to drive at this time, traffic is very light. Great weekend!
 
 
 
 
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Sunday, June 12th, 2011 12:35 PM PDT
 
 
 
FRIDAY & SATURDAY, JUNE 17 & 18
 
EAGLE MOUNTAIN CASINO, PORTERVILLE
 
Summit Room!
 
Always a nice place to work. Everyone is very nice with a good stage and sound. Owned by the Tule Indian tribe it is well managed and attracts lots of visitors. I have made some cool friends that live near by and it is super to visit between sets. Great to be here two nights and we are playing lots of new songs from the recording sessions!
 
 
 
 
 
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Saturday, June 4th, 2011 12:51 PM PDT
 
 
SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA SHOW!
 
SATURDAY, JUNE 11 - SHORLINE VILLAGE, LONG BEACH
With Kirk traveling out of SO. Ca. to meet the band on the road, it is nice to be playing a show close to his home. Larry, Brian and I drive into Long beach on a beautiful morning for an early afternoon show. On the way we stop in Culver City and pick up some New CD's printed for the Merch table and have lunch. Traffic is moving on the 405 and after a short drive we are on the water at Shoreline Village. I am surprised by a friend who I have not seen on years and years walks up and says hello. Wow! we take some pictures and are soon laughing about all the good times we had as musicians. One fond memory we share is we lived at the famed Record Plant studios in Marin for a week during recording for his album. This studio was one of the best and located right on bay steps from the pier. As we get ready to start a very famous blues photographer and his wife say hi. They had brought their friends with them for a nice afternoon near the sailboats. This location is super to walk along the boardwalk and listen to the band play some cool tunes. Often folks visiting California will say 'Have you played a show in our city". I tell them I look forward to visiting their city and you know I would love to bring the band around the world!
 
 
 
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Tuesday, May 31st, 2011 7:20 AM PDT
 
 
 
FRIDAY MORNING, JUNE 3 - FOX TV SHOW " GREAT DAY" FRESNO
I love doing this TV show! The day starts at 3:30am, up, breakfast and out the door. I meet Brian at 5am and we are at the studio at 6am. Scott and larry load in too and we are soon jamming tunes warming up. We go live on the air around 7am and it is so much fun to work on live TV! We play the intro's and outro's along with six of my songs. The hosts are super nice and the stage crew makes everything look and sound awesome. What a "Great Day"!
 
 
 
FRIDAY EVENING, JUNE 3 - BLUES, BREWS & BBQ - VISALIA
After the TV show I am back in V-town around 11am and get a chance to rest and enjoy the afternoon before the show tonight. I am super excited to play a show on Main street here in our home town. Lots of friends planning to support the band and the weather is cool and nice. The promoter Bruce B. is really good so there will be lots of people on the plaza. There is BBQ food and beer along with soft drinks, tables and chairs. My friends Moneka and gary are here ealy reserving a huge table for friends. I have played this event for five years and was how I discovered Visalia while traveling. The show is smoking and Scott Bolsta goes off and is ripping on the sax like never before! There is a huge crowd with dancing and the feel of a downtown mardi gras. What a blast! Lots of people saw us on TV this morning so everyone knows it has been a music day from 6am. Lots of support from the Central Valley! Thank You!
 
 
 
 
 
 
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Tuesday, May 24th, 2011 9:53 AM PDT
Today May 19th my cat " the B" is down to a little over four pounds. Six months ago we both started on a tough road together to keep him alive for as long as I could. He was six pounds ten ounces when I learned his kidneys were failing. We have been good friends for 18 years. A long time to have a cat. He was amazing in that he would stay close to me where ever I was inside and outside. He would sit on my chest in an easy chair and would wake me up each day with a loud meow. Plus he was very cool. I would come home from shows late at night for 18 years and he would come out and sit at the table with me before I went to bed. Often we would both have something to eat as I relaxed.
 
The only thing that could be done for him during the six months his kidneys were working less and less is Hydrate with Sub Q fluids, B12 shots, Steriods, and all his favorite foods. The kidney failing is not painful more like the flu were the cat feels like not eating. Slowly the loss of weight. I did everything I could for six months. When spring arrived he spent all his time in the backyard and on the patio. We would sit together at night. We both enjoyed that we got spring together with the very nice weather and change of season.
 
The last two weeks he slowly began to not enjoy anything. I began to feed him with a large syringe of baby food. Hie weight was way down. Up until now he enjoyed sitting on a rock in the sun and exploring the back yard. Even with kidney problems I would watch him run out the door each morning and enjoy the day.
 
Thursday, May 19th and I am sitting on the patio with my phone and the weather is perfect. A beautiful day. The B is showing signs that today is the day. I call our vet and she agrees to stop by after work at 5:15. I spend the day with him often just sitting with him on my lap. He is very tired and weak.
Dr. K arrives and I spread a towel on the table and after an amazing look from him as Dr. K lifts him up. He looked right in my eyes and said goodbye. She gave him two shots one for no pain the other to stop his heart. He was gone.
 
I wrapped him in my favorite hoodie with the arms around him. He was buried  in a very nice place in my back yard near rocks. He like to sit in the sun there.
The day was the best it could be. I said goodbye to a close friend.
 
 
Friday, May 27 - Concert Series, Minden, Nevada
The full band is on the way to Minden! Scott and his wife Kelly have family in Carson City so they are driving on their own. Kirk is traveling with his wife Carol so he is driving in from Southern California. Larry, Brian and I are driving in from Visalia. Soon everyone is there for sound check and the excitement
is for playing some of the new songs in the show. The weather is looking like a storm is coming in and it is getting cold. When the show starts we are dressed for winter and there is talk of snow in the mountains behind us. Minden is located just below Lake Tahoe and is a beautiful small town with lots of history. The folks show up to support their event and everyone is having a good time. We are in the town center surrounded by the first homes built here. After the show we stop by the casino for dinner and the coffee shop is full of all the students from the local high school. There had been a game of football between the girls in the 11th grade vs the girls in the 12th grade. Everyone is visiting and we are lucky to get seats at the counter. The band travels in the morning so let's get some rest!
 
Saturday May 28 - Sudz In The City,  Downtown Fresno
After breakfast we are moving fast because of the snow on the pass. Here it is the start of summer and it is snowing in the high country. We are all soon on our way over the sierra's on highway 88. The lakes are all frozen. Snowing but not sticking on the ground. What a surprise for people camping out! Pulling into Fresno and the weather is very nice. The ball park here is a farm team for the San Francisco Giants and the whole place looks like the ball park in the city. We are playing on a stage in the field so it is awesome to sit in the dug out and walk on the field. Alex Centrella is here taking pictures and the band is ripping hot! After the show we drive to Visalia to get ready for Sunday.
 
 
Sunday May 29 - Strawberry festival, Arroyo Grande
We are meeting Kirk Nelson and his wife Carol at the stage. This beautiful coastal town has a lot of history and today downtown is jam packed with people. Larry, Brian and I have lunch at a nice diner outside and enjoy the nice weather. The stage is set and we rip into the Blues. Friends stop by on the break and say hello. I had played this festival a few years back and it is nice to see folks from the Central coast again. On the last song just before the finish a huge gust of wind picks a table umbrella up and sends it into the CD stand with a powerful thrust. Wow! I'm so glad no one was standing there! It was wicked hard blast. OK. Let's put the gear in the truck and head for V-Town. On the way home we are listening to BB King and his old records are just amazing. He is the king of the blues!
 
 
 
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Tuesday, May 17th, 2011 10:52 AM PDT
 
 
THIS SATURDAY'S EVENT HAS BEEN CANCELED
 
WE WERE TO PERFORM AT CASEY"S IRON HORSE IN MADERA ON MAY 21.
 
THE VALLEY CENTER FOR THE BLIND HAS ANNOUNCED THEY WILL NOT HOLD THEIR EVENT THIS SATURDAY.
 
PLEASE CONTACT THEM IF YOU WOULD LIKE TO DONATE AND HELP.
 
 
 
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Sunday, May 8th, 2011 9:26 PM PDT
 
 
 
SATURDAY, MAY 14th - CASEY'S IRON HORSE, MADERA
 
BLUES, BIKES & BBQ
Dennis puts together a very cool event. As we arrive to work there is a lage smoker ready for the BBQ. Bikes everywhere and the bar has a nice stage. I had worked the first Blues, Bikes and BBQ four years ago so I am wearing my Tee shirt from the first event. Great day of music with lots of support from everyone. Just a super day so we rip into a smoking version of my song " Crusin' the coast"!
 
 
 
 
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SUNDAY, MAY 15th - EXETER
 
 
SEQUOIA FOODIE FEST!
 
Laurie Gorman is attending today's show! She joins the band in the F150 as we all ride over to Exeter. What a fun event! Dana greets us as we arrive at the stage. She is part of the excellent production team for this event. There is talk of rain however it does not rain and the event is a success! The stage is surrounded by a large PA and the sound Eng. is top notch. We rip into the tunes as a trio and power through a 90 minute show. I hope this event continues to grow because it is perfect for the Tulare county with all the produce growers in the area. Thanks for inviting us!
 
 
 
 
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Tuesday, April 26th, 2011 1:17 PM PDT
 
 
 
 
SATURDAY, MAY 7th - BLUE HERON, COARSEGOLD
 Tonight Larry, Brian, Scott and I are Bluesin' at this very nice country club. The location is beautiful and the weather is perfect. Brian and I had put all kinds of cool tunes on the Apple shuffle for music on the PA during breaks. Song after song of great bar music. We also have the new PA running smooth and can set it up with out a struggle. Soon the room is full of friends that I have met over the years and we start playing some tunes. We have been rehearsing the new songs for the record and some go well others need more work. The tempo of the song is very important and Larry has a metronome to gauge the speed of the song. Practice is always different from a show so until you play the song at a show a few times it is hard to guess the right feel. The evening goes by fast with our next visit here is outside in front of the lake on July15th.
A very nice place to gig and see my friends from Yosemite Lakes Park.
 
 
 
 
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Monday, March 28th, 2011 11:13 AM PDT
 
 
 
 
 
 
SATURDAY, APRIL 16 - VISALIA COUNTRY CLUB, VISALIA
 
The weather is excellent and I am very excited to be in V-Town for this show! I have a new PA system for vocals from my long time friend Steve S. More power and better quality that will help with the summer outdoor shows. Larry is here when I arrive. A super building with a beautiful golf coarse surrounding, lots of windows in the main hall. Soon the gear is setting up and I am ready to turn the new PA on and I can't get it to work! I have the old power/ mixer with me so I set it up for sound check. Still I am missing a key cable for both sides of the PA to work. I am out the door with Larry and we are on our way to Guitar Center. In the door for the purchase and back to the gig. The room is completely full for a sit down dinner. Still Scott Bolsta has not arrived. I get a call during dinner that he is late and lost. I'm on the front steps of the building on the cell phone working on guiding him through Visalia to the club house. With only 15 minutes until show time he pulls up. We run in and set up his microphone and sax. Everyone in the room has had an amazing meal, we go to the stage, I have not had a chance to check the PA as I step to the microphone to say hello. With good luck it sounds cool and we are off and running into the tunes. There is dancing and some sing-a-longs. The band is ripping and we play a concert set of 90 minutes. Take a break and come back for an hour show. It turns out to be a total success and at the end of the night we are all sitting in front talking about this summer and the big shows ahead. Tonight was big not only because of the event, but also this is my town and I really wanted to play well. So when it goes right you just feel on top of the world. On a warm spring night we are on our way home, with statewide gigs what a blast to be home in ten minutes!
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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Monday, March 7th, 2011 4:50 PM PST
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
SATURDAY, MARCH 26th (DAY)
 
VISALIA HARLEY DAVIDSON - VISALIA
 
15th ANNIVERSARY OF DEALERSHIP!
 
11:30AM - 2:20PM
 
Up early with a monster day ahead! There is a light rain coming down as I arrive at the dealership. We are working under a tent so no worries. Everyone would like to have sunshine to ride their bike but lots of people are here. Soon Kirk Nelson arrives from Southern California, planning a full circle drive home tonight. Scott, Larry and Brian arrive and we all set up for music. This is the first time the whole band has gotten together for 2011. We are looking forward to this preseason Saturday. Larry has been in New York on family business for a few weeks and everyone is glad to see him back in town.
The crowd is enjoying food and drink and friends from Visalia stop by to say Hello. Young guitar player Luke is here and gives a shout out for us to play "Sundown and the Cowboy". The weather clears up a little with overcast skies and no rain. After the gig we drive over to my house for lunch and take it easy before the drive south to Tahachapi.
 
 
 
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SATURDAY, MARCH 26th (NIGHT)
 
BEAR VALLEY SPRINGS COUNTRY CLUB - TEHACHAPI
 
8PM dinner and dancing
 
At 4:30pm Brian, Larry and I drive the F-150 south past Bakersfield and up into the mountains on highway 58. The weather is alright with a cold streak as we near the club house. Located at 4, 500 feet elevation it is mountains and clouds. Inside Kirk is already set up and everyone is relaxing after dinner and ready to enjoy a Saturday night. We are well warmed up on the songs so the band is ripping hot. Tearing into the solos with hands on fire! Between sets I meet more folks from the area and invite a guest to sing a song with the band. After midnight we have the truck loaded and there is a hard rain falling with thick fog. The f-150 crawls off the mountain back down into the Central Valley. It has been a long day by 3am when we get back into V-Town.
 
As I open some cat food for my old cat Beebo and kick back for a few moments I think about the season of shows ahead. Watching the B eat is a good thing since he has been off and on sick with kidney failure. Hydration and constant care coupled with his intense desire to fight have kept him going so far. The kidneys will fail at some point. So I just keep a watch on him until then. I have a lot of new songs I have written and need them in the show. It takes a long time to pound the song out of raw material and refine the music to a smooth presentation. A whole album of songs seems like a mountain to climb with rehearsal, recording, mixing and releasing the final product. Still you take it one week at a time getting done what you can.
 
I started working with an agent in mid January planing for out of state shows. Now in mid April no shows have been booked out of state. Disappointed and facing reality we all agree to a split. I know I can book shows and it does not surprise me that this agent does not have what it takes. This is a tough business and requires lots of hard work to get results.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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Sunday, February 20th, 2011 6:31 PM PST
 
 
 
 
 
SATURDAY, MARCH 5th - BLUE HERON - COARSEGOLD
YOSEMITE LAKES PARK
The weather is outstanding! Clean cool spring weather. The phone rings in the truck and it is Scott Bolsta checking on what time we will be at the clubhouse. Amrik arrives about the same time as Brian and I and there is a lot of excitement for the show tonight. Soon the crowd is here and what a blast to get together with the YLP group. Everyone is super nice and friendly and loves to dance. The evening is filled with visiting and enjoying company. What a great place to play music! I look forward to our next show here on May 7th and a lakeside show this summer!
 
 
 
 
 
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Wednesday, February 16th, 2011 6:23 AM PST
FRIDAY AND SATURDAY
 
FEBRUARY !8 & 19
 
EAGLE MOUNTAIN CASINO - PORTERVILLE
 
SUMMIT ROOM!
 
We have been rehearsing new material. New songs that I have written for recording. Tonight as we load the gear in the F150 the rain is just starting to come down. This winter the rain has been record setting. Larry has brough a CD of a rehearsal recorded and it gives us a chance to hear the way the songs sound to the audience. After load in we are at dinner in the food court and then downbeat. On the first break I stop by a table and meet tribal elder Gloria. A wonderful woman who has helped guide the Tule Indian reservation with some great ideas for the children in school. At the table are Gloria's niece and daughter.  We get a chance to talk for awhile and their wonderful stories of native American culture is uplifting and really makes the evening special.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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Friday, January 14th, 2011 7:33 AM PST
 
 
SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 12 - Bear Valley Country Club, Tehachapi
 
Today the weather is amazing, 75 degrees! Larry, Brian and I drive up to 4, 500 feet elevation to join the folks in Tehachapi at the Bear Valley Springs country club for good times! The place is jumping with a great crowd and everyone is up for some dancing and fun! What a great place to live. Mountains yet modern and near big cities of Bakersfield and Los Angeles. We rock some blues until midnight and drive back to Visalia. We are adding new songs to the show so  tonight we just played songs we never have done before and it is exciting to have new songs for the summer dates ahead!
 
Looking forward to Saturday's show. and getting back in action. I have been very busy during Jan. with new songs. Today was warm here in Visalia and you could feel spring is near. I have managed to keep my old cat Beebo alive through hydration with his kidney's failing him.  He was very sick for awhile. At 17 1/2 years old he still hangs out with me and enjoys going outside and sleeping on the patio. Last night I gave him a bath. He enjoyed being clean and seemed to feel better too.
The live radio interview in the Netherlands went well and the best song contest is in full swing. My brother was in town from Nevada visiting and we got a chance to talk about touring the band in the Northwest this year. I have a new booking agent Valerie Scott who is trying hard to book a tour for the band in Oregon, Washington, Idaho and Montana. We have an offer to work in Boulder Colorado as well. The band will be touring in my Ford F-150 Super Crew! Huge 6 and 1/2 foot bed with a camper shell on the back. It is awesome.
First is to record in LA with the new songs. They sound good, 12 new ones.
 
 
I was sad about the death of one of my hero's. The great guitar player
Gary Moore died yesterday. Feb. 5th in Spain. RIP.
 
More news soon....
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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Netherlands Radio
I was live on the air for an interview with super
Blues DJ Bertwin Bijleveld Monday Jan. 31st at 2:15pm.
This is a cool blues show in the Netherlands, called
Blues and Friends
 
 
 
 
 
 
 





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This Monday, Jan. 31 at 5pm pacific time the show will air my song “Black Coffee at Sunrise” worldwide at www.bestoriginalsong.com . Each listener can click their vote and the shows best songs will go on to compete in the finals.
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2011


New Year's Eve at the Blue Heron
Photo credit: Janice Ware

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Dave Holob
Dave Holob
Special Guest on New Year's Eve


BW with Super DJ Mark Maverick at Covina Thunderfest

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Blue Lake Run Sept. 11th
Concert with Foreigner & Starship

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BW at HUNTINGTON BEACH HYATT

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BW in Twain Harte with friends

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BW with Maryanne Harrison-Kutsch

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Pomoter Allison Day with BW in Calistoga

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Rod - BW - Jeff

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Joe Robb and BW

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BW at cafe Boogaloo

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Actress Monique Bricca and BW

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Hanford promoter Jim Castleman and BW

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BW in Hanford

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Roseville promoter Liz Krohn with BW

July 4 Weekend
Creekwalk Concert - Vacaville

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BW with Promoter Mary Jane
Mountain Ranch

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BW with Creekwalk Concert Series Promoter Lacy
Vacaville

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BW with friends in Westwood

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BW with Shelia and Evan on July 4

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Adam, Sonjia, BW

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Friends with BW at Blues, Brews & BBQ

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BW with Moneka and Gary
Blues, Brews & BBQ in Visalia

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Scott, BW, Larry, Brian

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The band with Fox Great Day television stars,
Kim and Copi

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BW onstage in Minden, Nevada

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Sheryl Christian & BW
Promoter for Minden, NV.
Concert Series

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Dennis Wright & BW
Casey's Iron Horse, Madera
Blues, Bikes & BBQ

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Dana Galante with BW
Sequoia Foodie Fest
Exeter

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photo credit: Ed Bonner