No touring for me this summer (aaaaahh!) but there have been plenty of musical projects to keep up with:
- Danni Nicholls A Little Redemption, recorded last December in East Nashville with a host of our most treasured friends and colleagues, was officially released internationally last week. A HUGE congratulations to Danni, certainly one of the most inspiring and motivated artists that Ive ever had the pleasure of working with. The album has already gotten excellent reviews in the UK and were eager to continue the buzz when Danni returns to Nashville this fall.
- Were in the late stages of recording a new Brigitte DeMeyer album with Will Kimbrough, Brady Blade, and Jimmy Wallace as the core rhythm section (affectionately dubbed The Wicked Barbershop by Mme Brigitte herself). There is a lighter touch arrangement-wise on this album consistent with the acoustic trio setting weve been performing in over the last year or so. than on BDMs previous projects. Well be premiering some of the new songs at the Station Inn on 5 September.
- This month I have the great honor of playing in the pit band for The Theater Bug production of Showmance A Summer Musical. This non-profit theater troupe of young people led by the tireless and exceptionally talented Cori Anne Laemmel is quickly becoming one of East Nashvilles favorite bragging points.
- I wrote and recorded an album of rather strange music entitled Vintage Cheeze for The License Lab that will post to the music librarys site later this month. In terms of genre, visualize a fez-clad Peter Sellers chatting up Steve McQueen at the afterparty of the 1971 Moto-X Championships and their surprised expressions when Brigitte Bardot rides into the gallery on the back of an ostrich. Or something like that.
- NAMM comes to the brand-new Music City Center this weekend. Im going to hang around the KALA booth for a bit on Friday and play the U-Bass for jams with Will Kimbrough and Ukedelic Andy Hudson (Andy actually purchased the last two tickets to the Jake Shimabukuro show at the Franklin Theater last month I was very glad for him but kicked myself for having waited).
- Weve got another Mario The Magician & Sleight Of Hand Band hit at the Queens Library @ Cambria Heights on 27 July, sponsored by Lincoln Center Local. Avi Rothbard and myself will be joined that afternoon by acclaimed drummer Pete Zimmer, who will no doubt have ample opportunity to expand his rimshot and press-roll repertoire. (;
Will check in again before Tomato Art Fest on 10 AugustCx