Monday, May 27, 2019

East Coast Tour + New Solo Album Coming Soon!


Heading down East this week! Looking forward to hanging with friends and playing music for folks in New Brunswick and Nova Scotia. Tell your friends!

New Solo Album on the Horizon

I've been touring pretty heavy over the past few years ( okay, well, almost a decade now) as a solo artist. I've put a lot of time and effort into my approach as a solo performer, altering my playing style to incorporate a more percussive attack, adding bass lines and lead riffs into the mix. Basically, pulling as much sound as I can out of an acoustic guitar. To document the results of this creative journey, I went into NOP studio in Kingston recently to lay down some tracks. Ended up recording 21 songs. I've combed through those selections to narrow it down to a ten song album set to be released this fall. As usual, I will be touring to Vancouver and back in September to support the release, and upon my return to Kingston, we will have an official release party at The Mansion on October 24th, supported by The Mill Rights, and Dead Root Revival. Mark that one on your calendar!


Speaking of Dead Root Revival...

The other side of my creative output this past year, Dead Root Revival has been busy playing shows, tweaking old songs, and adding new ones. We are having a lot of fun reviving the roots of music some may have thought dead. ; )

Our goal with DRR is to focus on four genres: Blues/Rock/Funk/Soul...okay, maybe five. Jazz as well. Elements of these genres appear in our songs. Sometimes all five in the same song. Makes for some fulfilling musical moments.

We also look to collaborate with other artists. Bring them into the DRR family. Recently , we shot a video with our friend Chris Rio. We first heard him sing at the Frozen Roots fundraiser for Joe's MILL in February. Coincidentally, I had written "Good Morning Love" the week before, and thought Chris would be perfect singing lead vocal on the song. Check it out!

https://youtu.be/YT5_Mk9rLe4





DRR has a bunch of shows coming up this summer in Ontario. Check out our schedule at www.deadrootrevival.ca

Friday, January 25, 2019

VIDEO : "Rascal" Featuring Tony Silvestri on Keys. It's Funky!


Excited to share the latest Dead Root Revival video with you, an instrumental number called Rascal.
I wrote this song over twenty years ago while living in Vancouver and playing with the band Al Dente Inferno. When DRR began rehearsing last Spring I resurrected this tune; our mandate being that our songs need to have elements of one or more of these genres: Rock, Funk, Blues, Jazz, or Soul.
As much as I enjoy the singer/songwriter material I perform, and the material I've released over the years, DRR has given me the opportunity to push outside of genre constructs, and has opened up new creative doors. We had the incredibly talented Tony Silvestri joining us on this gig. Check out the back and forth solos at the 2:57 mark. So much fun!

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Hometown Concert at The Mansion
For those of you in the Kingston area, we have a show coming up on Friday February 1st at The Mansion. This band is progressing at break neck speed. We are adding 2-3 new (original) songs every time we rehearse! This train is a chuggin' along!

We look forward to playing the new songs for you. Get your tickets today over at Eventbrite and let us know you're attending by clicking "Going" on the Facebook event or shouting it out on Twitter or Instagram.

w/ special guest Connor Poulain
$10 at the door/ $8 in advance
Doors @ 8:00 PM, Show at 9:00 PM

Music to check out
Inspiration has been coming to me from the past and the present lately. From the past, a couple of recent vinyl purchases:
Al Green - Gets Next To You














and John Coltrane - Blue Train.
















....and from the present, Vulfpeck. Though I don't have anything from them on vinyl, I am enjoying their youtube offerings immensely. Such as this full concert from Brussels.


They've got a unique approach to putting together a concert. Variety show style. If they ever tour Canada, I'm there!