Thursday, November 25, 2010

Thank you sir, may I have another!?!

Happy Thanksgiving everyone. Actually, I hope you're not actually spending today reading blogs, so ideally you're reading this at a time when it would make more sense for me to say "hope you had a great Thanksgiving."

Either way, I've got another video for you.

After watching the last one, I was thinking that maybe I did too much talking, and didn't get to the awesome-face-rocking soon enough. So I decided that this time I'd just upload the song without the "here's how I wrote it" stuff. If you really must hear me talk about these things, you're welcome to come see me play sometime soon. Info on upcoming shows can be found here and here.

Anyway, the new video is below. For some reason, if you watch it here on the blog, I'm like half out of the shot. It's framed better here.

A little bit of back story:
I actually didn't want to play this tune on my ukelele, but we were at Jeff's house, and my acoustic was locked up in a church building for a gig we were doing that evening, so I just went with the uke. It turned out pretty good anyway, and made for a nice, different-sounding arrangement.

Also, this arrangement is in A, while the version on the album is in Bflat. Again, that wasn't something we planned. It just turned out that we only had one capo, and I wanted it for the uke, since I can only play like 6-7 chords on it (mainly chords in D, G, and E), and Jeff didn't want to play acoustic in actual Bflat. I know, that's all terribly hacky, but there you go.

Having said all that, I think this turned out really good.

Enjoy, and please go buy and tell your friends!

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Mo Vid Yo


A quick update. The CD is selling great. I mean, it kind of has to sell great, because in about 40 days, sales will drop off like crazy. So it's good news that the CD is selling well. Thanks to everyone who bought it, and special thanks to anyone who told someone else to buy it or bought several to give away. If you have the project and like it, please tell your friends. You are my PR firm, people. The pay ain't great, but... well, the pay ain't great.

Secondly, I'm working like mad on a new website, and it's just taking longer than I'd hoped. The RK World Tour office is rather spartan in it's personnel, so it takes us a bit longer to roll out these big changes than it sometimes ought to. Hopefully I'll have it rolling the Monday after Thanksgiving.

Finally, in my continued efforts to drum up interest in the record, I've got another video to show you. Check it out and feel free to send your "I don't know if I want to buy another Christmas record, especially from some goober that I've never heard of" friends to it.

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

another fun video! it's like actual marketing.

Yep, here's something else for you to watch. I know I always love to have videos of me to watch, and if you're like me, then you do too.

Seriously, go watch this. My pal Andrew Kilzer shot and edited it.

A weekend of great causes

Hey! Quick Update!

The CD will be out this Friday. I'll be mailing them this weekend to anyone who has pre-ordered. If you want the pre-order price, you've got 3 days left!

Now, onto upcoming dates:

If you're in the Central TX area, there are two great opportunities this weekend to give your money, your time, and your ears.

First, this Friday, I'll be in Waco, joining Brett and Emily Mills and James Mark Gulley for a night of great music and powerful stories of redemption. Jesus Said Love is an amazing ministry, bringing light and hope to dark and hopeless places. All the info you need is here, and of course you can just email me or leave a comment on this post and if you want more info.

Second, this Saturday I'll be playing here in BCS for Hope Pregnancy, a wonderful group of folks who reach out to young women who find themselves unexpectedly with child. As an adoptive father, I am deeply grateful to ministries like this, because they play a huge part in the way that infertile couples get babies! That's obviously a self-centered way to look at it, I know, but there you go. They do lots of great stuff and they need money to do it. So come see us or, at the very least, go find a ministry like this and give them some of the money that you'd use to buy unnecessary stuff.

As always, I'm thankful to be playing music, especially for great causes like this. What a great job I have.

Friday, November 5, 2010


Hey. Have you bought the Christmas album yet from Ross "talks about himself in the 3rd person" King? Well, you should.

But either way, watch the video below.

My good pal and resident idea-guy/consultant/creative genius Andrew Kilzer shot and edited the "bumper" thing at the beginning. We're still working out the kinks on it, but I thought it looked cool enought to try it out. It's not like I'm known for super-professional-looking videos.

Anyway, check it:

Tuesday, November 2, 2010

News and things of that nature

OK, first of all, a big thanks to everyone who has pre-ordered the new album. I’m so thankful to have your trust and, well, your money. For those of you who haven’t ordered yet, there’s still time. I’ll be doing pre-orders for another 7-10 days. Go here to order for a discount.

And of course, as most of you know, I’m running a sale right now on my back catalog. All of my older CD’s (except for the ones that are out of print), are $5 for a limited time. I’ll probably extend this sale for another 2-3 weeks. Go here to buy cheap stuff!

Barring any weird surprises, the new CD – The Christmas Stories – will release between Nov 11th and 15th. I will alert everyone as soon as I have them, so that you can have some idea of when to expect them in the mail.

The album should be available for download –on iTunes, Amazon, etc – a few days before the actual CD is released. Probably early next week.

Now some tour/concert news. Below you will find my travel calendar thru Christmas. All dates subject to change, but I doubt that will happen. All these are free and open to the public unless otherwise noted.

Nov 6 – Kids’ concert in Houston, TX. I think this show is closed, but if you have questions, call me and I’ll see if I can get you in.
Nov 7 -- leading worship in The Woodlands, TX for this church.
Nov 12 – benefit concert for Jesus Said Love in Waco, TX. This show has a ticket price, but there are two other acts playing, and the proceeds go to fund an awesome ministry, so it’s worth it. More info here.
Nov 13 – benefit for Hope Pregnancy in Bryan, TX. This is the kind of ministry that, among other things, allows couples like me and Staci to get babies even though we can't make 'em the "normal" way. Support this!
Nov 14 -- leading worship in The Woodlands, TX for this church.
Nov 21 -- leading worship in The Woodlands, TX for this church.
Dec 3 – Christmas concert at The Village CafĂ© in Bryan.
Dec 4 – Christmas concert in Tyler, TX at this church.
Dec 5 – Leading worship in Tyler, TX at this church (same place as the night before).
Dec 8 – Christmas concert in Richardson, TX at this church.
Dec 10 – House concert in Arlington, TX.
Dec 12 -- Christmas concert for my peeps at Community Church in College Station, TX.
Dec 17 – Christmas concert in Houston, TX (details coming).
Dec 19 – leading worship, doing mini-concert in Arlington, TX for this church.

As always, if you have questions about any of these shows, leave a comment on the blog, email me, or contact me thru facebook or twitter or whatever.

If you’d like to host me for a house concert (or whatever) sometime in the next 2 months, please let me know. House concerts are free as long as you provide me some food and invite lots of friends!

Finally, my new website should be up around the time that the CD is released, if not sooner. Be on the lookout for that.