Monday, October 14, 2019

August 26th, Retrophonics Studio - Jim and I worked on the mix for 2nd Dairy Dominance. I hope to be with George next week so he can lend a hand in the mixing. He will be in town to play for a couple days and then we head to Jekyll Island, Ga. to play the Shrimp and Grits Festival with Ed, Frankie and Sue.

August 28th, Travel Day - We always stop in Fayetteville NC on our way to Virginia now.   It's about a 7 hour drive and it breaks up the 12 hour trip. We had dinner at the Ruby Tuesdays. So far so good!

August 29th, 30th, 31st, September 1st and 2nd, DAVE at Coles Point Tavern - We arrived about 11am after an early start from NC where we met Randy Watts I did my set up and sound check. I come to play for Ann and Chris three times a year and never have a bad time. The weather was beautiful every day. Chris and Ann are always great hosts! Always good seeing Richard and Barbara, Creeky, Matt, Gary, Bruce, Fred, Cecil, Ed and family, Russell, Josh, Charles and Mike Rowzee and his crew (great smoked pork and ribs on Sunday!).  Also thanks to the wonderful staff! It was a great trip as always. We caught a little rain on the way back, but made it home safe. Looking forward to seeing everyone on October 4th and 5th, I will be joined by brother Ed and Frankie!

September 2nd and 3rd, Travel Days - We made it home safe. We were really lucky having Dorian miss us.

September 5th, Carpetbaggers at Corner Bar -  Sue, Frankie and Tony and I had a blast. I missed my bandmates!

September 6th and 7th, DAVE at Aunt Kate's - A nice couple of hot days out by the water. This is such a great place to play and such great people to work for. See you guys on September 29th!

September 8th, DAVE at Creekside - Sue and Wayne were out of town so I was on my own. I had a great night, nice crowd, no rain. I'm looking forward to a couple days off before I head to Maryland to record with The North Star Band! I can't wait!

I'm looking forward to hang'in out and recording with my old band mates this week! Thanks for letting me live my dream! Stop texting, start talking! Don't liter! Smile it could brighten someone's day, even your own! Talk about the good things people are doing, there's enough people that can only talk about the bad! Gob Bless America! Keepin' it Real! -David

see you down the road!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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Wednesday, October 9, 2019

August 19th, Songwriter's Night at the Corner Bar - I had a blast, as aways. I'm excited to share the stage with all these great writers. This week Amy and John kicked butt. Bob was doing some good picking also! Thanks you guys for supporting original music!

August 20th, Retrophonics - Frankie Urzetta did a great job with the background vocals. I'll be in next week to mix, one more trip for Frankie and Sue and we should be wrapping this project up "Don't Stare At The Sun".

August 21st, DAVE and Sue at Hurricane Grill and Wings - Another hot Wednesday but always a great time playing with this great artist, rain or shine, anytime. I think with my travel schedule and Hurricane Grill Wings is closing for a week, we won't be back to play until September 18th. See you then!

August 22nd, IAUGI Studios - We worked on cover and layout designs for "Don't Stare At The Sun", a project that George Reeves and I have been working on of our music performed by the Carpetbaggers!

August 22nd, Carpetbaggers at the Corner Bar - It was a little slow but that didn't stop this great line-up tonight. We had Brady Green join us for the evening, along with Frankie, Sue and I, we were the nights entertainment. Tony had another engagement. What a great time it was!

August 23rd - I'm OFF

August 24th, Carpetbaggers at  Creekside - Carpetbaggers It was a great night! We, Sue, Frankie and I were joined by Brady Green and Ed Pickett. There was a nice breeze, we played some good music with some good friends. It dosen't get much better than this! Also I'd like to thank Charley Simmons for  stopping by, one great songwriter and picker. Thanks Creekside Sue, Eddie and I will see you tomororow!

August 25th, Carpetbaggers at Creekside - We were a three piece Carpetbaggers Band tonight! It's always fun playing with brother Ed and if you add Sue Westcott into the picture you really have a fun night! It was great to see Chris and Duffy from the The Duffy Bishop Band.

It's been a great week! Thanks for letting me live my dream! Stop texting, start talking! Don't liter! Smile it could brighten someone's day, even your own! Talk about the good things people do, the bad gets talked about enough! Keepin' It Real! -David

see you down the road!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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August 5th, DAVE at JT's Seafood Shack - It was hot as hell and threatening rain but I still set up to play. I cut out early after the last few people. It's been a good run and I hope to be back next season on this, my first Monday of the month gig. I might show up here and there for special weekends. Thanks John, Brandy and staff you guys are the best!

August 6th, Retrophonics Studio - We worked on some mixing,  Frankie will be in the next couple of weeks for background vocals and some shaker parts. After that one more trip in for Sue Westcott and we should be finished!

August 7th, DAVE and Sue at Hurricane Grill Wings - We had a great evening. The rain held off. We played a new song, it's an instrumental that George and I wrote called "Dust Them Blinds". I can't wait for George to get down here so we can record it! Great job playing tonight Sue Westcott!

August 8th, Carpetbaggers at the Corner Bar - There was a nice crowd, played some good music. I'm looking forward to next week!

August 9th, 10th and 11th, DAVE at Big Deck - I was in Cedar Key this weekend and it was hot!!!! Somehow the audience and I made it through. I had some nice crowds in spite of the heat. Always good to see Pete and Pat. Thanks Darlene, Bryan and staff! You guys are the best! See you in October!

August 12th - I"m OFF

August 13th, Cave Canem Studios - Started going over a game plan to kick start our project "All My Heroes Were Zeros". After going trough all our notes we have 9 songs, 7 started, that means I need one more tune. If I don't have one sitting around ready I'll have to write one. It was good to catch up with Barry. Looking forward to this next adventure!

August 14th, DAVE and Sue at Hurricane Grille and Wings - Another hot evening but I guess we're in Florida. We had a nice crowd. Tammy got up and played some violin on "She'll Be Coming Round The Mountain". See you next Wednesday.

August 15th, IAUGI Studios - Dan and I worked on an idea for the "Don't Stare at The Sun" CD. We should have another video coming out soon "Midnight Blue" from my "Live And A Little Touched" CD/DVD project.

August 15th, Carpetbaggers at Corner Bar - What a great night! Frankie was a little under the weather and thought he might not be able to make it, he called while I was setting up and said there was no way he would miss the night. Frankie, Tony and Sue all kicked butt, I'm a lucky guy! Also Pam sat in on a couple (The Skinny). We'll see you next week Tony has another engagement so we will have Brady Green join us for the evening, can't wait!

August 16th, DAVE and Sue at Tides Oyster Co and Grill  - I realized after getting together with Barry on Tuesday that we needed at least one more song for our new CD "All My Heroes Were Zero's". I was working on a new tune and started thinking about a song I wrote a long time ago I always wanted to record. I found it and another song I forgot that Chris McVey and I wrote. So, I now have two more songs for our project "The Less Fortunate Ones" and "I'm So Gone". I also had a sad moment because on that same CD was a song Shelton Irwin and I wrote called "The Reason".  It was Shelton and I singing together many years ago, I loved writing with him. I wish he was still here. Later I met up with Sue for our gig. Tony Scozzaro and his wife stopped by.  We had a great night Sue is the best. We will be back on the 3rd Friday of November,  see you there!

August 17th, DAVE, Frankie and Sue at Zaharias - The rain held off and we had a great night. It's so much fun playing with these two great musicians. We sent George a version of our new song "Dust Them Blinds" that George and I wrote with Sue. Thanks Angelika and staff you guys are the best! See you on the 28th!

August 18th, DAVE at Aunt Kate's - I just started and it began to rain. I re-set up inside and finished the gig.  See you guys at the beginning of the month for three days; Sept 6th, 7th and 8th, can't wait!

It was nice to get together with Barry and make some plans and go through the music for our project "All My Heroes Weren't Zero's". I also got together with Dan at IAUGI Studios and worked on the cover idea for "Don't Stare At The Sun" the CD George and I have been working on. It's songs we wrote performed by various members of the Carpetbaggers. I'm really excited about it.  Thanks for letting me live my dream! Stop texting, start talking! Don't liter! Smile it could brighten someone's day, even your own! Think and talk about the good things people do, there's enough talk about the bad to go around! Keepin' It Real! -David

see you down the road!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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Wednesday, August 14, 2019

July 23rd, Travel Day, Canada - We had a 9:15am flight to catch in Jacksonville so we headed to the airport a few hours before.  We had to catch a 1:10pm connection in Charlotte on to Toronto. The first leg of the trip over went fine. We arrived at Charlotte and in plenty of time for our flight. As we were barreling down the runway, ready to lift off, the pilot aborted the take off because of a parking break light that wouldn't go off. Thats when our trip took a turn for the worse. After sitting on the plane for a while they decided it wasn't going to be an easy fix and canceled the flight. We stood in a line at customer service for what seemed like an eternity. Looking back I could not see the end of the line so I guess we were lucky. We ended up finally being booked on an Air Canada flight to get us to Toronto which left at 6:45pm that evening.   American Airlines originally wanted to put us on a flight that left at 3pm the next day. We said no way. They gave us vouchers for lunch, first good thing that happened.  They told us to check in at the gate, to find out once we got there that we had to leave the secure area re-checkin for boarding passes and pass thru security again (pain in the ass).  After all that aggravation we had some time for a bite to eat and drinks, 2nd good thing that happened. When we finally arrived in Toronto, we got through customs and went to pick up my bag and guitar, we found out that they didn't make it on the plane. Theresa carried hers and checked it at the plane which was a good idea. After realizing the baggage wasn't going to magically appear that night, we went on to the hotel. After an all day affair, we arrived at the hotel about 10:30 pm, we should have been there before 4pm.

We checked the bar in the hotel on the way in to see what time they quit serving and the bartender said 11:00 pm, 3rd good thing that happened. We carried Theresa's bag to the room and went down to the bar and ordered a couple of appetizers and a couple of drinks, 4th good thing that happened. We stayed an extra dat in Toronto in hopes that my bag and guitar would arrive. It was kind of a nice restful day after experience the previous day except for trying to track my guitar and bag up the East coast. We ate at Tuckers for dinner, 5th good thing that happened. About midnight Theresa informed me that my bag and guitar had arrived in Toronto and that we should go there and try to get them. We caught the shuttle to the airport. Air Canada did not have our bags yet, they were at the American Airlines baggage claim, that's what a "snotty" baggage girl said at the Air Canada counter so we took the train to Terminal 3 where American Airline is and stopped at their information counter where we met another "snotty" girl who said the baggage was back at Air Canada. We started to go back again and I turned around and went back to the counter and asked "what in hell was going on!" Thank goodness a man sitting next to the "snotty" girl said  to calm down, he would help. He got on the phone and magically my guitar appeared, 5 1/2 good thing that happened, but no bag, that was somewhere between Air Canada and American Airlines, on some kind of moving belt, I think, so back on the train to Terminal 1 to Air Canada we went to see the other "snotty" girl again. She seemed pretty unhappy to see us again and informed us there was nothing she could do, but then another guy steps in and said he could help us. and magically the bag came out through the baggage carousel. That was the 6th good thing that happened. We got back to the hotel about 2 am. I took a shower and put on fresh clothes, YAY! We will meet Laurence that afternoon to head to his place. We arrived at Laurence and Barbara's, traffic was pretty heavy going and coming from Toronto for Laurence. We went to dinner at  The Whistling Duck , the food was great, we had a table right by the water, really enjoyed it! The next day we played at Arthur's Pub in Cobourg. We had a pretty small but nice crowd who wanted to hear our originals. The next night we played at The Thirsty Goose in Port Hope, a great place. I had a great time at both of these venues and would play at both again in a heartbeat. Sunday we got up and packed and went to the Big Apple for brunch with Barbara and Laurence. It was a good week. It had a crazy start but over all it was relaxing at the Stevenson's. Theresa and Barbara had some time to swim and we had a chance to get some more cool rocks for Laurence to bring down when he comes. Also had a chance to listen to some of the live cuts from last year at the Corner Bar that we plan on turning into another "Live At The Corner Bar" CD. Laurence dropped us at the hotel on Sunday and we went back to Tuckers for another great dinner. We had an early flight and arrived back in Jacksonville mid-afternoon. The return flight was pretty uneventful. It was a nice trip overall, thanks Theresa for all your patience. It's nice to be home.

July 31st, DAVE and Sue at Hurricane Grill and Wings - We had a great night! It's good to be back.

August 1st, Carpetbaggers at Corner Bar - It was Tony, Frankie, Sue and I. A nice crowd, played some good music!

August 2nd, 3rd and 4th, DAVE at Aunt Kate's - I had a wonderful weekend. I wish we had of decided to set up outside on Friday but everything worked out. They were calling for rain all weekend but it never came. At least I had a great two days on the porch by the water. Thanks Brian and staff you guys are the best! See you on August 8th!

It's been a crazy two weeks. I'm looking forward to getting some stuff done around the house, plus working on my two projects with IAUGI Studios and Retrophonics. I'm going to try and reach Barry (the busiest man in show business). Thanks for letting me live my dream! Stop texting, start talking! Don't liter! Smile in could brighten someone's day, even you own! Talk about the good things people do! Keepin' it Real!! -David

see you down the road!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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Monday, July 22, 2019

July 8th, Retrophonics -  I re-sang "Al and Francine" and "So Long Boys" and worked on a bass part for "Al and Francine". We are getting closer!

July 10th,  DAVE and Sue at Hurricane Grill and Wings - We got lucky, just a light rain where we were. My Dad and Margie were down, it was the first time they got to hear Sue. We had a great crowd, it was hot. We had fun, that's what it's all about. See you next week!

July 11th, IAUGI Studios - I recorded a new tune "Miss Me But Let Me Go". Looking forward to recording "Old Broken Hearts" and "Miss Me But Let Me Go" with Sue Westcott next week!

July 12th, 13th and 14th - DAVE at The Big Deck Bar - I had a blast as always! Darlene and Bryan were great hosts! Got to see Pete, Pat  and Bob. I will return to the Big Deck on August 9th, 10th and 11th. Come on over!

July 15th, Retrophonics Studio - Jim Devito put a guitar part on "Home". I also added a bass idea to the song. I have the roughs now to send to George to check the lead vocals. We are getting real close.

July 15th, Songwriters - It's always a blast Lauren and Michelle sounded great! As did my friend and co-host Bob Paterson! See you on August 19th same time, same place!

July 17th, DAVE and Sue atHurricane Grill and Wings - We had a great night! It was pretty warm out but that didn't stop us. I will be out of town next week if you get out come check out Clayton.

July 18th, IAUGI Studios - Dan, Sue and I are going to be working on "Old Broken Hearts" and "Miss Me But Let Me Go". "Old Broken Hearts" is ready for Dan to do some video work. We also got "Miss Me But Let Me Go". We have a few ideas for this one. I would like to thank Dave and Nancy for sharing this poem they saw at the VA, while visiting their son, Dave. Thanks Chris for your help also.

July 18th, Carpetbaggers at Corner Bar - It was Sue, Tony, Frankie and I this evening. I know I keep saying this over and over but I am so proud to be playing with these great players each week. You need to check it out! See you in two weeks Tony, Sue, Frankie and JR will be playing next Thursday while I'm away.

July 19th, DAVE and Sue at Tides and Oyster Bar - What a great night! I really enjoy sharing the stage with Sue at this gig once a month. Thanks to all who showed up!

July 20th, DAVE, Sue and Brady at Zaharias - DAVE -  What a nice evening playing with my friends. Always enjoy this gig!

July 21st, DAVE at Aunt Kate's - I had a nice afternoon on the porch by the water. The weather held, hot and muggy, and no rain. Thanks Brian, Dave, Tina and staff you guys are the best!!!

I'm looking forward to Canada and hangin' with Laurence this week. I hope to be bringing back tracks from our live recordings from last year. I'm also looking forward to getting back and finishing our new CD "Don't Stare At The Sun", music written by George and I. Also looking forward to working on our new video "Old Broken Hearts", "Miss Me But Let Me Go"(mixed by Fritz Ahrhein from GSR Production recoreded at IAUGI Studios) and "Midnight Blue". With any luck, we will locate the tracks for The Big Lonesome CD that was never released. I can't find it on my harddrive. Also Barry, from Cave Canem Studios took some tracks on the road with him from my new CD " All My Heroes Were Zero's". Thanks for letting me live my dream! Stop texting, start talking! Don't liter! Smile it could brighten someone's day, even your own! Early detection can save your life! Keepin' It Real! -David

see you down the road!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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Friday, July 19, 2019

June 19th, Travel Day - We were ready to go as soon as Theresa got off work, the car was loaded and we headed for Yellow Mountain. It was a nice problem free trip. We chatted with George and Deborah for a bit then hit the sack. It's nice to be in NC!

June 20th - Normaly we would have been playing somewhere, but it didn't work out which was fine by me. We had a nice relaxing day and had a chance to do some writing with George. We pretty much finished "Dust Them Blinds" an instumental and started on another idea I had. Some reading, great food, listening to the wind and rain, it doesn't get much better than this!

June 21st, Lazy Hiker - We worked on our two new tunes, and sent Sue Westcott a video of our new instumental "Dust Them Blinds". I can't wait to record this one. Later on we headed down the mountain to Franklin for the gig at Lazy Hiker. It was a great time, we met some great folks.

June 22nd - Whitetside Brewing Company - We worked on aother new tune "Save My Soul". It dosen't look like we're going to get it done before I leave. This has been a great trip for writing, I wish we had more time. The rain held off and we had a great night! This is a real nice place to play and the owners want to have a real writers night when I get back in October.

June 23rd, Travel Day - We were up to leave about 7am, Deborah and George weren't moving about so we just took off. It was a nice ride home, we ajusted our route so we might intersect my Dad and Uncle Charley who were coming up the road from Florida. We missed them and got a little lost that added about an hour and a half to our trip. It was a good trip.

June 24th, OFF - We went to Mayo Clinic for my 6 month check up, everything was good! On our way back to St. Augustine we met Barry and Lydia for a spur of the moment late lunch. It was really nice to cath up with our friends.

June 25th, IAUGI Studios - Dan and I worked on an idea for the cover for George and my new CD. We tried to find what tracks are on the North Star Band, soon to be CD, but were unsuccessful. Also worked on "Midnight Blue" our next video.

June 26th, Retrophonics Studio - We worked on mixes "Do I Ever Cross Your Mind", "Change The World", "Sweet Rose Of Mine" and "2nd Dairy Domenince". We're getting closer!

June 26th, DAVE at Hurricane Grill and Wings - Sue Westcott shared the stage with me tonight. I had a blast as usual. Really enjoy playing with this talented player. See you next week!

June 27th, Carpetbaggers at Corner Bar - What a great night! Tony, Sue, Frankie and I played. We had a blast! Thanks for the rum cakes Jim! I sang "When I'm 64" for the last time being 64! We'll be off next week, 4th of July! See you on the 11th.

June 28th, DAVE at Aunt Kate's - I had a nice birthday evening playing on the porch by the water. Theresa, Brianna and Braylen stopped by on there way up to  Virginia.

June 29th, DAVE at Aunt Kate's - It looked like rain all day, I played most of the gig before it came down. It was fun while it lasted! Packed up and headed to Creekside where I will be playing with the Carpetbaggers. I had a great night! Brady, Sue and Frankie kicked butt as always! Sue and I will take the stage at Creekside tommorow at 5pm.

June 30th, DAVE at Creekside - Sue and I had a great night, but we weren't as lucky as last night. It started to rain about half way thrugh the night. That was all she wrote. We waded through the water to load our gear up and called it a night. We were lucky the rain came straight down.

July 1st, Retrophonics Studios - Jim and I worked on the mix for Al and Francine and made plans for the songs I will re-sing. I think there are 3 to do.

July 1st, DAVE at JT's Seafood Shack - It was a nice evening down in the Hammock. It's always fun to play at this great place. See you August 5th!

July 2nd, OFF - Brady Green took me out to lunch for my birthday at Green Papaya. Richard met us there. It was great fun, thanks Brady!

July 3rd, DAVE at Hurricane Grill and Wings - It was Dave and Sue. We had a little rain but that didn't dampen our evening. I had a great time playing with a great player! See you next Wednesday!

July 4th - My sisters birthday,  I miss you. Joe and Elaine invited me over to their place. What a house. The 4th floor is unbelievable! We talked about playing on the roof top. I hope to do it when George, Laurence and Bill get back in town. There's plenty of room that's for sure! I wrote a new tune, me and an unknown author called "Let Me Go".

July 5th, DAVE at Aunt Kates and Creekside - It went well untill about 2:30 then the weather that was threatening finally moved in. I will be playing an extra hour or so tommorow. After stowing my gear I headed for Creekside where I unloaded in the rain got set up, changed clothes, had a bowl of soup and an order of coleslaw, then it was time to play. I had Brady, Sue, and Woody Pernell with me tonight. It was inside becuase the weather was a nasty.  The crowd was small but mighty. I am a lucky dude to be playing with these great musicians every week. Thanks Creekside!!!

July 6th, DAVE at Aunt Kate's - I played a four hour gig to make up for the two short days. Brian said I didn't have to but they treat me so good there I felt like I needed to. I had a great long afternoon on the porch by the water. I stopped down at Mike's Place in back and had some great ribs and stuffed banana pepers wrapped in bacon.

It's been another long but great week. I'm looking forward to being in the studio at Retrophonics on Monday. I talked to Barry from Cave Canem Studios and we are going to try to get together soon. Until then, he's going to locate the tracks from the Big Lonesome sessions. I have in mind to finish that next. That is, after Jim and I finish the CD George and I have been working on. Also I've been writing some new songs with George and a couple of my own that I would like to get started on. I will be at IAUGI Studios working on our new project "Live and a Little Touched". Thanks for letting me live my dream! Stop texting, start talking! Don't liter! Smile it could brighten someones day, even your own! Early detection can save your life! Keepin' It Real! -David

see you down the road!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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Monday, July 8, 2019

June 12th, DAVE at Hurricane Grill and Winigs - It was me and Sue Westcott tonight! We had a nice crowd and the rain decided to cut our show a little short (not much though). I will be out of town next week, so see you back here at Hurricane Grill and Wings on June 26th!

June 13th,  IAUGI Studios - I worked on "Midnight Blue". We are closing in on it. I had some good ideas today.

June 13th, Carpetbaggers at Corner Bar - It was a nice evening, big crowd. Once again, it's such a pleasure to play with these great players every week. I will be out of town next week. Tony, Frankie, Sue and JR Roberts are going to be here. Come check it out!

June 14th - Tides Oyster Bar and Grill, Canceled Sue and I - Well, I made a mistake, I didn't count my Fridays right. Felicia called me right after Theresa posted the gig. Sorry everybody! We all went out to dinner instead Theresa, Sue, Wayne, Susie, Dan and I met at the Mellow Mushroom and had some drinks and pizza while listening to Brother Ed. A very enjoyable evening!

June 15th, DAVE at  Zaharias - Tonight it was Frankie, Brady Green and I. It was nice to play some music with these two. It's been a while since I shared the stage with Brady. He didn't miss a beat! Fun night!

June 16th, DAVE at Aunt Kate's -A nice late afternoon gig on the porch by the water.

June 17th, Retrophonics Studio -  We worked on rough mixes for "The Ink Has Dried", "Don't Stare At The Sun" and "Change The World". Jim brought a copy of the rough mixes to the Songwriter's Night. I will carry that with me up to Cashiers so George and I can have a listen. We are closing in on this release!

June 17th, Songwriters Night at the Corner Bar - We had Marian Lerbs, Sterz and Jim Divito (Gunga Din) along with Bob and I. What a great show! Thanks for sharing your music, you guys, and thanks for supporting our writers night everyone!

We will be heading up to North Carolina to see George and Deborah, and to do some writing, and play a little music. Looking forward to the mountains and all the other things that go with it! Thanks for letting me live my dream! Stop texting, start talking! Don't liter! smile it could brighten someones day, even your own! Early detection can save your life! Keepin' It real! -David

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