Monday, November 22, 2004

Music Report for Nov. 22, 2004 - YES! We got a record deal!

Hello Friends, Before the big news, this disclaimer: This is the first time I'm using a new method of emailing. It is supposed to help me consolidate & clean up my email lists, and I will of course remove anyone who tells me they don't want to hear from me. If you get multiple emails (you shouldn't) or see any other rough edges on the process, please let me know so I can make everything right. Thanks!

As many of you know, I went up to Chicago this weekend to play with Lola at Buddy Guy's Legends club on Friday. This was to be a showcase for Legends, for Alligator Records, and for a few other invited dignitaries. Unfortunately, we didn't actually get to play with Buddy as he had an early flight out to Florida for a show there on Saturday, but he was very nice to us and was kind enough to sign our guitars and a couple Legends t-shirts. We were told, however, that he did something very unusual when we played; he left his usual perch at the end of the bar and came around to the showroom to watch, and that we should take that as a great compliment. So, I do. The show felt good, but it was all over much too soon. After we played, we got lots of nice compliments from the patrons & staff, and Bruce Iglauer, president of Alligator Records, asked Lola for a meeting the next day. The next day, we dropped her off and waited. And waited. The tension was thick. When she came back, she told us she had The Deal!

What all this means for Lola and the rest of the band isn't certain yet, and Lola has been reluctant to give us much detail, but I do know I'll be lit up for a week. As new information comes to me, I'll keep you informed. Meanwhile, you better come to our shows while you can still get up close! *chuckle*


Also, a couple reminders about the Atlanta jam scene: our beloved Wednesday nights at Fee-Lay Gumbo are no more, the restaurant closed its doors last week. If you were one of our Wednesday friends, please don't waste a trip out there. I haven't heard from Larry Griffith yet if he has something else in the works for Wednesday, but if he does get another gig lined up I'll sure let you know.

Meanwhile, there is a HOT NEW JAM at The North End in north Alpharetta, at the corner of McFarland Rd and Hwy 9. It's supposed to be a bluesy jam, but as you know, "things happen" when musicians follow their muse. The host band consists of me, Theron Peterson on drums, vocals and harmonica, and Gates Nichols (of Confederate Railroad) on bass and keys. The sound is kept sweet by Tweek (also of Confederate Railroad) who makes the stage a joy to play on, and to listen to.

Recent guests have included Andrew Black, Barry Richman, Greg High, John McKnight, Terry Bradford, Mike Hinton, Brad Jeter, Lara Polangco, Leszek Wawer and more. The performances have been epic! They will be back, and more players are coming out as word spreads.

Oh, and the FOOD! Everything I've tried so far has been way too good, and quite filling. Come hungry and enjoy. Lots of nice beverages too.

Players, bring your instrument (except drums, of course). We have a couple amps, but you can bring your own if you like. Listeners, just relax and have fun with us. No cover charge. We start playing about 8:30, and bringing the guest artists up after the first set.

Super Easy Directions: From the south, come up 400 to McFarland Rd (exit 12 I think). Turn left across 400 and go until the road Ts into Highway 9. You're there. From Gwinnett, come in on Hwy 20, turn south on 400, and go two exits to McFarland and turn right. From other directions, adapt what I just said. Here's a map:

That's all the news for now. Please feel free to forward this to anyone who might enjoy a good time.

best wishes,
George Price

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