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

see you down the road!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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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

see you down the road!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! (Hopefully)
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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


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!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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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!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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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


January 13th, Retrophonics Studio - Jim Devito and I did some work on "The Big Lonesome", a song I co-wrote with Kruz it's sounding real good!

January 15th, Carpetbaggers, DAVE and George at Hurricane Grill and Wings - George and I had a great night out on the sidewalk. Sue was a little under the weather, we missed her but carried on. Bob Semanchik stopped by along with Alex Richman who sat in on a couple of songs.

January 16th, Bagan and Company - Dan and I worked on the flash drive package for our new project "Don't Stare At The Sun".

January 16th, Carpetbaggers; DAVE, Frankie, Sue, Tony and George at Corner Bar -
What a blast! Everyone kicked butt! Bob Semanchik sat in on a couple tunes, he's a very talented guy. George will be out of town next week but the rest of the gang will be ready to rumble.

January 17th, Carpetbaggers DAVE and Sue at Tides and Oyster Co. - Both of us are getting over our ailments but still had some fun playing. Always a great crowd at this venue. See you next month February 21st.

January 18th, Carpetbaggers; DAVE, Frankie and Sue at Zaharias - It sure was a wonderful night. All of us have been under the weather but gave it all tonight! See you next month February 22nd! Thanks Angelika and staff you guys are the best!

January 19th, DAVE at Aunt Kate's - It was pretty nasty out so I played in the bar area. It was quiet but I had a good time. Thanks Brian, I hope you feel better. Dave, Tina and staff see you January 24th!

I'm continuing to work on "The Big Lonesome Ride's Again" with Jim DeVito at Retrophonics Studio. Also working on the flash drive package for "Don't Stare At The Sun" with Dan Bagan at Bagan and Company. 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 you 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, January 28, 2020

January 6th, Retrophonics Studios -  I worked with Jim DeVito on "Wait A Minute" (Big Lonesome). I'm really love working on this project "The Big Lonesome Rides Again". Hopefully in two week I will start working on some new tracks for my next solo CD.

January 7th - OFF

January 8th, Bagan and Company - Dan and I worked on the flash drive package for "Don't Stare At The Sun".

January 8th, Carpetbaggers, DAVE, Sue and George at Hurricane Grill and Wings - Under the tent with George and Sue.  My allergies were bothering me, had a great night anyway.

January 9th, Carpetbaggers, DAVE, Sue, Frankie, George and Tony - The place was packed! I was having a little trouble with my voice from allergies but the rest of the guys and girl stepped it up around me. I am proud to share the stage with these great players each week. We were visited by Bob Semanchik, Barry, Lydia and Kyle and Bill Mullen.

January 9th, 10th and 11th - DAVE at The Big Deck - I wasn't in great voice and I had a group of friends come over from St. Augustine along with all the other folks that were in town, I was ready for the worst. A little rough on Friday but somehow made it through. Saturday was much better and Sunday I was almost back to normal. I enjoy making the ride over here once a month to hang out. Darlene and Bryan are the best. it was good to see John, Brittany and Jude from The Giving Tree in Linden, VA. It was a surprise to all, small world we live in. I'm a lucky guy. Theresa and I made it back home Sunday evening safely.  See you next month!

I hope to be in the studio with Jim DeVito at Retrophonics  working on "The Big Lonesome Rides Again" CD, also working with Dan Bagan at Bagan and Company on our project "Live and a Little Touched" a new CD/DVD. I am also sad a for the loss of my friend  Jayne Miner she was a big part of a special time in my life! 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 that are going on, there's enough folks covering 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


December 23rd thru 25th - I hope everyone had a Merry Christmas!

December 26th, Bagan and Company - Dan and I worked on a flash drive package for our new release "Don't Stare At The Sun",  this is the way things are going I guess. Also talked about finishing "Midnight Blue" a song that will appear on our "Live and a Little Touched" CD/DVD.

December 26th, Carpetbaggers (DAVE, Sue, Tony, George and Frankie) - Corner Bar We all had a blast! The place was packed everyone sounded great. We had rum cake from Bunnyman Jim for Wayne and Sue's birthdays! Thanks everyone for supporting Carpetbagger's Music!

December 27th, DAVE at Aunt Kate's - The weather looked pretty bad but I set up outside anyway. I got a surprise visit from Brady Green and Doug Hyde (The Dougernaught). Ya'll should come check out this great place! See you next weekend!

December 28th, Carpetbaggers (DAVE, Sue, Frankie, Brady and George) at Creekside - Always a great time with this bunch! The rain ended the gig a few minutes early but still had a great time.

December 29th, Carpetbaggers (DAVE, Sue and George) at Creekside - What a blast! We were inside because the weather was still pretty nasty. I really enjoyed the evening.

December 30th - Theresa and I went to Sun City to hang out with my Dad and Margie, we had Braylen with us. It was a long day making the drive to South Carolina and back in one day, but it was worth it to see my folks but really good to be back home too.

December 31st, Joe and Elaine's -  Theresa and I along with Jim Grimes stopped in at Joe and Elaine's.  They were having a New Year's Party. A lot of familiar faces, they had some great snacks and what a view! Thanks Jim Grimes for taking us there and back. Happy New year everybody!

January 1st, Carpetbaggers (DAVE, Sue and George) - Hurricane Grill and Wings -
What a great night! We had Lou and Diane Hager stop in from California. I played with Lou in The North Star Band in Virginia in the late 70's. It was a real surprise to see him and his wife walk up. We hope to go see them at the end of February. Also Alex Richman stopped by she is a great singer-songwriter I have had the pleasure to share the stage with. Also Rick and Ann showed up. We played "I Want To Stay Here" for Ann. Rick is one of the finest guitar players I have met. Overall it was a great night!

January 2nd, Bagan and Company - Dan and I worked on a new layout for my CD display. Next week we are going to work on the completion of "Midnight Blue" for my "Live And A Little Touched" project.

January 2nd, Carpetbaggers (DAVE, Sue, George, Frankie and Tony) at Corner Bar - The place was packed! We had some special guests, JR Roberts, Duffy and Chris also a flute player from Key West. A great night of music once again. See you next week!

January 3rd, DAVE at Aunt Kate's - I had a nice evening out on the porch by the water. I was sorry to hear Brian isn't feeling well, I hope he gets better soon. The evening was a lot of fun, I'm hoping the weather will hold for the rest of the weekend.

January 4th, DAVE at Aunt Kate's - It didn't, nasty weather so I set up inside! Had a few people.

January 5th, DAVE at Aunt Kate's - A little under the weather today looks like its going to be a little chilly, and it was. There were a few brave souls out there but I wasn't one of them. I set up inside and had a wonderful afternoon. I met some new folks, Mike and Joyce Howard stopped by, it was their 43rd anniversary. Mike is a talented singer songwriter I have known since the late 60's in Virginia. It is always great to see my buddy, congratulations you guys! Also Bill Mullen stopped down, he and Alice are back in town so get ready for some Sax! Thanks Brian, Dave, Tina and staff, you guys are the best!

Looking forward to continuing on with "The Big Lonesome Rides Again" tracks with Jim DeVito at Retrophonic's. Also getting some more done on our "Live And A Little Touched" CD/DVD with Dan Bagan from Bagan and Company. 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 that are 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



Monday, January 6, 2020

December 18th, Carpetbaggers, DAVE, Sue and George at Hurricane Grill and Wings - It was going to be one of the coldest nights so far, we set up inside the tent. We had a small crowd that braved the show with us. Enjoyed the night!

 December 19th, Carpetbaggers, DAVE, Sue, George, Frankie and Tony at the Corner Bar - I picked up the new CD this morning, "Don't Stare At The Sun". What a great night! We sold a bunch of CD's. Thanks to everybody who purchased one (or more). I can't say enough about these great musicians that come down to share the stage with me each week. I am one lucky guy!

 December 20th, Carpetbaggers DAVE and Sue at Tides and Oyster Bar -What a nice night. I really enjoy this gig, the audience can get a little loud at times but they really let you know when they like something you play. Enjoyed it Sue. See you January 17th!

 December 21st, Carpetbaggers DAVE, Sue and Frankie at Zaharias - Turned out a lot nicer than I though. The heaters weren't even on. Always enjoy playing music with these two. We had a nice crowd not over the top though. I think some folks thought the weather was going to be worse and stayed in. Thanks for supporting Carpetbaggers Music!

 December 22nd, Carpetbaggers DAVE, Sue and George at Creekside -  It was a wet wonderful night at Creekside. We were inside George ands Sue were great as usual. I am a lucky guy!

I'm hoping to get into Retrophonics and continue work on our new "The Big Lonesome" CD. Also to get together with Dan Bagan at Bagan and Company to get back to work on my new "Live And A Little Touched" CD. Also put together a flash drive package for the new CD "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 day, even your own! Talk about the good things that are going on in the world, there's enough folks talking about the bad! I hope everyone had a Merry Christmas and a Happy New year! Keepin' It Real! -David

see you down the road!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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Friday, January 3, 2020

December 9th, DAVE at Retrophonics Studios - Jim and I worked on "Wait A Minute", The Big Lonesome. We getting a lot done then something happened on the computer and we lost the days work (maybe). I'm still excited about this project the vocals sound great I can't wait until you get a chance to hear "The Big Lonesome Rides Again"

December 10th, OFF - I stopped by George's after my morning walk and we worked on 2 new songs we have on our list, "Telephone Lighting" and "Confederate Lament".

December 11th, Carpetbaggers, DAVE, George and Sue at Hurricane Grill and Wings - It was windy and nasty out so we set up in the tent area. We had a nice crowd and played some good music. We tried "Lovers Waltz" and "Every Picture Tells A Story" for the first time together, they went pretty well.

December 13th, Travel Day - We headed to Anna Marie Island to hang out with Chuck and Dara for the weekend.

December 14th, Duffy's Tavern - i was part of a show that benefitted Toys For Tots.  We do this event very year. Played with a lot of new faces including Robby Cox. Chuck Caudill, it was a lot of fun as always. I think they raised a bunch of money and toys. What a good thing. I hope to be a part of this great event next year!

I will be with Dan at Bagan and Company working on "Live And A Little Touched". Our CD "Don't Stare At The Sun" has arrived so we are freed up to work on this project.  Thanks for letting me live my dream! Stop texting, start talking! Smile it could brighten someones day, even your own. Don't liter! Early detection can save your life! Talk about the good things that are happening 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