Eric Baines

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2009: Schoo…I’m glad that’s over!

by eric on Dec.22, 2009, under Music, News, Uncategorized

What a year! I started off with some TV shows playing with Corbin Bleu (the NBA Allstar Game and Regis and Kelly). That is always a fun gig to be on. The band is great and Corbin is awesome. We also like to party a bit. Ouch! The fans are also pretty crazy. I was standing behind Corbin at the NBA show waiting to go on when what seemed like a huge tree branch came out the sky behind me. I looked up and it was Shaquille O’Neal reaching out to shake his hand. He’s Huge!! It was quite a moment.

 

Then it was off to Ukraine with Keiko Matsui. I’m not a big fan of Eastern Europe and Russia. I’ve been there 8 or 9 times and it’s always a dangerous and interesting experience. This year we were actually deported from Moscow because we didn’t have visa’s to get into Belaruse which is where we trying to go. After spending 8 hour in the airport the Russians sent us back to Ukraine where we had to try and explain what happened so that the Ukrainians would let us back in. The show promoter had bought the visa’s but couldn’t get through security to give them to us and we couldn’t get out to get to him. That was a long day and we missed the gig. It’s always something. I’m alway surprised when we make it back to the states alive…but once again, we did.

 

Somewhere in the midst of all this touring and craziness I decided that I wanted to start a record label and release my own record. It seemed so cool at the time. haha. it’s actually been really fun but a TON of work. Luckily, I had many of the songs written but I definitely needed more to finish a complete album. There were many hours in the studio. Then the artwork and the photo shoot. Then hours on the website and I went to Utah and made a video but then…it was done. I went on a short summer tour with Corbin and I came home to a bunch of boxes on my porch full of the CD. Pretty cool.

 

Then the work really starts. Band practice, promotion, mailing lists, publicists, gigs, tours, car problems, twitter, facebook, sell, sell, sell, spend, spend, spend. I know let’s do a live web show from my house. I’m exhausted! It’s hard work doing what you want to do and the work continues. I’m taking a break for the holiday but after the new year begins it’s back to the grind. Gotta write new songs, sell more records, make more videos, drink more Jager (mmmmm) but it’s so great to be working hard on my own music. It makes it all worth it. Follow your dreams! What else are you gonna do with your life?

 

Happy Holidays and Happy New Year! I’ll see you in 2010!!

Eric Baines

 

Buy “Dive Bar Rock Star!” on Itunes (http://itunes.apple.com/us/album/dive-bar-rock-star/id326441952) or at www.cdbaby.com/ericbaines1. Thanks for your support!

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