Hey guys and gals! Some solo/acoustic shows happening across the Nation in the coming weeks. And then one Full Band rockstravaganza in LA near the end. Keep a watch on the DATES PAGE for updates on new cities as they continue to fly in like bosses. Here's what we gots so far:
-Tuesday 10/28: Deep Nuggets Radio, Salt Lake City, UT **listen online! 6pm PST/9pm EST
-Wednesday 11/5: Cafe Acoustic, St. Joseph, MO 9pm
-Thursday 11/6: Kansas City Cafe Radio Concert Series, Belton, MO 7pm
-Sunday 11/9: Uncommon Ground (Clark St.), Chicago, IL 6:30pm
-Monday 11/17: The Foundation Room at House of Blues, Boston, MA **FREE show - sponsored by Bose 3pm
-Friday 11/21: House Concert, Milford, PA, **to RSVP and get details, CLICK HERE 7pm
-Thursday 12/4: The Fat Frogg, Elon, NC 7pm
-Friday 12/5: Red Light Cafe, Atlanta, GA 7pm
-Thursday 12/11: 'The House' - Phoenix Area Concert Series, Surprise, AZ **to RSVP and get details, CLICK HERE
-Saturday 12/13: The Mint, Los Angeles, CA **FULL BAND show 10:30pm
-Friday 12/19: Hopmonk, Sonoma, CA 8:30pm
-Saturday 12/20: Vintage, Redding, CA 8pm
Holy Crap, that's a lot of dates. And there's more TBA soon. Lookin ferd to seeing as many faces, old and new as possible. Miss you guys. See you soon and safe travels!
-Saturday, August 30: Wente Winery, Livermore, CA: Front Porch Music Festival. **we play at 2pm, but $20 gets you bands all day!
-Thursday, September 4: Hard Rock Cafe, Pittsburgh, PA: Beat Cancer Pittsburgh Benefit Concert (benefiting a Glimmer of Hope). Come support a great cause with a whole nights' worth of bands (we're right in the middle), put on by our own mgmt company, ABK Music! Great ticket and dinner packages available, and they're going fast. CLICK HERE to get yours.
-Friday, September 5: Ardmore Music Hall, Ardmore/Philadelphia, PA, 10pm EDT/7pm PDT: GivingStage Live Stream Benefit for Team Charley and Steal Your Car Video Shoot!!
Lots going on with this one. This is hometown show for me so we're making it special. First off, this is the band's first visit to my home hood. Second, we're streaming the show live via GivingStage.com and donating the proceeds to the family of Charlotte Radcliffe, a 9 month old baby girl battling brain cancer. There will be a donation bucket at the show. Wanna come? GET TICKETS HERE. **Not in the Philly Area and wanna donate to Team Charley to watch the live stream?? SIGN UP HERE or click on the links in the video to the left. The fabulous Matt Santry and Mike Greto (of the Silent Signals are joining us on the bill and streaming their sets for the GivingStage cause as well. PLEASE JOIN TEAM CHARLEY and help us with this one!
**Also, we're filming the whole thing and using the footage from the Ardmore show for the 10:10 Creative Productions video for our song, "Steal Your Car", so if you wanna be in the video, wear some snazzy stuff, come early, stand up front and sing along! If you don't have it, and because you were rad enough to sign up for the mailing list, you can Download the song HERE so you can learn all the words, which are HERE and sing along on camera! This SYC video schtick applies to the New York show too...
-Saturday, September 6: Rockwood Music Hall, Stage 2, NYC, *8pm sharp: Always pumped to return to our home away from home in a city so many of us wish we could afford to live in. This is a full band set, at which the 10:10 folks will also be on hand filming footage to use in the SYC video. This is also a FREE SHOW!! There are dozens (probably hundreds, actually) of incredible places to eat in the Lower East Side, so come enjoy one of the best neighborhoods in one of the the best cities in the world and catch some rock and roll while you're there.
-Sunday, September 21: KC Turner Presents, Hopmonk Sunday Cookout Concert Series, Novato, CA, 4pm (solo acoustic) - SOLD OUT. Honored to share the stage again with one of my songewriting heroes, Glen Phillips from Toad the Wet Sprocket. Thanks to everyone that bought up all them tickets!
-Thursday, October 2: Hotel Utah, San Francisco, 8pm: Heather Combs & Friends, Songwriters in the Round. Heather always puts together a great lineup of folks from the SF scene for this writer's round (we're all onstage at once, we each play a song, rinse, repeat several times). This time it's Heather, Forrest Day (who I recently wrote and recorded THIS song with), Mike Gibbons and myself. Last time we did one of these nights here, John Mayer showed up. Just sayin'. Check out the video from that crazy night HERE.
-Thursday, October 9: Star Bar, Atlanta, GA, 7:30pm: This is our first full band event in ATL. Pumped to return to the wonderful South for a great night with our always incredibly hospitable friends and bring the guys (and the rawwwk) this time.
IMEA Awards! I was honored to be nominated for three of this year's awards in my genre: Song of the Year, Artist of the Year and Songwriter of the Year. Super pumped to be recognized. Thanks guys. And our own ABK Mgmt is up for Managment Company of the Year. Thanks so much to the folks from the IMEA for their amazing support of all the endeavors of all the artists and industry personnel. Click on the poster for more details and to keep up on on all fun til the ceremony on October 4th.
That's all for now folks! Lots of info. Midwest dates for the later Fall coming soon. Keep your eyes on the Dates Page for details on those. Thanks for reading and hanging out with us and for all you awesome support. Stay in touch!
-Weds June 4th: GivingStage.com Online Benefit Show - for Victims of the fires in San Diego. Broadcast from Jingletown Recording in Oakland (Green Day's Studio), all proceeds will go to help rebuild the thousands of homes and business effected. We'll be doing a full, 45 min set in front of the cameras. Click HERE to donate and watch! Our set is at 9pm PST.
-Fri June 13: West Coast Songwriters House Concert: Emerald Hills (Redwood City), CA. This is an awesome, venerable house show series nestled in the redwoods in the South Bay. Ian and Joanie are among the heads of this great organization host amazing artists from all over the world at their series. We're honored to be part of it. Wanna go? Email Joanie to RSVP HERE. Seating is limited.
Sat June 14: 19 Broadway, Fairfax, CA - Fairfax Festival Wrap Party. Marin County. Venue and address are the same. We play at 8pm. Followed by our friends OONA and others!
Sat June 28: 1st Annual Peace, Love & Music Festival, Schooner at Sunset, Long Beach, CA. We're happy to be part of a lineup of amazing singer/songwriter bands. Starts at 3pm. We're playing last but please come for the whole thing. $20 all day. Tickets available at the door.
Other shows later in the summer. Keep your eyes here and at jeffcampbellmusic.com/dates for more details as they unfold. In the meantime, click venue names for tickets and mark the calendars! Pumped to get the band on the East Coast in September.
Sat Aug 28: Wente Vineyards, Livermore, CA - Summer Outdoor Concert Series. *details coming soon!
Thurs Sept 4: Beat Cancer Pittsburgh! Benefit, Hard Rock Cafe, Pittsburgh, PA
Fri Sept 5: Ardmore Music Hall, Ardmore (Philadelphia), PA
Sat Sept 6: Rockwood Music Hall - Stage 2, New York, NY
I totally made a video and I'm totally touring NorCal, Portland and Seattle this month.
This is the first time I ever did this. It was fun!
Director Matthew Ward and the amazing team of people pictured below - L to R: Andrew Lion (bass), Max Delaney (guitar), Rick Munoz (drums), Director Matt,Megan Slankard (makeup and starring as the lovely gal in the video who also has her own badass music), Anthony Shafer (videographer), Damon Wolfe (Prod Mgr), Angela Lucero (Prod Coord) and Kumiko Shafer (photos - not pictured for obvious reasons) - rallied their talents and we made a video for "Save Me", the first single from the new EP. We were able to shoot at the fantastic Sonoma Valley Airport(thank you to Sheryl, Chris, Liz and Rick for facilitating!) and we had a blast. Check out the results below and please SHARE on social media and by forwarding this email to help get some more eyes and ears on it. Thank you in advance!
Also - some solo/acoustic tour dates in the Pacific Northwest coming up next week. Click venue names for more details, tell your friends and have them tell theirs and them theirs and so on and so forth and so on...
-Sunday, April 13: Spinella's Off the Wall, Gresham, OR, 8pm
Thanks so much to everyone for your support! Share that, there video, come to some shows and tell yo' friends to do the same if they're up for it. Grass roots, y'all!
Thanks to everyone that came to the LA, Pittsburgh and Philly shows this last week or so. And to all the folks that found their way into the crowd at Jimmy Kimmel Live! The huge band and I (pictured above) really dug having you all there. Made us comfy. Head on over to the VIDEOS PAGE to see what we did!
Two more shows in NYC and SF before a nice few weeks off the road. Starting tomorrow. Won't you join us?
Also, recently gathered around a mic and did a live holiday tune with Megan. CLICK HERE to download it for free, along with another one that she did herself.
Thank you all so very much for your lovin!
All my bags are packed, I'm ready to go...
Well, that's a little silly I suppose. I live out of a suitcase half the year. My bag is always packed. I essentially never even unpack it. I just wear different clothes when I'm home. And I'm always ready to go. Anyway...
Big week here in my own little world. First on the docket, the new EP, "In Spite of Everything" is ready for unveilin'. If you're new to the newsletter or you've missed the updates over the past few months, this is the collection of 5 of my tunes Produced by 6x Grammy Winning Producer John Shanks. Working with him and the amazing group of musicians he assembled for these sessions was a total honor and I can't wait to get the songs out to you all.
CLICK HERE to grab one digi style. Or click the cover photo to the right there. Hard copies coming soon!
Secondly (drumroll please)... Super happy to announce that on Thursday, December 12th, the band and I will be performing on the Jimmy Kimmel Live! Show to play these new tunes for you all, and hopefully the rest of the free world if they tune in. This is obviously a huge landmark in my career and my band members' too. We couldn't be happier, more nervous or more excited about it all and let's face it, if we know tons of you all are watching, it'll be easier. I'd much rather picture my friends in their underwear than people I don't know.
OR... If you're in and/or around the Los Angeles area and you want to come be in the audience that day, that's even better. Tickets are FREE and can be reserved by clicking the pic above. They're on a first come, first serve basis so they'll let you know once you get your name in if you will actually have a ticket, I reckon.
And help us get the word out by sharing the Facebook Event we created.
HUGE thanks to the folks at Guitar Center for making this happen.
And if you're in LA that week, please join us for a celebratory show/Industry showcase on Friday 12/13 at The Viper Room in Hollywood, where we'll be strutting our stuff Sunset Strip Style for some industry folks that can really help make a difference in our careers. Come help us impress them by packing in a huge crowd. HERE is the Facebook event page for that show.
Also, keep your eyes on the Dates Page of the website for forthcoming details on year end shows in Pittsburgh, Philly, NYC and eventually a big one in San Francisco early next year to celebrate a nutty 2013. This has indeed been a crazy year. Without your support, it wouldn't be happening. Thank you, thank you, thank you, THANK you.
With so much love and appreciation,
EP Tracking is done. Time to get back on the road like Eddie Money.
Eddie Money reference? Anyone? Thought so. You guys are rad.
Happy to report that tracking for the new, still untitled, Produced-by-John-Shanks-EP is DONE. Just got back from LA yesterday. Super happy with it and can't wait to hear final mixes and get it out to you all. Stay tuned here for things to that effect. Also, should be announcing the Jimmy Kimmel Live date soon-ish.
First, hitting the road next week to go up as far as Seattle and then back to the Bay for an acoustic show in early October. Dates is as:
-Thursday, 9/26 - Ash Street Saloon, Portland, OR
Aaaaaaand - the live audio version of the "Stop and Go - Live at Coast"DVD is now officially up on iTunes. I sent the audio out to the mailing list a few months back so you all probably have it already. But wondering if you wouldn't mind taking a minute to write a review on iTunes for us? Just click on the cover below and it'll take you there do so. Feel free to share it with anyone you think would dig as well.
Thanks again to all! Sending mad love from the road, yo. (that's totally how I talk) -Jeff
Done. 3 days, 4 songs, some of the most amazing and influential musicians I could ever hope to work with and one rad, Grammy winning producer and his team (big shout out to Paulie D!) that brought out things in me that I didn't know or didn't remember I had. This experience was what it was for me, I think, because I decided before I even walked into the studio that no matter John suggested, I was going to do. I mean, how often does someone at my level get a chance to work with someone that has 48 number one singles under their belt? I told myself that if he talked, I would listen; even if what he was saying didn't make sense to me, if I thought it was corny or hokey or whatever - I was gonna try it.
For starters, doing so made it easy in that relinquishing total control to capable hands like that allowed me to just let go, sing and play. And I must admit that even though the songs are a bit of a departure from where I would normally take my music, I'm really proud of them. They're all a little shinier, poppier and more polished from a production stance. Lyrically speaking, I just came right out and said it most of the time, instead of finding almost intentionally vague ways to put things. I don't usually Try to be super vague, but I like to leave room for the listener to come up with their own interpretations of my stuff. Lyrics are often my favorite part of songwriting, I'm super protective of them and sometimes I'll spend months on words for a given song. This time I just put pen to paper and let it flow with the newer stuff. With the older ideas I brought to the table, if John suggested I change a word or a line, I changed it. We would bounce ideas off of each other and go back and forth until we both agreed it was what we wanted to say. Co-writing is fun...lots of fun. Doing it with someone with this much clout, even more so.
Yesterday was a vocal day. Lots of layering of backing vocals to make these songs even more huge then their already were from an instrumental stance. I sang and sang and sang. And then I sang some more. My throat is all, "whaaaa??" today. But it was a blast. Tons of ooooohs and aaaaaahs, layers upon layers of harmonies and other little vocal stuffs that may or may not even be used in the final mixes. He just wants to have it all there in case the mixing team thinks something is needed. I even did some of the stuff he meant and forgot to have Jamie do with keys, with my voice.
"Sing this line like Sting", or "Do that harmony like Michael McDonald" or "Jeff Buckley" or "...some guy at the Apollo in 1961", were things that he would say to me through the glass when I was having trouble getting a vocal to where he wanted to hear it. And the suggestions worked. He's got such an amazing perspective on sound that comes from 40something years in the biz. I could (and probably will) go on forever about this if I don't put the brakes on. I'll sum up by saying (again) that it was amazing; the best musical experience of my life, no doubt.
What's next? The songs will be mixed and mastered and we're shooting for a fall release for the EP. My killer manager and I will then start to shop the "Produced by John Shanks" project to some labels and bigger firms in the hopes of this being what hooks me in to another, higher echelon of this crazy business that I, for some reason decided to pledge my undying devotion to right before I turned 30 :0/
Tonight, I get to go home to San Francisco and sleep in my own bed for the first time in 2 months (suh-weeeet). I get to enjoy a whole month at home before hitting the road for the Pacific Northwest (that means you, Portland and Seattle) in later September. Dates are up now. Then I'll head back to the Southeast and NYC in October, dates TBA soon.
But FIRST! September 7th is my birthday and I've decided to celebrate it with a rock show in SF.
If you're in or near the Bay Area, please join us at the Brick & Mortar Music Hall that night for a show with the ever tasty Roem Baur, who is celebrating the release of his new EP. Advance Tickets are not only recommended, but encouraged as we're trying like hell to sell this puppy out. You buying one now will help us do so, make us look like rockstars and thus the cause is furthered.
Thank you all again, so very much for being a part of this amazing journey. I like this blogging thing. I may do it more often. Stay tuned!
Hellos to all and everyone. Above is the first (and probably only :) official pic of the band for this project. L to R: Victor Indrizzo, Lee Sklar, John Shanks, some guy that didn't know they were taking the picture yet, Tim Pierce and Jamie Muhoberac. I'm happy to be the meat in that sandwich of legends. It's an honor.
My third day in sunny Hollywood and our second day of recording went pretty well. I walked into the studio yesterday, chocked full of inspiration from the day before and I snuck off into a an empty studio (that just happened to be room where Carole King's 'Tapestry' and EVERY Joni Mitchell record was cut) to play a little guitar and warm up my voice. Within seconds, my fingers starting playing a new guitar lick and a melody came to me. Within minutes, I had scribbled some lyrics onto an empty piece of Henson Studios letterhead that was sitting in front of me and I was turning the page over. Not 15 minutes had gone by and an entire new song was sitting on the pages in front of me. The creative energy of that amazing little room had basically taken me over. It felt done, so I got up and walked out of the room and met the band in the hallway. One of the engineers said that I looked like I had just seen a ghost and I would venture to guess that he was probably right. I had a guitar and 2 pieces of scratch paper in my hands and that look on my face and John Shanks knew exactly what had just happened.
With basic tracking for 3 songs done on day one and a plan to do 4 songs total in our 3 days together, John and I sat down to talk about the next song. He said, 'play me what you just wrote down there'. He totally knew. I played it for him and told me it was the next one he wanted to do. We brought it to the others, arranged it together as a band in the main studio and sat down in our respective isolation booths to record the basic tracks together. In less than 2 hours, a song was born from nothing and put on wax. It was pretty neat. And I have to pay tribute to the spirits that live in that building and the first day I had with the amazing and inspirational players and producer I'm lucky to be working with on this project.
The new song, yet to be named, is a pretty mushy love tune. Not usually my forte. But earlier that day, I was listening to The Afghan Whigs in my hotel room and their singer Greg Dulli, one of my biggest songwriting influences, can write the pants off of a love song and he has a way to make it cool. I can only imagine that this played a role as well. What a way to start a day.
Once that one was done, we started to revisit the first 3 from day one and started doing some layering. They're all sounding pretty huge.
Today, we'll go back and put the finishing touches on all 4 and then I'll leave John to work his production magic. Not sure what the coming weeks will bring, or even today for that matter, but I know I'm looking forward to hearing the finished product. I'll write again tomorrow after our last day today.
Thanks again for being a part of this with me!
Day 1 in the can, as they say in the biz. Wait...that's the film biz. Well, whatever. They make lots of movies at Henson too. The place is an awesome little playground of creativity. Charlie Chaplin started the place in the early part of the business and then Henson and friends took it over later on and the sound stages were turned into a recording studio. A badass recording studio. We're using the biggest of the 3 rooms in the place - Studio A - the same room where "We Are the World" was recorded and taped.
I'm sitting there, in my little isolation booth (view from my chair in the pic below), waiting to sing and play my parts with the band all off in their own rooms (John has been tracking the whole thing live so far...gulp) and he casually reminds me that, right where I'm sitting, John Lennon also sat once to do the same thing I'm about to do. I was overwhelmed with both feelings of inspiration and pressure to deliver an Imagine-esque performance! Either way, it was awesome.
We now have basic tracking for 3 songs behind us. I'll wait to talk about which 3 they are until we're sure which ones will make the final product. But I will say that so far, this producer and these amazing and legendary session musicians are bringing out things in me from writing, arranging and performing places I didn't know I had. They're challenging me to challenge myself - to take chances and do things differently - and it's scary at first, but the results have made me smile so far.
Today we pick some more songs, play some more music and take in some more rad culture from a room and a campus where so much amazing stuff has been created. More soon. Trying to stay on this bloggery daily but we ended up putting in 11 hours yesterday and I zonked when I got back to the hotel.We have a noon downbeat today so I gotta go!
Thanks for reading.
Ok, so I'm no good at consistently blogging. My manager will be the first to tell you that I need to do it more. What, with this modern age of internet and all. But I'm just not an internet guy when it comes to music and my career therein. I learned this game in the pre-Myspace era. I was playing shows in cities far from the one I lived in before I even had a cell phone. I learned the rock thing on the road. Never had time to sit at a computer. I don't think I even got one until I was 27 or so. Either way, here I am, blogging; because I can't wait to talk about the week ahead of me and I want to tell as many people as I can.
The pic above is the view from the hotel I'm staying in Hollyweird this week. I'm here to do one of my 2 favo(u)rite activities surrounding music - record some of it in a studio. It's something I've had the pleasure of doing my whole adult life - even since my young adult life. I have about 9 recording projects under my belt. I'm no stranger to a studio. But this time, I get to do it at the Ultimate studio - Henson Studios Hollywood. And I get to do it with Six-time Grammy winning producer, John Shanks at the helm. I'm one lucky sonofa.
And I have to take a sec and say a special and heartfelt thanks to the folks at Guitar Center, and most specifically, Jake Cheung, my contact there in Artist Relations. GC is a huge, national music store chain - the biggest in the US. And they took a chance on me. Hell, they took a chance on over 13,000 people that entered the Singer-Songwriter 2 Competition earlier this year. I was lucky enough to be picked as the winner of that competition. And as a result, I get to go to Henson over the next few days and record with some of the best studio musicians a guy like me could hope for (Victor Indrizzo, Lee Sklar, Tim Pierce and Jamie Muhoberac) and make an EP with a guy that's sold over 60 Million records. Keep your eyes here for pics over the next few days. Visit the links in this entry and see who these people are, what they have done and who they have worked with.
First session is tomorrow, Thursday. As of right now, I don't even know what songs we'll be doing. I've sent John demos of new stuff and old recordings - a total of about 20something songs over the past few weeks. He'll tell me in about 14 hours which ones he wants to work with. Can't wait to see what he says.
I'll add a new entry each day, with pics, updates and all. Come on this ride with me and see why I think, hell... why I know that I'm the luckiest guy I know.
Thanks for reading!
A Tribute to Mr. Grohl
Greetings everyone! So... was sitting around with my friends Kyle (of The Plastic Arts) and Tom (of Tom Rhodes) and we were talking about Dave's extremely inspiring key note speech from SXSW this year (have you seen it? If not, check it out HERE). We then went on to how much we love us some Grohl and some Foo and since we were sitting in front of Kyle's recording gear and Tom's camera, we decided that we may as well pay tribute by recording a quick verison of one of our favortire Foo songs. Check out the video below, share it rabidly (never know - it may make it to Dave!) and if you'd like to have the audio, you can download that for free HERE. We were moved by Dave's overall awesomeness and his huge impact on our business and wanted share it with you all. Music starts at 2:15 - after some general Tom Foolery.
Miss you all. Hope to see you soon!
What a way to start a summer...
Coming to you a little earlier than normal with a note about the month to come and riding a high from a great night last night.
Taking a liiiiitle break from regular touring to enjoy a few weeks in San Francisco that started with an in-the-round show last night at Hotel Utah, hosted by the always amazing Heather Combs that was fantastically crashed by none other than John Mayer. He gave us an awesome treat by playing some new material, some solo/acoustic versions of some favorites and then joining the rest of us onstage to jam on our tunes with us.
To say that it was a fantastic experience would be an understatement. John was amazing to play with, awesome to hang with and a super mellow all-around person that made us feel like his peers onstage. What an honor.
Here are some fan/iPhone videos taken of us doing one of my tunes, "It Stopped Raining", on which John threw down some serious acoustic guitar shreddery and then one of him doing one of my favorites of his, "Slowdancing in a Burning Room", on which Heather and I got to jump up and sing backup vocals.
Wish you all could have been there in that small room with us, soaking up one of the best musical experiences imaginable. Thanks a ton to John for swinging by.
Bay Area friends, the band and I would be honored to have you mark your calendars for Friday, May 24th for a show of ours happening at the Starry Plough in Berkeley. This is a co-bill with 90s hitmaker Freedy Johnston. We're very pumped about this one and hope you can all come join us! Check out the Facebook Event Page for mo' deets.
Philly Area friends, I'll be back for a bit this summer doing some writing and recording (and for some time down the Shore!) and will be heading to Picasso in Media, PA on Friday June 28th to be part of the "For the Record" showcase series, hosted by Kevin Schramm and Steve LaFashia. TheFacebook Event Page for this one is also available for your viewing pleasure and for gathering of details.
Lots more to come this year, including but not limited to recording an EP with 6 time Grammy Winning Producer John Shanks this summer at Henson Studios in Hollywood, a fall performance (date TBA) on Jimmy Kimmel Live!, lots more touring Nationwide and in-general tom-foolery. Keep your eyes on the DATES page for those updates.
Thank you all so much for taking this ride with me. I mean that in a metaphorical sense, of course. However, it gets pretty lonely out there on the road sometimes so if you ever wanna really take a ride, jump on in. I can only afford to eat things out of cans most of the time though, so don't expect any nice chicken dinners or anything.
Lots of love,
Greetings Friends! Hope the Spring season is springing you into somethin' good. Thanks to everyone that's come out to the shows all over the US these past few months. It's been a blast on the heels of this amazing Guitar Center Opportunity I've been given. Thanks to GC, John Shanks and all the sponsors as well!
This coming week finds me shoving off to the Deep South for 5 nights of mayhem with my good friends Brad Brooks and Clay Bell, both fellow SF Bay Area songwriters. We're doing an In-the-Round format at these shows; at some we'll have a band backing us and some will just be acoustic. Very stoked to be crammed into a small-ish vehicle with these guys and making music in the following places. Click on venue names for mo' deets (which is also my hip hop name. Don't steal it):
-Monday, April 15th - Opening Bell Coffee, Dallas, TX, 7pm
-Wednesday, April 17th - The Brass Door, Memphis, TN, 8pm
-Thursday, April 18th - The Basement, Nashville, TN, 7pm
-Friday, April 19th - Red Light Cafe, Atlanta, GA 8pm
Also, if your thing is the Facebook Event Page, peep that HERE
This month, I'd love to have you all have a gander at the below video for "4th Street" from the Stop and Go - Live at Coast DVD. Reason being, this one features one Mr. Brad Brooks, one of my touring mates this month and of months passed. Check out the video (Share it!) and if you like what you see, the whole DVD Prodution can be acquired in hardcopy or digi form on a donation basis in the Store Page of the website. And if you'd like to download the audio for the whole dang production for nuffin, you can do that HERE.
Thanks so much to you all! Looking forward to more fun to come this year, including recording a NEW EP with Mr. John Shanks at the helm. Stay tuned!
See you soon!
Ok so wow. 13,000 people entered and last week the amazing folks atGuitar Center and iconic, Grammy winning producer John Shanks brought 10 finalists to Los Angeles for the biggest night of their lives. I was one of those finalists. It was an honor. We all played one song at Hotel Cafe in Hollywood for a shot at an EP deal at Henson Studios with John at the helm, a performance on Jimmy Kimmel Live and loads of priceless exposure and prizes that basically grand totals to the shot of a lifetime. The room was full of industry people of all sorts that could make or break the careers we all work so hard on. (I said hard on).
The other 9 finalists I shared the stage with were all insanely talented, world-class artists. Again...such an honor.
John picked me as the winner. This is huge. This is huger than huge. I'm truly humbled and honored by it. Here's the video of the song I did. I was suuuuper nervous...and boy, can I tell when I watch it. My hands were shakin'. My throat was all closed up and stuff. It was a rush...
Can't wait to make the most of this amazing opportunity. Thank you all SO MUCH for your support these last 2 years, beyond and before. You've all inspired me to keep going, even when thing were tough. I owe so much of this to that amazing support. Time to hit the road and come say so in person.
Happy to report that the phenomenal Megan Slankard and I are about to embark on our now-annual trek across the US via Austin, TX for SXSW week. We'll be swinging down thru SoCal, into the Midwest for the festival and then onto my hometown of Philadelphia, Cape May, NJ for another fest and then back across via Pittsburgh and the St. Louis area. Here's them dates and deets. Follow the hyper links for times, addresses and stuff:
-Wednesday 3/6 - The Crepe Place, Santa Cruz, CA 8pm
-Thursday 3/7 - Genghis Cohen, Los Angeles, CA 9pm
-Friday 3/8 - House Concert, Carlsbad, CA **email HERE to RSVP. Seating is limited!
-Thursday 3/14 - Burnside Tavern, MusicGorilla.com Showcase, Austin, TX, 1pm
-Thursday 3/14 - Kick Butt Coffee, Austin, TX 2:30pm
-Thursday 3/14 - The Music Ranch, Austin, TX 8pm
-Friday 3/15 - 311 Club, Indieonthemove.com Showcase, Austin, TX 5pm
-Saturday 3/16, SquareRut Kava Bar, Austin, TX 8:30pm
-Saturday 3/16 - Mister Tramps, Austin, TX 11:59pm (see what I did there?)
-Wednesday 3/20 - Upstairs at World Cafe Live, Philadephia, PA 7:30pm - **This is Hometown show and will probably sell out. Please get yourTICKETS today so we don't miss ya. Megan is opening, followed by a set with my Full Band. We're stoked!
-Friday 3/22 - Congress Hall Boiler Room, Cape May Singer Songwriter Fest 11pm *Full Band Show! (ps...Megan is playing the following night at this festival. I'll be up there with her for a few tunes. Check her website for details)
Can't wait for a crazy month. To celebrate this momentous occasion, we offer this re-presentation of a song that Meg and I wrote and recorded in the car on the way to SXSW last year. We were bored. Lots of desert.
See you all very soon. Can't. Freakin. Wait.
Some news: Made it as a top 10 finalist in the Guitar Center SingerSongwriter Contest out of 13,000+ entrants! This is such an honor and I'm so incredibly flattered to be part of it alongside so many amazing artists, a wonderful company interested in helping working musicians and iconic producer/genius John Shanks. Finals are at Hotel Cafe in LA in 2 weeks. Can't wait!
Winner gets a demo deal with John, a performance on Jimmy Kimmel Live and tons of other priceless industry exposure.
Please help spread the word and follow the contest with me by going here:http://songwriter.whooznxt.com
Please share it on your Facebook, twitter, all that and ask your friends, family, neighbors, enemies, etc. to do the same and link to the to help create a buzz so that the folks running the show here know we're serious. Links to my social media pages are:
**Going to the Guitar Center FB page and the Guitar Center Twitter Page and sharing a link to MY Facebook Page and MY Twitter Page letting them know you're excited that I'm in the finals will help a TON. Like, for reals.
I'm so stoked. I promise I'll keep you posted.
Thank you all so very much for your support!
**Please read the dissertation below to get to the part where you can PAY WHATEVER YOU WANT :- to download "Stop and Go - Live at Coast":
Apple iPhone or iPod Touch Version:
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Far as the sharing goes, I thought Louis did a great job summing that up (this is a quote right from his site)…
“To those who might wish to "torrent" this show:
‘Look, I don't really get the whole "torrent" thing. I don't know enough about it to judge either way. But I'd just like you to consider this: I made these files extremely easy to use against well-informed advice. I was told that it would be easier to torrent the way I made it, but I chose to do it this way anyway, because I want it to be easy for people to watch and enjoy this video in any way they want without "corporate" restrictions. Please bear in mind that I am not a company or a corporation. I'm just some guy. I paid for the production and posting of this video with my own money. I would like to be able to post more material to the fans in this way, which makes it cheaper for the buyer and more pleasant for me. So, please help me keep this being a good idea. I can't stop you from torrenting; all I can do is politely ask you to pay (a few) little dollars, enjoy the show, and let other people find it in the same way. Sincerely, Louis C.K.’
Almost irrefutable, eh?
Thanks for taking the time to read this novel.
For reals, I love you for it and the many other things you do for all of us starving musicians and artists (the assumption being that if you actually got this far, you're one of those people that supports bums like me and if so, THANK YOU! -J)
Thanks much to Rick Jamm & Co for their kind words!:
DVD available on the Store Page
Happy Holidays everyone. Just a quick note to say that the DVD is available for Holiday ordering now via CD Baby.com. Just clicky-mcclickerson HERE and you'll be magically whisked away to a place where someone other than me (cuz that's who has filled the orders up to this point) will send you a copy via the speed and carrier of your choice. There's also some discount action going on if you'd like to grab some CDs while you're there. Thanks all! -J
Fresh off of a brief stint of giggin' on the East Coast (Thank You Philly, NYC, DC, Williamsport and Harrisburg!), pumped to have 3 big city shows this month in CA, my current state of residency (same one Eric Estrada lives in):
-Thursday Aug 2: Brick & Mortar Music Hall, San Francisco - KFOG Local Scene 9 CD Release HAPPY HOUR!! w/ ALO and Midi Matilda - 4pm **every year, KFOG Radio is awesome enough to release a compilation of local SF artists. This year, I'm honored to have my track, "Somethin for Nothin" be part of it.
-Thursday Aug 16: The Naked Lounge, Sacramento - w/ Kat Jones - 8pm
In content news, happy to announce that post-production work for "Stop and Go - Live at Coast" is still moving along steadily (turns out making a DVD is haaaard). Big thanks to Michael Romanowski Mastering, TYS Media, Coast Recorders and the amazing band for their talents and elbow grease!)
Here's a sneak peak at "Laundry Day", the first of 11 songs to be part of the full production along with tons of banter, interviews and outerviews to help show how much fun we had that day. **Mark your calendars for a Nov 9 release show in SF for the full boat. PLEASE feel free to share this video on your FB wall, Twitter feed, with your Oprah bookclub, etc.
Thank you all for reading, watching, listening and sharing. Without you doing those things, I wouldn't be able to do my thing.
Lots of love,
Greetings all! Lots going on this month. Here goes...
First and formost, super happy to announce that my rock band Pine and Battery's new EP, "Daylights" is now available digitally on iTunes by clicking HERE and in hard copy form at CD Baby by clicking HERE.
We just completed our first leg of touring to support this release in NorCal and the Pacific Northwest and hope to announce some more dates for later in the year, ASAP. We're also working on some video content to help enhance the experience for us all. Stay tuned!
In Touring news THIS month, got a few dates coming up on the East Coast with the always amazing Megan Slankard:
-Saturday, July 21, 7pm: Stage 1 at Rockwood Music Hall, New York City
-Thursday, July 26, 9pm: Bullfrog Brewery, Wiliamsport, PA
-Sunday, July 29, 7pm: Stone Room Concerts, Falls Church, VA - **to attend, email email@example.com and details will be sent to you.
Lastly but not leastly, the first in a series of live videos of songs from the Stop & Go record we'll be releasing this year - the finale of this series of releases will be the fall release of the full production of "Stop and Go, Live at Coast" that we recorded in the Spring.
This first one is for, "Shut Your Mouth" and was produced by the amazingly talented Matthew Washburn
Thanks so much for reading and for listening! Looking forward to seeing you all soon.
This week starts a 2 week stint in the great state of Tennessee. Check the shows page for gig updates. There's a lot of 'em! Looking forward to spending some Q-T with the amazing, hospitable people of the South.
-Tuesday April 10 - Cafe Du Nord, San Francisco, CA
*Opening for Train
-Wednesday April 11 - Ukiah Brewing Co., Ukiah, CA
w/ Mara Montiel
-Friday April 13 - Squaw Valley Ski Resort, Lake Tahoe, CA
KFOG's "Ditch Day" - Pine and Battery show!
-Saturday April 14 - Albert Street Pub, Portland, OR
w/ Keep Your Fork There's Pie!
-Thursday April 19 - The Mix Lounge, Seattle, WA
w/ Andrew Norsworthy, Dawn Angelosante, Jeremy Serwer
-Saturday April 21 - Vintage Wine Bar, Redding, CA
Greetings hometown San Franciscans! Happy to announce that TRAIN, one of the biggest and best bands in the world, has asked me to open their show at SF's Cafe DuNord on Tuesday, April 10, 2012. Unfortunately, this show is sold out, but wanted to share the news as I'm honored to be part of such an amazing experience.
A live, in-studio recording of "Stop and Go", with a full band at Coast Recorders in San Francisco, to be released as a live CD and DVD. Only 50 seats available total. Please join us and be a part of this experience.
**To RSVP, send an email to: firstname.lastname@example.org with the number of seats you'd like to reserve in the subject line.
National tour to support the Soft Release** of the new album, "Stop and Go" is underway! Click the SHOWS page for details and please keep in touch and look for updates at the following, happening internet social networking places:
**Copies of the new CD and new songs will only be available at shows, occasionally online and always by direct request until early 2012.