Son the Blogman is back! I remember when I started this blog as a weekly phenomenon back in 2015, full of literary ambition and dreams of social media stardom. Pretty quickly I realized that booking gigs, writing songs, spending quality time with my bass, and brushing my hair incessantly while looking at pictures of Gregg Allman from 1972 were all higher priorities, so the blog has fallen by the wayside a bit, but it hasn't been completely forgotten so here we are!
The latter half of 2017 and the early months of this year have been exciting times indeed for Redleg Husky. The biggest news is that we've had the privilege of being joined by Nick Marino as the newest member of the band. First and foremost, he is a phenomenal musician. He's got a great ear, a deep understanding of subtlety and dynamics, and an unbelievable range that allows him to complement and enrich whatever we do, from the prettiest old-time tunes to the funkiest 70s country songs and wildest rock and roll numbers. Besides his prowess on the drums, he also brings his quick wit, bottomless energy and drive, warm and gregarious spirit, and almost Bassman-like hair to the group, not to mention his Silverado, our new touring vehicle.
Nick has become an ever more frequent staple of our live shows, joining us for many local performances as well as a short string of dates in Virginia and a longer tour, last week, to Charleston and Savannah. While down there we were happy to hook up with the talented artists at Savannah-Jams, who came to our show at Coastal Empire Brewing to capture us in both picture and video form. The latter is forthcoming, but the photos can be found here on our site already.
We also did a little home recording, while staying in the neighborhood of what may well be our favorite place to play in all the wide world – the Awendaw Barn Jam. On the days around this amazing festival, we got to stay at the one and only Swamp House, which longtime fans of the band may remember as the place where we once got Misa's car stuck in something that may have been quicksand in the middle of a muggy summer night, now two years ago. This time we found our way down the maze of backwoods dirt roads without incident, and so had the opportunity to shoot a video of one of our favorite tunes to play live in recent months. Check it out for yourself...maybe it will be one of your favorites too!
That's not all on the home recording front, by the way. As we've mentioned via other social media channels, we've been working on a new album for some time now, going the home-studio route this time around. Those of you who have come to shows and watched proceedings closely may have seen me tinkering with our sound system between songs, so it may be no surprise to you that I've taken on the job of recording and mixing our recorded material, too. I'm not changing my name to Son the Producerman any time soon, but I am excited to help share what we do with more of you, especially with those who can't make it to our shows on a regular basis. We want the album to showcase a new batch of original songs that Tim and I have been adding to our repertoire over the last couple of years, and we're glad too that the record will feature Nick and the new trio sound that we've been creating together over these last months of concerts.
Those months of concerts, it should be said, have been some special ones. We've had some particularly memorable, barn-burning nights at local favorites like Jack of the Wood and 5 Walnut, plus great times at the Boone Saloon, Saluda's Purple Onion, and of course during the aforementioned Charleston tour, highlighted by the tour's closer, at the Surf Bar on Folly Beach. Fortunately, there's as much to look forward to as there is to smile back on, including some very exciting festivals and events this summer that we can't announce quite yet. For now, here are our upcoming dates in the Carolinas and Virginia, with more to come soon. Stay tuned with us on a more regular basis via Facebook and Instagram, and we'll see y'all out there!
3/14 – Straightaway Cafe, Black Mountain, NC 6pm
3/15 – Oskar Blues Brewing, Brevard, NC 6pm
3/21 – O'Mainnin's, Bristol, TN 10pm
3/22 – Appalachian Mountain Brewing, Boone, NC 7:30pm
3/23 – Yee-Haw Brewing, Johnson City, TN 8pm
3/24 – Fairview Tavern, Asheville, NC 9pm
3/25 – Brewery 85, Greenville, SC 2pm
3/28 – Foothills Brewing, Winston-Salem, NC 8pm
3/29 – Berkeley Cafe, Raleigh, NC 8pm
3/30 – R.A. Fountain Store, Fountain, NC 7:30pm
3/31 – Durty Bull Brewing, Durham, NC 3pm
3/31 – Flipside Restaurant, Clayton, NC 9pm
4/1 – Bluegrass Brunch at Farm to Fender, Asheville, NC 11:30am
4/4 – Capone's, Johnson City, TN 10pm
4/5 – Starr Hill Brewing, Roanoke, VA 6:30pm
4/6 – Soaring Ridge Brewing, Roanoke, VA 6pm
4/7 – Saude Creek Vineyards, Lanexa, VA 2pm
4/7 – Garden Grove Brewing, Richmond, VA 8pm
4/8 – Second Sundays Festival, Williamsburg, VA 11am
4/8 – Cogan's, Williamsburg, VA 6pm
4/11 – Dragonfly Wine Market, Shelby, NC 6pm
4/12 – Foggy Mountain Brewpub, Asheville, NC 9pm
4/13 – Stateline Bar and Grill, Bristol, TN 6pm
4/14 – Twin Leaf Brewing, Asheville, NC 3pm
4/15 – Blue Mountain Pizza, Weaverville, NC 7pm
4/18 – Fairview Tavern, Asheville, NC 9pm
4/19 – Third Thursdays at Habitat Tavern, Asheville, NC 7pm w/ Hope Griffin Trio
4/20 – Nu-Way Restaurant and Lounge, Spartanburg, SC 9:30pm
4/21 – Legion Brewing, Charlotte, NC 8pm
4/22 – Fonta Flora Brewing, Morganton, NC 1pm
4/22 – Town Pump Tavern, Black Mountain, NC 9pm