It’s the first day of spring – finally. The nights are still cold but the days are getting warmer all the time now. It feels so good to spend more time outside.
I’ve had a good time at Folk Alliance although I was off to a rocky start. My 4 hour trip to Toronto turned into a 12 hour trip, thanks to an airline I won’t mention here.
The gigs were good, it was fun to reconnect with some people and meet some new folks.
We finished Jefferson Ross‘ new album “Isle Of Hope” – a two guitars/two vocals collection of 16 songs. Jeff is one of my very favorite people, also one of my favorite Southern (and overall) songwriters. The title song of this record is as good as it’ll get, you need to hear it. I’m very pleased to have three co-writes on this album. One with Jefferson and Charley Stefl, one with Jefferson and Jon Weisberger and one with Jefferson and the great Sierra Hull. As you can see in this photo, we had no fun at all!!
We finalized Chet O’Keefe’s new record. We did the whole thing in two days.
I posted a song called “Not Drunk Yet” here on the website that showcases the tone of this record. Chet’s such a great writer, singer and player. I’ve long been a huge fan and everything fell into place so easily on this new record. Here’s Chet with a guitar made by Andreas Seefeldt, a great luthier from Hamburg/Germany.
We also finished the new Eric Brace and Peter Cooper record.
We had a blast making it – great songs, great singers, great friends!
Here’s a photo from February 18 when we had Marty Stuart, Duane Eddy and the incredible Mac Wiseman in the studio. Mac signed my “High Lonesome” poster.
What a gentleman and still a great singer at 87!
Kim Richey‘s new record “Thorn in my heart’ will come out on April 16. I’m very happy to have 3 co-writes on it. Kim and I only met less than a year ago but have become fast friends and have written a whole bunch of songs together by now.
Irene Kelley‘s new album is done and it’s a killer!! My friend Mark Fain produced it.
I have two co-writes on that one and am so proud of those songs. In my book this could be a groundbreaking Bluegrass record.
We started writing for Volume 3 of The 1861 Project – stay tuned for more of that.
Here’s a photo from our recent show at the Bluebird Cafe.
There’s lots of exciting and hopefully good ideas are floating around, there’s lots of great music to be written and played with wonderful people. Who could ask for more?
Peace and Love to all
Welcome to the new website! Hope you’ll like it. Look around, listen to some tunes, watch some videos and drop me a line if you want to. I’m excited that the new website is up in time for Folk Alliance 2013 in Toronto.
We completed the new drum room a few months ago. It sounds incredible and it’s so good to have more space. The studio is a whopping 1000 square feet now, with 4 separate rooms.
I’ll be at Folk Alliance next week playing with Amy Speace, Ameila White, Eric Brace&Peter Cooper and Karyn Olliver and probably a whole bunch of other folks. I’ll also be playing at Mary Stewart’s CD release show, we mixed her new album here a few months ago. Looking forward to all of it.
I’ve been writing a bunch, with Jefferson Ross, Kim Richey, Jon Weisberger and many other fine folks. I have three co writes on the upcoming Kim Richey album, two co writes on Irene Kelley’s new record, one on Peter Cooper’s new record and two on Chet O’ Keefe’s new one.
I finished work on Peter Cooper’s new solo album and we’re in the middle of the new Eric Brace and Peter Cooper record. I’m happy to say that I’ve worked on a bunch of songs with one of my heroes, the mighty Pat Alger. Pat’s been writing with the very lovely and talented Kate Lee and the recordings have turned out great.
Chet O’ Keefe’s new record is a killer!! We recorded it here in two days, pretty much all live, including Chet’s vocals.
I also just finished up Lauren Lapointe’s new album. Lauren is a wonderful singer songwriter from Savannah/GA – and we’re almost done with Jefferson Ross’ new album “Isle Of Hope”, a very stripped down, two acoustic guitars and vocals affair.
We’re starting to collect material for Volume 3 of The 1861 Project. We’ll let you know how that goes.
Spring will hopefully not be too long now, peace and love to all