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Brian Pothier and I are honored to be a part of “An American Troubadour", a tribute album to Steve Forbert. And we were thrilled to discover that our cover of “Thinkin” is the opening track on the album!

Steve Forbert is a wonderful and prolific songwriter and highly deserving of this tribute, which is why so many great artists contributed to this project, including John Oates, Jim Lauderdale, Bekka Bramlett, Nicki Bluhm and Gramblers, John Popper, James Maddock, Todd Snider, Jason Crosby and many more.

Brian Pothier produced and played on "Thinkin", Jorgen Ingmar played drums, John Jorgenson played clarinet and, as you may have guessed, I did the singin’.

The album has been released on Blue Rose Music. It's founder Joe Poletto says, “Some say that Steve is too young to have a “tribute” record, and I think that’s true because Steve has a lot of music left in him. In my mind, this project is not a tribute, but rather its intention is to recognize the spirit of the troubadour in all of those artists who follow their life’s path like Steve, with purpose and passion.”

You can check out “An American Troubadour, The Songs of Steve Forbert” here: iTunes​: apple.co/2xT6iKc

American troubadour album cover

If you're a songwriter who’d like to give back and help the victims of Hurricane Harvey and/or Irma, here's your opportunity. My good friend, and exceptionally talented musician, Michelle Mangione has created a website called "Writers For The Storm" as a way for musicians to donate a song and have all of the proceeds go to the victims of these terrible storms. You can check it out at writersforthestorm.com. For an intro, here's Michelle's video explaining her vision for Writers For The Storm. www.facebook.com/WritersForTheStorm/

The song I'm donating is "Summer Rain", which was written after Hurricane Katrina. You can download it from my Music page under the album "That and Change". Your song, however, doesn't have to be about the subject matter, just any tune you'd like to submit... or you could write one.

Thanks in advance for helping out those in need!

Writers For The Storm

Writers For The Storm

Well, it’s been a while in the making, but I recently completed a new CD. It’s called “Find the Silver Lining” and it was recorded, produced and engineered by the wonderfully talented Brian Pothier. Brian and I had a really good time making this record and called on some of the finest musicians in town to play on it: Frank Cotinola, Trent Stroh, Jorgen Igmar, John Jorgenson, Bob Malone, Billy Alexander, Michelle Mangione and Ben DeVitt. Ya can’t do better than those cats!

I’ve once again been extremely blessed to co- write with so many super-talented songwriters for this album, including Tracy Newman, Mare Wakefield, Linda Geleris, John Diggins, Michelle Mangione, Billy Alexander and Harriet Schock. And one of the tracks, ‘Thinkin’ (written by Steve Forbert) was recorded for a Steve Forbert project that will be released this summer.  I’ll keep ya posted on that release. 

Please check out my “Music” page to listen to clips of the new CD. If you like what you hear, you can download it, purchase it via Paypal, snail mail, or come out to a gig and pick one up! The CD will also be available soon on iTunes and many more digital distribution outlets. 

Thank you to all supporters of independent music. You’ve inspired me and kept me going all these years.

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Laguna Sound Studio and Gary Hicks have brought a group of Orange County musicians together to create a very special Christmas CD to help the homeless this season. It's called “An Orange Christmas.” You can get a copy of the album at one of my gigs, or at one of the following locations in Laguna Beach: Sound Spectrum, Tight Assets, Fawn Memories, and The Cliff Restaurant. The CDs are only $10 and proceeds will be donated to Friendship Shelter. www.friendshipshelter.org

Take a look at the cover below to check out the artist who have contributed to the CD.

On December 13th, there will be a live performance of the CD at Bridge Hall in Laguna Beach at 7:00PM. All the artists on the album will be performing. Check out the flyer below for all the event info. This will be a very cool show for a good cause, and I'm honored to be a part of it!

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I was honored to have been asked to participate in The Women's Journey Foundation's Divas Concert on September 18th. You can find out more about the event and The Women's Journey Foundation here: WomensJourneyFoundation.org.
Wj divas concert
I 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

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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. 

April 21st sw series
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.

Jw performers
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
Ma round
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:
John Jorgenson
Cathy-Anne McClintock
Dale LaDuke 
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 
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