September 5, 2008

I've decided to try and keep up with this news page a little better! We'll see if this new found enthusiasm will hold!

I am still trying to recover from my calendar void since being dismissed from Gabe Nieto's band (for financial reasons!) but these things take time! Most bars and night clubs book about two months in advance, so if you start trying to get on there schedule now, it might be two months or more before you actually play! Some venues book even farther in advance and may book a whole season all at one time! Point is, you have to get in the "pipeline" to get your band booked in most venues!

When I started the Stevie Norman Blues Band, part of my plan was to go in the studio and record a new CD so we could offer some sort of product to put out on the market! I had intended to record by the end of 2007, but for financial reasons, it just didn't work out! Well I still haven't won the lottery, and haven't been signed to Capitol Records, so I have been trying to come up with a plan B! Today's technology has gotten so slick that for a fraction of the cost of recording in a professional studio, you can record at home simply by purchasing quality hardware and software to record on your home computer! I enjoy building my own computers and currently have a pretty slick PC at home with plenty of power to handle the aforementioned recording goodies! I have been doing a little research and think I have found the right hardware to get the job done! With a quality home recording set-up, you can take your sweet time without the clock ticking and get exactly what you want in a recording! I'll keep you posted on the progress!

For about the past year or so, I have opened myself up to play with other bands. I played a very short stint with a country band from Lubbock that didn't work out. I played with Gabe Nieto for about nine months but lost the gig when they downsized. I have played a few pick-up gigs with The Sevilles and Preacher Keen. One band I have played with since about March has been the most fun though! It is a ZZ-Top tribute band called Sharp Dressed Men! We of course play all ZZ Top songs, but we also try to look the part. Being a low budget kind of act however, we don't quite nail the costume end of it and some have described that part as a little hokey! We wear fake beards, cowboy hats and try to dress like ZZ Top, but don't quite get there! Nonetheless, it is a fun gig and I kind of have a knack for nailing the ZZ guitar parts! I have studied Billy Gibbons guitar playing since they first came out and it's become second nature to play ZZ Top songs! Billy Gibbons used to play his Gibson Les Paul exclusively, so I had to buy a Les Paul for the act. Gibson prices have gone through the roof, so I had to buy the more affordable Epiphone version. It is a quality instrument though and I have no complaints! I had a Gibson Les Paul for ten years that I traded off in 2005, but have no regrets since I traded it towards a really nice Gibson Songwriter Deluxe! If you hear about Sharp Dressed Men playing, come check us out! A how how how how!!

That's it for now, but check back again for more news as it happens! As long as your here, sign the guest book!

Thanks, Stevie Norman.

Austin, Texas

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