I was talking with my dear friend this morning – Mr. Jaz Delorean – who plays in a really cool band out of London called Tankus the Henge (kinda like a UK version of DBRS). We talked about what happened last night, the state of the world, and our responsibilities as artists. Jaz left me with some profound words that I think are very important, and I would like to share that with you now:
“It’s our job as musicians, with a platform, to remind people that the future is in community, looking after each other, acceptance, love and understanding. For those random people who leave the venues feeling a sense of connection and equality through the enjoyment of music. It means something.”
I couldn’t agree with him more. I think it is most important now as we move forward as a human race that we remember these core values:
Without these basic values I do not think we can survive as a species. And I think, now more than ever, that people need role models who embody these values. So, I would like all my fellow artists and musicians to just pause for a second and think about what these things mean to your art and how you can use your art to help unite rather than divide. Let’s make all people who participate in our artistic experiences feel safe and welcome. Let’s make people feel good. Because lord knows we all need a little pick-me-up right now. Ad Astra per Aspera. Your Friend,
This isn’t easy to say y’all, but it’s time. At the end of this year, I will be getting off the road with Dirty Bourbon River Show.
It has been a wild and wonderful adventure y’all, better than anything I could have imagined for myself and our band. We have had the opportunity to meet so many wonderful people, who have been absolutely amazing to know and call our friends and extended family, and performed in front of crowds, big and small, all over this beautiful country of ours and even in Europe. But New Orleans is my home, and she’s been calling me back for sometime now.
I owe each and every one of you a sincere thank you. To Noah, Jimmy, Matt, Nick, Charlie, Sandra and Adam – thank you all for your friendship and your love for what we do. We speak a different language when we get on that stage, and I can’t possibly express enough how much you all have helped me grow as a person and a musician throughout the years. This decision hasn’t been easy for me, and y’all have been understanding and supportive throughout this process. To Jamie, John, Virginia, Curtis, Adrienne, and Chris – thank you for all for the hard work and love you put into helping artists like us every day! Y’all are amazing, and my appreciation and respect for you knows no bounds! To all of my friends and family out there scattered all over – thank you for always being there, for your support and most importantly your friendship. Especially, to every person who gave us a place to stay each night after our Shows. It would take me way too long to express how truly thankful I am such amazing humans exist and love music the way you do. Thank you! That I have such beautiful friends near and far is truly the real reward of doing what we do.
My drums and I have had quite a time with Dirty Bourbon, not bad for a kid who started playing in his garage with dreams of something bigger. Those drums went from being stuck in the attic for weeks during Katrina to traveling all over the world, and damn did we shake up some crowds! Thank you all again for your love and support, and most of all thank you for dancing!
Dirty Bourbon River Show has always been more than a band for me, more than just us playing our hearts out on stage. Dirty Bourbon has been a dream come true. An idea that continues to grow into something bigger than we originally thought. We’ve recorded over 100 songs together, performed across the world. We created and produced our own and so much more, and we did it all OUR WAY!
WE did it TOGETHER!
That fact alone fills me up with so much pride and love, y’all. I respect each and every person who has been apart of the Show, especially the guys in it! Y’all are amazing friends and musicians, and it has been an honor and the best adventure of my life to do this with y’all!
Your friend and drummer,
Dane “Bootsy” Schindler
Moving forward, Dirty Bourbon River Show is calling all drummers to contact us if you’re interested in touring with us full-time. That’s at least 6 months of the year of dedicated touring. We’ll be hosting auditions in New Orleans on November 30th. There’s obviously a lot of music to go through, so we’ll put together an Audition Packet of some choice tunes for you to learn. So, if you’re interested please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org with some information about yourself and some media (i.e. videos, recordings, photos) that best represent your style! We’re looking forward to hearing from you!
P.S. Tonight we’re in Dunedin, Fl. playing at the Dunedin Brewery! If you’re in the area come on down and shake it up with us! Showtime is 9pm! See yall there!
Where y’at Philly? We’re throwing down at the Barbary tonight. Doors open at 8 then a really cool self-proclaimed “Gypsy Kazoo Brass” band called The Late Saints will start the show at 9pm:
Check out their full album Here. They look like fun and we’re excited to meet them! After their set we’ll close out the night from 10:15-11:30. Hope y’all can make it out – this is only our 2nd show in Philly, and we hope to start building a following! Oh, and stay tuned here tomorrow, because we have a really exciting announcement about nudity.
We’ve had some swingin gigs the past couple of days including one at our home-away-from-home, Sweet Nola’s in Winchester, VA. Cheryl and Brian Ash are running the best New Orleans restaurant/music venue outside of the Crescent City itself if you didn’t know.
In other recent stops we were lucky enough to feature the beautiful and talented burlesque queen, Deanna Danger, in her hometown of Richmond, VA, at the Hardywood Park Craft Brewery.
Here we also interviewed with WRIR LP local radio station (great people! Tune in). Then Deanna and the crew presented at the one and only Hamilton Live in Washington DC just a block away from the White House.
Tonight is at the Purple Fiddle in Thomas, WV. We got two hot sets starting at 8 so make your way out no doubt!!
It is my utmost pleasure to introduce to you, the most beautiful trombonist/bar owner in Wilmington, North Carolina, Maaike! I’m sure we’ll be sharing the stage with her and her band , The Phantom Playboys, when we return to Wilmington.
P.S. Gig tonight at Tellus 360 in Lancaster, Pennsylvania! The Park Slope Alpacas will open up at 8:30, Dirty Bourbon will close out the night with 2 sets starting at 10:30.
Where y’at New York City? Dirty Bourbon’s in town! We’ve spent the past 2 days at the SVA in Manhattan filming a music video for our upcoming 10th studio album. It’s been amazing time shooting w/ Mr. Eddie Hellman of Flying Pygmalion Films. Check out this awesome still from the video shoot of our superstar female lead Mrs. Adriana Recchia:
Good times! Look for the video drop in March, and thanks so much to Mr. Eddie and his amazing team for making it happen. To celebrate we’re playing at the Mercury Lounge tonight! Doors open at 9:30, the Every Flavor Weather Machine opens the show at 10, then we’ll close out the night 11pm – till. It’s going to be an awesome night in a legendary venue and I hope you all can come out!
Every time we roll through Florida, we make a point to visit the Sugar Shack Sessions. These guys really know what they are doing. Each video looks and sounds better than the last. We can’t wait to go back and do some more. Now without further ado, I present to you, Where’s Andy?
P.S. Gig tonight at Matilda’s Music Under the Pines in Alpharetta, Georgia. Show starts at 8:30.