Sunday, June 21, 2015

Summer Single.

Monkey in the Zoo asks the question "Why would anyone ever want to be like everybody?" - something the nonconformist adolescent me asked himself a lot, and something I still wonder now. The song will be a free download (it's listed as "name your price" but payment is not required) from today until Labor Day. Enjoy.


Thursday, June 4, 2015

The Prestons Announce July Gig.

My duo with Connecticut songwriter Bill Catalde will be making a rare live appearance this July. In our roles as Liam and Chard Preston, we'll be filling a Sunday afternoon with music at Mocha Maya's in Shelburne Falls, Massachusetts (one of my favorite venues, in one of my favorite towns). No cover, tips appreciated. 2:30 to 4:00pm on Sunday, July 26th. A show by The Prestons is always memorable. Mark your calendars now, because you won't want to miss this one.

Thursday, May 28, 2015

Pedal Points.

"What does that pedal do?" It's a familiar question. Guitar players like messing about with pedals, even when they're not plugged in. Every so often we juggle the order around, trying out new ones, upgrading, sometimes changing out one or two whose purpose is no longer needed or in favor, and occasionally we like to streamline everything and get back to basics.

I did this recently by setting up two different pedalboards: a primary board for most situations, and a smaller one to use with acoustic guitars going into a PA system. Here, take a look:


The top board is the main one. The signal path runs Tuner > Compressor (set to a light evening-out sort of comp) > Overdrive (set to a medium-level drive) > Overdrive (set to a light, pick sensitive drive) > Tremolo > Delay. This is a simple yet versatile array that gives me pretty much all the changes I'd want underfoot at most gigs. There used to be two other pedals on this board, but they were used so infrequently I decided to remove them.

The smaller board below it is arranged like this: Tuner > Reverb (set to a "hall" type 'verb) > Delay. These give a nice shimmer and an occasional light echo to my acoustics.

The effects are daisy chained together on each board for powering them all with a single adapter. And that's the story about the pedals I use...at least for right now.

Sunday, May 10, 2015

Nowhere is Where She Belongs: The Video.

Psst...hey kid, wanna see a music video? CLICK HERE.

Still from video by Jason Mazzotta

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Radio Free Americana.

Happy to announce that the new album has been added to the rotation over at Radio Free Americana. 

It would appear that I am in very good company indeed.

Thanks as well to all of my new friends, fans, followers on Twitter, all you Facebook Artist Page likers, and also to those of you who have bought the album at gigs, through the mail, or online at Bandcamp and iTunes.

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

The Next Three Gigs.

As I write this, one of them is only a couple of days away.

Friday Night CafĂ©  - with Ray Mason - Friday, March 27th in Cummington.

Mocha Maya's - Sunday, April 26th in Shelburne Falls.

Iron Horse - with John Eddie - Friday, May 1st in Northampton.

Monday, March 16, 2015

Pugwash Tour Update Update.

Here are some more images and memories from the tour.

Close quarters at Toad, Cambridge • Photo mine
Hamden • Photos by Bill Davies (L) and Gina Gorgone Murdock (R)
Portland, Northampton, and Hamden • Photos mine
Northampton • Photos by Rie Saito
Northampton • Photos mine • Gretsch also mine

Thursday, March 12, 2015

Pugwash Tour Update.

Sorry for the lapse in postings, but I've been away. My short New England tour supporting Pugwash began last Friday, and even on supposed days off — the ones without a gig to play — there has been a lot of real-world activity that's kept me away from the blog/site. Now I'm home for a bit until the last show tomorrow night in Hamden, Connecticut. I have a meeting this afternoon, but some time right now to bring us all up-to-date.

The tour? In a word: wonderful. Here, have some photos. I'll post more as they become available.

PORTLAND:

Photo by Mike Dow
Photo by Mike Dow

CAMBRIDGE:

Photos (clockwise from top left): David Tolar, Andy Stone, Laurie Lynne

NORTHAMPTON:

Daily Hampshire Gazette • Thursday, March 5, 2015 • Page C-3

Photo by Hannah Zahn