New Album Project: Wherever You Go! KICKSTARTER is Live! 

The summer has been very busy, and I have some great things in the works and news for you! 

I just launched my Kickstarter campaign to raise the money I need to finish my new album project, and I hope you'll take a few moments to review the rewards available and pledge and participate in this new album that I am extremely excited for you to hear! Click the photo! 

You can contribute as little as $1 or even specify your own amount.  You can get downloads, autographed CD's, T Shirts, and new merchandise items. I have VIP packages, Guitar Lessons... I am even including a guitar that I played on the album and have played on stage with Radney Foster - AND we'll both autograph it! My friends at Voodoo Lab, Covenant Cables, Haunted Labs, and Keeley Electronics have helped me put together a small pedalboard with pedals that I use!  So please click the picture above and pledge whatever you can and help spread the word by sharing my campaign. By reaching my goal, I can not only record the best album possible, but I can promote it and get it to as many people as possible. 

I can't put into words how excited I am to kick off this project. 

10 new original songs! 
An A-List band and producer! 
Special Guests! 

Once again, I'm working with my friend Casey Wood to produce the album with me, and we have an incredible roster of the best Nashville musicians! 
 - John Lancaster on piano and Hammond B3 (John plays with Gary Allan and has recorded with Radney Foster and Will Hoge just to name a few) 
-  John Henry Trinko on piano and Hammond B3 (John tours with Randy Houser and has recorded with Gretchen Wilson, Jamey Johnson, Kasey Musgraves, and many more) 
-  Tommy MacDonald on bass (Tommy tours with David Lee Murphy, Delbert McClinton, and has recorded with Buddy Guy, Tom Hambridge, and others) 
-  Casey Wood on drums and percussion.  Casey is a man of many talents and we've been playing music together for several years now. His credits are too many to list. 

And I'm very excited to announce the Special Guests who will appear on the album!! 
-  Kendra Chantelle - You may remember Kendra from season 10 of American Idol or seen her on tour with Zac Brown Band, and she currently tours with Tom Kieffer (Cinderella) 
-  Greg Martin - Yes, that Greg Martin of the Kentucky Headhunters! Greg is an incredible guitarist and human being, and I honestly am thrilled that he said yes to be part of this album. Greg will add his soulful slide guitar to the song "Dandelion". This is definitely a dream come true. 
-  Radney Foster - Radney joins me on a song he and I cowrote together, the title track called "Wherever You Go".  Radney has been an incredible mentor and his talent, input, and support are priceless. 

BUT WAIT! THERE'S MORE! 

I'm also so excited to announce that I have worked with my good friend, Robert Keeley and the awesome crew at Keeley Electronics to develop my own signature guitar effects pedal! They are called the "Verb-o-Trem" and "Verb-o-Trem Workstation". If you're not into guitar effects pedals, you can probably skip ahead, but if even if you're not a guitarist, this is such an amazing honor to have my own signature pedal! Well, two of them actually! 

The Verb-o-Trem will retail for $149 when released and contains 3 different styles of Tremolo effects plus a warm Spring Reverb. Sounds like you would find on vintage guitar amplifiers from the 60's. 

The Verb-o-Trem Workstation is it's big brother! It will retail for $299 and contains 8 different Reverb effects PLUS 8 different Tremolo effects PLUS Tap Tempo PLUS Expression controls PLUS Stereo outputs!! This is a powerhouse pedal that is so much more than just a Tremolo or Reverb. 
Both pedals are currently offered in a limited quantity on my Kickstarter. They'll be available for sale online at Keeley Electronics and other dealers as well as at my shows this winter! 

PLUS Keeley Electronics has featured my Kickstarter in their recent ad campaign! 
They really are the best to work with! 

So what does this all mean? Well, if the Kickstarter campaign succeeds, then I am targeting a late October release. Stay tuned here and online for news of the official release date. The Verb-o-Trem pedals should also be available shortly afterwards. I have hired a publicist who will be promoting the album to numerous print and online magazines as well as radio for upcoming tour dates. And don't forget to check the Tour page on my website for great shows coming up: The Old Quarter Acoustic Cafe in Galveston, The Saxon Pub in Austin, TX plus I'm opening for Radney Foster at the Franklin Theatre in Franklin, TN in Nov. 

Hope to see you at a show soon!! 

There's more to announce and talk about, but I'll save that for the next update!  Again, thank you so much for your continued support. I do hope that you'll contribute to my Kickstarter to become part of this journey with the new album and help me spread the word by sharing with your friends! 

Cousin Eddie

 

What's New? TRIO Live, YouTube Channel, Radney Foster CD, and a new Single! 

I apologize for the delay in sending out regular newsletters. My father always told me, "Don't get too many irons in the fire.", but in this modern music business, it seems one has to keep every iron in every fire, stoking each one every day. That being said, I am really excited to share some news with you! 

In September, I was asked to participate in a project called TRIO Live organized by a book publisher, Working Title Farm. TRIO is the brain child of author, Shari Smith (I Am A Town). Shari selects a book and gives it to a songwriter and a visual artist who each create a piece inspired by the book. The books she selected for me was a new release due Jan 2, 2018 called steal away home written by Billy Coffey. The song I wrote is called "Dandelion" and it's available for purchase on my Store page:   <Click Photo below>

Billy is an exceptional storyteller. Steal away home is his 9th book. Please read Billy's works and visit his website >>  Billy Coffey 

(Up Left: book cover, upper right: photo collage, lower center: Dandelions) 

  

If you haven't heard already, Radney Foster has a new CD and a new book of short fiction as a companion piece to each song called "For You To See The Stars" that released Sept 15.  I'm very excited and proud to have played and sang on his new album. The album has debuted in the top 25 on the Americana charts and continues to climb the charts. We just shot a video for the song "Greatest Show On Earth" which should be available to view very soon. Also, make sure you catch us live - we are touring heavily in support of the new book and CD, and have shows coming up in Dallas, San Antonio, Columbus, Chicago, Indianapolis, Nashville, Beaumont, Baton Rouge, Houston, Lindale, Plano, and many, many more. Check Radney's website for tour dates and to order your autographed copy of "For You To See The Stars" >>  Radney Foster 

  

I'm also very excited to announce the launch of my new YouTube channel, featuring guitar lessons, gear demos, and music oriented vlogs. I appreciate you watching the videos and please Subscribe to my channel and share with your friends. The more it grows, the more I can share with everyone. 

Eddie Heinzelman YouTube Channel

 

  

My upcoming solo shows include The Fillin' Station in Kingston Springs, TN on Nov 10 AND I'll be opening for Radney Foster at Love & War In Texas on Dec 8 and 9!! 

Thank you again for your continued support! There is a lot more to come....Stay Tuned! 

Cousin Eddie 

 

"Hey, Songwriter - NEW RELEASE MONTH! 

NEW RELEASE MONTH IS HERE!! 

<<<<<< Click Photo to enter my web store to purchase >>>>>> 

“Hey, Songwriter”, my new album, will be released on February 17, 2017. Pre-Orders are live in my Web Store so head over there right now and get your copy, ​….go on, yes, please, right now. It's o.k, I’ll wait... and while you’re in the Store, scroll down to see all the other Promotions I’m offering direct to you, including: 

Autographed CD's and Lyric Sheets! Buy a CD and I'll personally autograph it to you, and for an extra cool item, I'll write out the lyrics to a song of your choosing, just drop me a note in your purchase window! 
Online Meet-n-Greet:   You and I have an online conversation about guitars, songwriting, music, just about anything, via Skype or Facebook Messenger. 
Online Concerts:    I’ll play songs just for you online via Skype or Facebook Messenger 
Lessons:     Guitar lessons, Songwriting lessons, Performance Consulting – Let me help you take your playing or writing to another level or give one as a gift! 
Guitar Tracks:    Are you a songwriter or musician recording a demo or album of your own? I’ll record guitar tracks for your project and send you the .wav files. 

And the best deal of the bunch... 

House Concerts/Guitar or Songwriting Workshops:   Ever consider hosting a House Concert? You should! It's easier than you might think. Invite 25-30 friends over (ask each one to chip in $20-$25 to help cover the cost), then I come to your house and perform a concert or give a guitar/writing workshop…or a little of both, right there in your living room, back yard, theater, church, school, wherever you want to host a performance. This promotion price is a great deal and it's only for a limited time so let's have some fun!  And if you live farther than 325 miles of Nashville, don't let that stop you. Email me and we can figure out how to make it happen! 


My CD Release Show is fast approaching on Feb. 18 at Douglas Corner Café in Nashville, TN. Tickets are $10 and still available at Crush Worldwide Presents 
I have an awesome A-List band performing with me and a few surprises you won’t want to miss!! And I know there are fans from IN, OH, and KY coming to Nashville for the show, and I thank you all so much!! 

<<<<< Click to order tickets >>>>

Also just announced!! Please tune into the following Radio Stations next week to hear me on the air promoting my CD and Release Party: 
Feb 17 
8:30am (cst) – WSM 650 AM (www.wsmonline.com) on Coffee, Country, and Cody with Bill Cody and Charlie Mattos 
Noon (cst) – WMOT 89.5 FM (www.wmot.org) on Whit Hubner’s Family Wash Friday feature 
Feb 19 
8:00pm (cst) - WSM 650 AM on The Music Row Show with Scott and Heino! 


For anyone in the Atlanta, GA or Birmingham, AL areas, come see me performing with Radney Foster on Feb 24 and 25 respectively at the Red Clay Theatre and Moonlight On The Mountain! Tickets are available at http://radneyfoster.com/tour/ 

BUT WAIT! THERE'S MORE!  I will have contests in March and April, and all you have to do to be eligible is purchase my CD!! 
Everyone who buys my CD from my website in the month of February will be entered into a drawing for a special giveaway in March!!! 

More news on that soon, but grab your copy now! Plus, there will be more surprises for you in the coming months!! 

Thank you again for your ongoing support - 2017 is going to be an exciting year! There's even more to come...Stay Tuned!! 

- Cousin Eddie

New Release! New Shows! New Gear! New Year! 

HAPPY NEW YEAR!
Thank you so much for your support and for being a member of my mailing list! 2017 is going to start with a bang, 
and I'll certainly do better with consistent and timely releases of Blogs and Newsletters! And let me extend one more heartfelt thank you to you, my friends and fans who confirm my belief that music is important to us all. Your support pushes me to continue to write songs that mean something. 

So what does the new year have in store, you ask? 
How about the much whispered about, highly anticipated release of my self-funded and self-produced debut album and even a sneak peak at the cover for starters?          (Photo by Nathan Cox, Graphic Design and layout by Keith Brogdon)




"Hey, Songwriter" - CD RELEASE PARTY!
* February 18, 2017 at Douglas Corner Cafe in Nashville, TN at 6pm (central time) 

I'll perform songs from the new album as well as a few surprises with my band of A list players! Tickets are $10 and CD's will be available for a discounted price of $10 at the show!


Tickets for the Release Party are on sale now, click here>>>  Eddie Heinzelman CD Release Party



* CD Pre-Orders will start January 9th!! 
Pre-sale CD's will only be available to order online at www,eddieheinzelman.com or www.cousineddiemusic.com 
For Pre-Order purchases, your CD's will ship one week prior to the official release date of Feb 17, 2017.

I decided not to use crowdfunding for this release in order to bring the bonuses directly to you, my fans. But making your purchase in advance of the release date will help me immensely with managing the expense of this project as well as allow me to support additional touring. For you, you'll find multiple options in the Web Store: Buy an autographed CD, or get an autographed CD plus a handwritten lyric sheet. There are other pre-sale incentives, too: from online Meet & Greets, online personal concerts via Skype or Facebook Messenger, one on one online guitar lessons, and even full House concerts where I come to your house and perform for you and up to 30 of your friends!!

 * After the official release on Feb 17, 2017, the album will be available on all online markets and services (iTunes, Amazon, Spotify, etc). I very much appreciate any reviews and comments, especially the glowing ones!! Positive reviews are one way that independent artists like me gain the attention of promoters and agents in the business. A strong and supportive fan base helps with obtaining press and performance opportunities. 

* Along with the CD presale and release will come more live performances! The thing I enjoy most is bringing my music to you, the audience!
I am touring with Radney Foster this upcoming year and by coordinating schedules, there will be many chances to see me perform in support of my album as well as see me with Radney on tour in support of his new album!

* Last, but not least, for my musician and guitar player fans and friends who are interested in what and how I play, I'll begin doing video lessons and "rig rundowns" of various setups I use and how to get not just the sounds off my album, but sounds I use on tour. I'm thrilled to be playing some of the best equipment from some of the best builders: Shaw Audio, Rivera, and Fender amplifiers, Zemaitis, Gibson, and G&L Guitars, Keeley Electronics, Mad Professor, XTS, and JRAD effects, Truetone power supplies, Spectraflex cables, and Pickboy guitar picks! These will be part of the Woodshed page on my website which will go live shortly after the CD release!

We're just getting started! I'll see you on the Road or around the Row.
STAY TUNED!!!

 

Mid Summer Night's Dream! 

Some very cool things have been going on, and I'm so excited about upcoming things as well!

What I'm most excited about right now is things are moving along for the completion of my upcoming CD! I am so thrilled with the band on this project and cannot wait for you to hear it! I have completed the final mixes and mastering, so I'm getting very close to finalizing this project.  Believe me, I'll let you know as soon as the release date is announced so pre-orders can begin, and I'm looking forward to booking a really cool CD release show!  

But a quick recap of some things that have happened so far:

May was a packed month! Radney Foster released his new CD, "Everything i Should Have Said", and kicked it off with a sold out release party show at the historic Franklin Theatre. It's such a cool venue and the sound there is so great. Then we did a run through Georgia to play the Red Clay Theater which was a blast! And we capped the month off with a performance at the Grand Ole Opry which is always incredible, but was made just a little more special when Ricky Skaggs joined us on stage to play mandolin during "Nobody Wins"!  Also, I'm very honored to be included on Radney's new CD, playing mandolin and singing background vocals on the bonus track version of "Whose Heart You Wreck"! Although I may be a bit biased, it is absolutely one of my favorite CD's to come out this year!

One of the coolest parts of the year in Nashville is always the beginning of June during CMA Fest! This year was no exception, and one of my favorite shows to get to play is Billy Yates' Countriest Of The Country! This year, it was held at the Wildhorse Saloon downtown and included an incredible lineup of artists: Jimmy Fortune, Larry Gatlin, Collin Raye, Darryl Worley, and so many more! What a great time and raising money for a great cause, Christmas For The Chidren! A highlight of the night was at the end when Larry Gatlin asked the band to play "All The Gold in California" with him, and then the grand finale when everyone came out on stage to sing "I Don't Need Your Rocking Chair"!  

Last week, I played a writers round with Billy Yates and Jimmy Fortune at one of our favorite restaurant venues, Puckett's Grocery in Franklin, TN! If you want some of the best Southern cooking and friendly staff, make sure you check out Puckett's next time you're in the area (they have 5 locations around Nashville).  And in a couple days, I'm playing a sold out show at the Bluebird Cafe along with some good friends, Jimmy Payne, Bernie Nelson, and Dave Gibson! 

Keep an eye on the calendar, and join me on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.  

See you on the road or around the Row!!
Eddie

2013 Recap 

Happy New Year! As we start 2014, it's nice to take a look back at some of the cool things that happened in 2013.

For the 4th year in a row I played the Tin Pan South songwriter festival with my good friends Billy Yates, Buddy Jewell, and Jimmy Fortune at the historic Station Inn! It was probably one of the most fun songwriter shows I've had the priveledge to be part of.

In May, I got a call to play with one of my all-time favorite artists, Radney Foster! We played some very awesome shows in TX, opened for Marty Stuart in NJ, and sold out show at the Kessler Theatre that I won't forget. I also got to join Radney during his encore at his show in Nashville at the end of the year (see the video posted on my home page). I'm excited to announce more shows with Radney are coming up in 2014 so please check out my Tour Dates page for upcoming shows!

During CMA Fest, the highlight was definitely Billy Yates' Countriest Of The Country concert where this year I performed with Billy Yates, Jimmy Fortune, Buddy Jewell, Julie Roberts, LuLu Roman, Leona Williams, John Berry, and many more. It's always one of my favorite shows of not only the CMA Fest, but the entire year!  Then I finished off the festival performing at a showcase with contestants that appeared on The Voice!

In September, I was honored to get a call from my friend, David Bradley, asking if I would want to participate in a songwriting retreat with a group of soldiers from Fort Campbell orgazined by SAFE (Soldiers And Families Embraced) and The Beat Of Life. I admit I was worried in the beginning thinking I only had a few hours to take someone's story and put it into song, but after spending time with everyone involved, I knew the song would come when it was time. That was secondary to the friendships that were be We laughed. We cried. We laughed a lot more. I was teamed up with country artist, Eric Lee Beddingfield, and National Guard Specialist Josh Johnson. The story that Josh shared wasn't about his tour in Iraq, but something that happened this year. After the tragic shooting at the Naval Yard, Josh was given the duty to lower the flag at the base to half staff. That became the basis of the song we wrote called "How Many More?".

Then in November, all of the writers and soldiers performed all of the songs at the "Singing Their Stories" concert at Austin Peay University which was such a moving experience. Here is a link to the News Channel 5 coverage of the event. Thanks to SAFE: Soldiers And Families Embraced, The Beat Of Life, and all the songwriters and soldiers involved!
http://www.newschannel5.com/story/23921881/concert-provides-musical-therapy-for-soldiers-with-ptsd

At the close of 2014, Radney Foster asked me to perform with him on the Grand Ole Opry at the Ryman Auditorium! What an honor and a milestone! Check out more pictures on my Gallery page!!  To stand on the Ryman stage in front of a sold out crowd, broadcasting live was awesome enough, but then Radney gave me such a nice introduction and asked the audience to give me a round of applause...is something I will forever be grateful for and never forget!

I also want to thank all the other artists that I worked with throughout this past year, including Julie Roberts, Ty Herndon, Amber Hayes, and Ray Scott. And I want to especially thank you for your continued support!  Looking forward to seeing you on the road or around the Row in the new year!!

Eddie

 

Summer's coming! 

A rousing 'Thank You!' to everyone who came out to the Station Inn this year for our Tin Pan South show and also to NSAI for scheduling us for a 4th year! I'm not sure I've ever laughed so hard on stage. It is such an honor and a pleasure to perform with Jimmy Fortune, Buddy Jewell, and Billy Yates. Someone joked that we should take our show on the road where we could play music venues and comedy clubs! I debuted several new songs and look forward to recording them soon so everyone else can hear them!

Also the same week as Tin Pan South was the much anticipated release of the movie, "Dead In 5 Heartbeats"!! I have to give a shout out to Jeff Santo for making a riveting film and his incredible support of Independent artists, as well as Nick Nicholson for cutting a great track on my song, "Crawl".  Please check out www.deadin5heartbeats.com for upcoming theatrical releases coming to Sacramento, Kansas City, Minneapolis, Chicago, and more!!

I also hit the road for several shows over the past several weeks. I returned to my hometown in April to speak to students at Franklin County High School, and reunited with my brother, John Eversole, to play a couple acoustic shows while in the area. Then I flew out to Sacramento with Julie Roberts. I then got a call to do a short run through Texas with one of my favorite songwriters and performers, Radney Foster! We played a club called House Of Fifi Dubois in San Angelo, TX, and I sure hope to get to go back. The club was sold out, and I'm here to confirm they do still two-step in Texas!!

Coming up, I'm gearing up for CMA Fest and Billy Yates' Countriest Of The Country show. This year featuring: John Berry, Julie Roberts, T Graham Brown, Jimmy Fortune, Leona Williams, Buddy Jewell, Ray Scott, LuLu Roman, Adam Gregory, and Scott & Emily Reeves, plus more to be announced!!

Then in June, I hit the road with Ty Herndon! I first met Ty on his first tour back in 1994/1995 when my band, Durango, opened for him during the Taste Of Cincinnati festival. He blew me away with his incredible voice then and still does!  After all these years, I shared the stage with him 3 years ago performing with Julie Roberts at Ty's CMA Fest show.  Then in March of this year, he jumped on staged with Amber Hayes during CRS!  Now, I'm going to be touring with him.  It's amazing how things work out sometimes!!

Keep an eye on my Tour Dates page for more updates as shows are confirmed.
 

Spring has sprung!?! 

The weather sure has been wild this spring. Trees and flowers are budding, and so are the shows! I've got more shows coming up with Amber White, Amber Hayes, and I am so thrilled to be playing the Tin Pan South songwriter festival in Nashville for the 4th year in a row!  Our Tin Pan show includes a member of both the Gospel Music and Country Music Hall of Fame - Mr. Jimmy Fortune, an ACM award winner - Mr. Billy Yates, an artist with one of the highest charting debut albums - Mr. Buddy Jewell, and yours truly!  Make sure you come early to get a seat on April 6 at the Station Inn, 9:30pm, $8 cover!!

"Dead In 5 Heartbeats", the movie that features my song, 'Crawl', hits select theaters beginning April 5. Cities announced so far include: Phoenix, Cleveland, Sacramento, Kansas City, Minneapolis, New York, Denver!  Check out www.deadin5heartbeats.com

As always in the music business, there's lots of stuff "in the works" and I'm looking forward to sharing more news and announcements as soon as possible.  Until then, Stay Tuned!!

Fan Fair 2011 Recap (CMA Music Fest) 

Every year, country music fans flock to Nashville, TN for CMA Music Fest (formerly called Fan Fair) for 4 plus days for the opportunity to meet their favorite country singers and catch show after show after show!  This year, Fan Fair lasted an entire week for me.  I performed 8 different shows with 7 rehearsals, and I had to learn 73 songs just for that week.  So I thought for fun, I'd recap the entire week to give a quick insight into how wild and awesome this week was.

On the Saturday, June 4th, I had 6 songs to learn for a show with Kelly Ann Hocter at Hotel Indigo. The band met up a few hours before the show for a short rehearsal then played a 30 minute set that same evening. And so Fan Fair begins!  I also got a phone call from David Lee Murphy's management asking if I could perform with David on the main River Stage on Saturday, but it was the same time as Julie Roberts' fan party so I couldn't do it. I really wanted to try to work it out, but there was just no way. It's not the 30 minute set that becomes the issue, it's literally how to get across town, even just 5 or 6 blocks, in enough time. Maybe next year!

On Monday, June 6th, Billy Yates was the featured songwriter at a songwriter's night that happens every Monday at Dan McGuinness. Billy asked me to perform with him so we met up and played 5 songs.  What I thought was going to be a short night turned into a late night partly because we were hanging out and having fun, but then my car got blocked in by 2 motorcycles who parked in my same space in front and behind me. I couldn't get out and had to wait for them to come back and leave, so I ended up getting home around 12:30am.

The next afternoon, I met up with the rest of the guys in the band for Billy Yates' "Countriest of the Country" show! This show is one of my favorites of the entire week. I've been fortunate enough to be part of it and be the band leader for the past 4 years. It's a multi-artist show that runs a lot like the Grand Ole Opry where artists each play a couple songs. The show lasts 4 hours, and the proceeds benefit an organization called Christmas For The Children. We ran through the 6 songs for Billy's set for the show, but I had a total of 21 songs I had to learn for this year's show.

On Wednesday, we loaded into the Ernest Tubb Texas Troubadour Theater at 1pm and began run throughs for the big show! Each artist drops by and we run the songs through one time each before the show, then the show begins at 6pm. It's really hard to describe the show and how much work and fun it is! But I do have one video posted on my Video link and others on YouTube at this point. Please check them out! You can search under my name on YouTube, and I'll work on getting more links posted to take you directly to them.  This year's list of artists that I performed with were: Opry legend, Jeannie Seely, Darryl Worley, Trent Tomlinson, Tammy Cochran, Adam Gregory, Julie Roberts, Buddy Jewell, and Hall of Fame member and former Statler Brother, Jimmy Fortune!!  After the show, we stayed for the meet & greet with the artists and didn't get home until after 2 am.

Thursday morning, I had a writing appointment and wrote a new song with a couple friends. I left the offices at The Song Factory and found out it was "Hot Dog Day" on Music Row. SunTrust Bank hosts Hot Dog Day every year where writers and artists can eat free hot dogs, chips, and beer. I got there right before it ended, but sat down with the one and only, Phil Kaufman. It was a little surreal and a lotta cool all at the same time. Phile spent 25 years working with EmmyLou Harris (who I love so much!) and of course, is known for carrying out Gram Parson's final wishes.  If you don't know the story, watch the movie Grand Theft Parsons.  Then I left the row to head to a 3 hour rehearsal for Julie Roberts which included 22 songs that we had to prepare for her Fan Appreciation party, then left that rehearsal to do 2 more rehearsals that same night with Vickie Raye and Crystal Hoyt who each had 7 songs each to learn. It was a very long day.

Friday morning, I had another writing appointment. We didn't finish a song, but we found some really good ideas to work on next time we get together. Then headed over to rehearse with Julie Roberts again. That was all I had going on Friday, but it was still a solid 8-10 hour day.

Saturday was another big day! I loaded in at the Listening Room Cafe at 1pm to play Julie Roberts' Fan Appreciation Party. The party was scheduled for 2:30-4:30, and originally, I thought we were going to play from 3-4, but we started at 2:45 and played all 22 songs. Wow, is right! I had to be downtown to play the show with Vickie and Crystal at 6:00 and was supposed to meet up with the others at 4:30 to share a ride downtown. But since we played all 22 songs at Julie's party, we didn't finish until 5:00. The show went great, but I was feeling pretty stressed afterwards thinking that I needed to be downtown by 5 to set up for our show. A friend drove me the 5 blocks downtown and dropped me off, but suddenly, I was standing outside the club and the manager wouldn't let us in because he said it was too crowded. He made us stand outside for an hour, and at this point, we found out they were also running an hour behind. Instead of starting at 6, we didn't start until 7. The setup was extremely rushed and although we played great, the sound system left a lot to be desired.  After the show, I got back to my car at 9pm and hadn't eaten since noon, so I stopped off for some sushi!

Sunday was the final day of Fan Fair. I loaded in at Limelight at 4:30p to play Julie Roberts' CD Release party. We took the stage at 5:50 and played 15 or 16 songs. The set ended at 7:20, but I had to be at the Bluebird Cafe by 8:00 to play guitar for a friend as well.  I made it to the Bluebird at 7:55, and my friend was the 2nd person on the list so we went on at 8:15.

In the end, Fan Fair 2011 was crazy, fabulous, intense, awesome, and most importantly, FUN!