Say Hey!(offensive stuff and posts that creep us out will be deleted)
Yep, thats the way it all went down.
Well, it's been awhile since I updated here so, as Halloween(Cliff's favorite holiday)approaches and a busy October draws to a close, I thought I'd catch all you Dwellers up with a little Deepwell briefing.
The latest busy flurry actually began in late September when once again, we played at The 12th annual Gram Parsons Guitar Pull and Tribute Festival in Gram's hometown of Waycross Georgia. This years event was expanded to three days, starting on a Thusday night at The Cypress Creek Grill. Deepwell and Ian Dunlop(as well as several Waycross area acts) got to play to a full house of Gram Parsons fans. It was one of those rare Deepwell occasions that all the planets lined up and everthing went really well. We played loud and loose and everyone there seemed to be having as good of a time as we were. Speaking of Ian Dunlop, anybody who visits this site regularly knows that not only is he a former bandmate of Gram's but he's also a fine artist, musician and songwriter too. Well, Deepwell was privileged to be Ian's supporting band that night at Cypess Creek. We played our normal Deepwell set..then we turned around and became the band for his set. so, we were on stage for over two hours. Ian is a true show man. You never know what he'll do next and that night was no exception. He charmed everyone with his energetic antics. Afterwards, we heard nothing but compliments. In the parking lot a gentleman approached me and said that we had done a great job and that he felt Gram would have enjoyed the set too. This of course is a great compliment but I was really floored when I found out that he was Bob Buchannon. Bob is another International Submarine Band alumni and co-writer(with Gram) of one of Parsons' finest songs, Hickory Wind. Needless to say we left Waycross on cloud nine.
However, it only took our performance at the Hummingbird the following week to bring us all back down to earth with a resounding thud. I do not know what the deal is with that place, but we've yet to have a good performance there. It's a cool looking venue and we had a small group of Deepwell Dwellers there to support us, but it just wasn't happening. First, there was a football game on. The few non-Dweller folks there(including Hummingbird staff)were way more interested in watching the game. I can't help that, but then they wanted us to push our start time to 11pm. Some of the folks that came to see us, got there around 9:30 and being on a Thursday night, most of them had to work the next day.I can't speak for Cliff Joe or Steve but that created a bit of anxiety for me. We did finally start playing around 10:45 and I did notice that there were a couple of tables, each with 4 or 5 people that didn't seem to be paying particular attention to the game..so I was still hopeful.
We kicked of our set with "Even St." which sounded very powerful to me. However, just as the music started, everyone at the two table that I mentioned above sat up and glared torwards the stage as if saying "Hey!!! We're trying to talk!!! Why are yall playing!!?" Shortly after that they all got up and walked out the back door to the back deck where there was a giant projection screen TV playing...yes you guessed it...the football game. I shouldn't have let it bother me 'cause after all we had Dwellers in the house. However, it really bugged me to the point of anger. I was thinking..If you want to hanggout and talk, why on earth would you come to a place that has loud bands? Go figure.
Then it hit me. Although the Hummingbird still has bands, it seems to have sorta morphed into more of a sports bar.
I mean we understand that bands are supposed to bring their fans. Like I said, there were a few dweller diehards but a Thursday night in Macon is a tough call for Deepwell's crowd.
I was really suprised. I figured that for a place that is promoted as Macon's best live music venue for the past howevermany years would have a large built-in crowd of regular music patrons. You know those who want to hear ANY band. We would love to harvest a few new fans. Anyway, i let a funk jump on me and I could not get it off. it was so unprofessional of me but I really let it affect my performance..which was so unfair to those oh-so valuable Deepwell Diehards that DID come. Afterwards, everyone assured us that it sounded very good and that we were being too hard on ourselves. I knew that they were just being kind. The one good thing that did come out of that night were the terrific photos that my nephew Matthew took. Brilliant, crystal clear close-up photos of me bum-rushing. Just kidding. The pictures are awesome. Thanks Matthew!
It took a day or two to get over the Hummingbird nightmare, but pain of the memory finally did fade away
Not sure if y'all knew that Cliff and myself also play in a band called The Medicine Men. We are the house band for The Magnolia Music and Medicine Show which is performed every other month at The Magnolia theater in Eastman. Anyway, we didn't have time to fret about the Hummingbird gig as we were preparing for that. Then we(MM) was booked to play at Predident Jimmy Carters birthday bash in Atlanta. Those dates came and went without a hitch...thankfully.
Last week a childhood friend of Cliff's who enjoys shooting and editing videos ...and actually now lives in Norway, was in Eastman visiting family. She says she is Deepwell's biggest fan and offered to shoot a music video for us. So, we went down to the Magnolia Theater and set up our gear in front of that striking pleated yellow curtain. We ended up shooting video for three songs. "Ain't It about Time", "Run Jackie Run" and Hiway Home". We can't wait to see how it turns out.
Lastly, Let me tell you about our trip to Gainesville Florida. It was for The 10th annual Gram Parsons Tribute Concert. We were co-headliners with our good buddy and former Gram Parsons bandmate Ian Dunlop. Let me just say that it was a haul...as we made the decision early on not to stay overnight in Gainesville, but instead electing to to drive back home after the gig. Despite the marathon nature of the trip, it turned out to be totally worth it. Everyone there treated us so kindly. They really bent over backwards for us. Also, there was a really cool article that appeared in the Gainesville Sun on Thursday prior to the event. I will post that link soon. Our performance was loose and sloppy but in a cool(we hope) rock and roll kind of way. Ian was charmingly out of control as usual and a total hoot. We got many compliments and made many new friends including non other than Grams younger sister Diane. She totally shocked us 'cause we didn't even know was there until she came up and meet us after the show. She looks so much like Gram it's spooky. She is a very sweet person. It meant alot that she came up and talked to us. It made The Hummingbird just a faint distant memory! We hope to returm next year.
Now we're getting our ducks in a row for a show at The Tavery located at The New Perry Hotel in ...you guessed it..Perry. Should be a good show...and hopefully packed. ian may join us that noght as well. Please plan to come!
Yo Cliff! Saw y'all in the paper today. Everyone kept askin who that Ugly SOB on the left is. Just kiddin brother. Hope to see you tomorrow. Do you have a ballpark of when y'all might be on?
Thanks Cuz...we're really looking forward to it!
Uncle Gary...I think that'd be Mr. Cliff Lee.
witch 1 of u are u r kin to scott wilson???
Looking foward to seeing you guy's @ Cypres Creek.Polly and I will be there that Thursday. Possibly, Noel will come in and we should have a great time. I belive there has been some changes as far as Leon playing the same night you guy's are.Later
Notice! Please note Deepwell Hummingbird performance has been changed to Sept 24th
Hey everybody! FYI Deepwell will be playing at the Hummingbird in Macon on Thurs Sept 24th. Make plans now to come on out!
It's been awhile since I've posted anything here on our "Say Hey" page so thought I write a little Deepwell/Dwellerville update.
Well, other than rehersals and an unpromoted performance at MC's Music Hall(a story in and of itself that maybe I'll blog about soon), it's been fairly quiet. You may have noticed that we have a few playdates scattered over the coming months. In fact, we have just been scheduled to play this Fri(april 17th) at the Bleckley county Relay For Life event. I think we play around 10pm. We're looking forward to it, but this sadly continues Deepwell's bad habit short notice performances. There has been some cool "behind the scenes" activity. Most of you that are reading this are now familiar with our blossoming friendship with Mr. Ian Dunlop. Well, Ian made a return visit in March and we had two long nights of hard work at The Pine Box..working on the recording that we had started in November of 07. It was great to see him again. While he was here, he came over to Cochran and I gave hime the grand tour...which included lunch at Scott's BBQ. It was the first time he had ever tried Bruswick stew...which he liked.
Just like the first time he was here, it was sad to see him go but I think our collaborative effort has turned out great. I can't wait til everyone can hear it. Ian is a terrific songwriter but he is also an amazing artist. He gave us another print...which we will also frame and hang in The Pine Box. Please check out some of his artwork( www.iandunlopart.com ).
Also, I won't elaborate here for fear of jinxing it but maybe soon I can post the details of how our relationship with Ian has led to friendship and perhaps a future project with yet another ISB alumni.
Ronnie and the rest of Deepwell
GONA ROCK IT OUT AT MC'S MUSIC HALL TANEYEEEEET !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!