Sunday November 15th!
In my recent trip to Los Angeles, I went to my friend David Ryan Harris’ house. We talked and did some preliminary planning for this album release. He has a couple of other artists he is working with so we won’t be able to start my project until the summer. That gives me time to recruit and write for the album. David is still producing it (whew), and our plan is to have a “band” that features a different vocalist for each track. The lineup isn’t finalized yet, but I have gotten a few vocalists to agree to sing on it, with other guest instrumentalists pending. Here are a couple names to generate a bit of excitement.
David Ryan Harris. A great friend since meeting February of 2006, who has graciously agreed to sing on a track, as well as being the captain of this ship. I trust him emphatically, and am excited about the musical magic we will create together.
Stephen Kellogg. I have fond memories of Stephen going from door to door in our beloved dorm at Umass Amherst in the mid 90’s as he serenaded the tenants with an acoustic guitar. I enjoyed the melodies performed, as well as his attempt to sell his songs on CD, AND cassette.
I don’t want to give away all my surprises right away, but I hope that keeps you satiated for a while during the creative process begins of writing, rewriting, making scratch demos, writing again, giving up, writing some more, considering a career change, editing the rewrites, and eventually recording.
This summer has been really busy, from playing with different singer songwriters like J. Antonette, Rebecca Correia and David Ryan Harris, to a premiere with Madonna for her tour DVD release (avail Aug 27th), to playing with the Damon Grant Project, and a couple of recording sessions mixed in. Stay tuned as there are new dates being added as well as a new blog page in the works!
Come on out to the Day of Percussion, sponsored by the Spirit of America. I am honored to be one of the clinicians and look forward to seeing everyone there that is able to attend! All the info is on the flyer above or you can go here: Spirit Of America Band
Thanks to all who attended the Olympic Gala Event in London. It was a huge success. Go Team USA!
Just got home from the Inauguration in Washington D.C. as well as the NAMM music convention in Anaheim, CA.
Starting this Year of the Snake in good shape (for those who follow Chinese Zodiac). Check out the ‘videos’ page for a couple new ones!
What an amazing time with Sixthman and all the Rock Boat Fans! I had the pleasure of playing on the Sixthman Sessions with good friend Kit Karlson and meeting many wonderful new people.