Thanks so much to everyone who made it to my (sold out!!) record release show a couple weeks ago at Rockwood Music Hall. It meant a lot to me that so many people showed up! Here’s a picture from the show!
Next up, I’m participating in the Bushwick Book Club show on July 25th at Barbès. This time we’re all writing songs inspired by Dean Haspiel’s new graphic novel, The Red Hook. Dean will be presenting a slide show and signing books which will be available at the show. I’m writing and performing one new song as well as performing as part of BBC’s “Dance Team” in a piece choreographed by Nicola Yvette Hughes.
Benjamin Cartel and I are headed into the studio to record a few covers by the likes of Tom Petty, Kirsty MacColl and Townes Van Zandt.
I’m putting together a bill at Hank’s Saloon on September 6th with my band, Gramercy Arms (I’ll be singing some harmony with them) and Bubble.
And on September 19th, I’m filling in for Susan Hwang while she’s away and hosting the Bushwick Book Club at Barbès. I’ll also be performing a song in a great line-up that includes John S Hall, Renée LoBue, Gary Burton, Jim Andralis, Spiritchild and many others!
And I just filmed a One on One Cellar Session at City Winery with Ehud Lazin. I sang Dark Corners of You Mind, You Were Never Really Here (written for Bushwick Book Club, inspired by Jonathan Ames’ book of the same title) and Spain. John Kengla on bass, Andrea Longato on guitar and Susan Hwang on harmonies and shaker.
The record release show for my new album, The Fastness, is happening on June 28th at Rockwood Music Hall, Stage 3 at 8:30. Tickets are available here!
The Fastness is made up of 10 new songs written by me. It features Kirk Schoenherr on guitar, John Kenlga on bass, Rob Heath on drums, me on singing and harmonium and Susan Hwang, Leslie Graves and Julie DeLano on harmonies. It was produced and engineered by Joe Rogers, mastered by Charlie Nieland with album design by Scott MX Turner. I’m happy with it. Come celebrate with us on June 28th at Rockwood.
I took the album cover photo in Iceland last summer from a whale-watching boat just outside of Reykjavik Harbor.
The term ‘the fastness’ was introduced to me by my friend, playwright and songwriter, Hywel John. It means, ” a secure refuge, especially a place well protected by natural features.” At the time he mentioned it, I was in the middle of nowhere in Ireland writing some new songs and the idea of a fastness appealed to me (still does) and worked its way into some of these songs.
Anyway, would love to see you on June 28th at Rockwood Music Hall.
I just got back from a fantastic trip to Los Angeles. I was there for the 2nd Bushwick Book Club show in celebration of Jonathan Ames’ brilliant, new book, You Were Never Really Here. Read it! And then see the movie. Here are a couple pictures from the LA show.
I’m excited to be co-producing two upcoming Bushwick Book Club shows with Susan Hwang, in NYC and LA, to celebrate the release of Jonathan Ames’ new book, You Were Never Really Here (a movie based on the book, starring Joaquin Phoenix and directed by Lynne Ramsay, will also be released in early April).
I’ll be writing and performing a new song at both shows AND making my dance debut at the NYC show in a piece choreographed by Nicola Yvette Hughes.
Jonathan Ames will be giving readings and signing books (which will be on sale) at both of these shows!
I’ve been invited to participate in Dave Keener’s Songwriter Deathmatch on February 10th at Freddy’s in Brooklyn. He invites a few songwriters to each play a few songs. I’ll be in great company with Dave Keener,Dave Foster and Jim Knable. It’ll also be a mini- Nick Lowe tribute as we’re all covering one of his songs. I’ve never participated in Songwriter Death Match before and I’m not entirely sure what happens if I lose, but I do know I’m up against some pretty fierce competition. It’s Saturday night at Freddy’s from 6-8pm and it’s bound to be fun. Come hang out with us!
Here’s a picture from the Bushwick Book Club show the other night, taken by Gates Callanan.
And I’m excited to be part of the Love Hangover again on February 15th at Bowery Electric. Benjamin Cartel and I will be singing a couple songs together. Lots of great people peforming. I’d love to see you there!