Another show on the Spring Run, iooks like we'll be celebrating Cinco de Mayo with John Bardy in Lockhart, Texas! Full dates including the East Coast listed here!
It's been more than two years since I have hit the road and played some shows... and I couldn't be more excited to announce I'm playing a run of dates throughout the USA beginning May 1st at El Rey Court in Santa Fe. Here is what's confirmed so far including ticketing info. Everything listed outside of California, I'll be accompanied by Susan Kearns on bass. More dates coming in so stay tuned!
Since I heard about this yearly event put on by Mil-Tree, I have been hoping I would be asked to perform. It's billed as an evening of desert stories and songs and that's in my wheelhouse! Plus, Live From Joshua Tree is a benefit for Mil-Tree whose mission is to bring veterans, active duty and civilians together through arts and dialogue to help transform the wounds of war. This event is so special. And this year it's being held in The Sanctuary at the Joshua Tree Retreat Center which is an experience itself (it's a building, not what is pictured although that is the Retreat Center). Don't miss it. You only get one chance! Tickets for to both attend or watch the live stream can be found here.
This heartfelt benefit, put together by Matt Ellis, goes off this Sunday. It's an incredible bill of artists, many backed up by Los Pancho Tones (the desert's finest backing band - Josh Sonntag, John Ossman and Denny Weston Jr). I'll be playing a couple of songs with them.
This post-quarantine world (or maybe Wurld) is moving quick! I'm excited to announce that I'm opening for Walter Salas-Humara this Friday at FurstWurld. Capacity is limited and this may sell out. But advance tickets are available at Eventbrite. Susan Kearns will be joining me on upright bass. And we might be joining Walter on a few songs as well.
Five years ago, my wife, Susan, and I moved to the Mojave Desert to pursue what seemed to us to be a pretty outlandish dream. But it also seemed like a good idea. Goat Mountain Recording opened in the Fall of 2020. The recording studio is covered in the latest issue of Joshua Tree Voice. And it's an honor to be in the pages along with Rancho de la Luna and Red Barn Recorders. The article is about the recording studio, but it's also worth mentioning Susan cuts hair in the building as well. We're on page 26.
I had the pleasure of cutting Louise Goffin's lead vocal for her cover of the Todd Rundgren classic, "I Saw The Light."
Here's the full credit list for the track:
"Someone/Anyone? The 50th Anniversary Tribute to Todd Rundgren's Something/Anything?" is out today! I had a blast recording my version of "I Saw The Light," co-produced with Fernando Perdomo and Darian Sahanaja! All net proceeds go to Todd Rundgren's Spirit of Harmony Charity.
Watch the video here: youtu.be/G7uZztfTHWM
Find the album here: someoneanyone.hearnow.com
Produced by Louise Goffin, Fernando Perdomo, and Darian Sahanaja
Mixed by Dave Way
Louise Goffin - Lead Vocals
Fernando Perdomo - Electric Sitar, Guitar, Bass, Drums, Tambourine
Darian Sahanaja - Piano, Vibes, Glockenspiel, Backing Vocals
Marcella Detroit - Backing Vocals
Kaitlin Wolfberg - Violin, Viola
Scot Sax - Drums
Dave Way - Claps
Pat Kearns at Goat Mountain Recording for vocal engineering
Video directed by Andrea Kremer
It's been a little bit since I've posted. I was a little depressed because of the whole quarantine situation. For a moment, I didn't really know which way I was supposed to go. The pause that quarantine initiated turned out to be a positive situation for me. It gave me some time to step back from the recording studio we have been building. We've been working on it seven days a week since the beginning of the year and I had lost a little perspective on what needed to be finished and when. Now we could see the real tasks at hand. And that's kept us really busy with a lot of woodwork - sanding, staining, poly-urethaning and epoxying. Everything is coming together and I think we'll be doing our first sessions late in the summer.
The depression also gave me a bit of inspiration. And out of that came a new single called Bird on a Fence.
Back in early April, after a few weeks in quarantine, the weather took an unusual turn for the desert; we had three or four days of rain in a row. As I was making coffee on each of these wet mornings, I watched a dove sitting on our fence. It was soaked by the rain, feathers ruffled and waiting for a break in the weather so it could dry off enough in order to take flight. The dove seemed irritated by the rain. Lots of us were experiencing something similar. Our usual behavior was curbed and many of us were also grounded - like the dove - waiting for changes beyond our control so that we could take back to our lives and the dove could take back to the sky.
Besides the YouTube video of the single above, you can find the single on all digital platforms. Please add me to your Spotify and Apple Music playlists.
My wife, Susan Kearns, filmed the video while I was recording Bird on a Fence. The video was shot on our compound in the Mojave Desert. The new studio is still under construction and so we used the current cabin recording set up and ran microphone cables out to the new live room. Joshua James Huff did the editing. Joshua has been an almost constant collaborator the last few years. He photographed and designed the cover of my first solo album, So Long City and directed The Solar Cabin Sessions.