Thursday, May 19, 2022

 May 9th, JT's Seafood Shack - I had a nice evening under the tent. Looking forward to next month (June 14th).

May 10th, Carpetbaggers at Bagan and Company "LIVE" - It was great to have Bob Patterson back on the show.  What a great bunch of folks we get to work with each month! See you back here on June 7th!

May 11th, Carpetbaggers DAVE, Sue, Tony and Frankie at Hurricane Grill and Wings - It was a great evening, a little chilly by the end of the night but still great fun! See you next week.

May 12th, Bagan and Company - Dan and I pretty much sat around, but did some brainstorming to organize our ideas for upcoming projects. Yes! that's it, we brainstormed.

May 12th, Carpetbaggers DAVE, Sue, Tony and Frankie at Pelican Landing - Great night! See you next week!

May 13th, 14th and 15th, DAVE at The Big Deck - I had a great weekend! Never a bad time at this great venue! See you next month, that's June 10th, 11th and 12th. Thanks Bryan, Darlene and crew, you guys are the best!

Dave at Big Deck Bar and Grill, Cedar Key, FL
 

I'm hoping to get another bass track on "Train" Tuesday during my session at Retrophonics Recording Studio with Jim and to get him to take a look at a Chris Berardo song I recorded many years ago that I just found. Also I hope to get more work done on the mix "Too Tore Up", a Big Lonesome tune written by Gregg Chirico. Thanks for letting me live my dream!!! Keepin' It Real!! -David

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

 

Thursday, May 12, 2022

 May 2nd, Travel Day - Theresa, Braylen and I are headed north to Virginia. We left early in the morning and arrived about 7:30pm. It was a long day on the road.

May 3rd - It was a day for me to relaxed and practice. I did the morning walk around the lake in Burke with Margie, Theresa and Braylen.

May 4th, Rehearsal Day 1 -  The first day of rehearsal went good, we played for about 4 hours then took a dinner break. We got back to it for about an hour after that and called it a day. Musically we're not to far off but vocally Lou, Al and I are not in the best shape. We are going to depend a lot on Jim for the high harmonies.

May 5th - Rehearsal Day 2 - About the same as yesterday, we played about 4 hours took a break then about an hour and a half later we rapped it up.

May 6th, The Birchmere, Sound check at 2pm -  Everyone was real excited including me. After the sound check I just hung around in the dressing room running over in my mind what my parts were and praying my voice would hold up. About a half hour before the show I looked out to see if Theresa and my family had made it to their table, the place was packed. I couldn't believe it. The show went great and there is talk of another album and future shows. I couldn't be more excited. Theresa, Braylen and I hit the road right after the show. I had to get back for the Gamble Festival on Sunday.

The North Star Band on stage at The Birchmere, Alexandria VA performing "Goose Creek" 
Jay Jessup, Gantt Kushner, Al Johnson, Paul Goldstein (on drums), Jim Robeson,
Dave Besley, and Lou Hager


May 7th, Travel Day - We arrived home about 7:00pm, it was a long ride.

May 8th, Gamble Rogers Festival - The Carpetbaggers closed the show. It was great to be back with my bandmates, we played well.

It's going to be a busy week. Hope to get some work done in the studio. Thanks for letting me live my dream!!! Keepin' It Real! -David

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

Tuesday, May 10, 2022

 April 25th - A day off

April 26th, Retrophonics Studios - Jim and I worked on "I Feel Love" a song for Poor-Dum my new solo CD , "Rocket" from the Carpetbaggers new CD Say Grace and "Too Tore Up" a Gregg Chirico song performed by The Big Lonesome.

April 27th, Carpetbaggers DAVE, Sue and Tonyat Hurricane Grill and Wings - We missed Frankie but besides that we had a wonderful evening. My allergies are killing me, this seems like the the worst year yet. Good to see Dan, Suzy and Fritz.

April 28th, Carpetbaggers DAVE, Sue, Tony and Frankie at Pelican Landing - We had a great night! The crowd was a little off but that didn't stop us. The voice is getting a little better.

April 29th, Carpetbaggers DAVE, Sue,Tony and Frankie at Mellow Mushroom - We had a blast! Nice place, I hope we get a chance to do it again! Thanks to the wonderful management and staff you guys are the best!

April 30th, The Seiners DAVE and ED at Captain Stan's Smokehouse in Woodbine, GA - What a fun afternoon at Captain Stan's. The captain was a wonderful host along with his staff. Yoko Says No were a great help with the sound. They are a class act and even though they were hurting from the night before they didn't hesitate to help with the sound to get us ready for our show. Thanks Chris, Rick, Perry and Scott. Ed did a great job we always have a great time playing music together. It was good to see Kristen and all the folks from Jekyll Island. Just a great day!

Eddie and Dave, The Seiners

May 1st, DAVE at Aunt Kate's - I had a nice afternoon out on the porch by the water. It was good to see the Nicks Brothers and wives, Tony and Trish stopped by to celebrate their 35th. Thanks Brian, Dave, Tina and staff you guys are the best!

We are off to Virginia to visit, practice and play a show at The Birchmere the The North Star Band. Thanks for letting me live my dream! Keepin' It Real! -David

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


Thursday, April 28, 2022

April 18th, Retrophonics Studios - Jim and I worked on "Rockett", "Last Rhyme" and "Twilight". These are two songs for my new solo CD "Poor-Dum" I'm working on and one from The Carpetbaggers upcoming CD "Say Grace".

April 18th, Songwriters Night at Pelican Landing - A little slow but had fun. Always an honor to hang out with my friend Bob Patterson. Deny, Cindy and Robert did a great job. It was fun to invite my friend  and band mate from the Carpetbaggers on stage to sing with me on "Change The World". Thanks Frankie!

Denny, Bob, Dave, Cindy, Robert

April 19th, OFF - I had a zoom meeting with my guys from The North Star Band.

April 20th, Carpetbaggers DAVE, Sue, Tony and Frankie at Hurricane Grill and Wings - It really looked like rain but never did. The place was a mad house! Thanks for a good time Abe, Albert and staff! See you next Wednesday.

April 21st, Bagan and Company  - Dan and I worked on ideas for "Too Tore Up" and "Twilight".   The next Big Lonesome song we will start working on. and a song from my next solo CD. We are starting to get some ideas for the cover of the new Carpetbaggers CD "Say Grace" 

April 21st, Carpetbaggers DAVE, Sue, Tony and Frankie at Pelican Landing - It was a little slower than normal but still had a good time. See you guys next week!

April 22nd, Carpetbaggers DAVE, Sue and Frankie - no Tony at JT's Seafood Shack - We had a nice evening on the stage at JT's Seafood Shack! We missed Tony but got through it somehow. Good job Sue and Frankie you kicked butt as usual. Thanks Johnny, Brittany and staff you guys are the best. I'll see you May 9th (solo).

April 23rd, Lullaby Festival (1:45 to 2:30) / Borrillo's (6:30 to 9:30) - It was a long but fun day! We made some good music for everyone and even though I was wearing out near the middle of the last show the great players I am with pulled me through. I was ready for another round of gigs by the end of the night (just kidding).

I hope to work on some more tracks at Retrophonics with Jim DeVito for my upcoming solo CD "Poor-Dum" and work with Dan at Bagan and Company on some art ideas for these projects. Thanks for letting me live my dream!!! Keepin' It Real!!-David

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

Saturday, April 23, 2022

April 11th, Retrophonics Studios - Finished up "Juke Joint (on the Rivah)" its ready and I hope to release it on Thursday. I also did a vocal track on "Rocket" a new song that will appear on the Carpetbaggers' upcoming 3rd release, Say Grace.

April 11th, DAVE at JT's Seafood Shack - It was a nice evening under the tent. I"m looking forward to the Carpetbaggers on the big stage this Saturday!

April 12th, OFF - I had a nice day with my wife. Happy Hour was at 4pm.

April 13th, Carpetbaggers DAVE, Sue and Tony and  Frankie at Hurricane Grill and Wings - We did have Frankie join us. What a great evening ! The place was packed doesn't get any better than this! Lets do it again next week!

April 14th, Bagan and Company - Dan and I released another Big Lonesome tune "Juke Joint on the Rivah" written by Gregg Chirico and performed by The Big Lonesome. Maybe "Too Tore Up" is next. 

April 14th, Carpetbaggers DAVE, Sue and Tony at Pelican Landing - It was a little slow at The Pelican Landing tonight and Frankie was helping out with the church so he wasn't there. We still had fun and hope things turn around next week. Thanks for your support.

April 15th, DAVE and Sue at Tides and Oyster Co. - A nice night at Tides, come check this place out!

April 16th, Carpetbaggers DAVE, Sue, Tony and Frankie at JT's Seafood Shack - Our first night as a band at JT's Seafood Shack, it was a lot of fun. We will be back this coming Friday, come check it out. Thanks Johnny, Brittany, Dave and staff, you guys are the best!  

April 17th, DAVE at Aunt Kate's - I had a great afternoon but the rain stopped me about 2:45. It was sure fun on the porch by the water until then. See you the 1st of May!

Looking forward to getting some bass tracks on a couple of tunes this week at Retrophonics Studio's. Not sure what I will do at Bagan and Co. this week but I know Dan and I will think of something. Thanks for letting me live my dream! keepin' It Real! -David

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


Friday, April 22, 2022

April 4th, Retrophonics Studios - We worked on "Juke Joint" a Gregg Chirico tune we recorded with The Big Lonesome.

April 5th, Carpetbaggers and Alex Richman at Bagan and Company "LIVE" - Alex was great! We had a good show, thanks for your support!

April 6th, Carpetbaggers DAVE, Sue, Tony and Frankie at Hurricane Grill and Wings - Another great Wednesday until the rain came!

April 7th, Bagan and Company - Dan and I worked on the art work for "Juke Joint (on the Rivah)".  Hopefully to release it next week.

April 7th, Carpetbaggers DAVE, Sue,Tony and Frankie at Pelican Landing - What a great night. A real pleasure to share the stage with these three talents!

April 8th 9th and 10th, DAVE at The Big Deck - It's always a great time in Cedar Key. It was the weekend of Art Festival, the first one I've played at in all the years I've been coming here. There were a lot of tents and the parking was worse than usual. I had to park at the grocery store and be shuttled to the gig. The highlight of the weekend had to be Sunday when Jean and Trip Irwin stopped by and we all cried along while I did a version of "Tin Roof Shanties". They both looked great. I hope I see more of them in the future. It was nice to meet Trip's girl Cooper. I miss Shelton. Thanks Darlene, Bryan and staff you guys are the best!

Jean, Dave and Trip

I'm looking forward to getting together with Jim at Retrophonics and working on "Juke Joint (on the Rivah)" written by Gregg Chirico and adding a vocal track to "Rocket" a new tune that will appear on Say Grace our 3rd Carpetbaggers release. Thanks for letting me live my dream! Keepin' It Real! -David

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


Tuesday, April 12, 2022

March 27th - I didn't have a gig today, so I worked around the yard. Theresa and I had dinner with Dan and Suzy Bagan.

March 28th - Another day off, we just did some jobs that needed doing around the house.

March 29th - Another day off, same as the day befoere

March 30th, Carpetbaggers DAVE, Sue and Tony at Hurricane Grill and Wings - A great windy evening! We tried a new old song of mine "Whistle Blow" it appears on the new North Star Band double CD "Then and Now".

March 31st, Carpetbaggers DAVE, Sue, Tony and Frankie at Pelican Landing - The weather was nasty but we had a nice crowd. Sue played like a champ even with a slight injury. What a pro. 

April 1st, DAVE at Aunt Kate's - Another great day on the porch by the water! Thanks Brian, Dave, Tina and staff you guys are the best!

April 2nd, Carpetbaggers DAVE, Sue, Tony and Frankie at The San Sebastian Winery - It was another nasty night so we were inside. Turned out great!

April 3rd, DAVE at Aunt Kate's - Yet another great afternoon out on the porch by the water! Thanks Brian, Dave, Tina and staff!

I hope to work on The Big Lonesome this week. "Juke Joint" a Gregg Chirico tune. Also looking forward to our "LIVE" show this week with Bagan and Company. Thanks for letting me live my dream!!!   Keepin' It Real! -David

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