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'Tis the season! In December 2013, I released "Into Christmas," a collection of holiday tunes featuring six original songs, along with six classic covers. I've always been a sucker for Christmas music and I really enjoyed making this record. Eight of the songs were recorded with Brian Pothier, two with Marty Rifkin and two more with Mark Browne. All wonderfully talented guys and fabulous humans. If you're in the spirit, have a listen on my Music page. And if you like what you hear, you can purchase it via Paypal, snail mail, or come out to a gig and pick one up. They make great stocking stuffers!! Thanks & Happy Holidays, Everyone!
I recently returned from my trip up north to Sonoma for the Blue Rose Ball and it was just that… a ball! As with last year, I met some wonderfully talented people. This years headliner's were John Oates & Holly Williams, along with Brothers Keeper, James Maddock, Nicole Atkins, Jono Manson, T-Sisters, Jason Crosby and, well... me. You can see some pix from the concert on my Photos page.
The concert was held once again at The Sebastiani Theatre in beautiful downtown Sonoma, CA. All proceeds supported the Blue Rose Foundation.
The Blue Rose Ball came together in June of 2014 as a way of honoring the spirit and life of Joe Capone by establishing a scholarship fund in his name at Sonoma’s Old Adobe School. Last year the event raised over $25,000 — enough to fund five half-day year-round preschool scholarships.
For more information about the Blue Rose Foundation, visit: http://www.bluerosesonoma.org
On Tuesday, April 21st, Brian Pothier and I took part in The Songwriter Series hosted by Steve McClintock at McCormick & Schmick's (2000 Main Street, Irvine, CA). The bitchin line up included Beth Fitchet Wood, Sunny Dalton, Warren Sellers, Eric Auckerman, and feature artist, the fabulous Tracy Newman. Once again, Steve put together a great night of music. You can check out pix from the night on my Facebook page.
On Saturday night, February 7th, the legendary songwriter Jimmy Webb performed at The Center For Spiritual Living in Irvine. And what an honor it was to be asked to join in on such a wonderful night of music and for such a great cause.
Mark Wood, Lacey Wood Heston, Melissa Lewis, Harold Payne, Brian Pothier and I each performed one of Jimmy's timeless songs, and then Jimmy took the stage to perform his classic's "Witchita Lineman," "By The Time I Get To Phoenix," "Galveston" and many more. What a great show! The proceeds benefited the Women's Journey Foundation Self Esteem Program For Girls, and Child's Pace.
You can find out more about Jimmy Webb, Women's Journey Foundation, and Child's Pace at these addresses.
Marty Axelrod is one of my favorite songwriters on the planet and he hosted a songwriter's round at WitZend in Venice (1717 Lincoln) on Tuesday, November 11 with David Lucky, James Hurly and myself. We played to a full fantastic house and I can't remember the last time I had that much fun! Our set was followed by the fabulous and hilarious Cynthia Carle (cynthiacarlemusic.com) What an absolute honor and a pleasure to be part of such a great night of music. Thanks everyone for coming out! For a small sample of Marty's tremendous talent, check out this video featuring one of his more recent tunes: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XKr4rIA9o_w The First Annual Blue Rose Ball Benefit Concert on Saturday, June 14, at the Sebastiani Theatre in Sonoma was fantastic! The event raised $25,000 to benefit the Joseph Capone Scholarship Fund supporting the Old Adobe School in Sonoma. The musical lineup was phenomenal and I was honored to be a part of it. I'll be posting some pix on my photo page soon. You can check out more about the Blue Rose Ball here: http://www.blueroseball.com Looking forward to next year's show!
Thanks again to all of you who came out to the Ben Taylor show at the Coach House on March 9th. It was a great turnout. Ben's set was fabulous and what a super cool guy he is! Brian, Adam and I had a great time playing, as we always do at the CH. You can check out the Photo page for pix of the evening.
It was a Thill to join The Songwriter Series Hosted By Steve McClintock @ Saint Rocke in Hermosa Beach, CA on March 30th.
The Songwriters Series is a new series of live shows featuring interviews and music from known and unknown songwriters. The show featured the following writers:
Ahh... and me
To find out more about the Songwriter Series and future events please visit: http://www.37records.com/songwriter-series-march-30-2014/
I had a blast opening for the wonderful Kate Taylor (the sister of James Taylor) at McCabe's in Santa Monica on April 6th. I just cannot say enough good things about Kate! Brian Pothier, Bill Cinque and I had such a great time playing, and Kate's set was fantastic. I love her stories, her songs, her great wit, and of course, her band! Thanks to y'all for coming out! You can check out Kate Taylor and her music here: http://katetaylor.com