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Wednesday, September 27, 2017 - Honah Lee Vineyard, Gordonsville, VA Recap and Song List

Tonight's show at Honah Lee Vineyards, on a beautiful hillside near Gordonsville, Virginia, reminded me of why I love playing music. Several friends came out, dancing happened (rare for a solo-acoustic performance), and I played a few songs I've never played before. It was a beautiful autumn evening and a great setting for a mid-week outdoor show. I'm still buzzing. Thanks to everyone who came out tonight!

I didn't make a setlist for this one. It was a three-hour show, so I thought I'd just make a list of all of my songs and select covers so I could pull them out at will. In the past I've tried performing with no setlist or song list whatsoever, but in the heat of the moment I tend to forget what I have available. The song list proved to be very helpful.  

In album order, as opposed to played order, here's what folks heard tonight - 

Sunday, September 17, 2017 - New Show, New Album, New 'Opera Alley' Remaster

I've been asked to play at the beautiful Honah Lee Vineyards in Gordonsville, Virginia as part of their Wine Down Wednesdays series. It happens on Wednesday, September 27. I'll be strumming from 5 pm to 8 pm, so I'll be running through a lot of Saturday's Radio songs, and select covers, over the course of the evening. 

In other news, I think we're finally almost done with the new Saturday's Radio album. We'd also like to get out another single ("All That Shines" was the first) before the album is released. We're looking at contenders as well as b-side options. Check back soon for more news. 

Finally, we've begun the process of pulling the current version Opera Alley from the digital shelves. Why? Earlier this summer we were preparing audio for a new batch of professionally made CDs and we realized that we had the tools and the knowhow to make it sound better. The recordings are all the same; no new re-recordings or overdubs. Just a spiffier Opera Alley. So look for a 2017 remaster soon. (We're jokingly calling it an "accidental remaster" because we had no intention of doing it when we began preparing for this new run of CDs.)

See ya!

Rob C. 

Friday, August 11, 2017 - "All That Shines" is out!

Saturday's Radio

Our brand new summer single, "All That Shines", is now out! Or as the kids would say, our new jam has dropped. Anyway, "All That Shines" kinda sounds like the Beach Boys + Elvis Costello + the Velvet Underground + the Smithereens + the Rolling Stones, at least according to those folks who've commented. In my eyes those are all comparisons that I'm very happy with. 

"All That Shines" is the first single from our upcoming album The Middle Ages. The All That Shines maxi-single contains five versions of the song - the main version, a solo-acoustic version recorded by Travis Atkinson at Strangebird Recording in Nashville, a "no words" mix, an instrumental mix, and a "mono 45" edited version. It's available digitally through all of the usual online music outlets - Spotify, Apple Music & iTunes, Amazon, Bandcamp, ReverbNation, CDBaby, YouTube, and many more. Go over to our MUSIC page for links and other info. 

And here's the YouTube lyric video:

Friday, July 28, 2017 -

Just got back from Nashville last week. I was there to attend the Summer NAMM (National Association of Music Merchandisers) show and help at the Tape Op magazine booth with longtime friend and Tape Op founder / editor Larry Crane. The great thing about trade shows like this is the opportunity to hang out and catch up with friends. There’s always a ton of festivities in town during NAMM time and this year was no exception. 

While there Larry and I were interviewed for Lij Shaw’s Recording Studio Rockstars podcast (episode 98). If you want to listen in we’re at about the 40-minute mark. The episode gives listeners a great overview of Summer NAMM.

In between the socializing and the booth helping, I managed to squeeze in a couple of recording sessions. Another fun thing about these trips is that I never really know what they’re going to bring. My pal Travis Atkinson just got a new-to-him Sony console at his studio, Strangebird, and offered to record me. I elected to do a solo-acoustic version of “All That Shines”. More news on that soon. Watch this space. 

I also went over to Welcome to 1979 (studio) to say hello and ended up playing acoustic guitar on John Brewer’s project. John’s a Brian Wilson fan and, as I understand it, is making an all-analog album full of tape loops and other sonic goodness. I don’t know what’ll become of my bit, but I was really thrilled about being asked to play and be a Nashville session player for an hour or so. 

After my stay in Nashville I headed to Knoxville and hung out with my pal John Baker at his Arbor Studios for a bit. It’s always nice to catch up and spin records with John. Our respective projects were both reviewed in the same issue of AutoReverse several years back. 

Next was a bit of a side trip to Charlotte to see another longtime friend, Chris Garges. On the way I decided to stop by the Moog (synthesizer) factory in Asheville, NC. It ended up being a great tour; you should stop by if you’re in Asheville. Later that evening I got to Chris’s studio, Old House. He was recording an 18-piece jazz band. It was really cool to watch with Chris and the band work. The next day was spent hanging out in Charlotte before heading home. 

You can see some trip photos on the Saturday’s Radio Instagram page. 

More news soon…

Rob C. 

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