UPDATE 11.12.12 - I'll be joining James and da' boyz on their short East Coast run from November 29th - December 1st. So there will be more to tell and definitely more pictures in Part II
I just finished some dates with Broken Bow artist James Wesley and it was an absolute blast! They had some upcoming shows last week and needed a fill-in drummer make them happen. I received the CD on Tuesday for a rehearsal booked for a Wednesday night at S.I.R... no pressure, right?!?
Cue the 80's style montage of learning the songs!
Fortunately, I had played percussion on his CD and was familiar with most of tracks but arrangements evolve for a live show. Three hours after rehearsal ended, we were enroute to Pensacola.
We arrive at the venue the next day for soundcheck and the stage crew was prepped and ready. A quick run-through later, we headed off to an early dinner which deserves a BIG thumbs up and shout out.
I was introduced to the Pensacola version of the Roast Beef Sundae and it was pretty awesome! To say it was rich or heavy would be an understatement. Understandably, it won't be everyone's favorite thing but I would suggest trying it if you get the chance.
With James and the guys LIVE in KY
Sometimes being a fill-in can be a bit lonely. You're a musical patch until a permanent member can brought in so other members don't invest any personal time with you cause your clock is ticking. My new temporary bandmates, bassist Neil Alexander, guitarist Dylan Treyr, and guitarist Brian Troester were as gracious as they are talented. They helped me fine tune the flow of James' show and were a great hang, too.
I can't say enough good things about James as well. Unlike some of the horror stories you hear about prima donna artists, this guy works hard onstage and even harder offstage.
Please check out James' music and attend the show if they come to your area... you'll have a good time!