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.