Happy New Year everyone. We are really excited about 2012 and can’t wait to see you at an upcoming Vagabond Union show. The past year has been truly rewarding for us. We’ve come a long way from that motel room in Dillon, SC where John and I got together for the first time to start writing songs for what is now “The Motel Sessions” record. We are so happy with the results. The band has been getting great feedback on the album from everyone who’s listened to it. Hopefully you guys will continue to spread the word about the album and the band. Remember you can still download it for free from this site, our Reverbnation page and our facebook page.
Looking to the future, we are excited to get out and play this coming year. So far we have a couple shows in the works. In February we will return to DC to do an encore Pink Jams show. We are very excited. Then in March we will be at the Deep South Bar in Raleigh, NC. We will also be down in Charleston in the next few months at John Kenney’s brand new bar The Royal American. More details to come on these shows and more.
This spring, we have plans to start recording our follow up album with Tony Alany. We’ve been writing a ton and can’t wait to get back into the studio. Stay tuned. All and all it looks like there will be a lot ot look forward to in 2012.
Finally we’d like to pay our respects to our dear friends Bob Yarbrough and William Poling, who both lost their battles with cancer this year. Bob was a long time friend of John and Dave (Cannon), as well as the number one fan of their former band Rotoglow. A few months ago after Bob’s passing Rotoglow reunited for the first time in 8 years, to pay tribute to their dear friend. It was great night full of Bob’s favorite songs with a lot of beers and a lot of tears… and amazing way to honor Bob’s memory.
William Poling, or as I like to call him, Billy, was a long time family friend as well as one of my brother’s best friends in the world. I’ve know Billy since I was in the 4th grade and we have remained good friends over the years. He was always like a big brother to me, so supportive and full of brotherly advice. But most of all he was a whole lot of fun to be around. Some of Billy’s oldest childhood friends and I had the opportunity to all spend time with Billy this fall at his Mom’s house in MD before he died. It was a great day of old stories, laughter and a few tears. As we were leaving, Billy told us not to take any day we have on this earth for granite, and not to worry about the small things that don’t matter. I think we all need to do a little bit more of that. Both Bob and Billy will be dearly missed.
We love you all and can’t wait to see you in the upcoming year. All the best. – The Vagabond Union