Tomorrow night - Thursday, June 14th - I'll play MY LAST NIGHTTIME SHOW FOR A COUPLE OF MONTHS (takin' a break to make a record!) with two FANTASTIC artists at the Sunset Tavern in Ballard. My pal Mark Pickerel will start the show around 9PM with some skilled solo jams, then I'll play a set with full band (we'll be debuting NEW SONGS!!!), and the fabulous Amy Lavere (out of Memphis) will close out the night with her mad stand-up-bass skills. Here's a little taste of what she's about:
Hope to see you!
Seattle has a new internet-only radio station called Jet City Stream, which was started by a few of our city's most well-known music taste-makers (eg. Shawn Stewart, Marco Collins, and Heidi May!). I'm excited to join them live in the studio BRIGHT AND EARLY Tuesday morning (June 12th) to play a few solo acoustic jams. Tune in, wherever you are!
It's been a rough couple of days here in Seattle. Yesterday, May 30th 2012, a man with a gun walked into a coffee shop/music venue and killed 4 people, two of whom were well-known and loved members of the local music community. The sadness is overwhelming and the seeming randomness of it all (in what is usually such a peaceful city) has shaken many of us to our core. In contrast, just two short days ago, Paste Magazine posted a list of "12 Washington Bands You Should Listen to Now" and we were all feeling pretty warm and fuzzy about our city. I, along with a bunch of other pals, felt really honored to have been included on the list. But in light of yesterday's tragedy, my excitement has lost some of it's luster. Don't get me wrong, I'm still stoked about the shout-out, but it has a different flavor today - more of an "unbelievably grateful to be alive and doing what I love" flavor than an "I feel cool for being on this list" flavor. I believe this is known as "perspective"?
I could go on and on, but instead I'll just say THANK YOU, Paste Mag, for showing some love for our city at just the right time...
Loudon Wainwright III is an absolute master songwriter and performer. Last year when I played with him I got taken to SCHOOL and I'm looking forward to another such formative experience this Sunday night at the Triple Door (there are still tix available!) when I open for him again. Don't miss this one - trust me!
Loudon is not only a brilliant artist himself, but he also happens to be the papa of one of my musical heroes, Rufus Wainwright, and his two super talented sisters, Lucy and Martha. They're all playing a big Wainwright Family show in NYC this Friday, before he heads out West for our Triple Door show. Read all about it here in the NY Times.
Here is Loudon doing one of his *perfectly* heartbreaking songs...
See you Sunday night!