I’ve been on the road pretty much non-stop this spring and summer and have been good about keeping my performance calendar up to date and my Facebook, Instagram and Twitter feeds current, but I just took a look at my “posts” and the last one I made was from (gulp) January after my showcase performance at the Winter NAMM Show! (Yikes!) So, for those of you that I haven’t seen over the last several months, I thought it was high time to get some info up here and briefly let ya know what’s been happening.
It’s been a great several months out here on the road with a number of performances on the West Coast interspersed with trips back to Nashville, TN to write, eat some hot chicken, etc. Sometimes, I think I’ve been spinning my wheels out here in the van, but when I look back at my performance calendar starting on January 1st, 20015, it seems as though I’ve played 129 gigs so far. While I thought I might have done more, that’s nothing to sneeze at, I reckon. With 9 more performances scheduled for the rest of September at this point, thing are moving along out there. If you haven’t caught a gig in a little while, be sure to check out my schedule here and swing on by for a few tunes! If you don’t see a date listed near you, then e-mail me at chi(at)chimcclean(dot)com and let me know where you’d like to see me play! I’m always down for a road trip…
Apart from pound the road and honing my live act, I’ve been writing to pitch to other artists, and I’ve been writing and recording for film and television placements – mostly with my friend, Adam Z, with whom I’ve place three songs on the hit series from Warner Bros. Television, “Hart of Dixie“. After getting a tiny peak behind the curtain to the world of music placements with this show, I’ve been trying to figure out how to get more involved. It’s so fun to get outside of my own “artist handcuffs” and just write and produce a bunch of fun stuff for something entirely different. We’ll see… I suppose that’s pretty good work, if you can get it!
What’s next? Frankly, I’m not too sure… October, November and December have purposefully been left as open slates for me to take a step back, write a bit more, get a new release out that’s been haunting me for a little while, and take a hard look at where I’ve been spending my time these days to see if I can maybe start to work a little smarter and not harder, as the saying goes. And, with the potential of a solid El Niño year upon us, some epic surf and snow may very well be on the way… Will I be in the mountains and on the coast for another winter performing, skiing, and surfing the best the season has to offer? Or will I be back in Nashville, TN setting down some roots for a change? Time will tell, my friends. So, stay tuned here and I’ll promise to keep you updated on the new release, the new songs, new dates, and more. If you do well with e-mail and want to keep apprised of my upcoming dates, just visit my contact page sign up for my e-mail updates for more information. In the mean time, take good care, and be sure to have some fun along the way! See ya out there.