It's been a wonderful summer so far
-- re-connecting with many old friends and making many new ones. I have had the good
fortune to be able to play more "electric band" dates this year,
and that can be attributed only to the inspiration and hard work of my
bandmates -- drummer Bruce Crisman and bassist Sam
Ray. I can't express my gratitude for having these men in my life, and I find myself,
for the first time in years, motivated and eager to perform with others. As
you "long time fans" know, "rockin' electric" is where I truly live. Not since
the days of my old band "Japetus" have I
been so fulfilled in performing. It's an honor to be on stage with them.
Check out the schedule for dates.
While we are on the subject ..... I want to give some details of bandmate
I am lucky to be able to book dates with him. Bruce is in VERY high
demand in Colorado -- he's a "go to" drummer. He is the busiest man
I know -- professional, tireless, flexible, more than well versed -- he does
any style, any genre, and always with an amazing flair, and an infectious
smile and attitude. You can see him regularly in the lineup of local greats Buckner Funken Jazz, Jack Hadley, The Slyders,
Heavy Feather, as well as filling in with folks like Kirby Velarde, Steve
Crenshaw, and many others. When he is not available to us, we are joined by
Chris Crisman (yep, Bruce's brother!). Equally
gifted and talented, and equally inspirational. (Must have been something in
the water where they grew up -- but probably just great genes!) I find myself
blessed to be in the company of such great spirits. And not to mention Sam
Ray on bass would be a sin! He comes to us from Austin Texas (ya
KNOW there's somethin' in the water there! And,
yeah, he's the real deal!) and is a joy to perform
with. I am truly blessed to share the stage with these gentlemen. Come on out
and check it out!
Thanks to all at the BLUE SPRUCE
BREWING COMPANY (4151 E. County Line Rd. Unit 'G' Centennial Colo. 80122 --
303-771-0590) June 15th was my 3rd time performing there, and it just keeps getting better. Check it out --
great brews, great food, great folks -- you won't be disappointed.
Thanks to Mark and Rob and all the
great staff at DIRTY DOGS in Golden for all the support. They have quickly
become the top motorcycle riders' "destination spot" in the state,
and with all the expansion projects and plans in the works ......well, hell,
this will be the finest venue around. I perform there every
Thursday night 6 to 10 pm, and they have opened their door for me to bring in
the electric band on a steady rotation. This place ROCKS! And with the season in full
swing, there are many poker runs coming through. One very near and dear to my
heart will be the Ride
for Life First Responders Mental Health and Suicide Prevention Run on Saturday,
July 14th, 2018. I have been affiliated with this event (used to be the
Yellow Ribbon Run) for a great many years, and have been invited again this
year by my favorite redhead, Brandee -- I can never
say "no". I will start the day as a solo from 12 noon to 4pm. Then BAR NOTHING will take the stage from 4
to 8 pm, after which I will be joined by Bruce and Sam to knock out the night and
play electric until whenever. Check out the flyer for more info.
This also means that I will miss
my regularly scheduled date at the SHACK that night. We'll see you back on the 28th.
Just an aside (more biker stuff
for a good cause) -- check out the flyer for the Hog Wild Car & Bike Show and Pig Roast on Sunday,
July 22nd benefitting Goodwill Industries. Presented by Dino's Custom Cycles,
7855 W. 16th Ave. Lakewood, Colo. 80214. 12:00 noon to 5:00 pm.
In June I had an opportunity to
sit in with good friends the Heavy Man, Timbo, and
Deb at the CROSSROADS at Pine Junction. Tim's wife had to go in for surprise
surgery, and I happened to have the night off, so I filled in for Tim for the
night. Thanks to the stars aligning some doors were opened. I will be at the
CROSSROADS with the band on Saturday, July 21st from 2 to 6 pm with more
dates to follow. I will also be performing occasionally with the Heavy Man at MAD JACK'S MOUNTAIN BREWERY in Bailey,
Colo. (click on link for directions) the first date will be Sunday, July 15th
from 4 to 7 pm. This will be a lot of fun as Heavy and I have not had an
opportunity to perform together (other than guest cameo shots and quick fill ins) for many years. It'll
be a hoot!
I have been asked again this year
to be in the line up for Golden Colorado's BUFFALO
BILL DAYS (Friday, July 27th, Parfet Park Downtown
Golden Colo. 5:00 to 6:45 pm). I was asked this time to not play solo, but to bring
the band with me. I was then told that we would be the opening act for one of my heroes -- the
RAGIN' CAJIN' !!! The legendary, the one and only DOUG KERSHAW!!! I cannot think of a better way to kick off
the festivities of the weekend with the great "FIDDLER" ("... and the fiddler don't
lie!") It's truly an honor to be invited. We will adjust our playlist
accordingly -- (I'm not certain Deep Purple, Mountain, or Jimi Hendrix would
be appropriate,) but we'll have a ball!
Well, that's all I can do for the
moment. As always, thank you for your continued support.