Strange Brew Today

I’ll be playing down at Strange Brew in Austin, Texas today with my kid brother for the first time in months.  I had a band with my brother for many years that has been on hiatus while my brother attends law school.  After a searing 3 hour rehearsal yesterday we decided to turn my solo show into a rock show.  We’re also going to be joined by the great Austin songwriter Kacy Crowley.  Detrimental to my wallet, I’ve always had a strange relationship with the whole self promotional thing.  However, I can say without any doubt we are going to bring it today.  Playing with my brother, and longtime drummer Alex Moralez, yesterday made me feel like I was on a rocket taking off for Mars.  Together, let’s celebrate Jesus’s birthday early today by drinking and smoking! (Hey it’s not like it was meant to be celebrated by shopping.)  4pm start time.

A Strange Sliver in Time

On the late van ride from Houston to Beaumont.   Tonight is a perfect example of performing and having a completely different experience than the audience, or even anyone else in the band.  Tonight we played a venue I usually love, especially because the crowd is so great there.  The crowd was no different tonight.  However, I was in some weird sound cave where I could hear everything I didn’t need to, and none of the musical cues I actually needed.  On top of that one of my drinks spilled two songs into the set and it felt like I was standing on an oil slick.  Not being able to hear or move is a great way to play like you have mittens on your hands.  I wasn’t drinking so there was none of the false triumph of a buzz.  After the show I slithered out to the van like the Grinch.  All this happened while, three feet from me, Keith said he had the best sound he has ever had in that room.  Sound frequencies behave in weird manners. 

I am not complaining.   There are bound to be nights like this.  You play 150 shows a year and some will be bad, good, and average.  Just because you are having a bad night, doesn’t mean anyone else is.  Just keep plugging away.  A week from now this will all be a distant dream.  They say one should live in the moment, but sometimes the opposite is true; The moment is just a small strange sliver in time that will eventually fade, good or bad. 

Show Tonight and The Fruits of Debate

John T. Floore’s Country Store Calander

Tonight Shinyribs will be playing at John T. Floore’s Country Store outside of San Antonio.  You can get tickets at the above link.  We will be there much earlier than showtime, so if you are in the area come out and shoot the shit.  I am happy to discuss anything and everything I write about here, even if you disagree.

In reading about the 1800’s I am realizing how much public debate was part of the landscape then.  People would debate for hours on various political topics.  People in general were much more involved in the political process as a whole, as least the people that were allowed to be.  (AKA white males)  Well we don’t want to return to those times by any stretch of the imagination, it would be great if there was more real debate in this country and not just people sloganeering and spinning from both sides.

I played a show last month where I made a bunch of political comments.  Afterwards a gentleman came up to me and said that while he was on the opposite side from me, he was happy to see someone actually saying something.  We then had a good talk about some of the issues.  I think that kind of thing is healthy.  Politics is compromise.  It is winning inch by inch.  Sweeping change is rare.  Although I would love to see sweeping change right now, I know that a slow grind is the only way the mountaintop of progress can be reached.

Many of those in power don’t want ideas being shared, they don’t want critical thinking, and they definitely don’t want real and open debate.  Rebel and talk to each other.  Express your opinions.  There are always going to be some people that you just can’t reach, but you never know.

No Show Ponies Live Performance

I usually don’t like the way YouTube videos of shows turn out.  The lighting is usually bad, the sound worse, the way it’s filmed makes you want to crawl into a cave and die.  However, this one turned out pretty good.  This is my former band, No Show Ponies, playing at Strange Brew in Austin, Texas.  We played the small listening room in Austin earlier this year.  It is one of the best sounding rooms in Austin.  My brother Ben is on guitar and vocals.  Alex Moralez, who is also playing with me in my current solo project, is on drums.  The set is a mix of original songs and covers, but it is only part of the set.  On that day we covered Joe Strummer, Lou Reed, John Hiatt, and Jackson Browne.  The rest of the songs are ours.  Some of them our from our album A Manual for Defeat, and some are newer.  If you are bored at work today, plug in your headphones, pretend to look busy, and have a listen…

Shows This Week

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I wanted to remind anyone in the Austin area that I’ll be playing a solo show along side Kacy Crowley at Strange Brew this Wednesday.

Jefferson Brown and Kacy Crowley
Song swap
Strange Brew
Austin, Texas
Wednesday November 5th at 6pm

More info at:
Strange Brew Website

My partner in crime Alex Moralez will be joining me on percussion.  Both of us will also be backing up Kacy. Strange Brew is one of the best sounding rooms in Austin.   Tickets are only $6.

The Shinyribs band will also be up in McKinney and Huffman this weekend.  You can get more info at:

Shinyribs Tour

In the future when all’s well…

Jefferson Brown