As with everything else I do, my music is about the writing. But songs well-sung can express feelings better than thousands of written words; I write to connect with people through the feelings that we share, often without really knowing.
Music was my first, and music will be my last love. I am first and foremost a passionate fan, but as the years have passed, I have knocked out a few songs, when the moment called for it, and I recorded an album, Straight, years ago. It is available for streaming on Spotify, and for purchase on Amazon.
Straight came out many years ago, but I have continued to write the occasional song, and have amassed quite a large stockpile. In 2019, I found myself once again drawn to performing them, and after a
successful webcast that drew more than 2,000 people in March 2020, I decided to try to raise the cash needed to produce a proper album of new work.
How that will be done in the era of social distancing, I don’t know; but it is on the agenda, and I will be reaching out with my songs in an effort to make that a reality.
My first album, Straight, was recorded in 1998 and released in 1999. I was accompanied by the cream of Sacramento, California’s music scene. The album is built upon songs written in the throes of divorce and rebirth, with backing vocals by Chris Webster and guitars by Mike Roe of The 77s and other local luminaries.
The album tells a tale of loss, but of hope as well. The songs are simply-recorded, hence the title, and have a timeless acoustic rock sound and feel; styles change, but the truth of human nature endures.
As the COVID-19 pandemic approached Sacramento in mid-March 2020, and the Governor recommended “Sheltering in place,” my two sold-out house concerts at the Bootleg Tiki Lounge became untenable. So we did the next best thing, pulling together some lights and a tiny crew, and put the show up on the internet. It was my first experience with a webcast concert, not to mention with doing one, but it was a hit – 2,000 Facebook views and counting – and opened up a new venue: Live streaming. It also introduced me to the folks at Local Talent Live.
LOCAL TALENT LIVE
My Bootleg Tiki Lounge show was caught by folks at a small start up in Nashville, who contacted me about putting my show up on their new platform, www.localtalentlive.com, a wonderful place for artists to put their shows up online and reach a much larger potential audience than they would through their friends on Facebook. I began consulting on them, and doing some writing, and put my own profile up, as well as videos. This is brand new, so no telling where it will go, but it’s promising! Stay tuned here!
BOOTLEG TIKI LOUNGE
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