Because of scheduling, I’ve been on the road a lot with the Crazy Daysies, but I have an announcement to make. It’s official now—the Daysies’ first full length album will be released this fall. Rebecca is working on pinning down the exact release date and venue. We should have those details soon. There’s a mile-long to-do list.
Wee Pub South celebrated the pub’s 5th anniversary in St. Mary’s (GA) on Saturday, highlighting indie music, trucks, and a parking lot party that felt like a block party. Fun was the only agenda in sight, with bands filling the night with music as guests played corn hole right below the stage. Besides that, those interesting trucks were on display, hoods up, for enthusiasts to admire engines and the ‘which-its’ that run them.
On Sunday, Rebecca was scheduled to open for Cain’t Never Could as part of festivities for Second Sundays in Springfield. We planned to go, but by late morning, our Mandarin community south of Jax was getting heavy showers and a light show. For a couple hours, it looked like the event at Klutho Park located north of Jacksonville wouldn’t be possible. By 2 p.m., a reprieve was in progress courtesy of Mother Nature, and the event was a go-ahead. There was a bonus, too.
From the time I was a kid, July 4 was a special holiday. I loved the fireworks, neighborhood cookouts, and family time. I still do. But July 4 represents something else to me.
Are you a traveling artist? If so, you’ve probably been where I was last week.
Lots of songs we hear nowadays are a collaboration among members of a team. Many of these songs are formulaic—an award-winning songwriter once explained to my daughter the standard format for a good country song. Naturally, she disregarded everything he said.
Palatka’s Blue Crab Festival over Memorial Day weekend drew lots of people to the small town known for festivals, views of the mighty St. John’s River, and hospitality. That last was obvious as soon as we arrived to hear the Crazy Daysies and other bands scheduled for Saturday.
Today the Blue Crab Festival in Palatka kicks off its 29th annual event with live music, just about any kind of seafood you’d want, and arts and crafts vendors. There will be carnival rides and games. There’s even an adopt-a-duck event. What’s not to like?
In the Mandarin community in Jacksonville (FL), Hoby’s Honey and General Store is a destination for many of us seeking honey, canned products like pickles and jalapenos, and other locally produced wares. Besides the quality of the products, the fact they’re unique is icing on the cake. There’s more to Hoby’s than things to eat, though.
How many of us have been through times when we’d shake our head and wish for a couple more hours in the day because we’re so busy? Everyone goes through that, artist or not. But for artists, it’s a double-edged sword. Sometimes the business of art can crowd out the art. That’s why you need an inspiration destination close at hand. Not long ago I was talking with my daughter. She’d booked heavily ahead of summer, doing solo, duo, trio and full band shows. She’d taken roughly three days off work in a 30-day period.