Good Things - January 2019

December was filled with everything. No really, all of it. I had dentist work like dentistry is going out of style (Thanks Boger Dental!), I had a thing removed in a procedure I like to call, “That time I had a lobotomy!” and I ripped my basement apart, down to the concrete. So, therefore, the first good things that come to mind are Mmm Steak!, great hair and a nice clean slate to make the basement an awesome place to create!

Talking of being creative, I was graciously asked to join a really cool band by the name of Good Mitten - An elegant and slightly off kilter, guitar pop band (Unusual in an Americana heavy landscape). It’s been quite some time that I’ve been the only electric guitar player in someone else’s band and it’s sparking some great ideas and building new muscles and neural pathways. We have a show coming up on January 19th and I’m pretty stoked to see what it brings. Plus the songs are just gorgeous.

The Rocket Soul Choir also had a win, after a relatively quiet band year. We recruited the excellent Atom Robinson to the band. He has thus far fitted into the shape that was left for him and I have no doubt will bring great ideas and challenges to myself and Pete. We’ll have shows coming up in the spring and will let you know as soon as they’re confirmed.

Lastly, we’ve been holding on to a setlist staple, Keep Off The Rain, which had been recorded during the Kidder’s Son sessions. That finally got released today - You can go find it here, or anywhere you prefer to get your music. We love this track, but handily enough, it didn’t feel like it came from the same sessions, so it ended up sitting nicely on its own, as a single of sorts.


Now that we’ll be playing a number of gigs in the months to come, we have a video we’ve been sitting on, waiting for the right moment, and early 2019 will be that right moment. We’ll let you know when that’s going to launch.

For now, I just know 2019 is going to bring creativity, joy, hard work and plenty of rest. Be good to each other - It brings rewards more than you know.

Good Things - December 2018

Good things

November was full of "good things", as we were playing catch up and it made it seem like a lot.

Now that we've reached the end of the month and are fully immersed in "The Season"! there have been a few things of note. My favorite, by far, was getting to play at a Wilco tribute hosted by the darn lovely, Stephanie from American Housewife. Pete and I shared the stage with some mighty talent that night and other than a small technical hitch (mostly with my own brain!), we nailed the three songs we chose - Shouldnt Be Afraid. I'm Always In Love, and Taste The Ceiling. Honey turned out to be a pretty great venue also -Sound guy was on point and the audience was some of the best we've played for this year.

The hunt still continues for our bass player, with the last few auditions getting tied up in December. We've had a great time playing rock' n'roll with some excellent players. The thing that has been the most surprising, is how many different playing styles get brought to the table and how many of those make us take a different look at the songs we've played. It's been a really great experience, if just for that!

The Wilco show is the only show we played last month. As a band, we don't actually have anything planned. However, coming up in December I have the wonderful opportunity to perform with Ghost Wagon at their Christmas Bash at Bryant Lake Bowl on December 15th. The Lovely AJ Swenson performed Teenage kicks with me, not only at the My History Of The North show back in June, but also on the recorded version on the album. She helped turn that song into something magical.

I also managed to land a spot at Republic out at the airport. It's kind of crazy that they do live singer-songwriters out there, but I think it's an incredible way to get in front of a entirely new audience. Thats going to be on December 19 - it's not open to the public unfortunately, but I have high hopes for it to be fun and interesting and I'll keep you posted.

Finally, I have decided to do a very quick, Facebook live concert from my very own fireside on the 23rd. It won't cost you a penny, and as long as you've got your computer or mobile device tuned in to my Facebook page, you dont even need to put on pants. I've got a whole bunch of Christmas tunes worked up and together we can get all sloppy sentimental and have an easy, un-pressured holiday sing along together. That'll be 7 p.m. on the 23rd After that, if I don't see you, take care of yourself and don't stress over the holidays

- Use it as a reset... thats what its for. Take a look back at your year - take the misses as great learning experiences, and the wins for the triumphs they are. It's a tough old struggle out there and there isn't one of us that gets it right and remember, there's always next year. Leslie

The Acoustic Transition

The Acoustic Transition

For twenty four years it was just me and an acoustic guitar... 

Then I caught a bug. It was a challenge really. How could I take everything I already knew and translate it on an electric guitar?

Morrissey's Residency in 2016

Morrissey's Residency in 2016

The Rocket Soul Choir had such a blast last night at Morrissey’s Irish Pub. Thank you so much to everybody that came out, whooped it up, took video and pictures, danced and sang along - We could never really properly share our gratitude at your support.