November 30th--Home--Updates--Well, once again, I have been
slacking on getting the newsletter updated. No excuses. Had
a nice Thanksgiving holiday despite the Razorbacks losing to LSU on the
day after. We made our annual pilgrimage to Parsons, KS, and
Joplin, MO, to play the Kitchen Passes
which is always a great time. It still amazes that
folks will venture out to see us in droves over a holiday weekend that
is traditionally celebrated at home on the sofa in front of the
television or with family. The Parsons show was sold out again
this year. Great crowd. Surprisingly, not a dancing crowd.
Most preferred to sit back and enjoy the music this year. We did
get them filling the dance floor by night's end. In Joplin, it was
also a non-dancing sort of crowd. I suppose the triptophan was
taking its toll on some. We had a strong crowd and kept them
entertained all night. During this weekend, we generally stay
overnight in Parsons and then spend the day in Joplin prior to
soundcheck that night. This is always a good time to hit the music
stores or take in a movie. This Saturday, we did both.
Unfortunately, the movie might be considered the worst movie of all
time. I had hoped to see the new Bond film, but we didn't have
time for a three hour movie. I chose, instead, the movie,
Tenacious D: The Pick of Destiny. I wondered if Jack Black
was trying to promote his movie by making it the worst movie ever.
I mean, if it's the "worst" that means it will get mentioned, right?
Of the 30 folks in the theater at the time, 15 had left after the first
10 minutes. Having paid $6 for a ticket and twice that for soda
and candy, I wasn't going to quit. It was supposed to be a
musician's movie in the same vein as Wayne's World, or Spinal Tap.
But no... it was just crap. Anyway, it was at least a chance
to relax and sit for a couple of hours.
Back on the 16th, we performed at Landry's
in the form of the Gary Hutchison Jazz Trio. This is a new sort of
venture and it turned out to be tons of fun. As a musician, it
sometimes is a pleasant change of pace to bring the dynamics down and
play what is generally referred to as "musician's music." Maybe we
will see some more of that in the future.
December has some exciting shows coming up. The Nightflying
Anniversary party will be on the 5th at George's Majestic in
Fayetteville. Gary's new music store in Fort Smith will be having
its grand opening on the 2nd. Don't miss a beat!
November 11th--Hogville Tailgate Party (Tennessee vs Arkansas)...the Mother
Of All Tailgates (MOAT)--Fayetteville, AR--It started with the USC
game at the first of the year and was a great success, but only in its
infancy. This concert will no doubt be bigger and better. I
have enlisted Darren Ray (Big Bad Bubba, Big Uns, etc) to open the show
and Hunkr Down to go on before us. The Oreo Blue Trio will go on
at appx 3:30pm and play to about 5:30pm prior to the 6:00pm kickoff.
We will have professional comedians Chad Hayes and Daryl Schneider
performing between sets and DJ Shanon spinning your favorite dance tunes
starting at 10:30am. The concert is free and will be located in
the University of Arkansas Gardens area south of Razorback Stadium where
Carleson Terrace used to be. Our stage will be in the south end of
the Gardens facing north by lot 56. There is a photo essay
from the USC concert located
The press release on Hogwired.com is