I’m a performing songwriter. It has been my honor to play at some VERY fine listening rooms such as The Late Week Lazy Boy Supper Club, held at the Royal Theater in Archer City, Pigeon’s Posse in Austin during SXSW, and Java Jax, a remarkable venue in Sweetwater, Texas. I’ve had some amazing Moments as a performer and played some events that have taken my breath away, but these stand out as highlights because of the priority that is given to the listening experience.
I left radio for the last time in 2003 or thereabout, bravely immersing myself in the world of the professional musician. I quickly found out that listening rooms are rare in West Texas, and tend not to sell the beer and alcohol that creates a budget to pay for professional musicians. I soon became adept at scootin’ boots and rockin’ out and setting sales records for shots with risque names. Bar managers and cab companies love me, but it hasn’t exactly made me a household name.
Don’t get me wrong; I LOVE playing loud and proud, connecting with audiences across Texas by playing familiar, crowd-pleasing songs. It has helped me hone the performance aspects of my show to a fine edge—I even teach a clinic on it—and my own shows are better for it.