Last months highlights started with recording the new EP for my good friend Michael Schoen. He’s a down tempo pop songwriter influenced by Jeff Buckley and Jack Johnson. I played a few different electric basses on this. Filling out the session was Jon Paul on guitar and Evan Pazner playing drums. We have lots of overdubs remaining before it will be released next year.
Also last month was the annual northeast regional folk alliance simply known as NERFA. There I played upright bass and backed up Brad Cole, Orion Freeman, Jesse Terry, among many others in the tribute to Townes Van Zandt and the Neale Eckstein cd release party. Too many names to mention but it was two and a half days of playing, talking, networking, laughing, and with very little sleep.
Just released this month is the new record by Moors & McCumber, an awesome Americana duo. I had the pleasure of recording upright bass on this. We recorded in Minneapolis and were produced by Gary Louris from The Jayhawks so that was a great experience.
This month is mostly relaxing and renovating my new (old) house. But I have a few different shows on the calendar backing up Trevor Davison, Abbie Gardner, Pat Wictor, Chris Norton.
Roosevelt Dime has the month off but will resume in January with dates in NY, DC, NC, MA, and VT. I anticipate a great year with the Dime boys. Check out our latest video release here.
Next month I also get to record upright on the new and follow up ‘jazz for kids’ record by Sarah Gardner. That will be some old-school swinging with great players from the Boston scene.
That’s about it for now,
Last months highlights include a great tour down south to DC and VA with Roosevelt Dime. We played two shows in DC at Gypsy Sally’s and the Adams Morgan Day fest and two shows in VA at the Bon Cafe and Sugarland Run Community Center, plus a live performance on WTJU radio. At Gypsy Sally’s in DC we opened for The Hackensaw Boys which was a great time in a packed house. Those guys played two and a half hours without stopping.
Also last month I recorded overdubs for my piano playing, songwriting friend Marci Geller. It was my first time recording with her and was a great time. Look for that cd early next year. And while on overdubs, this month I’ll record upright bass on a song for English songwriter Rhoda Morgan. I’m not sure exactly what this is for but she did say an art project.
This month I can hardly wait to play in NYC at SubCulture with Josh Kwassman and Brother Spirit. This modern, instrumental ensemble has been rehearsing hard for this show at a beautiful new venue in Manhattan. I’ll be on electric bass for this band. This group will also be releasing a new record next year.
Now for something entirely different, I have a new logo. You can see it to your upper left. I’m very excited about it and would like to send out a huge thanks for Ellis Paul, Tony Montalbano, and Laurie MacAllister for making it happen. The logo was my creation, Ellis drew it with his amazing artistry, Tony brought it to life with his post-production skills, and Laurie found the cool ‘smythe’ font. Right now I’m not exactly sure how I’ll be using the logo. Let me know if you have any suggestions, like making oven mitts or something. For right now I have stickers available.