After spending a couple of years as a purely freelance musician, I’m really please to be back working with a band regularly. I’m now playing with the great Bluegrass band, Detour, as their full time bass player. It’s a wonderful bunch of folks, playing really good music. I’ll continue to work around Nashville, but I expect to be on the road most weekends through the Spring and Summer with Detour. I’ll still get to scratch my singer-songwriter itch as a sideman for Adrian Krygowski and Mercy Bell, but it feels very good to also be playing straight ahead Bluegrass at a high level. I’ll post festival dates as they come in.
It only takes me a couple of days to lose the edge on my technique. This time of year, with holiday travel and family events, my practice and performance routine tends to get disrupted on a regular basis. I try to steal 20 minutes or an hour here and there, but, more often than not, it doesn’t happen. Thankfully, it only takes a short time for things to return to normal. But, I’ll probably never get used to that feeling of picking up my bass after a few days off and and getting the sensation, from the bass and from me, that we have developed a little distance between us in some way. I call it the “Who The Hell Are You?!?!” moment.
As the instrument and I get reacquainted, I love to hear the bass wake up and start to sing. After an hour or so, we’re usually back in synch.
I’m a double bass player and the father of two little girls, I live in Nashville, Tennessee. I’m blessed to play a wide variety of great music with people that I really enjoy being around. In this blog, I’ll share what I’m up to, and I expect that I’ll ramble on quite a bit about playing the bass.
I like strong coffee.