Latest Happenings...

Ok, so.... Where to begin? I have been BUSY... Alright, first, did I mention that on New Years eve Chris & I went to Levon Helms Midnite Ramble up in Woodstock? It was sooo awesome!! If you don't know who Levon Helm is, he is one of the founders, lead singers and drummer for 70's supergroup The Band. Martin Scorcese did a documentary on The Bands farewell tour in the 70's, called 'The Last Waltz' in which Levon talks about the Midnite Rambles of his childhood where musicians from town and neighboring towns would gather in a local barn, each person bringing an instrument and a dish and just jam 'til the mroning hours. He started his own Midnite Rambles about 2 years ago in his recording studio/barn and they've grown out of control, never an empty seat in the house! If you're up to making the drive up to Woodstock you won't be disappointed, there's always special guests dropping in, Dr. John, Allen Toussaint, Steel Dan, Elvis Costello, & the list goes on. Check out Levon Helms website: http://www.levonhelm.com The following week my bud Julian Velard called me and said there was gonna be a hush show at Rockwood Music Hall featuring Amos Lee (I'm a big fan) so I hustled over to see the man and his music (I was in me nappies at the time), and I'm really glad I did 'cause he was beautiful. Beautiful smile, beautiful voice, great songs. We met my other friends Matty Beck and his lovely wife Barbara there after which we proceeded to get nice and toasty, lol. Check me out with Amos, Julian & Matt: Next stop, Boston, Mass. where Kim Davis, Keith Fluitt and I backed up Patti Austin for the Inaugural Ball of the first black Governor of Massachusettes, Deval Patrick. He gave one of the most moving speeches I've ever heard. It was a great honor to be there watching history being made. We have come a long way.. Check out a few photos from the evening of the Governor himself and Kim, Keith & myself: Lastly, I spent part of last week in the Bahamas at the Michael Jordan Golf Tournament. I went there to backup the incomparable Jennifer Holiday (the original dreamgirl) and believe me, she was nothing short of INCREDIBLE! She sang 'And I am telling you' and brought THE house down!! While I was there I met a few awesome people including Ricky Lawson (drummer extroadinaire), Greg Philligaines (he's worked with everybody y'all), Michael Beardon (bad boy on the keys, same b'day as me :)), Alex Al (sweetie pie on the bass), Greg Moore (fawnkee guitarist) & his wife, author Toy Moore (check out her website guys), and last but not least, the lovely Lisa Vaughn, who was also there to do backups for Jennifer. Lisa has worked with Diana Ross, Chaka Khan, CeCe Winans and many others. She was the BOMB y'all!! Loved working with her! Stop by Toy & Lisa's websites if you get a chance, and check out the pictures below of me, Lisa & Jennifer Holiday and me Lisa & Micheal Beardon: http://www.toymoore.com http://www.lisavaughnmusic.com Told you I'd been busy, hahaha.. Ok, so I know I promised my next blog would be about the 'Sundown' recording like, 3 blogs ago, but I promise it's coming. By the way, just posted some video of live perfromances on the myspace page and I'm gonna' put some on this site too in a day or so, so do be sure to stop back by & check them out. Before I sign off I just wanna say how much we miss you guys and we promise we'll be back soon. We don't have any Albright shows for a while but I will be sitting with a few folks, and I'll keep you all posted right here. Thanks for reading & keep supporting independent music.. Peace&love