Friday, September 10, 2010
I met Dallas singer/songwriter Colin Boyd in 1994 at the Kerrville Folk Festival, and we became fast friends. In the years since, we have written and performed together a bunch, and he has always been a great supporter of my music and writing.
Against great odds--at a time when I was living in Houston and getting my MBA at Rice University, a million emotional miles from my musical self--he was able to talk me into beginning the recordings that became my debut CD, Purple Room. He was an awesome producer, engineer, player, teacher and collaborator throughout the project.
This coming Tuesday, September 14, Colin's coming to Austin to play a show with me at Momo's. It will be an extended, Happy Hour-palooza, from 5:15 until around 7:30 p.m. The show will be some of me, some of him, and some of us.
There are so many reasons why the whole city of Austin needs to catch the Colin Boyd magic! He writes the most yummy and catchy pop songs. Like "Flutter," the song Jack Ingram recorded and took to #51 on the Billboard Country chart. Or "Rainbows Follow the Rain," the song he wrote for a Barney movie. He is a seasoned, rock solid performer who has logged about a bajillion live shows in the time I've known him. His vocal and musical choices are always tasteful. But perhaps my favorite thing about Colin Boyd is something you'll just have to come to Momo's next week and see live, and that's his amazing rhythm hand on the guitar. Not that he doesn't rock it on the lead, too--but his rhythm hand is jangly and thwacky and for me, always a bit breathtaking.
One of my favorite memories of my wedding day is Colin's version of Springsteen's "If I Fall Behind." He is my very favorite guitar player, which is one reason why I wanted him to play in my band when I performed at SXSW. Colin always sounds great, and I always know that when we share the stage, he's gonna make me sound great, too. I can't wait for you to check us out!