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!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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http://davidwattbesley.blogspot.com/p/schedule_31.html


February 24th, Retrophonic's Studio - I worked with George and Jim on some guitar  and lap steel parts on "Don't Ever Let It Get You Down" for the The Big Lonesome CD and two new songs that George and I wrote for my new solo CD #4 "I'm Back Again".

February 25th - I went by George's this morning and finished up "Telephone Lightning" a song George, Sue and I wrote. Also"The Desert" and song my grandson Braylen named and George and I wrote. Later we went and had dinner with Laurence and Barbara at Playa Chac Mool near the beach. We had a great time, it was nice to catch up with our friends.

February 26th,  Carpetbaggers DAVE, George and Sue at Hurricane Grill and Wings - It was a little rainy out so we set up inside under the tent. I had a blast! We did two new songs George and I wrote, "Telephone Lighting" and "The Desert". Sue helped on one of them and both went over well. Jim DeVito stopped by and dropped off a couple of the mixes for Sue. She will be in Retrophonics Studio in two weeks to cut her parts on six new tunes for my new CD "I'm Back Again".

February 27th, Carpetbaggers DAVE, Sue, George, Tony and Frankie at the Corner Bar - Always a great time on Thursdays. Looking forward to my trip to the west coast!

February 28th thru March 3rd, Orange, California - Jim Grimes took us to the airport.We flew with Delta and everything went great! We arrived at John Wayne Airport on time and didn't have any problems until we went to get our carry on bags that we checked at the gate in Jacksonville. I know what your thinking, they did arrive but could not reach us because the carousel had stopped working. We were delayed about 30 minutes until they figured out how to turn it back on. Beside that, it was a great flight over. After getting our luggage in the car we drove to a mexican restaurant that Lou and Diane liked. We went for a walk in downtown Disneyland that evening.  Lou got busted for trying to hide his pocket knife in the woods, he surrendered it without a fight. I think he said it was his favorite blue one. The last time I was at Disneyland was in the early 70's.
They knew it had been a long day for us, so after Disney we called it, and went back to their place for a nice dinner outside under the pergola in their beautiful back yard and discussed our itinerary that Lou had worked up for the next few days.

The second day I got up early and went with Lou to check out his place of business and the beach closest to his house. When we got back we loaded up the girls and took a ride north to that same beach and then down the coast to Newport Beach. What a wonderful day, we saw some of the coast and took a boat ride seeing all the homes of some of the famous people that lived or once lived on little man made islands.
We also saw some sea lions hangin' out on a marker bouy as we motored a little bit into the Pacific. We had dinner at Ruby's and then went back to Lou and Diane's and watched old video's of The North Star Band and a group Lou played in when he got to California, 30 some years ago.

The 3rd day I got up with Lou for coffee and to look at some videos of everyone we know.
We went to Hollywood later and had In and Out burgers for lunch. I took a picture of us with the sign. We drove all around the area, saw a lot of homeless people everywhere we went it's sad. We saw the Queen Mary, the hills, the valley, the mountains, we went everywhere. Lou cooked us a great steak dinner when we got home. Then we watched "Nacho Libre" with Jack Black.  It was a hoot.

The 4th day I beat Lou to the coffee. This was a great trip I hate for it to end.
We had breakfast at Watson's a famous site, where some of the movie "That Thing You Do!" with Tom Hank was shot. We headed for the airport, said our goodbyes got through security, on the plane to Atlanta then to Jacksonville. Jim Grimes, our friend was waiting for us and took us on home. I hate flying but I would make that trip again in a heartbeat.
Lou and Dave at Laguna Beach
Lou and Diane were the best hosts ever and I wish they weren't so far away because I really enjoy their company. I think we might be back there again in the near future and then on to Hawaii if Theresa gets her way!

I was really worried about the long flight and found out it wasn't all that bad. It was so good to see my ole bandmate Lou and his wife Diane. Thanks for letting me live my dream! Stop texting, start talking! Don't liter! Smile it could brighten everyone's day, even your own! Early detection can save your life! Talk about the good things that are going on around you, 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

Thursday, March 5, 2020

February 17th, Retrophonics Studios I worked with George and Jim on my new solo CD. We did tracks on "Confederate Lament" and "Dust them Blinds". This makes 5 tracks we have started.

February 17th, Songwriter's Night - Bob and I were joined by Dave Rudolf and Mark Evans. We had a nice evening of original music Dave and Mark always bring it. See you next month on March 16th!

February 19th, Hurricane Grill and Wings - Carpetbaggers DAVE, George and Sue - We had a nice evening out on the sidewalk. Full house! Bill Mullen joined us for most of the evening on sax.

February 20th, Bagan and Company - Dan and I worked on the flash drive package for "Don't Stare At The Sun".

February 20th, Carpetbaggers DAVE, Tony, Sue, Frankie and George at the Corner Bar - Another full house! What a night! It is sure a pleasure to hang out and play music with this group of players.

February 21st, Carpetbaggers DAVE and Sue at Tides Oyster Co - We had a great night! This is one of the best crowds we play for overall, everyone really seems to be listening to our music. It's special. See you next month on March 20th.

February 22nd, Carpetbaggers DAVE and Sue at  Zaharias - Cancelled due to weather, it was just to damn cold!

February 23rd, Carpetbaggers DAVE, George and Sue at Creekside -We played as long as we could. It was cold! I still enjoy playing with these two great players no matter what the weather!

Looking forward to being in the the studio this week with Jim DeVito. George will be putting down some guitar and lap steel tracks on "Dust them Blinds"and "Confederate Lament". These are two tunes that George and I wrote that I'm putting on my 4th solo CD called "I'm Back Again". Also a slide solo on "Don't Ever Let It Get You Down" a song by The Big Lonesome written by Chris McVey and I. Thanks for letting me live my dream! Stop texting, start talking! Don't liter! Smile it could brighten everyone's day, even your own! Early detection can save your life! Talk about the good things that are going on with you, some people have the bad covered pretty good. Keepin' it Real! -David

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

Wednesday, February 26, 2020

February 10th, DAVE at Retrophonics Studio - I started my 4th solo CD (yet un-named). I have tracks laid out for "Old Broken Hearts" (Besley), "Miss Me - But Let Me Go" (Besley) and "Nothing At All" (Besley, Reeves). I'm excited to get this project re-started it's been a few years in the making.

February 12th, Carpetbaggers DAVE, Sue and George at Hurricane Grill and Wings - It was a great evening out on the sidewalk. Alex Richman and Bill Mullen were in the house, two great players.

February 13th, Bagan and Company - Dan and I worked on the flash drive package for "Don't Stare At The Sun".  We also sent our video "Change the World" to Ditty TV.

February 13th, Carpetbaggers DAVE, Sue, Frankie, George and Tony at the Corner Bar - The place was packed! Duffy and Chris from the Duffy Bishop Band stopped by after their return from Memphis. This is a great bunch of players I am playing with each week, stop by and check it out!

February 14th, DAVE at Aunt Kate's - It was a little chilly so I set up inside, it turned out to be a nice evening. Thanks Brian, Dave, Tina and staff!

February 15th, Carpetbaggers DAVE, Sue, Brady, Frankie and  Ed Pickett at Creekside - What a night! The place was wall to wall and then the rain came. Really enjoyed spending a couple hours playing music with this group. Thanks for supporting Carpetbaggers Music! See you back here February 23rd!

February 16th, DAVE at Aunt Kate's - I had a nice afternoon on the porch by the water. On a nice day there's not a better gig. Thanks Brian, Dave, Tina and staff you guys are the best! See you March 6th, 7th and 8th.

It's been another busy week. I'm looking forward to a day off after the Songwriter's night and the studio tomorrow. 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 happening around you, there's enough folks 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
February 3rd - Retrophonics Studio - We worked on "To Tore Up" and I made some copies to give to Sue, George and Tony who will help Frankie and I finish this 2011 project.

February 5th, Carpetbaggers DAVE, George and Sue at Hurricane Grill and Wings - I set up on the sidewalk because it was a little chilly, it turned out to be the right idea. We had a great crowd and they all wouldn't have fit under the tent.

February 6th, Carpetbaggers DAVE, Sue, George, Frankie and Tony at the Corner Bar - The place was packed! We had a blast! We received a surprise visit from our friends Laurence and Barbara Stevenson. Laurence got up and played "My Bird" with us. Thanks everyone for supporting our Thursday night event.

February 7th, 8th and 9th, DAVE at The Big Deck - I had a nice weekend playing at The Big Deck. We missed Darlene she was in NOLA. It was good to see our Cedar Key friends as always Pete, Pat, Jody, March also good to see a face from the past Dennis and Sharon. We didn't get a chance to see Bryan much, he was doing double duty. See you guys March 13th, 14th and 15th.

I'm looking forward to being in the studio (Retrophonics) working with Jim and George on my 4th solo CD yet un-named. Also, I look forward to being at Bagan and Company with Dan continuing work on The Carpetbaggers flash drives. 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 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, February 4, 2020

January 27th, Retrophonics Studios - Jim and I worked on the mix for "Juke Joint By The River" a Big Lonesome tune written by Gregg Chirico. We have "To Tore Up" another Gregg Chirico song left to rough mix until Frankie gets the other tracks. I'm looking forward to getting George, Sue and Tony to help us finish the tracks.

January 28th - Wayne, Sue, Jim, Theresa and I went to se Robert Earl Keen Jr. at Ponte Vedra Concert Hall. We met at Aunt Kate's for dinner before show. Good time, great music!

January 29th, Carpetbaggers DAVE and Sue at Hurricane Grill and Wings - George was out of town and Brady was late getting into town to take George's spot so Sue and I were on our own. It was  a pretty nasty night so we were in the tent. We had a nice crowd, I had a good time hangin' with Sue and making some music.

January 30th, Carpetbaggers DAVE, Sue, Frankie, George and Tony at the Corner Bar - We had a packed house again. We were joined on several songs by the great Bill Mullen on sax. It was Rudy's birthday, Jim and Sheryl couldn't be there but they dropped off a few rum cakes. It was a blast! See you next week!

January 31st, February 1st and 2nd, DAVE at Aunt Kate's - First night I set up outside thought I could beat the weather, but I had to set up again inside (bad i-deer). It was quiet but nice, hoping the weather will get better for Saturday afternoon. Saturday was not much better, there were a few more folks though. I got to chat with Michael Howard who was playing after me. Sunday the weather still was bad, sunny but windy and cold, so I set up inside. I had Mike and Andrea from the Short Change Band stop by, it's always good to see my music friends.

I hope to keep moving on "The Big Lonesome Rides Again" at Retrophonics studio with Jim DeVito. Also I  will be at Bagan and Company with Dan Bagan finishing up our flash drive package for "Don't Stare At The Sun". 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 happening, 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, February 2, 2020

January 20th, Retrophonics Studio - Jim and I worked on a song I co-wrote with Chris McVey called "Don't Ever Let It Get You Down". I really like how the track is sounding. This is a project that has been long overdue. I can't wait for everyone to hear where we were in 2011. The Big Lonesome Rides Again!

January 20th, Songwriter's Night  at the Corner Bar - Bob and I had Elaine Mahon and Sharon Goldmam, there was a nice crowd. I really enjoyed the evening, I heard some great songs. It's always nice to hang out with my friend Bob each month. Our next guest will be Dave Rudolf and Mark Evans (February 17th)

January 22nd, Carpetbaggers DAVE and Sue at Hurricane Grill and Wings - It was a nasty night so we were set up in the tent. It was actually pretty nice in there. Abe has done a good job with the heaters. George was hanging out with his son Paul) in Atlanta. He will be back in 2 weeks. We had a nice crowd and some new faces, that's always good. We were celebrating a couple of birthdays (Jeanme Ray and Sheryl). Thanks everyone for coming down, you made it a fun night! See you next week.

January 23rd, Carpetbaggers DAVE, Sue, Tony and Frankie at the Corner Bar - The night was out of control! The place was packed! Thanks everyone for supporting Carpetbagger music! See you next Thursday. Brittany had a nice baby shower also.

January 24th, Bagan and Company - Dan and I put together the 6 videos we've done from "Live And A Little Touched" for my Dad. We also put together a flash drive of "Don't Stare At The Sun" for Sue so she can see if it does what it's supposed to do. We put"Al and Francine" on a flash drive for the Robert Earl Keen show. Hopefully we can get him to listen to it. One of his song inspired it.

January 24th, DAVE at Aunt Kate's - It looked like rain but I set up outside anyway. The rain never came, it turned out okay on the deck out by the river. See you next weekend Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Thanks Brian, Dave, Tina and staff you guys are the best! Afterward I stopped by Creekside for a beer and saw John, Rick, Sony and Tom. Also saw Bill Mullen and Alice.

January 25th, Carpetbaggers; DAVE, Ed, Sue and Frankie at Creekside - It was a little chilly as the night went on but what a blast! We had a great crowd, everything went just right. Mark Richey stopped by it's the first time I really had a chance to hang out with him and his wife Sue. They are great folks. I'm going to try and get out and hear him play soon. Thanks Creekside see you tomorrow!

January 26th, Carpetbaggers; DAVE and Sue at Creekside - A little chilly but we set up outside anyway. It turned out to be a pretty good night we played until about 8:30 then it got to cold to play and pretty much everyone in the audience had given up to. We did try a new song "Confederate Lament" written by Besley/Reeves/Oja Dunaway.

Looking forward to continuing work on "The Big Lonesome Rides Again" with Jim DeVito. Also hope to work this week with Dan Bagan at Bagan and Company on our new flash drive package for "Don't Stare At The Sun", and get back to work on our new DVD/CD "Live And A Little Touched". 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 happening 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