Well here we are, finding ourselves deep in the throes of the Holiday Season. Usually, the end of the year finds Pickxen slowing down a smidge in order to take some time to enjoy family and friends and give thanks for all the wonderful blessings bestowed on us this previous year. Where has the time gone, anyway, and didn’t we ask that very same question about this time last year?? One thing we can report is that during some previously scheduled Fall cleaning, Miss Dixie came across some long lost, long hidden, long forgotten songs out back in yon smokehouse under a pile of dried out alder. So we blew the dust off of them, took a look and decided that perhaps we should take a stab at committing them acetate (or perhaps some other method of rendering not known about in the 20th century). So if you find yourself passing through the trailer park in the next month or so and you think you may be hearing the odd sound or two emanating from lot #47, rather than asking, “What’s he building in there,” it may be that you are hearing portions of the new Pickxen recording being cobbled together which should coincide nicely with the finishing details on our brand new website Details to follow, surely as night follows day. Oh, by the way, should you ask yourself, “What’s he building in there,” you wouldn’t be the first:
Well friends, here we find ourselves in the dog days of Summer 2016 and things seem to be changing on a daily basis (save the 90 plus degree weather we seem to have been ‘enjoying’ nigh on these last 60 days, or so). You can find our cd ‘Picks ‘n Vittles’ all over the internet – iTunes, Spotify, Amazon – and all the other fine retail establishments available to us via the world wide web. And shortly you will be seeing a brand new website for this little band – it will still be Pickxen.com but with a new look – one that will continue to carry us throughout this new century of musical adventures. And we shall be casting a wider net throughout the southeast – you will be able to find us in North and South Carolina, perhaps Alabama and a little farther afield in Georgia spreading that musical fairy dust hither and yon in the upcoming months. So keep an eye out for ‘them changes’ as they surely will be upon us before we know it. In the meantime, enjoy this little musical interlude which underlies our theme for the day:
Wow friends!! Seems like it was forever ago since we last visited! But we all made it through Autumn and we made it through the holidays and we made it all the way through 2015 and woke up to greet 2016, right on time, like we knew she would be. All the while the music kept going ’round and ’round and that, too, came out right where it was supposed to. December found us competing in the Eddie’s Attic Bi-Annual Songwriters Shootout and although we did not win we made a lot of new friends and met some incredibly talented musicians. And, yes, it really WAS nice just to be nominated. The new year is now on us and you will be able to find us all over the map: There are coffeehouse shows, winery shows and a CD Release Party on June 4th in Duluth, Ga. Keep up to date on our concert calendar, (over there just to the right), and you’ll be the second to know about what’s happening (after us, of course, silly). In the meantime we are hard at work finishing up our cd, which should out later this Spring. It’s loads of fun working on it and very rewarding knowing we will be able to properly catalogue just what it is we HAVE been doing these past couple of years.
Yep, the music does go ’round and ’round! Heck, don’t take my word for it, if you don’t believe me, just listen to Primo Scala:
Well hello, once again, friends and neighbors! Been quite awhile since we last visited, so let’s see if we can’t get y’all up to speed on all, (or at least most), things Pickxen. So get you some sweet tea and find a spot on the divan and get a load of our Autumn Almanac:
First and foremost, due to events that are simply out of our control, the Pickxen family has been expanding exponentially, (or at least ponentially), if I may be a smidge mathematical for a moment. Births, weddings – you name it – we’ve had them here in good ole Pickxlandia!! So welcome one and all to the Pickxen family – we’re so glad you’re here!! In between these exciting life changing events, we have been able to squeeze in some live gigs on occasion. We wandered on up to Calhoun, Georgia to play for our favorite grass fed beef ranchers, the wonderful deGraans, at their customer appreciation shindig. Check them out at dgfarms.com . October found us returning to the Booth Western Art Museum in Cartersville, Georgia for the Southeastern Cowboy Festival held on the grounds of the museum. You can find more about the Booth at boothmuseum.org . And let’s not forget about the fun we had up in Dahlonega at Cavender Creek Vineyards. Fine wine and fine music – what a combination! We shall return to Cavender Creek on December 5th for more fun and wine tasting – join us then, won’t you www.cavendercreekvineyards.com . And we shall be heading up the road to Charlotte, N.C. for a private event on November 30th. Keep your eyes peeled…..we may be showing up at a venue close by on the way – Greenville, Spartanburg, Gastonia………….Boiling Springs – we just may be dropping by for some impromptu Pickxen pickin.’ And of course, there’s the Bi-Annual Shootout at Eddie’s Attic on December 12. We are humbled and grateful to be chosen to participate in this competition. Details at eddiesattic.com . Well, that about catches up our Autumn Almanac. Who knew at the time we would have something in common with a certain Mr. Ray Davies of Muswell Hill, London in the the United Kingdom. Why he has his own Autumn Almanac and wouldn’t you know it – he likes his football on Saturday and roast beef on Sunday – just like us:
Well, don’t ‘cha just know it! Tough times don’t last – but tough people do. Our own Pixie P. has been going through some tough times with his poor old back but with the help of some supremely talented doctors and the Big Man upstairs, he has prevailed, the back issues are only a memory right now and this here little band is ready to move forward with an all out assault on the music business!! To that end, we have uploaded a new song onto our website and have added a link to our SoundCloud page, which you can also find just over there to the right of this blog post. Our newest song is called 7 LB. Rhyme. Have you ever have the feeling that your conversations lacked meaning and candor? That you traded only in the currency of froth and vacuity when it came to meaningful dialogue? Well sir, this little song is our attempt to address such feelings………..we hope you enjoy it!
We have been busy as ever rehearsing as a trio once again which we have been unable to do with Pixie sidelined. We are very excited about how things are progressing and are really looking forward to our appearance at The Booth Western Art Museum in Cartersville, Georgia on July 16! UPDATE: We had an awesome time playing for all the great folks at The Booth! So honored that they have invited us back to play during the 13th Annual Southeastern Cowboy Festival & Symposium in late October… stay tuned for details!
In addition, we have been in ongoing negotiations with Mr. Jerry, who lives down there towards the front end of the trailer park. He has a sweet doublewide in which he has built a recording studio, there on the other side of the kitchen. With any luck at all we will be there in short order singing into his can on yonder side of the glass and walking away with some fine acetate recordings! Ahhh………don’t ‘cha just know it – things are working out just fine!! Here’s a little something to pass the time with by Mr. Huey ‘Piano’ Smith and His Clowns:
From Atlanta, take I-75 to I-575. On 575 take exit 27, turn right (east). At the bottom of the hill, turn left (north) at the stop sign onto Hwy 5 Business. Go 2 miles and Wildcat on a Wing is on the left, marked by colorful banners and garden art.