2016 was a busy year for me. There were several family and personal events that in some ways made it a very rough year, but on the flip-side there were so many positive things happening creatively that I can't bring myself to frame the year in a negative light. In some ways this past year has been the best one in recent memory. I'm super proud (and grateful!) of the albums/ projects and collaborations I've been a part of. Below you'll find a brief summary of the highlights and then a month by month view of how the year played out (as best as I can remember it!):
I co-produced, played and sang on the new project by Claybrook, "Mind the Silverware" and played on projects by Katelyn Read, Brett Harris, Big Star, Dave Perkins, Chris Taylor, Steve Meshnick, Wade Baynham, Ross Adams and Tyler Atkinson. I performed live on Sirius XM w/ Brett Harris, and saw one of the songs I played on his record in rotation on "The Loft." I served as part of a songwriters panel at The Songwriter School of Los Angeles, and found time to learn how to surf, meet Rob Bell, and visit southern Germany w/my family (I highly recommend Bus Bavaria if you're going to check out Neuschwanstein Castle, btw).
I also performed for several local churches (Chapel Hill Bible Church, Gathering Church, Emmaus Way, Church of the Apostles, Apex Baptist, among others) as well as other churches in South Carolina and California, performed for both the Fall and Spring Live On Stage Showcases presented by NC Theater Conservatory, played with the NC Masters's Chorale and took part in filming a DVD w/ Jeff Tweedy, Pat Sansone, Mike Mills, Robin Hitchcock, Chris Stamey, Mitch Easter, Blake Mills, The Posies, original drummer Jody Stephens and a whole host of other folks to document the music of Big Star and their iconic "Third/ Sisters Lovers" record.
In addition, to all of the above (and below) I maintained my private drum lesson practice (Durham Drum Lessons) in Durham, teaching between 30 - 35 beginning to advanced students (ages 6 to 60+) each week (over 1000 lessons this year!), and began a collaborative teaching effort w/ Dimensions Family School.
In the new year, I'm hoping for more opportunities to produce and record and I sincerely hope to connect with more folks to grow a new audience as I continue to pursue my singer/ songwriter solo project, "The Maudlin Fee". As always, you can get in touch with me here or if you are interested in drum lessons, please contact me via my teaching site: Durham Drum Lessons.
Here's a month by month breakdown of last year (as best as I can remember):
NBC-17 TV Appearance w/ Claybrook
Dale Baker's Big 'Ole Night of Music @ Sola Coffee in Raleigh - singer/songwriter showcase featuring 6 local acts that I collaborate with regularly.
Performed in NC Theatre Production of Grease! @ Raleigh Memorial/ Duke Energy Center for the Performing Arts in Raleigh.
Recorded Internet Session Drums and Percussion for Chris Taylor project.
Recorded Internet Session Drums and Percussion for Dave Perkins project.
Began 3 month bi-weekly songwriting residency at Reed's Coffee in Mebane, showcasing my own solo singer/songwriter material and several local singer/songwriters that I frequently collaborate with.
Travelled to Los Angeles and San Francisco to perform with the "Big Star Third Live" production. LA performance was recorded and filmed for a DVD release slated for a March 2017 release, includes performances by Jeff Tweedy, Pat Sansone, Robyn Hitchcock, Mike Mills, The Posies, and several others. Served on a songwriter panel at The Songwriting School of LA, and played drums for Real Life Church in Santa Clarita.
Performed live w/ Brett Harris on Sirius XM's The Loft, helping to promote his new record.
Performed w/ the NC Masters Chorale @ Fletcher Auditorium in Raleigh.
Performed w/ Jonathan and Amanda Noel @ Sola Coffee and also opened for them as The Maudlin Fee.
Performed w/ Christa Wells and Friends @ Church of the Apostles in Raleigh, also performing as The Maudlin Fee.
Spent a week in SC performing for a church camp w/ Morgan Kelly.
Recorded drums and percussion for Ross Adams record at Silkworm Studios in Durham.
Performed with the NC Theater Conservatory Production of Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat
Toured the Southeast w/ BJ Barham, supporting his new solo record "Rockingham."
Recorded drums for an album by UNC professor Steven Meshnick at Tim Carless' studio in Carrboro.
Recorded internet drums and percussion for a client in Germany.
Performed at The Americana Fest in Nashville, TN w/ BJ Barham.
Performed w/ Claybrook and also as The Maudlin Fee @ Sola Coffee in Raleigh.
Performed w/ Chad Lister at North Raleigh Christian Academy for a series of worship events.
Performed for the Worship Night event at Chapel Hill Bible Church.
Recorded tracks for my upcoming solo project as The Maudlin Fee.
Performed in NC Theatre Production of Spamalot! @ Raleigh Memorial/ Duke Energy Center for the Performing Arts in Raleigh.
Performed a benefit show with "The Three Phantoms" @ Raleigh Memorial/ Duke Center for the Performing Arts, for the victims of Hurricane Matthew, sponsored by NC Theater and the City of Raleigh.
Performed w/ Chad Lister for his annual Christmas Concert at Richland Creek Church in Wake Forest.
Performed w/ Claybrook at The Listening Room at Mercury Studio in Durham.
Performed w/ Taylor Leonhardt for a "Readings and Carols" Service at Mt. Sinai Holy Church in downtown Raleigh.
Performed and played as The Maudlin Fee for the "Happy Raleighdays!" online holiday concert.
Recorded Drums and Percussion for Tyler Atkinson's new album at Silkworm Studios in Durham.