I’m absolutely delighted to announce my endorsement with InEarz custom in-ear monitors, out of Casselberry, FL. I received my P350 IEMs this weekend and have been breaking them in and they’re absolutely incredible! Looking forward to getting them on stage with JB Crockett and Proud Larry in the coming months. Big thanks to Kaysen Thurber at InEarz for bringing me aboard!
Greeting, friends! It’s been awhile since I’ve posted and I apologize profusely. Lots of things happening behind the scenes and I am elated to finally announce that I will be taking over full-time bass and background vocal duties for Nashville country artist JB Crockett! JB has been a hard-working, touring artist for years and I couldn’t be more excited to contribute to to his efforts. Spring tour dates start next week, beginning with a gig backing Rascal Flatts’ vocalist Gary LeVox. If we’re coming through your town, drop me a line and let me know.
With that said, I’ll be stepping down from my drum duties with Rookie Of The Year. It’s possible I may work with them again in the future but for now, my time with them is finished and my focus is on my other projects.
JB Crockett Spring Tour Dates:
3/15 @ Flannagan’s Dublin (w/ Gary LeVox of Rascal Flatts) – Columbus, OH
3/16 @ Blossom Hill – Vincennes, IN
4/5 @ The Crazy Bull – Macon, GA
4/6 @ Private Event – Tampa, FL
4/18 @ Winners Bar (Whiskey Jam) – Nashville, TN
4/19 @ Saddle Bags (w/ Sam Grow) – Savannah, GA
4/20 @ Eight-Seconds (103.7 The Gator’s Official Garth Brooks After Party. w/ Sam Grow) – Gainesville, FL
4/27 @ The Hitching Post – Chuluota, FL
5/24 @ TBA (w/ Dillon Carmichael) – Georgia
5/25 @ The Crazy Bull (w/ Dillon Carmichael) – Macon, GA
So, I randomly stumbled across this wonderful new toy a couple weeks ago. Actually, I think an ad for it popped up on my Facebook feed because they’re constantly listening… Anyway, I am pleased to announce my endorsement with All Poetic Audio, specifically, their Clicktrack Mixer. The way I’ve been running backing tracks with Rookie Of The Year this year is basically running my computer into a small mixer using an 1/8″ to 1/4″ Y-cable, out of the FX send on the mixer into a DI box and then into the house system. I have the tracks split: click on the left channel, tracks on the right. I plug the click/left side into channel 1 on my mixer and plug tracks/right side into channel 2. Channel 1 gets panned hard left, channel 2 goes hard right. My in-ears go into the headphone input. Not necessarily a complicated setup but it took some work to figure out the proper way to route this and I am a bit of a putz when it comes to pro audio.
Clicktrack Mixer has eliminated this whole rigamarole. It’s basically its own mixer and DI built into one box. With this, I run my computer, with the same Y-cable, into the Mixer. My in-ears go into an input. I run an XLR line out of the Mixer to the house. That’s it. Seriously. The Mixer has a knob that lets me control the volume of the click and tracks in my ears. The only thing I had to switch was the panning on the tracks themselves. I now do click panned hard left and tracks are centered. This thing has cut down the clutter on my computer stand and is much easier to transport. I’ll be doing some video demonstrating it soon but this thing will be out with me on the upcoming Rookie tour and I am pumped! Thanks to Jeremy Schaeffer @ All Poetic Audio. Make sure to check out his band Earth Groans on Solid State Records!
Rookie Of The Year heads out this fall in celebration of the 10 year anniversary of our record, Sweet Attention! The tour, running September 26-October 13, will visit the east coast and Midwest and will feature choice cuts from Sweet Attention along with other Rookie fan-favorites. Joining the tour at various points are Alex Roy Band (of Sparks The Rescue), A Brilliant Lie, The Victory Drive, Sean O’Shea, and City Under Siege. Tickets are on sale for most shows and are already going quickly. Snag yours and we’ll see you soon!
ROOKIE OF THE YEAR
w/ THE VICTORY DRIVE, A BRILLIANT LIE
9/26 @ Bombshell’s Tavern – Orlando, FL * +
9/27 @ The Masquerade – Atlanta, GA * +
9/28 @ Rocketown (Flex Studio) – Nashville, TN * +
9/29 @ Drunk Horse Pub – Fayetteville, NC * +
9/30 @ The Haymaker – Raleigh, NC * +
10/1 @ The Barbary – Philadelphia, PA *
10/2 @ Proud Mary’s Bar – Atlantic City, NJ *
10/3 @ Arlene’s Grocery – New York, NY *
10/4 @ Spring Point Tavern – Portland, ME *
10/6 @ Duke’s Bohemian Bar – Buffalo, NY + ^
10/7 @ Fireball Lounge – Kalkaska, MI + ^
10/8 @ Frankie’s – Toldeo, OH + ^
10/9 @ Mac’s Bar – Lansing, MI + ^
10/10 @ Cactus Bar – Milwaukee, WI + ^
10/11 @ The Wire – Chicago, IL + ^
10/12 @ Fubar – St. Louis, MO + ^
10/13 @ The River – Cape Girardeau, MO ^
* w/ Alex Roy Band (of Sparks The Rescue)
+ w/ City Under Siege
^ w/ Sean O’Shea
I am elated to announce that my band, Rookie of the Year, has signed to Cardigan Records! Lots of good things happening that I’ll tell you about soon but for now, go to Rookieoftheyear.fandistro.com to see the new video and get a free download of “Empty House”.
I am beyond honored to officially be on board with and endorsing Heil Sound!! Heil is headquartered just outside my hometown, St. Louis, MO, in Fairview Heights, IL. Founder Bob Heil was a sound pioneer in the ’70s, creating unique soundsystems for legends like The Who, The Rolling Stones, Grateful Dead, and more. The Heil Talk Box was made famous by the likes of Richie Sambora, Peter Frampton, Joe Walsh, and others. I had the pleasure of stopping by their factory this week to pick up a PR22 vocal mic which will be my main vocal mic for live settings, moving forward. I’ll be adding a PR48 kick drum mic to my Kelly SHU inside my kick drum for the next Rookie Of The Year tour, as well. It’s an honor to be working with a company that has the history and resume that Heil has and I can tell you that their mics are unbeatable. A big thanks to Jerry Lynch and Greg McVeigh for bringing me aboard!
Merry Christmas and happy holidays, friends! I’m super excited to inform you of my latest endorsement: The Kelly SHU. This piece of gear is an internal kick drum mic mount that allows drummers to have a kick drum mic mounted and ready to go inside their kick drum 24/7. It’s extremely versatile, lightweight, easy to install, and makes your sound engineer’s job much easier. I am massively grateful to Jeffery Kelly and his team for bringing me on-board and am excited to be working with them. Check them out for yourselves!