Mirages - Live from The Heartbreaker Banquet.
Imagine that scene where they build a decoy town in the Mel Brooks classic "Blazing Saddles." Then install 2 stages, book some bands, and bring in bus loads of people. That's what Willie Nelson's "Luck, TX" ranch looks like, at least on the piece of land where the Heartbreaker Banquet pitches their tents and hosts a one-day music festival produced by Electric Lady Studios & Robot Fondue. The event takes place during SXSW, but it's an oasis from the mayhem of downtown Austin during that time of year. A smooth 40 minute drive from the madness, room to breathe, and the only horse shit is actually from horses.
I'd like to think that every time I can play music for an audience of new ears, it's a special moment, but this time there was added value because I rarely get to play with any of my band members outside of NYC. For a number of reasons, financial, calendrical, or other, it's a hard thing to do. The stars aligned and I was fortunate to have Sarah & Kiyoshi with me.
After our set we had a little time to unwind, catch up with some friends we don't get to see very often, and see some kick-ass bands (I should clarify that Willie himself headlines the day.) As the sun was going down we were scheduled to shoot a live session in the "chapel." Allow me to exaggerate, this chapel holds 5 people. Seriously though, it's small, and acts as a hotbox. The perfect atmosphere to cultivate a nice little sweat-meets-dust ecosystem. The crew from Robot Fondue, producing these live sessions, were inside ALL DAY. They get much respect for that, and for how these sessions turned out. We performed "Mirages." Because, you see, that's the song we would be releasing shortly after SXSW, and what you want to do in this type of situation is play the song that you want people to become familiar with. This, and many other tips, in my new book "You're Smart, You'll Figure It Out." SO, as proper planning would have it, we released "Mirages" on May 19th and just like that, Paste Magazine premiered our live video of the song we just released last week. I think it looks and sounds great, but I'm biased. Have a look, and thanks for looking:
K, thanks, love you, bye...