Part of my Thanksgiving tradition is to post this silly song I made about Black Friday a few years ago. #HappyThanksgiving #BlackFriday
I wrote this song in my dorm room at Appalachian as I was watching the leaves turn and start to fall. Even though I recorded this version 18 years later, it still brings back the feeling of watching the shadows roll across the dorm room while I played guitar and contemplated life as only a teenager could.
As the hurricane rolls in, today’s song is fitting, I was originally gonna post it as an end of summer song. One of my favorite recordings (because of the classical and electric guitar parts), Outer Banks is a very old song. I wrote it my freshman year at Appalachian and then re-wrote it for the Carolina Songs album.
It features the MasterPlan, Jason Peeler, Chris Singleton and John Kell and perfectly reflects the conflict of leaving everything behind to move to a quiet place at the beach. Something all of us working folk can relate to.
I’ll move from the Seeing Eye Band album back to my other recent re-release Getaway Plans Anniversary Remix. This is a song that didn’t make the original album for some reason but it has now been resurrected. Recorded with the Parakeet Nelson band featuring John Wayne Tuggle on slide guitar, Dwayne Wallace on bass and Dave Brockway on drums.
It’s a song basically telling the story of my music career. I’ve always been so eclectic and all over the place I guess it’s always been hard to put my music into one category. We played this song live for a few years but this is the first time it’s been unleashed into the online music lexicon. Thanks for listening!!
This was the first song I ever wrote with open chords on the guitar and it was probably my most popular song (at least with the ladies) in high school. That is until I wrote “Flannel Dreams” a year or so later. After listening back and mastering this album, this song seems so out of place with all the other hard driving funky numbers we played. That’s been the story of my career, I love to play ballads like this but I equally love to rock and get funky.
The video was recorded by Joe Long at Comma in Morganton, NC around February in 1990 and is highlighted by Jason Peeler hunched over the keys making it happen (he was a guitar player at that point before switching to bass and then ultimately landing on drums on which he still performs with me to this day). Greg Beaver is always great on bass and of course Jeramy Lamanno (aka Hiro Noodles) is a legend in his own right. I’m still learning to play guitar and sing at this point so bear with me.
Thanks for listening!
More teenage rock from my high school band the Seeing Eye Band. Featuring Greg Beaver, Jeramy Lamanno, Jason Peeler (who still plays with me today) and myself. This line up had only been together a few months when this was filmed after we all decided to switch instruments. I made the jump from drums to guitar a few months earlier which is why my guitar solos get a little testy to say the least.
The energetic closer to the Seeing Eye Band album. I name drop Fred Rumfelt, the engineer and owner of the studio where we recorded the album in beautiful Marion, NC and the Sunn PA that we were always so proud of because we bought it with gig money. Fred was a kind man and a heck of a gospel engineer. He also had no problems with our teenage rock. The album was recorded on a 1 inch eight track and mastered down to cassette.
The ridiculous intro to this song always makes me laugh. Thanks for listening!
A vid of the Seeing Eye Band performing live at Comma in Morganton, NC. I had just begun playing guitar at this point about four months before. Long enough to write a bunch of funky songs and attempt to play meandering guitar solos.