Friday, November 25, 2022

November 7th, Retrophonics Studio - Jim and I worked on the "My Bird" mix.

November 9th, Carpetbaggers DAVE, Tony and Frankie at Hurricane Grill and Wings -  Cancelled due to weather.

November 10th, Carpetbaggers DAVE, Frankie and Tony Pelican Pub - Cancelled due to weather.

November 11th, 12th and 13th, DAVE at The Big Deck - DAVE It was a great weekend! I left a lot of things I needed. My music book with all my lyrics, my mic stand, thanks Wayne for lending me one, my guitar stand and my banner. Somehow I made it through,  I'm and idiot. Always a great time playing for all my old and new friends in Cedar Key. Thanks Bryan, the clam chowder was great, Darlene and staff! See you in January (13th, 14th and 15th).

Jim's studio flooded again so I won't be in the studio on Monday. I'd hoped to lay down tracks on my new tune "The Looking Glass". Dan Bagan has been sick but getting better so I will not be at Bagan and Company this week either. Thanks for letting me live my dream!!! Keepin' It Real!-David

see you down the road!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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Carpetbaggers Band

The North Star Band 



October 31st, Retrophonics - Jim and I had a great session. We laid down "The Fool" and "The Magic Pill" for project #6 . Next week I hope to have "The Looking Glass" completed. We are also going to concentrate on The Big Lonesome Rides Again.  

October 31st, Bagan and Company "LIVE" - The live show was canceled, and the date moved because Clay Blasser had a scheduling problem and then on the rescheduled day, Dan Bagan was sick. It looks like November's "LIVE" show was not destined to happen. See you December 6th. We hope Dan is feeling better!

November 2nd, Carpetbaggers DAVE, Sue, Tony & Frankie at Hurricane Grill and Wings - What a night! The place was packed! Great to see Laurence and Barbara!

November 3rd, Carpetbaggers DAVE, Sue, Tony and Frankie at Pelican Pub - We had fun!

November 4th, 5th and 6th, The Shrimp and Grits Festival, Jekyll island, Ga. -  Friday Sue and I played on the Skeet Stage. We had a good show, just quit before a little rain came. It was good to see our friends from Virginia and our St. Augustine friends out in the audience. On Saturday Frankie and Tony joined Sue and I, and the Carpetbaggers took the main stage for a couple hours in the evening. What a blast! Then on Sunday I played a Songwriter's event with Jefferson Ross, Fester Hagood and Ed Pickett. It was a blast. Ed joined us on stage a few times throughout the weekend. We would like to thank the folks at  Jekyll Island and most of all Ed and Kristen Pickett. We all had a great time working with some great folks! See you next year!

Dave, Sue, Frankie, Eddie, Tony


Eddie, Jefferson, Fester, Dave

I hope to do some work with Jim Devito on The Big Lonesome project.  We are praying for Dan Bagan's quick recovery. Thanks for letting me live my dream!!! Keepin' It Real! -David

see you down the road!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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Carpetbaggers Band

The North Star Band 







Thursday, November 10, 2022

October 24th, Retrophonics Studios - We worked on "Rocket", I added a bass part. Jim spent the rest of the time trying to pull this 7 minute song I wrote together. I have 2 more new songs  "The Fool" and "The Magic Pill" I hope to get to next week. I just listened through what we have so far on the Poor-Dum project and I am very excited.

October 26th, Carpetbaggers, DAVE, Sue, Tony and Frankie at Hurricane Grill and Wings - It was good to have Frankie with us tonight. I enjoyed the evening thanks for coming out!

October 27th, Bagan and Company - Dan and I tied up a few loose ends for our "LIVE" show.  

October 27th - Carpetbaggers DAVE, Sue, Tony and Frankie at the Pelican Pub - We had a great night! Thanks Jeff, Jennifer and staff. You guys are the best!

October 28th, DAVE at Aunt Kate's - Canceled due to rain! 

I hope to move forward on our Best Of The Carpetbaggers "LIVE" video with Dan at Bagan and Company. Thanks for letting me live my dream!!!  Keepin' It Real!!! -David

see you down the road!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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Carpetbaggers Band

The North Star Band 

Saturday, October 29, 2022

October 17th, Retrophonics Studios - Jim and friends busted their asses to get the studio up and running after storm Ian. Frankie was on drums today, he played a couple great drum tracks on "Get Along Little Pony" and "Harpoon Sadie". We only have one more drum track for "Rocket" and Frankie will be done except for vocals. After Frankie left, Jim and I organized all the tunes we have been tracking. We are working on Poor-Dum which is going to be my 5th solo CD. We're also working on Say Grace our 3rd Carpetbaggers' release. There is also a new group of songs we are calling #6 that has seven new songs in it. Next week I will be laying down tracks on two new songs "The Fool" and "The Magic Pill". 

October 17th, Songwriter's Night at Pelican Landing - It was a blast as ususal! I was wore out but had fun hanging with Bob, Bert and Don. Thanks for supporting original music!

October 18th, I had a day off. We had dinner at Black Fly with Bill and Barb Bartow. Bill is an old friend of mine from Virginia. We had some good laughs and a nice dinner, they'll head to their home on the gulf coast in the morning.  

Dinner with the Bill and Barb

October 19th, Carpetbaggers DAVE, Sue and Tony at Hurricane Grill and Wings - We had a great night! it was a little chilly by the end but we made it through. Thanks for hanging out with us. 

October 20th, Carpetbaggers DAVE, Sue, Tony and Frankie at Pelican Pub - Jeff and Jennifer we nice enough to invite us to play at the Pelican Pub tonight. The Pelican Landing is now closed. We will have to see if this is a good fit for us and the Pub. So far so good!

October 21st, Carpetbaggers DAVE and Sue at  Tides Oyster Co - I had a great night doing the show with Sue. Always a fun time at the venue.

October 22nd, Catrpetbaggers DAVE, Sue,Tony and Frankie at Borrillo's - Another nice night at Borrillo's. See you back here on November 9th.

October 23rd, DAVE at Aunt Kate's - It was a great afternoon on the porch by the water! 

I'm looking forward to working with Jim on a bass part for "Rocket" and laying down tracks for two new tunes I wrote "The Magic Pill" and "The Fool". Thanks for letting me live my dream!!! Keepin' it Real! -David

see you down the road!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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Carpetbaggers Band

The North Star Band 

Tuesday, October 18, 2022

October 10th, OFF - I'm trying to recall a song Lou Hager and I started to write in the late 70s, "One Wreck Of A Man". I can't find the tape so I will remember as much as I can and send it to Lou and see if he can put it all together.

October 11th, OFF again  - I made some changes to the beginning and end of "The Fool", a new song I've written.  I first called it, "What's The Difference". I've also written a tune "The Magic Pill". I hope to lay tracks down on them next week at Retrophonics Studio with Jim DeVito. I'm looking forward to seeing my Dad and Margie in South Carolina later today. 

October 12th, Carpetbaggers DAVE, Sue and Tony at Hurricane Grill and Wings -  Great night! You couldn't ask for better weather and folks to play for. See you next week!

October 13th, Bagan and Company- Dan gave me the audio for our October 4th "LIVE" show at Bagan & Company. We worked on the layout for  Poor-dum

October 13th, Carpetbaggers DAVE, Sue, Tony and Frankie at Pelican Landing - We had a blast! We're looking forward to our show at Rhythm and Ribs tomorrow.

October 14th, Carpetbaggers DAVE, Sue, Tony and Frankie at The Rhythm and Ribs Festival - We had a great time! All the folks working this event were so nice. I hope we get a chance to play this event next year! Later, Theresa, Sue, Wayne and the one we call Jim went to see Gov't Mule and Old Crow Medicine Show at The Amp.  I had a chance to hang out with Matt for a bit, he kicked ass. A great day overall, wish they were all like this.

Dave and Matt

Dave, Matt Sue, Wayne and Jim

October 15th, Private Party - Peter and Geri were great hosts! It was nice.

October 16th, DAVE at Aunt Kate's - Mike Howard's daughter was getting married so I worked his gig. I was glad to do it. It turned out to be a beautiful day on the porch by the water.

I hope to get into the studio tomorrow at Retrophonics with Frankie and Jim. This was a real busy week I am looking forward to a day off. Thanks for letting me live my dream!!!  Keepin' It Real!-David

see you down the road!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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Carpetbaggers Band

The North Star Band 


October 4th, Bagan and Company "LIVE"- We had a great show! Greg Ruggiero did a great job! Sue, Tony and Frankie were at the top of their game as usual. Dan, Clay, Amanda, Theresa and Wayne were as good as it gets! See you next month November 1st!

Sound check from the Bagan & Company Set
Carpetbaggers with special guest with Greg Ruggiero

October 5th, Carpetbaggers (DAVE, Sue and Tony) Hurricane Grill and Wings - What a beautiful night! I had a blast!

October 6th, Bagan and Company - Dan and I worked on getting the audio for our September "LIVE" show. Also ordered some hard drives and CDs. 

October 6th, Carpetbaggers DAVE, Sue, Tony and Frankie at Pelican Landing - We had a great night! Sue's friend from Birmingham, Alabama, Sarah sat in, she was great!

October 7th, Carperbaggers DAVE, Sue, Tony and Frankie at Trinity Episcopal Church's 200th Anniversary Party. We had a great time! Thanks to all involved you were great Suzy, Dan, Matt, Ron and Nancy.

October 8th, DAVE at Aunt Kate's - It was a wonderful afternoon on the porch by the water! Thanks Brian, Dave, Tina and staff, you guys are the best!

October 9th, OFF - Theresa and I stopped by Bob Ganley's. He's got a great place. We heard some good music!

It's going to be a busy week, unfortunately it won't start off with the studio (Retrophonics). Jim is still putting everything back together after Ian. The Carpetbaggers will be opening for the Tams and then race off to see the Mule and Old Crow at the Amphitheater. We also have a private party at Peter and Geri's. Thanks for letting me live my dream!!! Keepin' It Real!! -David

see you down the road!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
check out my upcoming performances here:
http://davidwattbesley.blogspot.com/p/schedule_31.html

Carpetbaggers Band

The North Star Band 


September 26th, Retrophonics Studios - I'm looking forward to hearing Frankie's take on three tunes I wrote "I Feel Love", "Twilight" and "I'm So Gone" written with Chris McVey for my 5th solo CD called Poor-Dum.

September  27th - I had the day off. I wrote a new song "The Fool".

September 28th, Carpetbaggers DAVE, Sue and Tony at Hurricane Grill and Wings - Canceled due to the weather, Hurricane Ian.

September 29th, Carpetbaggers DAVE, Sue, Tony and Frankie at Pelican Landing - Canceled due to the weather, Hurricane Ian.

September 30th, DAVE at Aunt Kate's - Canceled due to weather, Hurricane Ian.

October 1st, Carpetbaggers DAVE, Sue, Tony and Frankie at San Sebastian Winery - It turned out to be a beautiful evening. It's hard to believe that it can be so crazy one day and so nice the next. That's the beauty and danger of living in this wonderful state of Florida and Mother Nature. Thanks Kyle and staff you guys are the best!

October 2nd, DAVE at Aunt Kate's - Again, a beautiful afternoon on the porch by the water. Thanks Brian, Dave, Tina and staff you guys are the best!

I'm not in the studio this week, Retrophonics Studios had some flooding. Jim said he will be back up next week. Looking forward to the "LIVE" show on Tuesday. Thanks for letting me live my dream! Keepin' It Real!! -David

see you down the road!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
check out my upcoming performances here:
http://davidwattbesley.blogspot.com/p/schedule_31.html

Carpetbaggers Band

The North Star Band