I just returned from walking my dogs here in Nashville. Fall has arrived! Leaves swirling in the wind, temperature dipping down low at night. I love this weather but always need to go through the seasonal search for my jackets and sweaters, a change of uniform if you will.
I hope this newsletter finds you well! Life has been going at a fever pitch of late, with lots of travel and chances to be in amazing places with some amazing people. And, since you're reading this you very well may have been one of those amazing people. For now, I'm glad to get a little time here at home.
The first item of big news is - our CD release show for "Long Story Short" is in Nashville this Saturday night, the 28th of October! We'll have the whole group with us, Brendan and myself, Chris Walters, Zeb Briskovich and Miles Vandiver, and three string players and maybe a special guest or two. We've got a lot of friends coming in from out of town… we look forward to seeing you!
To those of you who won't be there or have seen us in one of the following towns in the last month, thank you for coming out. Here is a cliff notes version of our life on the road since September:
Just after the solar eclipse, I left on the Mayer Kirby Mayer tour with my friends Scott Kirby, Gary Green and Brendan Mayer for nine shows. The day after that tour ended in Annapolis, MD, Brendan and I got on a plane for Paris and spent a few days sightseeing before the three shows at the La Cigale Theater with Jimmy Buffett and the band. It was great to see friends and fans there from the US and all over the world.
It was au revoir after our week in Paris, as Brendan and I boarded the train to Amsterdam to meet Zeb Briskovich, with bass in tow, to spend a week there doing promotion for our new album, "Long Story Short," and playing a few shows. A big thanks to our friend Frank Smit for the hospitality! We visited the Ann Frank house and spent many hours walking what is one of the most unusual and wonderful cities of the world.
On October 2nd, we flew back to the US. Brendan flew to Nashville, but I boarded another plane to head another five hours to San Francisco, to play a show in Napa with Jimmy Buffett and the Reefers. On a tragic note, the very resort that we played, The Silverado, was burned to the ground in the Northern California fires just a few days later. Over 5000 homes and many lives were lost. We are thankful that the fires have since been brought under control.
I took a quick trip down to the Smokin' Tuna Saloon in Key West, with Brendan and Scott Kirby, to play a benefit for those affected by hurricane Irma, in the Keys. Thank you to all who gave their time and pitched in to help a lot of folks.
Finally – it was back out to the West Coast to play the final leg of the "I Don't Know 2017" Jimmy Buffett tour. Going from Vancouver, to Eugene, OR, to San Francisco, to Chula Vista, we wrapped up another year, my 28th with Jimmy!
It was great seeing all of you friends who have been there all along the way.
MEETING OF THE MINDS MERCHANDISE
Meet us in the Keys! For all of you coming to this year's Meeting of the Minds in Key West, Florida, it promises to be a great time. I'll be down there to play with Scott Kirby on Thursday, November 2. On Saturday, November 4, Peter Mayer Group will play the entire "Romeo's Garage" album (being it was "20 years ago today" that it was released), along with some new songs from "Long Story Short," some priceless Beatles songs, and some of your favorites from all the years. MOTM is always a great time in Key West!
Look for our merchandise table at the following times at the Casa Marina, during MOTM: -Thursday, 6-7:30 pm near the Main Stage during Scott Kirby's show -Friday, 9:30pm-!2;30am, near the beach stage during the All Star Review -Saturday, 7:30 - 9:30 pm near the Main Stage during the Peter Mayer Group show -Saturday, 11:30 pm, Meet & Greet in the breezeway near the Mini Mart
For the Record: ROMEO'S GARAGE
It's hard to believe, but 20 years have passed since the release of the "Romeo's Garage" album. We still regularly draw a good portion of our show night's music from this record, with songs like "Blue Guitar," "Romeo's Garage" and "Chain of Love." This album brings back many happy memories for me of traveling around in our Dodge Van "Lucky," with Vince Varvel on guitar, Roger Guth on drums, as well as Scott Bryan on percussion and vocals, and brother Jim Mayer on bass. This was also the album that we met a group of friends that wanted to start a fan club around our group: Terry and Chuck Lederer, Sue and Dennis McCaughey, Gary and Mary Lou Schottroff, and Scott Larcher. We traveled hither and yon through many wild days and nights in clubs and fan club gatherings. I want to thank you guys for all those memories.
"Romeo's Garage" was recorded at Mac McAnally's studio. It was our first time working with Mac and engineers Alan Schulman and Chris Stone. It forged a relationship I'm happy to say continues to this day. The album cover was photographed off of Route 66. My kids and I went on a drive one day, looking for the perfect garage, and we found this abandoned gas station. We came back with a guitar and a photographer and proceeded to shoot the cover. What we didn't realize was that there were some very valuable antique cars inside this Quonset hut of a service station and some very high tech security cameras that brought the very irritated owners in a very big old pickup truck to find out who was messing with their wheels. I explained, as best I could, that we meant no harm, but were going to shoot a few pics and be on our way. It seems that life happens more in overlapping circles than in a straight lines. A song called "It's Alright" is on this album, which was by happenstance co-written with my son Brendan, when he was 4 or 5 years old. He was standing on my guitar bouncing up and down and I told him that was no way to treat a guitar. I tuned the guitar to a chord and we strummed it singing "Baby It's Alright." We've come full circle from "Romeo's Garage" to the new CD "Long Story Short" as Brendan and I joined up with the band to venture on yet another song, another story, another road that's coming 'round.
CITY WINERY: CD RELEASE SHOW
Our CD Release Concert at City Winery in Nashville is officially sold out.If you'd like to be placed on the wait list for tickets that may become available, click here!
STARS AND PROMISES 2017
It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas… well it's way too early to be singing those songs, but not too early to save the date to join us on one of the Stars and Promises Christmas shows this year!
The theme for this year is "When You Come Home." The night will feature a collection of timeless carols along with original songs and stories that have become Christmas tradition for many over the years. "When You Come Home" will celebrate the Christmas season when families come together from near and far to share the memories of old, the gift of this moment, and dreams for the new year. It's a time to make the place that you are a home for peace, joy, faith and love.
I will be traveling with an amazing band that has dazzled audiences around the country, Chris Walters on keyboards, Zeb Briskovitch on bass, Miles Vandiver on percussion and drums, Mark Holland on native flutes, Brendan Mayer on vocals and guitar, and joining us for the first time this year we are proud to introduce a wonderful violinist, Kristin Weber. She has played with many top artists including Kasey Musgraves, Lee Ann Womack, Eric Church and Lorde.
Check out the dates on this year's tour! Don't miss this chance to ring out the bells of Christmas with thisone of a kind Christmas celebration!
Stars and Promises 2017 – "When You Come Home" Christmas Tour Venue and ticket information can also be found at petermayer.com!