I'm excited for Brett Harris' new release. Many of my friends worked on his project and his CD is being released April 6th. Earlier today I had the privilege of drumming for Brett on a local radio program, WUNC's "The State of Things" You can hear the audio for that program by clicking this link:
Or you can check out the "official" show page here:
It's always fun to go down to the American Tobacco Complex where the WUNC studios are located (I was down there last summer doing a similar thing with Chris Stamey and Peter Holsapple). After soundcheck, we (the band consisted of Jeff Crawford on bass, Charles Cleaver on keys, me on drums and of course Brett on Guitar) had some time to hang out, so we went over to the Cuban restaurant across the way and saw Patrick (from Luego) who I hadn't seen in awhile. He was working over there this morning, and he graciously brought me out a "cuban coffee" (espresso with a shot of simple syrup), and it was good to see him again.
After we played our set, I met up with my friend Able who helped me load out my gear, and then he gave me a quick tour of his awesome workplace (not only do they have a coffee bar, but they have a pub and a sundeck!).
All in all a fun day with friends...I'm so thankful that I still get asked to make music and am so glad that Brett asked me to help him out today. If you get a chance, check out Brett's music via his site: http://www.brettharrismusic.com/
Gear wise, this is what I used today:
Pictured are my old (really old) vintage K hi-hats, and my vintage K ride along with my Acrolite snare and my 20" x 10" Premier "pancake" drum that I was inspired to get after seeing Jay Bellerose's similar drum back "in the day" when Sixpence did a show with Paula Cole...Oh and I also used an old Ludwig tambourine (you can see it poking out of the cymbal bag) at some point, and some slegih bells too...sitting in the chair (on the left side of the picture) you can see one of the charts I made to help me do justice to the drum parts from the recording.
And some other pictures I took today:
I took a bunch of pictures today and some of them (the one above and this one) I tweaked in iPhoto a bit to give them a bit of a vintage vibe.
You can listen to the live audio feed right outside the studio. They
have this box with a speaker and volume knob. I love the way this box
And below you have some shots I took of soundcheck and us waiting outside of the studio before we went on the air: