I'm very excited to announce that I'll be playing solo at The Desert Bar in Parker, AZ, on October 2 from 12:30 to 4:30pm. I have been hearing about this spot for years. The only chance I ever had to visit it, they were closed when I was in the area. Well, this time I'm passing through the area when they're open and the owner, Ken, was kind enough to let me play. I couldn't be any more excited about it too. I'll be there from 12:30 to around 4:30pm playing alternating sets with a local band. It's remote, but if you're anywhere near, I expect to see you there! ;) More info on the Performances page.
Just updated the Performances page with a few new shows for August and September....notably, Centaurpalooza, which may be the last Blue Skies For Black Hearts show for a little while.
Back in June, I attempted to do an interview from Joshua Tree, CA, with Casting For Two. But that morning, our satellite dish internet decided to disconnect and I wasn't able to get it fixed for a few days. We rescheduled for the day of my previous post on this site.....I dig the interview. It's got props in it to Blue Skies lead guitarist, Michael Lewis, as well as stories about my upcoming solo album, So Long City. I hope you'll take a listen.
Over yonder, I can hear the Reaper's call.
Nothing is official yet....I started digging around when I got suspicious that they may begin construction soon on a large building right beside PermaPress Recording. I gathered this info from nextportland.com.
In addition to my regular Sunday nights at The Ranger Station in Portland, OR, I have a few solo shows coming up in late June and early July where you can catch me or my duo (with Susan on upright bass) on another night other than Sunday in the Portland area. First, I've got two solo gigs back to back on Thursday, June 30, and Friday, July 1 in Portland followed by my regular Ranger Station gig on Sunday July 3 and then a special duo performance in Mill City, OR, on The 4th of July holiday before the town's fireworks show. We play at 7pm before The Smokes. All shows are listed here.
It all starts one week from tonight! It's Luke Strahota's annual rock and roll revival tribute: Nuggets Night! Michael Lewis, Mark Breitenbach and myself (Pat Kearns) from Blue Skies combine forces with The Cool Whips' Eric Ramon, Kurt Steinke and Susan Kearns. We have had one practice...and it's going to be a rocker! We play Saturday night. Get all your details here.
Back in August of 2014, after playing two sets late on Sunday at Pickathon, courtney barnett and her band came into PermaPress Recording the following Monday morning and in just a few hours, before they headed in the van to San Francisco, we recorded covers of the Breeders' Cannonball and Smudge's Divan. I mixed the songs the following day and we corresponded until they were right. We liked the mixes but something seemed to be missing from Divan.....I actually forgot about this part until just a couple of days ago when I found the song online and had a listen. We thought on it. I told Courtney I had an idea. I grabbed my Rickenbacker 620, borrowed an EP Boost pedal from Knuckles at Centaur Guitar, and threw a little jangle guitar on the tune. Here's a link to the tune. Most Americans might know it from the Lemonheads version. Catch Courtney on Saturday Night Live this weekend.
For the second time in as many days, I made the papers in Eugene (Does Eugene have more than two papers?). This article sheds even more light on the album I have in the can, my first official solo record.
The Register Guard published a nice preview for my show in Eugene this coming Sunday night. Lots of information about my solo record, So Long City, which I'll have out by hook, crook....or whatever this coming Fall.