i am now nearing the end of this tour, with just seven more shows to go. thank you to everyone who came out in support of "saint bartlett". it's going to be strange, being home, and not seeing the guys in kay kay and his weathered underground everyday. they're such an incredible band.
hello everyone, below are my u.s. tour dates with kay kay and his weathered underground. i am so excited for everyone to see this amazing band open up for me! next to opening up the shows, members of kay kay, will be joining me on stage as "the saint bartlett band". i am so blessed and honored to play with these guys. you can hear their music here. http://www.myspace.com/kaykayunderground
i am still awaiting the release of saint bartlett. soon. may 25th. i am excited and also anxious. it's wanting both, to go out and promote it and also stay at home. it's not how things work though. i'm going to be completely honest. over this past year, i wanted to hang this up. at least the going out into the world part. it was a lot that caused this. my deep growing love and devotion to my son, who is getting older. we have conversations all the time. he understands more. we teach each other new things daily. any day that i am not near him, is heart breaking. "the other part of me" is absent. he is encouraging in my pursuit of music.. well, so long as it's done at home. understandable. another thing that made me consider a change was the joy i felt being in the studio with richard swift. for the first time in my years of playing music, i felt able to really look at the songs for the first time. this is kind of vague. i am not even sure how i begin to explain it. picture a bird, for the first time walking on the edge of a tree limb and jumping. the bird's wings open as it is diving towards the ground, and just before it hits the ground, with the help of his own wings, he is taken to the sky. does this make sense? freedom. it's how i felt about the new songs. about the songs that i have still been writing. about my time in the studio with richard. about my time with him, talking about music and playing records. seeing his un dying devotion to his family and his music career. i left the studio no longer feeling "outside" or apart from other well known songwriters. i now see myself beside them. arm in arm. or at least near them. so here i am now. standing in this line. mentioned in the same breathe as those other musicians. considered a legend of my own time. i don't think that. some in the press said it. i'm fine with it. ...where am i going here? i guess it's to say, that i'm happy about my future and the songs. it's just getting out the front door first. or making it to the edge of the tree limb, to make a flying leap.
hello again. as usual, i am never good at posting anything here. it's been so long, i have no idea on where to begin or what to talk about. hmm... well, for one, and i don't know if i mentioned this already, but i recorded a new album with richard swift. the experience was incredible and was everything i hoped for. three weeks set aside to record the album, were cut down to one week. this included mixing. vocals and guitar done live and for the most part in one take. i didn't want to fake it. my days of doing a guitar take and then vocal overdubs were over. capture the performance. it's what i love about "oar" by skip spence, and countless other great albums that i hold in high regard. richard was/is brilliant. what else is there to say? he's an old soul. the hardest part now, is not being in the studio again, right away. if i could, i would just make records with him only. i guess i could. i mean, why not? glen campbell worked with al delory for most of his career early on. one thing i realize more and more is that, there are no rules. music is complete and total freedom. everything else, well, most everything else, just seems like a prison. ok, it's not that bad, but you get the point. what else did i want to mention? i just got back from europe. it was such a great time, and unlike other tours i've done overseas, i got to see a lot. cathedrals and monuments. friends. new friends. it was great! so, thank you to everyone who made it out to the shows.
for now, i am looking forward to the next year. it's going to be exciting. the new record, which is called, "saint bartlett" by the way.. will be out in may. no exact day as of yet. we're still working on album art and there is still a lot to plan.
i will really do my best, to keep up with this blog thing. for now, i wish everyone a merry christmas and happy new year.
it's been a great summer. i went to the beach a lot. experienced the hottest days in seattle's history. i went to spain twice. toured the east coast. moved to a new house. and now that summer is over, which by the way, i am very happy about... it's the start of new beginnings. and what a way to start a new season? record a new album. tour europe. i look forward to it. monday morning i will celebrate my one year wedding anniversary and then head down to cottage grove oregon, where i will get to work with the brilliant and very talented richard swift. i have never been more excited about recording a record in my time of doing music, than right now. i'll be sure to update as things happen. for now, goodbye and take care everyone.
hello everyone. i know it's been so unbelievably long since i have posted here. it's safe to say that my commitment to blogging is pretty bad. tonight i am in a small town, just outside of baltimore, maryland, currently on a tour with the weiss family/mewithoutyou. tomorrow night will be my last show of the tour. it's been a lot of fun.. however, i'll talk about that in another post. someday.
i have been so busy touring and writing. at the end of september, i will be heading to cottage grove, oregon, to record my next record with richard swift. i've never been more excited about recording, than i am right now. i have never been more happier than i am right now. after much begging and whining, i convinced sarah to quit her job and work with me, full time. it's a dream come true!
besides managing me, sarah has been spending time focusing on her photography. http://www.sarahjurado.com/ shooting weddings and assisting in other photo shoots. i am so proud of her and her talent!
after our last u.s. tour, jamie went to live in denmark for a while. she is now back. i am hoping that we can do a show together soon.
speaking of other bands i play with.. hoquiam, just finished our first record for the st. ides label. no release date is set just yet.
i think that's it for now. i know this is such a short post.. but i am exhausted. thank you thank you thank you for all the love and support. your comments and messages mean the world to me!