It’s been awhile since I’ve written a blog and much has happened in the last couple of months. In late February I had a minor stroke which forced me to put music on hiatus for over a month. I was very fortunate that there was no paralysis, though the stroke did affect my memory and cognition for awhile. I have been taking baby steps for the past month and a half trying to get my endurance back for live shows. It’s been a tough road, but I have great medical care and I am well on the path to full recovery. On a brighter note, my old band In Left Field has reunited and will be performing shows this summer. I am very excited about this band getting back together. We always gelled well musically, but life stepped in the way back in 2011 and we broke up. We have had some great rehearsals and will be hitting some open mics over the next month to get ready for playing live shows. I will also continue to play solo shows from time to time. I will play my first solo show back from my medical hiatus at the Outrigger in Palacios, TX on May 4th. I will also play a solo show in Austin at Kick Butt Coffee on may 10th. My good friend Roger Harvey will be joining me for these shows as well! I am so excited and ready to get back to playing live! It’s been a long bumpy ride lately, stay tuned.
2013 has gotten off to a busy start, at least behind the scenes. The year started with David White and I deciding to part ways. We were trying to go in two separate musical directions and we decided the best thing to do would be to pursue those directions separately. I will continue to support David and his music.
A very cool thing happened mid-January when Route 90, by buddy Hideki Domyoji’s band from Japan cut “Train Bound For Texas” as the B-side of their new single “Dawn of Miyako”. The song turned out great and has gotten good response. I am very honored that they decided to cut it! I also booked my first solo show in Austin which will be on May 10th. I have always enjoyed playing in Austin and am working on booking more shows there. I am also working on booking shows in Corpus as well. There is still much to be done and it’s taking a little longer than I anticipated, but I am not deterred. 2013 will be my year! Thank you again for your support and friendship. Stay tuned!.
2012 Year In Review Blog
I’ve been thinking about the content of this blog for quite awhile. 2012 has been a year of success, learning, and changes in course and direction. Some things I thought were set in stone proved not to be and musical paths I’d all but forgotten came back into my life in a big way. I think the best way to tackle this task is chronologically, so I guess I’ll start at the beginning:
January 2012- The year started with me competing in an open mic contest sponsored by a local radio station the eventually led me to the semi-finals of the contest. It gave me a chance to play in front of an audience consistently and get my songs out there. “Can’t Tell Love What To Do” became a hit of the contest and a song I sang every week of the contest. I didn’t win, but I made some great friends and if I had won, things might have been very different and I may have missed a wonderful opportunity to go back to my roots. More about that later…
February 2012- The month started by continuing with the open mic contest, highlighted by my good friend Roger Harvey joining me for a couple of the shows on percussion.
It was the first time in almost three years that we’d played together live and was an absolute joy. I also did my first radio interview on KATI inKingsville,TXon 2/29/12 with Gabriel (Roughneck Rich) Ochoa. He gave me a wonderful opportunity to showcase my music. He has become a great supporter and friend. Look for great things from him in the very near future.
March 2012- I played a series of shows at South Texas Ice House inCorpus Christi and got to open for Texas Country artist Aaron Einhouse in April. The shows were great and I gained many new fans. Even with this success, I began to feel that the path I was on was different from the path I wanted to be on. Seeds began to be planted for a change.
April 2012- The month began by meeting David White at a music event. David had found me on Facebook about a month earlier. I walked into his studio at the end of April ready to lay down some country tracks. David saw something in me that I had ignored for a long time in myself. I am not really a country singer, though I love the genre. My first love in the blues and 1960s and 1970s soul music and my voice lends itself to that style very well. This revelation set me on a new course that would lead me to re-evaluate everything I’d done to that point. I released the first track I cut with David, an acoustic version of “Dancing On The Edge Of The Storm” with just my vocal and acoustic rhythm. It has been the last straight-country song I have released to date.
May 2012- During May I did intermittent shows and worked hard and familiarizing myself with the recording process. At the end of the month David and I released “I’m Done” a remake of a song I had recorded with my previous band In Left Field. I was still unsure of my musical direction and you can hear it in the recording. We are currently re-recording and re-arranging it and I can’t wait to show you the results! It should be released in January 2013.
June 2012- In early June I achieved a personal goal that I had wanted to achieve for almost 25 years. I got to play a show in my home town ofPalacios, TX. Wayne Dodd booked me at the Outrigger Grille and the show went incredibly well! It was a very emotional experience for me and it gave me a chance to see some old friends I hadn’t seen in over 20 years. I’ve played there twice since that show and we are already planning shows there in 2013. Wayne and Cheryl Dodd have also been very gracious to Debra and I and we really appreciate it!
July 2012- Roger Harvey and I played the Outrigger Grill again in Palacios early in the month. David White and I also released an outtake version of “Lawdy Miss Clawdy” which was really off the cuff, but showcased the new direction better than anything we had done to that point. We were really surprised by the response it received and because of that response we also decided to cut “I’ve Been Loving You Too Long” by Otis Redding. We have released a couple of session outtakes of the song, but we have yet to get a take of it that we are totally satisfied with. It is on the agenda to be re-visited in early 2013.
August 2012- August was spent recording and banging our heads against the wall trying to get the sound recorded that we had in our mind. I started to fight my tendency for impatience and that led to some animated discussions in the studio (not arguments). It would still be a little bit longer before I learned the truth that “good things come to those who wait”. On a personal note, my wife and I moved into a new home which allowed me to finally set up a working office for my music company.
September 2012- I began the month by playing a set at the Nekkid Armadilla Summer Festival at the Outrigger in Palacios over Labor Day weekend. It would be the last show I would play for over three months. I also began collaboration with Hideki Domyoji, leader of Route 90, a terrific Japanese blues band. We had found each other on Facebook a couple months earlier and he had graciously sent me a copy of Route 90’s album “Hidden Door”. I loved it! It wasTexas blues with a Japanese twist.
In early September he sent me a Facebook message regarding an idea he had for a song called “Train Bound For Texas”. He had no lyrics, but he had a great story. I wrote the lyrics in about 10 minutes but it took me a couple of weeks to get him a demo of the song. I’m proud to announce that is will be released as the B-side of his single “Dawn Of Miyako” in mid-January 2013! I am very excited about this! Hideki is a great artist, a steadfast supporter and a good friend.
October 2012- David and I spent most of the month working on potential songs to release as a new single. As fate would have it, David and I came up with “Song For Debra” in an impromptu writing session and cut the basic tracks in two takes. The song was totally acoustic and served as a bridge between country and the blues and soul I had found a revived passion for. It also serves as a love-letter to my wife. I wrote the lyrics totally off the top of my head.
November 2012- “Song For Debra” was released on I-Tunes and Amazon.com on November 1st and the response was almost immediate and very positive! The song has reached the world and we’ve gotten reports from all over the world about how people have connected with this song. Needless to say, after all of our hard work it was very gratifying to see the response.
In late November, David and I re-christened ourselves “Eldon Perry” and put out the Christmas single “I Heard The Bells On Christmas Day” which also got a great reception. The best (so far) was yet to come though…
December 2012- “Cajun Woman”, the second single by Eldon Perry was released early in the month and took off quickly, especially in the UK. It debuted on the Wild Bill internet blues radio show on December 10th and was very well-received. I also played my first live show in over three months on December 13th and got a chance to do a soft launch of the new soul sound in a live setting. The year is ending on a very high note!
Looking to 2013- Playing live with Eldon Perry is at the forefront of the agenda as we start 2013. We are working at turning Eldon Perry into a full band, but that will probably happen as the year evolves. The first shows will probably just be David and me. We are planning to play shows throughoutTexas and maybe some out of state as well. We are also hard at work on completing our first CD. The “I’m Done” single should be out in January 2013 as well. I’m very anxious to get the new year started! As I always say, stay tuned…
Special Thanks: This year has brought me such a long way and I have many to thank for their support and friendship along the way. I’m sure I’ll leave someone out, but just know that if I leave you out, it was not intentional and please know that I appreciate your support!
Here’s my list: Debra Neubauer, Lola Hilbrandt, John Hilbrandt, Hazel Clary, Kurt E. Neubauer, Jr., Sandra Jentzen, Jonathan Neubauer, Brianne Murille, David Jentzen, Mary Neubauer, All the Cruz family, especially Jose and Nena Cruz, Roger Harvey, Sean Tremlett, Jennifer Tremlett, Jacob Graham and all the Graham family, Dr. Nicole Taylor David White, Katheran Crawford, Larry Villarreal, LJ Cohen, Bonnie Cohen, Gabriel (Roughneck Rich) Ochoa, JR (Pistol Pete) Pena, David Lopez, Kristina Lopez, Dorothy Swaner, Tracy Brunneman, Brandi Duran, Wayne and Cheryl Dodd, Tim Slusher, Hideki Domyoji and Route 90, Aurelio Guerrero, Mike Mata, Pete Devlin, Steve Garcia, Darren Sutton, Mark Warden, and of course to you! I wish you a wonderful and prosperous New Year!
So much has happened since the release of “Song For Debra”! The song has been very well received and has been followed by the release of “I Heard The Bells On Christmas Day” and “Cajun Woman”, which are the first two singles from my new band Eldon Perry. David White and I have produced these singles and have come up with a signature sound that fans from all over the world have been embracing. The music has gone world wide and the response has been amazing to say the least. I also had the honor of having one of my songs recorded by Route 90, an awesome Japanese blues band. The song will be released as a single in January 2013 and will also appear on their new album which will be out next year. Thanks again to Hideki Domyoji for the opportunity!
Eldon Perry will be going on the road starting in 2013; We are still in the planning stages right now, but there is no doubt that we will be playing shows soon, hopefully as soon as January 2013. This is only the beginning! Have a wonderful holiday season and stay tuned!
The new single “Song For Debra is finally here and is a available through I-tunes and my RebverbNation store. The song marks the beginning of a collaboration between David White and myself and I am very proud of it! I hope you enjoy it, and if you do please tell a friend! Thanks for your support!
Lots of changes have happened since I last posted. David White and I are furiously at work on a new album called “Eldon Perry” which will showcase my voice and his guitar playing. The album has a Stax 1960s Soul flavor and many of my fans will probably see it as a departure from the more country influenced music I’ve done as of late. Some may find it hard to believe that 60s and 70s soul is my favorite style of music and that this music showcases my voice in the best possible way. We are creating an album which will consist of a combination of my songs, songs written by David White, a couple of songs written together and a couple of carefully chosen covers. A short clip of “I’ve Been Loving You Too Long” was released on my Facebook and Reverbnation pages earlier this week and has gotten great response! The 1st single will be out very soon, with a Christmas release date for the album. I am also closing a chapter on strictly performing solo shows and anticipate that David and I will be forming a band very soon. Japan also seems to be very receptive to this music so we’re not ruling out a tour of Japan early next year.
I hope you’ll support this new music and please.. Stay Tuned!
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