2010: My year in music

Posted by on Dec 30, 2010

I think 2010 will go down as one of the most satisfying music years in my life. It went something like this: The year started with another solid Runaway Sun show at the Continental Club with Ben Mallott from Austin, TX as the opener. I loved this show. It was a nice release from several long months of work. In January I was still working two jobs, one as a research assistant at UT Med School, the other as a waiter at Block 7 Wine Company, in order to fund the production of Film Noir, my debut solo album, and I was really stressed out. I had been working those two jobs since August, and at this time I had been waking up extra early to fire out booking requests to NYC venues. Tired, stressed, and motivated, waiting for the time to come when I would have enough money to finish the album so I could get out of the med school cubicle. That day finally came in February. Three years in a cubicle with no windows were over. I went to Beaver’s with Chris Longwood to celebrate. Lots of friends came. It was the best feeling. It still feels good.  We were also asked to headline Houston Press Artopia.  Too much fun in January. Another gift came in the form of a phone call from Jason Price at Warehouse Live. “Would Runaway Sun be available to open for Heartless Bastards Feb 26th?” I freaked out. I called the band mates, and everybody could do it except Brian (it was his wife’s 30th birthday). BUT WAIT! She let him off the hook, and we were on the bill. Brian bolted after our set. He did catch the Heartless sound check though. So did Clory Martin, and I could tell she was in awe. Clory ended up getting invited onstage to sing Be So Happy with Erica Wennerstrom at the Texas Crawfish Festival in April, but that’s a whole other story. You’ll have to ask her about that one. In March, I was featured in Houston Modern Luxury Magazine, and Runaway Sun was invited to play in Austin for Houston@SXSW, and we had landed three bookings in NYC: Live at Best Buy in Union Square ARLENE’S GROCERY Legion Bar Daniel, Marshall, and Brian flew to NYC while Monica Danna and I drove her mom’s gas guzzling Armada with all the...

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