Lookie who I found! Yes, Mr. TV Star, Josh Grider is back with us non-celebrity types here in Ritaville and is catching us up on how life on the big little screen is. We’ve missed you Josh. Welcome back!
I’m definitely 9 days late on last weeks blog. I had a pretty good ‘every Tuesday’ streak going, but I broke it. Not to worry, I’m back this week for another installment of “From Behind Frenemy Lines”.
Things in my world are moving at a breakneck pace. Since I last blogged, 2 episodes of Troubadour TX have aired, my new EP has become available on iTunes for general consumption (thanks to all who have tweeted and re-tweeted that fact), and I’ve been on the road in NM and TX.
As far as the show is concerned, I’m cool with everything that’s happened up to now. So far my favorite tweet about it all has been one saying something to the effect of “great to see big time stars like Roger Creager and Josh Grider on Troubadour TX”. The similarities in our “big time” career achievements were really showcased in episode two where Roger sings to a sold out Gruene Hall, flies his plane, and cruises around in his classic hot rod. Me, I show up to a recording studio in the honey badger wearing clothes my friends have given me. Believe you me, I am ready for the hot rod, plane, and sold out shows…but the stark difference in our success pointed out in episode 2 really made me laugh about that tweet.
Other things I’ve learned from being followed around by cameras and watching the episodes include:
–WEAR A HAT. No matter how much I wish it wasn’t true, the old hairline just ain’t what it used to be. I’ll never forget the Christmas I went home and my own sweet mother was just staring at me from across the dinner table and said, “you just look different, I can’t figure it out…oh I think it’s how much your hairline is receding”. Yeah it is, and I just somehow convince myself it isn’t sometimes and always regret it.
–KEEP RUNNING. I like to work out. Nothing too major, but busting a sweat every few days is always nice. When I get busy, that is the first thing that goes. Beer consumption stays the same, if it doesn’t increase, but working out always gets the boot. The camera will not lie about hairlines or waistlines.
–GET SOME NEW CLOTHES. I swear it’s going to look like all my segments were shot in three days. I only have about three shirts that I like to wear and that’s going to become patently obvious real soon if I don’t get to the shirt store.
–TALK LESS. I’ve already asked them to put together a gag reel just of my interviews. More than once I’ve been talking and had ask what the original question was. Folks who know me know I can talk, but something about the camera makes me start nervous talking and digging for the strangest analogies to make my points. I have finished some of the interviews and literally walked away having no idea what I’ve said just knowing that I’ve been talking…too much.
On the home front we’ve been happy to shelter some weary Texan musicians in Nashville the past couple of weeks. Little Brave stopped in for a couple of nights and Drew Kennedy just left this morning. It’s great to have company…we’re a long way from home and folks don’t come see us much. We also celebrated JJ’s 4th birthday last weekend. That’s crazy.
On the gigging front, there are some live shows coming up in Corpus and Laredo that will showcase me, Matt Caldwell, and Zane Williams opening for Wade and Roger respectively. They will be my first official bus gigs after all these years. That should be something to blog about. Ben Danaher and I also have an acoustic tour coming up later this month too. Not in a bus, but equally blog/video worthy.
You can find any and all details at www.joshgrider.com. Buy the new songs from iTunes and tell all your friends to do the same. I’ll write more about them next week…
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