My boarding passes are printed, and this time tomorrow I'll be in the air, bound for the 20 yr. anniversary/vow renewal celebration of my brother and former Best Of Seven bandmate Shane Tassart and the incredible woman who has managed to put up with him for these past two decades, Stephanie.
In addition to being outspoken on a number of topics (most of which he is sadly mistaken about), and an avid supporter of all things Barry Manilow, Shane currently fronts the new outfit Lies, Deceit, & Treachery, along with 3/4s of the original Bulletboys lineup.
A few days in Vegas, and it's back to work on the new Thomas EP, cutting guitars for the next couple of tracks(You Won't Get It Here & The Ride), and adding vocal harmonies and some extra guitar bits to the stuff we spent last weekend working on(Hold On To Me, Dear Anna, & Drivin', Baby) with Tommy Edwards and bassist John Massaglia. Having producer Joshua Ketchmark at the helm this time around, things are already starting to shape up nicely, and he & I may collaborate on some additional tunes for the project to help flesh out a full album, if the right material comes of it.
As for The Great Affairs, we're still partially in "woodshed" mode, working up the last few tunes from Dream In Stereo that we have yet to play live, stuff like Stay All Night, Miss America, Left Of Me, and The Highway, as well as tinkering with a few covers we thought might be good for stretching our chops a little. We'll probably spend the rest of March and April fine-tuning all of the above, and playing the odd show here & there. Right now it's a pretty light schedule, but we will be in Madisonville, KY at The Crowded House for an acoustic show on Saturday, March 7th, and the following weekend we're plugging back in at The Pond in Franklin, TN with newcomers Molly's Backbone on Saturday, March 14th, so things won't go entirely dark.
The record continues to move and garner some pretty great reviews, and we've got a new t-shirt design, based on the album cover that starts shipping on March 7th, along with a few free perks we're including with these initial orders. Here are all the details on the best 20 bucks you'll spend all year, should you decide to pony up now and get on the Pre-order list.
GILDAN 100% cotton semi-fitted fashion tee.
Red & white ink on black shirt. S-XXL ORDER NOW AND GET A DREAM IN STEREO GUITAR PICK AND FREE 'Dream In Stereo' ALBUM DOWNLOAD CARD! WHILE SUPPLIES LAST.
BUT WAIT, like a set of Ginsu Knives, the extras don't stop there. If you order before we change our minds, you'll get an additional download card forThe Die Youngs' 'Nothing's Broken' LP.
ALL of this for just $20(includes shipping & handling).
(US orders only.)
OK then, I'm off to pack for Sin City, where I will almost assuredly NOT go all "Rain Man" on them, so please feel free to buy me a drink upon my return, when you see me with my pockets turned out and looking thirsty.
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