January 2013: better than a birthday


Standard operation procedure

Standard operation procedure

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Well, The Afhgan Whigs 2012 “End Times” tour is done, culminating in an extremely satisfying and emotional show on New Year’s Eve in Cincinnati, the city where the whole thing started. We came together last year, already an extended family of sorts, from different projects and different cities, a collection of intersecting Venn diagrams, all of us with a “Dulli number” of 1 (note to slef: investigate people’s Dulli Numbers. Must be relevant?), to really gel into more than just a band. ‘Twas somewhere between ensemble and pirate ship.
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The Afghan Whigs at Anton's in Austin

The Afghan Whigs at Antone's in Austin

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I’ve since begun work on my record, started working on music with some other friends (some more familiar to you than others) and generally getting productive.

Every year I try to take stock, reflect and count my blessings. When I think of how frustrated and insecure I was as a kid, how low my self esteem was, how many dates I never had and how many hours I filled sitting in my lonely teen room playing guitar out of an intense need to fill the space in my heart, I have to say it was the best schooling I could have had, and my life is so full of color because of it.
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Backing Terry McDermott at the NFC playoffs in Houston

Backing Terry McDermott at the NFC playoffs in Houston

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My musical life is rich and diverse, and what started out as a career intent on being a “gun for hire guitarist” has turned into parterships and friendships in ART that transcend business or pleasure, the whole thing mixed together in a satisfying roux. In the last few months I’ve toured the world, done gigs as varied as matinees in tiny clubs in the French Quarter, studio guitar and engineering work for hire, played to 70,000 NFL fans at a halftime show, played in a live karaoke band, power trio gigs for fun with friends, and writing and arranging. Mostly withnFRIENDS… Schizoid, but satisfying. I can’t believe it actually worked out this way.
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NOLA's own Eric Bolivar smearing bacon grease on my songs at Rick Nelson's studio, 12/12

NOLA's own Eric Bolivar smearing bacon grease on my songs at Rick Nelson's studio, 12/12

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So, I guess the moral is, make good friends with good people, and say ‘yes’ to good things and ‘no’ to bad things. For the most part it’ll all work out (knock on Mayan wood). And you can’t do it all yourself. People need people, and the friends you make in life are the ones that see you through the times when your Mom can’t be there. Which is most of the time.
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Thanks to everyone who came to see me, offered support, traveled with me and shared the stage last year  - it ain’t the parties in yer life, it’s the life in yer parties!


6 Comments, Comment or Ping

  1. Aki

    That was a nice from the heart collection of thoughts Dave – thank you for sharing. You’ve been blessed with good friends, more-than-good talent and precious collaborations (either purely as ‘work’ or just for fun). It speaks volumes that you are appreciative of it all!

    I hope 2013 continues to be as good in all aspects of your life and we’re looking forward to hearing more of your own music.

    January 7th, 2013

  2. Super stoked you updated and definitely looking forward to your record.

    So happy to have rocked out with you guys at the shows you played with the Whigs and I wish you the best for 2013!

    January 7th, 2013

  3. Kymm Nesheim

    How fortunate I feel to have witnessed part of this journey and make your acquaintance at one of the three Whigs shows I was lucky enough to attend. I sadly did not get to experience the exuberance of the NYE finale, which is not to say I wasn’t also emotional. To see in print the words “End Times” as the tour label leaves me feeling wistful, yet I attain to be gracious, not greedy in all things life has to offer. As pertains to the Afghan Whigs, it’s a difficult cross to bear, but I’ll manage. Thank you for a truly inspired tour. Your love for what you do, appreciation for the opportunity to do it and for your fans shines through in all you do and say.
    All the best to you…I’ll be listening wherever the year may take you.

    February 6th, 2013

  4. Megan G Stewart

    Very moving words! So happy you have so much joy in what you do and it shines thru in the music you play! Congrats and here is to much more success in the future!

    February 6th, 2013

  5. Suzanne Quiroz

    I was able to catch a show in Dallas. The Afghan Whigs were great! Having an autistic child, I was also in a little bubble in my own world that autism gives you. As I turned 50, I find that I am now finding a whole new group of friends in Special Olympics. So I know where you are coming from. Being wrapped up in my little word I did not get to explore things like a normal person. I am just getting to know the Afghan Whigs and I am looking forward to your next project. Who knows, I might even get to slip away to see you play! Good luck and have a wonderful 2013.

    February 7th, 2013

  6. Scott

    Dave: I’m very stoked about your new record, based on the material you’ve posted. You’re easily my favorite ‘Dulli Guitarist’ and I love your work with Lanegan and MJ as well. We spoke outside the tour bus in Chicago for the Dynamite Steps tour and you were very gracious and cool. I look forward to your work in 2013! Scott

    February 13th, 2013

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