I will be performing at the “Singer-Songwriter Event” at the Blue Plum festival in Johnson City, Tennessee, on Saturday, June 3 (11:00 am-1:30 pm). I’ll have a 30-minute set starting at approximately 11:30 am. Come early to get a good seat and stick around for all of the songwriters. The show will be on the Wild Wing/Yee Haw Stage in Founders Park in downtown Johnson City. Expect both guitar and ukulele at the show, and I’ll be selling CDs. Come on out and enjoy the festival!
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Virtue Trap will return to the stage on Saturday, May 6 at the Warehouse in Conway, SC from 4:00-6:00 pm. Along with Trap veterans Dan Ennis on guitar, Jim Solazzo on bass, and Steve Hamelman on drums, Scott Pleasant will lead the band on guitar and vocals. This new iteration of VT will be a somewhat more aggressive, harder rock version of the band, but they still plan to play some of your favorite classic rock songs and some of their originals.
Virtue Trap is contemplating a return to more regular gigging in the grand strand area of South Carolina, and this first afternoon show will test whether the band and the audience still have some rock potential.
Trap was a well-liked and sought-after bar band in the coastal region of South Carolina from 2000-2011, but has been mostly on hiatus since then. In 2014, the core members of the band reformed as the Waccamaw Dreadnoughts and recorded one album of original piano- and acoustic guitar-based pop songs that can be bought in CD form or downloaded at Amazon or CD Baby or through digital download only at I-Tunes.
The Warehouse is located at 104 Laurel St. in Conway, SC. There is no cover charge for this show.
Recording, overdubbing, and mixing for the soon-to-be-released Waccamaw Dreadnoughts CD are now complete. Art work and package design by Eric Hall are also nearing completion. The next step will be sending the songs and art off to be mastered and duplicated. Expect to see the album on sale at CDBaby, Amazon, I-Tunes, and other outlets in early September.
In addition to the band (Dan Ennis–bass, Steve Hamelman–drums, Joe Oestreich–guitar and lead vocals, and Scott Pleasant–keyboards, guitars, and background vocals), the album features background vocals by Fair (that is, Liz Tavernier and Cynthea Kelley) and a trumpet solo by Marty Slapnik. Dan, Joe, and Scott each wrote four songs for the album.
For those of you who just can’t stand to wait that long, here’s an image of the cover and a portion of one song (“Our Beautiful Sun”). Enjoy!
Last night, the Waccamaw Dreadnoughts (Joe Oestreich–guitar, Dan Ennis–bass, Steve Hamelman–drums, and me–piano) recorded the final song for our forthcoming CD project. We will spend the next few months doing overdubs, mixing, and mastering the CD, so it won’t be out right away, but a Fall 2015 release date is likely. If you’d like to hear the ‘Noughts in action, click on the picture to check out a video from a recording session a few months ago. The song is Cincinnati Skyline, by Joe Oestreich. With three songwriters in the band, we decided to give each one four songs. So expect twelve songs. And maybe just a little more.