Introducing ‘Phil and Shayne’

Shayne Pruitt & Phillip Rogers-Pelican Pete's 2014

For almost two years now I have had to great pleasure of working with the incredible talent of Shayne Pruitt. Shayne has been filling the lead guitar slot for the full band gigs I occasionally get to book and in order to keep him around I started using him in my acoustic shows as well.

Shayne Pruitt

Actually, I’ve gotten so spoiled and lazy from having him around that I find it hard to book a solo performance these days, so much so that we are now booking under the handle ‘Phil and Shayne’.

Those of you from my North Georgia sphere of friends may remember Shayne from his days with “The Estes Brothers Band”. The EBB was a well known Atlanta area cover band in the 70’s and 80’s and still perform from time to time. They recently played a two night reunion show at the Cumming Play House which is named for the town the band was originally based.
Shayne is the owner/operator of A1-Heritage Landscape Supply in Cumming and he also has turned his passion of photography into a budding business. His eye for capturing live musical performances is building him quite a reputation with a lot of local musicians in the area.
We’ve worked together long enough now that we’ve built a pretty extensive repertoire and our vocals are really starting to gel. So we are thinking it’s time to maybe spread our geographical horizons a bit. There is also talk of maybe taking a short New England tour together this summer.

Best of all, Shayne has proven himself not only to be a capable musical partner but a great friend as well. I look forward to working with him for many years to come.

Things Are Going To Be Different This Time

Looks like this is the beginning of a new era for me. Recently my website was hacked and I found myself having to start over again from scratch.

Though I regret losing all my old post, it really isn’t that big of a deal due to the fact that I wasn’t using this site the way I probably should be in the first place.

It’s easy to forget you even have a website when you find yourself relying on Facebook for all social interaction. So from now on I am going to try a different approach. In doing so I may piss a few more people off then I ordinarily do as well as put into jeopardy the enormous amount of music that I sell [sic] but I’m tired of hosting a website that doesn’t really feel like a complete representation of who I am.

Years ago I made a business decision not to insert politics into my live performances that I think all stems from a Bruce Springsteen concert I attended one summer. I had paid good money to hear “The Boss’” music not a John Kerry political commercial or whatever it was he was ranting about at the time. And it wasn’t just me. Scores of people were yelling ” just shut up and sing” (I left out the expletives).

Now I don’t believe that I’ve ever been guilty of it but ever since then I’ve made a conscious effort to avoid voicing my political views at any venue where I perform (excluding political events of course). Not only is it disrespectful to the venue owner but I want my music to appeal to everyone and I can promise you, Springsteen never got another dime of my money. He just never sounded the same after that.

But I now realize that extending that practice to my website is foolish. No one is paying to be here nor or they held captive. They can click off at any time.

Don’t get me wrong. I am not nor do I ever plan to be a political pundit. I’m simply going to quit walking on eggshells when it comes to the content I post. In doing so I’m hoping it will make it more interesting for me to spend time on it, which in turn will force me to do more to prevent another hacking.

Back in Business Thanks to Bose

Back in 2006 I decided to invest in my business by purchasing a Bose L1 personal amplification system. Since then it has provided many an hour of dependable sound reinforcement. But it all came to a screeching halt last week when I was setting up for a weeknight gig with Shayne Pruitt. After our usual 10 minute set up, I clicked the power button but no sound.

Fortunately Shayne lived close enough to salvage the night by putting together a PA fairly quickly but I was still devastated at the thought of losing my sound system. To make matters worse, while Shayne was barreling across the North Georgia country side I called Bose support only to find out that they are no longer servicing the original model which happened to be the one I owned. My heart sank thinking that if I was to ever have the wonderful even sound that I have enjoyed for so many years I would be forced to fork out another $2500 to replace it.

Fortunately it didn’t turn out as bad as I expected. Rather than junk my old system and start from scratch, the good folks at Bose sent me a brand new L1 Model II for a little over a grand. I really hated having to come off with that kind of money this close to Christmas but a man has to work.

Hopefully I’ll be ready to hang it up all together before this one goes to put.

Bose L1 Model 2