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Goodbye, 2005

Hey Soul mates, thanks for supporting us all year. It's been a really good one. We've taken several important steps forward in our career and I'm pretty proud of what we've accomplished. There's still lots of work to be done. Thanks to everyone who recognizes the energy we do exert to put ourselves forth as entertainers. So, what's gone on in 2005? January, we started the year by joining MySpace and sharing an acoustic bill with our good friends, The Waking Hours. Several of newest die-hard fans got their first look at us at that performance. In the Spring, we prepared our newest songs for recording and went into the studio. Over the course of several weeks, beginning in May, our EP took shape. We started networking heavily to prepare the industry for the arrival of our new material. August saw the first of our two huge shows at BB Kings. A combined 400 people saw us at those gigs and they were sufficiently raucous. The second performance was our CD release

Norm's Top 10 for 2005

Hey Soul Mates, it's Christmas Eve and perhaps you've got to make one last run out to a Loss-Leader to pick up a gift for someone. Well, here's my year-end run down of the best of 2005 in music. I'm going to be a little lazy this year and not write a whole lot about the choices. Why? Well, many of these LPs got the full treatment earlier in the year when they arrived. But I do recommend all of them and hope that you may enjoy them, too. In order of finish: 1. Get Behind Me Satan - The White Stripes. Simply the most interesting LP of the year. 2. The Emancipation Of Mimi - Mariah Carey. Call it a comeback. This is a contender for best pop album of the young millennium with Timberlake's Justified . 3. Late Registration - Kanye West. A tad long, but Gold Digger is the best single this side of A Talent For Loving . 4. You Could Have It So Much Better - Franz Ferdinand. Just a fun album of glammy Scots stomping. 5. A Bigger Bang - Rolling Stones. Their best in ne

RHS Up For Best of 2005

Hey Soul Mates, our song A Talent For Loving is up for Best Song of the Year on Next Big Hit . Just visit the forum and vote for us. Let's see what we can have to show for 2005. I hope that everyone is having a good week in the run-up to Christmas. All my shopping is done. There wasn't much to do. Ha Ha. Love, Power, Peace

Beatles On The Brain

Hey Soul Mates, Happy Christmas Week. When I was in college, my dormmates used to tell me that all the time: You've got Beatles on the brain. Not a day went by in school that I didn't listen to a Beatles record or three. Well, it had been a while since I inundated my mind with Fabness. But the month of December has been a real throwback. It started slowly with the McCartney concert and the anniversary of Lennon's death. Then I got sick. And being home in bed, I got to watch a lot of TV. I thought I would catch up on some things lent to me including Let It Be . Over the course of a long weekend, I watched: The Beatles First US Visit and all the bonus materials Anthology discs 2-4 A Hard Day's Night, disc 2 supplements and interviews The Beatles promotional videos Let It Be How I Won The War Imagine Now, I'm working my way through the music. I hadn't listened to Beatles For Sale in years. All of my Beatles discs were just gathering dust. Having completed my c

All This Love [show recap]

Hey Soul Mates, you could call it a triumph for us at the Rumba Room last night. It was a FM radio-sponsored show; we supported a nationally known act. Pretty cool. We played our entire set for about 300 people who've never seen us before and didn't get a single cat-call or boo. In fact, the crowd was pretty good to us considering we played original songs. This was an audience that is used to cover bands preceding a national act with songs they've known for 20+ years. I'd say we acquitted ourselves handsomely. And we did look good in our reds and black. During the crowd warmup before our set, Bryan's guitar was knocked over and out of tune. Not an auspicious start, considering it took us a solid two-minutes of dead-air after being introduced to get going. But then, we got going good. We certainly rocked harder on our funky numbers than this group was prepared for. It being an R&B crowd, our slow jams were the highlights of the night. I thought that Everything M

Well, I Left My Jag In Kansas City

Hey Soul Mates, that's one of my all-time favorite movie lines. On occasion in real life, I've been able to say it. That bit of dialogue is from Silver Streak . My buddy Mike told me to say something about Richard Pryor . That man was funny. How about that? I always looked forward to going to his movies as a kid: Bustin' Loose, Wholly Moses!, Brewster's Millions, The Toy and See No Evil, Hear No Evil . Plus, if you got to see his latest movie, you were "cool." We'd watch the rest on TV: Car Wash, Bingo Long, Greased Lightning and The Wiz to name a few [I know one of Bryan's all-time faves is Moving ]. Just last month, I caught his big scene in Uptown Saturday Night on BET. These are not necessarily classics, but Mr. Pryor's performances were all enjoyable and there was a feeling of rebellion in watching him work. As a kid, it was like you were given a peek into the absurd, adult world through his humor. He was showing us how messed up Ameri

Grammy Got It Right (pt.1)

Hey Soul Mates, the Grammy nominations came out yesterday in the early a.m. I was going to comment on them immediately, but yesterday's blog had to be what it was. And today, I'm in no shape to write a lot. I've come down with a mother of a cold. My throat is constricted and I'm running a fever. Whoo. Add on to that, that I left 3/4 of a party-sized box of KFC crack-corn chicken at work, so I feel silly along with sick. Needless to say, I'm pretty pleased with the work that has been recognized in this year's Grammy nominations . I hope to have a full blog up by the end of the weekend. I'm off to bed for the next 48 hours. My apologies to whomever's Christmas parties I'm missing tomorrow. Love, Power, Peace

We Was Robbed, Johnny

The Originator At 73

"Do you know who I am? I am Little Richard !" I overheard that shouted to a clerk at the US passport office on Wilshire Blvd. in Westwood, Jan. 17, 1996. That's the closest I've gotten to rock's true royalty. The Originator was about 30 feet away from me, decked out in a shiny black suit with gold trim, hair did and make-up applied. It was 7 a.m. and he was reading someone the riot act over a passport issue like they had taken away his name. And at 6' he was definitely not that little. Less than a year earlier, I had the opportunity to be in the audience for the American Music Awards at the Shrine. In a 40 year salute to Rock & Roll, Little Richard backed by the reunited Go-Go's opened the show with a ripping version of Tutti Frutti . And that's the only other time I've seen him perform. Happy Birthday, Mr. Penniman! We'd be living in nowheresville, population us, without you. His early publicity noted that was he was born on 12:01

Contest To See RHS & DeBarge Has Begun

Hey Soul Mates, we've begun a contest that is open to all of our friends on MySpace. So if you aren't a member, it's a decent reason to sign up. We are offering a free pair of passes to see us open for DeBarge on Wednesday, Dec 14, 2005. Visit our MySpace page for all the details. All you have to do to enter is leave the sassiest, funniest, best comment for us on our MySpace page. Check our blog there for rules, etc. The band will be judging the entries. We have a pretty creative bunch of fans, so I'm expecting some good reading this coming week. The winner will be announced in a week. Best of luck to everyone! I hope that we'll see a lot of you at this show anyway. It should be good fun. Enjoy your Saturday night. Love, Power, Peace

By McCartney's Mullet [Show Recap]

Hey Soul Mates, I'm speechless. Literally. I haven't blown out my pipes like that in years. My throat was acting up from lack of sleep and the hysteria at the McCartney show last night. But we made it to the end. I couldn't get near the high notes in A Talent For Loving and did the song 2 octaves lower than usual. Fortunately, we had a good crowd and we rolled with them like they were "student body right." Ha Ha. We put on a lively show, starting with Fall Out . We did an extended intro to Sucka and I'm proud to say, I didn't hurt myself leaping at the end of the song tonight. Our MySpace friend Lola from Georgetown had put in a request for Done Lost My Mind , so we dedicated it to her. And after plugging MySpace, our good friend Kurt, who works with the site, presented me with a paper rose. How sweet. We wish all of you could have been there. Those who were there, thanks for helping us rock the hizzie. Set List: Fall Out Everyone's Ingenue U Ha

I Got Blisters On My Fingers

Hey Soul Mates, we had a smashing time at the Paul McCartney show at Staples last night. Sadly, the rest of the audience didn't seem to be feeling it. The setlist may have had a lot to do with it. Paul opened with Magical Mystery Tour, Flaming Pie, I'll Get You (the flip of She Loves You ) and Jet . Not exactly a jump out of your seat hit parade. Regardless, the sound was crap and he was visibly perturbed about something. So it was a very slow start to the last night of the tour. Which is a shame. The crowd just didn't want to give back what the artists were giving. Macca's current backing band is a topnotch group, anchored by a vicious drummer who sang all of John's harmonies on the Beatle numbers. They really were better than last night's jaded LA audience deserved. I roamed between two sections during the show, Bryan had waaaaaaaaay better seats than me. His were next to the stage, front row. So we got to see Paulie from about 50 feet away. He looks good

Freebird, Fla.

Hey Soul Mates, the Rock Hall inductee class of '06 has been announced. Now, my high school mates (especially, Mike) can shut up about Jacksonville's own, Lynyrd Skynyrd making the Hall. Congrats to them. This is not my favorite group of Hall of Famers: Miles Davis, Black Sabbath, Blondie and the Sex Pistols. Of this batch, only Blondie was a contemporary presence for me. No disrespect to the fans of the other artists. Just not my cup of tea. I'm sure my buddy Mark though is still lamenting Chicago's absence from the Rock Hall. The induction ceremony should be interesting though, because a lot of country-rockers are going to come out of the woodwork to honor Skynyrd. Blondie, Sabbath and the Pistols are all relatively intact so their performances will be highly anticipated. I'm particularly anxious to hear what the Sex Pistols portion of the evening will entail. Who will induct them? Green Day? U2? That's sure to be the highlight of the night. That, and Ozzy&

Just Announced RHS & DeBarge

Hey Soul Mates, just a really fast note to announce that Rush Hour Soul will be opening for '80's pop/R&B sensation DeBarge featuring Chico & James DeBarge. They had a string of top R&B and pop hits for Motown including Rhythm of the Night , Who's Holding Donna Now?, and All This Love . The show will be on Weds. Dec. 14 at the Rumba Room on the Universal Citywalk. Tickets are available through all Ticketmaster outlets and at the door. The promoters are expecting this show to sell out. The Old School Concert series at the Rumba Room is sponsored by Hot 92 Jamz (Mega Old School & Today's R&B). This is a great opportunity for us to open for an established act. And the venue is really hot. We hope that some of you will be able to attend. Tickets are $30. But don't forget, we've got our Free show on Thursday Dec. 1 at the Gig, too. I hope everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving. Love, Power, Peace

Sweet Dreams

Hey Soul Mates, we were here last year, too. I'm going to put in my two cents about the American Music Awards. It was an entertaining show again this year for all the wrong reasons. The absolutely stunning (though thick) Mariah Carey opened the show. She really sang, but she nearly killed herself losing balance in her high heels. Girl, leave the dancing to Ciara. Things went downhill from there. Most of the performances were either bad or country. My appreciation for the musicianship of the country performers was elevated by the wretched pop performances. Sad, horse-toothed Hilary Duff lip-synched her way through a "brand new song." Yawn. She practically tripped over her backing dancers and was clearly not singing. But she was preceded by the new brunette version of Linsday Lohan who did sing. Awfully. Her voice was weaker than diner coffee and the sound engineers did her no favors. Her movement was awkward and she kept her eyes closed for most of her routine. A clear

200

Hey Soul Mates, it's my Bicentennial blog. It's pretty cool to have reached two-hundred. I don't expect any one to go back and count (I certainly wouldn't), but Blogger keeps up with the tally. So, what have I got for you? Big news. Rush Hour Soul is now available at iTunes , the worlds largest retailer of music on the internet. All four tracks from the EP are on sale for $0.99. We hope that all of our fans will go to iTunes and purchase our songs. You've heard them on the various podcasts and snippets on MySpace, but now you can have them for your iPods and your harddrives. Now, you don't have to own an iPod to enjoy the songs. Anyone can download a free iTunes player from the site and use it to play music on your computer. The jukebox will work on both PC and Macs and it's easy to use. From there you can even burn your own CDs with our music. And it's legal. We hope everyone will go get A Talent For Loving, Done Lost My Mind, Everyone's Ingen

Learn To Work The Saxophone

Hey Soul Mates, the last few evening were chock full o' culture. Last night, a bunch of us went to see Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire. Pretty good. I still like the third movie best. The length of this novel seems to have made it very challenging for the director to tell the story properly in 2:34. But, it was entertaining. I'm only 2/3 of the way through the book. But that has been my MO with the Potter series. Read the first two "acts" prior to seeing the movie, so I know what the heck is going on. Then I read the end after watching the film. It's been a decent way to do it. I'd really rather not know how any movie is going to end when I see it, no matter how engrossing the book is. And Potter 4 is a quick, fun read at 700+ pages. Thursday night, Bryan and I were busy trying to gain more friends on MySpace . We were doing pretty well, then we hit a ceiling to the amount of activity we could accomplish there. Kind of frustrating. But we did add 100 ne

Postcard From Los Angeles

Hey Soul Mates, I know, I know. It's been a few days since last I wrote. What's been going on? Well, last night I was at the Clippers' trouncing of the Milwaukee Bucks. A friend invited us to a swank luxury suite at Staples. That was nice to see the home town win in fine fashion. Just wish the Clips would go back to wearing sky blue and burnt orange. Of course, they'll never replace my Cavs in my heart. Oddly enough, I ran into one of our venue bookers and was told that we'll have a date in mid-December opening for a nationally known music act. Details will follow. Tonight, should be cool. We are going to the Django Reinhardt festival at the Disney Concert Hall . I've only been in the hall once, when I spent a day downtown. It's a pretty fantastic building. I'm looking forward to the performance. I was really introduced the music of the gypsy guitarist Reinhardt in the Woody Allen film Sweet And Lowdown (my favorite movie of 2000). Then, when I was in

Got A... [Show Recap]

Hey Soul Mates, We had a really good time last night at the Gig. It was a hellzapoppin' show. Thanks to everyone who braved the forecasted rain. You made the place electric. I hope you will enjoy your holiday ornaments. We ran out, which is a very good thing. Here's the first photo finished. It was taken just before the set last night. We look kinda sharp. Hit it to enlarge us. There are more photos up on the website. Dunno if the color combo worked like we hoped, but what the hell? You gotta experiment sometime. Any particular hue you'd like to see us in next time? Maybe that will be the poll on the next evite. We kicked off the set with Talent as the curtain rose. We kept the pulse quick for the first 3 songs. Everything My Heart Desires has become a new favorite it seems. It's been getting a really good response. We pulled out an old cover in honor of the Stones' visit to the Bowl/the Red Cross drive I was involved with. My mic chose that moment to short

Emotional Rescue

Hey Soul Mates, it's a new day. The volunteering gig at the Stones' concert was a relative success. We collected several thousand dollars for the Red Cross Hurricane Relief drive. Here's the deal: the Rolling Stones recorded a new CD single called Hurricane . We were given CDs and donation buckets. All we have to do is tell people: here's an exclusive new charity single by the Stones, donate what you can; $1, $2, $10 and the disc is yours. That's how my basic, self-prepared spiel went. You wouldn't believe the cool reception we got. At the flipping Stones show! The band announced that they were collecting donations. They announced that the single would be the "premium" fans would receive in return. I got a lot of angry "I already gave's;" multiple eye-rolls; and "yeah, right's!" Now, we were within the policed perimeter of the venue. How can we be "selling" something that's not genuine? These people were maki

It's A Beautiful Morning

Hey Soul Mates, it's Sunday morning. Just chilling with a homemade cup of espresso. Gotta get the motor running. However, I'm hoping to get out jogging in a little while. Managed to do the loop over at Lake Hollywood for the first time in months yesterday. The knee is ready! The voting on Next Big Hit got close last night and remains competitive, but our girls in NoVa put us over the hump for the time being. The voting for this week ends at 7 pm PST today. So if you haven't made your selection, now's the time. Tonight, the girls and I are going to the Stones concert at the Hollywood Bowl. This should be an historic event. It's their first appearance there since 1966. But, we're not going for the show, we are volunteering for the Red Cross to accept donations on behalf of the group. The Rolling Stones are being very generous (and considering their stature, and what they owe to black southern culture it's appropriate) and they are setting up donation coll

Please, Please Tell Me Now

Hey Soul Mates, I'm busy at the computer doing some design work for the promotional give-away for the next show at the Gig. Hope you are planning to attend. We have a special holiday something for our devoted fans. Tonight, I went with the girls to see the premiere of the high definition film of Duran Duran Live in London . Pretty spectacular (they used about 50 digital video cameras) and very loud. So many people bought tickets that the screening was moved to a larger theater with a bigger screen. I really enjoyed the four Duran Duran shows I've attended and reliving it via film was a nice reminder of how much so. They of course tore through classics like the Reflex, Is There Something I Should Know, Wild Boys, Notorious and Girls On Film . Plus, they ran down a couple of highlights from Astronaut (my #7 LP of the year, 2004). That John Taylor is a monster on bass. Sorely underrated. The audience was into it, singing along, screaming at the boys in the band and applauding

RHS Wins CLICK TO PICK

Hey Soul Mates, bricks and chicks we're the winners of Next Big Hit's Click To Pick . Why? Because you voted for us. Thank you for your support and for believing in us and the music we make. It's such a humbling thing, knowing how much you all enjoy the songs we play. We received more votes than any other previous winner (including American Idol's Jasmine Trias) and got 60% of the vote. Special props to our "college" fans. You know who your are. Well, this means that A Talent For Loving will get another spin on this coming week's installment of the Next Big Hit (Nov. 1). And get this, NBH is coming to LA. That's right, NBH in conjunction with Suite 108 (you know them: the Monday Show & Indie Airplay) will be having a meet and greet at the Karma Coffeehouse on Wednesday, Nov. 2. The "meet" will be from 6-8 pm. Following that, there will be acoustic performances and the audio will be streamed by Suite 108. Bryan and I will be attending

The Chic Choice

Hey Soul Mates, it's been a while since I just chimed in with a big opinion on something and wrote about it. Well, I've got something I want to say. Le Freak, C'est Chic! Put CHIC in the Rock Hall. Recently, the list of nominees for the 2006 class for induction into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame was announced. There were some deserving hold-overs from last year (Grandmaster Flash, John Mellencamp), some no-brainers (Blondie, Dave Clark Five) and some head scratchers (Miles Davis, Sir Douglas Quintet). But one name popped off the page and gave me goosebumps: Chic. Most people only know Chic for one thing. "One. Two. Aaaaaaaaaahhhwwwwww, Freak Out!" and if that was all I was known for I'd jump for joy. Chic was nominated once before in 2002, when they first hit the 25 year mark. This is a well deserving group that represents an underappreciated and underrated genre. Disco. Or dance music. Whatever offends least. Plus, there is a direct link between Chic an

Ah, The Show Went On! (Show Recap)

Hey Soul Mates, It's after noon and I'm just now getting around to writing. Time flies. The show last night was a success. After some initial issues with the sound at the Good Hurt, RHS started rocking. We began the show with a dedication to Rosa Parks, without whom (and countless civil rights activists) our band might not exist. Our opening song was, appropriately, Love Someone . We hadn't played that song in a while. The set included Majestic Rejection , a 50's style waltz-time ballad, which had also been absent. Rush Hour Soul was decked out! Doug sported a tie for the first few numbers; Bry had his black on black suit working; and yours truly was in bright orange and black. Happy Halloween! Oh, I did my strip tease to Isaac Hayes' Walk On By . Doug supplied the beat, I supplied the fuzz guitar vocal. We had a nice crowd for a Tuesday night. I think that's the latest start time we've had for ages. Thanks to everyone who attended. You did a marvelous jo

The Next Big Hit Play RHS

Hey Soul Mates, at Midnight tonight EST or 9 pm PST (Monday Oct. 24) "A Talent For Loving" will be featured in the latest installment of the Next Big Hit .You can download the podcast and listen in. Better yet, on NBH, you can vote for RHS to be the NEXT BIG HIT. Check it out! They have a weekly contest for listeners to pick their favorite song in the show. The winner gets played again next week, and is eligible again. Voting ends Sunday evening, October 30th, and the winner is revealed in the following podcast that Tuesday. That means we could stay in their countdown for weeks on end. Time to vote everyone! Just go to Next Big Hit and select the volume 17 podcast or you can subscribe at iTunes . Anyone can listen on their computer or any portable player that plays mp3 files. We hope you are all safe and have a great week. We've got our show tomorrow at the Good Hurt, but our thoughts and prayers are with are friends and family in Florida. Love, Power, Peace p.s. Sho

It Only Took A Month

Hey Soul Mates, the photos are finished from our CD Release Show at BB King's . There are 40 pictures in all on two pages. So be sure to visit each page to see all the pageantry. Several of the Soul Mates made the photo-spread. In action, no less: looking good. It takes a while to prepare the photos for the internet. This time, I tried something new to save myself a bit of the headache of loading and creating a page for each individual pic. Thus, the thumbnails are attached to the pics only, not a designated page with other information on it. This should make it easier for your computer to load the snaps. It's the beginning of the weekend. Last night, Bryan and I went to the Mint to catch a short set by Rich Mahan . He's quite a good guitarist and writer. Bryan and I also discussed the feasibility and possibility of doing a mini-tour of the East Coast in early '06. Would our fans in WPB & DC like that? Details to follow. Tonight, I'm going to my friend Micah&

Soul Man #3

Hey Soul Mates, today is Steve Cropper's birthday. Happy Birthday to Soul Man #3. Mr. Cropper was the guitar genius behind most of the major hits on Stax, working with Sam & Dave, Otis Redding and Booker T. & the MGs. That's him that Sam Moore refers to when Sam shouts "play it Steve!" on Soul Man . Of course, Cropper also joined the Blues Brothers' Band and John Belushi got the honor of saying that line on SNL. Steve Cropper's style is minimalist, but assertive. It's dirty and full of grit. Perfect for those Stax sides. He's also an accomplished composer (he co-wrote the massive hits Soul Man , (Sittin' On) The Dock Of The Bay , Knock On Wood ) and an inductee of the Rock Hall. Yes! A true music pioneer, who just by playing helped integrate pop music. Alright, you have this weekend to decide what you are going to wear for our show on Tuesday. The band is wearing orange and black. Which we actually picked before we realized how close we

PGR Highlights Now Available

Hey Soul Mates, if you're reading this right now, you're home on a Saturday night. Or maybe Sunday morning. I've spent my evening editing my appearance on Pop Garden Radio into the Reader's Digest version. It took a while. Had to cut out the music that DJ Adam Waltemire spun, including ours, for legal reasons and to condense it from 2 hours to 19 minutes. Listening to it back, it's kind of revealing... and every bit as informal as our Monday Show appearance. I hope you will enjoy it. Just click NOW or on the title above and you can stream the track from our website. It will be available for a limited time. It's only 4 MB so it shouldn't take fast carriers too long to access. The compression makes it sound like how it would through AM radio (which it was broadcast on last week); but I do have a supremely clean version. If you want to hear the sweet digital version, e-mail me and I'll arrange it for you. Remember, this is streaming audio, please be pat

Coast To Coast

Hey Soul Mates, just a quick, jet-lagged blog. After all, I woke up at 4 a.m. PST to go swimming in the Atlantic to watch the sunrise. We had a great family weekend in Vero Beach, Fla. Grandma really enjoyed the 5 day celebration of her 90th birthday. I spent a lot of time in the ocean with my uncles and cousins. Also got my butt kicked by a couple of waves. Especially, yesterday at low tide, the Atlantic was relentless. By this a.m. I had my sea legs back. It was great to see the extended family. The weather really cooperated, too. Hardly a cloud and only a few drops of rain this morning. Happy Birthday (which is today), Gmom. The interview for Pop Garden Radio on Saturday night went well. I was on with DJ/host Adam Waltemire on WMEL for most of the 2 hour show. He played all 4 tracks from our new EP. We chatted on air, and off, about the LA music scene in particular. Adam is a big fan of several of the local pop bands that are friends of mine. I will try to edit a little of the bro

RHS on Pop Garden Radio

Hey Soul Mates, the new evite for the Oct. 25 show will be going out tonight. Hope to see as many of you there as possible. It's crunch time for Rush Hour Soul. We are reaching critical mass, the tipping point... Our name, faces and music are getting out there and we are poised to take over! This weekend our music will make its debut on Pop Garden Radio airing Midnight EST on Saturday night. Believe it or not, yours truly happens to be flying to central Florida tomorrow. Then, what do we get in our myspace inbox? A request for music from PGR, which airs live from (drumroll...) central Florida, exactly where I'm flying. The occasion is actually my grandmother's 90th birthday. Happy B-day, Gmom. But this also presents an opportunity to expand our audience. Should be fun. So tune in if you can, via stream, etc. Just check their site linked above. Gotta get back to the evite and finish packing. Everyone have a great weekend. Thanks for keeping RHS close to your hearts. Love

Back From The Nation's Capital

Hey Soul Mates, I'm just back from a weekend in Washington DC for a wedding. DC is such a beautiful town. All those green trees. What a break from the dry, brown hills around LA this fall. I hadn't been back in almost a decade. Got to hang out with my posse from school. Took in a few of the monuments and a favorite Smithsonian museum on the national mall. Had lunch at the Tombs. Although I barely had time to visit old haunts, it was a successful and trip. Myself and old roomie Christo on the rooftop of Village A In the latest, we have posted high-quality streaming snips of our number 1 singles on MySpace. There's also a snip of the acoustic version of Everyone's Ingenue from our iRadio interview with Sara Routh . You can hear the entire song in the interview. We are also adding lots of new friends to our MySpace page, so let me officially welcome you. If you aren't connected to us yet on MySpace this is a great time to do it. We have a different major label int

You Hear It... First

Hey Soul Mates, we can announce our next show now. We'll be back at the Good Hurt on Tuesday Oct. 25 at 10:30 pm. The bill looks pretty good. Sorry but the show is 21 and up. Entry is $5 at the door when you download this flyer. Click the image for a larger version. Also, the new Indie Airplay is posted. We are not in the top 5 this week, but they discussed our CD release show and condensed our interview into a 5 minute segment. The train keeps on rolling. The DJs mentioned all of the e-mails they've received in support of RHS. That's a beautiful thing. We love you right back! Finally, the tracks from our new EP are almost ready to debut on iTunes and your favorite download service. Perfect for your iPods, etc. A limited number of discs will also be sold through CD Baby shortly. Check CD Baby for availability. *7 new pictures from BB King's have been posted on RHS.com Many more to come. Talk to you later, Love, Power, Peace.

Party Pictures and Some Party People

Hey Soul Mates, it's getting late, but I've just posted the first handful of pictures from our CD release party. There are about 40 more to go through and get onto RHS.com. Let this whet your appetite. Be sure to look for yourself in the photos as we're going to have quite a few audience shots. Included in the first couple of pix are my brother Nate who MC'd the night and Jackie who ran our merchandise stand. Also a fun shot of some Soul Mates on the balcony. We've been getting lots of offers for shows for Oct and Nov. I'll tell you now that we are going to book some really good shows and we keep in consideration all of the feedback we've gotten from you. We'll probably play West LA in October and be back in the Valley/Hollywood for November. It's nice to be wanted for shows, but some of the gigs we could take aren't optimal. Some, however, are. We have such a cool fan base. Y'all come to the shows, dress swell, dance and drink and for the

Sweet.

Hey Soul Mates, our interview has been posted on Suite108 today, Sept. 26. It's been podcast in it's entirety. Meaning the show lasts 50 minutes. It includes all 3 full musical performances and everything I told you about last week. I hope that you enjoy it. And if you are so moved, please let us know what you think via this blog or myspace. Better yet, let the station know what you think. We really had fun spending time with Sara Routh (the host) and playing for the audience in attendance. It's an experience we look forward to repeating in the future. The station had some nice things to say in their description of the group and I think we acquitted ourselves nicely during the interview. Thanks again for everyone's support. Love, Power, Peace p.s. Parental discretion is advised when listening to the interview. Definitely do not play out-loud at work. There are a few choice words laced in the conversation. Sweet.

Take Me Away: Show Recap

Hey Soul Mates, what a successful evening. Thanks to everyone who came from far and wide to see our show. The turnout was good and the dancefloor was packed. The band was decked out in purple, magenta and black with matching boutonnieres (at Bryan's suggestion). My brother, Nate was gracious enough to introduce us and we got right into Fall Out . We spiked the end of Bad Penny Blues with a taste of Kanye West's Gold Digger , which got people fired up. The energy was great for the whole set. We really enjoyed being able to play two Number One's back-to-back. And as I told the audience, it will be fun to play those songs to 80,000 people. It's always a wonderful feeling to hear 100 people sing your song back to you. Thanks for making a musician feel good, Soul Mates. I think everyone's getting the lyrics down very well. The front row in particular was belting 'em out on our current #1, Done Lost My Mind . Now, the high point of the performance came toward the