For some reason, I am still awake, so I will update you fine folks on what has been going on as of recent with the Parade Schedule. All of February, I was visiting friends and family in Indiana, and while there, thought “hey, I should do some recording”. My cousin Jonathan David Ford and I holed up in his basement with a Vestax 300 four-track recorder, some mics, lots of fruit juice, my dad’s banjo, a clarinet, sax, snare, a weird keyboard, harmonicas, and a couple guitars, and recorded 7 songs. When will this be out? You know me, which means I don’t know. Jonathan is currently recording some more tracks on his lonesome, then he will send it my way. I will be uploading it digitally to my bandcamp page and making CDs which will be hand packaged.
While in Indiana, I played a sweet show in Bloomington, IN, at the Grant Street Musicians Co-op. Interesting little venue. I played with my buddy Mark Kramer, who is the frontman(and only person) in Tender Mercy. There was probably an easier way to say that. It was great making the drive, seeing Mark, and then we crashed with Ben and Jimmy from Dust From 1000 Years(They are really good friends of mine and I believe the first band I ever played with in Bloomington. Check them out. But only if you want to be happy). It was awesome seeing people come out and getting to meet a few new folks.
The next destination on my vacation, was my favorite place, Louisville, Kentucky. I will be here all of March. I played a show last Saturday at Dreamland. I had never played there, and the last time I was in town, it did not exist. The dudes that were running the show were great. I liked the space as well. Tender Mercy opened the show, and Ben Traughber‘s new band Dream Eye Color Wheel were in the middle, and we closed. It was a good turn out. Tender Mercy started the night off with his brand of somber, quiet, and thoughtful tunes, then D.E.C.W. turned it up a bit with this awesome combo of surfy, noisy, prettiness. Yes, thats a word. Then we played and I got to play with my good old buddies that used to be in the band before. I ended the night with my friend Jenn Sanders coming up and adding her awesome harmonies. Not only is Jenn’s voice great, but I love singing with her because she comes up with non-traditional harmonies that blow my mind.
Hopefully, I will be able to play at least one more time before I fly out on the 1st of April, back to Seattle. When I get back to Seattle, I should have some exciting news about the “new” record. You know, the one that we recorded two years ago that lots of you haven’t heard. I want it to be done. It should be tickling your eardrums. Seriously.
So, I am sure that I have forgotten something, but I just wrote a ton of words, and it’s 5 am. For anyone that came out to that show the other night, and sang along, and for anybody that read this, thanks a bunch. It means a lot to me.