Musings on music, sports, life in general from Quincy, Illinois.

Friday, December 31, 2010

Be Safe

2010 was good in many ways, new beginnings and projects.

And it sucked.

Here's to a better 2011. You get a free Funions shirt if you watch the entire video, Moon's last performance the best band ever.

Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Terrible, Ohio State

Let's get one thing straight. I don't like Ohio State. I think they cheat all the time. Yes, they win. I just hope the whole going to class thing doesn't get in the way of winning football games.

So five players get caught doing really stupid stuff, blatant rules violations, and they get suspended for a bunch of games next year, but they can all play in the bowl game?


Me and my boy DOB are gonna go knock off a local store. Even though we know it's wrong. Then we are going on vacation with the money we've taken. Don't worry, we'll serve our sentence after we get back, only, we don't have to come back. You really think Terrible Pryor is coming back?

I'm rooting hard for Arkansas, even though their coach is a promise-breaker himself.

Sunday, December 26, 2010

Post Christmas bliss cause I'm not traveling

Here's to hoping the two Big Sisters make it to North Carolina. Having been through Travel Hell enough myself, all I can do is pray.

Post-Christmas happiness to everybody. I'm off to get my skate on.

Friday, December 24, 2010

White Christmas

Merry Christmas, everybody. It's snowing on Christmas Eve morning in the Q-Town, perfect to set the mood.

Be safe!

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Radio Luv

So I've been doing radio with the WGEM guys and it's been a lot of fun. Today we talked about stolen cars, top stories of the year and schtuff.

Click here for the link.

Thursday, I will be singing my homemade Christmas Carols live at Studio H, 7:50 a.m. on 105.9 FM. I think it streams live on the Web, too.

Fun fun fun .....

Friday, December 17, 2010

Year of music ...

This has certainly been an eventful year when it comes to the music stuff, and 2011 holds a lot of promise.

Said goodbye to The Funions, which was very hard to do. Having a blast with the Cheeseburgers and learning something new every single time we play. Already we are booking shows into next August! So it will continue to be busy.

The biggest thing I've learned to to keep the goofing around to a minimum and to really try and play better, and to be ready from song to song, to bang them out one after the other.

So ... we'll be cranking them out again in the new year, make sure you come see us!

Monday, December 13, 2010

Jamming with Pat

So Sunday we had the second day of the Pat Cornwell benefit at Turner Hall, and it was HUGE.

Click here for my Whig blog.

I got up with a couple of guys and sang "Roadhouse Blues" and it was just like being back at Vegas Music in the practice room. Can you legally have that much fun?

The last time I stood on that stage was April 3, when The Funions played at the Fielder CD release party. Pat was behind us on drums. Reasonable Doubt opened Sunday's show and several of those guys were also on that Turner Hall stage for the first time since Pat passed away last month.

I swear to the Good Lord Above that Pat was with us on that stage again.

Also, I have a new favorite band in town, Deuce Coup. Here's a clip from a show they did last summer ...

Saturday, December 11, 2010

Busy December Saturday

Gittin Cheesey tonight in Palmyra for a private party. They tell me it's a wild and crazy time. I am recovering from a nasty bought with death so it's just the ticket!

My heart will at Turner Hall for Pat Cornwell's benefit. I'll be there Sunday all day.

This morning Paul Lester and I are playing Christmas songs and assorted ear-inflictions for developmentally disabled adults, their parents and caregivers. Paul plays the fiddle, mandolin and guitar and is one of the coolest guys around, so it should be fun!

Cheeseburgers have lined up another January gig, and we've booked shows into next June, so it's promising to be a busy year dripping from the bun. Hold the pickle!

Monday, December 06, 2010

Gretchen who?

Gretchen Wilson was in Quincy this past weekend. About 1,000 people apparently paid $40 each, more for VIP seats, to see her and two other acts.

Hey. Gretchen Wilson is huge in country music right now. If you are a fan, great. I did laugh, however, at the gal at work today who said, "What? Gretchen Wilson was in town? How come I didn't know about this? I love her!" She works at the paper and but apparently doesn't read the paper, one of them there deals.

I'm not a fan, but I understand the appeal. Her horrendous "Red Neck Woman" resonates with many, I would think.

Apparently she also played Saturday night at the Dot Foods Christmas party at the OLC. I laughed again when I saw a Facebook entry from a Dot Foods employee — "I'd rather have a Christmas bonus."

I guess the bottom line is that we had a big-name act and a decent crowd at the Oakley-Lindsay Center.

Saturday, December 04, 2010

Blind Pig Tonight

Really looking forward to the Cheeseburgers gig at the Blind Pig tonight, 8-ish, just $3 at the door.

We don't play in Quincy proper that much so it's always fun. Last night at Spring Street some folks said they'd seen the band play about a year ago, but much has changed so we encouraged them to come out.

The challenge at the Blind Pig, 12th and Lind, is cramming all the sound equipment on the stage. We are setting up this afternoon and we'll get it figured out — our drummer, Kirk Gribbler, lives for this kind of thing.

The bar is small, so get there early. Be nice to Shey Fey at the door too!