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Needs to be said

I just wanted to mention, before I forget again, how cool Benji & Jake are at Benji & Jake’s. They are without a doubt some of the hippest venue owners I have come across in recent memory. Their place is beautiful, well maintained; the backline musical equip. is good quality stuff in great shape; the food is awesome, the location is beautiful. The whole place has this great “vibe”. You’ve gotta check it out. We even met their folks! terrific people as well.

They’re really building something wonderful out there in the woods, and we’re glad to be a part of it. Thanks, guys!!!

– NAIL

The Return of “Strictly Kill”

Nice, nice, nice. Nice!!! The venue was Benji & Jakes. If you’re in Sullivan county NY, you need to check this place out. We will be back. so don’t forget to sign up on the mailing list….!

The show was a complete success! What that means is:

Biz wise, we played great, were on time and professional, and made a good impression.

Gear wise, everything worked. My rig threatened to crap out right at the very beginning, but once I got it going it never failed. Adds to our professionalism, and helps with my “sanity clause” (i.e. when my gear doesn’t work, I go nuts).

Performance wise, we played from 8:40 till 1 am (!). THIS is what it means to be a real working band. Everybody there dug the band – especially the owners! We really earned our bread last night.

Musically – not everything was perfect, but it was a great opportunity to see which tunes worked in that context, and which didn’t. Some not so great decisions about what to play next on my part, but I really started to get a sense of how to structure the sets. Of course, the best way to find out is to be doing this all the time. As I said, everybody dug the band, so it didn’t feel forced or difficult even when playing tunes we had hardly rehearsed.

YES!!!!!

I used to play with Mad Mike Cullens. He was a hell of a drummer (still is). Our motto then was: Strictly Kill. Let it be known: Strictly Kill is BACK, BIG TIME.

We love YOU! See you on stage…

– the NAIL

Ready to Rock

Tonight – Benji & Jakes.

No more pulled punches. No more easy funk. Time to throw down – WAY down.

We’re going to pull out some of the more serious tunes, and show what we’re really made of.

Time to get heavy.

 

I have to say, being in the Mahavishnu Project is really making me want to turn it up, in way I haven’t done in years. It fells like it’s time, to get back to basics, to the reasons I started playing this music in the first place!

 

It’s gonna be glorious.

NAIL at the Blue Note

NAIL at the Goshen Jazz Festival 2007

NAIL at the Goshen Jazz Festival (2), originally uploaded by nailosity.

Man, last summer was great. We did a whole pile of shows, We actually started to get really tight, in that way that bands do when they play alot. Hasn’t happened to me for decades, since A. Animal days (not counting the Machine, of course).
Here’a shot from the Goshen Jazz Festival. My daughter Rebecca took the photo.

New Calendar being posted to sites

Hey All –

A new version of the perfromance calendar is being assembled now, and should be psoted on both the Nailmusic Site and the Pdog Records site. This calendar will contain ALL my dates – everything and anything, with anyone (even solo). You can link to it HERE. Comments, anyone?

Widget try after WordPress upgrade

Just updated to vers. 2.3.3 of WordPress.

Well, the editor looks different. So – I am going to try – once again – to post a Reverb Nation Widget. I hope it works.

Here goes:

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Well, this is supposed to be the “Fan Collector”. It works! But only in the post, not in the editor. Well, here it is – so sign up already!