Hey hey guys! Summer has come and gone in a whirlwind of structured chaos. I hope your summer was as productive as mine! You may have wondered what happened to me. I take your money claim to be recording an EP in Nashville and drop off from all signs of life. Well lots of good news for you, the EP was a success!! We all had a great time in Nashville, really gave me a cool taste of the future I get to look forward to. Once again I cannot express how thankful I am to you guys for making this a reality with me. As for right now my projected release date for the studio EP is set for early November. So watch your inboxes for a link to the prerelease download. (If this applies to you i.e. kickstarter)
So what exactly was I up to this summer? Well I headed home back to good ol’ Colorado once again to work with my Grandpa Tom one last time at his lumber mill. Along with that I fixed up my 1950 Studebaker pickup truck that I had bought from Grandpa back when I was only 12. With the help of my dad and brother we totally transformed that bucket of rust into a running machine very near, if not better, then it was off the factory line back in the 50s.
It was a summer of relentless work but in the end it paid off dearly. Grandpa had stage four-colon cancer and passed away early this fall. I had the great privilege of being home one last time to work with my grandfather, a privilege many are never granted in the first place. Also my dad brother and I were able to get the truck into a good running condition and give Grandpa a ride, a ride that I will always cherish and hold dear. Grandpa loved Studebakers and was proud of the progress we had made and loved to check in on us from time to time even when he didn’t feel worth a rip. The man he was and showed us how to be is greatly missed and only intensifies my desire for the earth to come.
Grandpa was always up for an arm wrestling match
Never did beat him...
- The truck soon after I bought it from Grandpa
Now on to a lighter note… GIGS!
This year is going to work out a little differently than last year simply for the fact that the band has dissolved. I wish all the guys the best of luck and I am very happy to have had the chance to play with each one of them. Also I am indebted for all the time and hard work they put in to help us find a good sound last year. Thank you fellas I really appreciate it!
So what this means is you’ll be seeing a lot more of just me on a stage or me and a friend, or me and my harmony pedal. Any way you see me it’ll be more acoustic than some of our shows were last year. Also I’ll be focusing more on cover songs this season of music for the main purpose of trying to broaden my style both as a vocalist and as an accompanist to myself.
This being my fourth year in college my professor of piano Dr. Cooper is really pouring on the steam, which is a good thing I really appreciate it and sometimes need the push. So this will also be a stretching time for my study of classical repertoire and my strive in becoming a better pianist.
With all that being said you can expect youtube videos on a regular basis (every 2 weeks) with the first video to be released next Friday (Oct. 19) and also of course multiple live performances throughout the year. With dates posted on the website and facebook page as they become available.
Youtube channel: www.youtube.com/kalebstock
Thank you guys for coming along with me on this journey, looking forward to jumping back on that musical train with you guys this year!