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After revisiting the songs of Kinky Friedman for his role as “Musician Kinky” in the stage production, “Becoming Kinky,” Jesse was convinced he needed to do a complete album of Kinky covers. Jesse describes the sound as “real rough, 70’s Topanga Canyon, loose country feel.” “Jesse Sings Kinky” is the ninth solo recording in Jesse’s discography.
Jesse Dayton "Jesse Sings Kinky"
Kevin Curtin, FRI., NOV. 30, 2012
Jesse Dayton demonstrates his affinity for Kinky Friedman's sincere side by taking on "Marilyn and Joe" and "Lady Yesterday" instead of "They Ain't Making Jews Like Jesus Anymore" and "Get Your Biscuits in the Oven and Your Buns in the Bed." On Jesse Sings Kinky, the singer, guitarist, actor, and director gives the material a bonafide "kick in the ass," with quickened tempos and solos as sharp as Friedman's wit. Having portrayed the would-be governor in Becoming Kinky, the deeper-voiced Dayton doesn't stoop to imitation. He faithfully enhances. An instrumentally busy take on "Highway Cafe" tops the earlier Tom Waits cover and stands out as the highlight. Given Friedman's iconoclastic pen and Dayton's musical craftsmanship, Jesse Sings Kinky offers new appreciation for both. Does he who tributes ooze charisma like his celebrant? Close, but no cigar.
The film is done and we will be announcing a North American release date soon. Now it's time to tour outside of Texas and I can't wait.
THURS. JUNE 27TH IN EL PASO at the BLACK MARKET....FRI. it's a FREE SHOW in PHOENIX AZ. at the CRESCENT BALLROOM (doors at 8 pm w/ Hayward Squares and Pat Roberts opening)....SAT. @ 1 PM we play the BORN FREE MOTORCYCLE FESTIVAL in SILVERADO, CALIFORNIA (it's in Orange Country at the Oak Canyon Ranch, same place as the Hootenany is held every year).
Look for us out on the road and more dates will be announced soon!
See ya'll on the road!
Well, it's Ash Wednesday and all the Fat Tuesday party people have gone beddy-bye. Mardi Gras Day has always been fascinating to me and Fat Tuesday in the French Quarter is the day to be there. All the tourist have gone home to return to work and all the locals in New Orleans put on the most outrageous costumes they can find, ban work for the day and go from club to club, party to party and are usually tailed by a snake dance a half a block long with tunes provided by some of the most phenomenal brass players and drummers on the planet earth. I filmed Mardi Gras for the opening scene of my movie Zombex two years back. What a time. Zombex is at the Berlin Film Festival right now being shown to more foreign buyers. Should have an official US release date for my little horror movie soon.
Night before last I gotta business call about doing a blues song for a major car companies commercial. I went full on Hound Dog Taylor on their ass and recorded a song with only drums and guitars (one playing rhythm, one playing slide) Look Mom, no bass! It kills and I had a blast doing it. Love to do a whole record like this. I played everything myself, drums & percussion included. Took only two hours to record the song. Pure bliss and the way things should go when you're creating...90 miles an hour like your just trying to get it out of your brain before you forget it!
Ok, back to reality: THURS. we play BROKEN SPOKE where the back and sides of this legendary honky tonk were recently paved with nice new concrete. Sorry, but me and my F-250 crewcab truck will not miss those pot holes. This is "progress" I can get behind. An old country man from E. Texas told me once, "know the first thing folks from the city do when they move out to the country? Pave the roads to their house!"
Speaking of country, this FRI. NIGHT in FORT WORTH TEXAS we play one of the greatest dance establishments up in N. Texas, PEARLS DANCE HALL. For our fans up in N. Texas who never get to see our Thursday night show at the Spoke in Austin, well, here's your chance cuz that's the set we'll be playing.
Alright amigos, back to work. Making the very, very last of the last notes for Zombex. My business trip to LA last week was very successful for our little indie movie and I got to record a song with hit songwriter Holly Knight (she engineered the session herself....what a badass chick!) Will Zombex set the world on fire? Ehh? Will it recoup my producers money? Hell yeah and that will set us up to do the next one.
Ok, to quote John Wayne in one of my favorite westerns ever, "The Cowboys" and something my Pops said to me and I say to my kid in the mornings...."rise and shine boy, you're burning daylight!"
Happy Valentines Day ya'll,
2013 is on! My film "Zombex" has been in NYC, LA & Toronto having the final touches put on it. The film comes in at a mere 1 hour and 25 minutes and as far as horror movies go, it flies by. There's a lot of my life that shows up on the screen as there is with all the projects that I work on (references from about Louisiana and Texas' music, food and culture) My fav directors are all guys from the 70's era (Coppola, Scorcese, Bogdonavich) and while I'd never compare myself to those guys, they all 3 started out making small exploitation B-films (mostly horror, some action) for legendary producer Roger Corman. This is the approach I took with Zombex. For Christ sakes, it's a zombie movie, so I'm not expecting to set the world on fire, but we have already sold foreign territories after Cannes and are making a studio deal for domestic release this month. In essence, things are looking very well for me to direct another one in 2013.
Between those films, I'll be stocking my calendar up with live music shows. Jan. has only a few shows cuz we're trying to finish the film in the next week. BROKEN SPOKE in AUSTIN every THURSDAY NIGHT 9-12. This is suppose to be a slow month but the shows have been packed.
THIS WED. NIGHT on the 9th, I'll be playing an early show with my friend Davin James at PUFFABELLY'S in OLD TOWN SPRING TX. from 8-10. This show just gets better and better....killer crowd. I wouldn't keep coming back if I didn't enjoy it so much. At some point I want to record this show and put it out as a live record. Anyway, we have some other dates as well this month.
One up in the DALLAS/PLANO area at LOVE & WAR on FRI. JAN. 18TH. JAN. 25TH at RILEYS TAVERN outside of Austin and JAN. 26TH at the FRONTIER BAR for MURPHOS HOTROD & MOTORCYCLE SHOW.
These are gigs I'm doing to keep the band taken care of while I'm finishing the film. Our calendar for Feb. and Mar. are packed with shows, and in April I'm going on tour and can't wait. Ready to get out there and throw down. The "JESSE SINGS KINKY" record is doing well and thanks for all of you who keep requesting it on SIRIUS/XM OUTLAW COUNTRY RADIO CHANNEL 60.
There's also a new soundtrack coming out for the hit TV series "JUSTIFIED" that I have a song on along with Dave Alvin and a bunch of other great artist, so look for that.
Ok, goin' back into the studio this week to work on my new record, and produce some tracks on a new guy I found who I think could be the next Warren Zevon. Hell of a songwriter...trust me. You've never heard of him, but I'll be releasing the details soon. His tunes are up there with Stinson's and that ain't easy to do. Onward!
brang it son!
PS I just went into the studio and cut a song w/ Joe King Carrasco and all the Texas Tornadoes....can't wait for y'all to hear it!
MY NEW RECORD "JESSE SINGS KINKY" IS OUT ON ITUNES, ONLINE AT JESSEDAYTON.COM, AND AT THE BEST RECORD STORES IN THE WORLD! Thanks to everyone who keeps requesting my new record of all Kinky Friedman songs to the DJ's on Sirius/XM Outlaw Country! I love getting phone pictures from people's cars when songs off the record like "The Silver Eagle," or "Rapid City South Dakota," or "Nashville Casualty," come on. It's awesome seeing it! Get this record. It sounds like a JD record 100%, but with me doing one of the best batches of Texas singer-songwriter tunes to ever come out of the 70's Outlaw scene. Kinky and I just played 2 packed shows at the Mucky Duck onstage together, and it was really cool, so we're booking some more shows and maybe a whole tour.
In other news, the horror film I wrote/directed, "Zombex," just had it's first screening in Hollywood on Halloween night at the AFM Film Fest, and did very well. The festival was great on so many levels for our feature film. Lot's of foreign interest (Europe, Asia, Australia...hoping I can travel to some of those premiers!), great notes to tweak a few things in the edit before it's release, and most importantly, lot's of industry buzz. My best friend from Houston, TX, Lew Temple, who is the star of "Zombex," (no one could sell the New Orleans dialogue of his character like Lew. I literally wrote the part hearing his voice), is also now the newest cast member on AMC's "The Walking Dead," playing "Axel." Don't know how long it'll be 'til he gets killed in that, but Lew has a bunch of other film and TV stuff coming out that will be equally mind blowing. As well as Lew, Malcolm McDowell and Sid Haig, who are in "Zombex," also really helped the buzz at the festival. Never underestimate star power, even if it's just horror movie cult star status. (which are my fav anyway) Also in the cast are Tom Araya, lead singer for Slayer, John Doe, lead singer from punk band X, (whose also acted in Boogie Nights, Great Balls of Fire and Road House), Kinky Friedman,(songwriter, humorist, would be Texas Gov.) David Christopher, (Beneath the Darkness), and a guy who I fought to be in the film when everyone said "no, not him!" Corey Feldman, who I love and grew up with! (Goonies, Lost Boys, 80's icon. Hey, Travolta was making baby talking movies 'til Tarantino put him in Pulp Fiction?)
SHOWS COMING UP! This THURS. we play THE BROKEN SPOKE in AUSTIN, TX during FORMULA 1 RACE WEEK from 9-12. Austin is going to be insane this week. Think ACL & SXSW all rolled into one as race fans from all over the world descend upon A-Town.
FRI. we play ARTWALK FESTIVAL in ALPINE TX @ 9 pm.
SAT. NIGHT @ 8 pm we play PADRE'S in MARFA, TX. I love this part of Texas, and am really looking forward to being around all those majestic mountains and star filled skies. Something really spiritual about the desert from Mexico that trails into the Big Bend Mountain area.
Next week I return to HOUSTON (actually SPRING. TX) to OL' TOWN SPRING for a JESSE SINGS KINKY RELEASE party at PUFFABELLY'S with my best picking buddy Davin James from 7-10. This is one of my favorite shows ever, and I'll be playing a lot of new songs from the record. It's the night before THANKSGIVING, so if you want to get away, OR drag the relatives out, brang it!
FRI. NIGHT I play a private show for a very, very notorious biker gang that I'm sure all of you have heard of, but won't say here. One night I play for politicians, the next night crazed music lovers in God knows what town on the globe, the next night a biker throw down that will attract 1000's of Harleys. Yes, I'm riding a Harley to this gig.
Via Con Dios Amigos,
Getting called up to the majors for one of the biggest things I've done yet. Will let everyone know when the ink dries on the contract, but until then I'm chilling on Beam/Maker shots at the gigs. Daddy's doing a 6 week training program to get ready for this and Kentucky will still have a whole state full of bourbon for us to drink once I finish up my work while looking like a mean lean killing machine doing it. ("priorities"...I've seen many a Pogue fan get pissed for wasting money on shots for Shane McGowan when he was "on the wagon." Thank God my liver hasn't been abused like Shane's. Anywanker, save your $, lol)
"Zombex" lead actor Lew Temple has joined the cast of Walking Dead, and his character "Axel" was revealed at the end of the season opener last night. Good on ya Lew!
Today Eddie Spaghetti, lead singer of the Supersuckers, flies into Austin so we can start work on his new record for Bloodshot Records that I'll be producing and playing guitars on. This is gonna raaaaawk your balls off!
My new record "JESSE SINGS KINKY" continues to get killer airplay on SiriusXM radio on the Outlaw Country channel 60. Check out the new video I did here for the song "Marilyn & Joe".
The record will be everywhere online and in stores the first week of November but you can PRE-ORDER IT NOW!
SHOWS THIS WEEKEND: It's a hill country three-some. THURS. I play the legendary BROKEN SPOKE in AUSTIN from 9:30-12 where we had the BLACK KEYS there checking us out last week.
FRI. NIGHT I play a FREE SHOW for THE KUT RADIO fan appreciation night with KINKY FRIEDMAN at the legendary CACTUS CAFE. Kinky and I will be onstage together trading songs for FREE at an amazing venue in Austin.
SAT. NIGHT we headline the one and only GRUENE HALL in Gruene, TX. with the full band where we'll proceed to play songs from all of my records and throw down as hard as humanly possible. Let me just end by saying this, if you've never been to Gruene Hall NOW is the time of year to come. The weather will be perfect ya'll!!!
Brang it son!,
Getting lot's of photos of car/truck radios of the new songs from the "Jesse Sings Kinky" record from people listening to it on Sirius/XM Outlaw Country Radio channel 60. 'prishate ya!
Lot's goin' on this month. Where do I start? Got the confirmation today that a JD song will be placed on the TV show "Justified" soundtrack. Steve Earle and Dave Alvin are also on it. Been in the studio the last 2 days working on music for mega-producer/music supervisor George Drakoulias. (George produced Tom Petty & the Black Crowes and music supervised both of The Hangover movies) I'm producing lead singer Eddie Spaghetti's solo record from the world famous rock n roll band The Supersuckers, whose coming into Austin in a week to work with me.
Playing in SPRING, TX at PUFFABELLY'S in Ol' Town Spring, WED. the 10th.
THURS. we play the BROKEN SPOKE which should be a killer scene with all the ACL fanatics coming into Austin.
This weekend I work non-stop on the film to try to finish by our due-date of OCT. 23rd. Say a prayer. Making a film is the hardest thing I've ever done. Not exactly working for a summer in an E. Texas oil field, but still mentally taxing and never ending.
On OCT. 20TH, SAT. NIGHT @ 9 pm, I headline the legendary GRUENE HALL in GRUENE TEXAS. If you've never been to Gruene Hall this would be the best time of year to make a road trip. The summers are brutally hot in Gruene and with the weather nice and cool, it'll be just like heaven there.
Ok, gotta crash. Sorry for my lack of usual psuedo philosophical redneck humor, but Daddy's beat. Hope to see y'all at one of the shows amigos!
P.S. I've been taking some really great bike rides on my Harley lately and it's really great for your head. It's better then therapy, drinks, drugs or psychiatry. The road is my church. Also, one of my favorite guitar players from Austin, Nick Curran, passed away. What a major major talent and killer style. Could play circles around most guitar players & could play anything he heard. Very few are like that and most have a special "thing" they do. RIP Nick....see ya on the other side brother.
Just leaving the mastering lab finishing the final touches on my new record, "Jesse Sings Kinky," that will be out soon. Sure, I could've done something safer for a record of covers like George Jones, Buck Owens or Johnny Cash. You know, exactly what you would've thought I'd do. But frankly, those performances won't get any better no matter who sings them. I love Dwight Yoakum but I'd much rather hear Buck sing Buck then Dwight sing Buck. But with Kinky Friedman, the 70's song-writer who ran with Bob Dylan, Tom Waits and Willie Nelson loooong before he became a NY Times bestselling author, well, there was not only a killer repertoire of songs to exploit my own way, but a guy who was known as much more of a writer of songs than a singer of songs. Not to mention, most of his non-funny, introspective material is hard to even find these days because it's out of print. Most of my generation can't name one song by the guy except maybe "Asshole From El Paso." I've been working on films for the last 3 and half years because, first, I love it and second because I don't have to change who I am musically to do that. While I've been honing my craft for film making and soundtrack work I've been playing the Broken Spoke (a much coveted Thurs. night residency with musicians in Austin. I've had two acts, that I thought we're friends, do everything they could to try and oust me out so they could have it. It ain't all Willie & Waylon in the Austin music scene! lol) and not touring the 170 shows a year around the globe that I was doing before since 93. This has helped me to have a whole new career. Take the pressure off the one I love the most financially (being music) and enable me to say "no" to a whole lotta gigs that were dream-killing, hope-dashing blood buckets that would've eventually made me a star recipient for a liver transplant. While I've been flying back and forth to LA working on my film "Zombex," I knew I needed to record another record. (btw...I still don't think my fans, friends and family truly understand that someone was crazy enough to trust me to write and direct my own feature film. It's like getting a record deal times a 1000) After portraying Kinky in the play "Becoming Kinky" we were going to take it to NYC. Offers were there. Folks, working six nights a week as a stage actor in NY is not quite as glamorous and, frankly, artistically fulfilling as writing and directing a film with Malcolm McDowell. So, after all the Rob Zombie movie hoopla died down, I thought "why not make a record that sounds like Jesse Dayton doing Kinky Friedman songs?" Lord knows, most of my fans haven't heard his stuff and to be honest, there were quite a few of these gems I'd never heard before either. Kinky and I have become good friends, despite our political differences. He's a deep guy. Funny. Very, very funny. So, why not?
THURS. I play the Spoke in Austin 9:30-12.
FRIDAY morning, Kinky and I fly to NASHVILLE to play the AMERICANA MUSIC CONFERENCE. We'll be on Mojo Nixon's Sirrius/XM OUTLAW RADIO SHOW at 5:00 pm on FRIDAY. I've never felt too "Americana." My friends Hayes Carll and Ryan Bingham who came out of the whole Texas singer-songwriter thing, yes. Me? Well, let's just say I liked Robert Keen and Jerry Jeff, but after awhile I needed to hear real crooners who could sing and that wasn't the Americana gang. Nonetheless, I'll go and dabble in that world, like I've dabbled in some many other worlds, and be damn happy to be there.
After this I fly up to Toronto to lock picture on my film at a post production lab. Yep, life is strange but I wouldn't have it any other way....see y'all down the road amigos!
This week I'm slammed working on VFX and post-production work for Zombex so I'm gonna make this one short.
THURS. we play THE BROKEN SPOKE in AUSTIN, which we played last Sat. night and had a great crowd. Goin' through this phase where I'm riding my Harley to the gigs (that are close) 'cuz it's a great way to come down from the rush of being onstage by driving the bike home. Gotta figure out how to take it on the next tour.
FRI. NIGHT we play BLANCO'S in HOUSTON, 9-12. I used to have a weekly show at Blanco's, and played there all the time with my old band, so it's gonna be a cool return to the River Oaks honky-tonk! (yep, that's an oxymoron but it's a great place)
SAT. I play a private show in SAN ANTONIO for some Hardchargers who want to take their shin-dig to the next level.
Ok, after we edit in the rest of the VFX I head back to Toronto and LA to lock picture and show it to the executives. In the words of John Wayne, in one of my favorite westerns of all time "The Cowboys," "up and Adam girl scouts, you're burning my daylight!"
Yes, it does take a year or more to make a solid feature film, but we're nearing towards the very end of "Zombex" finally! Man, patience is not one of my biggest virtues, but I've learned out of pure necessity so I don't lose my mind. Cannes went well, now we're following up with all the distributors and it's a slow & tedious process making foreign territory deals. The problem is this...because of internet pirating you can not let, say Russia, release it first or it'll wind up all over the internet for free everywhere else, which will blow the other deals. Whatever...more "Zombex" news on the way soon.
Just finished the "Jesse Sings Kinky" record and had Kinky Friedman out to listen to the mixes at Red Horse Studios in Austin. I was sweating like a pregnant hooker in a Pentecostal Church (cuz I arranged the songs like I would one of my records, very different from Kinky's folk-country style) but thankfully he LOVED it. Loved it so much we're going to do some acoustic shows together soon, starting at the Americana Music Convention in Nashville in Sept., where we'll do a bunch of radio stuff and a couple of sets. The record will be out soon, but first we release a music video online for the single that we film next week here in Austin.
Ok, now for the guts of this thing...GIGS: This THURS. NIGHT we play the BROKEN SPOKE in AUSTIN, TX from 9-12 like we always try to do when I'm in town. Last week was packed and I was surprised, considering we had Dwight Yoakum playing at the same time down the street.
FRI. NIGHT we return to LOVE & WAR in PLANO, TEXAS, 8-11 This is our real home away from home in N. Texas and we love this place. When the hipsters in Dallas were going back and forth over whose hot, blah, blah, blah... we could always book this show and have a killer crowd bringing in people from Big D to fill it out along with the locals. Now everybody plays here, just fill in names of Texas' usual suspects... I like the place so much I gave them the 8x10 press pic of me singing the National Anthem at Minute Maid Park when the White Sox beat my 'Stros to go to the World Series. They're Ranger fans and STILL hung it up by the bar! lol
SAT. at 5 in the late afternoon at the CONTINENTAL CLUB in HOUSTON, the rockabilly sparks will fly with a JD Trio set playing mostly Road Kings songs and some new rockabilly songs I wrote for another record at BIG E'S ROCK BABY ROCK IT SHOW. Yes, I'm ready to play some dirty white boy Devils music. Who else from E. Texas/Louisiana is really doing it? Johnny Horton and Joe Clay grew up right around the corner from me. Rehearsing this week so we can put a psychobilly ass-whoopin on this show...brang it son.
PS OH YEA...FOR ALL OF Y'ALL THAT CAN'T MAKE IT ON THURS. NIGHTS FOR OUR BROKEN SPOKE SHOW....WE JUST BOOKED JULY 28TH, SAT. NIGHT, AT THE END OF THE MONTH!
American airports are the devil's armpit!!! Can I get an amen??? EBookers and British Airways screwed me over on my flights to Finland and back. Looks like we'll be recording the new roots three piece record in Austin instead of Helsinki now. Oh well, reminds me of a t-shirt Willie Nelson used to wear all the time that said, "We are not in control....breathe." Man, ain't that the truth! So I'm here this week, not in Europe.
Got a call last week from NYC about me playing Johnny Cash in the Broadway smash hit, "The Million Dollar Quartet." It's not something I can do at this point. I'm finishing a film right now, releasing two new records with plans for tour dates, and will probably be directing another film in November, which honestly is a much bigger deal to me than working for someone else as a stage actor. This is called problems of abundance, but I'm more than flattered by the call.
This week I go back into the studio to put the finishing touches on the new record of Kinky Friedman songs I just recorded, "Sold American." It sounds killer!
WED. NIGHT I'm heading down to OLD TOWN SPRING to play PUFFABELLY'S, 8-10 right outside of HOUSTON,TX. This is always a great crowd, and I'll be doing some new songs for sure.
THURS. NIGHT we play THE BROKEN SPOKE in AUSTIN, TX from 9-12, where last week was so packed that people had to park three blocks away.
Heading to L.A. after that to work on my film "Zombex," which is coming together really well. Can't wait to get a release date from the distributors!
Talk soon amigos...here we go again!
This week the horror film I wrote and directed, "Zombex" is at the Cannes Film Festival in France. We've already been offered some foreign deals and I'll be able to make an announcement about European distribution for the film after the festival. This is hands down the biggest stuff I've ever been involved in and if my producers return with everything in order like we hope, I'll be directing my second film in the next six months. Say a prayer to the movie Gods....these things are incredibly difficult and take an immense amount of patience compared to recording a record.
Been in the studio this week working on this new record I'm doin' with Kinky Friedman. Like most Texans, I'd always heard the typical novelty/funny Kinky songs like "Asshole From El Paso" or "They Ain't Making Jews Like Jesus Anymore." But after I did the play about Kinky's life, I dug deeper into his catalogue and realized he had some very heavy tunes like "Lady Yesterday" and "Rapid City South Dakota" or "Sold American." Songs that not only most people had not heard, but didn't even know how to get them since they we're released on vinyl back in the 70's and we're out of print. Kinky's been in NYC with Billy Bob Thornton doin' press for the new book they just wrote together. Sure, we don't always agree on politics these days but I keep a very eclectic group of friends around me. Interesting, funny and loyal are my main prerequisites for my inner circle and my friends come in all shapes, colors and sizes. Sure, some of them are bigger assholes than others, but hey, it'd be a boring world if we were all the same right???
WED. NIGHT I'm playing an acoustic show with JASON RINGENBERG (from Jason and the Scorchers), with MIKE STINSON at the AUSTIN HOUSE OF SONGS. There's only 50 tickets to this, and there are still almost 10 left and it comes with drinks and dinner. Just talked to Jason yesterday and told him I'd sit in with him if we could burn the barn down with some old Scorchers songs, so that's what we're playing.
THURS. NIGHT I play the BROKEN SPOKE in AUSTIN, TX, 9-12 where I can't believe I've somehow STILL held onto this gig in the middle of all this film stuff. This won't last forever and at some point I know I'll have to give it up out of sheer self-sabatoge. How much longer can I tell producers and people like Rob Zombie, "umm, hey man, I gotta fly back to Austin for the day to play this gig but I'll be right back in the mornin!" They all look at me like I'm insane.
SAT. NIGHT we play probably the most coveted show in Texas on the most insane weekend. SAT. NIGHT headlining at GRUENE HALL with 1100 SPRINGS opening on MEMORIAL WEEKEND. The Hall called us and asked us to play this show cuz our last one was packed. We need y'all to make a road trip. And face it, it's really the last weekend before the heat gets out of control. So come on out and hang with us in Gruene Texas. Hell, get in the river, tube, drink beer, step up and be somebody hoss!
onward mi amigos,
Sitting in the editing room in Burbank trying to finally lock the edit and score on Zombex before they take off to Cannes with it.
Last Friday night I played on the Johnny Cash Celebration at ACL/Moody Theater, which was sold out. The band was Don Was, Kenny Aronoff, Buddy Miller, Greg Leisz backing up myself, Matt McConaughey, Sheryl Crowe, Willie Nelson, Kristofferson, Lucinda Williams, Rhett Miller, Jamie Johnson & many others. Even though it sold out, the good news is they filmed it and are releasing it on TV as a PBS Special. Will let y'all know when it airs. Me and Matt McConaughney did "When The Man Comes Around" together. Big thanks to Don Was for including me in this stuff.
Saturday I played a show with my trio at the International Festival in Houston, and melted faces. Show was packed and it felt good to be playing all the guitar in the new trio line-up, and just goin for it again. It's time.
This week I fly back to Austin on Wednesday night.
THURS. NIGHT we play the legendary BROKEN SPOKE, 9-12 in AUSTIN, TX.
FRI. & SAT. I'm a groomsman in one of my best friends weddings and I look forward to getting these two love birds hitched and on their way to marital bliss.
SUN. we play "SHINER SUNDAY" at LOVE & WAR in PLANO, TEXAS from 5-8. We love this show. The weather should be puuuurfect.
Ok, what else? We confirmed a headlining show for my birthday on the Sat. of Memorial Day, May 26th at GRUENE HALL with my friends 1100 SPRINGS opening up. This show is goin' to be balls out amigos....brang it!
Editing the film takes forever. Slammed big time. Wanted to let y'all know about a few shows this week...
THURS. we are back at the BROKEN SPOKE in AUSTIN, 9-12, after being gone last week.
FRI. NIGHT we play a FREE SHOW at HOTEL SORELLA in HOUSTON, TX, 10-12. Yep, it's free to get in and we always have a party in the lounge after the show.
SAT. NIGHT we play an early show at the CONTINENTAL CLUB in AUSTIN, 7-10 with Two Hoots & A Holler, and we go on at 8:30 sharp.
SUN. morning I fly back out to LA to work on Zombex 'til THURS. Then we play some shows for SXSW.
After that, it looks like I'll be up in Toronto at a film finishing lab working on Zombex some more.
Ok, y'all...best to you and your families and I hope too catch up with ya soon mi amigos!
Working on Zombex this week and we have 2 shows we're playing in Texas.
THURSDAY we play the legendary BROKEN SPOKE from 9-12. Been away for 2 weeks so Thursday should be off the hook.
FRIDAY NIGHT we play a Houston Livestock Show & Rodeo BBQ Cookoff after-party at the ARMADILLO PALACE on KIRBY ST. in HOUSTON, across from Goode Co. BBQ. This show will be a madhouse, so get there early by 9 if you want a seat.
The next morning I fly out to LA to finish post work on Zombex.
Slammed right now, so gotta make this a short one this week. Love every dang one of y'all...brang it!
let's do this,
Bouncing around....in the studio working on the new record of Kinky songs (we've got 10 down)...editing "Zombex" back & forth to LA/Austin...taking meetings for "The Sinner" about making it into a TV series on a cable channel (THE SINNER TRAILER). Slammed right now, so can't elaborate much. More will be revealed next week.
Taking this THURS. OFF FROM THE BROKEN SPOKE and working on some film deadlines.
Playing SAT. NIGHT in HOUSTON, TX in the Monnalisa Bar at the HOTEL SORELLA 9:30-12:30 where we will take over the lounge and throw a killer after-party.
ok amigos, gotta jump...best to you and yours!
let's do this!
P.S. big congrats to my amigo Lew Temple whose taking off for New Mexico this week to start work on the new Lone Ranger movie with Johnny Depp...wow!
Things are crazy right now. Playing gigs in Texas, flying back & forth to LA to work on post for our film Zombex, and heading into the studio on Sunday to start work on the new Kinky Friedman record. Lots of time management taking place. Can't really get into it this week, but will update y'all next week.
We're playing two shows this week: THURS. NIGHT @ THE BROKEN SPOKE in AUSTIN, TX, 9-12. Somehow I've managed to hang onto this gig in the midst of a lot of craziness. Just for example, imagine this scenario...I'm sitting in Burbank working on the edit for Zombex and I tell a room full of movie folks, "well, I'm flying home to Austin for the night to play this honky tonk called The Broken Spoke. Be back in the morning." Needless to say, they don't "get it," but who cares? One thing I've learned is the money and the career comes and goes. Life is all about the hang, and I love playing the Spoke and checking in with my friends there.
SAT. NIGHT we play at THE KESSLER THEATER in DALLAS, TEXAS @ 9:00 sharp. I hear this is one of the nicest listening rooms in all of Texas. I'm playing on a three band show and I'm in the middle, so I will go on at exactly 9:00 pm. Seems like we're moving up to playing more theaters and halls lately so if you're in N. Texas, come out and support us on this one. I'll be playing all my tunes and throwing in a few obscure originals.
ok amigos, here we go again!
P.S. Congrats to my friend Lew Temple, who just got a part in the new Lone Ranger movie with Johnny Depp...not bad, huh?
Our first headlining gig at Gruene Hall was packed last Sat. night. Thanks to everyone who came out from all over the state of Texas to support us. I saw people from Dallas, Houston, San Antonio, Austin, Corpus, hell one couple came from El Paso, (that's a little shy of 12 hrs. away!). We hope y'all dug it as much as we did. We played everything from "Wayward Soul" to "Dick Soup"...living the dream!
Also, big thanks to the Allen Oldies Band, Mike Stinson (who played drums), and David Bebee who played farfisa organ (ala 96 Tears!), and backed me up earlier at the Benefit for Houston Press writer Chris Gray ealier in the day. I had to go on early because I had to get back for the show at Gruene Hall, so I was suprised at 2pm what a great crowd we had for my ALL DOUG SAHM SONGS set!
Ok, back to reality...working on Zombex with our editor, our visual FX guy, our color correction guy, and our composer whose helping me with the music. I've surrounded myself with some hotshot folks on this film and it's really starting to show in the edit. So excited about this film I can't sleep (ok, yea, I can sleep...but ya get my drift?), and it should be locked pretty soon. I gotta get back on it.
GIGS THIS WEEK: this THURS. NIGHT we play the BROKEN SPOKE, 9-12 in AUSTIN,TX where the crowds just never cease to amaze us.
FRI. NIGHT we play a show at the SONS OF HERMAN HALL in DALLAS,TX in the DEEP ELLUM area, 10 - 12.
SAT. NIGHT I play one of my favorite places on the planet...WRECKS BELLS' OLD QUARTER CAFE on GALVESTON ISLAND 9-11. Me and Wrecks have a lot of history together, and he always inspires to me play things at this show that I NEVER play anywhere else. Our last OL' QUARTER gig was on fire. Lots of sing-a-longs happening.
ok, I'm off....see y'all on the road!
Tonight I'll be the guest on legendary country outlaw Ray Wylie Hubbard's radio show, "Roots and Branches." Go to KNBT 90.1 FM to listen online. I go on at 7:50 pm Central Time. We'll be talking about my music and film stuff along with promoting my show for this weekend at Gruene Hall.
Things are moving fast right now. I'm looking for a break in the schedule sometime in February when I can get away and just relax. But right now we're at the tail end of post-production on my film "Zombex" (starring Malcolm McDowell, Sid Haig & my old friend Lew Temple), which is looking amazing. I've surrounded myself with extremely talented people on this film (most of which I couldn't afford, but who came on because they liked the script and had worked with myself or one of the other producers before), who have all been major collaborators. Again, it's by far the hardest thing I've ever done, but it's also the most humbling. The old T-shirt Willie used to wear comes to mind, "we are not in control!"
CALLING ALL HARDCHARGERS....IMPORTANT SHOW: This SAT. NIGHT, JAN. 14TH @ 10:30 to 12:00. I will be headlining the legendary Texas music venue GRUENE HALL in GRUENE TEXAS. Brian Keane opens at 8:30. This gig is about as important as it gets for a Texas musician. And this week, between the radio interviews and the film stuff, our band will be rehearsing to do songs from ALL of my solo records. Expect nothing less than the greatest show I've ever put on. Some special guest will be there as well. You'll be surprised for sure.
Ok, there ya have it. Make the road trip to Gruene Hall and hang with us after the show as well!
Just got back from a working holiday in LA. Brought my family out there while I was editing my film Zombex. We stayed on the beach in my producer's swank digs and got some nice time in together and I got exactly one hour and 5 min. into our hour and 30 minute film. It looks fantastic and I'm learning a lot working with Ed Marx, our rock star editor, whose taking the film to levels unknown!
This new year is already starting to crank up like never before. On SAT. NIGHT, JAN. 14TH, I'll be HEADLINING (that's right ya'll, not a Sunday gig in the corner, HEADLINING!) at the most legendary hall in the state of Texas, GRUENE HALL. This is a big opportunity for me and the band. WE NEED EVERYONE OF Y'ALL TO COME OUT FOR THIS (regular performers at Gruene Hall include Willie Nelson, Lucinda Williams, Lyle Lovett and the list goes on and on). So pleeeeease put it on your calendar for a road trip and start the new year off right. We'll be playing all originals goin' back as far as "Train of Dreams," to the new stuff on "One For The Dancehalls." If this show does well, we'll be in regular annual rotation at Gruene Hall, so bring every dang warm body you can think of.
THIS WEEK: THURS. NIGHT we play the BROKEN SPOKE, 9-12, in AUSTIN. By the way, we had a RECORD CROWD for our last gig of the year at the Spoke. I've never seen it that packed before and I flew home to Austin just for the day to play the show, and flew back to L.A. the next morning. Glad I did. Thank you Austin for letting us go out in 2011 with a bang.
FRI. NIGHT in HOUSTON, TX we play a FREE SHOW (NO COVER!) from 9:30-12:30 at the HOTEL SORELLA in the new City Centre area of Houston. This has been a great gig for us and for Houston hardchargers who get in for absolutely FREE. People in Houston ask me why I like playing this show. Well, it's because the people who run the Hotel Sorella treat us all like rock stars. Expect a big after party in the lounge.
NEXT TUESDAY, JAN. 10TH, I'll be on Ray Wylie Hubbard's radio show, "Roots & Branches," on KNBT at 7:50. We'll be playing tunes and talking about the various projects I've got goin' on. If you aren't in the New Braunfels area, you can listen online at KNBT Radio. Just click the "Listen Live" button.
Ok, gotta get back on it. 2012, I'm comin' to getcha!
p.s. Here's a picture of me sitting in with the Joe Ely band the other night at music guru Jim Jard's private event. Ryan Bingham and Mike Stinson were also there in attendance. Jim has a special knack for getting all kinds of people together who would normally never see each other. Every generation thinks to themselves "if I only lived back in the days of so and so when everything was perfect." Well folks, things were never "perfect," and Jim reminds us that the most important times are NOW.
On my way to do an interview with the Austin Chronicle. Then working on "Zombex" edits the rest of the day.
Last weekend we played a show in Houston and I pulled out quite a few old Road Kings songs during the show. I gotta say, it felt great. Out of some allegiance to the band, I've always been protective of NOT playing those songs with the solo band, but with the final nail banged into the coffin of the Kings (knowing we'll probably never get back together...I know, "never say never") I said F it. Besides, I wrote all those songs by myself (lyrics & melody) sitting around with my beat up Silvertone acoustic guitar in a little garage apt. in the Montrose in Houston back in the day. Then showed them to Jason & Eric at sound check where we would slog our way through them 'til they eventually became halfway tight. (it took an act of God to get us into a rehearsal room) But playing those songs did bring me back to why I got into playing music in the first place and also reminded me that shredding on my guitar (while it might turn off those asexual indie shoe gazer types, and some haters who use "taste" as an excuse for playing boring parts) truly, truly makes me happy! Anyway, I've got a whole arsenal of these songs laying around (years & years of ditties) so it looks like I'll be releasing a trio, guitar-based, record next year to get them out of my notebook and into some stereos.
GIGS THIS WEEK: After taking last week off for Thanksgiving, this THURSDAY we return to the BROKEN SPOKE, 9-12 in AUSTIN, TX.
FRIDAY, I play an acoustic show with Rick Watson on upright (the same show we do in Galveston at the Old Quarter) in CONROE, TX, 8-11 at the CORNER PUB, where lots of great song writers have been turning up and playing.
Ok, gotta get back to editing Zombex. Someone's dying a horrible death by the mashing of zombie teeth. Please bring your inner kid if you see this movie. It's not for grown ups who've lost touch with that...nom, nom, nom.
I've been in a dark editing room in Burbank for five straight days, so I'm ready to get back to Texas and shred on my guitar. Expect to hear Road Kings, Captain Clegg, Banjo & Sullivan, and solo tunes. Cars & guitars....is there anything else??
Just got back into Austin from spending Halloween in New Orleans where we stayed in the French Quarter. Making a feature film requires dealing with "grown-ups" and basically being responsible in a way that I've not had to before. While I've enjoyed the change, I needed to go to Nawlins (the coolest spot in the world for Halloween) and blow it out a little...ok, alot. lol
The press this past week on my film Zombex has been really cool. Check it out here.
Anywanker, to say that I'm a little burned out is an understatement, so this newsletter is gonna be a short one.
THIS WEEK: we play THE BROKEN SPOKE in AUSTIN TX. 9-12 on THURS. NIGHT. This gig has been pretty amazing lately. And yes, I've gotta drop a few names (only the haters will tell me to "pick up that name you just dropped." But hey? Go with the ones who love ya, right? Remember, those who matter don't mind, and those who mind don't matter. Advice via my Grandma!). Cuz it was too cool...in the last three weeks we've had actor Vince Vaughn, director Quentin Tarantino, and the Golden God himself, Robert Plant (singer for Led Zeppelin) all come out to our Broken Spoke show in Austin. Crazy, huh?
FRI. NIGHT in HOUSTON, TX we play a FREE SHOW (that's right, no cover to get in!) at THE HOTEL SORELLA n the new CITY CENTER AREA where we play 10-12:30, AND where we somehow always end up hanging out 'til closing time since the bar stays open to 2 am.
SAT. NIGHT we are in GRUENE,TX at TAVERN IN THE GRUENE, at 9:00. This show will be the JD Trio, so expect a heavy dose of guitar shredding!
OK, that's it ya'll...gotta crash!
p.s. check out this picture of myself, actor John Gries (aka Uncle Rico from "Napoleon Dynamite") on harmonica, and Academy Award winning songwriter Ryan Bingham, from last week!
Just got out of a screening of the movie I did last summer called "The Sinner." We're in talks about developing the film into a TV show. Fingers crossed!
The last week has been great for "Zombex." Our editor is really making serious headway. The film thing takes a lot longer than music (unless you're Brian Wilson!) and I've never been big on patience, so taking deeeep breathes and not being too reactive, is my latest life lesson.
The soundtrack has kept me from going nuts, and I can't wait for people to hear the new Capt. Clegg & the Night Creatures record. It's different than anything I've done. It sounds like a cross between Ennio Morricone (composer for "The Good, The Bad & The Ugly"...all those Clint Eastwood spaghetti western movies) and Joe Strummer meets Buddy Holly. This music makes me feel like a kid and that's where it all started for me. I'm done making "grown-up" records for awhile. Cranking up my hollow body through a 50 watt Marshall has been a BLAST, and has reminded me why I started doing all this in the first place.
This week we dance with the one who brought us...LIVE MUSIC SHOWS.
This THURS. we play THE BROKEN SPOKE, 9-12. This gig won't last forever, so I'm enjoying it while I can. Last week was a great crowd.
FRI. we play our fav up in N. TEXAS at LOVE & WAR in PLANO TX, where the Hardchargers have NO fear of jumping up on their tables and dancing a jig to "I'm At Home Gettin' Hammered, While She's Out Gettin' Nailed."
SAT. we play on the coast at THE BACKPORCH BAR in PORT ARANSAS from 8-12. "It's a drinking island with a fishing problem" is what my buddy says about it, and we love being down there. If you're in Corpus Christi brang it. Hell, make a road trip. We'll be spending the night for sure.
Last but not least, here's an interview with me and my girl that we did for a magazine in Austin, Austin Fusion ...ch-ch-check it out!
Just got out of the studio playing guitar on one song, and singing on a couple of others, with producer RS Fields & Mike Stinson. Mike is recording his new record here in Austin at Red Horse Studios and I gotta say, it's every bit as cool, if not cooler, than the one we did together. Can't wait for everyone to hear it.
In the meantime, my all encompassing directorial film debut is taking every second of my time from when I get up to when I go to bed. This is by far the hardest thing I've ever done. It's a HUGE juggling act that never ends. Well, it will soon, but for right now it's multi-tasking to the inth degree! Working on scoring the film right now. Trying to keep it fresh. One day we're working on Kyoto drums, and the next we're doing a loop featuring hip-hop star Fat Tony from Houston. It's a trip, but it is looking great and can't wait for everyone to see it. The sound track for Zombex will also feature a new Capt. Clegg & the Night Creatures record as well.
After the film is done, I'll be heading back out on tour. But for now, I'll be in Austin slaving over the film like it's a life or death situation. This week we play 2 shows in Austin.
THURS. NIGHT we play the BROKEN SPOKE, 9-12. One of the last great honky tonks in the state of Texas.
SAT. NIGHT we play UNCLE BILLY'S on the lake, right next door to the OASIS, 9-11.
Ok, that's all for now. Be good to yourself!
A friend just reminded me that it's George Jones' birthday today (from my hometown of Beaumont, TX) With my all time fave singer goin' on my stereo in the background of my garage while I write this, thinkin' about what's ahead for the next few weeks...
Deep in the middle of post production on "Zombex." Editing is going great, but it's a details gig for sure. Time consuming, but incredible working with editor Ed Marx. Next we cut the Capt. Clegg soundtrack for the film. Which means we're around Texas at home working in the studio, or in post for the film, which means....
We're gonna play the BROKEN SPOKE in AUSTIN, TX this THURS. NIGHT 9-12. So if you're looking for the premier Texas dance hall experience, brang it.
SAT.NIGHT we're sliding over to HOUSTON, TX to play the ARMADILLO PALACE on KIRBY DRIVE, (next to Goode Company BBQ) from 10-12. Owned and operated by our friends/restaurantuers Jim & Levi Goode, who have this written in HUGE letters on the sign of their Goode Co. BBQ place, "You might give some serious thought to thankin' your lucky stars that you're in Texas." Houston is the most under-rated city in America. Being 3rd or 4th largest, it's got it all. Great pro-sport venues (my poor Astros!) Easily more diverse restaurant scene than Dallas or Austin (one of my favorite places to eat is Tony's Gulf Coast Kitchen, and the Mexican family places in the Montrose are killer) Great pub scene, great live music venues. Wrote my first two records in an old house in the Montrose, so I always dig going back to H-town and playing those very same tunes .
OK, my black labs have just come into the garage with that "you are taking us for a walk, right?" look...hasta luego amigos!
On the 8th day of a 10 day fast. Why the hell would a guy from Beaumont, TX who grew up on BBQ, Cajun & Mexican cuisine ever wanna do this? After directing "Zombex," I pretty much collapsed and crashed for 2 days straight. The shooting schedule was brutal. If the cast got there at 7:30 am, then the crew got there at 6:30 am, which meant the director and producers got there at 5:30 am, and then the shoots would last forever. Which means, when you're sleeping 4 to 5 hrs. a night for over a month straight your work-out schedule and diet pretty much go to shit. Anyhooch, 2 more days and I'm back at the gym and coming out of this like a lean mean rockabilly machine. Which means this week I'm gonna be brangin' it hard onstage with the band.
WED. NIGHT I'm in GRAPEVINE, TX. with my friends from the band, 1100 SPRINGS, doin' a live acoustic set on KHYI FM radio for the COUNTRY JAM RADIO SHOW where myself and Matt Hillyer will be swapping songs, stories and promoting our big gig in Dallas this Fri. night. Come by and be on the radio with us, it's free!.
THURS. NIGHT we play the BROKEN SPOKE in AUSTIN, TX where the crowd was killer last week. This gig never ceases to amaze me how many out-of-towners it brings. If you wanna dance to country music in a real honky tonk in Austin on Thurs. night, go to the Spoke...est. 1964.
FRI. NIGHT we're playing the nicest live music venue in DALLAS, TX, GRANADA THEATER, on a co-bill with 1100 SPRINGS. Tickets are selling very well on this show and it's a big step up for us to co-headline such a big venue. We'll be playing all JD MUSIC exclusively (except for "Just What I Needed" and "Loretta" which, let's face it, have been completely revamped into our versions) and will be throwing down harder than ever before. DON'T MISS THIS.
SAT. NIGHT I'm playing an acoustic show at the CORNER PUB in CONROE, TX. from 9-12. Lots' of really great songwriters have been playing this show, so I'm looking forward to it and since it's really the only one I've done acoustic besides the Ol Quarter in Galveston.
ok, that's it....let's do this!
Laissez les bons temps rouler!
Just spent the last two days filming pick up shots for the "Zombex" movie. We just cranked our final edit up to levels unknown with this new footage we have. We had Hawgfly Special EFX make up dept. (they did Machete, True Grit and we're just nominated for an Emmy for the HBO movie Temple Grandin) sending zombies all over the East side of Austin and yes, we did get stopped by the cops who wanted to know why we had so many blood stains on an old pick up truck we were using as a prop. Luckily, Austin has become a film mecca so we didn't get arrested while they tested to see if the "blood" was real. We just hired on legendary Hollywood horror movie editor, Ed Marx, to finish the film while I'm scoring the soundtrack. This is gonna be good amigos!
The play I did in Houston called "Becoming Kinky: the world according to Kinky Friedman," where I play the Kinkster himself, will be hosting a one night only show in Marfa TX, on Sept. 3rd during the Marfa Lights Festival. An off-Broadway venue in NYC is being sought out for the play and I've almost finalized a deal on doin' a whole record of Kinky songs to be recorded and released soon.
Ok, back to the gigs...this week we play THE BROKEN SPOKE on THURS. from 9-12. The place where Willie Nelson played a weekly gig after leaving Nashville, the place where Ernest Tubb played regularly until he died, the place where Johnny Paycheck was busted for holding Merle Haggards stash cuz Johnny knew Merle couldn't do the time, the place where Willie played a private show just two months ago on a Monday night with Asleep At The Wheel for a wealthy couple who had their 50th wedding anniversary. It's by far the most legendary honky tonk in the whole state of Texas and I'm not goin' to be playing there forever. Come see me while you can.
FRI. NIGHT we play a double-bill with the Stone River Boys at one of the best live music venues in North Texas, DANS SILVER LEAF in DENTON TX. They go on at 9:30...we go on 11:00...our last show here was great.
ok, back to work on the film. Brang it like you ain't never brought it before son!
SATURDAY NIGHT (7/23)...AUSTIN, TX...UNCLE BILLY'S ON THE LAKE...9:00...BRANG IT!!
I'm stayin' very busy with "Zombex", so I'm sending out a condensed version of the newsletter. Just want to make sure ya'll know about a show we are doing tomorrow night. Uncle Billy's is a cool place out on Lake Travis, with a great view, and some killer home brew. It's a FREE show, and we'll be passing the donation jar around for my friend Chadd Thomas who passed away and has a little girl he left behind. See ya there!!
Doin' pick up shots and working on edits for my film "Zombex" in Austin. The film is looking kick ass mi amigos. Malcolm McDowell, Sid Haig, Lew Temple, David Christopher, Corey Feldman, Emily Kaye, Kinky Friedman, Pierre Kennel, Desiree McKinney, John Doe of X and Tom Araya of Slayer, all star in the film. They did more with the script on screen than I could've ever asked for. That being said, we're taking our time in post and letting the film have a life before we release it on the world. To be honest, I've been too busy to really soak all this in. Just tryin' to get my footage and sound design placed, and stay focused on making a great film with my post crew, has been all encompassing. The work is hard but incredibly rewarding.
This week I go back to doin' what started all of this. Check this crazy schedule out:
WED. NIGHT in SPRING, TX at PUFFABELLY'S. I play an acoustic show with my friend/songwriter Davin James from 7:30-10.
THURS. NIGHT we play the BROKEN SPOKE in AUSTIN from 9-12, for one of the only real honky tonk shows left in Texas.
FRI. we fly to PARIS, FRANCE.
SAT. we play EURO-DISNEY at the new BILLY BOB'S.
SUN. we play the BERCK COUNTRY/ROCK FEST in BERCK, FRANCE.
MON. we play CAFE TIELEMANS in BOEKEL, HOLLAND.
WED. we play CAFE DEN BROMFIETS in BONHAIDEN, BELGIUM.
THURS. we play BLUESIANNA in VELDEN, AUSTRIA.
SATURDDAY we play the WESTERN SPIRIT FESTIVAL in BUJALEUF, FRANCE.
Ok, I gotta jump. Early morning tomorrow. Big love to all y'all and remember, work hard/play hard and try to enjoy yourself!
p.s. I'm still reeling over the 3 hr. and 41 min. set we played in Luckenbach, TX for the Waylon Birthday Party. I've told the powers-that-be to book me and the band back there, and often. It's one of the most legendary spots to play my kind of music in the whole dang state of Texas, besides the Broken Spoke. Look for us back in Luckenbach for a road trip. We had so many bikers there I felt like David Allen Coe and ZZ Top we're doin' a double bill with us...then I woke up. ha ha
We finally wrapped my film and last night I slept for a looong time for the first time in 20 days. We start post production editing this weekend. I'm too fried to even write this. Goin' to lay around the house with my black labs and catch up on some rest til we play this weekend.
THURS. we play the BROKEN SPOKE in AUSTIN.
FRI. we return to N. TEXAS and play one of our fav shows at HANKS in MCKINNEY TX.
Me and the band are ready to get back on stage and brang it big time! Hope to see y'all out!
I've been directing a horror movie for a script that I wrote, called "Zombex," in E. Texas and New Orleans and we just got back to Austin to shoot 10 more days here. To say it's a lot of work would be an understatement. Directing a feature film is a "sleep when you're dead" kind of gig. The director is always the first person to get there and the last person to leave. Most of our call times have been 5:30 or 6:30 am. Not exactly my normal musician hours! LOL The cast for the film is pretty amazing; Malcolm McDowell, Sid Haig, Lew Temple, David Christopher, Corey Feldman, Emily Kaye, John Doe (from the iconic punk band X), Desiree McKinny, Kinky Friedman and Tom Araya (of one of the biggest heavy metal bands in the world, Slayer!) Most of these actors have already filmed their prospective scenes, but we still have ten more days of shooting in and around Austin with most of the core cast and John Doe. If you'd like to be an extra in the movie, email the producers at firstname.lastname@example.org The film has an amazing crew of over 40 people who have all been great to work with, and have taken excellent care of me. The press on "Zombex" is already taking off. Google it. There's pages and pages of it and we're not even done shooting. We sent a teaser-trailer to Cannes Film Festival where Malcolm McDowell was given an award this year, and the over-seas response has been great. Anywanker, if you like horror films then you'll probably love this one. If you don't, well, you still might love it. It's an hour and twenty minutes of fast paced zombie action with lots of cliched-breaking scenes. And of course, some of the coolest music around from some of the most legendary musicians on the planet. No, I'm not doing ALL the music. For the New Orleans scenes, I wanted to get some real stuff. Boozoo Chavis, The Meters, Fats Domino...you get the point.
Ok, all this being said I've still got music to play!
THURS. I play the BROKEN SPOKE in AUSTIN for the first time in 3 weeks. I've missed it.
SAT. we play 2 shows. First one is at the CRAWFISH FESTIVAL in SPRING TX. at 2:00 pm Sat. afternoon. This festival has really turned into a big one. Lots of transplanted Cajuns from all over show up for this one and face it, I'm a Beaumont TX. boy, so I'll probably be the only white boy there that breaks down into some real Cajun classics in the middle of whatever I'm doin..."Kissing Abilene" or "Ain't Grace Amazing" or whatever it is....ahhhyiiieee!.
Later that night is the real deal though. On GALVESTON ISLAND at the OLD QUARTER myself, MIKE STINSON and BRENNEN LEIGH will all three be playing a show together onstage at the same time from 9-11. Call now to get your tickets cuz this show is gonna be over the top packed cuz getting myself, Stinson and Brennen (the hillbilly princess) all together on the same stage is damn-near impossible.
sleep when you're dead,
People have been asking me left & right, how is it playing Kinky Friedman on stage? Damn, that's a loaded question! How is it playing a guy who had to have a police escort in New York to escape radical feminist after playing "Get Your Bisquits in the Oven and Your Buns in the Bed?" How is it playing a guy whose best buddies are Bob Dylan, Tom Waits and Willie Nelson, and has written thirty-one books with six of them being NY Times Bestsellers? How is it playing a guy who was once introduced as "ladies and gentlemen, please welcome the first full blooded Jew to ever appear on the stage of the Grand Ol' Opry?" One word comes to mind: HEAVEN! I've always been attracted to irreverent characters. Hell, if I would've been the "boy next door" like 90% of the cheese balls on Nashville owned and operated country radio stations, well, I'd probably be a lot richer...err, and a lot more unhappy as well. When I first read the script I was laughing my ass off uncontrollably. When an actor gets to say lines like "I smoke twelve cigars a day, I don't inhale, I just blow smoke at vegetarians, small children and anyone who happens to be jogging by." I mean, c'mon, our vanilla safe corporate politically-correct world could use a big dose of that these days! Sure, there's some hardcore lines like "I have a big penis like Ernest Hemingway, not a small penis like F. Scott Fitzgerald, now I don't know weather to drink myself to death or blow my fuckin' brains out?" (which always gets a huge laugh) But there's also some stuff in this play that will reeeeally pull at your heart strings like "the main health problem in the world today is people who don't love themselves." Or, "money can buy a fine dog, but only love can make him wag his tail." Or, "the important things in life are not things." After spending a good amount of time with Kinky, researching the role, I've come to realize that beneath all the craziness there's a lot of soul and sincerity that if you're listening closely enough to him, manifest itself in every song, every book, every political speech that he does. I called him yesterday to discuss a record of all Kinky songs we're going to do, and he was at Billy Bob Thornton's house co-authoring a book with Billy Bob in LA. He said, "JD, I can't wait to get this play OUT of Texas." Which means when we take it to New York City, it will be a whole other ball of wax. Doing theater in NYC is something I've never thought about, but I will tell ya...it's a hell of a intimidating thought. You know, "if I can make it here, I can make it anywhere..." and all that stuff!
Anywanker, we're doing four more shows in HOUSTON at the MUCKY DUCK (THURS.-SUN, April 28, 29, 30, 31) at the end of this month before we head out for the rest of the world. Since we got the ticket prices lowered (they we're $100 and it still sold out!) to $35 bucks, and it's on a weekend, I'd say if you're in Texas you should make a road trip. The NY Times has already been talking it up and well, what a lot of people don't know is that Houston is one of the great theater towns of America, where lots and lots of plays get their footing BEFORE they take it to NY.
This week I play my last show at the BROKEN SPOKE on THURS., from 9-12, before I take off three weeks to shoot this film in New Orleans, E. Texas and Austin.
SAT. I play a PRIVATE show at STUBBS in Austin.
Contact McGonigels Mucky Duck (www.mcgonigels.com or 713-320-3098) for tickets and advanced seating to see the play, "Becoming Kinky"...onward!
brang it son,