Spring has sprung (just about) and the first quarter of 2013 has passed, again in what seems like a blink of the eye. Where does the time go? Who keeps stealing it?
It was great to see the Facebook posts from all my friends who went to the Juke Joint Festival in Clarksdale last weekend. I was desperate to go this year but with two albums mid way through recording and the Sons of the Delta not all able to make the trip it was hard to justify. Next year is a must though as I really do miss everyone out there and it’s the place to go for the soul to recharge. Anyway, the nearest I got by way of compensation was cooking myself some Southern comfort food in the form of a BBQ plate. See the photo – it was as good as it looks. I sat down and enjoyed it with a beer and a viewing of of the excellent documentary We Juke Up In Here. It’s as close as I’m going to get to the Mississippi Delta this year.
The Jigantics debut album moves ever closer to completion and there are some ‘almost there’ mixes that we’ve recently uploaded to both our website and our Reverbnation page. We also have a number of gigs coming up through the summer that we’re really looking forwards to.
Recording for the long promised new Sons of the Delta album is finally underway and we hope to upload a few provisional mixes of some of the tracks as a taster for you over the coming weeks. I’d really like this album to be completed and available in time for the major summer blues fests.
On a sad note in case you hadn’t heard my very good friend and Spanish agent for Sons of the Delta, Javier Hernandez, passed away towards the end of January. He was a shining jewel in the murky world of the music business – an honest, hard-working, straight-talking realist who always had the artists best interest at heart. The Sons are heading to San Raphael in the near future to celebrate his life and remember him. Hopefully it won’t be the end of our time over there as we were building a good reputation. No-one could ever replace Javier but we are looking for a new agent in Spain.
I’ve been writing a few songs for a future solo project. I know some of you have seen me with my acoustic singer-songwriter hat on, and that will continue, but this new solo project is something else entirely. It’ll be very electric, very stripped-back, and may also feature drums and percussion in suitable venues. More on that later in the year.
Visit my web site for an up-to-date listing of all forthcoming gigs. Thanks!