The Return of the Slacker!

Ok, it’s true… I have been a ‘blog slacker’. But the dog didn’t eat my laptop… I really have been busy! And for that I am very grateful!

I was on the road this past weekend with my longtime drummer buddy and fellow ‘Spring Hillian’ Jim Pollard. We were playing a D-Now student event at a camp near Paducah, KY for our mutual friend Rob Perry (www.robperryministries.org). Joining Rob in the band were another long-time buddy Larry Shaw on bass, a newer friend Billy Smith on BGVs, and their young tech guru Nathan Daniels.

It was a great weekend, but Rob was one of the folks who shamed me into getting the blog current (he said he’d read my last entry ‘Tupelo Honey’ more than a few times).

So, here’s a month-by-month (!) sampling of what’s transpired since January 21st…

January
21-23 Session for Birmingham worship leader Billy Smith at Bates Brothers Recording(www.batesbrothersrecording.com)

24 Radio interview on the Preacher & the Doc show WXJC AM, Birmingham, AL

26-28 Student retreat with Kevin Williams in Brandon, MS (www.kevinwiliams.org).

28 (pm) Concert with Glenn Garrett in Huntsville, AL (www.glenngarrett.com).

31 FBC Jackson, TN with my drummer buddy Glenn Williams and bassist extraordinare Chris Kent

February
4 Played at the Bluebird Cafe for my pal Jim Pollard (yes, it was Super Bowl Sunday, but we had a great time!)

11, 18 Helped lead worship at my church, the People’s Church (11th Spring Hill campus, 18th in Franklin)

20 My son Colin’s 11th birthday!! Woo hoo!

21 Writing and demo session with local songwriter Melody Morris. I also played at Lyric’s that evening with Melody.

22 Played guitar with Camp Kirkland and the Nashville Praise Symphony (www.nashvillepraise.org) on the General Jackson Riverboat. This was a fundraiser event for a international mission organization called the HopeHouse International (www.hopehouseinternational.org). Lee Greenwood was just one of the luminaries who performed that evening.

23-25 Another Kevin Williams weekend! Friday at the Church at Trace Crossing, Tupelo, MS; Saturday night a student event in New Hope, MS; Sunday morning BACK at Trace Crossing, and finally a student gig at Mississippi State University in Starkville… whew!

28 Wrapped the month playing once again over at FBC Jackson

March (we’re almost there!!)

2 Started the month playing a showcase for Sony writer Ben Caver. Ben is a B’ham boy who seems to be on the rise! Be watching for Ben the next months and years… he’s really good!

4, 11 Played at the Spring Hill campus of TPC

9 Worked with country artist Shane Prather up in Hopkinsville, KY

And all through February and March I’ve been working on projects for Jen Timmerman, Melody Morris, LifeWay (more about this later), and Prism Music.

Tomorrow I’m on the road to Starkville for Kevin Williams and the following week I’m again out with KMW for a week-long revival at FBC Brandon, MS.

I will make every effort to keep you up date, because the next few months are shaping up to be very, very, VERY busy!! Thank God!

Thanks as always for your prayers and your support. There are some really exciting things on the horizon, and I’ll be filling you in over the next few days and weeks.

God bless!

GV