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 www.artedwards.com. When it doubt, go there.
Likewise with MySpace, if you're used to keeping up with or contacting me over there, instead please use www.artedwards.com 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!
Buy Stuck Outside of Phoenix
Buy Ghost Notes
Buy Songs from Memory