Hello Friends and Fellow Merry Makers,
I know it’s been a while but just because you haven’t heard from me doesn’t mean that I’ve been chillin’. Heck no! I’ve been balls-to-the-wall busy touring, making records, memories and new friends! It’s been a wonderful year filled with more ups than downs and I have so many things to be thankful for. I hope the same for you.
Here’s the latest news from Collinsville…
NEW MUSIC: I just released my new record titled ROLL THE DICE, recorded at Sound Emporium Studios in Nashville, Tennessee. It was a real team effort and the support I’ve received from so many music lovers, fans and friends from around the world via Indiegogo.com made the recording possible and I’m very grateful.
ROLL THE DICE includes 10 original songs that tap into the blues, bar-top, boot-stomping rock’n’roll and even a bit of honky-tonk. I hope you find yourself coming up for air at the end and hitting the play button to hear it all over again.
It’s available from now Blue Rose Records in Europe, on my Web-STORE, CD Baby and iTunes. For all you die-hard music fans and collectors, I will have vinyl copies available in February. Pre-order ROLL THE DICE on vinyl now and get a free CD.
* Enjoy FREE shipping for the entire month of December on all merch in my new Web-STORE (USA and Canada orders only).
ON THE ROAD: In June, shortly after recording ROLL THE DICE, my band The Al-Mighty 3 (Al Collins, Jon Sudbury, Ryan McCormick) and I hit the road for 5 weeks in Europe for the first leg of the HIGH ROLLER TOUR then followed that up with 8 more weeks in September and October. We zig-zagged across Europe playing more than 50 shows in 10 countries. It was a blast and I’m happy to report no one got hurt, lost, quit or fired and we made it home without incident. We will fire things back up next year and I’ll be sure to drop ya a line with dates as the HIGH ROLLER TOUR continues in 2016. I can’t wait!
NEW MERCH: I have a new Web-STORE filled with lot’s of SC merch. I’ve dug up some out of print items, one-offs and even a few collectors items so get ’em while they last. More items will be added so be sure to check back for specials and holiday sales.
NEW EUROPEAN MERCH PARTNERS: I’m excited to announce that I’ve partnered with merch guru DEAF & DUMB in Europe to take care of all your international purchases. This means that my friends across the pond will save money on shipping and who doesn’t love to save money! The D&D store has some special items that are only available there so check ’em out and stay tuned for new items to be added throughout December and beyond.
NEW GEAR ENDORSEMENT: If you play amplified harmonica you need to check this out. THE SQUEAL KILLER is a tube driven feedback reduction pedal designed exclusively for harp players. It allows you to crank up your harmonica without losing the natural tone of your amplifier. You get more volume, BIG tone and no feedback. I love it!
I think that about covers everything. Thanks for your friendship and supporting my music. I’m so thankful for all of you who are on this journey with me… in the crowd or behind the scenes… you are loved and appreciated.
Feel free to drop me a line at email@example.com with any questions, inquiries or reviews of the new record. I’d love to hear from ya.
Until next time… Happy HoliDAZE!
Photo credits in order top to bottom: Paul Needham, Stacie Huckeba (record cover photo / cover design by Paul Needham), Roger Johansson (live photo).