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.

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, Bagan and Co posted it to Facebook.

April 5th - Yard work.

April 6th - Yard work. Did another yard video, haven't posted it yet.  Be on the lookout for it soon on Facebook.

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

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


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