Happy New Year!
It’s been a few months since my last post but there’s good reason for that. I have been working on Folklore (2008-2012) – a compilation of old tracks from my old folk albums. I have painstakingly sifted through my out-of-print back catalog and compiled sixteen tracks that passed my multi-layered quality control test (a.k.a., songs I still like). These sixteen songs are a context to where I am now. I listen to those songs and I can hear myself trying to find my way in music. Not the business but the road to artistic identity (yeah, I know how pretentious that sounds.). I think it’s best to listen to these songs in volumes rather than individual albums. Which means there might eventually be a Folklore II sometime in the future.
Last Friday I played a show with my good friends, Salim Nourallah and Vanessa Peters, at Lola’s in Fort Worth. It was an interesting night, to say the least, with soundcheck not beginning until 9pm for a 9pm show. However, it was a fun night to hang out with old friends even if the circumstances were a bit absurd.
Thank you Karyna Micaela for the photo and Zach Balch for backing me up!
(Karyna also took the album cover photo for Folklore. She and Zach are amazing musicians - look them up the next time you are searching for new music!)
I got some shows booked next month that I’m looking forward to. On February 11th I will be celebrating my 31st birthday at AllGood Café in Dallas with a song swap with Zach Balch and Isaac Hoskins; two of my favorite musicians in North Texas. Sticking with the song swap theme, on February 17th I will be song swapping with Matthew Gray, Rahim Quazi, Charlie Shafter and Mara Lee Miller at The Live Oak in Fort Worth. Tickets for that show will be on sale very soon.
I have never played SXSW. I’m not sure why. However, this year I’ll be playing an unofficial showcase on March 19th. Details are still be worked out but I will share the details in next month’s blog post.
In April I will be performing, for the eighth year in a row (I believe?), at the Deep Ellum Arts Festival with a new band line-up. Stay tuned for more info on that and announcements for other shows in the works.
At some point this year I will be heading back into the studio to work on some new material. I’m going to really try and change it up a bit for the next album… but we’ll see what happens once I get in there. I’ll try and post quite regularly during these sessions.
That’s all I got for right now. I hope 2016 is treating you kinder than 2015 and I will talk to you next month – hopefully at a show!
Book – A Single Man by Christopher Isherwood
Music – Where Shall You Take Me by Damien Jurado
Film – Room (2015)