Thursday, December 5, 2019

November 25th, The Big Lonesome, Retrophonics Studios - Jim and I started working on the tracks that The Big Lonesome started in 2011. I'm m going to finish it up by next year with Frankie, Tony, Sue and George's help. We are going to complete this project. This was a dream band, these were all great players whom  I've had the chance to play with over the years. What makes it so special is to include musicians that I currently work with and one of The Big Lonesome's original members Frankie Urzetta. We are going to see this project completed. I am proud to be working with Jim Devito at Retrophonics.

November 26th, George's house - George and I worked on "Nothin' At All" and started writing on "Telephone Lightin'". It's good to be back working with George. We are also getting back to work on "Confederate Lament" a song we co-wrote with the great Don Oja Dunaway. We already have an instrumental "Dust them Blinds" we co-wrote with Sue Westcott pretty much complete. We are on our way to starting another project. I'm excited!

November 27th, Carpetbaggers DAVE, Sue and George, Hurricane Grill and Wings - What a great night! Great crowd! We had Mel Rogers, a friend of Sue's from Alabama sit in and she was fantastic! I hope to get her playing some tracks on my next projects, a solo CD I'm working on, "The Big Lonesome" CD that Frankie and I are going to finish up or the CD George and I hope to start working on after our "Don't Stare At The Sun" CD release.

November 28th, Happy Thanksgiving! - I met my brother Will along with Jay for an afternoon Thanksgiving dinner at the Corner Bar. Thanks for my dinner Pat. We were surprised by Brady Green and Doug Hyde. After our dinner Jay and I went to Dan and Suzy's for some pre-dinner snacks (deviled eggs and pigs in a blanket). Then I dropped Jay off at home and was picked up by Jim Grimes and we went to Thanksgiving dinner at Wayne and Sue's. It was a great feast and a great time!

November 29th, 30th and December 1st, DAVE at Aunt Kate's - My first of three days at this venue went well. It was a nice day on the porch by the water. The place was packed, it couldn't have been any better. Day 2 on the porch was beautiful! Great crowd! I also got pooped on by one of the birds while I was playing and was informed it was good luck. Day 3 was pretty windy but there was a good amount of people that braved the wind. It turned out to be a great weekend overall. I'll be back here again performing next weekend.

Another busy week! Looking forward to getting together with Jim at Retrophonics Studioto  and continuing work on "The Big Lonesome rides Again". Also working with Dan at Bagan and Company on the final for our new CD, Carpetbaggers performing songs written by Dave and George,  and also continuing  on "Live and a Little Touched" CD. Thanks for letting me live my dream! Stop texting, start talking! Don't liter! Smile it could brighten someones day, even your own! Think and speak good thoughts, there are enough people telling you 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

Wednesday, November 27, 2019

November 11th, DAVE and George at Retrophonics Studio -  We cleaned up a couple of things on our new CD "Don't Stare At The Sun". I'm excited to hear the tracks we have found of "The Big Lonesome". This was a band that we put together around 2012 with some of my favorite players. We played some gigs for awhile and recorded this CD. Everyone sort of ended up going their separate ways and it was left unfinished until now. Frankie and I, Sue, George and Tony are going to try to finish it up. Can't wait for you guys to hear the band I loved so much!

November 12th - Off work today, Theresa and I are going to dinner at the Back 40 with Laurence and Barbara.

November 13th - Carpetbaggers DAVE, Sue and George at Hurricane Grill and Wings - It was windy and cold so we set up in the porch tent. We had a great crowd even with a little PA trouble. George and Sue rocked as usual. Looking forward to tomorrow night!

November 14th, Carpetbaggers DAVE, Frankie, George, Sue and Tony tonight at the Corner Bar -  It was great! The place was packed. We had Laurence Stevenson with us tonight also. It's always a pleasure to share the stage with this talented bunch each Thursday. See you next week!

November 15th, DAVE at Bagan and Company - Dan and I are going to go over the liners for the CD "Don't Stare At The Sun" (songs written and composed by George Reeves and I) . We are getting real close to completing this project.

November 15th, Carpetbaggers Dave and Sue at Tides Oyster Co - A nice laid back evening. I really enjoy this venue some real nice folks hangout there. See you December 20th can't wait!

November 16th, Carpetbaggers DAVE, Sue and Frankie at Zaharias- It was a cold night. It was just about to cold to play outside but we managed to make it through. Thanks for all the brave souls that came out to see us!

November 17th, DAVE at Aunt Kate's - Cancelled due to weather, "Baby it's cold outside"!

November 17th, DAVE, Theresa, Dan, Sue, Wayne and Tammy - The Last Wall Tour - We all had the chance to chat and hang with Bob Margolin, a man I played with in the early 80's. Bob sounded great, what a showman! Warren Haynes is always amazing no matter what he is doing musically. Lucas Nelson and Jammie Johnson were great in their own right. Don Was, the creator and bass player, Dave Malone (Radiators), Cyril  Neville on percussion, and everybody else were all fantastic.  The sound was great, even though it was a little cold it could not stop us from listening to the whole three plus hour show. I don't do that very often anymore. Thanks Dan Bagan for getting us there and getting the tickets. It was a wonderful night!!

November 18th, Songwriters Night - Bob and I were joined by Dave Rudolf and Mark Evans. Never a dull moment when these two show up. We had a lot of fun and heard some great original music! See you next month on December 16th.

November 19th, Tom and Susan's Party - What a nice get together. The food was great, the guests were the best, Great time you guys THANKS!

November 20th, Carpetbaggers: DAVE, George and Sue at Hurricane Grill and Wings - What a night! We decided to set up outside even though it was going to be a little chilly. The place was packed! We had a lot of St. Augustine musicians show up, John Winters, Mark Evans, Dave Rudolf from Chicago, IL and Danny Roberts. Thanks everyone for showing up. See you next Wednesday.

November 21st, Carpetbaggers DAVE, Sue, George, Tony and Laurence at the Corner Bar - What a night! It was packed, everybody played their butts off. I am so proud to share the stage with these great players each week. We'll not be at the Corner Bar November 28th, Thanksgiving Day, but will return the following Thursday, December 5th.

November 22nd, DAVE and George at Bagan and Company - We hope to put a wrap on the CD design today on "Don't Stare At The Sun" and start back on "Live and a Little Touched" my next release.

November 22nd, DAVE at Aunt Kate's - The weather turned out real nice, I had a good time on the porch out by the water.

November 23rd, Carpetbaggers DAVE, Sue, Frankie and Brady at Creekside - The night was a little off as far as the audience but that didn't stop us from playing some good music. The night was nice, a fire going, hangin' out with friends playing music, it doesn't get any better than this!

November 24th - Carpetbaggers DAVE, George at Creekside - Laurence hurt his back so it was just George and I. We had a nice evening playing, as we always do. It was a little chilly but we got through it. Thanks George it was fun!

Looking forward to working at Retrophonics tomorrow. We should be finishing our CD. Also start work on The Big Lonesome tracks. It's been a great week of music. 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! Talk and think mostly about the good things going on, don't be consumed by the bad. Keepin' it Real!

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


Tuesday, November 12, 2019

November 4th, Retrophonics Studios -Jim and I mixed "This Prison" and touched up a few more songs. I think we are done! Now it's up to Bagan and Company to complete the layout and we should have some CD's for everyone. This has been a lot of fun!

November 5th - OFF

November 6th, Carpetbaggers, DAVE, Sue and George at Hurricane Grill and Wings - It was a great night, I will never tire of playing music with these two great players. I am also so thankful for the great fans we have. It would be very lonely with out you all. See you next Wednesday. We would also like to give a shout out to our friend Laurence Stevenson and Barbara for stopping by. Laurence will be with us tomorrow at The Corner Bar.

November 7th, Dave and George at Bagan and Company - Dan, George and I finished up the layout for our new CD "Don't Stare At The Sun". Can't wait for everyone to hear it!

November 7th. Carpetbaggers, DAVE, Frankie, Sue, George and Tony at the Corner bar - We had a special guest tonight, Laurence Stevenson! George had some family issues to tend to so he bowed out this evening. The place was packed, everyone sounded great! I can't say enough about how proud I am to share the stage with these great players each week at The Corner Bar. See you next week. Shout out to Ron Norris and also Dan Bagan for stopping by. A heads up to all that we will not be playing on Thanksgiving Day, Nov 28th.

November 8th, 9th and 10th, DAVE at The Big Deck - I had a great weekend! We missed Darlene, she was out of town for the weekend. The good news was she showed up Sunday afternoon! Good to see Pete, Pat, Jody, March, Bryan and all the other great people in Cedar Key. See you the 2nd weekend in January!

We'll put the final touches this week on our CD "Don't Stare At The Sun". Then with the help of Frankie, Tony, Sue and George try to finish a CD that was started many years ago. The Big Lonesome may ride again, I hope. 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! Talk about the good things going on around you, there's enough people who are talking about the bad! Be different! Keepin' it Real! -David

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

Tuesday, November 5, 2019

October 28th, DAVE and George at Retrophonics Studio - We are doing final mixes on our songs, it's real close to being finished. We'll be with Dan Bagan at Bagan and Company working on the layout on Thursday.

October 29th - OFF

October 30th, Carpetbaggers, DAVE, Sue and George at Hurricane Grill and Wings - We had a great night out on the sidewalk. It was a little humid but we got through it. Always great to see all our friends, (old and new. See you next Wednesday!

October 31st, DAVE and George at Bagan and Company - We worked on the layout for our new CD "Don't Stare At The Sun".

October 31st, Carpetbaggers, DAVE, Frankie, Sue, Tony and George at the Corner Bar - What a night! The place was packed! I am one lucky dude to be playing with these great players every week. See you next Thursday!

November 1st, 2nd and 3rd, DAVE at Aunt Kate's - Night 1 was pretty crowded after I had been there for about an hour. It turned out good though and I  got a chance to talk to Brian and my friend Jim. Saturday afternoon started out better than yesterday and just kept getting better. I got a visit from Sue, Wayne and Jim, that was nice. I played "Nothing At All" (Besley/Reeves), a new song we wrote. Sunday afternoon was the best day of all. The weather was beautiful with nice breeze. It's been a great weekend! Thanks Aunt Kate's, I'll see you again on November 17th.

George and I are really close to finishing "Don't Stare At The Sun" our new CD. I'm looking forward to everyone hearing what we came up with. Also looking toward my the next adventure. 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! Talk about the good things that are going on, there's 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

Tuesday, October 29, 2019

October 1st - OFF

October 2nd, DAVE at Hurricane Grill and Wings - Sue was running late on her way back from Birmingham with Wayne. I was by my lonesome, had a good night but missed Sue!

October 3rd, Travel Day - We are on our way to Virginia for Creeky's yearly benefit for the volunteer fire dept and Coles Point Tavern for a couple of days playing music for our friends. We were traveling in tandem with Frankie and Mary and stayed in Fayetteville South Carolina where we spent the night. We had dinner at the Ruby Tuesday's then it was off to the Tavern to set up. Ed and Kristen joined us later.

October 4th and 5th, Coles Point Tavern and the Benefit for the Cople Volunteer Fire Dept - It was a quick trip to the Rivah and a couple of long days. As always Ann and Chris were the best! The benefit for the fire department was the biggest yet! Our shows at The Tavern were great.  The second night was so packed! Eddie and Frankie did a great job.  It was a real pleasure to play music with these two great friends and players! See all of you again on Memorial Day weekend 2020!

October 6th and 7th, Travel Day - After eating at the great spread Chris puts out for the Redskins Buffet at the Tavern during the game and Theresa retuned from her crabbing  expedition with Richard, we headed towards home. We stayed the night in Fayetteville, had breakfast at 6AM and we were back home in St. Augustine by Monday afternoon. Great road trip!

October 8th, Retrophonics Studio - Sue Westcott was in the studio with us today. She came in came into play and sing on Al and Francine. We worked on 4 more mixes, 7 total
 now, 3 to go!

October 9th, Carpetbaggers DAVE and Sue at Hurricane Grill and Wings -  We had a real nice crowd. We had fun evening out on the sidewalk!

October 10th, Carpetbaggers DAVE, Frankie, Sue and Tony at the Corner Bar - The place was packed, it was a blast! This is a fun bunch to share an evening with.

October 11th and 12th, DAVE at he Big Deck - It was only a two days for me this month (booking problem). After setting up and a sound check and a shower, we joined Darlene and Bryan had us join them for a great dinner before the gig. The weekend was great, we left Sunday morning and headed back across the state. See you guys next month, November 8th, 9th and10th, can't wait!

October13th and 14th - OFF

October 15th, Retrophonics Studios - We mixed the last three songs. I will be heading up to Cashiers, North Carolina to play a couple gigs with George. We will sit down and listen to our pre-mixed CD "Don't Stare At The Sun" maybe even get to write a song or two.

October 16th, Carpetbaggers DAVE and Sue at Hurricane Grill and Wings - A nice evening on the sidewalk. My only gig in town this week was a blast!

October 17th, Travel Day - Theresa and I left early Thursday morning and arrived in Cashiers NC around dinner time. George and I went right to work after dinner. We listened to the pre-masters of our new CD "Don't Stare At the Sun". It was a long day time for bed!

October 18th, DAVE and George at JJ's - We worked on the liner notes for our new CD. We're real excited about this new project! We refreshed our minds with the an idea we left behind in June. Then it was off to JJ's for an evening playing music. We had a great gig, always great playing with my friend George. Thanks Joel and staff!

October 19th, DAVE and George at Whiteside Brewery - After breakfast George and I headed up to the writing room and went to work on "Nothing At All". We worked on the song until lunch and planned to meet after that to finish our new song. It was real close but we finished at about 4:15pm, then headed for our gig. This is a fairly new gig for us, the owners are great people, the staff is nice. What a great place! We had a lot of fun tonight. This has been a great trip, as the all are. I'm so proud of what George and I got done in the short time together this trip. Thanks George and Deborah you guys are the best!

October 20th , Travel Day - We are headed home by way of  Sun City South Carolina to see my Dad and Margie. We arrived about 3pm got a chance to chat, take a nap, have a nice dinner, see some football, do some reading, get up and head back home.

October 21st, Travel Day and Songwriter's night - We were up early, had a cup of coffee with Dad and Margie then we were off again. I had a couple hours to rest when we got home, then I went to set up for the writers night. It's always great to sit on the stage the third Monday of every month with Bob Patterson and two or three different singer songwriters. This month we had Uncle Ed and Robin and Alex Richman. We had a nice crowd and heard some good original music, it dosen't get any better than this!

October 22nd, Retrophonics Studio - We did final mixes on 4 songs "2nd Dairy Domenince", "Do I Ever Cross Your Mind", "The Ink Has Dried" and ""Al and Francine".

October 23rd, Carpetbaggers, DAVE and Sue at Hurricane Grill and Wings - I had a blast as always out on the sidewalk with Sue. Tammy Seymore, Sue's sister got up and played Ashoken Farewell, what a treat!

October 24th, Carpetbaggers DAVE, Frankie , Sue and Tony at the Corner Bar - What a blast! Great Crowd! I can't believe how talented these players I share the stage with, are! Great time!

October 25th, Carpetbaggers DAVE, Sue, Frankie and Brady at Creekside - Good to make some music with my old friend Brady Green. The rain held off and we were able to get the gig in. Sue and Frankie kicked butt as usual.

October 26th, Carpetbaggers DAVE, Sue and Frankie at Zaharia's  - Cancelled Due To Rain!

October 27th, Carpetbaggers, DAVE, Sue and George at Creekside - So good to have George back. We had a great night! Looking forward to more nights like this. Thanks Creekside!

We're coming real close to finishing our new CD "Don't Stare At The Sun". This CD is songs written by Georgeand I. We had help on "Change The World" (Kat Korac)  and "Do I Ever Cross Your Mind" (Chuck Caudill). I can't wait for everyone to hear what we have come up with. 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! Talk about the good things people are doing, there's 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

Sunday, October 27, 2019

September 23rd, Retrophonics Studios - Jim and I worked on mixing "2nd Dairy Domenince", "Change The World" and "Sweet rose Of Mine". I am so excited for everyone to hear the project George and I have been working on "Don't Stare At The Sun".

September 24th - OFF

September 25th, DAVE at Hurricane Grill - Sue was a little under the weather so I made a go of it by myself. There was a nice crowd! Come by and check out this place when you can.

September 26th, IAUGI Studios - We worked on the layout for "Don't Stare At the Sun". A CD with music George and I wrote, performed by the Carpetbaggers.

September 26th, Carpetbaggers Band at the Corner Bar - The Carpetbagger are Sue, Tony, Frankie and me tonight! We had a good crowd not packed but everyone stayed!

September 27th, Carpetbaggers Band at Creekside - The Carpetbaggers were Brady Green, Frankie and me tonight. Great crowd had a lot of fun!

September 28th, Carpetbaggers at Zaharias - The Carpetbaggers were Tony, Frankie and me. Always enjoy this night once a month at Zaharias. Great place!

September 29th, DAVE at Aunt Kate's - I had a nice day out on the porch. The rain held off and there was a nice breeze. It doesn't get much better than that!

September 30th, Retrophonics Studios - Jim and I worked on 4 mixes. "The Ink has Dried", "This Prison", "Do I Ever Cross Your Mind" and "Al and Francine". Three more songs to go!

September 30th, House Concert - I would like to thanks Carol Kramer and Bob Paterson for having me at their event. It was a blast! Thanks everyone who joined us.

It's been a great 10 days or so! 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!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
check out my upcoming performances here:
http://davidwattbesley.blogspot.com/p/schedule_31.html

Wednesday, October 23, 2019

September 11th, Travel to Virginia  - I'm scheduled to meet up with the members of The North Star Band.  I played in this group with these same guys years ago.  We are getting back together to release an old album we recorded but never was released along with 10 new songs.  Theresa and I left about 12:30 pm arrived in Fayetteville (our half way point) about 8pm. We had dinner at Ruby Tuesdays and then to bed.

September 12th, Dad and Margie's - We were up early and after breakfast headed for my Dad's. We arrive in Burke around noon. This is where we will stay for the night. It' was good to hang out with my Dad and Margie. We listened to the rough tracks of a CD George and I are working on. Can't wait for tomorrow!

September 13th, Gantt's Studio, Silver Spring, Maryland - We met around 1pm. Theresa and I had talked with Lou and he had a room close by with an extra bed, so we decided it would be better to just drop me off and I would room with Lou for the weekend instead of Theresa driving me back and forth from Northern Virginia.  Lou and I arrived at Gantt's about 1pm and thats when the work started. Paul was a little late, he got caught in traffic. We had already begun to work on the new songs, there were going to be ten total. I picked "Goose Creek" and "Whistle Blow" for my two. These were songs I played in the band back in the day but never recorded. It seemed like the right thing to do. We worked for about 10 hours on the songs we would record the next two days. Man it was great hangin' out with these guys. It was long and hard work but I loved it! After we finished up Lou and I headed back to the room. It was a great day.

September 14th and 15th, Tonal Park Studios and Travel Day - We spent 24 hours in 2 days recording. I was so tired on the way back home but it was a good tired. Everyone busted their ass, I am so proud to be a part of this project. Jim and Gantt are going to put everything together and get back with us. Long live The North Star Band! We also did a radio interview with Weasel, that was a blast! Thanks Charlie Pilzer for letting us record in your studio and Sophie Adams for all you did to help. After getting a few background vocals recorded Theresa and I headed for Fayetteville N.C. and arrived about 1:30 am for a few hours sleep.

September 16th, Travel Day and Songwriter's Night - We had a quick breakfast and headed home.We arrived home about 1:00pm. I had a chance to shower and rest for an hour or so, then went and set up for our monthly songwriter's night at the Corner Bar. We had a great night Dewey and Chelsea we great. Bob and I have had a great time hosting this event every month. Come check it out it's the 3rd Monday of every month.

September 17th - OFF

September 18th, Retrophonics Studios - George was in town so he was able to join me at the studio this week. We went through our tunes with Jim Devito. We are mixing now!

September 18th, DAVE at Hurricane Grill and Wings - I had Sue and George with me tonight. what a blast. I'm looking forward to this winter!

September 19th, IAUGI Studios - George is still in town so Dan took pictures of George and I for our new CD "Don't Stare At The Sun" . We talked about the CD layout.

September 19th, Carpetbaggers band at the Corner Bar - Tonight it was Tony, George, Frankie, Sue and I. We had a great crowd and played some good music. What a night!

September 20th, 21st and 22nd, Jekyll Island Shrimp and Grits Festival - NorthStar and the Carpetbaggers - We had a great weekend making music with all our different combinations. Thanks Eddie Pickett for organizing everything including your playing. What a great couple of week!

Looking forward to a week at home. Thanks for letting me live my dream! Stop texting, start talking! Don't litter! Smile it could brighten someones day, even your own! Talk about the good things that are going on with you and the world, there's enough people only 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