As you may well remember from my last newsletter, I was excited to report that I’d finished writing the new album! And as awesome as it was to say that, I’m probably even more stoked to tell you that we just finished laying down the bass, drums and piano for the new record. A major accomplishment – one that wouldn’t have happened without my fabulous team: Steve Capp on recording and engineering, Chris Kringel on bass, and John Calarco on percussion. Thanks also to engineer Kevin Arndt at the Exchange Recording Complex, who made us feel right at home. Some pretty impressive people have come through there over the years…like David Bowie. Not kidding. Check out the picture of him recording at the same location. Hopefully some of that mad mojo will rub off on this album.
While recording the rhythm tracks was a big step, there’s still much work to be done. Vocals, guitar, instrumental soloists, and banjo: you’re next! Yeah, you read that right. I think there’s gonna be a banjo somewhere on this album.
Beyond the recording news, it’s been and will continue to be a crazy few weeks. Those who follow me on social media know I just got back from a whirlwind trip to Scotland, which included popping into this sweet little jazz bar in Edinburgh….called The Jazz Bar. Not the most innovative name, to be, sure, but a good time regardless and I highly recommend it. For more pics from Scotland, hit up my instagram account – two words: gothic rocket. You can also find more behind-the-scenes shots from the studio there, too. Next stop on this crazy world tour is a little R&R in sunny Mexico, and then I’m off for a string of private events and house concert dates in Iowa.
My next public date is part of my summer residency at the Monarch Lounge in the Hilton Milwaukee City Center – on Saturday, August 27th. If you’re in Brew City, come say hi.
OK. That’s all for now. Happy musicing, y’all.