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Gig Story: Bobby's Idle Hour Tavern
California Fish Out Of Water In Nashville

Story about how a middlingly-successful singer/songwriter from California (me) booked and played original songs in Nashville.

* Posted by Charlie Recksieck on 2024-07-02 Read post

Best & Worst Dressing Room Awards
The Dressies

The Bigfellas have always been a pretty local band to San Diego with limited little tours. But we've played enough places to have no dressing room, great dressing rooms and awful dressing rooms. [drum roll] With no further ado, The Dressies Awards!

* Posted by Charlie Recksieck on 2024-03-05 Read post

Bratwurst Don & Our 2004 Tour
Celebration Of Don On Violin And On The Road

We wax nostalgic about our favorite part-time Bigfella, "Bratwurst" Don Hickox and a magical tour we did with him to the Midwest in 2004.

* Posted by Charlie Recksieck on 2024-01-23 Read post

Oregon College Gigs
Money Good

A tale of a couple of eerily quiet but well-paying band shows for us at Oregon colleges ten years ago. Read why touring bands need college gigs, even bad ones.

* Posted by Charlie Recksieck on 2023-06-27 Read post

Gig Story: Halloween At A Nudist Colony
No Need For A Subtitle

People love shaggy dog stories from bands; here's a great one. A gig at a nudist colony at Halloween. On a cold night.

* Posted by Charlie Recksieck on 2023-01-17 Read post

On Tap!
Another Musical Residency

Here's some spotty memories of a recurring Friday bar gig of ours in San Diego. The manager may have been a dick but as they say "He was always nice to us".

* Posted by Charlie Recksieck on 2022-11-15 Read post

Frankly, Our Oddest Show
Frank Moore's Shaman's Den

Bands always get asked what our weirdest show was. Well, we can tell you all about our weirdest TV appearance was even though it was just local Berkeley public access television.

* Posted by Charlie Recksieck on 2022-08-30 Read post

Endless Drummer
Kevin's Story & Some Great Advice

Quasi-Bigfella Kevin Walker shares his story as a drummer: When he fell in love with it, what he's learned and his personal advice to drummers.

* Posted by Kevin Walker on 2022-07-26 Read post

July 4, 2015 - Guemes Island, WA
The 4th of July Festival That Wasn't

A tale of a beautiful island haven in Northwest Washington where the locals love us, even when they temporarily hated the venue we played at.

* Posted by Charlie Recksieck on 2022-07-05 Read post

October 12, 2004 - Chicago
Wise Fools Pub show

We try to convey how fantastic this little 30-person show was in Chicago on a small Midwestern tour from a small California band in 2004.

* Posted by Charlie Recksieck on 2022-05-03 Read post

Carlsbad Marathon
20,000 Bigfellas Fans Can't Be Run

What it's like to play music for 20,000 tired people; people have no choice but to love you when you are the on-course entertainment during a marathon.

* Posted by Charlie Recksieck on 2022-01-25 Read post

The Last Call
A Weird Musical Residency

In the late 2000s, The Bigfellas regularly played at San Diego dive bar The Last Call (which closed around 2017). Here's a little slice of what it was like to be a band that appreciated us yet never quite knew we were there.

* Posted by Charlie Recksieck on 2022-01-04 Read post