Antsy Appears in a TEDx Talk in Carson City

Antsy at TEDx in May 2016

Antsy at TEDx in May 2016

Antsy McClain was recently featured as a TEDx guest speaker in Carson City and his talk has been publicized nationwide.

This talk was given at a TEDx event using the TED conference format but independently organized by a local community. Learn more at http://ted.com/tedx

Though known more as a humorist, songwriter and small town philosopher, as many of his fans know, Antsy McClain also has a parallel career as a painter and illustrator. When he shows up to speak at high school career days, he’s usually booked as “the creativity guy.” In this talk, he reflects on the pivotal age of “14” as a turning point in the lives of so many.

Antsy tells like he lives it: The good life. Antsy is generally free from an over-abundance of material things and appreciates time with family and friends.

 

 


Antsy McClain LIVE on GoodDay Sacramento

Antsy does a nice rendition of his My Baby Whistles When She Walks on GoodDay Sacramento on January 30, 2015. This is a great sounding video of Antsy!!

You can catch Antsy LIVE tonight with the Troubs at the Crest Theatre in Sacramento.  If you are anywhere close you gotta get there!


Antsy Live with “My Own Skin” on WBTV Charlotte – Oct. 16, 2014

Antsy McClain paid a visit to his good friend John Carter at WBTV in Charlotte prior to his performance at the Chop Shop on October 16.  The following two video clips are provided courtesy of WBTV’s Susan Hancock and John Carter.

Antsy talks with John Carter and then sings part of his new song “My Own Skin”

Antsy closes with a portion of “My Own Skin”


Enjoying the Ride With Tommy E: In the Heartland

Wichita, Kansas

Wichita, Kansas

Last week I was again reminded of how much fun it is to travel and perform with Tommy Emmanuel. We began the July leg of our 8 city tour in the heartland of America beginning in Wichita, Kansas and then moving on to Omaha and then north to Sioux Falls, South Dakota.  Tonight we will continue in Rapid City, South Dakota and spend the week heading north to Montana and then finishing off in Washington and Oregon.

All of the venues have been amazing and the people at each location have been wonderful. I am having a ball!

While in Wichita I heard a wonderful story that I would like to share here.  The sign in the photo above is just behind the curtain, stage right at the Orpheum Theatre in Wichita, where performers can see it before coming out on stage. I’ve seen similar signs as I travel, reminders to road-weary entertainers what city they’re in on a particular night. It’s become an old joke, but I can tell you, the backstage areas behind these curtains all look the same, whether you’re in Kansas or Canada, and if you don’t want to anger your audience, you’ll get their city right.

The Orpheum in Wichita

The Orpheum in Wichita

There was deeper meaning to the sign however, when the stage manager told me Glen Campbell had taped it up there himself before a recent show on his farewell tour. Mr. Campbell, as you may know, has been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease.  Knowing this changed everything as I envisioned this seasoned veteran struggling with the details and minutiae of touring in this heart-wrenching way. He cared enough about this city, these people, to honor their name, and remember where he was, even when remembering is a luxury not afforded to him as freely as it once was. And I feel honored to be here, to stand where Glen Campbell has stood, to entertain people in this magnificent theater in one of American’s best cities.

I thought to myself before going on stage…”I honor the ‘Wichita Lineman‘. I am in Wichita, Kansas.”

The show in Wichita was like so many other venues. The Crowd in Wichita? Freakin’ amazing, that’s what! I felt welcomed with open arms by these new friends.

Getting ready for my TV interview at KWCH in Wichita.

Getting ready for my TV interview at KWCH in Wichita.

If you did not see the interview CLICK HERE.

The required crowd selfie with the Wichita folks. Freakin' amazing!

The required crowd selfie with the Wichita folks. Freakin’ amazing!

Having a blast with Tommy E in Wichita

Having a blast with Tommy E in Wichita

Our REAL Leader - Steve at the board in Wichita.  Couldn't do it without him.

Our REAL Leader – Steve at the board in Wichita. Couldn’t do it without him.

The Tool of the Trade for Steve Law

The Tool of the Trade for Steve Law

Tommy sound check in Omaha

I Tommy sound check in Omaha

After a great night in Wichita, we moved on to the lovely town of Omaha, Nebraska in the heartland of America.

Our show was at the Holland Performing Arts Center. The photo to the left is Tommy sound checking in Omaha, NE. I was in awe of this great performance hall. Amazing.

Of course, like everywhere else, the crowd was a load of fun and the show was awesome.

I loved the good folks of  Omaha, Nebraska. What a fun night it was.

After a fantastic show in Omaha, it was on to Sioux Falls, South Dakota.  We took our tour bus and headed into virgin territory for me. Traveling through the heartlands of Kansas, Nebraska and South Dakota I enjoyed the verdant fields of grain, the wide open grazing lands and the abundant prairies.  The landscape is so different from the lush green of my home in Pine View Heights and from the California landscapes I have become accustomed to seeing.  It has been an amazing journey and has been all the more wonderful as I travel with the amazing artist and showman that Tommy Emmanuel is.

Having fun with the crowd in Omaha, Nebraska

Having fun with the crowd in Omaha, Nebraska

The baristas just can't get Tommy's name right

The baristas just can’t get Tommy’s name right

On the bus to Sioux Falls, SD

On the bus to Sioux Falls, SD

Dressing Room Antics...certainly not Antsy artwork

Dressing Room Antics…certainly not Antsy artwork

Nothing like warm dry socks to keep my dancing feet alive

Nothing like warm dry socks to keep my dancing feet alive

Having fun with Tommy in Sioux Falls, SD

Having fun with Tommy in Sioux Falls, SD

The Sioux Falls crowd seemed to like me

The Sioux Falls crowd seemed to like me

I am excited to be performing at the Rushmore Theatre in Rapid City, SD tonight. Tomorrow we head north and leave the heartland prairies for the beautiful Rocky Mountains of Montana with a stop in Bozeman and then a show in Missoula on Wednesday.  I hope that my friends in these towns will be able to join the fun.

If you don’t already know by now, I have a new CD in the works and am offering you, my Flamingohead family and friends a chance to participate in this production. You can participate in my FLOCKSTAR Promo by clicking the FLOCKSTAR link below. And check out my BRAND NEW LIVE DVD. And you can get the new FLOYD FLASH DRIVE full of new studio material and some unreleased versions of my older songs. Just click on the boxes below to order.

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Antsy McClain interview with KWCH TV in Wichita, KS

Today I was interviewed by KWCH in Wichita, KS.  If you missed the interview, here is the video below.

I noted prior to the interview: “The host didn’t know me from Adam, and was still so nice. Indeed, he seemed surprised that I was there. Ha. If you want to be on television in Wichita, I’d say you could probably just swing on by and bring a guitar. 🙂 ”

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Enjoying the Ride with Tommy E: Down the East Coast

This song took a lot of paper. Who was it who said, "Songs aren't written. They're rewritten?" sang it last night at the Newberry Opera House in South Carolina.

This song took a lot of paper. Who was it who said, “Songs aren’t written. They’re rewritten?” sang it last night at the Newberry Opera House in S.C.

The last 5 days have been a whirlwind of activity, travel and fun as Tommy and I took our show down the East Coast to Virginia, North Carolina and South Carolina. The crowds have all been amazing and this has been a spectacular ride!

What a wonderful bunch of people at the Opera House in Newberry, SC. I’m changed forever by the wonderful folks I’m meeting on tour with Tommy Emmanuel. I have been making a lot of new friends. I wrote the following two stanzas while heading to Atlanta:

Riding along an American highway,
Lush, green trees on either side.
Missing home, but love the journey,
So grateful to be on this ride.

All the handshakes, hugs and high fives,
Make this “field trip” more complete.
Another day, another city,
With more friends I have yet to meet.

We started the East Coast swing in Richmond, VA at the Carpenter Theater.  This was another beautiful hall.

From Richmond we had an evening in Charlotte, NC at the McGlohon Theatre, which is yet another great place to perform.

We then had two nights booked at the Newberry Opera House in Newberry, SC.

All the travel and new friends – and being able to watch the performances by Tommy Emmanuel – have inspired me to write a few new songs, a couple of which I have performed on the road.

Australian Singer/Songwriter sensation Anthony Snape joined us in North Carolina.

Australian Singer/Songwriter sensation Anthony Snape joined us in North Carolina. (Photo courtesy Jan Anderson)

As always, Tommy Emmanuel has musician friends everywhere he goes and when they are available, he invites them to join him.  In North Carolina we were privileged to share the stage with Anthony Snape, a sensational singer/songwriter from Australia.  Anthony recently returned from his own tour with Tommy in Italy and joined us.

If you get a chance to catch him live in the States, I would highly recommend it. A great guy and a real talent.

In South Carolina we got to enjoy the talents of Kirby Easler, who is a self-taught fingerstyle guitarist from Charleston, South Carolina. She is only twenty years old and is already establishing her place as a seasoned guitarist after just four and a half years with the instrument. She counts Tommy E. as one of her great influences. 

Kirby is a talent to watch for.

Kirby Easler (right) joined us on stage in South Carolina.

Kirby Easler (right) joined us on stage in South Carolina.

While in North Carolina, I was invited to do a TV interview with WBTV’s John Carter. I had a great time talking with him on and off camera. Nice guy. Kindred spirit. (As a young man, he set out to be a comic book artist! Broadcasting beckoned, and he changed directions.) Here is the video of our conversation.

Getting ready to go live on WBTV

Getting ready to go live on WBTV

Hanging with WBTV's John Carter before the taping

Hanging with WBTV’s John Carter before the taping[/][caption id="attachment_825" align="aligncenter" width="300"]Tommy and me in North Carolina performing Primer Grey Impala. Photo by Jennifer Easler Tommy and me in North Carolina performing Primer Grey Impala. Photo by Jennifer Easler

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The crowd in Virginia RAWKED!

The crowd in Virginia RAWKED!

Then there are the awesome audiences who have come out to enjoy the shows and participate in the fun. I try to capture the moments with a selfie during my sets.

The great audience in South Carolina

The great audience in South Carolina

Another South Carolina Shot from the second niight

Another South Carolina shot from the second night.We could not do this without the amazing talents and the ever-watchful eye of Road Manager/Sound Engineer Steve Law. He sees everything. And hears even more.

[caption id="attachment_830" align="aligncenter" width="300"]Steve Law keeps us on task. Steve Law keeps us on task.

Not sure how we would get around without the support of Steve Law

Not sure how we would get around without the support of Steve Law

As this goes out to the World Wide Web, we have made our way to Atlanta. We are performing there tonight and tomorrow night.

Antsy in SC (photo courtesy of Glenn Strange)

Antsy in SC (photo courtesy of Glenn Strange)

As most of you know by now, I have a new CD in the works and am offering you, my Flamingohead family and friends a chance to participate in this production. You can participate in my FLOCKSTAR Promo by clicking the FLOCKSTAR link below. And check out my BRAND NEW LIVE DVD. And you can get the new FLOYD FLASH DRIVE full of new studio material and some unreleased versions of my older songs.  Just click on the boxes below to order.

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Antsy McClain performs live on KMOV TV in St. Louis – WATCH HERE

Antsy on Great Day St. Louis  at KMOV TV in St. Louis

Antsy on Great Day St. Louis at KMOV TV in St. Louis

Antsy McClain had the opportunity to perform live on KMOV-TV in St. Louis this morning.  He played “My Baby Whistles When She Walks” for the St. Louis viewers.

He was almost pre-empted by President Obama, but fortunately for the St. Louis viewers, they got to see Antsy!!

Thanks KMOV and Great Day St. Louis crew!

You can see the video below

 

You can be a part of Antsy’s new CD production by participating in the FLOCKSTAR Promo. You can also get his BRAND NEW LIVE DVD or the NEW FLOYD FLASH DRIVE which is full of new material and unreleased material including the new fan favorite “Can’t Fix Stupid.” Click on the boxes below to order your FLOYD or DVD or to participate as a FLOCKSTAR.

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