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.
We reached a major milestone! More than five years ago, after realizing I would lose PermaPress Recording to encroaching construction of overpriced apartments, Twiggy Pop and I hatched an escape plan. We would sell our home in Portland and rebuild in the Mojave Desert. On February 20, 2020, we turned the power on in the solar powered studio we have been building next door to our humble homestead cabin. Still have quite a bit to do before we open the doors for recording and mixing but we sure can see the light at the end of the tunnel.
Huge thank you to everyone who has been a part of the adventure so far. We couldn’t have put even one foot in front of the other without your help. But all those little steps turned into many miles.
I'll be opening up the evening on Monday, March 9, for KaiL Baxley. The show is free. Music will begin about 8pm. And Susan Kearns will be joining me on upright bass. KaiL is headlining every Monday in March, and he's bringing a bunch of high desert artists to The Alibi to support him including Stevie from St. Lou and Landroid.
Keep up to date with the latest for this event on Facebook.
Pat Kearns presents an evening of independent music at Landers Brew.
Caitlin Sherman - In an "about damn time" kind of moment, Seattle based singer-songwriter Caitlin Sherman is stepping out solo. She’s had her fair share of collaborations over the years, most notably the cosmic psych rock of Evening Bell and the hazy noir of Slow Skate. As a songwriter and arranger in both projects, she also held the role of girlfriend and wife. Now she is neither. Her debut solo album, Death To The Damsel is a meditation on love lost and independence found in the wake of back to back romantic/musical entanglements. Each song an act to unbind oneself from the past in order to look forward. There will be no White Knight to free the damsel. It’s high time she untie herself from those tracks and make a move. “Find me a fire, I’ll find the escape, an exit from all that we built an invisible stairway, hidden from shame for a quick getaway.” And so that “heroine without a hero needed” emerged with ten songs charting her own path. Dark contemplative songwriting explored through fresh unpredictable pop sensibility, dripping with art and purpose.
Pat Kearns is a singer songwriter and recording engineer originally from Portland, Oregon. His newest album, Down In The Wash (2019), was recorded at his off grid homestead cabin in Landers using solar powered electricity.
Northern California songwriters Jeremy Powers and William Duke join forces with a new band Sunset Canyoneers, delivering their self-titled debut on eclectic Spanish record label - You Are The Cosmos. A delectable full-length album of organic yet cosmic country folk-rock, it evokes the Gram Parsons-to-Big Star period when intoxicated Southern soul and rustic power pop revived Country and Western and gave rich pleasure to the crossover pop charts.