Last month I had a very memorable time in Nashville at ResoSummit, the annual gathering of a hundred dobro players. I flew there with my removable-neck upright Kay bass and played for classes and jam sessions. I was the only bass player so I got to play a lot and meet many new people. I certainly hope to do it again next year.
Also last month I had a great time playing upright bass in the Catskills at the annual Northeast Regional Folk Alliance. I backed up Jesse Terry, Marc Douglas Berardo, and the Boxcar Lillies. Plus sat in impromptu style with other new and familiar faces. It’s always a good time there even with very limited sleep.
This month I look forward to the CD release party for Jesse Terry taking place at Rockwood stage 2. See calendar for details. And also the debut show with the mellow pop songwriter Michael Schoen at Cafe Vivaldi in the west village. Both of those shows I will be on electric bass. I recorded once for Michael five years ago and didn’t hear from him until recently. Funny how things work out.
Also this month will be an eclectic holiday show with the contemporary Brooklyn chamber ensemble Pookestra. The show will feature many instrumentalists and vocalists on holiday music and include a big improvisation element. This group is always spontaneous and unpredictable.
Thanks for reading and I hope you swing by again.
Last month I had a great time playing electric bass throughout the northeast and south with The DesBerardos opening for Austin based country rock band Reckless Kelly. We played eight theaters in VA, PA, NY, MA, NC, TN and will likely do it again next year. Both bands gelled together beautifully both musically and personally. And since they are an amazing live band it was such a pleasure hearing them each night.
Another highlight from last month was recording the new Red Molly record. I spent four days in Nashville tracking upright and electric bass on twelve songs and am very happy how it turned out. The producer and drummer on the record is Ken Coomer, formerly of Uncle Tupelo and Wilco. He was very easy to be around and play with and I really hope to do it again. He brought in many fresh ideas from all his years in roots rock/alt country. Look for the album next spring.
This month I look forward to the annual Northeast Regional Folk Alliance (NERFA) in Kerhonkson, NY. Some eight hundred songwriters, players, promoters, dj’s, fans, etc will attend the three day indoor conference. I’ll be rolling around the upright bass and playing with Jesse Terry and my new friends The Boxcar Lillies. Plus other opportunities are bound to come up as they always do. It’s a great way to see so many friends and musicians in one place resulting in little sleep, but that’s another story.
Also this month I’ll be attending my first Resosummit in Nashville. I’ll be flying to music city with my travel upright Kay bass to back up and jam with guitar players from all over. The event will be mostly classes and workshops on resonator guitar playing but they will need some of that low end too from time to time. I’m excited to meet many new people.
Thanks for reading and I hope you come back again.
Last month I really enjoyed a tour with the Jammin Divas, a multicultural folk group representing four countries. We played in FL, GA, NC, and WV. My travel upright bass got a lot of mileage on that trip.
Also last month was a career highlight for me. Recording in Nashville with Red Molly and Ken Coomer as producer/drummer. Ken was the original drummer for my favorite rock band Wilco so that was exciting for me. I played upright bass and two different electric basses with various effects and am very happy with the results so far. Look for this record next spring.
This months highlight will be a tour with The DesBerardos. We are supporting Austin based country rock band Reckless Kelly and have stops in VA, PA, NY, MA, NC, and TN. The DesBerardos are a six piece roots rock/Americana band based in CT and always put on an entertaining show. Also this month will be the release of a record by the Elias Meister quartet in which I played electric on his original instrumental music. We will have a special show for it on Oct 23 at Somethin Jazz Club in Manhattan. See calendar page for more details.
Next month I look forward to rolling around the doghouse bass at another annual NERFA conference in the Catskills. I'll be backing up my new friends The Boxcar Lilies, a female folk trio from MA. While there I'll also be playing with Jesse Terry. He'll be fresh back from Euroland and ready to melt some local faces.
See you next month!
Last month was a good month for recording. First with Josh Kwassman and Brother Spirit, a challenging, modern instrumental, through-composed ensemble. I played upright and electric bass on his second record with the same band. We laid down our tracks at the amazing Avatar studios in NYC. That was a big honor since my first cassette "Born in the USA" was recorded there thirty years earlier, among many other famous and legendary records. Second, I spent five days in Nashville recording with Walking for Pennies, an acoustic pop group based in Queens. What an absolute good experience that was with the help of producer Dewey Boyd.
This month I look forward to a tour of the south with the Jammin Divas. They are a multicultural folk band representing four different countries and their native music influences. I play upright bass with them and will most likely be the driver. We start in Florida and end in West Virginia with many points in between.
This months highlight will be recording the new Red Molly record. We will spend a week in Nashville under the producer Ken Coomer and Creative Workshop Studio. I will be using three different electric basses and my Kay upright travel bass with removable neck. Ken has a long impressive history of drumming and will add his seasoned touch to this record.
Another highlight this month is two shows with The DesBerardos. Always a good time with those boys jamming out to some southern rock originals. And speaking of them, next month I look forward to a tour around the south and midwest, opening for Reckless Kelly, an Austin based Americana/country band. More details as they unfold.
Also late this month marks the official release of the new Marc Douglas Berardo record in which I'm proud to have been a part. I'm very happy with the songs and sounds achieved on this session. I will include a link for the record next month.