Tuesday, December 30, 2014

New Year's Eve.

The trio is playing First Night Northampton this year at the Unitarian Society, a really nice hall with great sound, located just to the right of City Hall. We'll play two sets, and have decided to do a pop/rock show during the first set (9:15-10pm), and then put more of a blues/jazz spin on the second set (10:15-11pm). Stop on by if you like.

Thursday, December 18, 2014

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

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

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!

Friday, October 3, 2014

The Irish Are Coming.

In fact, they're here as of today. One of my favorite bands ever, the four lads in Pugwash have embarked on their first US tour. Chris introduced me to them around the time we were starting work on my Wednesday Child album. Long story short, we've all become mutual friends via email, social media, and tossing CDs back and forth across the briny.

Image courtesy of Pugwash and giftedlive.com
The first date on the tour is in Hamden, Connecticut, a mere hour and a half down the highway. I'll be there. A few days later, my wife and I will see them in Portland, Maine. And two days after that, I'm opening for them in Northampton, an 8pm show at The Basement on October 11th. You can imagine how chuffed I am about this.

Sunday, September 14, 2014

Gig Poster.

Dave and Me.

Photos by Jaz Tupelo (L) and Marian Kent (R)
Here are two pics from the First Churches gig last week. It was a beautiful day.

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

This Just In.

Just booked another show. Next Sunday afternoon, Dave Hayes and I will help kick off Restaurant Week in Northampton with a duo set on the steps of First Churches from 3-4pm. Teatime.

Sunday, August 31, 2014

Florence Night Out.

Heads up, everyone. The trio plays a private event on September 16th, but the next public gig quickly follows on Friday the 19th. We'll be appearing at the Florence Civic Center, along with The Bakers and The Fawns as part of Florence Night Out.

Also, as a lead-in to the event, on the morning of Thursday the 18th, I'll be on Valley Free Radio's The Quiz Show. The show begins at 6am, but thankfully they're having me in for the stretch between 7:30 and 9:00.

Friday, August 8, 2014

Trio Photos.

Original photo by Deanna J. Chrislip

Original photo by Deanna J. Chrislip

These nice shots were taken on the night of our June show at the Bing Arts Center. The trio's next public performance will be Florence Night Out on September 19th.

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Summer Single.

UPDATE: This offer has expired. The song is no longer available as a free download, but there has been talk of including it on the next album as a bonus track.

Click that image at the top of the right-hand column, and enjoy this new version of Holiday Road, a song which was recorded during the Wednesday Child sessions but not included on the album. The original vocals were scrapped and re-tracked in 2014, and this mix will be available until Labor Day.

Sunday, June 22, 2014

Easthampton Rocks.

Here are two nice shots of Dave Hayes and me during our performance this afternoon at the Gary Biardi Memorial Concert. It was a lovely day and a fine remembrance.
Photos by Hannah Zahn  •  Click to embiggen.

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

New Album News.

Five songs are done, and I'm working on the sixth. At present, it appears that the final count will be nine, which you may recall was my original intent. But if I write something really good in the next couple of months, the count may go up a bit. Who knows?  Whatever the case, I'm quite pleased with the results so far.

Guest artists? Thanks for asking. They include Chris Collingwood, who programmed drums on two songs (and tracked my acoustic guitar parts for them as well), Jim Weeks, who contributed bass and drums on two other cuts, and my frequent trio cohorts Fred Goodhue and Nick Dines provided the bass and drums for one of the songs.

Plans are still in place for a release sometime in the autumn months.

On the performance side of things, tomorrow evening is the first of those three closely-spaced gigs I mentioned in the last post. The weather is supposed to be lovely. I hope it'll be the same where you are.

Monday, June 2, 2014

June Stuff.

Here it is June already, and I see there are three shows slated for this month. The first is a private gig on the 18th, but after that it's a couple of public events. The trio will be at the Bing Arts Center in Springfield for a Solstice Party on the 21st. On the 22nd, I'm playing a duo set with ace bassist Dave Hayes at the Gary Biardi Memorial Concert in Easthampton.

Mostly what I'm doing these days is continuing the work on the new album. I have two songs pretty much completed, and another three well underway, apart from final vocals and embellishments. The remaining four are in the machine, but nowhere near ready to talk about yet.

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 Hang on...

If we can take one last look back at May, here's a very nice shot of (l-r) Debbie Way, Brian Marchese, me, and Dave Hayes onstage for "Playground" during the XTC Tribute.

Thanks to Leo Hwang (another fine area musician who also performed that night) for the photo.

Sunday, May 11, 2014


I love the poster that Max Germer designed to promote the XTC Tribute.
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Wednesday, May 7, 2014

Work Your Senses Overtime.

My next local public appearance will be at the Iron Horse on May 24th. This is going to be an amazing night of music, featuring an all-star lineup. From the Iron Horse website:

"A benefit for H.E.A.R. (Hearing Education and Awareness for Rockers) featuring an eclectic assemblage of the Valley's pop-literate musicians including (in no particular order) Steve Koziol, Mat Silberstein, Mystics Anonymous, Julian Simons, Original Cowards, Colorway, Rick Murnane, Philip Price, Ray Mason, SOURPUSS, Sitting Next to Brian, Ken Maiuri, Luke Cavagnac, Alottle, School for the Dead, and Anthony Westcott."

This is Pop - A Tribute to the Music of  XTC
Iron Horse Music Hall
Northampton, MA
Saturday, May 24 at 10pm

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Gig Poster.

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THIS IS GONNA BE GREAT. Join us for dinner and a show on May 2nd at Sam's Cafe in Haydenville.

Sam's is in the former Blue House, right across from the Sunoco station on Route 9.

The food there is beyond delicious, and there is a wide selection of coffees, teas, and soft drinks as well. BYOB if you'd like something stronger.

There's also free WiFi so you can Live Tweet about what a terrific time you're having.

Thursday, March 27, 2014

Coming Up.

Pleased to announce that I'll be playing a solo set in the Community Room at Northampton's Forbes Library on Wednesday, April 23rd. Sharing the bill is another local favorite, John Crand of Original Cowards. We'll each play a half-hour set, with the show running from 6 to 7pm. My plan is to introduce a few of the songs that I'm currently recording for the new album, and I also have a beautiful new acoustic guitar that will be making its public debut on the night. I may even bring my mandolin for one song, too, so that might be good for a laugh.

Saturday, March 8, 2014

Music For Art's Sake.

Many of you know that in addition to being a musician and songwriter, I'm also a professional visual artist. A lot of what I've done over the past fifteen years or so has been in the realm of product and décor design. Most of that sort of thing carries a lot of proprietary baggage, so it wouldn't have been proper to showcase the work online. Industry secrets and all that. But I'm out of the industrial workforce these days, freelancing from home, and concentrating more on illustration and graphic design again. As for fine art, I haven't had a gallery show in quite a few years, but have a couple of projects in mind that may find all that changing soon as well.

Anyway, what I'm trying to get to is this: I love great art, and am really excited to be playing Springfield's Bing Arts Center again next Saturday. It's the opening reception for a show by the wonderful Daryl Zang (click that link and you'll see what I mean).

Image courtesy of the Bing Arts Center
This will be a trio show, and we'll be playing some jazzy blues standards and some danceable instrumentals of my own work in addition to the usual janglepop. We're gonna dress nice and be cool and casual. We're not the headliners here, Daryl and her paintings are. See you there.

Thursday, March 6, 2014

XTC Tribute Rides Again.

The XTC tribute concert that had originally been slated for January 18th has been rescheduled. Here's the new skinny (lineup and ticket details to follow):

This is Pop - A Tribute to the Music of  XTC
Iron Horse Music Hall
Northampton, MA
Saturday, May 24 at 10pm

Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Sunday Shot.

 Rick at Mocha Maya's • Original photograph taken by Hannah Zahn

Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Coming Right Up.

Image courtesy of Mocha Maya's
The trio's playing Mocha Maya's this Sunday (2/23) from 2:30 to 4pm.

We've ended up with a lovely crowd each time we've played an afternoon show here. Come on out and join us if you're around.

Friday, January 31, 2014

Iron Horse Photo.

Love this back-of-hall shot by Hannah Zahn • Click to embiggen

Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Pete Seeger.

Y'know, it's funny. We pay offhand repect to birthdays and passings-on in all the social media, and a lot of the time there's only a distant connection to the person. But Pete Seeger? This one hits home a little closer. A lot of us pretty much grew up within the long, warm shadow cast by this man. Whether his voice was raised in song or against oppression and pollution, we had the opportunity to listen, and learn, and join in. Pete always invited us along. Can't exactly mourn the earthly close of a full and purposeful life like Pete's. But what we can do instead is celebrate the fact that we got to live alongside him for a while.

Sunday, January 26, 2014

Land O' Goshen.

This next Saturday is the first of February. You heard me. February already. We're playing a private living room concert that night, as a fundraiser for the Goshen Library. Goshen is a short drive up Route 9 from where we live, so it's even quicker and easier to get to and from than this past Friday's Iron Horse show was. Which is good if this thing runs late...we bibliophiles sometimes tend to get a little crazy when we get together.

The next public show will be on Sunday afternoon, February 23rd., from 2:30 to 4pm at Mocha Maya's up in Shelburne Falls.

Monday, January 20, 2014

Iron Horse Show.

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This coming Friday, I'm in Northampton, opening for John Eddie at the Iron Horse.
Nick Dines (who'll be with me on drums) shares the same birthday as John, and back in the GDV days, we opened for him on one of his famous (infamous?) birthday shows at the Iron Horse. It was a total blast. Fred Goodhue will be with me this Friday too, holding down the bass duties. Hope to see some of you there. Advance tickets can be had by clicking RIGHT HERE or the link up above.

Tuesday, January 14, 2014

XTC Tribute.

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Here's a nice piece by George Lenker, about the upcoming XTC night at The Elevens that you're not going to miss.

And over there to the left is the nice poster that Henning Ohlenbusch made for the event.

UPDATE: This concert has been postponed, probably until March. A nasty flu-like bug is to blame.

Wednesday, January 8, 2014

Iron Horse Show Announced.

This just in: I'll be opening for the John Eddie Band at the Iron Horse Music Hall in Northampton on Friday, January 24th. This will be a trio show. Details to follow.

Wednesday, January 1, 2014