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I semi-retired from my band some years ago....

October 30, 2019 11:06AM
I only play the larger gigs.... I don't play bars or 2 days notice gigs. That means: I probably play only 4 gigs per year these days, (average).

You may remember we just played a big gig in Pozo, (small saloon in the coast range mountains of Calif. that's very popular)....upon completing that job we had only one more gig scheduled on our calendar... and that next July, 2020. LRS Fest, the place we played this last July with Trace Adkins, Dwight Yoakim, Sawyer Brown.... and last week...

We got a notice that LRS Fest 2020 has been cancelled. We have ZERO gigs scheduled on our calendar. I suppose that's the first time since the mid-60's I've had NO gigs lined up, (except for my stint in the Army). Steve... this is one strange feeling... no gigs, none!

I'm sure in the next 3 months we'll pick up a big gig or two, we usually do, but as of today NADA!

Yes... I'm pondering full time retirement. Or let me put it this way... because I'm never going to stop playing... little jam sessions, for friends, I very much hope to continue doing until the grim reaper calls.... but the big gigs? I think my time has come to ride off into the sunset.

Rick and Randy, (Rhythm guitar and lead guitar), still love playing the big gigs... I'm sure they'll continue somehow. Gary, our other rhythm guitarist, is 100% cowboy and will ALWAYS do solo gigs playing old cowboy songs and various ranches and auctions across the West but like me I think he's done with the big gigs.

Maybe one day I'll put it all down on paper.... 55 years of playing on stages, in cow pastures, in milk barns, in bars, in backyards, in parades, in parks, on islands, at rodeos, at county and state fairs... yeah, I'm pretty sure I can come up with a tale or two. laughing smiley

  I need to retire...

sstrams155October 28, 2019 11:07AM

  I retire from JFRD in 1 yr and 8 months. I'll be 54.

Ramgator59October 28, 2019 02:43PM

  Good for you buddy! Enjoy life!

ferragamo7945October 29, 2019 07:56AM

  That's awesome, Gator...

sstrams41October 29, 2019 04:14PM

  A paid for house is awesome.

Ramgator57October 29, 2019 06:03PM

  Yeah, its nice..

sstrams43October 30, 2019 03:11AM

  happy for you, Gator

21Dog42October 30, 2019 03:56AM

  Thank you.

Ramgator45October 30, 2019 04:34AM


MamaRAMa47November 01, 2019 12:55PM

  Re: I retire from JFRD in 1 yr and 8 months. I'll be 54.

Aries56November 01, 2019 12:22PM

  man I don't know how you do it

ferragamo7942October 30, 2019 07:11AM

  Sheer will power, '79..

sstrams40October 30, 2019 09:07AM

  I semi-retired from my band some years ago....

JamesJM51October 30, 2019 11:06AM

  You should do your..

sstrams42October 30, 2019 02:30PM

  Good grief Steve that was a Laurel and Hardy routine...

JamesJM41October 30, 2019 03:09PM

  Jimmy that makes you a hero..

sstrams40October 31, 2019 03:01AM

  RELAX everyone! I am SST's back up!

Ramgator41October 30, 2019 02:47PM


sstrams39October 30, 2019 02:58PM

  Just switch to playing Folk Music

Aries55November 01, 2019 12:55PM

  That would solve it..

sstrams41November 01, 2019 01:19PM