January 14, 2013

The world did not end on December 21, 2012!!

I guess it's safe to go ahead and write a new page! Not a lot to catch you up on, actually! We still play just once a month at Friends, a Sixth Street bar in Austin. Occasionally we have the opportunity to play at other venues, if it falls into our lap and is convenient to play! That did not happen at all for 2012, so the only place we played all year was Friends! Twelve months, twelve gigs! I am not complaining about Friends though! We almost always have a good time down there! The stage is right by the sidewalk where people can hear us as they cruise Sixth Street. We play pretty loud, so people can really hear us! If they like what they hear, they come in! And then they pay attention and show their appreciation! Usually after just a few songs the place fills up and a good time is had by all! It might as well be an arena from our point of view, cause it feels like playing a concert! Point is, we have a good time at Friends! Now if we could find some other venues willing to give us a regular monthly gig, like Friends, life would be grand!

I have also not taken any gigs with other bands lately like I did in past! The last extracurricular gig I played was New Years Eve of 2009 with the Daddios! The music biz requires a lot of networking to keep you name out there! I used to go to a lot of jam sessions and play a lot more gigs, so it's no big surprise that the opportunities have declined! Also, some gigs I just wouldn't take anymore, such as playing rhythm acoustic guitar in a country band just to make a few bucks! Or playing a bunch of crappy old top forty songs, again, just to make a few bucks! I'll just stick to what I do best and enjoy the most, for now thank you very much! Loud guitar-driven blues and rock! Oh yea!

We still have not recorded a new CD yet! That is still on the radar and I hope to start that process sometime in 2013! Since no big bags of money have fallen out of the sky, we have no bankroll for recording! (where do these bands that pop up out of nowhere get money to record?) So my hope is to record at home and still be able to offer a decent product. With the available technology today it is possible to set up a home studio without spending a fortune and get good results!

Last but not least, I must mention that today is my late father's birthday. Gene Franklin Norman was born on January 14, 1929. He died April 3, 2010 in a house fire in San Antonio. He got me started playing guitar when I was just eight years old. He is missed!

That's it for now, but check back again for more news as it happens! 

Thanks, Stevie Norman.

Austin, Texas

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