Over the Fence and Never Turning Back

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Like That Hot Tea on a Rainy Day

Shipwreck StudiosAfter the long drought the rain’s been a refreshing change of pace. It’s time to slow down a bit and really enjoy the good things in life, and boy have the good things been happening. There’s no better time to have an intimate live recording session with some great people (made possible by Lewis Patzner). Shouldered with a guitar (me) and mandolin (Terrell) we arrived at Shipwreck Studio to be greeted by Jonah Strauss’s warm smile.

I’m no studio musician (yet), and I’ve only had a few recording sessions to complete my first EP, but I can’t imagine a better experience. With just two mics each for Terrell and me plus a room mic, we faced each other as we cranked out tune after tune, all live, no dubs. I threw him under the bus a few times with some new songs in odd time which we have almost never played, and we had an oompa loompa moment bouncing up and down to keep time, but what came of it were some raw recordings that truly captured the spirit of the music. And with just a few quick clicks courtesy of Jonah’s genius, the tracks were already coming together.

Will I record more tracks to possibly make a full-length? Should I also overdub some harmonies? What about adding some violin maybe? The questions are now racing through my head, but they don’t seem all that pressing as, already, true magic has happened. The vibrations were right. It’s this amazing energy that will carry us through the future endeavors to come.

In this time of rainy days, I have coming up: a show with a full band for the first time since my EP release 1.5 years ago, in support of Chonk!‘s EP release December 12 at The Night Light. Also releasing an album is Introflirt, and my good friend from BandWorks, Kat, will be playing with her band Baby Teeth. Joining me on stage are old friends and new: Terrell Liedstrand (Forrest Day), Harry Murphy (Harry & the Hitmen, Sun Hop Fat), Nick Nirva, and Melissa Kilkuskie (Cave Clove). This will be the biggest show I’ve played yet, so come early and stay late for all the great music and hip people!

Then January 16, 2015 I’ll be sharing a bill with two good friends Graham Patzner and Chelsea Coleman (Gospel Flats), as well as the amazing siren songstress Kendra McKinley at Doc’s Lab. And after that, perhaps an album release of my own.

I’m counting my blessings as I cozy in with my dearest friends and continue making music, and look forward to the exponentially more sharing and fun and love yet to come.

Chonk CD Release

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Awaken Cafe this Saturday! Last show for a little while!

Hello Everyone!

This Saturday, September 20, I will be having my last show for a little while.  I got some exciting plans coming up…planning a new album, for one!  Also got some surprises coming up in the near future so definitely stay tuned!  I hope you all come join me at Awaken, one of my favorite venues.  Let’s have some beer or a glass of wine, and enjoy a beautiful evening in rockin’ Oakland!

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I’m hosting a house show tomorrow (Saturday) so you should come on by!  There will be Whiskey cocktails made by my good friend Harry Murphy, and I’ll be sharing the bill with Terrell Liedstrand (also in my band), Adrienne Shamszad, Tom Rhodes, and Paul Greene.  Come on by!

 

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Foundry Rock Fest

Got another show coming up – sharing the bill with some great folks!  The Foundry is one of my favorite places to play – kooky, fun, and great music!  See you all there!

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Good Friday with the Papa

I got to spend Good Friday hanging out with Papa Bear of Papa Bear and the Easy Love and his good friend Michael from The Mowgli’s filming a cover of the song “He said Not a Mumblin’ Word.”  Mark Sandusky did such a great job capturing us (and Jesus!).   I’m not religious but this is such a beautiful song, and really fuels the spirit.  Feeling incredibly lucky to have such good company!

Enter the Stork Club

Dive bars are some of my absolute favorite places to hang.  They’re usually a little funky, a little dark, and filled with people who are just a little off-kilter.  Just my type.  So you can understand why I’m incredibly stoked to be playing at one of my favorite dives in Oakland, the Stork Club, one of those venues/bars where moms and dads remember going on dates and seeing (depending on age of said moms and dads) a good country show or screamers.

Come hang and check out an awesome strange little wonderland!

Stork Club Show

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Radio Voices – Acoustic Live Series

I played live on my own at Radio Voices, a show hosted by DynaMatt on Berkeley LIberation Radio! Here’s some of the songs I played in-studio.