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Recap: Mt. Emily Blues Festival

The parents of the wife of one of my greatest friends lives in a haven in the woods on the middle of a mountain. Thirty-something years ago, the host’s childhood East Coast schoolmates began a bi-annual tradition of gathering in Oregon for a weekend of music,...

Cocaine Stories

Wanna hear a story?  This is a story about a song about stories. It’s not often that I’m inclined to attempt a description of what was going through my head when I wrote a song, so this may be a rarity. I had the pleasure of being interviewed on the...

The Lone Rangers in PDX

Well, they spelled my name wrong. Greg’s too. If you believe in omens you might let something like that disuade you when you pull up to the Alberta Street pub, but if you don’t you have yourself a good chuckle, Facebook a photo of the marquee, and get a...

The Lone Rangers in Ashland

Southern Oregon is beautiful. Very similar to the east side of the state but so close to California you can almost smell it. Ashland is home of the Oregon Shakespeare Festival which runs 9 months of the year, so it’s not uncommon to see a mime in lederhosenor a...

The Lone Rangers in Eugene

As I write this, we’re southbound on I-5 to Ashland. Packed to the gills in the Subaru with Tyler at the helm while he, Greg, and Alex The Writer discuss the question of when you know that a song or other piece of writing is done being written. We’ve also...

The Lone Rangers in Bend

Tyler and I rolled into a sun-soaked Bend in the late afternoon and reunited with Greg at The Horned Hand where we would kick off our 5-day string of shows together. To my delight, Greg had picked up a co-pilot in Pendleton the night before: Our old pal Alex. Seeing...

The Team

It’s a funny thing to make an album with your name on it and call it a “solo album” when so many people helped to make it happen. I’ve made 3 albums with Sons of Guns, and I guess the major difference is that in a band we’re all collaborating to make songs together...

How The Long Con Began

In August 2011 I was living in La Grande, Oregon playing music with my band Sons of Guns and making websites for a living. Eugene’s own Tyler Fortier, one of my all-time favorite Northwest singer/songwriters and the hardest working musician I’ve ever met,...

Producer / Pianist

Tyler Fortier is producing my debut solo album. I’ve recorded a few albums with Sons of Guns, but this is my first solo endeavor, and ironically it’s not a solo effort at all. Tyler is pouring energy into not only making sure my performances of the songs...

Tracking Violin

The song is called “Every Bloody Road” and it features Abby The Great on violin. That’s what I call her anyway. I’ve had the pleasure of working with Abby Young these last few months as she’s come in and laid down some extraordinary...