Happy to announce shows on the East Coast and Southwest for September! Two shows this coming weekend in Oregon. And more shows in the Mojave too. Check here for all the details.
Well, it's been a long transition....we began with plans to leave Portland and make a town called Landers, California, our new home a couple of years ago...and we have finally completed the move and we're living full time in a small homestead cabin out in the sand and rocks with plenty of Joshua Trees, creosote bushes, jackrabbits and coyotes as our neighbors. The cabin is off the electrical grid. It runs on a small solar power system. I'm currently mixing, mastering and doing a little bit of tracking using electricity that was created with ZERO fossil fuels. It sure ain't easy running your own power plant....but it is so rewarding.
Here's a short video that Joshua James Huff and I made about why I had to leave Portland, Oregon, and why I chose this spot out in the desert to build a future. The urban footage was taken by a drone flying over my old Portland studio, PermaPress Recording. You can see that the demolition around my studio has already begun. The desert footage is our new location. The voice-over was recorded using solar power.
And if you're in the desert this July, I hope you'll come out and see me at Landers Brew....I'm doing a four show long run there and I have some amazing guests playing with me. And I have a show at the (in)famous Deer Lodge in SE Portland on July 29 with a full band. Details here.
As the cranes and wrecking crew demolish the buildings around PermaPress Recording, the video for So Long City drops. Art and life, intertwined perpetually. Read the review and watch the video in HD on Paste. #SoLongCity
I make my Morongo Basin debut opening for my pal, Joe Garcia, and his Urban Desert Cabaret, on March 5 at 5pm. Follow the link to the Facebook event to get all the details.
Spending time in Joshua Tree, CA, my FM radio dial came across the local station Z107.7 KCDZ right away. Sometimes, I have an affection for the brand of pop and youthful rock that the Z stations play and it's the only local radio station I've come across. The local Morongo Basin news and the occasional lost dog announcements are worth it alone...even if you're not into the pop. In fact, I only can pick up about 5 stations total while I'm in the area. I was amazed when we borrowed Susan's parents' car to drive from Allentown to Philadelphia for my show at The Dawson Creek Pub. There must have been more than 30 stations to pick from on the dial there.
I'm a regular KCDZ news reader of their online news and I was excited when there was an announcement about their long going local music show hosted by Pat Michaels. I hadn't stumbled across the show before and I made time to tune in that following Sunday when I was home in Landers. It was a cool show. I heard some of the local folks whose music I like; Jessica Von Rabbit and Ted Quinn. Plus a bunch of artists that I hadn't had the chance to hear yet. I wrote an email to Pat and asked him if he would consider playing my new record, So Long City. We corresponded a bit and I mailed Pat a copy of the CD the old fashioned way: US Post. Low and behold, he played nearly the entire thing (I just listened to the show. I can't even think what may have been left off). I was out playing shows on the East Coast when Susan started receiving texts from friends in the desert that they were listening to me on the radio. In the old days, those electromagnetic waves of my tunes going out the FM band would be long gone by the time I got back to the Morongo Basin. But it's 2017. Here's the link to the podcast. Go to the 1/29/2017 show:
I was on local TV this morning. Honestly, it's was a little nerve wracking. But they were giving me a chance to get across what I'm trying so hard to get across....music...and in this instance, music that is about my hometown. In some ways, despite the inherent weirdness of suddenly being inside a box, this works out well.
Music Millennium In Store, Fort George Brewery, and The White Eagle in January - Plus East Coast News
I'm kicking the new year off with an in-store performance at Music Millennium which has to be Portland's oldest record store. I've been shopping there since I was in junior high school when they still had a second location on NW 23rd Ave. Man, things sure have changed.
I'm also bringing the trio out for a couple of shows in January. The first one is at The White Eagle on January 11. Then we hit Astoria for a Sunday evening performance at Fort George Brewery on January 15.
Then I'm off to the east coast for a show in NYC....more news coming on that show very soon. Keep up with the latest here.
I'm excited to be doing this once again this year and bringing some guests along with me to join in the fun. We ask everyone who attends to bring a new, unwrapped toy which we will in turn donate to the KGW Great Toy Drive.
"At its essence, So Long City provides the getaway its title implies, an escape to more idyllic environs where outside interference finally fades away."
On the eve of my 46th birthday, my neighbor pounded on my door to inform me that there was a feature for my new album in this week's Willamette Week. It's a good review....I especially liked the headline, "Pat Kearns’ Debut Solo Album Is an Ode to a Changing City and the Doldrums of Middle-Age." Well, I really feel like I'm just getting started again....World, look out! Read the review here.
You can purchase a CD directly from me right here.
You can buy So Long City on iTunes at http://itunes.apple.com/album/id1169826440?ls=1&app=itunes
Or listen on Apple Music at http://itunes.apple.com/album/id1169826440