Ok, it’s time to leave it to a vote.

4 11 2010

I don’t know what I think anymore. Just tell me which one you guys like the best. -Tim






Back to work in the studio!

3 06 2010

Today was our first day back in the studio after the spring tour.  Our producer (Regan) moved her studio to a temporary location in a house by the river.  It’s actually pretty amazing.  There are huge windows that look out over the landscape and we have more space to stretch out now.  Since I’m getting back into using my amateur photography skills, I thought I’d share a shot I got of Regan working hard with our little friend Chloe diligently working alongside her.  Enjoy! More pictures to come.  -Tim

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Bye Bye Bay Area

18 02 2010

***Disclaimer: This blog was written two weeks ago, we apologize for the lag in our updates…

Hello Friends,

Though I’m currently sitting in a coffee shop outside Seattle, I figured it’d be a good time to fill you in on the rest of our stay in the Bay Area last week. First of all, a HUGE shout out to the Chae family for being kind enough to open up their home to us and for blessing us with their generosity and hospitality!

We hung out with some of the good folks from Living Water Church on Thursday before our show and they were kind enough to take us out for sushi and a walk down the beachfront. Good times. The show went really well, and more importantly, funds were raised to benefit a great organization that works to combat sex trafficking called New Day for Children (www.newdayforchildren.com).

We were also able to spend some time in San Francisco on Friday and Saturday, which was sweet, since it’s a great city. We took in some of the views, went thrift store shopping, and watched jazz. (Good) jazz musicians are just on an entirely different level. A bit of a tangent, but if you are ever in Charlottesville on a Wednesday or Thursday evening – do yourself a favor and go to Millers on the downtown mall to catch some sweet jazz. You will not be disappointed.

Pier 39

Pier 39

Tearing it up

Tearing it up

We wrapped our time up in the Bay Area with another show on Sunday (thanks BACBC!!) and dinner with our good friends from Virginia, Cliff and Carrie Woolley on Monday. Needless to say, we enjoyed our stay (as we did our last time here), and look forward to coming back in the not too distant future.

View from the drumkit

View from the drumkit

Until next time,

Jim



“BRAD MEHLDU is HERE AND WILL PLAY”

5 02 2010

So this blog entry is a little late, but here it goes. Three Thursdays ago, Steve, Jack and I witnessed one of the more memorable musical experiences I’ve ever been been a part of: The Watkins Family Hour at the Largo in Los Angeles.

At the legendary Largo

At the legendary Largo

It wasn’t just the ridiculous collective talent displayed on stage that left me at loss for words, it was the intimate, conviction-filled way they connected with the audience through their blend of folk and Americana. Forget the overproduction, the pro-tools, and the auto-tune, strip music down to its most raw, basic level and let it carry its own weight and speak for itself. Not to mention the guest appearance of John C. Reilly…yes, that John C. Reilly. Shake and bake. However, the best part of the evening was yet to come. Right before their set ended, they announced that they would continue the party at the even more intimate space next door, appropriately named “The Little Room”. We sat within inches of the Watkins siblings, John C. Reilly, Gillian Welch, David Rawlings, and the one and only Brad Mehldau (whose surprise showing caused quite a stir among the folks on stage). A bit of a disclaimer: the correct spelling is indeed “Mehldau”, the spelling on the note depicted is incorrect.

No words needed

No words needed

They performed originals, old gospel tunes, and covered artists ranging from Johnny Cash to Weezer. Amazing. We seriously couldn’t believe that we were fortunate enough to witness what we saw that night. It served as a good reminder of what music is truly about – connecting with people at the gut level and leaving them with something meaningful to hold onto.

Peace,

Jim



Karaoke and Long Walks on the Sidewalk Beach…

5 02 2010

***Disclaimer: This blog was written last week, so we apologize for the lag in our updates…

Everyone in the world,

Some would say that karaoke brings friends and strangers together, and takes them on a magical ride through cheesiness and sheer awesomeness…and some would be correct. Last night Steve, Jim and I went to a karaoke bar in San Jose, CA. It was such an awesome time of just relaxing and having fun. It was exactly what I needed. While on tour I think it is essential to participate in non-band related things and just unwind. It helps take the stress away. Needless to say, we had a great time.

Karaoke Place...

Karaoke Place...

Today was a busy day. We had two interviews in San Francisco, one of them being at a TV station and the other over G-Chat. The TV interview was for MYX and I have to say it went really well. I always get a little nervous when we do interviews/performance on TV because I never know where to look. I try to let my eyes wonder everywhere except for where the camera is but somehow I always let my gaze land on the camera. It’s so weird. Plus, when you’re doing a performance they are constantly moving the cameras, which makes me want to look at what is going on in periphery thereby leading me to look at the camera again. I just can’t win on TV. But thanks to editing magic I’m sure the station will make it work. Check out the pics of the studio below.

Studio!!

Studio!!

This was the greenroom we had at the studio...pretty nice.

This was the greenroom we had at the studio...pretty nice.

After the interview we set out in the city to find food and a coffee shop to do our G-Chat interview. We found a Peet’s Coffee and camped out in the corner for the interview. Once it was done, all of us were starving so we started looking for food. I guess we were just in the coffee shop section of San Francisco because literally that’s all there was for like the surrounding 5 blocks. It was that or a super expensive steakhouse that’s perfect for struggling musicians to eat at….PSYCH!! (that’s right, I’m bringing it back.) So we set out to find somewhere to eat. We found an Italian place online, but it was over a mile away. But we were determined so we set out. After the lovely stroll along sidewalk beach (not) we arrived at the Italian place to find out that they had adopted the same menu prices as the expense steak houses. So we searched some more and found a Chinese place and an Afghan place. I had Chinese and it was a lot of mediocre food for a little bit of money (so basically it was perfect for someone like me). Then after dinner we had to take the long walk back to the van (at least we burned some calories!!).

Like I said it was a busy day. Perhaps it’s time for Karaoke again!!

Parker




Mobile Living

2 02 2010

**Disclaimer: This blog was written over a week ago, we apologize for the lag in our updates…

Ikea

Ikea

So I’m writing to you right now from the middle seat in our van.  I spend so much time in this seat, that I can’t remember a time when I didn’t sit in it. Travel the country playing music and it’s a given that you will have to spend a lot of time in the same seat.

Right before we left for this tour, we were back in the studio tracking some stuff for our new album. We literally lived in the studio for almost a week

before we left. The good thing about being on the road with the band is that we are able to work on the recording and discuss ideas all the time. I wish we had a studio in every town we play a show, but that would be crazy expensive. The solution: set up a mobile studio in the van. It’s so amazingly ghetto, but it gets the job done.

Mobile Studio

Mobile Studio

Till next time . . .

Parker



Los Angeles, the land of many waters . . .

31 01 2010

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*Disclaimer: this entry was written last week, so we apologize for the lag in our updates…

Greetings from rainy Southern California! So far, it has rained in Cali every single day we’ve been here. Not like peaceful rain either, the treacherous downpour rain. And the one thing that I have discovered about LA and rain, is that the locals don’t know how to drive in it. It’s like they don’t know what this liquid is falling from the sky. Thankfully we haven’t gotten into an accident. Fingers crossed.

So earlier this week, we played at The Living Room on Loyola Marymount’s campus. The turnout was great for our first time playing there.

guppy-house

After the show a couple of girls gave us goodie bags with our names on them, which included a personal note and a brownie. Thanks girls!

It has been great to enjoy some free time on the West Coast. One of our favorite pastimes is eating. I have to say to everyone who has not tried it, go eat some Korean BBQ. It was amazing and all you can eat!

After dinner, most of us went to Guppy House, which is a like fruit and shaved ice place.  Jim went to the famed Watkins’ Family Hour at The Largo with our road manager, Steve, and our manager, Jack. I kind of wish I had been there because they all said it was one of the best shows they had ever seen.

Next week we head off to Northern California and then on up towards the Seattle area. . . . Hopefully we will see some sun at least one of those days.

Parker



On the Road Again…

23 04 2009

Thought you guys might enjoy some of our adventures on the road…



ummm…what is going on?

18 02 2009



New Christmas Song! (coming soon)

11 12 2008

Hey guys, here’s a preview for the Christmas song available for download this Saturday!

BABY KING
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