Jill Jack is such an amazing person and has helped guide me through a lot of my music career whether she knows it or not. I met her at 20 front street in Lake Orion when I opened for her the first time. She treats everybody like they are her closest friends and that was really comforting to my nerves before I went on. This show was her 12th annual birthday bash and i really couldn't believe that she asked me to open for her because this event is so significant. It was also really cool to meet her daughter, Emma. They are so similar its crazy. Along with meeting Emma, I also met her band members and they are all so awesome and nice. It was such an honor to open for her on her birthday bash and I couldn't have asked for a better night. Her new album is amazing, everyone should check it out.
Gigs can either be the best time of your life or the worst. The best gigs are why most musicians are musicians and make all the hard work worth it. Though most gigs are 3 to 4 hours long in some dingy bar where no one is there for music. Being so young, most people don't treat me with too much respect but I have also had some great hosts.
Recording music can be very fun but is also one of the hardest parts of being a musician. Every musician wants to make sure the music they put out is the music that they want their fans to hear and it may not seem like it would be but, it's very hard to record the kind of music you want to portray. I say this mainly because if your a great live band, it's nearly impossible to record the sound that you have on stage in the studio. I’ve found that the best way to record is to do it in a place where you're comfortable. I'm my case, my comfort zones are my basement and Red Herring’s bassist, Max’s studio.
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Thunder Bay was hands down the best show I have ever played. This was a festival that Red Herring played at and as you can see in these photos, it was one of the happiest times of my life. These Michigan music festivals have formed me into the person I am today and that was definitely was something to remember forever. We had some amazing Jams with our good Friends Nina and the Buffalo Riders (who are insanely nice and such amazing humans and musicians.)
The festival started out with a horrendous storm that... in some evil way.... was so fun! I bundled up in my raincoat and went out in the craziness to help keep the vendors' tents up. But the storm passed and the weekend went on with some amazing musicians.
The best part of the festival (besides the amazing crowd that let me sing my heart out to them) was for sure the drum kiva. It really transports me to outer-space or some shit... So cool I can wait to be back.
This was such a great event that was put on. I love every show that I can bring my cutest little bro Conner to (he always kills it on percussion). It was such an honor to open for the Ragbirds, they are one of the first truly Michigan bands that introduced me to the crazy Michigan Music scene.
My love for Holler fest will never die!! I love this tiny farm for everything it is. My parents and Chris actually grew up 10 minutes from the farm so it was so crazy to discover this little gem in the middle of nowhere Michigan. Frog Holler was the first music I ever attended at the age of 13 and I haven't missed one since. The people are so beautiful, the food is to die for, and the music is so magical. I can't wait to continue going back every single year even if I am not playing.
It was there and it was done. This was a good gig, not amazing, but we got some good pics so I guess that's all that matters. After we were done here I had to quickly rush to frog holler fest to play with the Syd Burnham band. Good times.
Here is some humor for ya... when I first joined Red Herring the boys were too scared to even talk to me (I'm pretty sure they thought I had cooties or something) but now I strangling max and they are all laughing at me doing it. Good times.....
Well, this was super amazing. Red Herring had the awesome opportunity of opening for Mark lavengood, The go-rounds, and JOE HERTLER AND THE FRICKEN RAINBOW SEEKERS. Dude what a treat was that. Unfortunately, our drummer boy Joshy had to miss out because he was on tour with the school of rock but we were able to pull it off with max on drums and me on bass.
We were able to stick around and watch all the acts even though we were underage! Yeah, it's pretty awesome being a musician and playing shows with a great line up because you get the perk of sticking around when you shouldn't.
Whenever I read Beacon park I always want to say Deacon because of deacon blues by steely dan..... This post has nothing to do with steely dan..... I just really love steely dan.
ANYWAYS, what a great gig. Right downtown Detroit (my soon to be home, go warriors!!!) The only bad part of this show was the heat. I almost passed out every time I hit a high note. But no worries because there was an awesome food truck that had great smoothies. I feel bad that I don't remember the name but I'll see it again soon and let you guys in on the delish foods.
Rock and blues singer from Detroit, Mi