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Rick Cutler: Journal

July 4, 2011

Transmitting From Manchester, England...
Yesterday was a day off where, much to my surprise & delight, I was able to score 2 tickets to see Bjork's new show that just happened to be playing pretty much around the corner from our hotel. It was a last minute rush as the show was a matinee but, somehow, it worked out. Something that I can't imagine happening in the US. It was a great show with 2 musicians & a fairly big Icelnadic female choir along with some multi-media elements. Suffice to say that, if you're a Bjork fan, you're in for a treat.
As for us, we had a nice Italian dinner last night & are gearing up for our show tonight. So far, from what I hear, the reviews have been really nice. Also, I'm happy to report that, so far, we're 2 for 2 as far as nice hotels. Hope that continues. Tomorrow, onto Glasgow....

June 30, 2011

Transmitting From London, England...
Wow, it's been awhile! No worries, though, because your trusty road warrior is back to bring you tales of this 3+ week European tour we just started.
Last night we were at the Royal Albert Hall which was a thrill. History abounds there & it truly is a gorgeous space. Being an old hippie, memories of hearing about shows by the Cream came to mind as well as a fairly well-known show put on across the street at Hyde Park by the Rolling Stones in the late '60s.
As for us, we played well, especially after a 3+ month hiatus & Liza absolutely killed! The word enthusiastic doesn't come remotely close to describing the audience's reaction. All in all, a fun beginning.
As has been my routine, I'll try to post updates from each stop as well as any interesting tales to tell. More soon...

April 26, 2011

Transmitting From NYC...
If you'd like to check out my interview with Dennis Raimondi from last week, you can find it here: http://www.speakingfreelywithdennis.com/09/ Just click on my name at the top of the page, right across from the link to his interview with President Obama.

April 25, 2011

Transmitting From NYC...
Just a note to let you know that, over the last few weeks, I've added quite a few nice reviews to the Press page, the latest being from Cadence Magazine, an extremely well-respected international jazz publication that's been around for decades. I'm very proud to be included & doubly proud that they enjoyed my music.
As live work has been on the slow side in recent weeks, I've been able to begin writing some new music for what I hope to be the next CD, to be recorded sometime over the next year or so. The music has been flowing really nicely & rather quickly thus far which is, of course, encouraging. It's always fun, in these formative stages, to wonder what the new music will ultimately sound like when it's recorded, and whether or not it'll take shape in a solo or group context. We'll see...

April 14, 2011

Transmitting From NYC...
I just did a really nice radio interview with Dennis Raimondi for his show which airs on KRUU-FM. Dennis' list of interviewees over the years has been very impressive, from President Obama to Hilary Clinton to film director David Lynch & composer Angelo Badalamenti, so I'm honored that he felt compelled to get in touch. His show comes out of Farifield, IA but can be heard on many stations, both here & abroad. It was especially rewarding as, in addition to music, we delved a bit into the spiritual aspects of creativity. It will be aired this coming Tuesday, April 19 at 2 pm EST and again the following Thursday, April 21 at 9 am EST. Anyone, anywhere can listen live by going to www.kruufm.com and clicking where it says "Listen Live." As this was pre-recorded, it'll also be fun to listen in & see if I honored the English language in any way. I did, I assure you, construct fairly decent & coherent sentences for the most part. Dennis also has a nice site at www.speakingfreelywithdennis.com. Check it out!

March 24, 2011

Transmitting From NYC...
I just wanted to give a shout out to a new friend from Hawaii who has a nice jazz website & was nice enough to include my music on a podcast recently alongside such esteemed company as Roy Haynes, The Temptations, David Sanborn & recent Grammy winner Esperanza Spalding. His name is James Harber & the site is located at www.thejazzintersection.org. What's especially nice about James is that, along with the music, he gives very thorough background info about the artists so it's kind of like a mini music lesson. I wish him continued success with his site & thank him for including me on the show. The podcast I'm on, if you're interested, is called Love Swings.

March 18, 2011

Transmitting From Biloxi, MS...
We're playing tonight at a casino called Beau Rivage where I've played at least twice before. Casinos are not my favroite places to be but I have to give props to this one as it was completely destroyed by Hurricane Katrina & built up again to look better than before. Still, I much prefer the quiet of my room to the clanging of the slots on the casino floor. The noise is pretty much everywhere & invades the eating areas as well so you're never completely free of it. I was never into gambling so, as I said, they're not my favroite places. Still, from what I remember, the theatre is a fairly nice space so, as always, playing some music should be fun.
"First Melancholy..." is continuing to get decent airplay & is reachng lands I never would've guessed, the latest being South Africa.
There have also been some more nice reviews & comments that I've put on the Press page for your reading pleasure, if you're so inclined.
If nothing changes, this will be the last road report for awhile. As always, I'll keep you posted with any interesting new news from NYC or wherever things worth reporting happen to transpire. Till then, Happy Spring!!

March 3, 2011

Transmitting From Austin, TX...
I like Austin. The last time I was here was with Gregory Hines at least 10 years ago. I remember it being a hip music town &, judging from the musical motifs on a lot of the souvenir merchandise, it still is. Too bad we're just here for the day without much time to explore.
It's been a little while since our last show so I'm especially looking forward to playing tonight. Should be fun & there are always some extra-special musical moments involved.
"First Melancholy..." continues to get good airplay. I've gotten a few emails from listeners & it's especially interesting to hear the variety of comments. My favorite one so far mentions how the music seems more in the classical vein than anything else. Something I never would've imagined anyone to say. I can't say enough how happy it makes me that this music is getting heard to the degree that it is.
That's about it for now. We're back on the road in a couple of weeks so I'll try to update things again from there. Till then...

February 4, 2011

Transmitting From NYC...
A couple of updates regarding the new CD. Firstly, I was just informed that it's now #40 on the Roots Music Report's Jazz Chart! I never thought the word "chart" & my music would appear in the same sentence so it's exciting. Also, I was asked to write a little blog entry for Max Horowitz' website over at Crossovermedia.com. about what it's like to be both a drummer & keyboardist. It just went up today & you can check it out at http://www.crossovermedia.net/blog/index.cfm.

January 27, 2011

Transmitting From NYC...
I'm very happy to report that the new CD is getting some very nice airplay throughout the US, Canada, Europe, Satellite Radio & the Internet. So far 49 stations have added it to their rotations...Yay!! Also, some really nice reviews have been coming in which I've put bits of on the press page. Special thanks to Scott Raymond of WVKR-FM & Joe Zupan of WICN-FM for their hospitality when I was interviewed on their respective shows over the last couple of weeks. It was much fun. The bottom line, really, is that I'm so happy that this music is getting out there & getting heard. More updates as they come in.

January 11, 2011

Transmitting From Indianapolis, IN...
Simply put, it's VERY cold here. Colder than NYC. A biting cold. Luckily, our time outdoors will be minimal. We arrived today for a symphony show tomorrow before returning home on Thursday. Needless to say, we're really hoping that the snow forecast for NYC doesn't put any major dents into our flight plan home. Keeping our fingers crossed.
I'm happy to report that, in addition to the reviews I added to the "Press" page last week, the new CD is now getting airplay on 16 radio stations across the USA & 1 in Canada. Not bad for the 1st week of release. I'm hoping that number will continue to grow. In addition, I'll be doing 2 live interviews. The first is with Scott Raymond this coming Sunday on WVKR, 91.3 FM in upstate NY. I should be on around 10AM or so. I've mentioned Scott here before & he's a great supporter of indie music so I'm very much looking forward to seeing him again. Secondly, I'll be on Joe Zupan's show on WICN, 90.5FM that serves the New England area on Thurs. Jan. 20 at around 3PM. If you're in earshot of either of these, give a listen. I'd also like to give a special shout-out to internet-based radio station WGOE.org. In addition to adding the CD to their playlist, they were kind enough to send me a personal note of welcome.
If nothing else changes, this will be the last road trip until early March so there won't be any tales of the road until then. I will, however, give updates on any & all news related to the new CD as well as any additional news of interest that might transpire from NYC. Until then, stay warm!!

January 4, 2011

Transmitting From NYC...
Happy New Year!! I'm proud to announce that the new CD was officially released today! It can be downloaded from both iTunes as well as Amazon. I'm sure there are lesser known digital music sites where you'll be able to find it but those 2 are probably the best known with the easiest access. If you, like me, would like to have an actual physical copy of the CD in hand, CD Baby is the place to go. I've put links on the "Buy" page here for your convenience. I've also added a few reviews on the "Press" page as well. I'm very excited & proud of this project & sincerely hope you enjoy it.

December 5, 2010

Transmitting From San Francisco, CA...
One of my favorite US cities! We arrived yesterday for a show today. Upon arriving at our hotel, I discovered, 1st of all, that my name was incorrect on the reservation. It took a brief bit of explaining to convince the lady at reception that my 1st name wasn't Chip. No big deal...a little amusing, in fact. Then, even though this hotel is touted as one of SF's finest, I found my room to be kind of old & very small. Down to the lobby I went to find one of my fellow bandmates changing his room. It was then that I discovered that there's a newly renovated wing that I was able to change to so I'm now happily ensconced in more modern surroundings.
We leave for soundcheck in a couple of hours. Today's itinerary will be a bit more condensed as there are 2 shows prior to ours in the hall. This gives our crew people way less time to set things up as well as giving us less time to soundcheck & rehearse. I'm not concerned. We're all really good at what we do & I expect everything to work out smoothly in the end.
Tomorrow I move over to my next hotel near the bay for my 4 day mini-vacation highlighted by my wife's arrival on Tues. Then home on Fri.
January will see the CD release. I've also re-scheduled my interview on Scott Raymond's radio show for the morning of Jan. 16. Assuming there's nothing more of note to report, I'll take this opportunty to wish everyone a great holiday season & the best of new years. Till next year...

December 3, 2010

Transmitting From Tucson, AZ...
The last road trip of the year. We flew into Phoenix yesterday which was followed by a 2 hour drive here so it was a pretty long travel day. Our show is tonight & then off to San Francisco tomorrow for a show on Sunday. SF is one of my favorite US cities & it'll be especially enjoyable this time because of the lucky coincidence of my wife having to come to town for a business conference which allows me to spend a few extra days.
As I may have mentioned before, I love walking through cities, with record & book stores being my favorite places to stop. In the old days, I'd always center my walks around the local Tower Records. Now that that's not an option, luckily in SF, there's an Amoeba Records which is probably one of the last great record store chains left. There's only a few of them, all on the West Coast, so it'll be a special treat for me. The stores are huge & keep the spirit alive of the days before everything became downloads & digital.
I'll be in SF for almost a week so I'll check back in from there. Till then...
PS- I also found out that the epsiode of The Apprentice that we did will now air next Thurs. Dec. 9. Sorry to anyone who tuned in last night expecting to see us. Hopefully this new info is correct.

November 26, 2010

Transmitting From NYC...
Just came across this on Amazon.com for the new CD which will be available on Jan. 4. Just a little teaser with some audio samples so you can get a small taste of the new music. Hope you enjoy it.
http://www.amazon.com/First-Melancholy-Then-Night-Stretch/dp/B004CCTCAG/ref=sr_shvl_album_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1290789134&sr=301-1
PS...Just heard that the episode of The Apprentice that we did will be aired next Thurs., Dec. 2 at 10PM ET on NBC. Hope we get a little camera time!

November 22, 2010

Transmitting From Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic...
We arrived here yesterday for a show tonight before flying home tomorrow. Things were a bit hectic due to our flight being delayed an hour & a half. As soon as we arrived, we had to run out to a dinner given by the promoters which was very good. Still, it made things a bit rushed & we weren't able to completely decompress until fairly late in the evening.
It's hard to tell what kind of place this is having arrived & driven in darkness. My room is very bare bones but functional although the pool area looks very nice, surrounded by many palm trees & other greenery. One cool thing is that our hotel was used for all of the Cuban scenes in the Godfather! From the little I could see during our night drive to the hotel the city reminds me quite a bit of some areas of South America as far as fairly deep poverty although, thus far, I haven't seen anything approaching what you'd call a modern metropolis to balance that out. Anything in the modern zone looks fairly dated, almost out of the '60s & '70s. Now that daylight is here, I'll be able to get a more complete picture. What's surely nice, though, is to get one last blast of summer-like weather. Temperatures here seem to be steadily in the '80s.
Our show the other night in Staten Island went really well & it was fun to get back into the groove of the gig, both musicially & personally. Just one more trip for the year which will be towards the end of next week where I'll give you my next update. Until then...

November 8, 2010

Transmitting From NYC...
As a few of our road gigs were cancelled over the last month, I've been able to spend more time working towards the CD release in early January. I've assembled a small but mighty team to help out as far as PR & you can get a taste of the fruit of their labor here in a little pre-release review:
http://www.thisisbooksmusic.com/2010/10/28/review-rick-cutler-first-melancholy-then-the-night-stretch/ There've been a couple of others as well, both encouraging. December will entail getting into high gear as far as pushing for radio airplay. I must say that this is an incredible learning experience never having jumped into the deep end of being an indie artist to this degree. It's all towards getting the music out there which is all that really matters to me. Whether anyone likes it or not, I truly feel it deserves to be heard.
There'll be just a couple of more road trips this year & I'll faithfully give you any interesting updates from out there. Till next time...

October 7, 2010

Transmitting From Dallas, TX...
Things continue to be busy. We arrived this afternoon for 2 symphony shows tomorrow & Sat. before heading home Sun. We also performed 1 song on the ABC show, The View, this past Tues. which was fun.
It seems as though, as soon as I get to the hotel these days, I'm on the phone or answering emails dealing with elements of the upcoming CD release. It's become a way bigger project than the 1st one, as far as promoting it & I really hope it results in getting the music heard by many more people.
We're located across the street from a huge mall & I just returned from taking a stroll through it. Malls are not really my thing & why are so many of them called The Galleria? Well, I just looked up the word in the dictionary & got my answer:
"Galleria, noun, a covered or enclosed area, esp. one with commercial establishments for shopping, dining, etc."
I had no idea that Galleria is a synonym for mall! Consider yourself enlightened!
That's about it for now. Next time there's news of note, I'll surely let you know. Till then...

September 28, 2010

Transmitting From Portland, ME...
We arrived this afternoon for a show tomorrow before heading home on Thurs. We're also supposed to be doing Good Morning America on Friday morning as well as The View next Tues. The show with rock singer Tiyee that I mentioned last time seems to be on for this coming Sat. at around 11:45AM at the Roosevelt Field Mall in Queens. It's a benefit for victims of domestic abuse so it's surely a worthy cause. I'm told we'll be doing a short 30 minute set so, if you're in the neighborhood, come on down. The stage area, from what I can gather, will be in the vicinity of Macy's.
The latest news on the upcoming CD is that it will be let loose upon the world in Jan. 2011. This is to allow proper lead time for some advance print & web PR to be worked out & put into motion. I'm hoping for some reviews this time around & maybe some radio airplay & interviews. My interview on Scott Raymond's show, originally scheduled for this Sun., has been pushed back to Jan. so that it will coincide with the official release.
Portland is a very sweet, quaint town on the water. We just returned from a great lobster dinner. I know that Maine is famous for lobsters but didn't know that it's also famous for blueberries. The blueberry cobbler we had for dessert supports that claim extremely well.
It's a busy, busy time & I'll be working hard when I return home to find time to get all the proper elements in place for the new CD to make a bit of a bigger splash this time. It's quite an education being an indie artist but it seems as though that's the direction a lot of music that's not geared for the masses is heading. Should be quite a ride. More next week from Dallas...

September 24, 2010

Transmitting From Birmingham, AL...
Just arrived today for a show tomorrow, then home Sunday where I'll be rushing home to grab my drums & head out for a show with the Miami Boys Choir in Queens. I have one with them in NJ on Monday before heading out to Portland, Maine on Tuesday for a Liza show on Wed. Finally home next Thurs. where I'll be able to catch my breath for a bit.
There's also talk of a show with a really good rock singer named Tiyee who I worked with a few years ago playing clubs around NYC that's supposed to happen at Roosevelt Field on Oct. 2. Don't have the details of that yet but, if & when I get them, I'll post them here. Then my interview on Scott Raymond's radio show on Oct. 3. promoting the new CD. OK, now time for dinner! More soon...

September 17, 2010

Transmitting From Chicago, IL...
It's 5:15AM. Leaving in 45 minutes for the Oprah show taping, then directly to the airport, then home. Great hotel room here! Wish I had more time to enjoy it. We arrived yesterday afternoon, relaxed for a couple of hours, then headed off to the TV studio to rehearse. Afterwards, some dinner followed by 4 hours sleep. The show is supposed to air next Tues. so keep your eyes peeled.
OK, off to work I go. Hope the coffee at the studio is decent! Till next time...

September 11, 2010

Transmitting From Huntington, WV...
Our show in Roanoke last night went well. The town is very quaint & sweet, almost out of a storybook. Many low-rise brick buildings lined up in grid formation, all nicely maintained. There were many vacant shops & I was told that the town is being built-up a bit which was nice to hear. It would have been a drag to hear that all of the vacancies were due to stores closing down.
We just arrived in Huntington. In the elevator someone asked me if I was here for the "Raw" convention. I said no but asked what it was. It's a convention of romance novel authors that's happening in the hotel. Don't know if I'll venture down to check it out or not. I'm not a romance novel fan but there could be some very good people watching opportunities. (It might be worth it just to find out how a romance novel convention comes to be known as "Raw"). The town here is more industrial, without the charm of the past 2....at least that's how it appears on 1st impression.
Day off today, show tomorrow, home Mon....yay!! We're supposed to be heading to Chicago at week's end to tape a segment of the Oprah show which sounds like fun. More from there. I'll close with a prayer of peace & heartfelt condolences for the victims & families of 9/11.

September 9, 2010

Transmitting From Roanoke, VA...
We arrived here after a 5 hr. van ride that was actually quite comfortable & pleasant. The show last night went well. I vaguely remember hearing lyrics or stories about the beautiful mountains of Virginia (or West Virginia or Kentucky or the Carolinas). No matter where the lyrics/stories were referring to, I can report that the ride from South Carolina thru North Carolina & finally here surely had some very picturesque scenery.
The other big news of the day is that I had a slight accident with a cold beverage that partially landed on my iPhone, making it mostly unusable. For any Apple fans, you've probably heard of the iPod Touch being called an iPhone without the phone. Well, my newly damaged iPhone is now pretty much acting like an iPhone without a phone as well! It seems to do everything else ok, except act as a phone! I'll be in an Apple Store on Mon. night in NYC to try to solve my dilemma. It's SO weird going back to using hotel phones after years of cells. (I do use Skype but have found that, if I need to make sure I have a strong connection, the hotel land line works best).
OK, enough of my phone woes. Tonight, a night off, will be a milestone birthday celebration for one of our bandmates which should be fun. Tomorrow will be our symphony show here & then off to West Virginia on Sat.
More soon...

September 8, 2010

Transmitting From Greenville, SC...
I just arrived yesterday from Seattle where I had a great vacation week with the family culminating in 3 days of the Bumbershoot arts festival. It was much fun to see a legend like Bob Dylan still going strong. There were also some great films, comedy & art projects. All in all, a blast for me.
We have a show tonight here & then move on to Roanoke, VA & Huntington, WV before heading home next Mon. I'll be continuing to work on getting everything ready for the new CD release which is coming very soon. Hoping to get some help on the PR end this time around. I'll keep you posted on all fronts. More soon...

August 28, 2010

Transmitting From La Jolla, CA...
Greetings. Hope everyone is enjoying what's left of summer. Well, back on the road again. This time just for 1 show here with the San Diego Symphony tonight before heading home tomorrow. There's quite a bit on the schedule for the fall even though I've been remiss in filling out the calendar page here. I'll try to get it up to date soon.
After returning home for a couple of days, I head out, this time with the family, to Seattle & the Bumbershoot Festival next weekend. I may have mentioned it before but it's worth repeating that Bumbershoot is an amazing event that takes place every Labor Day weekend. Many, many artists from many fields perform & this year it's celebrating its 40th anniversary. It's one of my favorite things to do in one of my favorite cities...highly recommended. I go from there to some more Liza dates on the east coast & then home.
The biggest news is that the new CD is pretty much ready to go. There's no firm release date yet but I'd guess it'd be within the next couple of months. It's titled "First Melancholy, Then The Night Stretch" & I'm very happy with it, both inside & out. I'll be doing a radio interview with Scott Raymond on the morning of Oct. 3 to promote it & play some cuts. His show focuses more on New Age & Ambient music but he's very supportive of all independent musicians. The station is WVKR, 91.3FM & it's based in upstate NY. It airs from 9AM-Noon so keep your ears peeled if you're within his bandwidth.
For anyone in Japan, I recently found out that a concert I played drums on with pianist Joel Zelnick a number of years ago has just been released on CD there. It's titled "Live At Steinway Piano Gallery" & has some very nice Bill Evans-inspired trio playing. It can be ordered thru www.dustygroove.com.
That's about it. There'll be more news in the coming weeks as well as more news on the CD release so stay tuned.
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