It’s Summertime

It’s Summertime

Wow!!  Where does the time go?  Been a little while since we last sat down to chat and here it is, nigh onto another Summer getting ready to greet the world.

Pickxen has been busy, and that has left us a little remiss in chatting up a storm on this here blog.  We spent most of the Spring recording back at our favorite spot, Blackberry Whine studios. We decided to celebrate the halfway point in the process by releasing an EP of 6 songs so our friends and fans can get a taste of what is to come on our second cd. The new EP is called ‘Selah’ which roughly translates to, “Pause and listen.” ‘Selah’ is available to the world on now and will give y’all an idea of exactly what it is we have been doing since Mardi Gras (or so).  It is available on Bandcamp as well as the other usual music outlets  – iTunes, Spotify, Amazon – and all the rest of those crazy places one may find on the internet.

Selah EP CD Outlined_V3

We are also excited to get back out there out on the road and playing music for all of you .  We began June by sharing an evening with our singing/songwriting pals Raven and Red and Death Beard in a ‘Songwriters In The Round’ type evening at The New Dawn Theater Company in Duluth, Ga.  It was a blast sharing the stage with those good folks and trading off songs and listening to the stories behind the songs  – what a hoot!  If you don’t know those guys  –  seek ‘em out, they are well worth your time (and both groups are as nice as they can be)!

The next couple of weeks will find us in North Carolina, the mountains of north Georgia and eastern Tennessee in Knoxville and Johnson City.  So excited to be returning to The Blue Plate Special on WDVX in Knoxville and we will be playing for the first time at The Acoustic Coffeehouse in Johnson City which will be a blast.  Keep your eyes peeled and stay up to date for all the upcoming gigs on our website as well as our Facebook and Twitter feeds.  We shall be putting quite a few miles on the Pickxen microbus this Summer, please come on out and catch a show and make sure you come up and say, “Hey!” when you see us.

Well, I guess that’s about it for now.  Got lots to do and never enough time to do it, so let’s grab another cup ‘o courage and get to it  –  it’s Summertime!  Driving home that point, please welcome from Boston, Massachusetts, direct from 1958  –  The Jamies!!!

 

Easy Living…Spring Is Springing…Pickxen Is Making Music

Easy Living…Spring Is Springing…Pickxen Is Making Music

Good day to everyone out there in greater internet-landia! I’m sitting here with my morning cup of Joe Joe’s jamming java juice watching the most rambunctious rescue greyhound ever.  Ozark is here busy contemplating the finer points of the mid-morning yawn and all it’s attendant consequences.  But enough about us here in the Southland’s first live/work/play trailer park. Yeah, we are living the dream here…keeping up with the Smith’s and Bubba.  By the way, they just opened a new propane dealer yonder side of Lot 46. That’s big news!

Living the dream in the Southland.

Who can believe the first sure sign of Spring has come and gone already: Pitchers and catchers have reported to their proper grapefruit/cactus league destinations, which can only mean the boys of Summer are gearing up for another actions packed major league baseball season.  Around these parts, apparently, Winter seems to be in quite a hurry to join them.  That is to say, we may have had the mildest Winter in the South I can remember for quite some time. (hope I didn’t just arouse the dander of the March hare with that statement.  Get it?…Dander…hare..now that’s funny)

“Is it true, the robin heralds Springtime because that’s just what he’s bound to do?” lyrics from Another You by Pickxen

Although, perhaps a more sure sign of Spring’s arrival is the Mardi Gras season (of which we find ourselves hip-deep in).  Nothing quite says renewal like watching the krewe of Lafcadio parade down Chartres to Ursuline, up Royad St. then on down Bourbon St. to St. Ann. Fat Tuesday is February 26.  Make it down to NOLA before that for the real fun!

We here in the trailer park are celebrating Spring by continuing to gig around the Southeast in support of ‘Picks ‘n Vittles”.  And since we have found ourselves with all sorts of extra time on our hands we are spending lots of quality time down at Blackberry Whine Studios laying a foundation of tracks for Pickxen’s second album.  Details…TBA.

So, keep your eyes peeled for us, Franklin, N.C., Johnston City, Tn., and all other points ’round the Southeast.  We’ll be heading your way later this year with the scattered and smothered and covered good news of the Southern song.  Here’s a little something to get you through Mardi Gras.

 

It’s A Beautiful Morning

It’s A Beautiful Morning

Well, it’s a beautiful morning, isn’t it?  And welcome to our brand new website!  Hope you like the new look.  On it you you’ll find all things Pickxen including our Twitter feed, a Soundcloud player from which you can access the songs from our CD ‘Picks ’n Vittles’, an updated gig listing, song lyrics and coming soon a ‘Media’ page with reviews of our music, an EPK, our ‘One Sheet’ and other promotional items.  Take a look around and see what you think……and drop us a line via the ‘contact’ link and let us know.  Yes, it’s a beautiful morning here in the Southland  –  make it a great day!

I Just Love a Beautiful Morning!

I mean the song is great too (more on that in a moment!) but a good, beautiful morning gets your day started… right. There’s nothing better than waking up, sun barely peaking in through the curtains, birds chirping a gorgeous song of praise, white fluffy clouds on the horizon… I just love it.  How do you define a beautiful morning?  Here in the trailer park it is pretty simple.  A good cup of joe from Jimmy’s Java (fair trade, of course), some eggs from Miss Beulah down the road (pastured, of course), bacon (uncured from Jim’s farm) and a little music from The Rascals to get things moving along. Oh,  and a ride on the see-saw doesn’t hurt.

Playing a little music from The Rascals insures the day is going to be just groovy.

What’s He Building in There?

What’s He Building in There?

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:

Them Changes

Them Changes

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:

The Music Goes Round and Round!

The Music Goes Round and Round!

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:

It’s Our Autumn Almanac!

It’s Our Autumn Almanac!

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:

Don’t ‘cha Just Know It

Don’t ‘cha Just Know It

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:

Strange Things Happen Every Day

Strange Things Happen Every Day

Well, it’s a new month and Pickxen band finds itself with new challenges nearly everyday (and who doesn’t like a new challenge, anyway?). Ole Pixie P. woke up a few days ago and found that his back wasn’t interested in taking part in the daily rigors that keep an old bass player pounding away with the rhythm of life.  So until his back can get right with the rest of him, Pixie is spending most of his days laying around and thanking God for the odd five minutes at a time that he gets to do crazy stuff like standing………… and sitting and…………well, that’s about it.  But this too will pass and we know Pixie will soon be his old self  –  thumping away life’s tensions right on the 2 and the 4 (and if he really must  –  the 1 and the 3).

In other news, strange things do seem to be happening nearly everyday here at the trailer park.  It seems an old friend has awoken here in lot number 39 and she wants to be sure we know she’s here.  We’re calling her Shelby Jean, (we think she was prolly named after both her momma and daddy), and she is making her presence felt.  We think she may have been one of the previous tenants here and has since gone on to her heavenly reward.  Now, apparently there’s not be a lot to do up there, (aside from dining at the endless feast that is set before the residents), or perhaps she disagrees with the way we have decorated the place.  Either way, we have had pictures falling off the walls, a flower pot mysteriously falling off its perch atop  Miss Dixie’s curio cabinet (with all her Madam Alexander figurines, featuring, of course Miss Scarlet O’Hara), and then there was the mystery boom……..heard only by a chosen few here, but felt by all.  It shook us to the bone.  But we shall carry on, hoping we don’t offend Miss Shelby Jean anymore.  And if we do  –  y’all will be the second to know!!   Here’s the theme song for the day, presented by Sister Rosetta Tharpe:

It’s a Summertime Samba!

Well, here we are, hip deep in the dog days of Summer, 2015.  Lots and lots of Pickxen news to share with you all on this fine but toasty August day.

We want to start by thanking the good folks at the Booth Western Art Museum in Cartersville, Ga., for allowing us to be part of their Summer Entertainment Series.  We had a wonderful time playing there in July and it looks like we shall be back there for the big shindig in October.  Check them out at boothmuseum.org .  It’s a wonderful facility and they house the world’s largest collection of cowboy art!!  Shortly after that we spent a wonderful afternoon playing for the fine folks up at Foxfireland in Clayton, Ga. (find them at www.foxfire.org ).  And then we found ourselves with a little free time this past Monday night, so we headed down to Eddie’s Attic in Decatur, Ga., for their weekly Open Mic Contest  –  and by cracky, don’t ‘cha know we just won that contest!!  That means we return to Eddie’s on Saturday, December 12 and compete against the other Monday night winners in their Open Mic Shootout  –  heck, maybe even walk away with $1000.00!!  We had a great time at Eddie’s  –  everyone there was as nice as they could be and we met some other really good songwriters  –  what a night!!

We hope you had the chance to catch us at the Red Light Café ( redlightcafe.com ) on August 8th, when we opened for the talented folks in FrazierBand. (http://www.frazierbandmusic.com/) If they come to your town, check out their awesome show!

We continue to record new material in hopes of having something for the music buying public very, very soon.  In an effort to send some nice cooling vibes your way, may we offer you this fine Summer musical interlude: