It's been a long time since I played a solo gig. My pal Dickie, lead singer/songwriter for The Atkinsons, hooked me up with this one. Carytown Cupcakes recently started a new Sunday music series featuring solo artists for month-long residencies. Since I couldn't commit to a month's worth of Sundays, we worked it out for me to alternate weeks with my good friend Elana Lisa.
I had no idea what to expect, but was pleasantly surprised by the volume of traffic that came through the shop. Some people just came to pick up cupcakes to go, but others lingered for some tunes while getting their sweet fix and a drink.
The place is not only a bakery; they also serve up wines and craft beers. I had the Hardywood Raspberry Stout. Oh yum! I also wanted to get a Raspberry Stout cupcake, but they were all sold out by the time I got around to ordering at the end of my show. Note to self: Order earlier next time!
As for the music, I played a lot of Haze & Dacey standards, but also dusted off some older originals and covers that we don't play as a duo, like REM's "Night Swimming" and my own "Broken". I generally tended toward a mellower feel since it seemed right for the venue. I didn't bring my piano this round, but probably will next time.
One of the staff shot this little video snippet of me playing Joni Mitchell's "Big Yellow Taxi".