The ski season is over and I’m ready to re-enter the real world. Between trips up and down the snowy mountains I’ve been writing songs and coming up with ideas for great tunes to cover, and I’m preparing to head into the studio with my band at the end April. My new album will likely be recorded, mixed and mastered by the end of May and ready for the the shops by September (are there any record shops left out there?). I’m not ready to tell you exactly what will be on the album, but for those of you who have seen me in concert in the last year, some of the great John “Scrapper” Sneider arrangements we’ve been playing will likely get a shot at being recorded in the studio. You’ll have to wait a while to hear more about that.
Here’s what I can tell you…
I’ll be back on the road performing soon. My first step back on the road is a small but important one: I’ll be doing an intimate acoustic show in Boise, Idaho, my hometown. The concert will take place on Saturday May 9th at the Fulton Street Theater in Boise, and all proceeds will benefit Boise Contemporary Theater, a great organization that’s feeling the pinch of these economic times, and therefore needs a hand. I’m happy and proud to lend that hand, along with local comedy/theater heroes The Fool Squad, and my friends Bill Coffey, Ned Evett and Steve Fulton (and more?). It’s going to be quite a party.
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After that I’ll fly across the Atlantic to London to sit in with my friend and hero, the Basher, the Impossible Bird, the Jesus of Cool himself, Mr. Nick Lowe, at his May 18 concert at Royal Albert Hall! I’m as thrilled as a little boy on Christmas morning about this one.
The next day I’ll put my guitar and sax in a hired car and drive south to Burgess Hill, a small village north of Brighton, England, to do a one-night-only solo acoustic concert. I’ll be playing many of my old songs that I don’t get a chance to play with my jazz group, and some songs that will be new to you. I’ve recently discovered that my friend Ned Evett will coincidentally be in England at the time and will join me, which of course makes it a decidely NON-SOLO show, but who’s counting?. Ned is an internationally acclaimed fretless guitarist who happens to also be from Boise, and he will wow you, mesmerise you, and the height of his hair will astound you. It’s the 8th Wonder of the World, Ned’s hair.
I’ve got a show in New Jersey in early June, a two week stand at the Algonquin in New York City (June 9-20); I’ll be at the Toronto Jazz Festival on July 4th and then back to the UK and Europe in July and August. The autumn will bring full and proper tours of the UK and Germany, to promote and celebrate a new album release. Busy year ahead!
I’ll see you soon! Check out some of the new features on my website as well all my tourdates!
thanks, as always, for your continuing support!