I have just spent the past two and a half months taking my new album, “Seventh Story” around the world. I played a bunch of concerts across four continents. The travel time provided opportunities to watch, write and reflect. I got to thinking about some of the stuff that Has Happened in my shortlong time on this planet:
I was invited to sing my original songs for the king of Busoga.
One time someone bought me a taco with money they made by selling their own body.
I had hypothermia in the Himalayas.
Before I stayed awake for three days in a row.
I boogie boarded down some snazzy rapids in the Nile.
I have swum under the ice of a thickly frozen lake.
I have driven eleven hours to play a concert for 17 people.
I’ve feasted with friends on food we found in dumpsters.
I’ve had my truck and tractor stolen from me, and my dog is dead (my life IS a country song).
I’ve played official concerts in 1/8 of the countries in the world (more than 20).
I understand that the experiences we make make us as humans. I’ve been honored to share some amazing human moments with people all over the place, and I’ve been totally alone other times. I’m glad to have the guitar and the pen to help document some of these experiences, and stitch together the globe’s positive human fabric a little bit. I am a lover of the natural world, and I’m about to board my 16th flight of the past two and a half months. My carbon footprint contradicts my beliefs. Someday, I hope to somehow make that up. And if this metal bird should fall from the sky and you never hear from me again, find peace in knowing that I lived more than enough. I guess I was dead before I was alive, and I’m not too worried about it happening again.
I don’t have plans anymore, just hopes attached to calendars. I will hope to play a welcome home show at Argilla’s Brewery in Delaware on Monday March 7 at 9PM. I intend to run an environmental program on the Chesapeake Bay from March till November. I’ll be playing heaps of East Coast US shows as well. I am ready to record my 8th studio album, “Pick Me Up” this summer, and later take it on a tour throughout South and Central America. I want to keep listening, watching, learning, and trying to spread awareness and positivity wherever my big carbon footprint lands me and my big feet.
“Conclusions” is the closing track on my new album, Seventh Story. For a long time now, this song has been a big part of the musical gatherings that we hold at our abode in Delaware, USA. The verses and melodies have aged along with us.
For the music video, I wanted to make a time-capsule to capture the essence of Madison life, while still highlighting the mysterious beauty of illusion. The video captures home at a time, and I am thankful to everyone that made it possible. You can watch it below, and click through to Youtube for a more extensive list of credits.
I’m excited to announce that my seventh album, “Seventh Story” will be released internationally on october 22 at World Cafe Live at the Queen!
The cover art is by Hannah Kelleher. Every story contains some symbolism from the past albums.
Happy 7/7! As you may know, I have been feverishly working on my new album, “Seventh Story.” It will be released internationally in Fall 2016. To celebrate the theme of sevens, starting today on 7/7, I’ll be showing a sneak peak of a song and sharing stories from recording and writing this album.
Without further ado, here is the first song, “Big, Big Joke.”
More info and credits will follow, but right now, I’m off to the woods to celebrate. I’ll be hitting the road again, touring internationally with my good friend, Evan Stout for the next seven weeks.
My old website got hacked. Just like that, my blog, photos, songs and chronicles of that past five years disappeared. This digital murder was so sudden. I looked out my window, took a breath and checked my pulse. I seem to still be displaying strong vital signs. I should be sad about my digital death, but instead I am choosing to focus on this as a new beginning.