Nearly 4 months in to the release of The Devil Rides a Horse, and the hard work remains. Booking shows, raising awareness, shameless, self-promotion, emails, and Twittering. All the labor is not in vain.
A few highlights from the past few months were the radio performance and interview, reading Bob Langham's Examiner review, and playing a few house shows.
This year is my 20th anniversary of playing guitar and singing for folks like you. It some ways, it feels so new, and in large part, is due to the reception that you have given to The Devil Rides a Horse. As it seems to happen, a friend of a friend recommended me to a local DJ. Roark Smith, a Houston radio treasure, booked me for an on-air interview on his long-running show, Wide Open Spaces. All in the span of 2 weeks, "No One's Daughter," "God Wants Me Dead" and "The Devil Rides a Horse" would receive their first radio play, and I would do my first ever radio interview. 90.1 KPFT will always hold a soft spot in my heart for this reason. Frighteningly enough, I would know nothing about the interview going in: not how many songs I would play, not what we would talk about, or how long. I admit, this created a bit of concern. Leslianne and I hit the studio running, did a 50 minute interview, and played 4 songs. Including the never-heard-before, "Violet Jessop," about an 1800s cruise ship, stewardess. Roark is a pro, and made the interview smooth and entertaining. If you did not catch the show live, I'm afraid you'll have to take my word for it - their recording equipment failed that day. Roark invited us back for a second appearance on Wide Open Spaces. I will be sure you to keep you informed on the details.
Again, with the friend-of-a-friend reference, Bob Langham heard The Devil Rides a Horse and raved. He writes for the Examiner, a nationwide, entertainment/news source. I do not know if I am "entertainment," or "news," but the review made me tear up. He said that the response to the article was strong. If you would like a pro's perspective on the review, check it out here: http://exm.nr/1bp5lY9.
There is a trend, albeit, nothing new, that suits me well - the house show. They are somewhat easier to book, with less red tape, smaller crowds, and interested listeners. I have played a few in the past couple months, and will play another one on May 25. Any songwriter is pleased with little more than interested listeners. From a performance standpoint, I have a list of favorite shows I've played, and they are all related to the audience. The last two shows have ended in an impromptu, question and answer, which I greatly enjoy. "What is your songwriting process?" and "What inspired that song?" are always welcome at a house show. Usually, the host provides some treats and drinks and folks gather around the living room. If you have the chance to attend a house show, do yourself a favor and find one nearby.
Spring has been great, and Summer is kicking off with a bang - a headlining gig at House of Blues Houston. Austin is providing The Reliques, a killer, folk-country, female duo for one of the openers. Along with a San Antonio, singer/songwriter, Lainey Wright. Then on to the first, full-band performance of The Devil Rides a Horse, in it's entirety! It's going to be a great night. Grab your tickets from LiveNation, here: http://bit.ly/1kNN5by. I would love to see you there.