3/29/13 show audio posted

The band had a ball at the 8×10 a few Fridays back – stream or download the entire concert at http://archive.org/details/gwa2013-03-29

Highlights include the debuts of new original tunes “OK” and “Byrds” and Zappa’s “More Trouble Everyday” featuring TG on vocals.  Hope you dig.  

The band is back at it next Thursday 4/18 at DiamondBack Tavern and Saturday 4/20 at Ellicott City Spring Celebration.  Check the Upcoming Shows section for details.     

“Within and Around” solo acoustic playlist

As we closed out 2012, I took a little time to record “Complete”, which was the last song I needed to film to wrap up the Within and Around solo-acoustic series (how appropriate!).  Here’s the playlist of the songs (in album order).  The studio versions are available to stream or purchase via the MUSIC tab.

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In finishing these videos, I feel some degree of closure to the Within and Around project, which released back in November 2011.  It showcased my most personal songwriting and nuanced delivery, and captured a moment in time of my life as a work in progress.  I will continue to work these tunes into performances and they will always be near-and-dear, but I’m eager for the new sounds, collaborations, and projects to dig into in 2013.

Thank you for your interest and continued support, and have a healthy prosperous new year!

Next gig 11/17 ~ “Coffee Cup” video

I’m excited to announce my next performance will be at the DoubleTree (at BWI Airport) on Saturday Nov. 17th – Additional Details TBA, but please save the date!

Here’s my solo acoustic rendition of “Coffee Cup” from my latest album Within and Around

A year ago this week – 9/22/11 at The 8×10

A year ago this week!

http://archive.org/details/gwa2011-09-22

This is one of my favorite show recordings.  The band (Ryan Baldwin on drums, Sander Marques on bass, and Mark Quinn on keys) and I were tight as ever on a great batch of new-ish tunes.  Kickin’ off with “Seeds” and jammin’ with members of the Soul Island Rebels infused the set with energy early on.  We played two songs from my soon-to-be-released solo album Within and Around (“Texas Honeysuckle” and “The Wait”), brought out some cheeky fun with “Bargain Jargons”, “Slug”, and “The Lengths”, and confidently performed one of our more technically challenging songs “Muck Bug”.  This show featured the debut (and so far only band performance) of the song “Caveat”, which I’ve been told is reminiscent of Elvis Costello (which I was surprised by, but took as a compliment – do you hear it?)

Sander milked a bass intro into crowd-favorite “Jeepers” (a song from my old band LUCA) which features a great building jam section fueled by Mark’s electric piano solo and Ryan’s textured drumming. “Jeepers” spring-boarded us into one of the coolest renditions of “New Umbrella” we’ve played, complete with some harmonica licks.

It sounds pretty great for a live-recording mixed on the fly (thanks to The 8×10!) and captured our band having a great time.  I hope you enjoy it as much, hell – half as much, even – as I do…

Cheers and Peace.

Audio from May 19th @ Sullivan Hall (NYC)

Live audio from my performance on May 19th, 2012 at Sullivan Hall in New York City is now up and available to stream or download at http://archive.org/details/gwa2012-05-19

I really enjoyed getting to play in New York City for the 2nd year in a row. Thanks to my cousins for swinging out and hosting (it was neat to get cousins from both sides of my family hanging out). Before the show, we walked a few miles to take in the sights, had a pit-stop at the city’s oldest Irish Pub called McSorely’s, and happened upon a small but lively cultural heritage street festival (Romanian, if I remember correctly – maybe Lithuanian… either way, we stood out like sore thumbs).

A few pints and grub in our bellies, we made our way back to the venue. The concert was a fundraiser for Ovarian Cancer research and it was great to meet the organizers and volunteers to whom the cause was so dear. It was truly inspirational. The bands put on an incredible show – I caught most of Smooth Money Gesture, Jatoba, and Twiddle – they all tore it up.

I’m really glad I was able to get the audio from this show to share – It was a popular weekend for graduations so more than a few friends and family couldn’t make it (and I, unfortunately, had to miss a family graduation – sorry and congrats A and A!). For those who missed it, here’s the next best thing.

“Little Secret” starts off a little rough as the sound-engineer and I synced up our levels, but the audio and my nerves settled in nicely for the rest of the show. I was talkative throughout my set – I think it helped keep me loose but in-the-moment, and I didn’t want my solo performance to seem empty compared to the full bands before and after me, so I added in a personal touch here and there and had fun with it.

Though I didn’t mention it at the time, I played “My My, Hey Hey (Out of the Blue)” by Neil Young as a tribute to my uncle who passed away unexpectedly earlier this year. He came to Sullivan Hall the year prior for my NYC debut and I have fond memories of hanging with him after my set. His physical absence this year was tough, but his love-of-life continues to reverberate and resonate in those of us who were lucky enough to know him. One of our last conversations was about me playing a Neil Young-inspired music festival hosted by his buddy – He was always putting people in touch to help one another out – so it was special for me to think of him during that one and throughout the night.

The rest of the set was a mix of original songs – some from my latest albums and some rarities. It was important to me to dedicate “Bohemian” in remembrance of my friend’s mom (who lived with cancer for years) as a reminder of the greater cause of the night.

“OK” and “Wild Love” were freshly written, so it was challenging but fun to try those – it is so energizing to play new songs. I even got to sneak in a new blue-grass arrangement I’d been working on for my song “Amens Hallelujahs” when I realized that nobody had turned on the house music when my time was up – listen closely and you can hear me “negotiating” with the sound engineer about it as he was running past the stage back to the soundboard – at first he said “no”, but I promised him it would be quick – I was going to milk the stage for as long as I could – It’s not everyday I get to play NYC 🙂

A good lil’ crew carried on for a bit after the show, trying to keep up with the endless energy of the city, but eventually we wrapped up and called it a night. I was asleep for about 30 minutes when one of my cousins (who you can hear as the rowdy fan between songs) woke me up, having triumphantly found and bought the last of the night’s gyros from a street vendor. We washed them down with one last beer.

After some good chatting the next morning, we grabbed a coffee and hit the road back to Baltimore.

It was a fun trip – meaningful in many ways. I hope you enjoy the show!

The 8×10 this Sat! ~ New live audio

My next performance is this Saturday May 26th @ The 8×10 with Hangdog and Twiddle. Doors at 8, I’m in the middle.

Also, I was pleasantly surprised to learn that “THE NINE” from 3/4/12 was recorded for the blog Push Record Play ~ Check out my live versions of Mindy, The Irish Drinking Song, and The Wait (feat. Tim Kaye on piano) and discover the rest of the wonderfully talented artists from that cool show!  Click here to listen http://www.pushrecordplay.com/

FLOMusic Cafe show tonight! “Morning Singing” vid

Hey all, quick reminder to join us at Oliver’s Carriage House (5410 Leaf Treader Way, Columbia MD) tonight April 28th for a benefit showcase hosted by For the Love of Music Cafe. Six great area artists for $10, music starts at 6:30 – proceeds go to the Wounded Warrior Project. Really looking forward to this one! See you then and there.

Here’s the latest video of songs from Within and Around, a solo acoustic version of “Morning Singing”:
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