100th show!

On Saturday night, I played at Gable Music Ventures‘ “The Six” singer-songwriter showcase in Wilmington, DE. I closed out the night and enjoyed watching Lauren Kuhne, Stewart Lewis, Joy Ike, Elephants Gerald, and Sol Knopf all play before me. It was great to meet the wonderful Joy Ike. She runs one of my favorite musician blogs, Grassrootsy. Through that site, she has helped me get to where I am today. Yay. It was great to meet the other performers as well. Sol is the only other musician that I’ve played with who is from Smyrna. It was only Lauren’s second show, but she is very impressive. Yeah.

Joy Ike! (and her sister Peace on percussion)

This show marked my 100th performance (solo, as Battleshy Youths, and as The Honey Badgers) since I started playing music publicly in December 2010. It was a great night. I played a new song and a few others that I don’t often perform and then Erin joined me for a couple.

Here is the new one, based on Bukowski’s “Bluebird” –

 

Also, Erin had her last pageant-y event last night. She is amazing.

ERIN! (Outgoing and new Miss Wilmington and Miss Newark and Outstanding Teen)

simplicity.

I have a lot of junk.

When normal people say something like that, you assume they have a lot of stuff. I’m not normal. If you were to see my room right now, you would possibly be scared. Unless you’re Shane, and then you call it an organized mess. I have more clothing, books, furniture, and sound equipment than I’ll ever need. It is easy for me to fill my entire car full of technology when I go to play a show or do a recording…but I’ve been thinking lately about the fact that I don’t really need all of that all the time. Too much stuff is sometimes complicated and confusing and makes a job harder. I need to learn how to use the right tools for a specific job. We play simple music, so we need simple mixes.

I’ve been working on a mix of a Honey Badger song called “Don’t Remind Me” and I just wasn’t happy with all of the technology and channels and plugins, so I ended up stripping it down to just the ambient room mic with a bit of eq and compression. You can hear the natural reverb from Gore Recital Hall, where we recorded. I like it. The Honey Badgers’ new EP, “Booth Bay,” will be ready soon ^_^

Take a listen!

The Honey Badgers - Don't Remind Me