I recently left Scruffy Buzzards, the band I helped create and has been a significant part of my life for the past couple of years. "Creative differences" is a fairly standard reason given for anyone leaving a band, although "unresolvable personality differences" would be a more accurate description in many cases.
It was an extremely difficult decision to make and the process of reaching that point was accompanied by many restless nights. Like the ending of any relationship, it is not something that happens casually. Similarly, once the final decision has been made and carried out, it often becomes clearer that it had been on the cards for some time but denial and indecision had dragged it out longer than it should have.
However, this has not meant the end of my musical creativity. At the end of August last year, I collaborated with a local musician, Marcus Wright to do a couple of tracks for the launch of the Lost Wasp record label (blog post about that can be found here: Playing The Blues, Bouzouki Style...).
Marcus and Kim in full flow
And as The Mill Sessions season begins again in a few weeks, the 2 of us will be supporting the amazing singer and guitarist, Sean Taylor.
When Sean first played at the Mill 3 years ago, I took a photo of him for the Mill Sessions Hall of Fame. He was so delighted with the image he used it for the cover his his following album, Love Against Death.
Sean Taylor, Love Against Death
The support act lined up dropped out and the Mill Sessions were in need of a replacement. Because Marcus and I had enjoyed our wee musical foray together, we put ourselves forward for the slot and are now working on a few more tunes. And I have to say I'm loving it. The music we're creating is bluesier and edgier than the stuff I did with the Buzzards, which suits me down to the ground.
We haven't yet decided on a name, but I did have an idea for photo...
Having fun with a camera, Photoshop and a willing participant
If you're anywhere near SW Scotland on 1st March, then do come along. However, I'm aware several of the regular readers of this blog are several thousand miles away, and that makes it a bit trickier for them. Hopefully I'll find someone in the audience I can hand my camera to and ask them to film some of it.