Estina and the Black Sheep had a wonderful album release show on Tuesday, July 24th. It’s been an exciting journey from our first practice in April to our album release. I’m so thankful to Estina and the band for having me be a part of it. I admire Estina's songwriting and singing abilities and I'm grateful for the opportunity to help bring her songs into a full band setting. It was also so much fun watching the other acts and hanging out with them after the show. I love that music has led me into these situations and has opened me up to such a creative community in Nashville.
What’s great about being a part of Estina and the Black Sheep is the group participation. I can add my input about certain guitar parts and I can bring different riff ideas to practice. It promotes the development of my compositional skills on guitar. There are so many legendary guitar solos out there, but riffs are what people can fully remember and sing along to. Guitar solos can add to the climax of a song. Riffs are minimal and repetitive so they can enforce the subconscious energy boiling underneath the lyrics of a song. I’ve been going back to some of my favorite riffs and breaking them down to learn what makes them work. Great riffs are arguably what have integrated the guitar gods of the classic rock era into the collective unconscious.
I have several different gigs with both bands coming up in the fall, please see the "events" tab for details. I'm also looking to play in more projects to round out my schedule. This summer has been very productive and I'm looking forward to what the rest of the year will bring.