Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Defenders Law Enforcement Motorcycle Club bike show video

Last year the Knoxville Defenders LE MC sponsored a bike show to raise awareness and funds for the Down Syndrome Awareness Group of East Tennessee. I wanted to share some of the bikes that I saw.

Friday, May 20, 2011

Musician Interview - Darrell Webb

It is time for another interview. Another in a series of drive-by interviews. Intended to be an introduction to an artist, not their whole life story.

Spring is in the air, summer is just around the corner. What better way than to share some bluegrass?  And what better bluegrass than some by Darrell Webb?

Darrell Webb

Because some music fans are gearheads...
Q: What mandolins/guitars/instruments are you playing the most these days? Maker and model preferred.
I currently play a Collings Winfield model guitar and Parsons mandolin built by Will Parsons from Elizabethton, TN.

Because inquiring minds want to know...
Q: What are you actively listening to? What music is inspiring you? Yes, this is your typical, what's in the CD player, ipod, etc question. But, it isn't a "If you could be a tree, what tree would you be?" question.
I listen to all different genres of music from classic rock, classic country, blues, and bluegrass so it really varies to what's in my cd player from day to day I get inspired by all different kinds of music.

Future Plans...
Q: What are you currently working on? Recording/shows/tour/writing/etc.
I am currently working on new Darrell Webb band project which should be released sometime next fall for Rural Rhythm Records. I'm always working on new marketing ideas and getting more tour dates for the band. I love to work.

My connection to Darrell Webb?  A few years ago I met him at church.  Between services we have a time for coffee and snacks.  I'm generally content to say hi to my friends, ask them about their week, talk about the ballgame.  But every so often I'll introduce myself to someone I don't know.  That Sunday it was Darrell.  We chatted for a bit and he shared with me what he did and some of his projects.  I was intrigued.

Last summer he and his band played at Johnson Bible College's Senior Saints in the Smokies event.  I got to hear him live and was taken by his professionalism, his musical ability and his good naturedness.

This year he and his wife, Amanda, joined our church and have become active in a small group that my wife and I host.  They have two beautiful daughters.  Darrell's shared five of the new tracks that he hopes will be on the new CD.  Smoking.  Wonderfully written.  The Darrell Webb Band will be at Seymour Heights Christian Church on Sunday, May 29th at 6:30pm.  Ice cream social to follow.

More info on Darrell's band can be found at their website: DarrellWebbBand.com.

You can also follow the Darrell Webb Band on facebook and see zillions of YouTube videos.  Okay, maybe just 41 videos.  You might not want to watch all of them, but you will want to see these two: