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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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Saturday, April 2, 2022

March 21st, Retrophonics Studios - Jim and I finished up the first mix of "Poor-Dum". Hopefully I can get with Dan this week and post it. 

March 21st, Songwriters Night at Pelican Landing - What a night! Don and Alex were great and so was the crowd! 

Bob, Dave, Alex and Don

March 22nd, Private Party - Mike (The Butcher) and Rene and friends really did us right! Another great party! Thanks!

March 23rd, Carpetbaggers DAVE, Sue, Frankie and Tony at Hurricane Grill and Wings - We had the whole gang there.  A little rain but that didn't stop us. What a great night!

March 24th, Bagan and Company - Dan finished "Poor-Dum". Next I hope to get another Big Lonesome tune ready for you ears. 

March 24th, Carpetbaggers Dave, Sue, Tony and Frankie at Pelican Landing - A nasty rainy night but all that was left behind at the Pelican Landing, great crowd, great fun!

March 25th, Carpetbaggers DAVE, Sue, Frankie and Tony at  Pelican Pub - There wasn't a huge crowd but we had a great time! You should check this place out! Thanks Jeff and staff you guys are the best1

March 26th, Carpetbaggers DAVE, Sue, Frankie and Tony at St. Augustine Fish House (Creekside) - We had a great night! The weather was a little brisk but as the night went on it seemed to warm up a little. Everyone was on their game. It was good to see our friend Chris McVey and Amy. 

Theresa and I were headed to High Falls this morning to meet Barry and Lydia for some camping but had some technical difficulties and headed for a stay-cation back at home. We will try it again soon. Thanks for letting me live my dream! Keepin' it Real! -David

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Saturday, March 26, 2022

 March 14th, DAVE @JT's Seafood Shack - It was a nice evening, it started out a little slow but I ended up meeting some nice folks. I will be back April 11th, solo. I'm looking forward to our band dates, the Carpetbaggers at  JT's Seafood Shack on April 16th and 22nd.

March 15th, Retrophonics Studios - Jim and I worked on "Poor-Dum" my new release on the CD titled the same. We should get a preview out next week.

March 16th, Carpetbaggers DAVE, Sue and Tony at Hurricane Grill and Wings - We were rained on for a few minutes then it cleared up. It turned out to be a nice evening. thanks for supporting the Carpetbaggers!

March 17th - Carpetbaggers DAVE, Sue, Tony and Frankie at Pelican Landing - It was a great St. Patty's day. We appreciate all of you for supporting the Carpetbaggers!

March 18th, Carpetbaggers DAVE and Sue at Tides and Oyster Bar - It was a weird night, maybe it was a full moon or something. Sue and I made it to the end and that's always the goal, just a strange night.

March 19th, Carpetbaggers DAVE, Sue, Tony and Frankie at Borrillo's - What a nice night! All the stars aligned on this one. Thanks everyone it was fun!

March 20th, DAVE at Aunt Kate's -  A beautiful late afternoon on the porch by the water! Jerry and Delia from Borrillo's stopped in also Jamie from the Milltop stopped by. Thanks Brian, Dave, Tina and staff you guys are the best! Also, it was zoom meeting night with The North Star Band,we have our list of songs together for our upcoming show at The Birchmere.

I'm looking forward to working on "Poor-Dum" a song from my next solo CD, may even get to "Took Off Like A Rocket" a song from Say Grace our new Carpetbaggers CD. Thanks for letting me live my dream!!! Keepin' It Real!-David

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Friday, March 18, 2022

 March 7th - It was zoom meeting night with The North Star Band. Our double CD "Then and Now" will be here in a few days. We talked about our show and CD release at The Birchmere in Virginia on May 6th.

March 8th, Retrophonics Studios - I put a bass track on "Queen Bee" and worked on a mix for "Poor-Dum". We didn't add the violin track yet.

March 9th, Carpetbaggers DAVE, Frankie and Tony Hurricane Grill and Wings - It was a rainy night but got the gig in. We had a real good crown in spite of the weather. Thanks Abe, Albert and staff you guys are the best!

March 10th, Bagan and Company - Did some work on my new "Poor-dum" CD cover design. And changed the layout to "Don't Stare At The Sun".

March 10th, Carpetbaggers DAVE, Sue,Frankie and Tony Pelican Landing - What a great night! The weather didn't seem to stop anyone. It was good to have Sue back.

March 11th, 12th and 13th, DAVE at The Big Deck -  I had a great weekend! Friday was packed, Saturday I had to start early because of the cold front that blew in. There still was a nice crowd. Sunday was good as always. We made it home about 7:00pm unloaded the car and packed the equipment back in the van and had about 30 minutes before my zoom meeting with The North Star Band.

I'm going to shoot for a mix of Poor-Dum for this week, a song that will appear on my next solo CD. Also going to try to finish up the cover idea for "Poor-Dum" with Dan at Bagan and Company. Thanks for letting me live my dream!!! Keepin' It Real!! -David

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Thursday, March 10, 2022

 February 28th, Retrophonics Studios - Sue did a great job in the studio. Jim, Sue and I worked on "Rocket", "Queen Bee" and "Poor-Dum". Hopefully will have some early tracks to release soon.

February 28th, Zoom meeting with The North Star Band - We're getting ready for our release of "Then and Now". For more information: The North Star Band

March 1st, Bagan and Company - We had a great show! I always enjoy our guest Dewey Via, he's one of the best! 

March  2nd, Carpetbaggers DAVE, Sue, Tony and Frankie at Hurricane Grill and Wings - It was the whole band tonight. Great fun!

March 3rd, Bagan and Company - Dan and I worked on a new layout for the "Don't Stare At The Sun" CD.

March 3rd, Carpetbaggers DAVE, Sue, Tony and Frankie  at Pelican Landing - What a night! What a great audience you guys are! We are very lucky to have you all!

March 4th, DAVE at Aunt Kate's - A great evening out on the porch by the water! Thanks Brian, Dave, Tina and staff you guys are the best!

March 5th, Carpetbaggers DAVE, sue, Tony and Frankie at San Sebastian Winery - We had a great night and somehow made it through the longest playing gig we have. Thanks Kyle and staff you guys are the best!

March 6th, DAVE at Aunt Kate's - Randy brought me my fishing tournament shirts. The weather was beautiful and I had a blast playing for some great folks that stopped by for a great meal and got some music along with it.

My plan is to work on Poor-Dum with Jim DeVito for my next solo CD, titled the same, this week. Also going to work with Dan Bagan at Bagan and Company on the covers for "Poor-Dum" and "Say Grace" the next planned releases. Thanks for letting me live my dream!!! Keepin' It Real! -David

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Monday, March 7, 2022

 February 21st, Songwriter's Night at Pelican Landing - Another great one! John Dickey IV and Bert Hodge (Lonesome Bert) were a real treat! Thanks for supporting Bob and I and all the other songwriters!

Bob, Dave, John, Bert

February 22nd, Retrophonics Studios - Jim and I worked on "Rocket" and made plans for Sue's session with us next week!

February 23rd, Carpetbaggers DAVE, Frankie and Tony at Hurricane Grill and Wings - Sue was still a little sore from her dental procedure so Frankie stepped up and kicked butt. We had a great crowd! Thanks Abe, Albert and staff you guys are the best! 

February 24th, Bagan and Company - Dan and  I worked on new packaging for "Don't Stare At The Sun" and talked through some ideas for the Carpetbaggers' "Say Grace" cover.  

February 24th, Carpetbaggers DAVE, Sue, Frankie and Tony at Pelican Landing - Great night! Nice to meet Tony's friends from Buffalo, Chris and Beth.

February 25th, Carpetbaggers Dave, Sue, Tony and Frankie at Pelican Pub - It started out a little slow but there is no quit in The Carpetbagger's and we ended up having a nice night. Thanks Jeff and Jennifer for creating The Carpetbagger's menu. You guys are the best!

February 26th, Carpetbaggers DAVE, Sue, Tony and Frankie at St. Augustine Fish House and Oyster Co - We had a great night! I had a little sound system problem right before the gig thank goodness it was a pretty simple fix. The show went on and on time! Mark Richey and his wife and friends came down for the evening.

I will be in the studio this week with Jim and Sue today working on "Rocket", "Queen Bee" and "Poor-Dum". The first 2 songs will appear on "Say Grace" the Carpetbaggers' 3rd release. "Poor-Dum" is the title song for my #6 solo release. I can't wait to hear what Sue comes up with. February 27th we had a surprise birthday party for Theresa at Corner Sushi, thanks everyone it was really a surprise! Thanks for letting me live my dream!!! Keepin' It Real! -David

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February 14th - Happy Valentine's Day!

February 15th, Retrophonics Studio - Jim and I transferred some tracks from sessions I did at Barry's studio and worked on a mix of "(Sittin' On) the Dock of the Bay", performed by the Big Lonesome song from "The Big Lonesome Rides Again".

February 16th, Carpetbaggers DAVE, Sue and Tony at Hurricane Grill and Wings - Again it was a great night! The rain came about 7:45pm and shut us down a little early. Other that getting a little wet it was a wonderful night! 

February 17th, Carpetbaggers DAVE, Sue, Tony and Frankie at Pelican Landing - What a night! Great time! Thanks Jeff, Jennifer and staff you guys are the best!

February 18th, Bagan and Company - Dan and I released another song from The Big Lonesome Rides Again" (Sittin' on ) the Dock of the Bay". It was written by Otis Redding and Steve Cropper.

February 18th, Carpetbaggers DAVE and Sue at Tides Oyster Co and Grill - I had a great night! It's always fun to hang out and play with Sue on this once a month gig! See you here next month on March 18th.

February 19th, Carpetbaggers DAVE, Sue, Frankie and Tony at Borrillo's - We were cancelled!

February 20th, DAVE at Aunt Kate's - It was a great afternoon on the porch by the water! Thanks Brian, Tina, Dave and staff!

Looking forward to getting together with Jim at Retrophonics and Dan at Bagan and Company. It looks like good weather all this week so we hope to see you out at some or all of our gigs! Thanks for letting me live my dream!!!  Keepin' It Real! -David

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Sunday, February 20, 2022

February 8th - St. Augustine Tonight Show with Jorge Rivara - The Carpetbaggers were the musical guests, I was completely under the weather. I had no voice, but this great band I'm in rallied, and we had a great time. Jorge is a very talented and interesting. His staff is wonderful and the guests Ann Colby and Gregg White were quite insightful. We would be honored to be a part of anything this man is a part of.

February 9th, Carpetbaggers DAVE, Sue and Tony at Hurricane Grill and Wings - It was a cold night so we were set up inside the tent. I was still under the weather so our main man Frankie offered to show up and save the day. Everyone did a great job as usual, and I somehow made it through. Thanks for supporting Carpetbaggers music. See you next week!

February 10th,  Carpetbaggers DAVE, Sue, Tony and Frankie at Pelican Landing  - It was a busy night! I was still under the weather, but everyone else was on their "A" game. What a night!

February 11th, 12th and 13th, DAVE at the Big Deck Bar and Grill - It was a nice weekend in Cedar Key. I'm still having trouble with my voice, this thing has kicked my butt. It was nice to relax a little though even if I was having trouble singing. Thanks Bryan and staff, we missed you Darlene. See you next month!

I hope to have another one of the cuts from The Big Lonesome ready soon, "Dock of The Bay" written by Otis Redding and Steve Cropper. In the meantime check these out!


I am looking forward to adding the tracks Barry gave me to my Poor-Dum and Say Grace projects. Thanks for letting me live my dream! Keepin' It Real!! -David

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January 31st, Retrophonics Studios - Jim and I worked on a guitar intro for "The Last Rhyme", a song for my new project Poor-Dum. I also worked on "Drift Away" another song from The Big Lonesome soon to be new released CD.  Later I had a zoom meeting with The North Star Band about our new release "Then and Now".THE NORTH STAR BAND

February 1st, Bagan and Company "Live" - It was a great show, Marc Douglas Berardo was a real treat! Thanks everyone for supporting our musical idea. See you March 1st!

February 2nd, Carpetbaggers DAVE, Sue and Tony at Hurricane Grill and Wings - The place was packed! Thanks Marc Douglas Berardo for sitting in on a couple. Also a shout out to Sam Brown and JC, thanks for stopping by.

February 3rd, Bagan and Company - We worked on a cover for my new Poor-Dum project. 

February 3rd, Carpetbaggers DAVE, Sue, Frankie and Tony at Pelican Landing - We had a great night! We missed our main man Frankie Urzetta but Woody Pernell did a great job behind the kit in his absence. See you guys next week!

February 4th, DAVE at Aunt Kate's - I had one of my best nights ever. Barry and Lydia stopped by and dropped off a thumb drive with some tracks that will appear on either on Say Grace or Poor-Dum. I started feeling a little rough towards the end of the night. Thanks Brian, Dave, Tina and staff you guys are the best!

February 5th, Carpetbaggers DAVE, Sue, Tony and Frankie at the San Sebastian Winery - Feeling better this morning but the boss Theresa said I should stay home. The gig was cancelled.

February 6th, DAVE at Aunt Kate's - Cancelled due to weather. This time I was glad the weather was on my side this time. 

Looking forward to a 3 day run with the Carpetbaggers and a 3 day road trip to the gulf coast for my solo gig at the Big Deck. Thanks for letting me live my dream! Keepin' It Real!! -David

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Saturday, February 19, 2022

January 24th, Retrophonics Studio - Jim and I started 2 new tracks "My Last Rhyme" and "The Moment #24". Looking forward to next week!

January 26th, Carpetbaggers DAVE, Sue and Tony at Hurricane Grill and Wings - It was a nasty evening so we set up in the tent. Frankie showed up and sang a few with us! The crowd was great, we had a lot of fun. See you next week!

January 27th, Bagan and Comapny  - Dan and I worked on the cover for The Big Lonesome CD. Also threw around some ideas for the cover of my new solo CD Poor-Dum.

January 27th, Carpetbaggers DAVE, Sue, Tony and Frankie at Pelican Landing -  What a way to end the week, the place was packed! Thank you guys for supporting Carpetbaggers' music. Thanks Jeff, Jennifer and staff you guys are the best, see you next week!

January 28th, OFF - I had a nice relaxing day and good news from Frankie. Jay and I built a fence. Started work on income tax returns with Theresa and had some her fine chili for dinner. Life is good.

January 30th, Theresa and I met Sue, Wayne, Suzy and Dan at Gusto Bistro Italiano and Wine Bar for lunch.  It was a grand time. Food was great. If you're local go there: Gusto Bistro

It's been a nice cold week! I am so ready to get back to work, here's to hoping the weather cooperates. I'm looking forward to the studio this week with Jim DeVito and the "LIVE" show with Marc Berardo Tuesday, Bagan and Company on Thursday to work on a new song and idea for The Big Lonesome and then my meeting with The North Star Band. Thanks for letting me live my dream!!! Keepin' It Real!! -David

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Thursday, February 3, 2022

January 18th, Retrophonics Studios  - Jim and I organized the songs for our next 3 projects. We're pretty close, missing 4 songs out of 36 and an intro we need to get from Barry for "Took Off Like A Rocket". The 3 projects are Carpetbaggers #3 Say Grace, a David Watt Besley solo #5 Poor-Dum and The Big Lonesome "The Big Lonesome Rides Again". I am excited to try to complete these 3 projects this year. In, addition, I'm excited about the "Then and Now" The Norht Star Band release. Check out the website: THE NORTH STAR BAND

January 19th, Carpetbaggers DAVE, Sue and Tony at Hurricane Grill and Wings - We had a great night! Frankie and Mary stopped by. Thanks Frankie for singing a couple with us. See you next week!

January 20th, Bagan and Company - We released another tune from The Big Lonesome Rides Again. "Complicated World" a Besley/Berardo tune performed by The Big Lonesome.

January 20th, Carpetbaggers DAVE, Sue, Tony and Frankie at Pelican Landing - It looked like it was going to be a little slow, but it turned out to be slammed! Sometimes you just never know. Happy birthday Sheryl, and thanks to everyone who showed up to support The Carpetbaggers music!

January 21st, Carpetbaggers DAVE and Sue at Tides Oyster Co and Grill We had a nice evening, even with the terrible weather. Really enjoy this gig. See you next month!

January 22nd, Theresa and I went by Barry's to pick up my tracks for "Say Grace" and "Poor-Dum", we visited for awhile.  It was good to see Barry and L -eye-D-ah. They both looked great! We are going to try to get a date together to go camping I miss that. We also ran by Mike Howard's to pick up an amp he had for sale. Then back home to send the rest of  the lyric sheets and thank yous for The North Star Band new release 'Then and Now." 

January 23rd, Theresa and I went to Kim's birthday party, then home to watched the end of the LA and Tampa Bay game, I was rooting for Brady, then watched Kansas City and Buffalo, what a game! I was sad Buffalo lost for my buddies that are die hard Bills fans. 

I plan on working with Jim DeVito on "The Last Rhyme" and "The Moment #24" 2 new songs I have written. And to load those tracks I got from Barry Dunaway a couple days ago. The next The Big Lonesome song we will start mixing will be "Drift Away". That's a big list whatever we can get done will be fine with me. Thanks for letting me live my dream!!!!  Keepin' It Real! -David

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Saturday, January 29, 2022

January 10th - I worked on writing some credits, thank yous and song lyrics for The North Star Band website. 

January 12th, Carpetbaggers DAVE, Tony and Frankie at Hurricane Grill and Wings - Sue is still a little under the weather but the show must go on. We were joined off and on tonight with Bill Mullen on sax and Brady Green and Laurence Stevenson on background vocals. It was a great night as most are at this great place. See you next Wednesday. Looking forward to the Queen Bee's come back tomorrow.

Bill Mullen, Laurence Stevenson, Brady Green with Dave, Tony and Frankie

January 13th, Bagan and Company - We worked on our next The Big Lonesome release "Complicated World"  a Besley/Berardo song. We also talked about a show that might happen in April.

January 13th, Carpetbaggers DAVE, Sue, Tony and Frankie at Pelican Landing - We had a great night! It was good to have Sue, the Queen Bee back! 

January 14th, Carpetbaggers DAVE, Sue, Tony and Frankie at Otters On The Water - We were double-booked and the weather was bad so there was no first show at Otters On The Water, our second show on February 25th is also in question. Sorry folks we try to do the best we can to keep these things straight. Theresa, Jay and I met Kristen at the Mellow Mushroom to listen to One Good Ring. We heard their first set, they were on. The wings, pizza and beer were good too!

January 15th, Carpetbaggers DAVE, Sue, Tony and Frankie at St. Augustine Fish House -It was a little chilly but bearable. At least the wind laid down. I really enjoyed listening to our harmonies tonight. Tony and Sue kicked butt as always and Frankie can sing!

January 16th, Aunt Kate's - Cancelled due to wind!

January 17th, Songwriters Night at Pelican Landing - I had a blast! Doug and Katherine kicked butt! It was good to be sitting next to Bob again. We had last month off. See you next month February 21st!

Dave, Bob, Katherine, Doug

Looking forward to being in the studio at Retrophonics. I'm trying to finish writing my new song "My Last Rhyme" to record. If not, will work on The Big Lonesome next song "Too Tore Up" a song Gregg Chirico wrote! Also looking forward to getting together with Dan at Bagan and Company to work on "Complicated World" a Besley/Berardo song that will appear on The Big Lonesome project. Thanks for letting me live my dream!Keepin' It Real!! -David

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January 1st, Happy New Year!! We met Brianna in Brunswick, Ga. where we dropped off Braylen and headed on to South Carolina to see my Dad and Margie. Theresa and I hung out to shoot the shit and have a nice lunch, then we were back on the road again. We made it home safe about 6pm. We watched an episode of Joe Pickett and later Yellowstone, life is good.

January 4th - Retrophonics Studios - Jim and I recorded 2 new songs for my Poor-dum project. "Shines A Light" and "The Hunter". We are now working on The Big Lonesome "The Big Lonesome Rides Again"  The Carpetbaggers "Say Grace" and my new solo "Poor-dum". Exciting times. 

January 4th, Bagan and Company "LIVE" - Sue wasn't feeling well, we really missed the Queen Bee and brother Wayne. Elizabeth Roth is very talented and did a great job. Frankie and Tony were kicking butt tonight! It was a real pleasure. Thanks Dan Bagan, Clay Blasser and Theresa Besley, we couldn't do it without you guys.

Dave, Frankie, Tony, Elizabeth Roth

January 5th, Carpetbaggers DAVE, Tony and Frankie at Hurricane Grill and Wings - We had a great night! It got cold a little later in the show but we made it! Hope you're feeling better Sue and brother Wayne!

January 6th, Bagan and Company - We worked more on The Big Lonesome cover. 

January 6th, Carpetbaggers DAVE, Tony and Frankie at Pelican Landing - We had a great night! My two partners kicked butt! We missed Sue and hope to see her next week.

January 7th, 8th and 9th, DAVE at The Big Deck -  We had a great weekend! Theresa wasn't able to come with me this weekend, she wasn't feeling well, neither was Bryan. He was under the weather too. I hope they both get over their ailments soon. Jeff and Jennifer from Pelican Pub and the Pelican Landing were there with some of their friends. Thanks Bryan, Darlene and staff you guys are the best! See you next month!

Theresa has been under the weather along with Bryan in Cedar Key so I am going to cancel my session at Retrophonics this week just to be on the safe side. I'm still planning on Bagan and Company on Thursday to move The Big Lonesome along. Thanks for letting me live my dream! Keepin' It Real! -David

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Wednesday, January 12, 2022

December 27th, Carpetbaggers DAVE, Sue and Tony at San Sebastian Winery - Frankie wasn't able to make the gig because of a doctors appointment, but we played on and had a great time. The weather couldn't have been better, a great crowd, a great place. See you back here on February 5th! 

Also I had a zoom meeting with The North Star Band members getting ready for our release "Then and Now" a double CD 20 songs.

December 28th, Private Party - Mike and Rene were great hosts! We really enjoyed playing music for you both and everyone else. Maybe we will be back again before you guys leave in May.

December 29th, Carpetbaggers DAVE, Sue and Tony at Hurricane Grill and Wings - We had a great night! The place was packed!

December 30th, Carpetbaggers DAVE, Sue, Tony and Frankie at Pelican Landing - A lot of new faces out there. We made some new friends tonight!

December 31st, The Seiners at Wee Pub, Jekyll Island - I had a blast playing with my brother Ed and hanging out with Kristen, Theresa and Braylen. Happy New Year to all!!

The Seiners 2022

I'm looking forward to getting into the studio with Jim, I have 2 new tunes to lay down "The Hunter" and "Shines A Light". I can't wait. Hopefully this week Dan and I will release another one of The Big Lonesome tunes either "Sweet River Girl" written by Wayne Johnston or "Complicated World" written by Marc Berardo and yours truly. We will also be adding more ideas to our cover with the next couple releases. Thanks for letting me live my dream! Keepin' It Real!!  -David

see you down the road!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
check out my upcoming performances here:
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