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Guitar Pull June 12

 

June is the month of adding shows on the fly! Thursday June 12 will find me playing another opening set at the Always...Patsy Cline show in Alameda, 7:3pm, followed by a turn at Bill Hansell's Guitar Pull at The Sleeping Lady in Fairfax, 9pm-11pm.

The Sleeping Lady is an all ages venue. Dinner is available every evening along with the shows (kitchen hours). There are beer and wine and coffee choices to compliment your listening experience. This show is free! Come take a listen http://www.sleepingladyfairfax.com/

 

Two Tunes airing on Beyond the Dawn Radio June 9

 
 

KCDC Preview

 

In the interest of both creative challenge and ego erosion, my partner Kwame Copeland and I took the RPM Challenge, aka co-write-an-album-in-a-month, in February 2013. Employing an Allen Ginsburgian/Beat Poet/first-thought-best-thought approach to writing, we sat down and wrote a song together every day for two weeks. It was a pretty straightforward effort: we threw whatever we had against the wall and kept what stuck, culling the results to songs we found interesting enough to complete.  After the RPM Challenge ended, we kept going with most of the material, rallying a rhythm section and recording the basics of what has turned out to be an eclectic batch of tunes that dips into country, latin, post-punk, straight-ahead rock as well as balladry. Over the past several months we've been completing overdubs and mixing the tracks with Mike Stevens at Lost Monkey Studio...and we're just about finished with KCDC 1.0 (in the middle of recording and mixing songs from RPM 2013 we did the RPM Challenge again in 2014, so yes, there will be a second collection). It's been an organic and refreshing project, a departure in many cases from our individual work, and we've had a lot of fun. We'll be releasing the first KCDC collection of songs sometime this summer. In the meantime, here's a preview of the intro track, Go Through That Door:

 

Patsy Cline pre-show

 

We're playing a short set of country classics and our twangiest originals as the pre-show entertainment for a handful of dates of the acclaimed Always...Patsy Cline show now playing at Altarena Playhouse here in Alameda. Most shows are sold out but they're adding more dates. If you've tickets, look for us Friday May 30, Sunday June 8, Thursday 12 & Friday 20.

 

Volunteerism

 

"Bread & Roses is dedicated to uplifting the human spirit by providing free, live, quality shows to people who live in institutions or are otherwise isolated from society."

We've been doing occasional shows for Bread & Roses over the past several years and they're always gratifying. These gigs don't earn us a dime and no one remembers our full names but they're golden. Periodically we play for B&R at Creativity Explored,

an art school for adults with disabilities who nonetheless very ably wield paintbrushes and pastels to create beautiful and diverse paintings. Bread and Roses places musicians there every month or so and  we took another turn playing to the artists and students on their lunch break earlier this week. There's a wide range of abilities at Creativity Explored:  invariably someone waves a corn dog in your face, passes gas at an inopportune moment or gets up and dances in a way not seen before. Yesterday, all three happened...and it was pure delight. Halfway through the set, we had 5 impromptu backup dancers including one gentleman who was doing something like a break dance. I was impressed! It's a wacky and wooly world, but there's so much good being done and hope being made in the face of it, epitomized by the work of both Bread & Roses and Creativity Explored. I’m always happy to support them!

 

 

 

Music Review as Poetry on Sonic Data

 

An interesting 'review' of Little Bird came through in the form of a poem culled from  song lyrics on the disc. It's a completely different interpretation of the material but I nonetheless found it pretty interesting. Check out the Sonic Dada post HERE

 

 

Interview with Indie Music Lives Here

 

I spoke with AJ over at Indie Music Lives here, discussing my 2013 full length release, "Little Bird" and a lot of what has led me to the moment. Give a listen:

 

Little Bird Spring Tour

 
We're hitting the road for a 3-show run in Nor Cal & So Oregon. Have friends along our route? Please send them our way!


Thursday, April 17th, 2014
NAKED LOUNGE
8:30pm
1500 Q St Sacramento CA 95811 USA with Calling Tempo and High Alive

Friday, April 18th, 2014
SELF & SOUL CENTER
Self & Soul House Concert - 7:30pm
9820A Wagner Creek Road Talent OR 97540
Price: $13 adv/15-20 door
 An acoustic house concert at this special Oregon venue."Self & Soul Center is a 25-acre biodynamic nature preserve and garden on year-round Wagner Creek. This land, infused with beauty and creative collaboration, is a healing container for personal and group renewal."
http://www.selfsoulcenter.org/special-events/
Call for more info: 541-708-0178
Saturday, April 19th, 2014
REDWOOD CURTAIN BREWING COMPANY
550 S G St. Arcata Ca 95521
 
 

Something Special

 

When I lived in Colorado, I learned that one of the most respected professors at CU, Patricia Limerick, a MacArthur fellow who heads up the Center for the American West in Boulder, was also the "University Fool." In her official capacity as fool — a title she proudly holds — she dresses up as a clown each April 1 to act the jester around town and campus, "bringing some levity" to an otherwise serious institution.
Limerick's combination of irreverence and excellence impressed me. While you won't find me in clown makeup today, April Fools' Day, I thought I'd nonetheless join in the spirit of foolishness (or foolhardiness) and share a demo of one of my newer (and quirkier) songs  'Something Special.' About my childhood fascination with the legend of Bigfoot, I wasn't sure this song was going to leave the house after I wrote it. Nonetheless, since I've added 'Something Special' to the set list, it's been finding its legs (err, feet). Plus I've found out a lot of folks are still very interested in Bigfoot! I hope you enjoy it. 
 "SOMETHING SPECIAL (Bigfoot Song)" 
(view email on your browser to see the player)
 

Chickapalooza video, 3/22 @ Silo's