After Texas…

Home, my little slice of this big ol planet. It’s my center, my fueling station, my world. After traveling for a few days it sure is nice to come back to it no matter how cluttered the garage how many weeds in the garden or how long the “honey do” list. I love this place. The shows this weekend were amazing and memorable.

San Antonio, beautiful as ever. Rich with culture, history and country music lovers. Our hotel was right on the river walk and the smell of the freshly cooked tortillias wafted down Houston St. calling to me but I was strong and managed to resist. I was able to visit with my mom, step-father, brother, sister-in-law and nephew and have them as my guests to our performance that evening. Seeing friends and family while traveling is definatly a perk but, like I mentioned to my mother, it’s also kind of a “scrambler” to the daily routine of being “on the road.” That being said, it is an honor and a pleasure to have family and friends come to my “office” and I will always welcome the opportunity to have them.

Houston was pretty chill, during the day, I had no guests…well I could have thought of a dozen or so people I could have invited but I have far passed my limit of comp tickets for this tour  and thought I shouldn’t press my luck. We stayed down town and from our hotel it was hard to tell that a F4 hurricane blew through there less than a month ago submerging a large portion of the city. And by the sound and livelyness of the audience that evening we could tell they were ready for a good time.

Dallas, was amazing. Our hotel was a 10 minute run from Dealey Plaza and the grassy knoll. Denny and I walked around the historic site and listened to the conspirators as they rolled out their shpeal. It was interesting to see tourists risk being hit by a moving vehicle just to kneel down, smile and get a photo of themselves over one of the two green X’s on the road that mark the location of the motorcade when the fatal bullets hit their target. The show that evening was stellar. I wish everyone could know the feeling I get standing on that stage. I know the songs, I played them since April, I know the show we’ve done over 70 this year but there’s still that nervousness that makes my hairs stand up and gives me a high like no other drug, or drink I’ve known. I’m addicted, a junkie, and I’m sure there is no rehab strong enough to break my love…my need, for the rush and exhilaration  of the concert stage.

I get back on the bus tomorrow night and head to Pittsburg, PA, Washington, DC, and Greensboro, NC. I will be looking for all the shiney happy people who have helped make my dream come true, and just know that  I am always more than happy to stop say hi, take a picture or just chat. So if you see me please stop me, and let me thank you.

Love, Peace and Happiness

Deano

 

Yeah! I’m still here…

Sorry,

Sometimes I forget, and before I know it so much time has flown by that there’s no use trying to recap so I just start from the now.

NOW… THings have been great. The boys are all healthy and doing their best in school. I emphasize THEIR for me because I need to contiously remind myself that they are not me nor ever will be. They are as unique as a finger print and along with thier external uniqueness there is an internal uniqueness as well. And I realize that not everybody is good in English or Geometry but that’s okay as long as they don’t give up. ” The only way you can fail something is if you quit.” Abe Lincoln

I’ve been reading a Joel Olsteen book that has really encouraged me to look into the bible. NOW, I’m not a religious man, I tend to favor developing a relationship rather than studying the religion, but this book has really driven me to the bible not for evidence but mostly for knowledge. I feel the hunger to know, to research to learn. I know I spend way too much time on my phone or computer so reading more has really been something I’ve been trying to do more. And If I can learn techniques to help me to be a better person AND learn some scripture knowledge that’s a win win situation.

Essentially Life is amazing. do I have struggles? yes! Do I have worries? yes! Do I wish and want for more? of course. But when I sit back and think about it, I realize, I’m only in controll to the tips of my fingers. I will focus on solutions and not problems. I will feed the positive and starve the negative.

I can control my thoughts, my thoughts become my actions, my actions become my habits, and my habits become my character.

Live well, Love Large.

Deano

Baltimore

 

Let Me In Baby 2.0IMG_3423                                                                                                                                                     In my hotel room in Baltimore. Just finished playing my violin and I’m headed to the gym.

Feeling blessed and thankful.

One of the most profound things I’ve learned while playing music on the road is that I have to MAKE time to do the things that make ME happy. Now, I know that sounds selfish but believe me, the sense of gratitude and fulfillment that I get when I spend some time on filling my tank is amazing and the feeling carries me through the day.
Now, I am an active father as well as a performing musicician and like everyone else, my free time at home is precious. When I’m traveling, the free time is a little more abundant but I can let it get away from me if I’m not careful. But when I’m at home, I’m HOME and I would rather not take any time away form my family. But it essential to my happiness, my longevity, my being. And when I fulfill Me, my happiness, I’m a better person and it in turn, spills over into my families happiness.
If I don’t carve out time in the day it can quickly become so packed that even the thought of spending an hour to focus inward is lost and never given a chance. Then, at the end of the day I beat myself up.

             I know what I have to do, I know how to do it, it’s all about making the commitment.

It’s ME vs ME and I will emerge victorious                                                                                              IMG_9442

We have to be happy to make others happy. We have to love ourselves before we can fully love others.

Everyday devote an hour to your happiness. Whether it’s working out, painting, riding a bike, or just drinking a cup of tea and sitting still. Find those good feelings and fill your tank.
Every second spent worrying about things we can’t control is one less second spent loving and being happy.
Spend your seconds wisely!
Peace

Taken at Red Rocks Colorado.

Here we are…

The Roosevelt

Looks Like Marlyn

Austin Texas…
For weeks…okay months, this day has been awaited on and now it’s finally here and there’s nothing I can do about it. Tonight we’ll perform to a few million  listeners and viewers on the iheart Radio Country Music Festival and it’s going to be F^&*ING AWESOME!

Tomorrow I’ll be home, a place I’ve not been for two weeks, and I can’t wait. But we have done some amazing things…

Played on Good Morning America. Performed at TIME Magazines Top 100 Most Influential People Gala in New York City, where it just so happened that Tim was amoung the list of 100. Stayed at some amazing hotels. Palm Springs Indian Wells Resort and Spa was totally killer! Played Stagecoach in Indio Ca. a huge audience!
Played The Ellen Degeneres Show. Hiked Runyon Canyon in LA two days in a row. Played on Late Night with Jimmy Kimmel. Stayed at the famous Roosevelt Hotel (said to be haunted ya know?). Played a private show for Zaxby’s, a chicken restaurant chain, on the shores of Coronado beach in San Diego Ca. Stayed at the world famous Hotel Del Coronado (which is also said to be haunted). Now I’m here…Austin Texas…iheart Radio Country Music Festival…then home….a day I’ve been waitin on for a long time…

Peace, love and happiness.
Deano

 

I Wasn’t Ready for the Cold

Damn. Anchorage Alaska…and all I want to do is curl up under the covers and watch netflix. People, it’s coold

Anchorage 10:15

Anchorage 10:15

 

I left Nashville in 85 degree weather, a flip flop day if I ever saw one, and landed in Anchorage at 5:20pm and it was a crisp 32 degrees. My initial thoughts were, not too bad, it felt good. But last night after our performance at the Alaska Airlines Center as we were leaving the venue, opening that door, the cold shot right through me and immediately chilled me to the bone. Our shuttle van was across the parking lot so we walked oh… 50-60 yards and honestly, I was shaking by the time I made it to the van. Something about going from extreme to extreme that my mind and body just weren’t prepaired for. I mean even here in Anchorage, it just didn’t go from 85 to 32 overnight, It was a gradual process. And so the people here aclamated…                I just ain’t done that yet. So with the memories of The Bird House Bar and all the amazing things we did here during our last visit still vividly fresh in my mental rolodex, I’ll admire the beauty of the Alaskan frontier from the comforts of my 70 degree hotel room. Make my way up the the gym. Who knows, I might  even get my sweat on in the steam room. Stayin warm until it’s time to turn up the heat tonight on stage.

Anchorage

Anchorage

I just gotta face it, my Addias hoodie and me just aren’t ready for the cold.

A Whirlwind of a Week

Wow,

With the release of Tim’s new record Sundown Heaven Town on the 16th came a lot of promo and believe me I’m sure that for every hour I put in Tim put in 5.

We had radio interviews Monday morning at 8:00, Tim had already been there two hours and when we finished at 10:00 he was still being interviewed. We caught a 3:50 flight to NYC and after a light dinner hit the sack. We had a 4:50 AM lobby call to walk to the Good Morning America set…4:50AM. Crew had a 3:30 AM call…poor bastards.

GMA SetWe ran the songs a couple of times, let the cameramen do their dance, and it was open season on time and we were sleepy hunters. I went out on the street and had a cup of coffee and just watched people…like ants or are ant’s like people…weird. The performance was great. I love me some Robin Roberts, she’s a diamond of a lady. But had a great time. I wore my new My Chemical Romance T-Shirt…I love that artwork. Someone let Gerard know will ya?

After the GMA performance we had a couple …well four, hours to kill and I was back at my room and under the covers in about 10 minutes, I wasted NO time. I didn’t sleep the entire time but the rest was nice. I’ve discovered how hard it is to sleep in a city that never sleeps…

Soon it was off to the Hammerstein Ballroom where we were to record a LIVE streaming concert celebrating the record. The day was filled with choreography and camera positionings. Not high kicks and grapevines but more like “you go here, take Green Grass solos there…” The event was going to be something special and we really wanted everything to sound and look great.    Hammerstein Ballroom
Well, I’ve yet to see it…but from what I’ve heard it was a success. I know from my perspective, It was a party and people were having a great time, diggin the music and we had a blast playin it. LOVE playing those new songs! Shotgun Rider Sheeesh! Great song, We’ll be playing that one for another 20 years.

The following morning some of the guys had to go do an acoustic performance with Tim on The View… I wasn’t one of them…so I slept in. 8:00am We still had a noon pick up to go to Rockerfeller Center to tape The Tonight Show. I know right? Crazy Shit!… Lil Ol’ME!! But yeah…The Tonight Show…Anyway. Sound check and camera blocking in a cold TV Studio was the worst part of my day. Oh..It was Random Selfie Day…by the way…stupid me…man and I wanted one with Questlove, Chickened out!

The Tonight Show performance was great! I was particularly eager to get some camera time during this performance because Breedlove Guitars offered to endorse me and they offered me one of their mandolins in exchange for a little exposure. After watching the show I think they will be happy.  Fallon and the Gang

I love New York. It’s magically beautiful but I also love my little piece of earth here in Tennessee. I have grown to truly understand the full meaning in Dorothy’s words, “There’s no place like home.”

Check out something I wrote…

Somthin’ Magical Goin on Here…

Funny to me how imaginary lines on a map divide us into groups and make us seem different. We’re currently in Canada and the people here love Country Music. In fact they rocked our socks off a couple nighs ago at the Molson Canadian Amphitheater in Toronto.I can’t wait until tonight here in Edmonton.

IMG_6185That’s one of the many things I love about music. It’s ability to cross all communication barriers and unite you with a melody.
You don’t have to speak english to so sing the words to a song. You just do. It’s like magic. People in Japan go to a  Journey concert and sing every word of “Don’t Stop Believin'” and can’t speak a word of english. Something magical happening there..

But all that to say we’ve been having a great time out here, bring the music, the
fellowship, the happy, to people all across Canada and the United States. I totally love seeing people sing our songs and have a good time, it’s such an adrenaline rush. So “Don’t Stop Believin!!” and don’t stop comin to the shows.

Peace!

Go get em!
Deano

 

lovin livin life

yodaWow! has it been that long since my last post? Amazing! I’m a procrastinating son of a….

i mean well, really. But the day just flies by and before i know it i’m crawling into my bunk thanking Him for the day He just gave me and praying that i get to see another. At that point in the day there’s not a damn thing i can do about it EXCEPT! use those feelings to motivate me to try harder.
i dig the whole blog thing. i’ve  journaled for many years, i actually have three full journals completely full of memories. The fantasy that one day my kids will stumble upon them in a dusty old Goodwill donation box and read them, turning me into the hero i always wanted to be drives me to continue writing in them. But this is cool too. i really enjoy sharing what i do and some of what goes on out here. But i do love the process of writing. Ya know, i heard that the new Common Core academics program doesn’t call for cursive instruction and that public schools will be more likely to drop or, at least de-emphasize it. What is this world coming to…Wholly Shit am i rambling? Yes Dean, You are. Sorry!
Well, let’s see #sundownheaventown info…the shows have been great! All the acts are gellin’ well! We have been enjoying watching the World Cup with a couple of Kip’s guys. David, our stage left electric guitar player and Manny, Kip’s bass player have been getting together daily to play chess….yes chess. Of course around 2:00pm you’ll find all of us out in “The yard” as we so affectionatly call it, shakin’ ropes, flippin tires, flinging around kettle bells and anchor chains, doing rockstars, farmer carries, Hinhu pushups, Yogi walks. What the hell ever happened to good ol jumping jacks? But all that to say the other guys are great and everybody is having a great time.
We have a show here in the Orlando area on Tuesday, a travel day then a four in a row, followed by an 10 day break. Really looking forward to the break. Gonna try to get lost somewhere with the family unit. Connect with them unplug everything else.

Hey ya’ll do yourself a favor. Carve time out of your day to do what makes you happy. Color with your kids, walk the dogs, read a book or just sit and be. i know for me personally, i can fill my day with “taking care of stuff,” forgetting the most important thing.

Lao Tzu QuotePeace!