Looks like my last “real” blog post was back in December… yikes!
Well, there’s a few reasons for that. As some of you may already know, 2010 has been an eventful year for me. In January my fiancée, Keshama, and I had our first child; a little boy we call River. He happens to be the coolest little dude in the universe, but you’ll just have to take my word for it 🙂
Keshama and I decided to take a break from LA to experience parenthood somewhere far away from traffic jams, mocha frappachinos and non-existent back yards. For us that place was New Zealand. We bought ourselves a little house on a few acres, in what you can safely say is the absolute middle of nowhere. We have been living here since October of last year and while we do plan to head back to Los Angeles in the not-so-distant future, it’s a safe bet that we will be racking up the frequent flyer miles over the coming years.
Speaking of years… It’s now been ten since the release of my first album, From There To Here. Let’s just say it’s been one hell of a road. Many ups and downs, many triumphs as well as near-nuclear-meltdowns. But three albums later I’m still standing and ready to give it another go.
Before leaving for New Zealand in the fall, I began work on record number four with producer and friend, Dave Darling. While I suppose many will call this yet-to-be-titled album a departure, an “arrival” is probably a little closer to the bone.
The album – at least so far – is just a few swear words shy of a bluegrass album. If “Alt-Bluegrass” hasn’t been coined yet then I’m hoping this album lands me the title. The album will feature John Hatton of the Stray Cats on bass, Cody Bryant of Riders of the Purple Sage on mandolin and fiddle, Teddy Andriadis ( Guns N’ Roses, Alice Cooper) on the accordion and Dave Darling (Boxing Ghandis) and myself playing everything else. But with at least 5 or 6 more tracks to go, anything and anyone is still possible.
I’m really pleased with this album so far and in a weird way it marks a new beginning. It’s the first time in many years that I haven’t been drawing on older songs or trying to fulfill the oppressive terms of a major label or a publishing contract. I’m just doing what I want to do, and more and more that seems to be country and bluegrass. The plan is to be back in the studio around the end of the year and I hope to have the album ready by some time in 2011.
For what it’s worth, if you’re reading this I truly want to thank you. If you’re still here after 10 years it likely means you are a true fan, friend, or possibly both. It’s the support and encouragement from folks like you who keep me inspired and continuing to make music. I really do appreciate it.
With that said, I’d like to hear from you. So don’t be shy. Leave a comment, question or unsolicited rant below. I’ll do my best to respond to everyone.
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Things probably won’t really start to heat up until early next year but there are a number things in the works so stay tuned and be sure to check back soon.
By the way… Any ideas for the title of the next album?