In this "update to the Big Update", I just wanted to follow up on what some of you have already caught wind of through Facebook & Twitter.
The short version: my present season of being the main bassist for Lincoln Brewster will be coming to a close on June 23 as I play my final date with the band.
Before I go any further, let me say that there's absolutely no weirdness between Lincoln and me - we remain great friends and this won't be the last time we work together (see below!). Please read my earlier blog "Big Update: Norm & Lincoln Brewster" for the backstory.
The bottom line is that I want to be home as much as possible during these, my daughters' high school years. As a result, my travel commitments needed to be refocused more toward clinics & conferences vs. touring, in an effort to earn a living as efficiently as possible.
The final piece of the puzzle came together several months ago with the emergence of Peter Burton, a young & talented guy at Lincoln's church whose bass-playing abilities only recently came to light! I've known Peter for several years and he's a fantastic guy. Peter will be assuming bass duties in Lincoln's band and will do great!
I'm super excited that my final concert with the guys will be at Fishfest 2012 at the Verizon Amphitheater in Irvine, CA (about 10 minutes from my home)! I hope to see many of my friends & family there for what will likely be a bit of an emotional evening for me. As much as I'm looking forward to this next season, it will still be tough to part ways after 6 years of touring, recording and doing life together with great friends.
Some of you have asked what's next for me. Well, I'm planning on focusing primarily upon my brand new instructional site, ArtOfGroove.com (if you haven't already, please accept my personal invitation to check it out - I'm really excited about it!). In addition to being able to present material that is really fun, it also allows me to stay home! :^) Otherwise, as I mentioned above, I'll still be maintaining a schedule of bass clinics, teaching at conferences, doing worship band consulting/coaching, and freelance live & session work.
In addition, Lincoln and I are already discussing pre-production sessions for his upcoming instrumental project...for which I'm extremely stoked! I'm pretty sure there will be a variety of very cool musical moments ensuing. :^)
So...there you have it. It feels completely inadequate, but let me offer my heartfelt thanks to each of you for your encouragement and support over the past 6 years that I've been working with Lincoln. I've had such a blast worshiping with you, and am humbled & honored to have been a part of so many amazing things God's done in & through this bunch of guys.
As Linc told me recently, we're putting a comma here, not a period! Looking forward to this next season with great anticipation.
God bless you richly...and I look forward to our paths crossing again soon.