When I was out on the road about a month back, my first stop was in the lovely and weird co-city of Champaign-Urbana, Illinois. C-U has become a pretty frequent stop in recent years, but this is the first time I’ve crossed paths with Sean Neumann, who is half of the team behind Ghost Track Media.

Ghost Track has started doing live performances in Sean’s kitchen of some of the artists coming through the area, so I set up shop in his kitchen, borrowed his guitar, and sang a couple songs.

This is a legit kitchen. We’ve got some dishes in a drying rack, the dregs of a rather large bottle of red wine, and a frying pan that’s just waiting for some action…and that’s only the parts you can see, folks. Who knows what culinary skeletons are hiding in these cupboards.

You can take a look and a listen to the whole session here.

 


When I lived in Grand Rapids, it became clear pretty quickly that WYCE (88.1) was just about the only radio station in town that played anything you wouldn’t find on a Billboard chart. On top of that, they also have a great tradition of supporting local artists, including their annual awards show The Jammies, where people hang out in their PJs and enjoy the best music the town has to offer.

Thankfully for me, that support has continued even after moving 500 miles south. They’re always quick to welcome me back to the studio if I’m passing through town, as I was a couple weeks back.

Cool place, cool people–I’m thankful they’re around and doing what they do.

Here is the audio from a couple songs I did live in the WYCE studios back on October 8th:

Fall for Me

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Well friends, tomorrow is the first day of autumn, which means it should stop being 90 degrees in Nashville pretty soon. And it also means it’s about time for me to pack up my pillow, piano, and snacks and head out on the road again.

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It’s not real often that I make it out to the East Coast, but I’m doing an unplugged show in Philly next week Friday (8/7) at Neighborhood Film Company. 8pm, $10 suggested donation.

Enjoy the beauty of this poster from the talented Tim Barnes!

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The biggest downside to pursuing a career as a musician is the truth that, in most cases, doing this right means being gone from home quite a bit. Some artists are out on the road 200-250 days every year, and I don’t know how you could do that and keep your relationships with family and friends in a good place. Continue reading


Most people don’t spend the better part of three years working on a 6-song EP, but there isn’t much about this musical journey that has stayed on the straight and narrow. Continue reading


Last week I was super excited to hear that the kind and beautiful people over at Performer Magazine wanted to premiere the first track from How We Spend Our Days.

It’s called “You’re the One,” and it talks about rolling down hills and having a mustache and getting old and dying and being in love in all those things. I hope you like it. Continue reading