September 6th, 2007

September 6, 2007

Hi there,
I just got back from the sunny shores of California and I got to say it was wicked.  Jill Barber, Rose Cousins, Old Man Luedecke and myself were fortunate enough to get to play at the Strawberry Music Festival just outside of Yosemite National Park last weekend.  Unreal.  We were accompanied by legendary tour manager Wayne O’Connor and master social coordinator Mickey Quase and a good time was had by all.   We also saw some great music.  Some of the headliners of the festival were Lucinda Williams, Dr. John and Mark O’Connor.  But the real highlights were a bluegrass band called the Dry Branch Fire Squad and a British soul singer named James Hunter.  Unbelievable.  I was totally blown away by both of them.   The front man of the Dry Branch Fire Squad was the most masterful story teller/banterer I have ever seen by far.  Go see them, it’ll be worth it.  James Hunter, who’s making some pretty darn serious waves is totally worthy of all the hype.  His band was rad and he was a seriously amazing front man (dance moves and all). 

In other news (and very good news), I found out yesterday that I was chosen as a finalist in the John Lennon Songwriting Contest for my tune "When It Comes My Turn".   Great news.   Check out the judges on this one.  Wicked. 

Anyway, I hope you’re all doing well.  Thanks as always for the visit.
Take care,