Wednesday, August 8, 2012

Thanks to everyone who checked out the new website design for Made it back to the States in one piece. What a time! Now recuperating at my home in Durham NC. Would like to thank my hosts Kristine Bernholtz (CZ), Orianne Jan-Humphreys (FR), and Mary Liles (UK) for putting a traveler up and helping to make this trip possible for me.

My run of dates in the UK was stellar. Thanks to Bob Collum, Mick Terry, Martyn Bonanza, and Ben Jordan for sharing their stages with me. Had some especially memorable solo sets in Camden and Leigh-on-Sea. Heard a fantastic singer-songwriter named Danny George Wilson (of Danny and The Champs) at our show in Walthamstow with South Woodford's own Power-pop master Mick Terry.

Had to cancel my weekend in Penzance due to transport troubles and illness, but I hope to make it up next time. Photographic evidence of these UK travels are posted on my personal fb page here. Also posted some snaps from an afternoon at the awe-inspiring British Museum, if you'd like to have a gander.


Our one and only State-side HOBEX date of the Summer is this Thursday, August 9th, for Downtown Raleigh NC's outdoor Summer Concert Series Oak City 7, held at City Plaza on Fayetteville St. Bringing an 8 piece all-star band for our set: Andy Ware, Cyril Lance, Dan Davis, Doug Largent, Tim Smith, Robert Cantrell, Taz Halloween, and myself. Archbishops of Blount Street hit at 5:30pm, with Jack the Radio at 6:45 and HOBEX at 8:15.

I'll be performing at the Shakori Hills Festival site on Saturday, August 18th for the Stars in the Round Benefit Concert. This special In-The-Round songwriters' set will feature Andrew Marlin (of Mandolin Orange), Lynn Blakey (of Tres Chicas), Christy Smith (of The Tender Fruit), Lizzy Ross, Randy Dean Whitt, Crys Matthews, and Alex Hall. Chapel Hill’s The Ayr Mountaineers will follow. Tickets are $10 in advance here or $15 at the gate. Free Camping. Proceeds go toward helping the purchase of the Festival site by the Shakori organization.

Headed to play the Fayetteville Roots Festival in beautiful Fayetteville AR on August 23 - 26! There's a great line-up including David Grisman Folkjazz Trio, John Prine, Darrell Scott, The Steel Wheels, Pokey Lafarge, and Hoots And Hellmouth. This festival features many of the amazing songwriters I've been lucky to meet through Folk Alliance and other folk-centric gatherings, including organizer Bryan Hembree and his group Three Penny Acre. My set is on Saturday evening at the Roots and Branches Stage in Tyson Plaza, 5:10 pm; you can peruse the complete schedule here.


Taking a break from live performance at the beginning of September, but I did just book a couple of shows at the end of the month. Playing a solo set for a new music series at The Weathervane in Chapel-Hill NC on Tuesday, September 25; headed to the West Coast for a San Francisco House Concert on Saturday, September 29th. Working on adding some Bay Area dates around this one - more soon.