Well, folks, It's been a good long while since I posted an update on my comings and goings here on Banjo Hangout. Leave it to say, I'm still here. I Ain't Dead Yet.
As it is for so many of us here, music is hobby of mine. It certainly is not my occupation or I would have starved a long time ago,
But I did start a band a few years back here in the Dallas Fort Worth area and we are reasonably busy, believe it or not, playing our old-time string band music at various venues. Lately, we have been playing bars and craft breweries. Millennials see us as "authentic," whatever the hell that means.
But we certainly are different. None of the music we play is older than the 1930s. Oh, I almost forgot, we're the Lone Star String Band. Not exactly the most creative name for a band, but it does the job for us. If you have a moment, visit our website and say hello. We have some live performance videos that you just might like. (If you don't, you can keep that to yourself.)
I'm on Facebook and the Lone Star String Band has its own page, so feel free to visit.
Finally, I am quite comfortable playing gigs in the Dallas-Fort Worth area. It's huge, with more than 7 million people. But I would love to take our band over to Great Britain, Scotland and Ireland one day. I think they would really get a kick out of us. How that would exactly work, well, I'm not so sure. But if you have ideas, I'm all ears.
Take care and best of luck to you.
Tuesday, July 18, 2017 @12:49:07 PM
Oldtime string bands have a solid fanbase here in Sweden and there are several good BG/OT festivals during the summer. Ive listened to a few tunes on your page and Im sure you would be able to get bookings. PM me if you want to know more.
And if you pass by Uppsala I host weekly jams on Wednesdays...
Dock Jekel Says:
Thursday, July 20, 2017 @12:41:19 PM
Looks like you got a pretty good scene going with the band thing- I'd call it gig-life... a musical form of thug-life?
Thursday, July 20, 2017 @6:02:25 PM
How much vocal vs instrumentals do you play at a gig? What do the millenials seem to appreciate more, or do they? Congrats on the band. Brad
Thursday, July 20, 2017 @8:00:29 PM
Brad, when we play at a farmer's market, we are about 75 percent fiddle tunes and 25 percent songs (vocals.) Just the opposite when we play at craft breweries and bars populated by mostly young people. Then we are about 75 percent songs and 25 percent fiddle tunes. Very good question and it took us awhile to figure this out.
Thursday, July 20, 2017 @8:09:02 PM
Dock, you are exactly right. It ain't no good life, but it's my life. lol. Hope you are doing well. -- Dean
Wednesday, July 26, 2017 @7:09:50 PM
I enjoy the videos you have posted and really admire your banjo playing.
Sunday, April 14, 2019 @7:17:46 AM
Hey Bro. Dean
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