As many of you have heard by now, August will be my last month here in the great city of Chicago.
I rolled into town from San Marcos, Texas, during a blizzard in January of 2005. Just days after unpacking, I found my way to the Horseshoe on Lincoln Avenue for a solo gig. I was cold and alone and scared, and that night was about the worst set I’ve ever played. But I had a feeling that this town would be good for me.
As I look back on nearly eight years here, I know I was right. I’m still playing some of the same songs I did back in 2005, but there are many more in the repertoire thanks to inspirations and experiences in the big city. And I’m much less scared and alone playing them, thanks to everyone who’s listened and kept coming back over the years.
So in gratitude to you all, and with more than a little nostalgia, I want to share my latest single release and invite you to come to some exciting swan song shows in the next few weeks.
"Somebody’s Gonna Cry Tonight" is the second in a series of singles I’ll be releasing in the coming months. Head over to trevormcspadden.com and download it. It’s free! I’ll continue to put out tunes and tell the tales of their origins each month, so keep your ears on.
The remaining weekends of this month are packed with gigs. I’ve got them all listed on the website, so stop by for a look and then come out to listen. There are quite a few that I’m particularly excited about, but none more than the one at Fitzgerald’s Nightclub on Thursday, August 29. At 9 pm, I’ll be performing Willie Nelson’s Red Headed Stranger album. This has been an art project of sorts for me over the last couple of years. The album is less a collection of songs than a theatrical narrative, and I do my best to present it that way. The performance requires a quiet room with an attentive audience, so it’d be great to have a friendly crowd that night.
My last few Fridays at the Empty Bottle are ahead, along with several other Hoyle Brothers’ gigs, also on the website. I expect these shows will be top-notch. I’ll have to do my best to keep a stiff upper lip as I wind down the years I’ve shared with those boys.
I hope to see you over the next few weeks. I’m sure we’ve got some reminiscing to do!
And please keep in touch, as there are many more adventures ahead. The rest of the year will find me touring the Midwest and Texas before settling in Nashville at the beginning of 2014.
August 9, 2013
Little Village, Chicago, IL