Tuesday, June 16, 2020

June 1st, Retrophonics Studios - We worked on bass parts for "Dust them Blinds" and "My Tractor", and got a good start on "Come On". Jim DeVito will probably play the final bass track on that. I talked to Barry Dunaway, he's going to put a bass track on "Nothing At All". I'm really excited about that. Next week I will have Sue come in and lay down some more violin tracks, can't wait. Then Tony Scozzaro is going to join us for some guitar tracks the following week.

June 1st, DAVE at JT's Seafood Shack - It was a nice 1st gig of the season for me at this venue. It was good to see Johnny and Brandy. I'll be back at this great place July 13th!

June 2nd, OFF - Did some painting on the cat porch.

June 3rd,
Carpetbaggers DAVE and Sue at Hurricane Grill and Wings - Both Sue and I were a little out of sorts before the gig, it had been a crazy day in different ways for the both of us. Even with our worries the show went fine, tried a couple new tunes, brought back a couple of old ones. Thanks Abe and staff see you next week!

June 4th,
DAVE, Sue, Tony and Frankie at the Corner Bar - We had a great evening. This is one of the best gigs in town and I feel so lucky to hang out with such great players and people every week. Thanks Pat and staff!

June 5th, DAVE AT Aunt Kate's - Today marks the day I married Theresa 21 years ago. I was then and still am now one lucky guy. Thanks for putting up with me for all these years. I hope we have another 21!  It looked like rain but the guys at the bait shop out back said I'd probably be okay so I set up on the porch by the water. It turned out to be a nice afternoon, it started to sprinkle a little right near the end of the gig. I got off a few minutes early. See you Sunday 2-5pm. Thanks Brian, Dave, Tina and staff!

June 6th, OFF - We went to the car museum opening and saw some neat old cars to see Dan Bagan of Bagan and Company. Then went to dinner at 206 Bistro, it was great! The place is awesome! Thanks Sue, Wayne and Jim, Theresa and I had a great time and the food was excellent.

June 7th, DAVE at Aunt Kate's - The weather was bad so we (Dave and I) called the gig a rain out.

Looking forward to working at Retrophonics studio this week.  Thanks for supporting my music!!!!!!! Keepin' it Real! -David


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May 25th, Retrophonics Studios - Jim and I listened to all the tracks I played to make sure they were ready for the rest of the Carpetbaggers to come in and work on. I think this week Brady Green will be putting down some Bass tracks. I headed home after session and rested for a few hours and then Theresa and I headed for Bagan and Company to do our "Live" show with The Carpetbaggers. The show went great, it's always a pleasure to hang out and play with this band. Also Dan, Clay and Theresa did a great job. Brady Green joined us on "Change The World" our last song.

May 26th, OFF - It was a nasty rainy day, I got nothing done and it felt good.

May 27th, Carpetbaggers DAVE and Sue at Hurricane Grill and Wings - We had some bad weather (rain, we really needed) but it held off for our show pretty much. Mark's family was in town for his services. I didn't know Mark well but he was always nice to be around when he stopped by our gigs. His family seemed very cool. I was also sad to hear of the passing of Inga Erickson our friend for many years.

May 28th, Carpetbaggers DAVE, Sue, Tony and Frankie at The Corner Bar - This is our second week back and the crowd is getting bigger. It looks like things are trying to get back to normal. Thanks everyone for supporting Carpetbagger's music. See you next week!

May 29th, DAVE at Aunt Kate's - Brian was sure it was going to rain and rain a lot so I set up inside. I will admit the weather looked terrible but it didn't rain. I still had a nice night inside but most folks were outside. Hopefully Sunday will be better.

May 30th, DAVE at Creekside - The weather held, the place was packed and I had a great time! It's good to see Creekside opening up again. Everyone did a great job and they really took care of me and my family. Thanks!

May 31st, DAVE at Aunt Kate's - DAVE - A long hot day! I still had a great time as always! Thanks Brian, Dave, Tina and staff you guys are the best!

Looking forward to laying down some bass tracks at Retrophonics Studios for the new Carpetbaggers CD "Back Again" songs written by Besley, Reeves and Westcott.

see you down the road!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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Monday, June 15, 2020

May 18th, DAVE at Retrophonics Studios - We worked on the last 3 songs "My Tractor", "Come On" and "Telephone Lightning" for my new solo CD "Back Again". All the songs are arranged and now I need to stop by Bagan and Company to get copies made for Frankie, Sue, Tony, Brady and Woody. They are the A-Team. George already lent his great talent to a few tracks before he headed back to NC.

May 19th, OFF - We're going to put a bed together that TT ordered for the new guest room. Hopefully Brianna will help, she is more patient than I am. I went on a couple of errands to get things together for the Bagan and Company "Live" Show Monday 8pm to 9pm and Brianna had finished putting together the bed by the time I got back. I changed strings and mess around in the yard.

May 20th, Carpetbaggers DAVE and Sue at Hurricane Grille and Wings - We had a great night! It's still tough to keep up the 3 hour set but I guess I'll get back into the swing of it. Sue sounded great, as always (what a pro). Brady Green stopped by, he will join Sue and I starting next week, May 27th at Hurricane Grille and Wings. Thanks for coming out everybody and thanks Abe and staff you guys are the best!

May 21st, Carpetbaggers DAVE, Sue, Tony and Frankie at The Corner Bar - Our first night back since the middle of March. We have a great audience and they braved coming out to see us. Thanks for getting us back Pat and thanks for your support everyone. See you next Thursday!

March 22nd, DAVE at Aunt Kate's - I had a nice night out on the porch by the water! I lost a lot if gigs during this pandemic, all of my out of town gigs and most of my in town gigs. Brian at Aunt Kate's and Abe from Hurricane Grill and Wings really came through for me. Also Bagan and Company for our Live shows that we will continue to do the last Monday of every month 1st one is May 25th 8pm to 9pm.

March 23rd - I bought Braylen a fish and all the things you need for a fish for his birthday. That what he wanted. Theresa and I spent most of the day watching to make sure he would live.

March 24th, DAVE at Aunt Kate's - It turned out to be a nice afternoon by the water on the porch. Thanks Brian, Dave, Tina and staff you guys are the best!

Looks like next week is going to be a busy one, hope to see you out there! Keepin' It Real! -david

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Thursday, May 21, 2020

April 30th, Carpetbaggers at Bagan and Company Live - What a great night! I really enjoy playing with these great players. Great job Clay Blasser on the  sound and Dan Bagan for always going above and beyond the call of duty. We could not do this without you. Thanks for all the online support everybody!!!!

May 1st, DAVE at Captain Stan''s Smokehouse - Eddie called me and asked if I would play Captain Stan's first night back with music behind the magic fence. I couldn't miss that. It was a great time, always good to hang out with the Captain. See you guys Wednesday at Hurricane Grill and Wings! Here we go!

May 2nd, I mowed the yard, helped Jay with the shed cleaning and pond pump.

May 3rd, Put a new floor in the "thinking room". Yard work.

May 4th, Going to start playing again! I talked to Abe and JJ and I will be at Hurricane Grill and Wings on Wednesday with Brady Green 6pm to 9pm. And solo on Sunday afternoon at Aunt Kate's from 2pm to 5pm. I'm still working on the floor.

May 5th, I worked on the floor, cut a couple of  Palmetto trees back so Jay and I can finish the fence.

May 6th, Carpetbaggers DAVE and Brady at Hurricane Grill and Wings - Sue was in Georgia so Brady and I were the Carpetbaggers tonight. We had a good time, it's going to take awhile to get used to playing 3 hours again. There was a good crowd, a lot of familiar faces. It was good to see everybody. I hope things keep getting better. Thanks Abe and JJ for getting us back to work!

May 7th, Capetbaggers at Bagan and Company Live - It was Frankie, Tony and I tonight. Sue and Wayne were still in Georgia. This is the first time the 3 of us have played together and it was fun. Really enjoyed hang-in' out and playing music with these guys. We should be a whole band next week. Thanks for supporting Carpetbaggers Music!

May 8th, I stopped by Dan's and cleaned up after the show from last night. I'm trying to finish up the work we're doing in the thinking room. I did some reading out in the yard, it was a nice day.

May 9th, DAVE at Aunt Kate's - Michael Howard called and asked if I could cover him at Aunt Kate's he was a little under the weather, so I did a little yard work and then started taking it easy to get ready for the gig tonight. It was the first night for music back at Aunt Kate's and it was great to get back to playing for me.  It's going to take a few more gigs before my fingers are used to playing for 3 hours, but thats okay. I had a good time, thanks Brian, Dave, Tina and staff you guys are the best!

May 10th, DAVE at Aunt Kate's - Happy Mothers Day! It looked like rain big time. I had lunch and started to wait it out. Then I talked to the guys down at the bait shop and they said it wasn't going to rain. I made my decision right then. It turned out to be overcast but no rain. It was a nice afternoon! Thanks Brian, Dave, Tina and staff you guys are the best!

May 11th, DAVE at Retrophonics Studio - I'm back in the studio! It's been almost two months and today was my first day back. I intended to go in and just see where we were with all our projects, my two solo projects and The Big Lonesome. When I arrived Jim was ready to go. I got my guitar and lyrics and started laying down tunes. The songs I worked on today were "I'm Back Again" title song for my new solo CD. "The Desert" a song George and I wrote and Braylen named. "Safe Travels" a song I wrote for my brother Will. "This Romance" I wrote this a long time ago when I went up to Virginia with my brother Ed to record at Bob White's studio at his house (DeWhite Band) . Even though Denis Desloge (Dewhite Band) and friends showed up to help we really only got this song started. Years later David Elliot Johnson (drums) cut a track of the song with me but never went any further. Now I'm going to complete it. With the help of the Carpetbaggers (George, Sue, Frankie, Tony and Brady) I will finish my 4th solo CD. I have 3 more songs to lay down "Telephone Lightning a Besley, Reeves, Westcott, tune,"Looking Out My Window" and "Come On Come On" two songs I just wrote. Then I can get everyone in and get this done. Coming this year "I'm Back Again"

May 12th,  Today I went to the beach, worked in the garden, and I bought some new material to finish the fence in the back.

May 13th, Carpetbaggers DAVE and Sue at Hurricane Grill and Wings - I had a nice evening playing with Sue. It's so good to be back to work again, I'm really looking forward to getting together with everyone for our Bagan and Company Live show!

May 14th, Carpetbaggers DAVE, Sue, Tony and Frankie - I stopped by Dan's to set my gear up for tonight. I got back home and water the plants and paint the fence. The show went great, it was so good to get to hang out and play with my friends. Thanks Dan, Clay, Theresa and Wayne we couldn't do this without you.

May 15th, DAVE at Aunt Kate's - I had a great evening out by the water! The Bagan's were in the house! Thanks Brian, Dave, Tina and staff! See you Sunday!

May 16th - I hung around the house until around 5pm cleaning and painting our the cat porch, then we took a ride downtown.  Theresa and I  stopped in the Tavern for a beer and to see Dylan. We also saw Pat the owner, Pat and Ann Marie and a host of others.

May 17th, DAVE at Aunt Kate's - I was up early this morning and started working on the final arrangements for the 3 songs  I'm going to record at Retrophonics Studio with Jim  on Monday, "Telephone Lighting", "My Tractor" and "Come on Come On". Then after going to the beach and doing a few things around the house I headed for Aunt Kate's for my Sunday gig. It was a blast as always. I  started thinking about an  umbrella about halfway through the show. Thanks Brian, Dave, Tina and staff you guys are the best!

Looking forward to getting in the studio at Retrophonics, and if things go good I will have 12 new tunes for the rest of the band to start working on. It dosen't get any better than this! Also we are moving our "Live" Show to Monday May 25th from 8pm to 9pm because we are starting back at The Corner Bar our regular Thursday gig. I hope to see you there. I am going to stop giving my advice and just say 1. Follow your heart and 2. Treat people nice. Keepin' It Real!  -David

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Wednesday, May 6, 2020


April 7th -Yard work.

April 8th - Made a yard video of a song Ed Pickett and I wrote "Carry On" after yard work.

April 9th, Bagan and Company - We are going to do a live stream tonight. It was just me (we are still keeping social distancing). I wish everyone could have been there. The show went great except I kept forgetting words and chords. Besides that, Dan did a great job and Theresa helped out.  There will be another show next week, let's see what the situation is, maybe I won't be by myself.

April 10th - I went by Dan's this morning and talked about our plans for next week, then yard work. I finished another new song "Come On Come On"

April 11th - I started digging out the fire pit, I have a mountain of brush to burn. Started another new tune.

April 12th - I'm still digging out the fire pit, it has been full of old soot. Happy Easter!

April 13th - Did my Monday rounds, I went to the bank, Tractor Supply and Speedway. I made a new yard video "Back In The Fire"

April 14th - Depending on the weather, maybe I will burn all the stuff I've been saving that needs to go. Braylen has been bugging me about it for 3 or 4 days.

April 15th - Yard work.

April 16th, Bagan and Company - I did another live show by myself. I had a great time, but miss the band. Maybe next week!

April 17th - Yard work.

April 18th - Yard work.

April 19th - Yard work, did another yard video "Sally".

April 20th - I was told this morning that my brother William Wade Besley had passed away. I'm going to miss him. I think he was really in a lot of pain these last few years. He is in heaven now with the rest of our family. If you have family still on this earth tell them you love them a lot.

April 21st - Yard work.

April 22nd - Yard work.

April 23rd, Bagan and Company - Alright! We have the band! We had a great show, really enjoyed hang in' out with my friends. Looking forward to next week!

April 24th, Went by Dan's to start making plans for next week's show.

April 25th - Yard work.

April 26th - Yard work.

April 27th - Yard work.

April 28th - Yard work.

April 29th - Did a yard video on a new tune "Safe Travels" It's an instrumental I wrote for my brother William.

It's been an interesting couple of months. I'm happy it seems like I am going to start playing again. I've enjoyed hang in' out at the house with family. I enjoyed our weekly live shows at Bagan and Company Live. I've written a few new tunes I hope to record when it's safe. I look forward to seeing you all out on the road. Keepin' It Real! -David

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Monday, April 6, 2020

March 16th - Canceled my session with Jim DeVito at Retrophonics Studio

March 16th - Songwriter's Night - We decided to go ahead and have it, we moved the tables and chairs further apart and opened the the whole room up. It was Bob Patterson's birthday! Don, JC and Dino did a great job, The crowd was a little smaller than usual but the people who showed up heard a nice show. See you back here on April 20th!

March 17th - We stopped by the Edgewater Inn to see our friends Richard and Barbara that were in town from Coles Point, Virginia.  I'm not sure what is going on as far as gigs, we will keep you posted.

March 18th, Carpetbaggers DAVE, Sue and Brady at Hurricane Grill and Wings - We had a nice night. Everyone is worried about the virus. I'm pretty sure this could be the last gig for awhile. Keeny B and Smokin' Joe stopped by. Joe sat in with us on mandolin, he sounded great. I have not had a chance to hang with Joe, he seems like a good guy. I hope he comes around more often.

March 19th, Bagan and Company Live - I stopped by Dan's to figure out where we're going in the future. Wayne and Dan had been talking about doing some live shows in Dans studio during the country's shut down. I said it sounded like a good idea and would be something we should think about. Well Dan looked at me a little funny and I said "When do you want to start it?" he said "Tonight". I said okay and went home to get ready.

March 19th, Carpetbaggers DAVE and Sue at Bagan and Company Live - Sue, Wayne and Dan and I did our 30 minute show that turned into 1 hour. It was a blast, we had the chance to play some requests and some of our music. Also had a chance to say hi to a lot of folks from around the country. It was a big success so we would like to do this every week until pandemic that is keeping everyone at home slows some. Thanks Dan and Wayne this would not have happened without your push.

March 20th - Yard work, painting, garden and taxes and beach. I am enjoying the day off and trying to do things around the house that I never had time to get to all at once. By the look of Home Depot and Lowe's there are a lot of folks doing the same thing.

March 21st - More yard work, painting, garden and taxes and beach. Starting to have a problem with what day it is. I always know what day it is by where I'm playing my gigs.

March 22nd - More yard work, painting, garden and taxes.  I kept looking in the mailbox and then remembered it was Sunday.

March 23rd, Bagan and Company Live - Met with Dan and Wayne to make plans for our next show. Sue and I will be joined by Frankie and Tony this week. Sonny's Barbecue is going to sponsor our live show. Can't wait to get together with everyone!

March 24th - More yard work, painting, garden, fire pit, taxes and the beach parking is closed. We have another sponsor Lewis and Besley Real Estate (Ron Moyers and Twist Besley) located in Springfield Va.

March 25th - More yard work, painting, garden, taxes and the beach parking is still closed. I have made a couple trips to Winn-Dixie, Home Depot and Lowe's other than that have pretty much stayed home.

March 26th, Bagan and Company Live - I'm going to stop by Dan's and show him some videos Lou and Diane Hager sent me of The North Star Band playing live at an outdoor festival in Myrtle Beach in the late 70's or early 80's. I hope to sent it to our North Star Band page on FB. I will also post it on my site here or on FB.

March 26th, Bagan and company - We did our 2nd live show. The Carpetbaggers were DAVE, Sue, Frankie and Tony. We had a great time! Dan and I are learning a lot  about doing this. He is busting his ass and I am just bitching, it seems like. But we will have this a fine oiled machine before its over. Thanks Wayne Westcott for all your help, we couldn't do it without you. See you next week April 2nd, 6:30 to 7:30 pm. Thanks for supporting The Carpetbaggers.

March 27th - More yard work. I think Jay and I are going to put up a fence.

March 28th - More yard work.

March 29th - More yard work. We have planted several gardens with veggies, greens, herbs and flowers.

March 29th - I went by Dan's to work a little bit on next week's show, some yard work and watered the garden. Also had to replace my wheel barrel, it just wore it out and when I pulled into Dan's I saw my rear tire was losing air so I ran up to Tires Plus.  $430 later I was back out on the road again. I have to hurry up and get home I'm going broke on the road.

March 30th, Bagan and Company - Dan and I talked out some things for this weeks show. We also figured out what we had done last week as far as sponsors and tips.

March 31st - Bagan and Company - Doug Hyde from 88.5 fm is going to help us with some promo for our Bagan and Company LIVE show with The Carpetbaggers.

March 31st - We called the show off.

April 1st - I stopped stopped by Dan's to talk about our decision to cancel and our next move. Yard work. Did a yard video posted it to Facebook, "Christmas In Prison" by John Prine.

April 2nd - Started on a new tune "Outside My Window". And then more yard work.

April 3rd - Yard work.

April 4th - Yard work. Did a yard video, "Ain't Life A Mess" Bagan and Co posted it to Facebook.

April 5th - Yard work.

April 6th - Yard work. Did another yard video, "Think Free".  I for it on Facebook.

see you down the road!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! (Hopefully)
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Tuesday, March 24, 2020

March 4th - Carpetbaggers DAVE, George, Laurence and Bill at Hurricane Grill and Wings - Sue and Wayne were in some bad weather coming back from NC so Laurence said he would be happy to come down and join us. Bill Mullen plays the sax, also showed up, and what a night we had.  I was still not feeling up to par but everyone joined in to help out. What a blast! See you next week!

March 5th, Carpetbaggers DAVE, Tony, George, Sue and Frankie at Corner Bar - The place was packed! Never a dull moment on Thursdays at the Corner Bar!

March 6th, 7th and 8th, DAVE at Aunt Kate's - The first two days the weather was just to windy and cold so I set up inside. I was sorry not to be out on the porch for the annual fishing tournament Randy puts on. That is something I always look forward to. I did get my shirt though. Hopefully Sunday will be better weather. Sunday was a little overcast but turned out to be a nice day. I really enjoyed the weekend, see you back here on March 27th! Thanks Brian, Dave, Tina and staff!

March 9th, Retrophonics Studios - I  worked with Jim and Sue on "Old Broken Hearts", "Miss Me But Let Me Go", "Confederate Lament" and "Nothin' At All". Next week I will go in and make templates for "I'm Back Again", "Telephone Lightning", "The Desert", "Oh Shenandoah" and "Mrs. Robinson"

March 10th , I'm OFF today - Theresa and I went downtown to find a print for Lou and Diane of "The Nights Of Light" and had lunch at the Columbia.

March 11th, Carpetbaggers DAVE, George and Sue at Hurricane Grill and Wings - Things are a little scary with this virus going around but it didn't seem to slow the crowd down. The place was packed. Thanks Abe and staff you guys are the best! See you next week with Brady Green!

March 12th, Carpetbaggers DAVE, Frankie, Sue and Tony at Corner Bar - We had a great night! We missed George he will be taking some time off. Brady Green will be joining us now on some gigs. See you on March 16th for Songwriter's Night at the Corner Bar 7 to 9pm!

March 13th, 14th and 15th, DAVE at The Big Deck - Another great weekend at The Big Deck. We missed Darlene though. This is such a great gig, there are so many great folks there. See you the 10th, 11th and 12th of April.

I have cancelled my sessions with Jim @ Retrophonics Studio until this virus has passed. I pray everyone will be alright and can our lives going back to normal. Thanks fo letting me live my dream! Stop texting, start talking! Don't liter! Smile it could brighten everyones day, even your own! Early detection can save your life! Talk about the good things going on around you, there are enough people talking about the bad! Keepin' It Real! -David

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