2016 was one crazy year! 2015 finished up in the middle of a tour, which picked right back up on Jan 7. Just enough time off to celebrate the holidays with the family, get a couple good nights rest, and then back at it. I spent January and February finishing up Jon Pardi’s All Time High Tour with Brothers Osborne. Such a great tour, with killer music and hangs every night! As usual, once that tour ended, we were right back on the road again in March, and continued hitting the road through the end of the year.
I had the pleasure of recording several albums while in town, and working with some great artists and songwriters. It’s always nice to take a break from the road and work with good friends creating music. Jon’s album, California Sunrise, dropped on June 17 at number 1 on Billboard, and is one of the best albums I’ve ever had the pleasure of working on. From it, I received my first platinum record, for “Head Over Boots,” which also became the first number 1 record I’ve played on. Following that “Dirt on My Boots” was released which is currently climbing the charts fast.
Outside of playing music, 2016 had a lot in store. I was able to play some amazing golf courses, all over the country. I also found some time to do some kayaking, camping, hiking, and personal traveling as well. My wife and I visited the North West touring wineries, Glacier National Park, and Seattle. I drank some amazing wines thanks to my time in California, and the North West.
I finished up the year with Jon and The All-Nighters on Kip Moore’s “Me and My Kind” Tour. Again, it was a great tour, with great friends. All in all, 2016 was an amazing year, full of surprises, and I hope 2017 is even grander. We’re kicking off the year with Dierks Bentley, on his “What The Hell World Tour,” which goes through September. See you out there!
... Its hard to believe its 2015... the past 2 years have been non-stop touring and recording. Its been a blast being a part of Dierks Bentley's Riser Tour, Alan Jackson's 25th Anniversary Tour and recording the What I Can't Put Down and the Backroad's Videos. Rockin' with Jon Pardi and The All Nighters, we've sold out venues across the country and have had the privilege to play Red Rocks 3 times in 3 years.
A Gold Record now hangs on my wall for Up All Night. B-Sides was released in May and I'm recording bass for Jon Pardi's second album now.
Touring has been busy with late night bus calls and gigs in big cities, small towns and at country music festivals. Days are filled with finding the local gym or a round of golf at the local course, sound checks, video shoots, rockin' shows... and a few parties here and there, of course. Life is good.
In between touring and being in the studio, I've had a blast colaborating with artist all over the globe, recording online tracks and connecting with people who share the love of music.
I don't even remember 2014... that's either really good or really bad!