Thursday, December 18, 2008

Lovely day

Honestly, I love days like this.

Thursday, September 25, 2008

iPhone Goodness

Ok, I have been complaining a little about my iPhone recently with its less than average battery life. Well, I applied the most recent upgrade for the iPhone, and was again let down. The battery life still blows chunks, and I honestly believe that Apple has used a little "trickery" to make me think my signal is stronger. It isn't. There is just a few more bars, but they don't mean anything it seems.

Aside from the dificulties, I do like the phone and the apps. It is capable of some really nice things when the battery is charged.

I have WAY too many apps on mine but I try everything out at least once. So the problem for me is that there are just too many pages of apps to sort through on my screen. So I tried arranging them by page. I put all my travel apps on one page, all my lookup utilities on one page...etc. That worked great until the first app update, which placed my app in a new place. That is frustrating.

So it seems obvious to me that others might have a similar problem. A few Google searches led me to folks doing just s I had done and trying to organize by page. Not a terrific solution. So I figure tht the App Store certainly has an app for organizing your iPhone. I am still amazed that they don't. So I waited and waited for this magic app to appear. No dice.

Well, in a fit of frustration yesterday, I finally decided to take matters into my own hands and do something I have tried to avoid for a month. I decided to jailbreak my phone. Why? Well, there is an app called Categories that does exactly hat I want, but it only works if you have a jailbroke phone. No telling what I have gotten myself into, but I did the jailbreak, and it was surprisingly easy to do. Installed Categories, and now my iPhone and I are friends least until my battery runs out in 5 hours.

Categories is the only reason I did this, and if the App Store come out with something like it, I will find a way to un-jailbreak and use it instead. There are however some really nice apps out there that are only for jailbroken phones. I am tempted to mess with some of them but I do not want to stray too far from the pack. It does make me wonder what will ultimately happen with the iPhone though. There re some interesting and powerful apps that are being created that Apple will probably never approve for the App Store. We shall see...

Wednesday, September 17, 2008

Marshals bowl state.

Marshals bowl state. listen

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Tuesday, September 16, 2008

iPhone Thoughts

The iPhone still seems like a toy to me due to the incredibly poor battery life. It has some pretty cool apps to play with, and that does keep it interesting. I am exploring an app call Jott today. Seems like it could be useful. The one thing I do have trouble with is organizing the app icons. I cannot believe there isn't a tool in the app store to do this.

I am holding out for one. If something doesn't turn up soon, I will jailbreak the phone and use Categories. Basically it is exactly what I want, but only works if re iPhone is jailbroken.

Surely there will be a way to do this soon. It is very limiting.

Also, I'd you happen to restore you iPhone, there is a good chance that you all updates will quit. That sucks because you have to do a complete reinstall of everything, this loaing data you may have been entering for weeks it longer.

On an unrelated note, Wii is kick ass

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Wednesday, September 10, 2008

Lunch At The Office

Going to eat a chicken pot pie. That is how we roll at TRDP headquarters.  Jealous aren't you?

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Wednesday, August 27, 2008


Want to see how well blogging would work from the Jesus Phone

Friday, August 15, 2008

My Jesus Phone

So I went and got myself an iPhone.  I wasn't going to wait in line all day for one, so I waited until I could stroll in and complete the whole process in about 10 minutes.  

I REALLY want to like the iPhone.  I really do.  There are some really cool things that you can do with it.  However, at the end of the day, it is nothing more than a toy when compared to a Blackberry.  Unfortunately, my needs just do not allow me to use the iPhone as my primary device.  I am on the phone or email (or both) all day long.  The problem with this is that the iPhone battery is a piece of shit.  Seriously, it can't hold a charge for a day.  Apple's answer to this is to turn of 3G, locator services, Bluetooth...etc.  Ok, so if I turn every useful feature off, essentially rendering the device a paperweight, then the battery will last from sun up to sundown...maybe.

The Blackberry CRUSHES the iPhone in the battery area.  And no matter what anyone says to me, you will NEVER convince me that it is as easy to type on.  It just isn't.  People who say that have never used a Blackberry.  The tactile buttons on the Blackberry allow me to use it with one hand, and this is something I do often.  There is no comparison in the device input area.

I will not get into the whole "cut and paste thing."  I think everyone knows that iPhone MUST have cut and paste soon.  Really, it is a MUST.

The other big problem for me is a lack of a "Search" in email, contacts, or anywhere useful for that matter.  You cannot use this device for business if you can't search email and contacts.  I applaud Apple for the Active Directory Sync, but they still come up WAY short in the mobile business user arena.

Hopefully, these are just software matters and can be addressed soon.  Until then, it is nothing more than a toy.  A really cool one, but still a toy.  It doesn't free me from my Blackberry in any way, which is what I was rooting for.

So, if you need me, I'll be playing Cowbell or downloading free least until the battery goes dead.


Sunday, August 3, 2008

Homeward bound!

We are sitting on the plane in London, ready to take off. As beautiful as Venice, Milan, Nice, Cannes, the French countryside, the Alps, the Italian countryside, Reggio, Soveneiro, Parma, Le Puy, Craponne Sur Arzon, along with the countless other places we drove through this week are, I have to say Combine is about the most beautiful place in the world to me. Ok...that isn't true. As the Euro-Mullet parking attendant in San Marco Parking Garage screamed to Marshall, "don't you f'ng bullshit me man!" (Pronounced "bull-sheet!")

Saturday, August 2, 2008

Fart jokes...

Funny in any country apparently.


First of all, Max and Christian booked an entire hotel for us. It is literally the top of the mountain. It is one of the most beautiful places I have ever seen. A little ways down the mountain is a village called Soveneiro. The have 52 people living in this village, and at the festival last night, there were 75 volunteers. The festival has become very large for such a small village.

Max's band played first and it was great. They rock. Then Bonnie and Matt, and then Darren and the band.
All of them did a great job. But the best part of the show was an impromptu jam session with everyone on stage. I think they did about 10 more songs!

Then, the staff and all of us got together and they made us pasta (amazing). So at 4am, we ate, drank wine, grappe, and beer. Very cool. I have a strong suspicion that everyone may sleep late. Only Kim and I are at breakfast. Pretty much the same as always. Well...not really...usually I am the only one to make breakfast. Ha


Friday, August 1, 2008

Modena with Max and Fabio

Kim and I just arrived in Modena, dropped the PA, and went to Max's home. Ever where you look is Texas Music hats, cds, photos. Very cool. They display photos from their visit to Texas proudly. We had cold Bud, and a fabulous meal prepared by Max's girlfriend. Awesome. All fresh local cheese, and several things we have never had. It was really neat. Not to mention that the view from their balcony is amazing. It overlooks vineyards on one side and olives on the other. It is ridiculous how beautiful everything is! Played guitar for a bit, and now Fabio is taking us to meet the rest of the gang to go to the festival. Bonnie Bishop and Matt Skinner are playing with us tonight. Good times. Amazing folks too. I love these guys. Lots of laughs and great conversation. Listening to Bleu, EYB, Steve Earl, and Bingham in the car. They are ate up with it. I have seen them 4 times in two weeks, and each time we see them they are wearing another band shirt, and there are like 8 in their group. Makes us feel at home. They showed me my name in liner notes from some of the guys. They are fanatical. Love it!

We talked about Wade, Stoney, Darren, and just about everyone else at lunch. I also saw 4 different people from 4 different countries wearing Wade Bowen shirts. Gotta love that.


Just like home

After a great show last night for a bunch of awesome folks, we got to the room at 4:30. Packed for an hour, slept for two...Kim and are the early risers, so we are heading to Modena with the van to meet up with Max and Christian. Tonight will be a long one for sure. Our Italian friends don't hold back much with anything they do. Good times for sure.

Thursday, July 31, 2008


Today we are at Vicenza. These guys are fired up. Just got back from the sand and they are ready to rock. They had a rough few weeks, and hopefully they will have something to cheer about tonight. We expect a big house tonight. Everyone here is so glad to have us and they are so appreciative. It is incredible and makes you think quite a bit about what they really do.

Looking forward to this one as much as any this week.


Wednesday, July 30, 2008

Taco Bell

The base has a Taco Bell and a Popeyes. That is good news...


We are sitting at Aviano AFB now, waiting to get checked in for the day. Cool place.

Monday, July 28, 2008

Plaza de San Marcos

Good times..good friends....hammered.

Saturday, July 26, 2008

DK on stage

He just rocked 15,000 people's face off. Holy crap...amazing show. Then Dierks went on and killed. Now Bonnie Bishop and matt Skinner are smoking it. Amazing night...amazing

Bad Hair Day

Well, the major hitch in he program today is that the plugs keep cutting out. These converters suck. The only thing we REALLY need it for is Kim's hair stuff. So I have been going to salons to try to find a flat iron and a hair dryer. Not going well...

I spent some time exploring the cool little alleys here in Le Puy, and THAT is the France I dreamed about. Cafes, shops, vendors, a record store (where I bought the Stones record, a Bruce record, and a Cash record for three Euros each...basically 5 bucks). Anyway, it is really cool.

And again, these people are much nicer to us than the folks in Cannes were.

We leave in a few minute for the festival grounds, bad hair and all.


Morning in Le Puy

Ok, it is 7:00am. I am out jogging around town. I have been up all night. The Americans who had the late show rolled in around 2:30 and had a little party on my balcony. At least that is how it sounded. We sleep with the balcony doors open because these places have no AC. So at 4:00am I am awakened by another cultural treat...a fight between a few locals that seem to have mastered the "Hold me back" technique. They screamed their lungs out as long as someone was restraining them. Unfortunately, someone was willing to hold them back for quite a while. Then the sun came up, and I can't go back to sleep on this fold out couch piece of crap they call a bed.

It is a really beautiful and peaceful place though. Everything is just incredible, and then I round the corner and see a McDonalds. What kind of asshole would stick a McDonalds in the middle of this amazing old stone village? And what kind of asshole American would have the nads to go into one?

Hang on, I think my McGriddle is ready. Hey, good eatin' is good eatin'...


Friday, July 25, 2008

Le Puy

We are now in Le Puy. Today we had one of the most amazing drives ever. Beautiful mountain road...

We drove for about 5 hours. The people we encountered out in the country were extremely friendly. Everyone was helpful and very accommodating. It was truly amazing to see all the mountain villages.

Le Puy has been fun as well. We had dinner at the hotel bar and it was wonderful. A few of us went to a pizza shop down the street and even though no one spoke a word of English, we had a ball. The staff was genuinely entertained by our ignorance, but we did share beer drinking in common, so all was good. They seemed to enjoy having us and were tremendous friendly. So all in all, we had have a great day.

We ran into the guys from Asleep at the Wheel, and they offered us a seat on their bus to the festival as it is 45 miles away. We didn't finish dinner in time to make it but that was ok. We leave at noon tomorrow for an all night session at the festival. Looking forward to it.

My only regret was as driver, I wasn't able to shoot much of the trip...but it was worth it. I have the pictures in m mind!


Road Trippin'

Doing the cross country thing today. Had some fun at a 7-11. Crazy stuff in these stores. Like a French Stucky's. Ha

Thursday, July 24, 2008


Actually, our hotel is in Cannes. You can look it up on the internet ( Right on the beach. Beautiful place, but busy as hell. The drive from the airport in Nice was crazy. Luckily I brought my TomTom, or there would still be three lost Vans running around the French Rivera like idiots. We went down some streets that literally appeared to be walking paths.

It is cool here this afternoon, and we took a walk around the place. Pretty fancy stuff. Not really my style, but I see how people could dig it. After we eat, I think I might go teach the casino a thing or two. They'll be sorry! :)

Anyway, we are all here now, and everything is looking good.

The only problem is that you really do have to speak the language. There is almost zero tolerance for fumbling Americans. And I have found that pointing and grunting doesn't get you very far either. That only works in my living room I guess. Point is, you WILL get dirty looks and piss people off around here by t knowing the correct way to say, "Excuse me Frenchie, but where is yalls shitter?" In French. I know...I've seen me do it.


They have these vending machines in the bathrooms in London that dispense little gumballs. But they are "edible toothbrushes.". Basically it is gum that bubbles up and brushes your teeth as you chew. That's kick-ass! I need a boat load of those for Jakin. He'd brush his teeth 49 times a day!

I See London, I See France

Well...Heathrow is a beast of an airport. Just landed and we are on our way to the terminal to head for Nice. Yeehaw...

The cruise was awesome but I never blogged about it. I just didn't carry my phone around much. The kiddos had a blast. They made some new friends and loved the pool on the boat. I won a couple grand at the casino again this year. All the musical guests were great as usual.

Can't wait for the next one, but for now it is time to prepare for Steamboat.

If you have a chance, do yourself a favor and take a Dickson trip.


Wednesday, July 16, 2008

The big day

The road trip is on... Kylie and Jakin are pumped. Let's see how 5 hours in a truck adds to that enthusiasm.

Tuesday, July 15, 2008

Getting Ready

Worst part of a trip? Getting ready. Months of planning and effort are behind us now, and the Big Road Trip is here. We leave tomorrow for the cruise, and then we return with one day to prepare for Europe. Today is the last day to go through and make sure all the checklist items are complete, all the documents are ready, contracts signed, work permits validated...etc. Plus I have to organize the next three weeks under the assumption I will have no contact. That is the hard part. That is the scary part. I can't be disconnected from all the tasks while I am out, and I assume I will be able to get in touch with the world at some point...possibly 8 hours of time difference to wrestle with. Anyway, once I sort all that out I can pack some clothes! The second hardest part. By the time I pack all me gear, I might be the worst dressed person in Europe. I'll have room for a few pair of shorts, some t-shirts, and a pair of jeans if I'm lucky. But hey, I'll have some kick ass camera gear, and that's what matters.

Monday, July 14, 2008

Road Trips

Ok, this is just a test. I am going to be going to the Caribbean, and then to Europe soon, and I want to make sure I can blog about it. Who knows what kind of connectivity I will have, but I will sure try...


Monday, May 12, 2008

Been too long...

One of the reasons that I am always hesitant to start a blog, is that I know I will not post frequently enough.  I just have too many things happening and if I have any free time to blog, then I am probably taking time away from something else that I really SHOULD be doing.

But for the time being, I am committed to posting SOMETHING before this day is up!

I have been shooting an awful lot lately.  That is good I suppose, but it is eating up any free time I have in the evenings or weekends.  

For the most part, everything these days revolves around Darren's next single release.  As of this morning, I have in my hands a copy of the single, and I think it is brilliant.  We couldn't have asked for a better group of people to work this project.  I don't want to overstate it, but I am pretty sure this is the best song ever recorded in human history.  ha

Looking forward to getting this thing rolling and see where it goes.

Yall be listening for it!

Saturday, January 19, 2008

And now the work begins...

Home from Musicfest, and now I have tons of images to process, and tons of catch-up work to do from being out of the office. We have to put together a photo shoot for Darren and the band this weekend, which is sort of short notice, and even shorter notice to find a location.

Almost all band photos are the same old shit...find a brick wall, stand in front of it, take the picture. I hate that crap, though I have done my share of it. We thought we had a pretty cool idea shooting at hotel ZaZa, but they have pulled the plug on photo shoots up there for some reason.

We also have the abandoned prison location in Nashville, but that is an expensive way to go. I'd have to have the bus here or there is no way I could get my gear there. We let Wade use the bus for a few weeks, so that is out.

So, at the end of the day, it will be the Stockyards. There are SO many picture opportunities there it is insane. Hopefully MLK Day is not a huge party at the Stockyards or we will be dodging people all day.

Wednesday, January 9, 2008

Time for fajitas!

Today is fajita day.  Working on those right now.

Last night was one of those nights that Steamboat is all about.  Several rooms had really nice jam sessions in them.  Some were crazy full of people, and some were just a quiet few.  So far this week, we have tended to lean toward the "quiet few."  But last night we pretty much did it all.  Rolled in about 5:45am, which was not in my playbook...

But, it is what it is, and it was awesome.

Today is the Ragweed Jam that pretty much turns into an amazing throw down involving just about everyone at the festival.  That is pretty much my favorite part of the whole week.  So I can't wait for that.

The Robert Earl Keen tribute was just amazing.  He such a cool guy, and it was really fun to hear how he had contributed to so many people.

I was also reminded last night how cool Ray Wylie Hubbard is, as well as the Band of Heathens.  Good times for sure.  Not much sleep, but good times...

Tuesday, January 8, 2008

MamaDawg at the Bear

It is not warm here

Out exploring on the snow mobile. Fun

Jill trying to warm up after the snow mobile ride.

And we are off!

Heading for the trails on the snowmobile.  Should have gone to bed about 3 hours (and 6 glasses of wine) earlier.  Hopefully they don't notice my weaving.

Monday, January 7, 2008

Tonights events

Bingham, Stragglers, Hayes, Ragweed, Stoney. That lineup doesn't suck.

Gonna be a long one considering Kim and I leave at 8:00am on a snowmobile trip. We are not sane.


This morning I ate breakfast, and then started some lasagna.  How in the world anyone can sleep with this smell in the kitchen is beyond me.  Looks like about another hour on the lasagna, so I might as well eat another bowl of chili!  ha

MammaDawg is supposed to be making gumbo sometime this week, so I will try to get by there and have me a bowl or ten.

When is Pizza ever a bad idea?


Yesterday before the outdoor show, we tried to grab a bite to eat, but it was way too packed.  So we ate at Gnarly Charlie's Pizza...which is excellent by the way.

Anyway, a few days ago we were at the grocery store and Kim tried to convince me I didn't need to buy a frozen pizza with all the other stuff I was going to cook.  Well, I did it anyway, and last night it paid off.

At 2 this morning, a massive hunger overcame me, and the frozen pizza came to the rescue.  Wade and I polished it off in about 9 seconds. 

Day 2 Underway

Well, Day 1 ended pretty much the same way they all do.  Few friends in a room somewhere, a few drinks, much discussion of music, life, politics, tits...the main food groups.  THen the sun comes up, and everyone says, "Oh shit...I should get to my room."

Everything went well for me yesterday.  I only had to miss a few shows, and I tried to keep those to people who I knew would be playing later.  The tent is in a different location this year, and that makes it really tough to go from there to the Theater for example.

Randy hosted the event that also opens my gallery.  They were at capacity an hour before the show, so we couldn't even get in! I did get in, but just log enough to hear a few rounds and take some shots.  That was an amazing show.  The theater is set up beautifully.  This is a sit down, shut up, and listen show.  Randy had Jack Ingram, Matt Powell, Bruce Robison, Wade Bowen, Brandon Rhyder, Max Stalling, and others joining him on what was essentially, and old deer camp living room type setup.  There was a couch and some chairs, and a very casual song swap taking place, and if you were in the room, you knew it was special.  They basically recreated the closest thing to the late night guitar pulls that happen behind closed doors that you can see.

Took over 1000 pictures, so needless to say, it might be some time before I have them available for your viewing pleasure.  ha

I'll see what I can get done today though.

Looking forward to a successful Day 2!

Sunday, January 6, 2008

Day 1 is officially underway!

Last night we had a welcome reception, and then Ragweed and Reckless played a show at the big tent.  This was a public show, not part of the Musicfest.  The locals have been asking for one of those shows for a while it seems.  I am glad they got one.

By the way, want to know where the loneliest place in Steamboat is?  The gym at 7:00am.

It is probably a good thing that reception on my cell phone was so awful last night because the messages I was sending to the blog would have read something like this:

3:07am - I''''m looking fr my gluve.  Dropped it whn I rolled down that hill nxt to tha parkin lot.

Anyway, last night was good times.  Today the whole show really kicks off with Wade doing the outdoor set.  It is a beautiful day.  Last year the guys played in a freaking white-out, but it looks like clear sailing today.  

I still have not seen the gallery (only in pictures), but everyone who has seen it says it looks good.  And Judy told me last night that they have gotten many great compliments on my shoot with Ray.  That is very cool.

Plus I got to spend some time with Carl Dunn last night and that is always a great learning experience and great fun for me.

Until next time,

Im just sayin'...

We have yet to begin to throw down...

Saturday, January 5, 2008


Cooked breakfast, ate breakfast, no one awake yet. So, I did what any reasonable person would do. Drank a few beers and made chili.

Let's Get This Party Started!

Here is the view out my window:
Checked into the hotel yesterday, and Kim was ready to rock!

Test from my Blackberry

This post is coming from the lobby of The Grand. I am testing to see how hard it would be to post from my Blackberry on occasion.


Welcome to Steamboat!

As usual, I am up 7 hours before the rest of the crew, so I decided to start myself a blog.  Really, I just wanted to test some things out for a photo-blog, but since I am here at MusicFest, I will do my best to keep this up to date with the weeks events.

My camera is on the tour bus and will not arrive until this evening, so I can't post any photos yet.  We are told that it is supposed to storm like hell tonight and that we should have some amazing snow to ski tomorrow.

I am getting ready to cook breakfast, and maybe go do some exploring before everyone wakes up.