Jan. 7, 2016: Well, I'm either retired or unemployed, so I'm off to Florida and the Alafia River Rendezvous hosted by the Florida Frontiersmen near Homestead, Florida. I drove from Thermopolis to Colorado Springs on clear, dry roads and I'm headed into New Mexico today. I will be playing at Maddog's Cantina in Fort Davis, Texas on Saturday, January 9th. Fort Davis is not in the Middle of Nowhere but you can see it from there! I will try to provide updates on my trip and any gigs that pop up. Check the…Read more
February 13th: Well, we are truly big stars now! We had to cancel the gigs in Nashville due to illness. Harry came down with the bug that laid Shirley low in Memphis and he can't sing or blow harmonica and he sure doesn't feel like playing guitar. We are in Montrose, Colorado and will be back in Vernal, Utah today. Harry was too sick to go out on the town in Nashville on Friday, February 8th, but I went to see the Travis Mann band (our hosts' son is the front man) down on Lower Broadway. This is…Read more
February 8th: We got my truck from the Dodge dealer in Gainesville and it is running fine again. We have stopped to visit with Zach and Donna Mann in Nashville on our way back to Missouri to play in Washington. We will be back in Nashville on Monday, Feb. 11th to see if we can make our week even more exciting. Stay tuned!
February 4th: Well, we didn't win but we think we were a close second to the guys who won our venue. We attended the Finals at the Orpheum Theatre and went back to the hotel to drown our sorrows in moonshine and beer - Wait 'til next year! The semifinal competition took place over two days, Thursday and Friday. The finals were held on Saturday night. There were ten acts at each venue, 100 bands and 60 solo/duo. A panel of four judges determined the scores of the contestants and the panels changed…Read more
February 1st: We are checked in to the Benchmark Hotel two blocks off Beale Street in downtown Memphis. We played our first session in front of the judges at the W. C. Handy Blues Hall. It is a wonderfully decreipit old shotgun bar on Beale Street next door to the Rum Boogie Cafe. The Blues Hall has autographed guitars from Willie Dixon and Furry Lewis on the walls and is dripping with Blues Patina. We played a strong set that started with "Engineer Man" and progressed to "Drinking to Forget", "Way…Read more
January 30th: We're in Tupelo, Mississippi this morning and abour to head into Memphis for the International Blues Challenge. I'll try to keep sending updates on the event as it unfolds but I don't know about e-mail access yet. The Alafia Rendezvous was Big Fun and we ate lots of crab and shrimp. Harry has a new song, "Your Shrimp is Funky" and we taught the 'Skinners there how to do the Funky Shrimp Dance. We have a whole lot of things hanging fire right now and I will get the dates and places on the…Read more
January 18th: We are in Live Oak, Florida on our way to Tampa Bay. We will be at the Alafia Rendezvous tomorrow after stopping at Skipper's Smokehouse in Tampa to confirm a gig for February 12th. We will return to St. Louis on February 3rd, go back to Florida, and then travel to Nashville, Tennessee where Zack and Donna Mann have a new pizza parlor where we can get in some playing time. Watch this space and the gig calendar for specific information. There is more to come!
January 8th: I am in Vernal, Utah with Harry and we will be leaving this week for St. Louis, Florida and Memphis. I will try to keep a log of the trip on the website. For those of you looking for the HALLECK BRENDEN CD, I will try to have it available by the end of March, 2008. Watch this space for more news!
We have acheived focus! Harry and I just returned from the EPR held at Muddy Run State Park near Lancaster, PA. We had a great time there as guests of our hostess and Booshway Cheryl "Bubbles" Gallagher and got to spend time with many old friends. Following the EPR, we went to Baltimore, MD to play with "Baltimore Red" Jones. We wound up at a recording studio and laid down tracks for 10 songs that will appear on future CD projects - yes, we're working on our next release - stay tuned! From…Read more
We made a splash in the Great Northwest and moved on to Idaho Falls for Hallowe'en. Patrice had her first trick-or-treater ever and we enjoyed the event. The next day, Harry and I went out trolling for gigs and we now have two places to play in Idaho Falls in the future. Watch the calendar for announcements! We moved on to Salt Lake City and Pat's Barbecue. Pat's has great food and a great sounding room - one of the best we have ever played in. Thanks to BadBrad Wheeler for setting this up and…Read more