Last night, I went to the Read Leaf, where Stephanie Smith was hosting an “open mic”. It was a lot of fun, and everyone who played and sang was terrific. I’m hoping that they do it again. I sang “Generations”, “Levee Breaks”, and a rusty rendition of “Rockabye Lulaby”. I’ve done better on that one. But the first two went really well. I did Rockabye, because on my way up, I had a block on what I was going to play…so it was a last minute decision…gotta plan those things better.

I enjoyed listening to Stephanie, who sang a few of the songs off of her album. She has great voice control and seems to have quite a knack for songwriting at such a young age. Also among us was “Janae Kotter” who sang a song about the people who rescued others in the Sep. 11th tragedy. It was very cool to listen to people like Janae and Stephanie, because it inspired me and helped me to re-think the way that I write. It’s always good to go to things like that, because it’s a circumstance of talent in which you can really glean some great ideas. I think that a smart songwriter/singer/whatever pays attention to those around him/her and no matter that style or genre, takes away something that will improve themself.

Afterwards, we all talked and traded CD’s. It was a lot of fun. There was a guy there…I can’t remember his last name, but his first was Quinn. He was very good at the guitar (his rhythm was impeccable), so I asked him a little about his technique and he was happy to share some insights that he had…you learn something everywhere you go if you’re paying attention.

So my next gig is on the 10th of May. I’m a lot less nervous after having gone to that open mic. It was really the first time that I’d done anything in about two years…just the kind of confidence boost that I needed. So it was good preparation for Durango’s.

So today, I’m just playing my guitar and practicing (things like “Rockabye” and trying to keep the cat off of the couters and away from the food. I’m planning on writing a little today, maybe even something that I can play on the 10th. Gotta go for now. Hope that things are great in your lives!

I just landed a gig over at the Durango Grill on Friday, May 10th. If you’re in the area, I’d be happy to have you come down and watch. Joel, the owner of Durango’s called today and asked if I could play down there. Recently, Loki has been playing down there on Friday nights, and apparently he’s really good. I’ve yet to have a chance to listen myself…but I’m planning on hearing all of the artists that play at Durango’s.

My CD’s have arrived at cdstreet.com, so they’re ready for purchase. It takes about 2-3 days for them to come once you’ve placed your order.

Been working on new songs to add to my setlist for the summer gigs, so hopefully you’ll get a taste of what’s been “in the oven”. That’s all for now, folks!

Durango Grill gig

So I just took 30 CD’s down to the post office to have mailed. Yesterday, I set up an account with CDstreet.com, so that I can sell my album online. So folks can pre-order their CD’s right away, and since I sent them Priority through the US Postal, CD’s that are ordered should be recieved within a few days. Not a bad deal. It was really easy to set up. I don’t know why I didn’t do it earlier!

I called Dalton’s and spoke to Sandy last night. She told me that she likes my CD, and that if someone can’t show up one night, that she’ll call me to do the gig. Problem is, I don’t know if anyone is going to go away soon. So I’ll just keep plugging myself elsewhere for now…I have prospects…oh, yes…I have my prospects….*evil laugh* mouhahahaha!!!!

Selling my CD online

Good news, folks!! Soon, we’ll have a way to buy my CD online, via credit card orders! This will make it easier for you to order the CD and will provide a quick return in shipping, once the order has been placed (since I won’t have to worry about shipping out my my house!). So tell all of your friends to get online and check out my site and order my debut CD (you will be able to order the CD within a few days). Talk to you all later!

-Nathan

Performing locally

Currently, I’m writing and performing locally. Got some good stuff in the oven for a second album…So sit tight, and I’ll let you know from time to time how that effort is coming along!

Atlantic album? Probably not

I just talked to Pickle (co-worker) and he told me that he knows a guy that knows a guy from Atlantic Records. So I need to bring in a CD so that I can dish it off to him. I’m talking it up today, and hoping that some good stuff comes of it!