Sunday, August 12, 2018

Summer Single 2018

Here's a fun little song I recorded several years ago using Group DeVille's portable Yamaha 16-track machine. A dusty CD-R containing the only surviving mix was rediscovered this August, so I uploaded it to the studio Mac, ran it through mastering in Logic Pro, and as of today you can get it on Bandcamp.

As with past Summer Singles, downloads are set at Name Your Price (meaning you can toss some cash my way, or just enjoy it for free). It will be available until the first day of Autumn. I hope you enjoy it.

Monday, June 25, 2018

Even More Advance Notice.

The Prestons will be performing as part of the 2018/2019 Fall/Winter Pothole Pictures series in Shelburne Falls on Saturday, November 3rd. As usual, more details will be forthcoming as we approach the date. But we're booked as of today, so get out your daily planners and pencil us in.

We are an all-volunteer-run, non-profit, community movie house and we’ve been showing the best in classic, foreign, and independent films on the BIG screen in our historic, century-old 420-seat Memorial Hall Theater (at 51 Bridge Street – above Town Hall – in Shelburne Falls, MA) since 1995. We have frequent special events like “Meet the Filmmaker” nights and collaborations with local community organizations. Live, local musical acts play on stage for half-an-hour before each film. Admission is $6 for adults and $4 for kids under 12.

Tuesday, June 19, 2018

Color Me Weasel.

This Thursday evening, I'll be part of the opening act at Colorway's album release party at New City Brewery in Easthampton, Massachusetts. Get your tickets HERE. Colorway is a truly excellent band, featuring the songs of F. Alex Johnson, who also happens to be one of my favorite guitar players, local or elsewhere. The rhythm section features Riley Godleski behind the kit, and Matthew Clegg on bass. These guys ROCK.

"So what's this opening act?' you ask. Thanks for asking, I reply. Easy Weasel is a fun new project featuring yours truly, along with Brad Thayer from Glad Machine, and Chris Collingwood aka Look Park, that came together primarily for this Colorway shindig, but we're already booked for another show in July (details to follow). Perhaps there will be more, but for now, all you need to know is that this show on Thursday is sure to be a lot of fun. It's gonna be the first day of Summer. If you can be there, BE THERE.

Wednesday, May 30, 2018

Seriously Advance Notice.

The Prestons are confirmed for another 7-8pm slot at Luthiers Co-Op in Easthampton, Massachusetts on Friday, September 7th.  Details will be forthcoming as the date approaches, but we suggest you pencil us in on your calendar now. We don't want to miss you.

Tuesday, May 8, 2018


I'll be playing a rare solo show during the 7-8pm slot at Luthiers Co-Op in Easthampton on Friday, May 25th. I might stand up. I might sit down. I might bring an acoustic, or I might go solo electric. Haven't decided yet. But there will be songs, so show up and I'll sing them at you.

Cosmos Sunshine (from Connecticut) plays from 8-9:30, and Sedagive has the 9:30-11pm set. It's going to be an eclectic and neighborly evening, so stop by if you like.

Friday, April 13, 2018

The Prestons - April Gig.

The Prestons play the 7-8pm slot at Luthiers Co-Op in Easthampton, Massachusetts on Saturday, April 28th. The music continues with ReBelle from 8-9:30, and then Larry Dulong and Random Sighting from 9:30-11pm. Luthiers is a fantastic venue within a guitar shop. How cool is that? We love it there.

Sunday, November 26, 2017

A New Release From The Prestons.

On November 24th, The Prestons launched their latest collection of songs as a free download on their Bandcamp page. Beautiful Rain is a six-song record, featuring three each from Bill and Rick (or Liam and Chard, if you will). Plans are afoot to release a physical CD sometime next year, very likely come Spring when the duo starts playing shows again.

Okay, so much for the third-person press release style stuff. You'll note that I've made some changes over there in the right-hand column. In addition to the links to my solo albums, there are now links to all three albums by The Prestons. I've listed everything in reverse chronological order, with the latest offering on top. Much in the way the blog posts themselves are arranged, come to think of it.

Just click on any of the album covers to pop over and download whatever suits your pleasure. With my solo material, it's "name your price," meaning there's the option to slip a little something my way, but everything by The Prestons is just plain free. Bill and I never connected the page with any payments account, so we decided to continue along that same path with Beautiful Rain. Once the CD version is pressed, you can toss some cash in the tip jar at a gig and take one home.

In the meantime, stay warm through the next few months, and enjoy the Winter holidays. We'll see you in the Spring.

Friday, June 30, 2017

Saturday, June 17, 2017

Action Shot.

Our good friend Hannah captured the band at work last night in Easthampton.

The Town Council at Luthier's Co-Op. Photo: Hannah Zahn