Having just been elected to serve on the Board
of Governors of the Los Angeles Chapter of the National Academy of
Recording Arts and Sciences (the Grammy Organization), I’m honored and
looking forward working with some of the most talented, inspired and
giving people in the L.A music community. My thanks to all that supported
me in the election and have faith in my ability to bring energy and
experience to the many issues that affect the recording industry and music
education these days. My sister, who has been teaching in the
Philadelphia public school system for the last 30 years, has been witness
to the program funding cuts and diminishing importance placed on the arts
in education. For more information on how one of the 12 city chapters of
NARAS are involved in your area please go to: www.grammy.com.
Spring is here, so it must be time to get to he airport. The rest of the
Nitty Gritty Dirt Band and I are looking forward to be touring Canada with
Willie Nelson for three weeks starting on April 27th. For more info these
dates and other dates with Willie in the U.S. go to: http://www.nittygritty.com/tour.html.
We haven’t seen Willie since we recorded two tracks with him for our
“Will The Circle Be Unbroken Vol. III” album and it’s been even
longer since we played our last show with him at Red Rocks in 2001.
Having toured with him and the “Family” quite a few times over the
years, it’s always a great experience.
Willie is just like you expect him to be, gracious and low key and easy to
be around and his band and crew are the same. When people ask me “what
are some the greatest gigs you ever played?” I always tell them about
Willie’s invitation to play the first “Farm Aid” in 1985. From
Dylan to Denver and 70,000 people, it was a show I’ll never forget.
And from one end of the musical spectrum to the other, I just finished
recording keyboards on tracks for the new Quite Riot album. Yes, that
quite Riot. Don’t ask me how that happened. Let’s just say that the
music gods work in strange and mysterious ways. Although I’ve never been
a “head banger” I enjoyed the sessions and the challenge of recording in a totally different element. The lead singer, Kevin Dubrow,
can still sing his butt off and needless to say I left my accordion
to see the previous Side Trips