Thursday, December 18, 2014

Sneak Peek: The Album Cover.

Design by RM based on an original photograph by Steve Daly.

Thursday, December 11, 2014

Album Update.

1) Building The Railroad is fully mixed and mastered. Now I just have to do the packaging art and design. 2) The album will be available online in January, and CD copies will be out in March. 3) It clocks in at nine tracks, just a bit shy of half an hour. The bonus track idea has been scrapped, simply because of significantly different audio quality between the older song and the new material. It would not have sounded quite right, following the last new track. 4) All in all, I'm very happy with the new record and I think you're gonna like it too.

Saturday, November 29, 2014

A Big Night For Small Parade.

On Sunday, December 7th, the superb Amherst-based duo known as Small Parade will be celebrating the release of their very fine CD, Breathe, with a 7pm show at the Iron Horse over here in Northampton. Peter and Nicole write truly wonderful songs, and when they asked me if I'd be interested in playing lead guitar in a full band they were assembling for this show, I jumped at the chance.

Image courtesy of Small Parade.
If you can make it, please do so. Click here for tickets. The very excellent Katelyn Richards opens, and is also providing rhythm guitar and harmonies for Small Parade. This is going to be a great show.

Saturday, November 22, 2014

Pledging For Pugwash.

Image: BBC
You know how much I love this band, right? So it should come as no surprise that I'm suggesting you CLICK HERE and help my friends Tosh, Thomas, Shaun, and Joey get their new record done. There are a number of super deals at various levels of monetary input, ranging from Really Quite Reasonable to Recent Lottery Winner (e.g., the Private Living Room Concert option). But best of all, every dollar pledged helps bring us that much closer to holding in our grubby little mitts the next collection of wonderful Pugwash songs.

Monday, November 10, 2014

Gig Poster.

Image from an original photo by Deanna Chrislip.

Sunday, November 9, 2014

Sunday Show.

The trio returns to one of our favorite venues on Sunday, November 16th. It will be our last afternoon show at Mocha Maya's for this year, so join us in beautiful Shelburne Falls if you can. We'll play from 2:30 to 4pm.

Saturday, November 1, 2014

Gig Poster.

Image from an original photo by Deanna Chrislip

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

The Next Show.

Thursday, October 30th
The Luthier's Co-Op, Easthampton • 9-10pm

Trio gig. No cover, but bring money anyway. There's an upside-down drum that gets handed around for your generous donations to the cause*, and there is also a bar to keep your whistle wet. Our friend Sue Burkhart plays the 7-8 set, and Show Of Cards is on from 8-9, so get there early.

*The cause being the musicians. Dig deep.

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Building The Railroad.

Here's your album update, folks. Seven songs are complete and mixed, and the last two recordings are underway. The current plan is to release the album online (iTunes and very likely elsewhere as well) in January, and then begin a series of gigs in support of a physical CD release in the Spring. This is what I did for Wednesday Child, and that worked out very well all around.

The title of the album will be Building The Railroad, which is a phrase from one of the songs, and also a bit of a play on words, considering the recording process also involves laying down tracks. As for said tracks, there will be nine brand new songs on the album, and the physical CD will also contain a bonus cut, Holiday Road, which was this past Summer's giveaway single.

The cover art this time will feature a photograph by my friend Steve Daly, who is an excellent photographer in general, but who loves taking pictures of trains and railways. Here is a recent post on his blog about the photo in question. I knew it was perfect the moment I saw it, and am very pleased he agreed to my use of it.

Monday, October 13, 2014

Ladies & Gentlemen, Rickwash.

Saturday night with Pugwash was pretty great. I played six songs solo to open the show, and then Tosh, Joe, and Shaun (l-r in the video) joined me for a seventh, final tune: a simple rock shuffle take on my song Holiday Road (the studio version of which was this year's Summer Single, you may recall). The very excellent guitarist and songwriter F. Alex Johnson shot the video. Cheers, kind sir!