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Oysterman's Breast Cancer Benefit - October 3, 2007

It thrills me to be able to say that the 2nd Annual Oysterman's Breast Cancer Benefit was a resounding success. Kudos to the staff of Oysterman's, the other bands-the Neighborhood, the Stanton Anderson Band, Three Chord Monty, and Blues Box-and to all who came and listened. See y'all next year!

Winfield - September 16, 2007

Congratulations to Don Alder from Vancouver, B.C. on his win at this year's International Fingerstyle Guitar Championship at the Walnut Valley Festival in Winfield, Kansas. It was my first year participating in the competition and I felt so privileged to be among so many fine guitarists.
Many had travelled much further than I had to be there-though I think the distance award has to go to Yu Watanabe, the Japanese Fingerstyle Champion, who had come all the way from Tokyo along with Hidenori Okada, another excellent guitarist, when our paths converged on the flight to Wichita from Chicago O'Hare.
I offer my heartfelt thanks to all the other guitarists in the competition-as well as such performers as Tommy Emmanuel, Pete Huttlinger and Beppe Gambetta-for entertaining and inspiring me. See you all next year!

Grounds and Sounds Cafe - September 7, 2007

I'm thrilled to announce that my first booking of the coming year is at the Grounds and Sounds Cafe-a new series being held at the Unitarian-Universalist Fellowship of Stony Brook. For more info check out http//:groundsandsounds.uufsb.org(see links page.) See you there!

New Guitar! - August 30, 2007

Look on the photos page for some shots of my new guitar-built for me by my good friend the very gifted Scott MacDonald. Months and months of hard work and caring craftsmanship have yielded me this extraordinarily beautiful instrument. Even better, I've had a chance to get used to it before my set at Bradstock Sept. 2, my concert at the Bayport-Blue Point Public Library on Sept.6 and my participation in the International Fingerstyle Guitar Championship in Winfield, Kansas on Sept. 13. Who's doing better than me?

youtube! - August 30, 2007

Check out yours truly along with my fellow Fugitives playing "I'm Tore Down" at Meschutt Beach!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iNar7nHje-0

Bradstock! - August 7, 2007

Once again, it will be my pleasure and privilege to perform at Bradstock, Sunday, September 2nd. More info to follow!

Who Are Those Guys? - July 18, 2007

Congratulations to my old friend Marty Attridge for the appearance of his song "If You Ain't Got The Money" on a recent episode of "Without A Trace". Look for some of his other tunes on iTunes under the band name Who Are Those Guys?

WPKN 89.5-May 22nd - May 18, 2007

Tune into 89.5 on your FM dial on Tuesday, May 22nd at 4 p.m. in order to hear yours truly playing a few tunes with my buddy Robert Steven Williams in a live broadcast from Connecticut's outstanding WPKN.

Car Talk! - May 7, 2007

My pal Robert Steven Williams has just told me that his song "Jersey Cowboy" from his I Am Not My Job cd was featured on Car Talk on NPR a couple of weeks ago. a)I'm happy for my friend having one of his songs get some attention, and b)the song features a burning Strat solo by an outstanding and criminally underrated guitarist who shall remain nameless...a solo which, of course, is not featured on the NPR broadcast. But seriously, I think it's pretty cool, don't you?

New Music - April 18, 2007

Listen to a rough version of a brand new instrumental-"Waltz For Mary Jean" on the Music page.

Save the Date! - April 18, 2007

I'm thrilled to announce that I will be returning to perform at the Bayport-Blue Point Public Library this coming September 6th.
I'll be playing stuff from both CDs and a whole bunch of new stuff-hopefully some things not yet even written!

Rockwood Music Hall - April 9, 2007

I'm excited at the prospect of playing a show at the Rockwood Music Hall this May 2nd at 8:00 p.m. with my good friend Robert Steven Williams. The venue is at 196 Allen St. in Manhattan-between East Houston and Stanton. I played a lot of the guitars on Robert's cd I Am Not My Job-and I'm sure he'll be playing some of those songs, as well as some new ones. I'll be playing stuff not only from High Road and Healing Season, but also some new stuff. It should be a blast. See you there!

Thanks! - March 25, 2007

I have to thank George Trapani, Jane Ross, Dick De Bruin and everybody who came down to the show at the Songbox last night for what was the best night I've had in quite some time. I hope to see you all soon.

Chet Baker - March 20, 2007

I was teaching a student in East Northport this past Saturday when from an upstairs bedroom I could hear the unmistakeable strains of Chet Baker's intro to "That Old Feeling". Understandably intrigued, I inquired as to who was listening to it, finding out that the student's 13 year-old brother was a trumpet student and had begun to listen to Chet at the urging of his fifth grade teacher-and was still listening to him. Cool, right?

When I was 13 it was Yes, The Strawbs, The Grateful Dead...Late For The Sky and Astral Weeks were still years away, as was Chet. I don't know if music arouses the same sort of fervor in my students as it always did in me, but I find their sheer openness to be tremendously heartening.

I'm very excited at the prospect of playing the Songbox this Saturday. I hope to see you there.

David Wilcox - March 16, 2007

This past Tuesday I-largely on impulse-attended a workshop/concert given by the wonderful David Wilcox. Much is made of David's innovations with capos and tunings-and rightly so. However, I was infinitely more impressed-more moved and inspired, really-by the extraordinary commitment and integrity that mark his songwriting artistry. I was immediately put in mind of his friend Pierce Pettis, who struck me in much the same way. In both cases I left feeling called both to be a better artist-and a better person. Thanks, David, for a great day!

Songbox - February 24, 2007

I'm very excited by the prospect of performing at the Songbox on March 24. Songbox is a long running concert series that has been bringing some great music to us all for years. I'll get to play tunes from both High Road and Healing Season, as well as a bunch of new things I've been working on. I'll be sharing the bill with Johnny Cuomo, a local singer-songwriter-storyteller. You can learn more about him at www.johnnycuomo.com. To learn more about the venue, or to make reservations, write to songbox@optonline.net.

I Walk The Line - January 9, 2007

An entry in the "it don't get better than this!" category: A 12 year old girl that I've been teaching for several years taught herself the introduction to "I Walk The Line" by the Man-In-Black-Hisself. Did it make my day? You'd better believe it!

Happy New Year! - January 2, 2007

I wish everyone a healthy and happy 2007, and join with all those who pray for peace and justice in the coming year.

Season's Greetings - December 19, 2006

It's been some time since my last entry. I've been a perennial underachiever where any sort of log or journal is concerned-and it's been a very busy time.

Well, here we are racing headlong toward the end of yet another year! This has been a remarkable year, full of twists and turns I would never have imagined last December 31. I don't doubt that 2007 promises more of the same.

Above all else, I wish to take the time to be grateful for my family, my friends, the students who welcome me into their homes week after week, the people who come and listen to me sing and play without ever throwing any items from the produce department in my direction, the owners of the venues who keep hiring me...thank you all so much. Have a happy holiday season.

Peace.

iTunes, etc. - October 12, 2006

Healing Season is now available on Itunes and Rhapsody, soon to be followed by several others. Check it out!

Criticism - October 3, 2006

criticism is an intrinsic part of any artist's life. it can be extremely helpful, it can be remarkably exasperating.

some examples from this artist's life:

a good friend, upon hearing Healing Season for the first time, commented only that he thought the title of "in christ there is no east or west/bound for the promised land" was too long. after i explained that it was a medley of two traditional songs that happened to be so named, i was no longer all that enthusiastic about hearing how he felt about the music.

a fellow songwriter, hearing my instrumental piece "ashokan", asked "no words?" to which i could only awkwardly reply, "no. it's an instrumental."

an artist for whom i have great respect, upon hearing a song of mine working with the recurring image of a young girl's brown eyes, asserted that the image itself was flawed, that there is nothing distinctive or special about brown eyes.
perhaps van morrison ("brown eyed girl"), the grateful dead("brown eyed women")and chuck berry("brown eyed handsome man")would beg to differ, but i politely concurred.

and so on...

therefore, i don't think i can be blamed for feeling good about a review posted by a listener on my CDBaby page, stating that Healing Season is well named because of the comfort it brought him after losing his wife to cancer several months ago. if i never sell another copy, if i hear nothing but misguided, inappropriate critiques from here on in, that's ok. the music is hardly "mine". it merely comes through my hands(kudos to john hiatt), and if it serves any meaningful purpose at all, it is to bring more peace and comfort into this world. my humble thanks, again, to the reviewer.

Fugitive pix - October 3, 2006

check the photos page for some pix of the Fugitives onstage 10/1/06. extra special thanks to all who showed and stayed, making the event a great success.

CD Baby - September 28, 2006

I've just received my first payment from CDBaby for sales of Healing Season-along with notification that they need more copies-sweet! My thanks to those who purchased-I hope you enjoy the music. I'm thrilled that it will be a part of your life.
FYI-Healing Season will soon be available digitally. Keep checking iTunes and elsewhere for it.
As one of my guitar students would put it-"Increase the Peace"!

Breast Cancer Benefit - September 14, 2006

The Fugitives-along with the Stanton Anderson Band(fronted by our good friend Mark Fowler and featuring our very own Linda Mackley on drums)will be performing at a fundraiser for breast cancer research to be held at the Oysterman's Pub and Restaurant on Sunday, October 1st. Great cause, great music-it doesn't get any better. Call the venue for details. See you there!

Sumer Is Icumen Gone! - September 6, 2006

Many thanks to the many who came to see the Fugitives-and me-play over this past summer. I think my bandmates would agree that this was our best summer yet-and that is due in large part to the support you all have given us, week in and week out.
We'll all miss the beaches, but watch out for any Fugitives dates posted on the calendar page-we'd love to see you! Peace, y'all...
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