One evening last week I went down to WRFG-FM in Atlanta to visit Dave Chamberlain on his show “Sagebrush Boogie”. We played some records, told some stories, and I sang a few songs live over the air.
“No Difference Now” is a new song that’s been going over well at solo shows. I wrote it first on piano, then bounced the song around several instruments to find where it would sit best. On Dave’s show I played a koa Weissenborn-style acoustic steel guitar built by David Dart of Dart Instruments in Philo, California.
Not long ago a friend who is a commercial airline pilot asked me if I ever got scared before a performance. I said, “Not as much as if I were landing a jet plane.”
“Hey,” he said, “I’m terrified every time.”
The solo radio show on WRFG went really well, despite the massive amounts of adrenalin pumping through my system. Thanks again to host Dave Chamberlain. The response to the five new songs has been great. According to the comments and e-mails, each one was somebody’s favorite. And there are more. I’m trying to write every day now and finish everything I start. A song a week is the goal.
The next step is to make some solo recordings. In the last few weeks Delta Moon has recorded demos of a few of these songs. Soon we’ll start trying them out in live shows. But not all of my new tunes are Delta Moon’s type of songs. Besides, now the band is putting emphasis on writing in the studio as an ensemble. I enjoy that approach, but it doesn’t keep me from songwriting at home and wanting to perform the songs I write.
When ten or twelve songs are ready to go — and that won’t be long now — I plan to go into a studio alone and record a batch of demos, which I’ll post here to share with you. I’m finding my direction, and we’ll see where it leads.
Solo performance is a great exercise, paring the presentation down to exactly what the song is, no more and no less. It’s a process of discovery. A song can surprise you. Sometimes you can surprise yourself.
I’m working on this every day. Things keep moving right along. Please stay tuned.
Hi, my name is Tom Gray. I front the band Delta Moon. But from time to time I also perform solo acoustic gigs. It’s something I enjoy and want to do more of. So welcome to this new website, and thanks for coming by. You’re one of the very first.
Tonight, June 10, 2016, I plan to debut a batch of new songs along with a few old favorites on WRFG-FM Atlanta in host Dave Chamberlain’s portion of the Peach State Festival. Here’s the proposed set list. I hope to get them all in:
Rock and Roll Girl
You’d Break My Heart If You Could
The Day Before Tomorrow
Clear Blue Flame
The Coolest Fools
Hell Bound Train
Don’t Make No Difference Now
Money Changes Everything
Five of these songs are brand new, written within the last month or so. If you heard the show or just want to say hey, please leave a comment. I’d like to hear from you.