Since signing on with the Carter McKay Band about three weeks ago, I've been very busy learning and practicing their set list. My first full show with them was on May 12 at Sam's Boat in Seabrook (as mentioned below in a prev post). After that we played on May 17th and May 19th at the Lee County Fair, and then at a private party in Seabrook on Sunday, May 20.
Coming up are shows at Sam's Boat on Richmond (in Houston) on Friday May 25 (tomorrow 7pm), and then at Southland Icehouse in Katy, Texas on Saturday May 26th.
June isn't booked up yet, with a couple of exceptions. The band books most of its shows only a few days in advance, so it's hard to make arrangements for freelance work. I'd like to turn a few shows with Outlaw Lynn or maybe someone else as available, but that will take a measure of scheduling legerdemain. Basically any night I'm not either playing out or rehearsing is lost money.
In Toque news:
This past Tuesday, Toque played its final show with Brad Mangold on drums. This was a bittersweet event, as it's always good to jam with Brad, but it sucked to know that he was leaving the band and the Houston area. The evening was made somewhat better by two very important factors: First, we played the best live set we've ever played, from both technical and "feeling" perspectives. The set was only something like 12 songs, but we've been rehearsing them relentlessly for weeks and weeks, so we were dead on. Brought the house down, so to speak.
Second, we met Brad's potential replacement, a chick. I got to play one song with her and her friend (her friend supplied the vocals and acoustic guitar). From this limited meeting, I get the impression that she can play, she can hold a good beat, and played smooth - a little less grungy than Brad, but a good, solid beat.
Toque will take a week off, and then resume operations on June 4th at our regular rehearsal space, with the new potential drummer in full audition mode. Once we find our drummer, the next challenge will be to bring on a lead guitarist (John will continue in a lead/rhythm role), so stay tuned for that.