May 24, 2012 5:10pm

AudioHere is the first recorded track of the summer Upi Dupi La La Sessions titled, “Pa Ingalls.” It was recorded in one live take with Walter Gershon on soprano saxophone, a snare drum, and cajon; and myself on the same snare drum and electric guitar. After the session have been recorded, I will release this as a free downloadable album. Enjoy and share! … [Read more...]

May 23, 2012 10:46pm

AudioHere’s a somewhat psychedelic, experimental rendition of Stevie Wonder’s epic “Living for the City,” with Walter Gershon on percussion and myself on guitar and vocals. Tomorrow I will release the first track of the Upi Dupi La La Sessions. … [Read more...]

Upcoming shows in the Twin Cities

I’ve begun booking some dates in the Twin Cities for June and July. If you’re in the area, I hope you can make it. I begin at Cedar Lake Farm (in New Prague) on Sunday, June 24th and then I’ll be at the Red Stag Supperclub on Monday, July 2nd  and Saturday July 21st. I’ll be playing the weekend shows with Shawn Kolles (on drums) and the weekday show will be a solo act. Stay tuned for more! … [Read more...]

May 22, 2012 8:31am

AudioA demo rendition of the blues classic: “Stormy Monday.” Yours truly on guitar and vocals, Walter Gershon on percussion, and Ty Cosby on harmonica. See below for the first track (a demo version of “My Girl”) and more info.Stay tuned for more tracks and please share! … [Read more...]

May 22, 2012 8:21am

Listening to the playback at Manic Muse Recording. (Photo by Walter Gershon) … [Read more...]

May 22, 2012 3:19am

AudioBefore I share the heavy stuff, here’s a short and light cover of “My Girl” I recorded for my new demo. It was a great day in the studio (Manic Muse Recording) with the talented Walter Gershon on percussion (and, later, on soprano saxophone) and crazy Jon Jones engineering and playing a little clave.I’ll post the other track (a short rendition of “Stormy Monday”) tomorrow and the inaugural track of the Upi Dupi La La Sessions, “Pa Ingalls,” after that.If you’d like a copy of the … [Read more...]

May 21, 2012 4:21pm

Another nostalgic photo: playing at the Peace Picnic with my good friend (and super guitarist) Spencer Elliot, in Columbus, OH, circa 2009. … [Read more...]

Catfish cleanin, lunch with friends, and mastering…

That, more or less, is what’s on the ledger for today. I’m hoping to have the tracks we recorded on Saturday mastered and uploaded by tomorrow or the next. Stay tuned! … [Read more...]

Upi Dupi La La Sessions, Part I

Today I’ll begin recording the summer-long Upi Dupi La La Sessions with my good friend and percussionist/saxophonist, Walter Gershon. I’ll do a demo of rhythm and blues covers (for getting work at bars and coffee shops), then Walter and I will do a few tracks of free improvisation. Everything we record will be up for free download, so stay tuned. … [Read more...]

My Twitter Garden and Interviews at The Paris Review

Twitter has become a lovely garden of interesting things for me to read. I’ve had to weed it a bit, and could still weed it some more, but it’s getting pretty reliable: just enough news to not live under a rock and, best of all, a few choice specimens to harvest and eat — immediately. Between other things — seeing if we can buy a house or not, shameless self-promotion, e-mail correspondence, eating Doritos, writing a letter, drinking sweet tea, more self-promotion — … [Read more...]