Something is drawing me back to writing. I’m not sure what it is, but I’m realizing that I really miss it. I’ve recently put some words down for blurbs and it made me truly enjoy regurgitating the many things revolving around my big fat head. I’ll never be the writer/blogger I once was – I’ve moved on from that. I don’t care about it like I used to. I came to the point where I was starting to hate doing what I was doing. My mentor told me it was going to happen, but I just scheduled more shows. More and more and more and more shows. It was effecting my life. It was effecting the love of my life. Things were getting ridiculous. Wake up. Work a full time job. Go to a show. Drink. Shoot. Drink. Go home. Edit photos. Write. Edit. Sleep. Repeat.
I was at the top of my game, though. I felt like every click of the camera and every tap of the keyboard was churning out gold. 6 nights a week for a while. A long damn while. I was really doing it. I was living “the life.” But I knew, living that lifestyle, I was going to crash and burn. And I realized it quick. I straight up started to hate music. Live music, recorded music, collecting music. Three of my favorite things in life all of the sudden were my least favorite. What the hell was I doing?
I quit. I gave it all up: The lifestyle, the free tickets, the ability to see and possibly hang out with every one of my favorite bands anytime I wanted to. Gone. Because it was time to grow up. Because I needed to grow up. Because I wanted to grow up. Not because I burnt myself out – which I definitely did – but because I had to finally realize that if I wanted to live the life both me and my soon to be wife want and deserve, I’d have to.
And I was ready. BECAUSE I burnt myself out. I went hard. And crashed even harder.
But I never lost the enjoyment of writing. I miss it. And now I think I’m to the point where I need an outlet for expression. My love of music is a guiding force in my life and forever will be. So why not let it out? When I have time of course. Like I said, I’m getting married, so free time doesn’t come easy these days.
Breakfast On Tour will never be what it once was. But I don’t want it to be. I’m past the point of catching the latest local, regional or national act live. I’m past jumping in every photo pit that I can get in. I just want to talk about the music I love. The bands that have constantly been in rotation over the past 20 years of my musical discovery. While I’m sure I’ll find some new bands, my time away from music journalism has taken me back to the bands I truly love. My desert island bands. Phish. Wilco. Widespread Panic. Outkast. My Morning Jacket. The Grateful Dead. Trampled By Turtles. Hot Chocolate. Built To Spill. Stevie Wonder. Kendrick Lamar. Dr. Dog. Sublime. Dawes. Wu-Tang Clan. LCD Soundsystem. Delta Spirit. A Tribe Called Quest. The War On Drugs. Rubblebucket. Yonder Mountain String Band. Jay Z. NOFX. Modest Mouse. Bob Marley. Keller Williams. Eminem. The Avett Brothers.
If I never write another thing after this, or if I decide to write three articles a day for the rest of eternity, I definitely want to stress the importance and influence this blog has had on my life. Breakfast On Tour was, at least to me, important at one time. I was in a league of my own in the Houston blogging scene. Local bands were a big inclusion in my coverage, but I was the only national blog based out of Houston. My focus for a time was on festivals, and I was fortunate enough to be invited to cover several national events, including big name ones like Bonnaroo, ACL, Outside Lands, Voodoo, Rothbury, Wakarusa and several others over the course of my career.
I had a lot of fun during BOT’s heyday and feel as if that showed in both my writing and photography. Anyone who knew me at the time can attest to my love for the game, and while that has certainly waned over time, those years were pertinent to becoming the person I am today. Several of my best friends came around during those days, most importantly the true love of my life who will share my name come April of 2017.
So here I am. Naked and afraid. Not sure if I’ll even write again. But I want to. And I think I need to. And I miss music. I might just write about Phish. And if this all eventually goes by the wayside, I’ll be no better or worse than I was before I started this stupid, overly-long diatribe that no one probably cares about other than my damn self.
So on that note, here is the last Phish show I went to in its entirety. Because I know you have nothing to do for the next 3.5 hours.
Here it is folks. In all of it’s glory. The 2014 edition of Free Press Summer Fest, better known to us locals as FPSF, has released it’s initial list of bands and oh boy is it a doozy. Jack White, Vampire Weekend, Zedd, Lauren Hill and Wu-Tang Clan are taking top billing, while the undercard is stacked with so much talent that I’m not sure how they’re going to fit all of it in the smallish Eleanor Tinsley Park. After the copious amounts of work they’ve been doing on the park, I’m sure they have all their ducks in a row.
It’s going to be another good one in downtown Houston. Get your tickets before they’re gone!
Well, kind of… Breakfast On Tour will never be gone for good.
I know its been a long while since anything has been put on this trusty ol’ blog, but that’s going to change for the better starting right now. I’ve been super busy working my ass off for the Houston Press, shooting and reviewing shows for their Rocks Off blog. I’ve always had a working relationship with them, pretty much since the inception of BOT, but have gone full throttle over the past six months doing anything I can do to further my portfolio.
Unfortunately, the photos and words that I post there contractually can’t be put here other than through linkage, so that’s why BOT has been dormant for the past half a year. From here on out, though, I’m going to post photos that didn’t make the cut for the HP reviews (which there are tons of), and add a few words about how the show’s are with links to my work on Rocks Off. I hope to add more content outside of that, but for now that’s how I’m getting back into the swing of things.
It feels good to be back!
Stay tuned for photos from last night’s Heart and Jason Bonham show later in the day.
Bonnaroo went hard again this year with their initial artist announcement, and boy does it look like a good time! Leading the dance card at the 2012 Manchester, Tennessee festival are indie rock gods Radiohead, alt-rock monsters Red Hot Chili Peppers, jam titans Phish and legendary surf rockers The Beach Boys. If that isn’t enough to get you to Bonnaroo, they have a little bit of everything else on the line-up as well. For those fans of indie rock, Bon Iver, The Shins, Foster The People, Feist, tUnE-yArDs, Dawes, Delta Spirit and St. Vincent will be playing the festival. Hip-hop fans can rejoice as they’ll be enjoying sets from The Roots, BlackStar, Ludacris, Mac Miller, Childish Gambino and Yelawolf. The nighttime will be the right time with sets from Skrillex, Major Lazer, Flying Lotus and more. While the first years of the festival were predominantly focused on the jam scene, things have changed for the better (arguably, depending on who you talk to), but their is still a strong focus on jambands with two sets from the aforementioned Phish, and also performances from the likes of The Avett Brothers, Dispatch, The Word which features John Medeski, Robert Randolph and The North Mississippi Allstars, Umphrey’s McGee, Dumpstaphunk and ALO.
Last spring, we packed up and headed west for a one of a kind show featuring the likes of Mumford & Sons, Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros and Old Crow Medicine Show. Entitled the Railroad Revival Tour, the three bands took an old-fashioned train from Oakland to New Orleans, making six stops along the way to perform shows. While some bigger stops were closer to us on the tour, we headed all the way to far west Texas, to the small liberal town of Marfa to catch the tour at a really cool outdoor venue called El Cosmico. It was by far one of the best concert experiences I’ve ever had, between my company, the venue, the ten-hour road trip and the bands involved, specifically the many collaborations throughout the show. After that magical performance, we all headed back to our real lives knowing that it would be quite some time before we could experience something just as cool as that.
Now, after almost a year, filmmaker Emmett Malloy will be debuting his take on the traveling festival with documentary featuring the entire week of the trip. The film will first screen next month at SXSW in Austin, TX, and while nothing has been announced about a widespread release, I have a good feeling you’ll be able to get your hands on it sometime soon. I can’t wait to check out all of the great footage that Malloy assuredly got along the way – between the many hours on the rails with nothing but their music, and the six incredible 3+ hour shows, I’m sure it will be stock full of gems. Check out the trailer.
In other news, the official website is quoted as saying, “We are currently planning the 2012 Railroad Revival Tour with a new lineup and some great surprises. Look for news about the second tour this coming January!” I can’t wait to see what they have up their sleeves for the 2012 edition. I highly doubt they can top last year, but I could also find myself very wrong once the line-up and train route comes out. Hopefully I’ll see you all there!
For the past two years, I’ve been telling myself that I need to make it down to Gulf Shores, Alabama for the Hangout Music Fest. Now in it’s 3rd year as a festival, Hangout has announced it’s initial artist roster for the 2012 event which takes place May 18-20, and boy is it a good one. If anything, they built this festival for me. Seriously, the talent is basically a nice little chunk of my iPod. Leading the dance card, you have festival main-stay Dave Matthews Band and the one and only Jack White bringing his solo project, with one more major headliner promised to be announced later this week. While the festival has always swayed towards jambands, like the early days of Bonnaroo, this year has a wide variety of all types of music. Jambands are still highly represented with The String Cheese Incident, Dispatch, STS9, Michael Franti & Spearhead and G. Love & Special Sauce hitting the stages. A nice conglomerate of indie rock is also included with Wilco, The Flaming Lips who will be performing the classic Pink Floyd Album Dark Side Of The Moon in it’s entirety, Young The Giant, Dr. Dog, Cage The Elephant and Dawes. Bringing in the older concert goers, both Steve Winwood of Traffic and Spencer Davis Group fame as well as famed singer songwriter Randy Newman will be making appearances. Also, a dance tent will be featured this year being headlined by the likes of Skrillex and Paul Oakenfold.
I think I might try to make this one – being on the beach and packed with this many of my favorite bands, how could I possibly miss it! Check out the full line-up after the jump.
Today, the interwebs have been abuzz about the latest viral offering from Chicago rockers Wilco, and for good reason. The new music video features not only an animated Wilco, but also the famed cartoon character Popeye The Sailor Man as well as his list of cronies including Olive Oyl, Bluto, Wimpy and Swee’ Pea. In the sketch, we find Wilco frontman Jeff Tweedy vying for the hand of Olive Oyl, only to have a fight put up when Bluto and Popeye start to catch wind. In the end, despite Popeye’s best efforts, Tweedy takes home the prize. Enjoy!
You can read all about the video, pre-order the new iTunes sessions, and find out where you can get your fill of live Wilco in your area here.
It sure seems as if Tweedy and the boys have more fun than the rest.
Festival season is still a few months away, but now is the time of big decisions. Artist line-ups are dropping every single day, and with that we all have to figure out just where and when we’ll be traveling based on how good or bad the roster of bands are. Wakarusa just dropped their full list of bands, and it’s looking pretty nice, but another local festival was announced kind of under the radar. Old Settler’s Music Festival, which takes place south of Austin at the Salt Lick Pavilion, will feature a slew of great Rock, Americana and Bluegrass over the weekend of April 19-22. Headliners include indie folksters Iron & Wine, big-voiced singer songwriter Amos Lee, southern rockers Jason Isbell & The 400 Unit and newgrass champions Railroad Earth.
A bunch of other bands will also be making their way down to the 25th anniversary of the festival. Check out the full line-up after the jump.
Earlier today, the final part of this year’s Wakarusa Camping and Music Festival line-up was released. One of the key names released today was The Avett Brothers (you know BOT’s HashBrowns is excited about that!) Making their comeback to Mulberry Mountain are also Slightly Stoopid and Ghostland Observatory.
The rest of the line-up released today includes Matisyahu, EOTO, and Perpetual Groove. You can find the complete line-up after the break. What do you think about it?
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