Friday, June 24, 2022

June 6th, I was off today, no gig.  I had work to do around the yard. 

June 7th, Bagan and Company "LIVE" -  We had a great show! We missed Amy Hendrickson but she said she will join our September "LIVE" Show. Great job Dan, Clay, Amanda, Theresa and Wayne. We couldn't do it without you guys!

June 8th, Carpetbaggers DAVE, Sue and Tony at Hurricane Grill and Wings - It was threatening rain for most of the evening but held off. We missed Frankie!  The crowd was great, Tony, Sue and I had a blast!

June 9th, Bagan and Company - We finished "40 Years" a Chris Berardo song I found an old track of. Dan did a wonderful job putting together the ideas he and I had. This video makes me happy and sad at the same time. Thanks to Jim DeVito for mastering the track.

June 9th, Carpetbaggers DAVE, Sue, Tony and Frankie at Pelican Landing - This was the last gig for the week for us as a band.  We had a great time! I'm heading to the gulf coast for a few days playing my solo gig at the Big Deck over in Cedar Key, FL.

June 10th, 11th and 12th, DAVE at The Big Deck - We miss Darlene but still had a great time at The Big Deck. Bryan made his wonderful clam chowder. I saw both Pat and Pete and some tennis friends from Flager College, Powell, Wayne , Leo and wives.

I hope to put in some more work on "Too Tore Up" from The Big Lonesome Rides Again and "Shines A Light" for Poor-Dum my next solo project. Dan did a wonderful job on "40 Years" a Chris Berardo song. Check it out on Facebook or YouTube. 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

  

Tuesday, June 14, 2022

June 1st, Carpetbaggers DAVE, Sue and Tony at Hurricane Grill and Wings - It was great to get back with the band. We missed Frankie but we'll see him tomorrow.

June 2nd, Bagan and Company - Dan and I worked on "40 Years" a Chris Berardo song I recorded many years ago. We should be able to release it next week. I hope you enjoy it. 

June 2nd, Carpetbaggers DAVE, Sue, Frankie and Tony Pelican Landing - It's always fun to play with these talents. I am proud to be a Carpetbagger! Craig Hand stopped by.

June 3rd, DAVE Aunt Kate's - A hot but fun show on the porch by the water!

June 4th, Carpetbaggers DAVE, Sue, Tony and Frankie at San Sebastian Winery - We were rained on right at the start but it was short and sweet we were able to start pretty much on time. Had a blast!

June 5th, DAVE at Aunt Kate's - Great, but hot afternoon on the porch by the water!

It' been a fun week looking forward to our "LIVE" show on Tuesday. Also looking forward to getting with Dan to finish up "40 Years".  Top Gun Maverick was great! Happy 23rd TT! 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

Monday, June 6, 2022

May 24th, Retrophonics Studios - I put bass tracks on "The Hunter" and "Get Along Little Pony", also worked on a mix of "Too Tore Up" a Gregg Chirico song performed by The Big Lonesome.

May 25th, Travel Day - Theresa and I made it through to Wilson, NC  where we decided to stop for the evening to get a room. We had dinner across the street at Cracker Barrel, so far so good.

May 26th thru the 30th, DAVE at Coles Point Tavern for the Memorial Day Weekend - We arrived at Acie's and unloaded our bags and then headed to The Tavern to meet Randy to load in and set up. I had 5 great days of playing music for my friends. I would like to thank Ann and Chris and the wonderful staff at The Tavern for taking such good care of me. I would like to thank Randy for providing the sound and giving me sound advice. I would like to thank Acie for putting  us up and putting up with us at his place. I would like to thank Mike and Sandy for the great cookout. And last but not least, I would like to thank the great folks that came out to hear my music.

May 31st, Travel Day - We made it to exit 193 in SC. It was a long drive after an afternoon of playing but mades it a shorter trip to home in the morning. We made it by noon, there's no place like home, glad to be back and looking forward to the rest of the week ahead.

It was a wonderful weekend, played a lot of music at Tavern Nation. I saw a lot of friends, read a couple books, ate a lot of great food,  hung out with TT when she came back from NoVa visiting her family.  It doesn't get any better than this. I'm looking forward to getting together with Dan at Bagan and Company to work on my next release "40 Years", a Chris Berardo song I recorded many years ago. Thanks for letting me live my dream! Keepin' It Real! -David

see you down the road!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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http://davidwattbesley.blogspot.com/p/schedule_31.html


Thursday, June 2, 2022

May 16th, Retrophonics Studios - We had a good session, Jim and I. I put a nice bass track on "Train", Jim did some EQ on "40 Years", a Chris Berardo song I found that I had recorded years ago. We also did a little more work on "Too Tore Up" a Gregg Chirico song that we recorded with The Big Lonesome. 

May 16th, Songwriter's Night at Pelican Landing - We had a nice songwriters night. Sam and Michael are some real talented writers and players. It's always a pleasure to share the evening with my friend Bob. Looking forward to next month.

Dave, Bob, Sam, Michael

May 17th, Private Party - Our friend Jane was retiring and her boss took a few folks out on the Sabrage  with Captain Glenn and Doyle. It was a nice boat ride, I played a little music especially "My Bird" and "Southern Sky". Thanks for letting Theresa and I share your special evening Jane.

Dave aboard the Sabrage for Jane's retirement party.

May 18th, Carpetbaggers DAVE, Sue, Tony and Frankie at Hurricane Grill and Wings - What a great evening especially after the sun went down. 

May 19th, Carpetbaggers DAVE, Sue, Tony and Frankie at Pelican Landing - What a night! Doesn't get any better than this!

May 20th, Carpetbaggers DAVE and Sue at Tides and Oyster Bar - A hell of a rain storm came through! Buckets catching water everywhere! I always enjoy this night, the 3rd Friday of every month!

May 21st, Carpetbaggers DAVE, Sue, Tony and Frankie at Borrillo's - The rain stopped us! See you back here June 18th!

May 22nd, DAVE at Aunt Kate's - It wasa nice Sunday on the porch by the water!

Looking forward to my trip to Virginia, can't wait to see all my Rivah friends. I won't get a chance to get with Dan at Bagan and Company this week but will be in the studio with Jim DeVito. We are working on 2 songs from my new solo CD "Poor-Dum". I put bass tracks on "The Hunter" and "Get Along Little Pony" and also worked on a mix for The Big Lonesome's "Too Tore Up" written by Gregg Chirico. 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

Thursday, May 19, 2022

 May 9th, JT's Seafood Shack - I had a nice evening under the tent. Looking forward to next month (June 14th).

May 10th, Carpetbaggers at Bagan and Company "LIVE" - It was great to have Bob Patterson back on the show.  What a great bunch of folks we get to work with each month! See you back here on June 7th!

May 11th, Carpetbaggers DAVE, Sue, Tony and Frankie at Hurricane Grill and Wings - It was a great evening, a little chilly by the end of the night but still great fun! See you next week.

May 12th, Bagan and Company - Dan and I pretty much sat around, but did some brainstorming to organize our ideas for upcoming projects. Yes! that's it, we brainstormed.

May 12th, Carpetbaggers DAVE, Sue, Tony and Frankie at Pelican Landing - Great night! See you next week!

May 13th, 14th and 15th, DAVE at The Big Deck - I had a great weekend! Never a bad time at this great venue! See you next month, that's June 10th, 11th and 12th. Thanks Bryan, Darlene and crew, you guys are the best!

Dave at Big Deck Bar and Grill, Cedar Key, FL
 

I'm hoping to get another bass track on "Train" Tuesday during my session at Retrophonics Recording Studio with Jim and to get him to take a look at a Chris Berardo song I recorded many years ago that I just found. Also I hope to get more work done on the mix "Too Tore Up", a Big Lonesome tune written by Gregg Chirico. 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 

 

Thursday, May 12, 2022

 May 2nd, Travel Day - Theresa, Braylen and I are headed north to Virginia. We left early in the morning and arrived about 7:30pm. It was a long day on the road.

May 3rd - It was a day for me to relaxed and practice. I did the morning walk around the lake in Burke with Margie, Theresa and Braylen.

May 4th, Rehearsal Day 1 -  The first day of rehearsal went good, we played for about 4 hours then took a dinner break. We got back to it for about an hour after that and called it a day. Musically we're not to far off but vocally Lou, Al and I are not in the best shape. We are going to depend a lot on Jim for the high harmonies.

May 5th - Rehearsal Day 2 - About the same as yesterday, we played about 4 hours took a break then about an hour and a half later we rapped it up.

May 6th, The Birchmere, Sound check at 2pm -  Everyone was real excited including me. After the sound check I just hung around in the dressing room running over in my mind what my parts were and praying my voice would hold up. About a half hour before the show I looked out to see if Theresa and my family had made it to their table, the place was packed. I couldn't believe it. The show went great and there is talk of another album and future shows. I couldn't be more excited. Theresa, Braylen and I hit the road right after the show. I had to get back for the Gamble Festival on Sunday.

The North Star Band on stage at The Birchmere, Alexandria VA performing "Goose Creek" 
Jay Jessup, Gantt Kushner, Al Johnson, Paul Goldstein (on drums), Jim Robeson,
Dave Besley, and Lou Hager


May 7th, Travel Day - We arrived home about 7:00pm, it was a long ride.

May 8th, Gamble Rogers Festival - The Carpetbaggers closed the show. It was great to be back with my bandmates, we played well.

It's going to be a busy week. Hope to get some work done in the studio. Thanks for letting me live my dream!!! Keepin' It Real! -David

see you down the road!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
check out my upcoming performances here:
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Tuesday, May 10, 2022

 April 25th - A day off

April 26th, Retrophonics Studios - Jim and I worked on "I Feel Love" a song for Poor-Dum my new solo CD , "Rocket" from the Carpetbaggers new CD Say Grace and "Too Tore Up" a Gregg Chirico song performed by The Big Lonesome.

April 27th, Carpetbaggers DAVE, Sue and Tony at Hurricane Grill and Wings - We missed Frankie but besides that we had a wonderful evening. My allergies are killing me, this seems like the the worst year yet. Good to see Dan, Suzy and Fritz.

April 28th, Carpetbaggers DAVE, Sue, Tony and Frankie at Pelican Landing - We had a great night! The crowd was a little off but that didn't stop us. The voice is getting a little better.

April 29th, Carpetbaggers DAVE, Sue,Tony and Frankie at Mellow Mushroom - We had a blast! Nice place, I hope we get a chance to do it again! Thanks to the wonderful management and staff you guys are the best!

April 30th, The Seiners DAVE and ED at Captain Stan's Smokehouse in Woodbine, GA - What a fun afternoon at Captain Stan's. The captain was a wonderful host along with his staff. Yoko Says No were a great help with the sound. They are a class act and even though they were hurting from the night before they didn't hesitate to help with the sound to get us ready for our show. Thanks Chris, Rick, Perry and Scott. Ed did a great job we always have a great time playing music together. It was good to see Kristen and all the folks from Jekyll Island. Just a great day!

Eddie and Dave, The Seiners

May 1st, DAVE at Aunt Kate's - I had a nice afternoon out on the porch by the water. It was good to see the Nicks Brothers and wives, Tony and Trish stopped by to celebrate their 35th. Thanks Brian, Dave, Tina and staff you guys are the best!

We are off to Virginia to visit, practice and play a show at The Birchmere the The North Star Band. 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