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Ridiculous, but not surprising

Read this:

If you didn't click the link, the gist is:

Popular Country-music group releases song to radio. Song describes feelings of jealousy expressed by female narrator for another female, who is now the object of affection of narrators ex-significant other. Absurd outcome: Country-music fans mount campaign to kibosh song's airplay/chart ascension. Based on their inability to understand lyrics/english, listeners fear song spreads Gay agenda.

It doesn't really surprise me that people would make judgements after hearing only a VERY small portion of the story. Why get all the facts? That would take too much of their precious time. Even if they did understand the song's meaning, would it matter anyway? Do they hear what they want to hear so they feel justified in their close-minded, out-dated, "I was raised this way, so why would I change" beliefs?

I try not to judge people, but it's tough. I can rarely keep my mouth shut when I have a really stupid thing to say. I feel their pain. However, doing so would make me just as biggoted and intolerant as the morons who are worried about a gay agenda being spread throughout our civilized and educated 21st century culture. We're SO beyond that these days. Right?


Things and stuff I'm currently interested in looking at on my iPhone

Topps BUNT app (Totally addicted, really hope Upper Deck comes out with a competitor soon) (shameless plug for my totally awesome boss)

VSCO Cam (Can't. Stop. Editing. Photos.)

Bulang & Sons (Watch straps...and watches, but mostly their straps...)

Untappd (It's just lots of beer)

How to Shape a Fitted Baseball Cap (who knew?!?)




Stop complaining

This afternoon, Katie A & I played and sang songs (Christmas hits included), for kids with cancer at a hospital in Riverside, California. One little boy we met, Isaiah, gets to go home tomorrow; his most recent scans came back completely cancer-free. When he was admitted in August, they discovered stage-4 cancer, it then spread to his bones. For now, it's gone, and he'll spend Christmas at home with his family.

Most of the rest of the kids aren't as lucky as Isaiah. They'll spend their Xmas morning opening presents in a hospital bed.

Despite that, I heard a lot of kids singing, a lot of laughing and a lot of clapping and cheering for our renditions of Jingle Bells and Rudolph.....

One thing I didn't hear ONCE was a complaint of ANY kind. None of them cried, none of them whined, nobody seemed upset or bored. They all thanked us and smiled and were grateful.

Whatever you're dealing with, I'm pretty positive it's nowhere NEAR what these kids face on an hourly basis. Stop complaining, be grateful, be POSITIVE and spread that around. If someone needs reminding....REMIND THEM!



I live on a bus

I haven't updated this page in a while....the best excuse I can muster is that I had grown tired of writing notes (by hand), attaching them to the leg of my pet pigeon Otis, and then sending her off to NYC to relay the information to the legions of interweb scribes who turned my ramblings into ones & zeroes for public consumption. Now, with the magical mystery tool of the iPhone app, I can lay comfortably in my road coffin and thumb-type to my heart's content, and you, dear reader, can "Extree, Extree, read all about it!!"

Just finished a 3 day run with Katie Armiger, opening shows for Easton Corbin & Josh Turner. A great time was had!!! When my head stops spinning, I'll tell you more. Off to sleep now, hopefully I'll wake up in my new adopted home, Nashville, Tennessee.

Keep on rockin' in the free whirled...



Give us hope that this love never ends

   I'm writing this from the lounge of a very old, very vibey recording studio here in Vancouver.  This place has started to feel like a second home to me over the last few months. Granted, it's a second home with way nicer TV's and much cooler audio equipment than my first home, so at this point, I'm kinda thinking of making it my new residence... 

  Today is the last day of tracking on Jessie Farrell's newest album.  I'm extremely happy with every aspect of this project: the musicians involved, the engineers that made the music sound great and the music itself.  This record has felt like a cohesive collaboration between some incredible people, all fluent in the same language of soulful musical expression, and it could not have come together without each of them being involved.

  Jessie and I worked methodically on each song together, writing and re-writing, until we felt we had a group of them that we'd actually be THRILLED to commit to tape (which isn't ACTUALLY how they were recorded, since tape is no longer ACTUALLY used, but committing something to 1's and 0's doesn't sound as badass).  I have no idea how the songs will be perceived by listeners, but to be completely honest and somewhat selfish, that's very secondary to me.  I'm extremely proud of the work and the efforts of everyone involved, and I wouldn't trade any moment during the creation of this music for gold.  I have learned more about songwriting and production and recording and vibe on this session than any other I've been a part of.  I have to thank Jessie and Dean Maher and the musicians involved for that.

  I got a new gig this summer: playing guitar for Aaron Pritchett!  I was very excited to get the call, and terrified at the same time, wondering how I'd fill the HUGE Converse All Stars of Jay Buettner. The guys in the band have been very helpful and tremendously accommodating while I try to figure out what the hell I'm doing. I've listed the tour dates below that you can catch me at an Aaron show, and also the Jessie Farrell and Adam Woodall Band dates as well.


Friday July 8 - Merritt Mountain Fest, Merritt BC  (w/ Aaron Pritchett)

Saturday July 9 - Calgary Stampede, Nashville North, Calgary AB  (w/ Aaron Pritchett)

Saturday July 16 - Sarnia Bayfest, Sarnia ON  (w/ Aaron Pritchett)

Friday July 22 - Langford BC  (with Jessie Farrell)

Saturday Aug 6 - Harmony Arts Festival, Wine Stage  (w/ Adam Woodall Band)

Friday Aug 12 - Sunfest, Duncan BC  (w/ Aaron Pritchett)

Saturday Aug 27 - Airdrie AB  (w/ Aaron Pritchett)

Sunday Aug 28 - Barrie ON  (w/ Aaron Pritchett)

Wednesday Aug 31 - Butchart Gardens, Victoria BC  (with Jessie Farrell)