Wednesday 16 November 2016

Click above to hear my latest session and discover loads of great music on Daytrotter

Click above to hear my latest session and discover loads of great music on Daytrotter

FIRST job is to trawl through some old backups and see if the missing/updated spreadsheets are there.

I spend a good hour going through time machine backups on hard drives for both Margaret’s and my machines. Nothing. Although I’m pretty OCD about that sort of thing, and I’d be surprised if some things hadn’t been updated more recently, I’m starting to think that the reason the info isn’t there is because we (or, more likely, I) didn’t put it there in the first place!

On the up side, my Daytrotter session is sorted out and is live here. Go check it out – not only can you get a free trial of the service, you’ll discover some great music from major names to breaking acts unavailable anywhere else…all recorded live and exclusively for Daytrotter.

I make an early dinner – beef, green peppers and onions in black bean sauce – then jump in the car and head for Perth where I have a consultancy meeting with a band.

We have a good two or three hours’ chat and I get a good feel for where they are at the moment and where they’d like t be in a year’s time…next step is for me to put together a wee action plan and make recommendations to help them get there.

I drive back in torrential rain and pull up home just before 1am. Time for a wee nightcap….

Monday 10 October 2016

Promoter Sean, Erin Rae and Liz Cooper & the Stampede join me for a Glengoyne after the show...

Promoter Sean, Erin Rae and Liz Cooper & the Stampede join me for a Glengoyne after the show…

WE have a busy morning in the hotel…

I have to edit a touring feature and photos for a spread in an upcoming issue of ProSound News Europe which we’ve been working on for a while. That takes a bit of time, then we do a quick Facebook Livestream update.

Suddenly it’s time to head downtown to the Daytrotter studios – I’m recording my fourth session for the tastemaker online label/download service.

The session before me over-runs a bit so we hang out and chat with some of the Daytrotter folks then I hit the studio. Four songs recorded live direct to stereo – Parcel of Rogues, Still Friends, Hellhound Train and a new one, Givers & Takers – in double-quick time...we’re running late for the soundcheck for tonight’s show.

When we get to the Village Theatre a few miles away though, there’s no panic, the headline and is still soundchecking and we’re OK for time, Phew!

It’s a beautiful venue and amazing sound. I open the show at 7.30pm then we relax and enjoy sets from Erin Rae and Liz Cooper & the Stampede. Erin Rae is a stunning performer and hits the UK in early November..catch her if you can!

Promoter Sean joins the other acts and myself for a dram of Glengoyne 12 year old then we pack up and load out. Been a great evening.

We’ve not eaten since breakfast time though – and it’s after 10pm. We’re starving so hit The Village Inn for some grub then make our way back to the hotel.

I open the show at the Village Theatre, Davenport...

I open the show at the Village Theatre, Davenport…

...followed by Erin Rae...

…followed by Erin Rae…

..then Liz Cooper & the Stampede

..then Liz Cooper & the Stampede