Tuesday, September 16, 2008

Art's September Schedule

That's right. I'm back.

I just had an acoustic date added for this Saturday, not to mention the Uncommon Ground in Wrigleyville gig in two lousy days! Here's where you can come see me this month:


September 18-Chicago, IL-Uncommon Ground

Solo acoustic performance-8 PM

September 20-Chicago, IL-Elbo Room

Solo acoustic performance-9 PM

Both times indicate when I'm going on, so get there before then if you want to see me in all my glory.

I'll even play your request!



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Saturday, September 6, 2008

What's Next?

Thanks so much to all who came to see me at Stinkweeds in Phoenix last Thursday and the Friends of Betty Show at the venerable Yucca Tap Room last Saturday. I always say: give me a place to ham it up, a few people to watch, and I will abide. The Yucca show marked my last out-of-town event for 2008. It's been a great year. I couldn't have asked for more.

And Dusty showed! The perfect cherry on the top of a great night. I'm sure pictures will surface.

So what's next?

First of all, I am taking a break from the Laying Down the Law blog for the rest of the year.


Yes, it's time for me to fully engage in a few projects, which unfortunately will keep me away from this blog. Here's what I'll be doing.

Most importantly, I'll be finishing my third novel, which is called Badge, which is at that critical stage where it requires my full attention.

Second, I have at least half of a second solo album written; I just need four or five more songs, and I'll be able to follow up Songs from Memory, once again with Bret Hartley at the helm.

Third, my Chicago-based band is rehearsing and getting ready to play as much as possible starting October 23rd at Reggie's in the South Loop area.

Combine all of these with the other duties of life, and it becomes necessary to choose what stays and what goes. We don't always like it, but there it is.

Despite this, I will try to post here my monthly schedule of Chicagoland gigs, along with anything monumental that might pop up. Still, the best place to keep up with all things Bud will be When it doubt, go there.

Likewise with MySpace, if you're used to keeping up with or contacting me over there, instead please use or ae[at]artedwards[dot]com. I can't promise I'll get back to you anywhere else.

An important update: Art Edwards and his Defunct Band has a new guitar player, Sam Hubbell. We tried him out Tuesday, and Sam melted our faces off. You're going to want to be at that show at Reggie's on 10/23.

Another important update: free music! As a thank you to those of you who have supported me this year and previously, I've put three songs up for free download at my MySpace Audio page. Two of them you've heard before, "Riverboat Captain" and "Nickel," theme songs of my novels. The last is a new, swankier version of "Carefree," which was recorded during Songs from Memory. Just click the download button under the song's name and enjoy!

That's it. Thank you again to everyone who supports me and my efforts. Until 2009, happy voting!


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Monday, September 1, 2008

Tempe, AZ, Here I Come!

Thank you, thank you, thank you to everyone who came out and enjoyed my reading and/or show at the Decatur Book Festival this past weekend. We had a nice crowd for both events. The people who came to the reading got to hear a short story, "The Move," which is about Hote as a 16-year-old, and I loved playing the old and the new material with Mr. Hartley and Mr. Leahy. The music portion was recorded by sound man extraordinaire Shalom, so you'll hear a cut or two as soon as I figure out which sound best (i.e., least amount of Bud screw-ups).

And now for my next trick:

AZ, baby!

Two Bud events will happen this week in the Valley of the Sun. The first is this Thursday, Sept. 4, at Stinkweeds at 7 PM. I'll be playing solo acoustic songs from Songs from Memory, maybe a request or two, and reading from Ghost Notes. This is an intimate and fun way to spend an hour on Thursday night, and you'll get to see the new Phoenix Stinkweeds, the standard-bearer for Independent record stores in AZ. Come see me! I'll ham it up like Dee Dee.

Oh, but there's more AZ mayhem. I will be making my triumphant return to the Yucca Tap Room On Saturday, Sept. 6. I'll be playing with the AZ contingency of my Defunct Band, which has Jim Gerke on lead guitar and Curtis Grippe on drums. You can also expect a set by the Jim Gerke Explosion, and a set of covers performed by (at least) Jim Gerke and me. This is going to be a special one. Who will be ready to party on Saturday? Mark your calendars!

That's it for this week. I'll see all you AZ folks in just a few days. Stay outta trouble.



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