February was a great month beginning with the 5 day gig in Key West, 4 days solo at Sloppy Joe's, and 1 gig at B.O's Fishwagon with my buddy, Barry Cuda, and his band, Bong Hits For Geezers. Opening shows for my friend an Put N' Bay, OH legend Pat Dailey was also a treat. After flying back home for a few days, it was off to Nashville to pick up the new, and 9th CD, The Rainbow Up Ahead. While stopping through, I recorded 1 song at Pitch Perfect Recording for a future CD. Then it was on for the drive to Memphis for 4 days at the Folk Alliance Conference. This was an amazing array of industry folks, as well as talent, showcasing and developing relationships in the Folk and Roots music industry. I seem to have made a lot of friends there.
Following the Folk Alliance Conference, I made the drive to Birmingham, AL to catch a flight to San Francisco, with a 30 minute layover in Las Vegas. I had a brief, but enjoyable visit with my friend and guitarist, Steve Gornall. He and I made the trip to the Tradewinds Bar in Cotati, CA the next day to host the Pro Jam with the Blues Defenders. Bassist Donny Mederos made that gig possible. That same day, Dave Channell, of the Sacramento band, Fire & Wheels came to pick me up for the drive back to Sac. It was there that I participated as a guest at a couple of jams in Fair Oaks and Folsom, CA. The main date was 3 days at the Tattoos & Blues Festival in Santa Rosa, CA for my 10th annual appearance there. Now I'm back home again, but March has a short Florida tour in store, with the annual party on March 12 for Frog's Blues at The Lake in Hawthorne, FL. Be sure to check the schedule at www.hurricanewilson.com.
The video, Shame On You Delta, is on Youtube and is gaining more views each day. It is written about the displeasure many passengers share about the price gouging and poor customer service offered by this monopoly airline. The response for this alone is worth the effort put into it.
We just received word from the Bibb County, GA Sheriff that our legal action has paid off, and that we would be paid by the Macon, GA club, Rivalry's for a date last year that they refused to honor and pay us for. This is a true victory for musicians everywhere.
If you would like a copy of the new CD, just make a $15.00 payment via Paypal to firstname.lastname@example.org. Shipping is included. It contains 14 original songs, and is more of an Americana and Roots effort. So far the response has been very positive. Thanks for everyone's support for all of these many years. Until next time, Roger.