Booked a session at Cowboy Technical Studios yesterday and recorded two new songs for my next record featuring the incredible pickings of Elena Skye and Boo Reiners on mandolin and banjo. Producerman Roscoe took this picture using the panorama app on his iPhone 5 (in case you wonder why the neck of the guitar I'm holding looks wonky.)
After my tunes, Elena and Boo recorded a couple of theirs too. After one great take, Roscoe started laughing. "You know what?" he giggled, cocking his thumb at me. "Slim over here is the Executive Producer."
Hey, I think these two kids have real talent. Stay tuned for the tracks...
My friends in the band Spanking Charlene kicked out the jams last night in one of New York City's rock 'n' roll valhallas, the Bowery Ballroom. They kindly invited me out to play harmonica on one song, which was a real thrill because it was the first time in almost a dozen years of musical striving that I set foot on the vaunted Bowery Ballroom stage. I got an all access pass, too. Here's the view from sidestage, all energy and glory.
Backstage? Coke and strippers!
Note how jaded Charlene looks. What a rock star.
UPDATE 5/24: The New York Times wrote about the George Jones tribute being cancelled. (Someone must've tipped them off...)
UPDATE, 5/23: Friends, tonight's George Jones tribute show has been postponed after a surprise visit to the Rodeo Bar this afternoon by the NYC Department of Health. While this news is disappointing, there's country humor in the fact that the show was to honor a man who missed so many of his own gigs that he was nicknamed "No-Show Jones."
From the Ramones to George Jones.