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

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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

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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!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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Thursday, June 13, 2019

June 3rd, DAVE at JT's Seafood Shack - I had a great time, it's a great place! Theres's always a nice crowd, not always nice weather but we got lucky this time. See you guys July1st!

June 4th, Tomorrow is our 20 year anniversary and I was off today, working tomrrow so, Theresa and I made a day of it after she got home from work.  We went to (1) price a tow package at B and B Welding, (2) we went to talk with Rusty Menshouse to look at some pop-up campers at Ocean Grove RV, (3) we went to looked at some pre-manufactured homes. We are thinking about putting a house on our property, and (4) we ended up at Longhorns for a late lunch. It was all fun!

June 5th - Happy 20th Anniversary Theresa!

June 5th, Retrophonics Studios - I laid a guitar part down on "Al and Francine".  Jim and I did some mixing on "Sweet Rose Of Mine" and "The Ink Has Dried". Two more songs to mix (roughs) "Change The World" mix and put in Barry Dunaways bass track and "Don't Stare At The Sun". I will be bringing the rough mixes up to North Carolina in two weeks for George to hear. When I get back Frankie and I will finish the background vocals with Sue's help. We are getting real close!!!!!

June 5th, DAVE at Hurricane Grill and Wings - Sue Westcott was with me tonight. We had a blast! It was real muggy though. See you guys next week! Thanks for coming out Tammy (Sue's sister).

June 6th, IAUGI Studios -  We're working on "Midnight Blue".

June 6th, Carpetbaggers at Corner Bar - It was Sue, Frankie and Tony with me tonight. There's never a dull moment with this group of great players!

June 7th, 8th and 9th, DAVE at The Big Deck - It was a  rainy weekend, we still had fun though. It's not hard to, at a great venue like this. Thanks Bryan, Darlene and staff, you guys are the best! See you July 12th, 13th and14th.

It was a great week. I got a lot done. I'm looking forward to much the same 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! Early detection can save your life! Keepin' it Real! -David

see you down the road!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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Wednesday, June 5, 2019

May 20th, Songwriters Night at the Corner Bar - Rachel Grubb and Tom Edwards joined Bob and I. It turned out to be a special evening. I will never get tiered of sharing the stage each month with Bob and all the writers we have.

May 21st, Travel day After Theresa came home form work we left for Virginia (1pm) and we spent the night in Fayettville.

May 22nd,  We met Matt and Randy for lunch at the Backdraft, then went to loead in at Coles Point Tavern. Later I had dinner at Tim's with Chris, Ann and Randy. Theresa went north to visit her family.

May 23rd, DAVE at Coles Point Tavern - It was a nice start for the weeken. I sang for Creeky, Richard and everyone else that started showing up at the rivah.

May 24th, DAVE at Coles Point Tavern - Another good night. Mike Rowsee and his troops were in force.

May 25th, DAVE at Coles Point Tavern - Mike Rowsee invited me to a cookoutfor dinner, what a spred. I saw Stacy and few other folks the didn't make it to the Tavern the night before. The gig went well. Theresa's is back in town!

May 26th, DAVE at Coles Point Tavern - I had a nice night. The weather has been great! What a treat it is to play on the rivah.

May 27th, DAVE at Coles Point Tavern and a Travel Day - I had breakfest with Selisa and Steve's, what a treat! This is a play and go gig. We will stay in Fayettville tonight if everything goes well.  I had a great time this weekend, looking forward to being back Labor Day weekend!

May 28th, Travel Day - We started ealry and made it home by 1. The trip went great, we had a lot of fun.

May 29th, DAVE at Hurricane Grill and Wings - Sue Westcott is with me on Wednesdays now for a while.  I'm glad to be back home!

May 30th, DAVE at  IAUGI Studios - Dan and I just did a lot of catching up and planning. We went to Dan's storage and got a couple speaker covers he had that I needed.

May 30th, The Carpetbaggers at the Corner Bar - Tonight I was joined by Frankie and Sue. What a great night! We missed Tony, he was in Buffalo.

May 31st, June 1st and 2nd, DAVE at Aunt Kate's - The weather was great except for Sunday. I was about half way through the gig when it started to rain. Other than that it was a great day out on the porch by the water. Thanks Brian, Dave, Tina and staff you guys are great! See you June 16th!

I hope to be at Retrophonics and IAUGI Studios this week. I was so sorry to hear of Carl and Marcia's daughter. 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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Sunday, June 2, 2019

May 7th - Theresa, Brianna, Braylan and I took Jay Mayville out to dinner, he's my partner and our friend. He is heading up to New Hampshire until September. We'll miss him, we hope he gets there safe.

May 8th, DAVE at Hurricane Grill and Wings - Sue Westcott was with me this evening. We had a nice crowd, we tried a couple new tunes. See you next Wednesday!

May 9th, Carpetbaggers at the Corner Bar - Thanks Sue, Tony and Frankie and everyone that came out. It was a wonderful evening, How can you not have a great time sharing the stage with these great players. I'm always looking forward to the next Thursday! Also JR Roberts got up and sang a couple tunes.

May 10th, 11th and 12th, DAVE at the Big Deck - It was a nice weekend as always hangin' out and playing in Cedar Key. As always Bryan and Darlene we great hosts. I know I say it every time but it's true.  It's alway good to see Pete, Pat, Bob, Spike and everyone. You guys are so lucky, thanks for letting me be a small part of a great place! I will be back June 7th, 8th and 9th, so come check out a great little town!

May 13th, Retrophonics Studio - We did some mixing on "Home", "Secondary Dominats " and "Do I Ever Cross Your Mind".

May 14th - Theresa and I met Mike and Joyce for dinner at the Back 40.

May 15th, DAVE at Hurricane Grill and Wings - I was playing music with Sue tonight. It's always a pleasure to play music with this great person and player!

May 16th, Carpetbaggers at Corner Bar - Carpetbaggers tonight were Sue, Tony and Frankie and I. We miss George, Brady, Laurence and Bill. It is such a pleasure to be able to share the stage with all these great players.  Tony, JR Roberts and Frankie will hold down the fort next week when I'm out of town. If I wasn't out of town I would be there to see this show!

May 17th, DAVE at Tides and Oyster Co. - Tonight it was me and Sue, what a blast! We had a great time. Thanks for coming out to support our music!

May 18th, DAVE at Zaharias - A crowded night, the weather was right. It was me and Sue again tonight. It dosen't get much better than this.

May 19th, DAVE at Aunt Kate's - Solo out on the porch by the water. A beautiful afternoon, enjoyed it!

I talked to Barry from Cave Canem Studios. We talked a little about getting re-started on our project. Looking forward to doing some more mixing at Retrophonics Studio with Jim Devito. Can't wait to get up to Virginia and play for my friends at The Coles Point Tavern! 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