It's been a wild few days since last I checked in with you. A crazy and wonderful return to the
Weisses Ross in Immeldorf (www.immeldorf.com),
a long train ride to Karlsruhe and a performance with old friends and new at my regular spot here
called Scruffy's Irish Pub, a rickety crazy house (it's not rickety at all, actually) that I first
visited in 2006. Anyway, I had a lot of fun and a number of guests got on and off the stage to do
all kinds of stuff, from jazz standards to old folk tunes and a number of my originals. The
percussionist from last night and I will be hitting the studio this afternoon and try to bang out a
handful of new songs and, if all goes well, I should have two new releases around the new year or
releases shortly after.
The first, which I am sure that I have discussed here, is James Dalton-Live in Franconia, of
which the final recording was done at Immeldorf this past Saturday. I am working with Tom Ruff at
Asbury Media (www.asburymedia.com) getting
the recordings sorted through and mastered and I will be doing the download cards with Asbury's own
Bands on a Budget (www.bandsonabudget.com).
So, the second release will be this hopefully interesting duo record which will feature a lot of
mandolin playing and some cool percussion instruments. More on that and the duo partner later.
So, I am going to keep the text of this blog short today, because I just got a number of videos
sent to me from the show at Immeldorf and I wanted to share them. Before the show, we had
encountered some issues with the sound system, namely, it wouldn't stop "barking" at us no matter
what we did with it. So, at some point, despite my fears of drunken talkers and crabby listeners, we
opted to NOT use the system at all, set up a "stage" in front of the stage, bring chairs around and
stools around and make some announcements to the people as they came in. To my absolute delight,
everyone not only put up with it, but people seemed excited to have such a unique show like that. It
was a packed house, and everyone was still and attentive. It couldn't have gone any better. Special
thanks to so many people for making the show happen and for making it the special night for me that
it was. Shout outs to Wolfgang, Robby, Walter, Olli, Jan, Michael and Hans among many others.
These are not the best quality ever, since they were shot with little light on a mobile phone,
but I think they capture some of the vibe that was going on. Also, if you are into the Dead, and I
mean the Grateful Dead, you may dig the song selection.