Hey everybody, Braeden here! Just thought I’d hop on and give you a few updates. First off, we will be playing at Oakdale Park in Glen Rose, TX next month as part of the Paluxy River Bluegrass Association’s annual concert series. We played it last year for the first time and had a whole lot of fun. We’re really grateful that Jim Chapman and the Association have invited us back. I do however, have some good and bad news about this show.
The bad news is that our bass player, Rick Caudill will not be able to perform with us in Glen Rose next month. The good news is that we have one of my top favorite Dallas based musicians filling in for him. I grew up listening to Buzz Busby when he was part of the band, Blue Valley along with our banjo player, Joe Morrow. My Dad and I later played with both of them in a reincarnation of Blue Valley while I was still in high school. Buzz is not only a first rate bassist, but he also has a wicked sense of humor. I learned a lot from him about showmanship and visual presentation in my early years as a performing Bluegrass artist. I was really excited when Buzz agreed to help us out for this show. We have been rehearsing with him already and he fits what we’re doing perfectly. I can’t wait to hit the stage with him again!
As you see in the title, I said that I would be giving you updates as well as rambling a little bit. This summer has surprisingly been busier than I expected. Along with booking dates for our band as well as my other clients I represent, I’ve been an active moderator for the Bluegrass Society of America Facebook page adding some bluegrass related content and writing an album review at least once a month. I was honored when Mark Porter invited me to become a co-adminstrator about two years ago when the page was known as the North Texas Bluegrass Society. Since changing our geographical reach and the types of content we’re adding, the page has grown by leaps and bounds. I encourage all of you to check it out!
I’ve also been busy breaking in my Kentucky KM-606 mandolin which was built by Saga Musical Instruments. For the last few years, I’ve been looking for a backup mandolin that would serve my purposes. While my family and I were on vacation back in March, I accidentally stumbled upon it at Gruhn Guitars in Nashville, TN. I’ve had it about three months now and have used it for a few different shows already. It is certainly exceeding my expectations. If you’re looking for a great sounding and playing instrument that won’t break the bank, I would encourage you to check out any of Saga’s instrument lines!
Outside of all that, I have had a full calendar of different family events and outings. We just recently got to see Paul McCartney and last night I got to see Hugh Jackman serve up a show of Broadway show tunes along with different songs he sang in Les Miserables and The Greatest Showman. I’ve gotta say both shows were phenomonal. The most surprising out of the two was Hugh Jackman’s performance. Along with being a great vocalist, he is an amazing entertainer. He approached the show as if we were all at his house having a big party. This is a style of showmanship you don’t see much these days and one that I feel we need to see more of.
That’s all I’ve got for now. I hope all of you have been having a great summer so far!