ALKS wrapped up our first year of existence the other day at The Rutledge in Nashville Tn. We had a killer time and sure appreciate all the great people for coming out in 34 degrees and rain which is way colder than 25 and snowing. Anthem Lights lead off the bill with an amazing vocal performance. If only we could make girls scream like that! We then closed out the night and had a blast. We are very thankful as a band for all the support we have been shown this year! This coming Tuesday we will release our live record LIve and On Fire for free on andersonlayne.com. Next year look for a new record, more shows, shows out of Nashville, and just another great year of new friends and rock n roll. A good friend of ours gave Ray and I the above custom guitar picks. Very cool. Couldn’t be happier with where things are headed. Look for the intel on the live record tomorrow…keep it skeezy.
Is it bad to feel slightly justified to be friends with people you have been a music fan of for years? I don’t think so…it means you have put your work in. If you actually care about your passion in this case music, it’s not the photo shoots, the image, the things that come with it; it’s the hours spent alone learning and having fun that get you to a point where you can actually deserve respect. To all the kids out there…sell your video games and buy a guitar. If you want something it will not be given to you unless you earn it. Spend your time earning it every day for the rest of your life.
With the increase of local breweries these days, it’s easy to sometimes assume…well, i bet its ok. When Ray and Anderson of ALKS went to the new TN Brew works in Nashville this Thursday night they were very pleasantly surprised. Everything about this place is well done…first and foremost, the beer. Currently serving 5 brews in their tap room i reluctantly went though all of them thinking well this one is awesome must be the best one. Every beer they have is as good at the last. Now I know these are music posts but come on, ALKS loves beer. From the owner’s contagious enthusiasm to the hospitality of the staff this place is nothing short of first class. We had a blast playing the tunes acoustic and certainly hope to make this a place of continuing tradition. Fun was had by all! I was very concerned about being the acoustic guys in the corner which i hate both being that guy, and listening to that guy if I am somewhere where a guy like that is. The music to taproom set up is appropriately proportioned to allow for musicians to not be that guy, and for taproom goers not to be stuck with that guy. In other news the live record is done and ready! We are completing the steps for a quick release and look forward to giving everyone access to this fun representation of the touring (ha) year. Thanks for coming to the rock show and we will see you at The Rutledge on December 5th!
On Veterans Day after watching a generally insignificant monday night football game, I find myself realizing that the espn video compilations of soldiers coming home get me every time. Connecting this in some way to music, it reminds me of the time a band I used to play in did a USO tour to Thule air force base in north Greenland. Through a series of crazy events better left for another time, we ended up at McGuire AFB in New Jersey waiting for our C-17 to take us to a world of total darkness and ice to help ring in the New Year with our troops. When we were hanging around our waiting area with long hair, ripped jeans, and other trivial elements of cool, the soldier responsible for us let us know that a group of service men and women were about to walk through the area in order to board a few planes for Iraq. His next line is the one that got us, he said please show them respect because chances are not all of them will return. Immediately sober we watched a few hundred troops walk by armed to the teeth in complete silence. It was very apparent who the real rock stars were. Thanks to all veterans and current military.
We played a last minute acoustic gig at a place called Daisy Dukes in Nash. While the full band was certainly missed it was fun to show the songs in a different light. Things went well and we appreciate our friends the Wooly Mamas for having us out. Look for a big finish to the first year of ALKS coming us including the release of our first ever live record committing the evidence to tape…er 1’s and 0’s. We will look to do a fan event for those who have supported us over the first year. We are also in the process of planning the first annual anniversary and xmas party. yes it is like that broseph. Also, there is the long talked about country ep called Sink Holes and Alibis that I have been working on. It will be done soon and will be available for some reason in some format. Otherwise its hard to believe its almost been a year and we certainly appreciate our good friends dropping 5 bucks after 5 bucks to support what we do and believe me it is very appreciated and noticed. See ya’ll at the rock show…
I get it…college football season can be stiff competition for a gig in Nashville. However we had a great night at The Rutledge in Nashville last night. The band sounded good and we made a lot of new friends. Thanks to everybody who came out to the show and made it so much fun. The live record is now mixed and will be delivered tomorrow for mastering. Also look for new songs coming soon live. We are all very appreciative of the support we have been shown by so many friends….see ya’ll soon.
Just recently Hank and I played a gig with our good friend Sarah Tollerson…this is what it looked like sans us. You should really check out what she’s serving up and order it times two. It was fun and made me wonder why we haven’t played out lately. Just because we played a place called the end does not mean it has to be the end. So, for those of you who are advanced in years and have reached the legal drinking age, we decided to put on an early show for you. Maybe it was the booze, maybe it was by choice, but if your social life requires a baby sitter to tend to the offspring you created, or maybe your party like its 1999 requires you to be in bed before you turn into a pumpkin; we are playing at 8pm sharp at the rutledge in nashville tn. its gonna be crazysexycool in a very TLC kind of way. Seriously though, we pressed on and on to get this show early to make mouth happy like a twizzler so come show that we did the right thing! we will be selling out little ep for 3 small dollars there…you bring friends, we’ll bring rock…..Anderson
As I sit here and continue to mix the live record which will hopefully be done soon…i wanted to post a quick picture of my favorite guy. Butch Walker. Took this picture the other night at the Mercy Lounge in Nashville. I have seen him like 20 times and it has never been anything but the best show i’ve ever seen. His new ep Peachtree Battle is out today on itunes I suggest you download it. Look for the band to return to the stage for some great shows in October, details coming soon. Save a Horse, Kill a Cowboy…..Anderson
Almost….passing storms took a few letters but thats not all that was missing…Headliners Abernathy were a no show last night along with any sign of their fans. In 20 years of playing music I have never had this happen before. Needless to say it was a paying dues kind of night. Thanks to The Great Affairs for playing a killer rock n roll set and thanks to some of our good friends that made the evening worthwhile. We are taking September off from the road in order to write, mix the live record, and get ready for a big October. Stay thirsty my friends…
I will keep a rolling list of Band we have played with to the best of my ability. This is far from all but, ya know…
Berne Kelly, Bitterbox, The Darlins, Ethan Ballinger, Ben De La Cour, The Great Affairs, Jeff Radford, Josh Harrison, The Nearly Deads, Randall Shreve and the Sideshow, Rockwood Terrace, Roman Williams and the Prey, Roses Unread, Seth Timbs, Stephanie Heuer, The Stoves, That’s My Kid, The Wings of Apollo, The Wooly Mamas