“Hey, I will stand my ground
And I won’t back down” — Tom Petty
When it comes to the music business, Jeff Mallard is one of the hardest-working, most knowledgeable and laid-back people I’ve ever met.
Which is why I was shocked to see his hands bruised and bloody after a gig in Davenport, IA.
LP: Let’s talk about Davenport.
JM: I remember we pulled into Davenport, IA. It was a beautiful day out, we were close to the river, and I think you and I even walked around and took some pictures.
It was a cultural center. They had…
LP: So, Jason, how did you meet Edgar Winter?
JC: I didn’t meet him. That’s the story.
The first time I saw Jason Carpenter perform was in 2010 on the revolving stage at the Celebrity Theatre in Phoenix, AZ.
We had just finished a run of gigs and the Edgar Winter Band was Johnny’s final opening act of the tour. Johnny had told me nothing but great things about his equally legendary brother, so I was anxious to meet him and his band.
They played phenomenally. Unfortunately, we didn’t get a chance to hang out long. …
“Workin’ on a mystery, goin’ wherever it leads
Runnin’ down a dream” — Tom Petty
When I flew back to Tacoma, I had two weeks to get my shit together. Two weeks to pack, quit my job, drop out of college — one class away from graduating — and say goodbye to friends and family.
Then I had to fly back to the east coast and meet the band in Florida. It was non-stop, but I loved it. The ever-changing scenery was therapeutic and the doctor was in.
My first official gig was the Wanee Festival in Live Oak, FL…
“And you may find yourself in another part of the world…
And you may ask yourself, ‘Well… how did I get here?’” — Talking Heads
Have you ever gone to a concert and wondered, “How do you get a job with a band?” It’s something I thought about a lot. And, whenever I got the chance to ask someone, I normally got the same vague answer: “I just kinda fell into it.”
Well, that wasn’t good enough for me. I wanted to be where they were: on stage, on the road, and surrounded by everything music. …