It has been an interesting step back into the world of touring. Jeffrey Foucault’s new record “Salt As Wolves” is on the front end of its release which means we are busy supporting and playing all over the country. More recently the Midwest and coming up shortly, the West and East Coasts respectively. Then it is on to Europe in March for a couple weeks. This is a very good record and a very good band. I think we calculated a shared 120+ years of touring between all the members. That lead to a tangent of how many miles we have put together which resulted in a far more impressive number. But tallies aside, I couldn’t be more proud to be part of a band comprised of such talent and graciousness. To have been part of such a highly refined piece of art, both lyrically and musically, only deepens and solidifies my devotion to the life I have chosen. The NY Times wrote a nice article on the record and managed to shout out all the players by name and what they brought to the table. In my experience this is rare. Album credits and the availability to discover them (in the digital format) have become diminished which I find to be detrimental to the comprehension of recorded music. Hopefully that changes. I don’t think I am the only geezer who grew up with LP’s and CD’s who devoured the images and statistics like those on baseball cards. Regardless, I think this guy nailed my approach to bass playing.
In the middle of all this I have been fortunate enough to do some dates with the legendary Booker T Jones. When you get a phone call from someone like this asking if you could do a few sub dates in (of all places) Hawaii, it is by definition, a “no-brainer”. This will be a milestone for me as it will be the 50th state visited and performed in. I am really looking forward to all of the upcoming adventures and could not be more thankful to my family for supporting me while we navigate the schedules, childcare, airport rides and day to day life that doesn’t make the ridiculous social networking headlines. I am very fortunate and I don’t take it for granted one bit. See you out there?