Played my first full show with the Carter McKay band last night at Sam's Boat in Seabrook. Where the heck is Seabrook, you ask? Good question. I'd never been there before; it's down near Deer Park in the Pasadena area.
I'd also never played a Sam's Boat before. It wasn't my all-time best performance, but it wasn't a train wreck either. I'd rate my own performance as okay, maybe nearing "good", but nowhere near where I want it to be. I learned basically their entire songlist, although there are some rough spots to work out.
The Carter McKay band is a country band, playing mostly current country, like Miranda Lambert and Jason Aldean. The nucleus of the band is Will Carter and Morgan McKay, both vocalists and rhythm guitarists with a ton of talent. Everyone else playing with them (one guitarist, the drummer and yours truly) are either new to the band or walk-ons filling in for someone - although I was quite impressed with the guitar player.
We have a rehearsal today, and then on Thursday we're playing the Lee County Fair. On Saturday we're back at the Lee County Fair, opening for Kevin Fowler.
Elsewhere in the news, it would appear that Toque is nearing its inevitable conclusion. Brad, our drummer, is moving back to Portland in a couple weeks and leaving us without A) a drummer and B) a PA system. We might be able to make something work, but it would definitely take some time and considerable effort on our part to get back to the point where we're ready to tighten things up for recording.
The way it looks right now is this: Toque, at least in its current iteration, is about to wrap. But if we can find a drummer, a small PA, and probably also a lead guitarist (John would continue in a rhythm role), we can probably resuscitate the band into a viable 5-piece within a year.
So there's your Outlaw Bass Player update for this week. Now I'm gonna go get some sleep. Later!