“Get Back”

“I’d believe in you if you think I could, and if I asked you to do the same for me, I know you would” My Gift Track to you.

St. Barths in March (2017 Bucket)

We will be playing the main dock concert on Friday March 17th in Gustavia harbor, for the St. Barths Bucket.

Burren show reschedule

Apologies for the inconvenience guys.

There were problems with Saturday March 4th @ the Burren.
This show has been rescheduled (Go Here).

“What’s going on”

I was the special guest at the Beehive last night, playing jazz and blues with the Sunday night residency crew.  At request I sang “What’s going on.”  I had a revelation during the performance of how pertinent the song still is, so many years on.  Great art with such great meaning.  Great songs.
Time lends perspective and shows us what is meaningful and what is fluff.

At times when I hear people complain about how bad, or rather, meaningless the music of “now” is (pop music if you rather that term), I remember that every year in music history has spawned awful village roadshow music with no meaning other than entertainment.  It’s not a new phenomenon, we just forget because we’re paying too much attention to the screens in front of us.
There are plenty of “What’s going on” and there will be more to come.  How soon do we recognize and/or identify with them?

 

A few covers on the new record

Here’s a tease.  Enjoy.

“Voices in Paris”

A teaser from one of the new ones “Voices in Paris.”

“GAVE UP “ from Loyalty on WZLX “Boston’s Classic Rock”

SUNDAY MORNING BLUES on WZLX.  Carter Allen has been spinning this one.

Cool people

I meet a lot of people.  And, I talk to a lot of people.  And you might imagine, sometimes I meet people and then they show up to a show after 1, 2, or maybe 6 years.

And sometimes they take photos of me.  In this case, a supersized glossy of me onstage on the South Shore winning the Boston Blues Challenge (I’ve got some friends who are competing in the Memphis Blues Challenge this weekend in fact).  A salute to them.

PS -I used to wear this particular hat to signify the Boston connection.  Thanks Mark R.

2017 (a look ahead)

I think 2017 will be particularly remembered as a year of change -socially, economically, politically, and for me, musically.

I’ve opened the band up to new members and have been writing a lot of new material. What does that mean? New songs, new show, new faces. What does it sound like?

“Loyalty” is on Spotify. If you use it please “Follow” me on it Go Here.

On a show hiatus until March (except for a Feb NYC run with a slam poet -read below) and then we go, go, go!

Friday March 3rd in Jamestown RI (the Ganny)

Saturday March 4th in Somerville MA (The Burren)

Saturday March 25th in Newburyport MA (the Grog)

Friday March 31st in Salem MA (Opus)

Saturday April 8th in North Andover MA (Crossroads Music Series)

Details and links on the Shows page.

The Recording Situation

Purportedly, Miles Davis never listened to his recordings once he was done with him.  In his words (I’m paraphrasing) “it’s like looking back, and I only want to look forward.”

Years spent in the writing studio, then the recording studio, then the editing studio, it’s easy to forget the “essence” of the material, especially when it’s easier to be focused on “how” good it can sound, or how perfect you can make it.

I wrote in a prior blog about the current “auto-tuning” trend, now maybe becoming the “sing along to back tracks and lip synch” trend;  The moment itself is gone.

Recently I was recording a guitar intro on something new and it came out completely spontaneous.  Instinct begged me to immediately erase and continue on, over it.  I didn’t.

After a few listens I wondered how I could justify writing something that happened both naturally and on it’s own.  I’m thinking it’s really that good.  I’m hoping it’s really that good.

Sometimes sloppiness can have feel that the auto-tune can’t replicate, and maybe that’s the humanity behind art.  And hopefully, the humanity in recording it.

Hanging with Slam Poets

We met on this stage.  This is Marc Alexandre, a rather passionate and visionary slam poet from Cameroon.  I met him in Bordeaux this past November and I’ll be accompanying him this February in Manhattan and Pennsylvania (Feb 15-18).

Both shows are colleges and open to the public, More information will be on the Shows page.

Capitaine’s Website

I can’t describe accompanying Marc.  It’s magical stuff.  I will endeavor to “capture” it either via video or audio.

Thursday Feb 16th @ Albertine in NYC Details Here

The Micro-Communities

There are many scenes (especially in the arts).  There’s the large party (the half time show with the Gaga’s and the Mars) and then there’s the rest of the world (which is us -really the 99%).

The Micro-communities of cool people.

Years ago we played the Crossroads Music Series and it was so good in so many ways.  A music series in North Andover who might have guessed?  If you haven’t heard of them till now it’s because we might be drowning in the Super Bowl Ad noise, that’s ok.  Jump on it, this show will sell out.    CROSSROADS

Let’s Burn Everything

We’re all on our way to somewhere
This time I’m looking for the Love Redirection
Starting over isn’t easy
We do it anyway

Searching for the right words at the right time
I trust my hands because they know what to do
They shed light on everything

Let’s burn everything, Let’s burn everything, Let’s burn everything
To the ground then we’ll find our love still standing

I’m going to rise from the ashes
I’ll look the world dead in the eye
We all play a part in the madness if we could only see

Time will burn on it’s own pretty faces they come and go
When you reach the bottom then you’ll know

Let’s burn everything, Let’s burn everything, Let’s burn everything
To the ground then we’ll find our love still standing

Playing in “The Network,” Playing with “The Network”

Spotify (the industry leader in streaming) requires 250 “Follows” on an artist page before they…give me control of that page.  85 current “followers.”  If you have a spotify account, asking for your help:

FOLLOW us on SPOTIFY

 

My dream was born in a basement….

Me in my own words.
Started out as most suburban kids do, playing a borrowed guitar in my bedroom to B.B. King blues records in my early teens (so little did I know of a future I’d have playing on the same stage with him so many years later), and dragging crappy Peavey amplifiers from one garage to the next learning how to play with others.  Everyone knows a loud drummer when he hears one.  After he’s heard one.

I’d even sing on occasion.

Started this thread (more an invitation to a self made biography) while on a plane to Portugal to start an armed forces tour for troops coming back from middle east conflict in 2008, and it went unfinished.  Why did it go unfinished?

More than likely because I never did like talking about myself.  Awards, accolades, praise, comments, ahh the parade around the art that I was always somewhat defiant about.  My dream was born in a basement…Continue Reading

It’s not art if it’s not shared

I know of a great musician who never plays for anyone.
I know of a great writer who can’t even maintain a blog.
And, I know a talented actor who sits and waits for someone to choose her.

Don’t we all know someone who fits a version of this story?   
They wait for the “Voice” or the knock on the door.
You can spend decades trying to perfect the song or just play it only for yourself in solitude to your hearts content.

But, it won’t be art until you share it, play it for someone.  And that may be why sharing is the greatest component to all the new world of connection.

——      Share me on Spotify      ——    Share me on Youtube  

When they show up to party

My Birthday party this past December 23rd.  Saxophone players (left to right) Seth Bailin, Chuck Langford, Mario Perrett, bassist Greg Toro.  They came to jam.

Dec 23rd is a tricky time to have a party.  There are many who want to show up and with the madness of Christmas shopping and holiday lead-up, ultimately less people actually show then what is possible.  And that’s also what makes it cool and special -to see who made it!

Always count the ones that show up, not the ones that say they will and don’t.

My Tribe (spinning the CD in the car)

There’s an ecosystem of music lovers, creators, and supporters who make it happen.  They’re responsible for all of these moments and snapshots that come in all forms, texts, chats, emails.
Stay HIGH!

The “Vader” Mix

I’ve made a few custom mixes for different people. After mixing and matching from all 11 of my recordings I’m getting better at the sequence order of songs. This is one I put together for D. Vader (so I named it after her) and I’ve sent it to a bunch of people since with great reviews.
There are 3 discs worth in the “Vader” mix, this is the first.
Disc 1
Loyalty -Loyalty
You You You -Fly
I Don’t Wanna Know -Say It
Hey Joe -single
I Can See -A Night At the Bazbar
Airplanes -Loyalty
What Happens -Say It
Watcha Gonna Do -Modern Soul
Sexy Lady -Twenty Four Hour CD
Hallelujah I Love Her So -Songs That Will Never Make it to Radio… Superstition -Gettup!
My Life Is Mine -Songs That Will Never Make it to Radio…

The “Reconnect”

January is always a time for what I refer to as the “Reconnect.”  You know….the Gettup.  More for me than just “what happened in 2016 and what will happen in 2017,” but more a month for me to look at everything in it’s current state and make decisions on where it’s going to go.

Rather than reflect on the music, I think about the song I haven’t written yet, and look forward to the next bend in the road.  I also think about all the people who are a part of my story and actively reach out to them.

Reach out -use this contact form or email me (I read everything that comes in).

 

 

Art Vs. Entertainment

Art as a vehicle for insight, expansiveness, a genesis of ideas and emotions while Entertainment existing as a tickling, fondling, and ultimately forgettable experience in the form of sensory stimulation.

Times Square on NYE, -ultimate entertainment.  Tits, ass, dancers, and the same song they’ve been pipe feeding you for over a decade.  All abbreviated.

The real question isn’t why she was “playing along” (most likely reason -it was in her contract for a super load of $), but the real question:  Was the public more amazed that she was doing it or more amazed that it technically failed?

We all ultimately decide to either give our attention to Art or Entertainment.  While Art can be entertaining, Entertainment in itself, becomes lacking in purpose more and more as time goes on.

And we’re “Spotifying”

“Loyalty” is now on Spotify.  If you are a Spotify user (specifically or marginally) please “Follow” me as the admin has new rules and I need 250 peeps on my page before I get control over it.

Go HERE

Happy 2017!

“I’ve got wishes but I keep them all to myself
They don’t belong to you or someone else
The conversation always changes but it never ends
There’s always a road ahead”

New songs coming.  New ideas unfolding.  I have been looking forward to this for…a year?

I want to thank everyone who made 2016 another great year.  I could spend time recapping but I’ll do that in January more strategically.

Till then … your NYE GIFT might you accept it.

Martha’s Vineyard, WMVY Radio, and the Ritz!

Happening tonight and tomorrow.
Tonight (Friday 12/9) @ The Ritz

Tomorrow Chowderfest in Edgartown with WMVY Radio

“Airplanes” on youtube

Somerville November 26th

 

burren

The Backroom Series at the Burren in Davis Square is becoming “the” music listening room in the area.  Early concert 7pm-9pm (one big heaping set of funk) for small $, and easy parking.  Tickets HERE

Paris preview

There’s going to be some of this in Paris this week:

Bordeaux

The Discovery of a great American Artist. Excellent evening.

Thanks EGB (Evan Goodrow Band) – Restaurant Le Ferset

“Premier Guitar” Review

Hey everyone,

Jumping on a plane in a few minutes to France and Spain to do shows and writing.  Lot’s of writing! This came in from “Premier Guitar” last week, apparently, they listened and as you will read below, enjoyed “Loyalty.”

If you don’t have “Loyalty” yet, get it HERE.

“Connecting the dots between rock, funk, and soul with his high-wire guitar playing and raw-boned-but elegant vocal performances, Evan Goodrow’s Loyalty sounds like an arrival. It’s the impressive work of a disciplined, self-aware performer who has captured his own unique genuine, soaring sonic and heart-felt vision.”
—Ted Drozdowski, Premier Guitar