Merry Christmas, happy holidays, and happy New Year! I hope that everyone got to spend some quality time with the people that mean the most!
I had a wonderful time in Colorado, so far. Spent lots of time with my niece and nephews, sisters, brothers, parents and friends! I got to hear some of my favorite Colorado musicians, write with some good friends, play songs with my family, and go to the zoo!
I'm really looking forward to the coming year. 2013 was a great year for me. Life is always full of ups and downs, but when looking back its usually the good times that you remember, which is what I intend to do, while looking to future ventures.
Some highlights from my 2013:
The birth of my second nephew, Levi.
My song, Row by Row, on Balsam Range's Papertown, became number one on the Gospel Charts, was nominated for IBMA's Gospel Recorded Event of the Year, and was on IBMA's Album of the Year (also, Papertown).
Dancin In the Kitchen' was released on Darren Nicholson's Things Left Undone.
I got to record on some great records, wrote new songs, attended some fun parties, moved into a new house, made new friends, saw old friends, heard Tony Rice speak in his real and natural speaking voice, had a big time with the East Nashville Bluegrass Spectacular, played at Brown's Diner, played music with some of my heros and friends and performed at some sweet venues!
I wish everyone a very prosperous 2014 and I hope to see you in the Cave on February 1st when I get to open for Missy Raines!
See you soon!
It's here! Its released! Its a Christmas song! You can get your very own copy for less than a dollar! You can get it right now, for only 99 cents! Just go to CDbaby, and download it for your Holiday enjoyment! While you are there, feel free to pick up a copy of either of my other albums. They make great stocking stuffers and/or coasters for your holiday parties!
Still need more music for Christmas? Darren Nicholson's new album, Things Left Undone, is now out! Darren is great, the guests on the album are fantastic, and there is a tune of mine on it! So, go pick you up a copy of this one at Darren's website.
In other news, I'm looking forward to a few albums from this winter coming out! I was just in the studio yesterday with Rorey Carroll singing a few background vocals for her new record. Its gonna be very cool! Also, tomorrow will be the first day in for working on Nick DiSebastion's new record that should be released sometime this spring. Its a busy time for this lady, so I best get off the computer and get going!
Very soon I'll be releasing a brand new single! And its a Christmas song!
One of my favorite things about Christmas time has always been laying under the tree and looking up at all the lights twinkling off the ornaments. My childhood cat, Meowzer, used to lay under the tree with me when I was a kid, but I think she was there for the low hanging candy canes and not the light show. In any case, the song is not about my cat, but about magical wintery scenes of Colorado, trees and love.
I recorded it last night just me and my Cedar Mountain banjo at Ship Wreck Studios. It came out sounding great and I can't wait for everyone to hear it! It should be available for download on CDbaby very soon!
Thanks for reading!
Hey friends. The sad news is that the show this Friday at Turtle Anarchy Tap Room has been cancelled due to the venue's failure to obtain proper music license and pay all the fees that need to be paid.
We are all bummed and nobody wins in this situation, but let it be a reminder to all the venues to get their affairs in order so that live music can continue to thrive. The work that ASCAP, BMI and SESAC do is important. It is a big part of how many artists make their living and get paid for the songs that have brought joy to so many music lovers over the years.
I hope that we will see you at a show in the future and that everyone has an amazing holiday season! Thanks for your continued support and love!
Just finishing up some computer work here, and also this poster for the show at the Turtle Anarchy Brewing Company on December 13th in Franklin Tennessee!
I've been there before and the people are nice and the beers are tasty! I'll be joined by Nate Lee and Matt Wingate and we'll be playing all of our favorite tunes for you between 7 and 9PM! Here's what the poster looks like:
Hope to see you there!
Well friends, I had a tea party, was visited by Santa, finished a handful of new songs and I added some new shows to the calendar! I'm feeling pretty productive!
If you're like me, then you're probably looking forward to the holidays and you've probably lived in your vehicle on more than one occasion.
I'm getting excited for the holidays for all the regular reasons people do, but I'm also pretty giddy about spending some quality time roaming the country in my van! Road trips are awesome. I do like to travel with friends or family, but I love to travel solo or with my Ruby dog. I've been getting my van all decked out for a little camping and a few long drives. Its always a nice feeling to get out on the road, let your mind wander, listen to music, or just be still surrounded by the soothing hum of the highway. I'm hoping to reactivate my brain, stir the creative pot and get a lot more song fuel over the next month and a half. We'll just have to wait and see how it goes.
In the meantime, I hope everyone has an amazing, loving, fun, creative and fulfilling holiday season! And don't forget to give to those in need (now and always), after all, you don't want to end up on Santa's Naughty List, Do you?
Ho! Ho! Ho! and a gobble, gobble gobble!
Here are a few more pictures from the last month or so:
Wow! What a great week in Raleigh for the International Bluegrass Music Association Convention! It seems to have taken me this long to decompress and reflect enough to write a little about it!
First off, Raleigh was a great host! I must admit that I wasn't a fan of moving it, for my own selfish reasons, but Raleigh won me over pretty much the first day!
IBMA is always fun, but this year some pretty incredible things happened, the least of which was having a song on the ballot and on Balsam Range's Papertown, which ended up winning album of the year! From Noam Pikelny's speech to start the week off to Tony Rice's amazing acceptance speech, it was a monumental week. If you haven't seen his speech yet, you should go and watch it on youbute right now. It was an incredible! The room got suddenly very still, everyone had tears in their eyes and looks of sheer astonishment frozen on their faces. I still get chills just thinking of it. I could tell you all about it, but its not something easily put into words, so do yourself a favor and watch it here.
It was wonderful to get to see many old friends, make new ones, play music with some pretty fun people, run all around Raleigh and hear many of my friends and favorite musicians play! I was so honored to have had a song on the ballot and so pleased that Papertown and Balsam Range won album of the year! Love those guys!
The theme of this year's gathering seemed very much one of acceptance and keeping the spirit and essence of bluegrass music alive, and I'd say it was the best year yet!
Here are a few pictures from the week:
Now I'm back in Nashville, getting settled into my new place, working on some new songs, playing around town and really enjoying the beautiful fall weather!
Take care, and stay tuned for more updates!
Hey guys! Welcome to my new and improved website! You can check back for news and updates here and I'll do my best to keep it current!
Right now, I'm on tour with Lindsay Lou and the Flatbellys. They are a great band out of Michigan and if you haven't heard of them yet, you should check them out! I've been out with them since September 4th and will be until after IBMA in Raleigh where I'll be joining them for their official showcases!
In other news, Balsam Range's version of my tune, Row by Row, is up for IBMA's Gospel Recorded Performance of the Year Award! I'll be there enjoying the award show and crossing my fingers in my Sunday best!
I'll try and get all my performance dates up soon, but in the meantime, you can always follow me on facebook!
Thanks for reading and thanks for the support!