Thank you for all your kind wishes regarding our impending parenthood. The Bumphreys has been kicking lately. Excited!
NYC SHOW 9/25
New Yorkers, I'm playing a 7:30 pm solo set at Bowery Electric on Wednesday, September 25. Would love to see you there – you can RSVP (or invite friends) at the FB event page.
Other than that, laying low in September... busy recording some more future chart-toppers with Matt Brandau at his Upper West Side studio.
SUMMER HOOT RECAP
The Summer Hoot was a hoot-and-a-half! Met a lot of very sweet people. Jammed with some absolutely great artists like The Stacks, who were kind enough to sit in with me. Caught some unforgettable sets as well – 94 year-old folk legend Pete Seeger's Sunday afternoon sing-along made us cry.
The Dirt Farmer Band closed out the festival on Sunday evening, inviting the other artists on stage and leading us through "The Weight" (Rubi's pic above.) Thanks to my talented friends Mike + Ruthy for including me! Posted some pics of my own at my FB personal page, if you'd like to peruse.
BLURT REVIEW OF BOHEMIA
Bohemia recently received a great album review from Lee Zimmerman over at Blurt. Choice quote: "Ultimately, Bohemia seems to live up to its title, given its nonchalant attitude and unassuming demeanor. It’s a sensual sound, a momentary retreat to a place in the pines." Thanks for the kind words, Lee, and thanks to Blurt for the coverage.
FALL BOHEMIA TOUR
Coming south in late October to support Bohemia! First up, on Wednesday October 23, I'll be splitting an acoustic bill at Asheville NC's Grey Eagle with L.A. based duo Tom Brosseau and Sean Watkins (of Nickel Creek fame.) Excited to see these guys! You can get advance tickets here.
HOBEX makes our only fall appearance the following night on Thursday, October 24 at The Pour House Music Hall in Raleigh NC. Bassist Andy Ware and I will be joined by drummer Dan Davis, organist Doug Largent, saxophonist Tim Smith, guitarist Cyril Lance, and percussionist Robert Cantrell.
Kicking off The Pour House show with an 8 pm solo acoustic set. This is the first time I've played in the Triangle since the LP came out and the first time since I moved to NYC, so let's just call this show a Bohemia album release party for the Triangle. Yeah. RSVP and invite folks here. Buy advance tickets here.
Q-BEX, our loose-and-fun semiannual collaboration between super-drummer Jeff Sipe and HOBEX, convenes on Wednesday, October 30 in Brevard NC at 185 King Street. Special guests and frequent collaborators keyboardist David McCracken of Donna the Buffalo and guitarist Cyril Lance up the ante considerably. You can RSVP and invite folks here.
Returning to my hometown, Winston-Salem NC, on Friday November 1 for a solo acoustic set at The Garage! Special guest TBA. Working on gigs in Charlotte NC and Wilmington NC on this run as well... more details soon.
Until next time,
LATEST ALBUM: BOHEMIA. Available on iTunes. Hard copies available via PayPal and at live shows.
Check out the music video for the song "Across The Ocean, Mama," the third track on BOHEMIA. Buy BOHEMIA on iTunes here. Purchase a hard copy via PayPal here. Have a listen online here or here.
Bohemia is a 9 song puzzle. Some tunes are newer; some were written during a couple of summers spent in Prague, CZ and the EU. They fit together just so.
It's about leaving, and arriving. You could consider it a love letter (or goodbye note) to my home state of North Carolina. You could also consider this LP a musical warm-up, setting the stage for new adventures in New York City and beyond.
Bohemia features musical turns from very talented guests Matt Brandau, Phil Cook, and Lizzy Ross. There's a song co-written in Nashville, TN (and on Interstate 40) with Lizzy Ross, and a song co-written drunk on a roof in Prague with Montana singer-songwriter Jessica Kilroy.
It's of a piece with my previous three solo albums Trunk Songs, Realign Your Mind, and People You May Know; mostly acoustic. Mostly recorded at my studio in Durham NC with help from friends.
STREAM THE ALBUM HERE - GO TO THE MUSIC PLAYER AND PRESS 'PLAY ALL'.
1. Someday, I’ll Have My Due
2. Sayin’ What You Mean
3. Across The Ocean, Mama
4. While You’re Away
5. Jubble On, Jubbly
6. Shelby, I Told You
8. Sweet La Rue
9. Railroad Bill