Phil's Journal

March 25, 2007

What's Happening Now

Here's what's been happening as well as what will be happening soon. Back in January, I got to play a couple of gigs with Louis' Blues at The Little Fox(opening for Tom Rigney) and Biscuits and Blues. Louis' Blues also played a couple of sucessful and fun gigs up in Mendocino and Humboldt counties during the month of February. We played The Caspar Inn and are looking forward to returning there in the near future.

In case you were not already aware, I decided to change the name of my band, The High Rollers, to The Dirty Cats. It just seemed like it was time for a change. The Dirty Cats have been playing a lot of the usual places as well as a couple of new venues. Lately, we've been playing a great little dive in Fairfax called Peri's Silver Dollar to much fanfare. Look for us to be there again on May 3rd. We'll also be playing for the first time at The Main Street Brewery in Pleasanton in April. That should be lots of fun and it will give all of you East Bay folks an oportunity to come hear the band without crossing a bridge.

I recently had the pleasure of playing a couple of gigs with two members of The Sean Carney Band from Columbus, Ohio. For those of you blues lovers who are not familiar with Sean, I am sure you will be in the near future. His band recently took first place at The International Blues Challenge in Memphis. They beat out over 150 finalists! The last two years, I've been lucky enough to have Sean and his band back me on a couple of little tours I did in The Midwest. It was great seeing Sean again along with his drummer, Eric Blume. They decided to drive out to the Bay Area after touring up through Canada and needed a place to stay. My wife and I were pleased to have them stay with us for the time they were here. The gig we played at The Poor House in San Jose was particularly memorable with great guest artists such as Lara Price, Gary Smith and many others sitting in with the band.

Well, I know I said that I hoped to be recording new material by early this year... and guess what? I'm going to Columbus, Ohio in ten days to record some new original material with none other than The Sean Carney Band. I'm really looking forward to working in a whole new context with these guys. It should prove to be a productive as well as enjoyable experience. When I return from Columbus, I'll continue with completing the recording out here. I hope to have a new CD by the summer. Let's keep our fingers crossed.

Well, I guess that's all for now. I've got some more surprises in store for this Spring and Summer, so keep checking the calendar page as it changes frequently. Take care, Blues Lovers!

Your friend,

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