News and Upcoming Events
10/3/19 My next single is set to release on October 23rd. Bedtime Story Live at the Jacoby Arts Center is perhaps my best version of this fan favorite. Don't forget to follow me on Spotify, Apple Music, Deezer, iHeart Music and other steaming services so you'll be notified about new releases.
9/11/19 I released my first "single" today. I'd been considering getting away from album releases for a while and wanted to try to release some singles. This was the perfect opportunity. The song Falling Man is a song that I wrote recently. I'd had the background, a few lines, and some general ideas written in my notebook for some time and finally sat down and wrote it. I tried to put myself in the place of someone who chose to jump from the upper floors of the World Trade Center on September 11th. I imagined the shattered glass, dust, and debris, and the feeling of helplessness that those people must have experienced. I think it's understandable that some people decided to escape the flames and smoke in the only way they could. One magnificent moment in the sky before I die.
4/10/19 The CD Release Show for Hard Lessons was a great success. Jacoby Arts Center did a fantastic job. There was a good crowd and everyone seemed to enjoy themselves.
The date has been set. "Hard Lessons" CD release concert will be Saturday April 6th in Alton, IL.
I'll return to Chicago for a couple of shows during Thanksgiving Weekend. Saturday November 24th I'll play at Interurban Boathouse as part of the Wicker Park Chillfest 2018 starting at 2 pm. That evening I'll take the opening slot at The Elbo Room in the upstairs lounge playing from 8 to 9 pm.
Preparing for a big weekend in Memphis, TN. I'll be filming for new music videos in Nashville and Memphis on the 25th of this month. Then on Friday the 26th, I'll be live on Memphis TV WREG live at 9 with Mark Parsell and Tim Plunk playing tunes and talking about the weekend music scene. At 7 pm I'll be part of South Main Sounds 100th Songwriter Showcase and then Tim and I will head over the Vault on G.E. Patterson and play from 8:30-11:30.
The Bud Summers Trio (BST) makes its first appearance. This show was at Southside Park in Breese, IL. Bud on guitar and vocals is joined by Steve Klien on drums/vocals and Dave Woods on bass/vocals.
Two new venues booked today for dates in 2018! January 19th I'll be playing at Sunset Inn on 6th Street in Springfield, IL. On March 17th I'll make my first appearance at Old Town Smokehouse in Wentzville, MO.
Breese Fall Fest! One of my favorite yearly shows has been finalized. I'll be on the main stage from noon to one-thirty pm in beautiful Breese, IL on Saturday September 30th. You can bet your bottom dollar that I'll head to Wally's for a double-cheeseburger, fries, and a chocolate shake afterward.
New venue! Twin Gables in Marthasville, MO will be hosting me on Sunday November 19th and Friday December 15th
New venue! The Vault! I'll be at this cool Collinsville, IL club housed in an old bank building on Wednesday September 13th from 7-10 pm.
New venue! Bossanova in Alton, IL has just added two dates. I have been playing some dates at Russ Smith's other club Elijah P's but now he's asked me to play at Bossanova.
Friday September 1st 7:30 - 10:30
Saturday October 7th 7:30 - 10:30
New venue! The Bronson House in downtown St Louis, MO has added Bud to their list of performers.
Be sure to visit on these dates:
Thursday, September 28th 6-10 pm
Thursday, October 19th 6-10 pm
My seventh album will be titled "Hard Lesson" I did a presentation show with Rob McDonnell (bass) John Hand (keys) and Mike Swvedo (drums) at The Stage at KDHX on August 4th 2017 but we have not begun recording yet. The presentation involved me talking about each song and the writing process then playing a solo acoustic version of it. We followed this up with the full band version.
Here are the seven songs and the current album order:
1. Endless Fantasy
2. City of the Blues
3. Who's Your Daddy
4. Goodbye to Nashville
5. So Deep
6. Bad Fish
7. Hard Lesson