I'm still working on putting together the new band. It has been a year fraught with frustration and disappointment but I have not giving up.
Nashville has proven to be a worthy adversary for a 40 year old guy trying to start a rock band (as if being 40 was not a big enough hurdle). Most people seem to have moved here to be famous or try to make a living playing music they really do not like and that they do not help write or get to record. It is unlike any other town I have ever lived in. No one just gets together to play and see what happens. To me the money should be the least important thing in the equation of making music or starting a band. That's just me. I'm not saying I'm right but when the first question that people ask when you try to set up a jam is "How much does it pay?" I personally think you've got it all wrong. I want to make a difference. I want to write music that moves people. I want people to leave a show going "Holy shit!!! Did you see that band!"
As much as it's been tough, recently a few things have started taking shape...
I found an incredible drummer who am super excited about working with. Time will tell... he is good and drummers are in high demand around here, so if he finds another gig I wouldn't blame him. Hopefully it works out because he seems like he's cut from the same cloth as me and is a really good guy.
I've also found 2 singers in the last 2 weeks. Both were great. I had a killer musical connection with one but unfortunately he was not "the guy" for several reasons. Sad really, but shit happens. The other is very young but has a real drive. He could end up being the right guy. You just never know.
Finding a bass player is a whole other situation. So far, the search has proven pretty futile but I know there is someone out there.
In the meantime, I have upgraded the home studio this week and the plan is to build a library of songs over the next few days, months, and years (if it takes that long). The hope is the right singer/lyricist will come along and finish what I started.
Sometimes I think 'Maybe I am the one that has it all wrong.' 'Maybe I'm the dinosaur that is not being realistic.' If I am, fuck it. I'm not conceding defeat just yet. I'm going to do this my way and I'm not gonna half-ass it. Anyone wanna join me? You know where to find me.