Saturday, January 28, 2023

January 16th, Retrophonics Studios - Jim and I mixed "Don't Ever Let It Get You Down" and almost finished "My Chevrolet".

January 17th, Songwriter's Night at The Beacon Listening Room - Great night! Reggie and Lauren kicked butt! Thanks for supporting "LIVE" original music and thanks Micah Gilliam and Sue Westcott for joining us tonight.

Micah, Lauren, Reggie, Bob, Sue and Dave

January 18th, Carpetbaggers at Hurricane Grill and Wings - The place was packed! It's such a pleasure to play with this group. Tony was a little under the weather but only he knew it. Sue's finger tip was cut, a dish washing accident but only she knew it. Two real pros. It's always great to have Frankie join us, he is one of the best! Thanks for supporting the Carpetbaggers!

January 19th, Bagan and Company - We worked on the release of "Don't Let It Get You Down". A song I wrote with Chris McVey that will appear on The Big Lonesome Rides Again. Only one more tune to mix and we'll be on our way to a new release of an old project! Another song Chris and I wrote will appear on the new North Star Band project we will start at the end of January. 

January 20, Carpetbaggers DAVE and Sue at The Tide's Oyster Co. and Grill -  Felicia had some licensing problems and was unable to open. Hope to see you next month on February 17th.

January 21st, Carpetbaggers DAVE, Sue and Frankie at Borrillo's - We were canceled due to the weather.

January 22nd, DAVE Aunt Kate's - What a difference a day makes, was a nice afternoon on the porch by the water!

Looking forward to the studio this week. First I'm hoping to finish The Big Lonesome Rides Again by getting a final mix on "My Chevrolet" with special guests Jim DeVito and Jessie Cruce on guitars. And second I'm going to visit "Rocket" on my new solo project. 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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Carpetbaggers Band

The North Star Band 


January 9th, Retrophonics Studios - Jim DeVito and I worked on a mix "Don't Let It Get You Down". This song will appear on The Big Lonesome Rides Again release. We have 2 more songs to finish mixing and then I will head to Bagan and Company to see Dan Bagan to finish up the layout and order CDs and thumb drives. Can't wait!

January 11th, Carpetbaggers DAVE, Sue, Tony and Frankie at Hurricane Grill and Wings - It was a great night!  This was our only band gig this week, I'm off to Cedar Key on Friday.

January 13th, 14th and 15th, DAVE at The Big Deck - I had a great weekend but it was cold, cold, cold. I set up at the L&M Saturday (Liam & Madi's), it was just to cold to play at The Big Deck. I was there Friday and Sunday as planned. Thanks Darlene, Bryan and Abbi, Theresa, Braylen and I had a great time. See you February 10th, 11th and 12th.

I hope to finish up The Big Lonesome project at Retrophonics Studios with Jim DeVito and get the layout done with Dan Bagan at Bagan and Company this week. 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 

Wednesday, January 18, 2023

January 1st - Happy New Year to all!

January 2nd, Retrophonics Studios - I laid down another new tune "The Promenade". Jim and I worked on mixes for "Rocket" for my solo release Poor-Dum and "My Chevrolet" for The Big Lonesome. I hope to get Woody Pernell, Tony, Frankie and Sue in over the next several weeks and finish Poor-Dum. I'll be with Dan Bagan on Thursday this week, I hope we can post "My Bird" from the upcoming The Big Lonesome Rides Again.

January 4th, Carpetbaggers DAVE, Sue and Tony at Hurricane Grill and Wings - The rain tried to stop us but it didn't work, we ended up having a great night! It was good to see Mike and Sandy from Coles Point Tavern in Virginia, a place where I play a couple of times a year.

January 5th, Bagan and Company - Dan and I worked on the "My Bird" release from The Big Lonesome Rides Again. It was great to be back working with my friend. I hope to have another release ready in the next week or so. My Bird by The Big Lonesome

January 5th, Carpetbaggers DAVE, Sue, Tony and Frankie at the Pelican Pub - It started out a little slow but got going pretty good as the night progressed. Thanks Jeff, Jennifer and staff you guys are the best!

January 6th, DAVE at Aunt Kate's - Cancelled due to weather!

January 7th, Carpetbaggers DAVE, Sue, Tony and Frankie at San Sebastian Winery - We had a blast on the roof top!

January 8th, DAVE at Aunt Kate's - DBeautiful afternoon! Barry and L-i-dee-ahh Dunaway stopped by with their friends from Austin. 

I am looking forward to doing some mixing with Jim DeVito. I hope to get The Big Lonesome songs finished so I can get with Dan Bagan and release this project. 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 

Thursday, January 5, 2023

December 13th, Songwriter's Night at The Beacon Listening Room - Another great Songwriter's Night, we're getting ready to head into year 8 of this event. I'm proud to be a part of it. Bill Wharton (Sauce Boss) and Chelsea Saddler were a pleasure to listen to. And always great to listen and sit next to my friend Bob Patterson. Thanks for supporting "LIVE" original music in St. Augustine. Thanks to all the folks at The Beacon for hosting this event.

Dave, Chelsea, Bill, Bob

December 14th, Carpetbaggers DAVE, Tony and Frankie at Hurricane Grill and Wings - It turned out to be a great evening. It was cloudy and nasty all day, the weather turned nice right in time for our show. We missed Sue!

December 15th, Carpetbaggers DAVE, Tony and Frankie at Pelican Pub - It was a great night! There were a lot of new faces in the crowd. We missed the Queen Bee.

December 16th thru 20th, Ellijay, GA Theresa, Brianna, Braylen and I had a great time with the Westcott's. It is becoming a tradition.

December 21st, Carpetbaggers Tony and Dave at Hurricane Grill and Wings- Frankie was under the weather so Tony and I played on. It was a blast! We were under the tent because it rained off and on all night. We missed the Queen Bee and Frankie!

December 25th, Christmas Day - Merry Christmas! I hope everyone made it a special day.

December 26th, Retrophonics Studios - We laid down another new tune I wrote called "A Ghost". We also listened to a rough mix of "My Chevrolet" by The Big Lonesome with Jim DeVito and Jesse Cruce adding guitars. 

December 28th, Carpetbaggers DAVE, Sue and Tony Hurricane Grill and Wings - It turned out to be only mildly cold, we were under the tent. It was good to have Sue back! Looking forward to the whole band tomorrow.

December 29th, Carpetbaggers DAVE, Sue, Tony and Frankie The Beacon -  It was a blast! It was good to have the band together again. See you back here January 26th.

Carpetbaggers at the Beacon Listening Room, St. Augustine, FL

December 30th, DAVE at The Pelican Pub - I was performing solo at this event. I had a great time! Thanks Jeff and Jennifer for letting me be a part of your Customer Appreciation Party. 

December 31st - Theresa, Brianna, Braylen and I drove up to SC to spend the afternoon with my Dad and Margie.  Margie fixed us a delicious lunch and we spent the afternoon just catching up.  It was nice.

I'm looking forward to finishing The Big Lonesome Rides Again. We have one more song to mix, "My Chevrolet".  This project has taken years to complete but something I would not shelve. I can't wait for everyone to hear a short lived but great band, The Big Lonesome.

Also I'm looking forward to getting together with Dan at Bagan and Company.  On the schedule is releasing "My Bird" from The Big Lonesome Rides Again project, and moving forward on the layout for it's release. 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 

Monday, December 26, 2022

December 5th, Retrophonics Studio - I liked what John Medico from One Good Ring played on "Rocket". Jim and I got the rest of the tunes up to date fro my next release Poor-Dum. I'm starting to get excited! Theresa and I had a late lunch with Wayne and Sue at Jimmy Hula's, a place we are talking about maybe doing a Carpetbaggers show.

December 7th - Carpetbaggers DAVE, Sue, Tony and maybe Frankie at Hurricane Grill and Wings -No Frankie this evening, he was giving drum lessons at his church. The rest of us had a great night, the place was packed! Thanks to everyone that showed up and thanks to all the wonderful folks at Hurricane Grill and Wings. See you next week!

December 8th, Carpetbaggers DAVE, Sue, Tony and Frankie Pelican Pub - What a great night! A beautiful way to end our week with the Carpetbaggers! Everyone was in a festive spirit, so were our friends old and new. I'll be heading over to the gulf coast for the weekend.

December 9th, 10th and 11th, Duffy's Tavern, Holmes Beach, Anna Marie Island, Benefit for Toys For Tots - It was a great time! I love doing this each year, I think this is year 7. Spending time with Chuck and Dara and the Duffy burgers are just icing on the cake. It never seems long enough. I'm looking forward to next year and maybe a visit or two in between. Thanks to all the folks at Duffy's Tavern, all the great musicians and most of all, the great folks that help make a better Christmas and Toys for Tots.

I'm not going in the studio for the next two weeks, there's just to much going on. I hope Jim gets a chance to finish "My Chevrolet" in my absence. I'm looking forward to the Songwriter's Night and doing a couple shows with Frankie and Tony. Then we're off to the mountains with the family, Sue, Wayne and the one they call Jim. 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 

November 28th, Retrophonics Studio - Jim and I laid down tracks for a new tune "The Giver and Taker" Frankie was under the weather and couldn't make the session. Johnny from One Good Ring was getting the kit ready for the session, he might of made a run through the tune "Rocket". 

November 30th, Carpetbaggers DAVE, Sue Tony and Frankie at Hurricane Grill and Wings - It was a nice night tonight even with the nasty weather. The rain gave us a break right after we set up in the tent area. A little tight but everyone seemed to make do. Thanks everyone for supporting our music!

Dave, Sue, Tony and Frankie at Hurricane Grill

December 1st, Carpetbaggers DAVE, Sue, Tony and Frankie at the Pelican Pub - We had a nice night! Thanks Jeff, Jennifer and staff you guys are the best!

December 2nd, DAVE at Aunt Kate's - There was not a lot of folks out dinning this evening. It still was a great time playing out on the porch by the water. See you this Sunday 1 to 4.

December 3rd, Carpetbaggers DAVE, Sue, Tony and Frankie at San Sebastian Winery - This gig is long but it was a fun night! It's not a great load-in and the gig is an hour to long. I wish they'd would go back to 3 hours. It's a beautiful to play though, on the roof, especially this time of year with all the lights and Kyle and staff are great! 

December 4th, DAVE at Aunt Kate's - I had a great afternoon on the porch by the water! I love playing here and great folks to work for. Thank you Aunt Kate's!

Moving ahead on Poor-Dum my new solo CD. Can't wait to put what tracks we have together and send them out to my friend Lou Hager from The North Star Band to add some keyboards. Also Tony Scozzaro from the Carpetbaggers to add some guitar. I can't wait to hear the drum tracks John Medico from One Good Ring put on "Rocket". It will be a fun day. 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, November 29, 2022

November 21st, Retrophonics Studio - Jim and I laid down a new tune "The Looking Glass". I am now working on a new tune "The Giver and Taker" it was a lick George Reeves played while we were fooling around with "Change The World" in his studio in Cashiers, North Carolina. I'm pretty sure that's where it was. Anyway I'm excited to be working on another new tune. We also reworked "My Bird" for The Big Lonesome Rides Again CD. Jim DeVito is an amazing engineer and producer, I was disappointed when I didn't receive all the tracks from the original recording. Thank goodness for Kurt Johnston's two track mix and Jim DeVito's brilliance in combining the two, it made me smile today. A happy ending to this nightmare. I will be so happy to finish this project and release it. Next week I hope to get Frankie in to put drum tracks on "Rocket" a song Barry Dunaway and I pieced together at his studio Cave Canem.  Now those were some great memories!

November 22nd, I had a night off - Theresa and I had a fun evening with Wayne and Sue at Best Bet. I think they did pretty good, we did not. Good Sushi, drinks and just fun to hang out, it was a hoot.

November 23rd, Carpetbaggers at DAVE, Sue, Tony and Frankie at Hurricane Grill and Wings - It was a misty chilly night but what a crowd! Steve Spurrier was even in the crowd! 

November 24th, Happy Thanksgiving!

November 25th, DAVE at Aunt Kate's - It was a dreary day but I got the gig in. It sprinkled a couple of times but not enough to stop me. Great day, great folks to work for, great people who came out to sit on the porch by the water and listen to my music my while they are dining.

November 26th, Carpetbaggers DAVE, Sue, Tony and Frankie) St Augustine Fish House - We had a great night! A lot of our friends showed up. It was a blast! See you back here January 27th!

November 27th, DAVE at Aunt Kate's - It was kind of a dreary day but had some folks out on the porch by the water. Thanks Brian, Dave, Tina and staff you guys are the best!!!

I'm looking forward to getting in the studio with Frankie and putting drum tracks on "Rocket". Also finished a new tune can't wait to lay it down "The Taker and Giver". I'm working on a new one now "The Promises Broken". I had a zoom meeting last night with The North Star Band guys and we are going to get together at the end of January to start on our 4th project, I'm excited. 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