Now it has been a little while since I have brought you an update, but the fact is I have been busy researching new material. These songs of heartache, hard drinking and disappointment don't write themselves. They have to be lived a little bit before they can get dressed up for the stage. So that is what I have been up to, besides watching Robert Mitchum movies on cable TV.
Now of course the main thing I want to talk about is the November Ranch Party Round Up, which is coming up here on Sunday, the 13th. But first I want to make sure you all are aware of a couple other shows that promise to feature outstanding sets from some of our finest musicians in town.
The Saturday after The Round Up, you can see a killer lineup of great talent at Kobo on the 19th: Joshua P James and The Paper Planes, The Boondogglers, Matt Monta and The Smoking Guns, and Ghost Shirt, all on one huge bill. This is the Movember Showdown, a function of the moustache-growing freak show that is Movember, a fundraising event aimed at men's health/cancer research. Find out more at www.movembercolumbus.com. Show starts at 9 PM- www.kobolive.com.
Also at Kobo, tonight (Tuesday the 8th) you can attend this week's Whiskey Social, with your hosts Buckles and Boots, otherwise known to some of y'all as Brian and Jessie Maxwell from The Song Birds. Brian and Jessie are hugely dedicated and creative players, although I don't know about that "Buckles and Boots" moniker. It's almost as bad as "The Averys". But the music will be good! Also on the bill tonight will be Erika Hughes. She is one of our guests for the Round Up this Sunday, so if you want to check out her act you can have a preview at Kobo tonight. Also on the bill are Dan The Sax Man and Jessijem. Generally speaking, you'll be entertained if you head up to Kobo on a Tuesday for the Whiskey Social, no matter who is hosting the show.
So on to The Ranch Party Round Up! First the contractually obligated bullet points:
-Country Music Trivia Game with Lame Prizes
-Live Classic Country Music Vinyl DJ Boots Massing Spinning Actual Records
-Three Big Acts- Four Big Sets
-Great Beer Selection, Delicious Pizzas, Friendly Bartenders
-An Audience Of Country Music Fans Just Like You!
Now The Averys have a couple of new songs in the hopper, so as usual we will be playing our two sets of classic songs and our own originals that we continue to write for you. We are pleased to have back ol' Chris Bingman, who has participated in The Round Up as a member of Springfield Special, The BS Country & Western Band, and also The Hanging Deadmen. He's also got something called The Buttermilk Biscuit Boys. We don't know for sure which show he'll be bringing from his little Hillbilly Empire, but you can be certain that he will indeed bring a show, in all his Old Timey glory. Bing is one of these guys that believes in the old classics and doesn't mess around with the formula. If you like your music Old Timey, you will enjoy Bing's show.
Our other guest on Sunday will be Erika Hughes. She is another act that is thoroughly dedicated to preserving the classic mountain sounds, with a bright clear voice and straight-ahead delivery. She will sing and play guitar, and she is bringing Trevor Edge to play lead guitar; on upright bass she will have Scott Maruskin. We are looking forward to welcoming Erika and her band to The Round Up family, and I know y'all will make her feel right at home with us.
As I said, The Averys will have our usual two sets of Bakersfield-influenced songs, both classics as well as classics-to-be. Couple of new songs, the usual gum-flappin' from me, awesome guitar solos from Boots and Rich, the withering glance in my direction from Jake, and the spaced out look in Brady's eyes halfway through "Bear Creek Blues". What more could you ask for?
Finally, we want to send out a heartfelt THANK YOU to all the folks who have helped us raise that last little bit of folding green that we needed to send our record off to the pressing plant in time for a January release. By pre-ordering our record and selecting some of the premium versions that are available, you all have let us know that our work is valued. Besides being great traditional country music listening from your Local Independent Classic Country Music Practitioners, "Greetings From Hangover Town" is a cool 7" vinyl artifact that you will display with pride in years to come. There are still a few limited-edition, signed/numbered copies available, so for those of you who haven't checked it out yet, click on over to http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1641325937/slim-white-and-the-averys-make-a-record and get yours before they are all gone.
So once more, that's
The Ranch Party Round Up
Sunday, November 13th, 5-9 PM
The Shrunken Head
251 W 5th Avenue, Victorian Village
with your hosts
Slim White and The Averys
and special guests
The Rev. Chris Bingman