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Apparently, it has always been our drummer Kenny's wish to record his own version of the often-overlooked KISS semi-hit "Hard Luck Woman". The gracious guys that we are, we recently agreed to make that dream come true, first by covering it live at a Christmas show(so as to make up for failing to purchase him an actual gift perhaps), and this past week tracking a proper version of it in the studio. I've gotta say, it turned out pretty cool, as did the version of Fleetwood Mac's "Go Your Own Way" that we also banged out while we were there. We're still waiting for an opportunity to get final mixes done on these, and there is no actual plan for releasing them at the moment, but look for them to appear SOMEWHERE in the not-too-distant future.

As soon as we wrapped those sessions up on Friday, I immediately went solo for the next 48 hours, doing a pair of acoustic gigs, first in Murfreesboro,TN, for my buddy Joey's birthday, and then again the following night at Double T's in Morton, IL, for no better reason than they paid me and there was cold beer.

Since Joey had made a handful of requests, and I'd had to dip into some long-forgotten back catalog numbers, I figured I might as well go forward in time too, and play a few things I've been working on that even the guys in the band haven't heard yet. Having done so, I think I might have uncovered a thing or two worthy of inclusion on either the record Kenny & I have been toiling away on, or some other as-yet-to-be-realized project like another TGA release. Too soon to say, but the wheels are turning.

I'm a little fuzzy as to what songs got played what nights, but for those of you who stayed home, had other plans, or forgot that you could have marveled at my magnificent vocal stylings for free in either the land of Lincoln, or a Mexican joint in the 'Boro, here's what the lucky few were privy to....give or take some detours into John Waite and Steppenwolf territory.

SICK FOR LOVE

THE GHOST

LIES

CRAVE

HOW DOES IT FEEL

MAKE IT OUT

DODGE

LIE TO ME

DOWNED AGAIN

INSIDE YOUR HEAD

SHERRYBABY

FIX YOU

HEAD LIGHT

DANCE ALONE

FEELS LIKE HOME

KING OF FOOLS(FOXX)

UNDERTOW

NEEDLES AND PINS

ONLY IN MY HEAD(BO7/BOMBSHELL CRUSH)

ROCK N' ROLL HEART

THE NEXT THREE MINUTES(NEW)

BEEN AWAY TOO LONG(NEW)

I CAN'T SLEEP ALONE

THE EYES IN EVERY ROOM

SLEEPIN' WITH THE RADIO ON

DAY 22

RASPBERRY BERET(PRINCE)

FIRECRACKER(RYAN ADAMS)

AMERICAN GIRL(TOM PETTY)

I CAN'T TAKE IT(CHEAP TRICK)

JESSIE'S GIRL(RICK SPRINGFIELD)

STRUTTER(KISS)

MIXTAPE(BUTCH WALKER)

ANYTHING I MISSED IS PURELY THE RESULT OF FATIGUE, MEDICATION, AND ENTIRELY TOO MANY DRAFT BEERS, BUT I CAN TELL YOU THIS MUCH, WHILE I HAD NO INTENTION OF PLAYING ABOUT 25% OF THE STUFF ON THAT LIST, IT'S PRETTY AMAZING HOW MUCH OF IT COMES RIGHT BACK TO YOU.WHY IS IT THOUGH THAT THE MOST COMPLICATED MUSICAL PASSAGES SEEM TO JUST HAPPEN, BUT THE SIMPLE CHORD PROGRESSIONS ELUDE YOU? SHOULDN'T LOGIC DICTATE A COMPLETELY OPPOSITE SCENARIO? WHATEVER THE CASE, IT WAS FUN, BUT I'M LOOKING FORWARD TO PLUGGING BACK INTO AN AMP AND PLAYING THESE SONGS AS THE GOOD LORD INTENDED THEM TO BE PLAYED. OUR NEXT OPPORTUNITY TO DO SO BEING SATURDAY, MARCH 2ND AT THE GILROY IN CLARKSVILLE, TN. IT'S GONNA BE JUST US THAT NIGHT, DOING IT "EVENING WITH" STYLE, 3 SETS OF OUR STUFF, WITH A HANDFUL OF OUR FAVORITE COVERS IN THE MIX TO KEEP IT INTERESTING FOR THE UNFAMILIARS.

MORE SHOWS COMING UP IN MARCH...THE 14TH AT DOUGLAS CORNER WITH OUR FRIENDS THE AUGUST, AND PRESERVATION PUB IN KNOXVILLE ON THE 30TH. IN BETWEEN, KENNY & I WILL BE WORKING IN THE STUDIO ON JOSHUA KETCHMARK'S NEW RECORD, AND HOPEFULLY SQUEEZING IN A FEW OVERDUB SESSIONS FOR OURS AS WELL.

MORE LATER....

 

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 DENNY