Being Troubadour Finalist at the Telluride Bluegrass Festival was honestly a dream. Planet Bluegrass was amazing, the other finalists were stellar, and the vibe of that festival was everything I could have hoped for. I’ve been dreaming about singing on a stage for thousands of people for a longtime and it was quite an experience. I think we all have these ideas what certain milestones mean for our careers and the reality can be overwhelming. Sometimes even leaving us feeling a little empty after the rush is over… Or possibly hungry for the next destination. After this particular milestone, I want to recommit to fully appreciating the journey and the craft of songwriting. I want to take from this experience a deeper appreciation for how every stage is sacred and every performance opportunity no matter how big or small creates the chance for transcendence and meaningful connection to incredible humans. Anyway… Thanks for all the support over the years on both the big stages and little ones.
Hope you are doing well. I just launched this 30 day Kickstarter campaign
to help get a solo album I’ve been working on out into the world. I’m
really excited to share my latest music project with all of you. I’ve been
quietly writing this batch of songs for 2 years and recording tracks for
the past 6 months. I’m in the home stretch.
Check out the page link for more info and to preorder the album.
In the Folds is a nine song album with 8 originals and one cover called
Five Rooms by Tim O’Brien. One of the things I’m most excited about with
this recording is that each song was recorded completely live in just one
take. It was something I’ve wanted to do for a long time. I’ve asked my
voice teacher Dana Saltzman to sit in on grand piano which I could not be
happier about. In addition, I’ve asked Gabriella Welch to sit in on a few
tunes doing harmony vocals. Gabriella is a wonderful singer and person who
has mastered her instrument. What a lucky boy I am.
Anything you could spare would be awesome. I really appreciate all the love
and support over the years with these fundraisers. They have been
absolutely crucial to my career and have allowed me to grow and thrive as
an artist. If you are so inclined, pass the page along to a friend you
think might be interested in an advance copy of the album or some of the
other rewards. Thanks so much.
Hey all. Exciting news… Composing Temple Sunrise is FINALLY published as of July 14th by the Bay Area’s own Poetic Matrix Press. This was a glacial process but totally worth it!!!! It’s on sale now.
This did not happen in a vacuum. Special thanks to the FIshbug Crew, Flux Foundation, , my amazing Kickstarter backers (your ebooks are on the way btw!!), Jess Hobbs, Faith Adiele, John Peterson, Marisa Belger, Lara Edge, Cheryl Fralick, Gary Gregory, Rebecca Frisch, Mary Bisbee-Beek, Rebecca Anders, Melody Shirazi, Amal Dar Aziz, and the Burning Man community at large.
If you’ll indulge me for a sec I have a story I’d like to share. The other day after American Nomad’s show at University of California Botanical Garden at Berkeley a nine-year-old-boy came up to me with his father and shook my hand. “Thanks so much for playing.” he said. “How much for a CD?” He went over to his dad for some money.
“Keep the change.” he said after handing me a $20. His dad laughed and nodded his head.
The boy looked me in the eyes and reached out to shake my hand again. “You rocked it man.” he said candidly.
“Aww. Thanks. so much for saying that.” I responded, touched by his words. I saw a light in his eyes that I recognized in myself when I first started playing. “Do you play music?” I asked him knowing the answer was yes before the words left my mouth. Only a little musician in the making would act like he did after a show.
“Yes. Clarinet.” he replied shaking my hand for a third time. At this point my friends at the show and his dad were laughing.
“Practice everyday and let me know when you want to open up for us.” After a barrage of music related questions, his dad pulled him away. I had made a new buddy. Something about that moment stuck with me. The kid was genuinely inspired by music I made. How cool is that? Isn’t that what it’s all about? Someday I believe that boy will be on stage and will inspire many people with his music. Just a gut feeling. Keep an eye out. The wheel keeps on turning. Thanks for indulging me. Have a great Monday folks!