Persist 


"Choose to fight only righteous fights, because then when things get tough — and they will — you will know that there is only one option ahead of you: nevertheless, you must persist."  
~ Elizabeth Warren, March 5, 2020

The world seems a little upside-down to me right now, but if there's one thing I'm certain of, it's that I will persist. 

I will persist in making songs because it is how I make sense of the world around me. I will persist in singing songs because it is how I communicate. I will persist in…

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excited AND scared 

Hello, friends! 

It's been a minute... I've been laying pretty low for the past few months, getting cozy with my family and my cat, renovating our kitchen, and best of all, working on demo recordings of new songs in preparation for a NEW ALBUM in 2020! 

What's more, I'm thrilled to tell you that the producer of said new album is a songwriter I love and respect, who has supported my career in every way since the very beginning. Though she can be a bit scattered and under-confident at times, she has…

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Brrrr... 

We've hit the deep freeze, friends... at least here in NYC. Yesterday, Autumn became Winter in just a matter of hours! No matter, though. I've got tea, sweaters, books, a cat, and best of all, MUSIC!

Not a whole lot of live shows between now and year's end, but I did want to let you all know about a few things...

I've spiffed up my website a bit, mostly because I just like tinkering with things. First of all, I've adding a site-wide music player at the bottom of each page that plays a career-spanning…

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Falling 

September's nearly gone and I'm just now sitting down to type the news from CS Central. It's always my intention to write an upbeat, sunny message about upcoming shows and new projects and a bunch of nifty stuff coming down the pike that I'm excited about... but I'll tell you the truth. As much as I'd love to do that, I don't have much in the proverbial gas tank at the moment.

Sure, things are going well. I had a wonderful summer playing a few great festivals (this photo with ASL interpreter Jody Prysock…

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Summertime Songs 

It's that time of year again, friends -- FESTIVAL SEASON! And though I'm only booked to play two festivals this Summer, they're pretty important ones to me.

July brings me to the Woody Guthrie Folk Festival in Okemah, OK. I was privileged to play this fest back in 2010 during the waning days of my tenure with Red Molly, and it was absolutely earthshaking. My experience there among musical kindred, surrounded by the very palpable aura of the godfather of American troubadours, launched me into the next phase…

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so much... 

Here's what's happening, friends -- so much, really, in the next few months -- but first up is a short tour to PA and MD with JOE IADANZA this weekend. Join us if you can!

MAY

31:  Jamey's House of Music, Lansdowne PA (with JOE IADANZA) 

JUNE 

1:  Godfrey Daniels, Bethlehem PA (with JOE IADANZA) 

2:  Local Cream with Annette Wasilik, Takoma Park MD (with JOE IADANZA) 

8:  Emmaus Road Cafe, Lancaster PA 

13:  Live From The Vault: Songwriter Sessions, Brooklyn NY (with KARYN OLIVER and PAUL SACHS) 

14:  NO…

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Restless 

Though general restlessness has been a constant companion of mine for just about as long as I can remember -- booting me out of bed in the morning and keeping me awake at night -- lately, it seems she's turned the dial up to eleven. I find myself wanting things I do not, cannot, or should not have, spending money unwisely (well, even more unwisely than usual), and generally having trouble keeping mind and body still and focused for any length of time. I crave new projects, new songs, new adventures, new…

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Receive 

Last week, I had an unexpectedly revealing conversation with a friend about the giving and receiving of energy; the seizure and release of control. As productive, outcome-oriented humans, we spend a great deal of energy trying to control things in our lives. We exert Herculean (or perhaps Sisyphean) effort herding tasks and people and events in the direction we want them to go, controlling environments and messages and images, squeezing our expectations into manageable corrals where even the outcome is…

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Juggler 

Today, I am a juggler. My hands in constant motion, my brain whirling, my eyes not sure what to focus on as the many balls I'm trying to keep in the air blur into one... booking new shows, promoting shows already booked, learning new music, singing backup for friends' new records, playing sidekick bass, starting a new songwriter series (more on that soon) and maybe, just maybe, recording demos of new songs of my own...

And perhaps most importantly, this month and next bring more than a few concert…

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Into the Vortex 

So, yeah, it's cold. But I'm not complaining. Here in NYC, it's just kind of a normal cold, not crazy cold, and certainly not Polar Vortex cold like it is in some parts of the USA and Canada right now. If you're caught up in that, I hope you're staying safe indoors as much as possible, and covering every part of your body when outdoors. Put a couple blankets in the car, too. You just never know when you might need some extra protection. Frostbite is no joke, friends...

As for me, well, I've been spending…

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Photo by Jake Jacobson.

Photo by Jake Jacobson.