Every now and then I stumble, unexpectedly, across a photo that brings a smile to my face. The truth is, I don’t remember this photo being taken. But oh what a gem it is! It pretty much captures the air of jolly excitement I was feeling at our CD-Release show in April.
And just for good, rock star showing…here’s another fab photo from that show:
Thanks to everyone who came out, emailed, called, texted, and otherwise supported our music video-release effort over the weekend! The party on Saturday night was a HUGE success. Highlights included a robot dance-off, an hour-and-a-half of Cryns #3 sing-a-longs, potato chips as far as the eye could see, and a little bit of debauchery (you know who you are…).
As of today, we are still working on getting YouTube to play nice with our music video. We have it up online at a secret location and hope to have it available for the public good by this evening.
If you have photos from the evening, please send me a link to them!
Leslie and I went out and took some photos a couple of weeks ago, and these are the results:
Leslie brought some great ideas to the table and helped me to feel comfortable in the water and otherwise. For my first time being at the center of a photoshoot, I felt quite comfortable and had a lot of fun. At one point while jumping up for one of the shots, the crotch of my pants totally tore open. Thankfully, Leslie fixed that in post-production. Y’all should contact her if you want some kick-ass photos of your own.
I’m have photos!!! I am so excited about this!
Last night, Leslie shot some photos that I will be using to promote my musical adventures. She is an amazing photographer and also a joy to be around.
We did several locations and one costume change. I can’t wait to see more photos (hopefully next week)!
I had a blast playing the Acadia Cafe tonight! Eliza Blue warmed up the stage for us, and we, in turn, warmed it up even more for Jack Ventimiglia, who is a fresh face from Detroit, MI. Jack really played some nice songs and provided a great close to the evening.
Dave sat in on the djembe tonight, which was a lot of fun! He talks a lot on stage and at one point even noted that he was going to steal my thunder or something like that, which was pretty funny at the time. I’m not sure I have any thunder to share, but he is certainly welcome to it. The crowd was great – more rowdy than usual for the Acadia. At one point they started clapping in rhythm, so I asked them to keep it up while we burned through “Quittin’ My Job”. Then a couple of songs later, I saw Eliza clapping along, and I asked the crowd not to leave her hanging, and they abliged by adding their claps to hers. A fun night, I tell ya! Here are some photos courtesy of the beautiful Lisa M. and me:
And here are some videos:
Sometimes when I practice, I like to play along to a random selection of The Meat Purveyors’ tunes. That band plays upbeat bluegrass faster than any other band I have heard. Their music is great, but the way they burn through certain songs is more impressive than their songwriting.
During my time in Los Angeles, I played in Spank – a band that prided itself on playing downstrokes on the guitar faster than any other band. My right forearm was bigger during that time than at any other time in my life. I want to get back to that. There’s something cathartic about playing guitar really really fast. It’s something that not many people are able to do. While I have a lot of work to go to get to the speed I want, I think I will get there. And when I do, you can expect me to form a new, upbeat bluegrass band that blows through songs faster than a snowplow through snow on a Minnesota street.
4. Lookin’ Past Me
6. Tonight was a wonderful night!
7. 2 Sisters/Monster (end on down beat after last chorus)
8. Quittin’ My Job
9. You’re all that I want.
10. Leaving L.A.
11. Killer’s Creek
13. Let’s Get Funky
It’s going to be a good one!!
I just arrived in LA and it’s 5:20am. I was supposed to get in 6 hours ago, but the big Minneapolis blizzard changed that plan.
I’m pumped to see my family. Katybeth will be picking me up in a few minutes and hopefully taking me out to breakfast (my treat).
I brought along all the raw tracks for the new record just in case Noah wants to work on producing it with me or maybe I can get everyone to sing on it like last time. That would be grreat!!! Plus, little Noah wasn’t around to sing last time – and I’d love to have his little voice on the record!
My super hot girlfriend, Lisa is coming out here for New Years, and I can’t wait!
Last Saturday was Colin’s birthday, and I rocked it with the likes of “Sneaky” Pete Bauer, Colin “The Czar” Anderson, Bob “The Bearded Wonder” Serrano, Tubs, “Rock-and-Roll Legend” John Stoll, and more! Here are some photos:
Check out the photos below from my final show of the tour – at the BP Green Gas Station in L.A. Playing for a small crowd and hundreds of gas tank filler-uppers was lots of fun. The crowd, in particular, was quite receptive, but it was also fun to have people in cars pull up and listen for a song or two before rolling out to their destination of choice. Thomas was on hand all the way from Minneapolis, MN to support me and film the video above – THANKS, THOMAS!!!
And here are some from LETRON’s show in L.A.:
The Monterey Aquarium in Monterey, CA houses an amazing display of living jellyfish. I had the pleasure of visiting on my way down from San Francisco last week. Check out my photos!
Day #2 in San Francisco! After spending all night partying with the kids from Europe and getting virtually no sleep, I jumped in my car and drove across the Golden Gate Bridge. I found a trail over in Marin City and walked a bunch, cleared my head, and wrote a sweet song. Then I met up with my parents, and played the show at Blondie’s Bar and No Grill in San Francisco. Here are the photos:
So I arrived in San Francisco at 5 p.m. or so, and I parked in what must have been the most interesting spot in the whole city, as upon parking, my car was almost immediately swarmed by homeless people of all makes, asking for anything from drugs, jokes, and porno. I checked into my hostel, which was just down the block before heading back out to move my car to higher ground. Actually, it was the highest ground in San Francisco at the corner of Sacramento and Taylor, right across the street from some uppity condos.
Before, during, and after my show at the Green Tortoise Hostel, I was drinking with folks from all over Europe (Ireland, Germany, Holland, Spain, England) as well as Connecticut’s favored son, Pat Hull, who totally rocked it on the mic after my set. After we played, there was an impromptu soccer game behind the stage area, then some pool and all sorts of goofing off (It’s easy to have fun when there’s an Irishman leading the charge – Thanks, Coleman!).
Then at 2 a.m., I stumbled to my car up on the hill, and, deciding the walk to the hostel was too much, I reclined and fell asleep. But it was damn cold in that car. DAMN cold. I didn’t sleep too well, and at 5 a.m. I trucked my legs past the homeless swarms and into my hostel only to find someone in my bed. The guy at the front desk then booked me into a hotel down the block, where I slept for the next three hours (I had to move my car by 9 a.m.).
Here are some photos from the day and evening:
Last night was totally awesome. I played at The Clubhouse @ This Old House in San Luis Obispo, CA with Mark Adams (of Rancho Deluxe), GARON, Paul Hobbs, Dave Seawater, Gary Foshee, Deb Kirk, Jasmine Miranda Crowe, Chloe Andresen, and a couple of others. I hadn’t heard of any of those folks before last night, but WOW! They totally brought it. Together we put together what might be the best night of music I have ever been privy to.
Each group played for 15 minutes, with the exception of Adams, who played a 45-minute set of his originals. My set included “True Affection”, “Boulder”, and “Leaving L.A.” – 3 songs that I felt I could pull off despite my nervousness of the evening. I’m not sure why I was nervous, as I wasn’t nervous at either of the first two shows of the tour… Hmmm… Anyway, my next show is at Linnaea’s in San Luis Obispo on Saturday, then it’s off to San Francisco for three nights of rocking in a row.
Here’s some video footage from last night:
And here are some photos from the last 24 hours: