Last night was one for the scrapbook. I had a spectacular and memorable evening with Mom and Johnny Mathis. I even had a friend, an A1A band mate, Brandyn Taylor, playing in his orchestra. And to think it was Friday the 13th .
Good Morning, Friends and ABBA Fans,
I have not made it public knowledge until now, but I will no longer be touring with MANIA - The ABBA Tribute Show. I have had some of the best times of my life performing and touring with MANIA - The ABBA Tribute (Formerly ABBA MANIA). But after almost nine years in satin and silk, I felt it was time to put away my disco ball and relinquish my boots to a younger Benny. The tours are getting longer, the years are getting shorter, and time is marching on, making it a little more challenging to rally after a long tour. Also, I have A1A, other musical projects, and personal responsibilities demanding more of my time at home, time which is already close to impossible to find.
I would not trade any of my time with MANIA for the world. I feel enormously blessed and fortunate to have had the opportunity to fill those boots for as long as I did, and I will treasure the memories I made for the rest of my life. The show is still incredible, so plan to attend when they visit your town. Who knows? You may see me in the audience, in white boots, and if you play your cards right, I might even dance with you.
Thank you for the music...
Sunset On L.A. - CD SINGLES NOW AVAILABLE
I am proud to announce that colorful CD Singles of my latest release from COA Productions, 'Sunset On L.A.,' are now available for my old school fans and friends.
If you want to add one to your collection, email me, and I will give you all the purchase information. If you like, I will autograph it and even throw in some free goodies for you. Thanks to everyone for the support. It means the world.
Enjoy every sunset,
FOLLOW IN MY WAKE
A1A - The Official and Original Jimmy Buffett Tribute Show
September 2, 2023 - The Boot Barn Hall - Gainesville, Georgia
Three weeks ago today, I woke up to a world that was much less colorful, happy, and musically joyous than when I had laid down to sleep just a few hours earlier. The night before, the band had performed a very entertaining and successful concert in Tucker, Georgia. Everything was as it should be. The weather was beautiful, and a large audience was smiling, dancing, and singing along with the band, who were feeling great and playing wonderfully. All that was forgotten when I turned on my phone at 7:00 a.m. to discover that Jimmy Buffett had passed away the night before, most likely while I was performing one of his songs onstage.......Read My Entire Blog Here
A couple of very cool shows happening in town tomorrow night, kiddies. Which one will you be attending? Honest confession. If I had known Cheap Trick was in town on the same night as us I would NOT have booked the gig! I would be rocking with Cheap Trick! But with that said, I hope to see you at the A1A show!
I Spent Four Lonely Days In A Brown L.A. Haze
And I Just Want You Back By My Side
September 21, 2023
Believing in the reality of coincidence in this magical world of life varies and fluctuates. I think it can depend partly on emotion, mood, ego, insecurity, religious views, and possibly even immaturity. But that is a discussion for another day.
I go back and forth on coincidence and whether things happen for a reason or just how our cards are dealt at any given time. With the passing of Jimmy Buffett, these past few weeks, for many of us, have been highly emotional. I know it has been for me, and with all the stories I have been reading by people here on Social Media about their experience with Jimmy and his music, today, I believe.
It is no secret to any of you that Jimmy came to us through his song 'Come Monday' and left us at the beginning of Labor Day weekend. He was ready to leave the brown L.A. haze and return home to his baby.
With my deep, lifelong connection with Jimmy Buffett, his music, and especially the song Come Monday, I find it coincidental that my new single and video, 'Sunset On L.A.,' is about the same thing. It is doing very well at the moment, and part of me wants to think that maybe even Jimmy's spirit gave it a push. 'Sunset On L.A.' was released on August 25 and just now hit 25,000 views on YouTube, and I hope to make it to at least 30,000. I would sincerely appreciate you watching it and leaving a comment on YouTube and here, letting me know your thoughts. Did someone up there arrange this coincidence, or am I just being over-emotional like I tend to do? I don't know, but either way, I feel fortunate. God bless all of you this weekend.
Fins and Bubbles Up,
Come Monday, It'll Be Alright
September 4, 2023
I cannot fathom that in five short months, 'Come Monday' will turn 50. I still vividly remember the summer of 1974 when I worked for my Grandfather, helping with construction in Inman and Spartanburg, South Carolina. My job was to sand, caulk, putty, clean up, and paint. I worked nine to five, Monday through Friday, and made $50.00 a week. That was a lot of money to me back then. I was a mere 13 years old and happy to work as hard as possible, for I was saving up my money to buy my first electric guitar. While at work, I listened to the radio all day long, WORD from Spartanburg, South Carolina, to be exact, and Come Monday graced the airwaves a lot that summer. I can still close my eyes, smell the sawdust, caulk, and paint, and feel the putty and sandpaper beneath my fingertips...... Read My Entire Blog Here
No Plane On Sunday
September 3, 2023
It is amazing what 24 hours can bring. I woke up yesterday to the crippling news that Jimmy Buffett had left us, and today I opened my exhausted eyes to a beautifully written article in the Atlanta Journal Constitution mentioning me, A1A, The Atlanta Parrot Head Club, and discussing Jimmy's passing and how Atlanta was dealing with it. .....Read My Entire Blog Here
A1A - Boot Barn Hall - Gainesville, Ga.
September 2, 2023
Being completely one with your band and an entire audience is a rare privilege, and it is an experience which musicians do not take for granted. Having the honor to pay tribute to the life of Jimmy Buffett with A1A last night at The Boot Barn Hall in Gainesville, Georgia was an esteemed honor and a gift. It will always remain an evening I will cherish forever. My very deepest and heartfelt thanks to everyone who attended. Sharing our laughter, tears, music and stories together was the perfect way to send the old man home…
We Only Have Oceans Of Time
Jimmy Buffett - 1946-2023
Last night, like so many countless nights before, over the past 40-plus years, I went to bed with a Jimmy Buffett song playing on an endless loop in my mind, and like always, it kept me from sleeping. I no longer consider that a bad thing when my insomnia has a good soundtrack. I haven't in years. I just roll with the tide. Yet, when I awoke this morning, the wind had unexpectedly shifted, the tide was rolling in, and I felt an instantaneous realization that an unprecedentedly dreadful and unavoidable hurricane had finally made landfall............Read My Entire Blog Here