I had a wonderful couple of shows in Nashville and Berkeley in June. Thank you to J. Poet for my preview and picture in the East Bay Express before my show at the venerable Freight & Salvage in Berkeley, here's a tidbit: "Loop de Loop is marked by subtle, passionate lead vocals and lush, multi-layered harmonies." My 91 year old father was in attendance, making the show even more special. To my shock he liked one of my new songs, an acoustic-funk one called Spell, the best. He liked the beat! Video from both shows is coming soon.
Now I'm settling in to complete and record songs for my next album, songs inspired by people and events in US history.
I'm still Loop de Looping AKA doing shows to promote Loop de Loop. Plus I've been writing songs for a new concept album and just recorded the first few guitar tracks. All of the songs are in the voices of famous and not-so-famous people from American history. I played a couple of the new songs at my Radio Cafe show last month (thank you MJ Bishop for including me in that round), and the audience response made me think I might be onto something.
I'm performing songs from Loop de Loop at the wonderful Freight & Salvage in Berkeley, my hometown. I played several shows at the old Freight & Salvage but this is my first performance at the newer larger venue. I've heard so many good things about this space, I can't wait to play there. Thank you Don Arbor for inviting me to co-bill this show.
I don't know what it is about New Jersey, but three NJ artists cut a total of eleven of my songs over the summer: thank you J. Smit, Kristina Cordaro, and Gianna! Gianna's version of my song "Strange But True" is the single on her new album.
I had a blast singing backup at Scott Ramminger's Bourbon Street show last week in Nashville. His very cool album "Do What Your Heart Says To" is currently number 1 on the Roots Music Report R&B Album Chart. Check it out!
That's the formidable Mary Bragg, Phoebe Elliot, and Sarah Aili wailing along with me at my October 15th show. I threw them some complicated harmonies to learn and they sang them right back and then some.
We're in the final stages of mixing Loop de Loop--phew! In August we'll make it available via this site only, and we'll have CDs when we play some shows in California. This recording process has been a joy, but I'm looking forward to getting out of the studio and re-entering the world again.