It was the standard routine of 18-hour days on a moving walkway last week in NYC. I was able to visit and/or jam with Mr Freddie Stevenson, Julia Haltigan, Bennett Miller (thanks for letting me play that sweet Juzek), Tanya Braganti, Tara OGrady, Jodie Moore, JT Tutalo, high school-chum and architect extraordinaire Chris Dowdell, and various members of my immediate and extended family.
We reconvened the Sleight Of Hand Band (Avi Rothbard & Antoine Silverman) for a series of performances at Lincoln Center with inventor/magician Mario Marchese, whose ingenuity and combustible energy continue to dazzle. Last week marked a new addition to the show a robotic chimp, designed and built by Mario himself, that interacts directly with the audience and proves a mischievous foil to his master. From a musical perspective, the process of group-underscoring a spontaneous magic performance in front of an audience has proven a unique but rewarding challenge. The chance to finally perform numerous shows in succession enabled our ensemble to finally settle into a casual and comfortable flow.
Upon arriving back in Nashville, I was very grateful to receive from Danni Nicholls this photo of the latest print edition of Q The Music Magazine (UK) featuring a four-star review of the album we made last December:
Coming up later this month Nashville gigs with Brigitte DeMeyer, Will Kimbrough, Big Dog Al Perkins, Julia Haltigan, Pete Lanctot, the continuation of a several recording projects begun last month, and the process of fleshing out some Calixte recordings in preparation for a full-length project later in the year.