Show Announcement: Hey, lookit! I'm thrilled to be playing my very first Benton Hollow Spring Bazaar in my hometown on Saturday, May 6. It's a classic solo gig, and I'll be singing some of my favorite cover tunes + my originals. In addition, there are loads of local artists featuring their talents. Drumore is in the southern end of Lancaster County, and IMO, it's one of the most beautiful areas in the Lanc. Hope to see you there.
Lightning In My Lungs: The title of my new record...so excited for everyone to hear these 6 brand new tunes. Look - I understand every artist says this, but it's unlike anything I've ever done before. Believe me when I say it's my first rock record. I got super into playing my tele about two years ago, and that lead to writing a bunch of songs with it. They're upbeat, driving, loud, and fun-to-listen-to. I've done so much with folk music for so long, I felt strongly that it was time for a change. I'll explain what the title means once the record is released.
Hazel Revisited: In 2018 I released an ep called "Hazel", named after the street I lived on in West Philly when I first moved to town. It was a tumultuous time in my life. A relationship I'd been in for over 10 years had just ended, and I was confused and angry and sad. I wrote and recorded these songs in the midst of this storm, which kinda helped me shake off some of the pain. Listening back recently, I found that I was still proud of what I had written and the subsequent recordings, but I couldn't help but imagine that they would probably sound differently today. That said, I've been having fun revisiting each song, making small changes to melody and lyrics. I've finished one so far "Made Right Revisited", and you can check out some video of that song posted right here (in the vidz section). I've also begun re-recording them, and will eventually release all of the "revisited" versions together. Keep your eyeballs wide open for this one.
Montco CC Project: A friend of mine asked me to contribute my songs to his end of the semester audio recording project - meaning, I'm also tracking 4 of my "lightning songs" in Montco's studio space. You can count on hearing these slightly different takes in the not-so-distant future. Joining me are good pals Kyle Swartzwelder on bass, and John Bicer on drums.
Shows: We will be booking, oh yes, our live show will be returning and I can't wait. Please also keep your eyeballs wide open for upcoming appearances. In the meantime, I've been enjoying the Steel City Coffeehouse and Brewery open mic that happens every Thursday night, beginning at 7. In fact, I'm hosting said open mic in two weeks, on 4/20. Come on out and hang with an amazing group of regional musicians and hear good musics.
Hosting Steel City's weekly open mic. I'll be sharing two songs, and introducing the evening's lineup of artists. This is always a fun time, and SC puts on one of the best open mic nights in the region.
the locks music, 4417 Main Street, Philly
we have the honor of opening for hezekiah jones. can't wait to be a part of this special night of live music!
we're excited to be back at dawson again. especially for a summer show!
opening for cabin dogs
opening for the jayplayers philly record release
also opening is jason mcgovern
Gorgas Park , 6400 Ridge Avenue
amazing lineup of philadelphia artists + parks on tap! the band and i go on around 3pm.
dawson street pub, 100 dawson street, Philadelphia
pawnshop roses w hemline theory & todd ferster
30 minute set opening for Found Wandering
co-headlining with katie buxton & the boy jones
Bourbon & Branch, 705 N 2nd Street, Philadelphia
doors @ 7, show at 8
calli graver will be joining me on harmony vocals
opening for: the rose project / qiet / the jayplayers
$7 advance, $10 @ the door