1. David Foster Wallace

    March 22, 2017 by admin

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    Hey dudes

    Next time you’re in the mood for a podcast, take a listen to this 22 min commencement speech (or don’t).

    You may have heard this already…if not, highest recommendation

    “Some Truth (with a capital T)”

    Part I

    Part II


  2. Whoa, long time now

    March 13, 2017 by admin

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    Jerry Jeff Walker, Joe Ely & The Flatlanders, Robert Earl Keen, Rita Coolidge, Arthur Brown, Raul Malo, Delbert McClinton, Teresa James & The Rhythm Tramps, Hayes Carll, Rodney Crowell, Lee Ann Womack, Mignon Grabois, Johnny Nicholas, Chicago Farmer, Lucas Nelson, Larry Campbell & Teresa Williams, Sam Outlaw, Randy Rogers, Wade Bowen, Sunny Sweeney, Redd Volkaert, Bruce Robison & Kelly Willis, Leopold & His Fiction, Kelly Mickwee, The Watters, Bruce Hughes Arms of Shiva, Unfaithful Servants, James Petralli, Jim Lauderdale, Katie Shore, The Hard Truth, Tim Easton, David Bromberg, Great American Taxi, Adrian Quesada, Marcia Ball, Jack Ingram, David Grissom, Deadeye. I know I’m missing some but the above is a list of artists that I’ve either recorded with or shared the stage with in the last year or so. It’s a nice list, yes, but I only mention here to demonstrate that I’ve been really busy. Throw in the fact that I’ve joined the Dad ranks during this time frame and you have a reasonable excuse for why I haven’t posted since early 2016. So for the few of you out here in cyberspace (you know who you are!) who email or say hi after the show and inquire about the dearth of blog updates, this one’s for you.

    Recent books that I’ve read and enjoyed:
    The Four Agreements, by Don Miguel Ruiz
    Pops: A Life of Louis Armstrong, by Terry Teachout
    Testimony, by Robbie Robertson
    Magister Ludi, by Hermann Hesse
    Lonely Avenue: The Unlikely Live and Times of Doc Pomus, by Alex Halberstadt

    Records that I’ve been digging, check em out:
    Silver Tears, Aaron Lee Tasjan
    It’s Our Thing, The Isley Brothers
    We Got More Soul, Dyke & The Blazers
    Complete Hit Singles A’s & B’s, Little Willie John
    It’s Too Late To Stop Now, Van Morrison
    Teasin’, Cornell Dupree
    Everybody Likes Some Kind Of Music, Billy Preston
    The Bremen Concert (bootleg) Feb 2, 1975, Keith Jarrett (check it out here)
    Bob Dylan, Saved

    This blog from the great Danny Barnes:
    (this post is a little old now but it’s so good and really worth sharing to those who might have an interest)

    This from Hazrat Inayat Khan:

    “When one realizes the ultimate truth, one comes to understand that one single underlying current to which all the different religions, philosophies and faiths are attached. These are all only different expressions of the same truth, and it is the absence of that knowledge which causes all to be divided into so many different sects and religions.

    In India there is a well-known story exemplifying this fact: that some blind men were very anxious to see an elephant. So a kind man one day took them to see one. There, standing by its side, he said, “Now, here is the elephant, see what you can make of it.” Each one tried to make out by touch what the elephant looked like, and afterwards when they met together they began to discuss its appearance. One said, “It looks like the big pillar of a palace,” another said, “It looks like a fan.” And so they differed and discussed amongst one another, then they quarreled so much as to come to a hand-to-hand fight. Each one said, “I have seen it, I know what it is; I have touched it.” Then the man who took them to the elephant came and said, “You are every one of you right, but you have each seen only a part of the elephant.”

    So it is with the religions. A person says, “This religion is the one, this doctrine is the only one, this truth is the only truth possible.” That shows a lack of knowledge of the ultimate truth. As soon as one comes to the realization of the depth of truth, one begins to discern that it is the same truth which the great ones have tried to express in words. They could not put it fully into words. They have done their best to help humanity to evolve and reach to a point at which it is able to understand what can never be explained in words.”

    Peace to everybody


  3. Happy 2016

    January 27, 2016 by admin

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    Happy New Year cyber-friends! Hope that ’16 is off to a great start for you and yours. Personally the world is a different, albeit more lovely place as my wife and I have welcomed a little girl into the world…Naoma Sage. She is a month old now and it’s been a trip to watch her develop a little bit everyday. I was gone for 5 days on Delbert McClinton’s cruise and when I came home it really blew my mind how much she’d changed—I’d always heard people talk about this sort of thing but now it’s really hitting home. It’s a beautiful thing. We are overjoyed!

    Speaking of the Delbert cruise, it was amazing as always. Can’t help but feel inspired and moved while watching dudes like Steve Mackey, Red Young, James Pennebaker, Al Anderson, Greg Morrow, and Kevin McKendree…it’s like getting a lesson.

    On the cruise I had an ample amount of time to get into a few books. Anthony Doerr’s Pulitzer Prize winning “All The Light We Cannot See” was fantastic. Set amidst the tragedy and horror of World War II, it is a gripping story of an orphaned German boy and a blind French girl whose paths collide in Saint-Malo, France as the Allies moved in. Their stories are woven together masterfully and as the book gets going you really can’t put it down. Also finished up another Tom Robbins gem, “Wild Ducks Flying Backward”. It is a compilation of essays, articles, observations, lyrics and more from the genius whose wit, imagination, mysticism, eroticism and irreverence are incredibly refreshing. In one of the many incredible anecdotes in the book, Robbins describes a trip he took to Mexico with one of the great luminaries of the 20th century, the mystical scholar Joseph Campbell. Here is an excerpt from that essay, in which Robbins elucidates Campbell’s theory on mythological archetypes present in all of our lives and how they should be interpreted in a broad social, political and religious context:

    “A myth is something that never happened but it always happening. Myths are the plots of the psyche. They are ongoing, symbolic dramatizations of the inner life of the species, external metaphors for internal events. As Campbell used to say, myths come from the same place dreams come from. But because they’re more coherent than dreams, more linear and refined, they are even more instructive. A myth is the song of the universe, a song that, if accurately perceived, explains the universe and our often confusing place in it. It is only when it is allowed to crystallize into “history” that a myth becomes useless—and possibly dangerous. For example, when the story of the resurrection of Jesus is read as a symbol for the spiritual rebirth of the individual, it remains alive and can continually resonate in a vital, inspirational way in the modern psyche. But when the resurrection is viewed as historical fact, an archival event then its resonance cannot help but flag. It may proffer some vague hope for our own mortality, but to our deepest consciousness it’s no longer transformative or even very accessible on an everyday basis. The self-renewing model has atrophied into second-hand memory and dogma, a dogma that the fearful, the uninformed, and the emotionally troubled feel a need to defend with violent action. The potential for violence is especially high when humanity stands, as it does today, at a crossroads of myth and religion-political fanaticism.”

    Wow. Right on.

    Moving on, here is a really cool mini-movie put together by the great Marco Benevento, for GoPro. Pretty heartwarming. It hit home for me personally. It’s 8 minutes long—check it out if you get the chance.

    Here are some great albums that I’ve been listening to a lot recently:

    Carl Perkins & NRBQ, Boppin’ The Blues
    Rolling Stones, Let It Bleed
    Jackson Browne, Late For The Sky
    Ray Charles, A Message From The People
    Los Lobos, The Neighborhood
    Howling’ Wolf, The London Howling’ Wolf Sessions
    Jeff Beck, Beck-Ola
    Jimmy Vaughan, Out There

    “Love is the merchandise which all the world demands; if you store it in your heart, every soul will become your customer.” -Hazrat Inayat Khan


  4. Thanksgiving

    November 22, 2015 by admin

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    Greetings to all y’all out here in cyberspace. In light of all the unimaginable tragedies that have taken place recently in Paris, Beirut, Baghdad, Egypt, Syria…I’d like to share this wisdom from the great Sufi, Hazrat Inayat Khan.

    “With all the opposition to the Master at the time when the [chief priests] demanded his crucifixion, did those who were present sincerely think the Master was guilty? No, each one of them was more or less impressed by the truth of the message, yet torn by convention and custom, bound by laws, held fast by the religious authority that was in power. They could not express their sincere feelings, and so law governed instead of love. And this state of things has existed in all ages. Blinded by conventions and by the laws of his time and the customs of his people, man has ignored and opposed the truth. Yet at the same time the truth has never failed to make its impression upon the soul, because the soul of all is one soul, and truth is one truth under whatever religion it is hidden.

    In reality there cannot be many religions; there is only one. There cannot be two truths; there cannot be two masters. As there is only one God and one religion, there is one master and there is one truth. And the weakness of man has been that only what he is accustomed to consider as truth he takes to be truth, and anything he has not been accustomed to hear or think frightens him. Just like a person in a strange land, away from home, the soul is a stranger to the nature of things it is not accustomed to. But the journey to perfection means rising above limitations, rising so high that not only the horizon of one country, of one continent, is seen, but that of the whole world. The higher we rise, the wider becomes the horizon of our view.

    If we come face to face with truth, it is one and the same. One may look at it from the Christian, from the Buddhist, or from the Hindu point of view, but in reality it is one point of view. One can either be small or large, either be false or true, either not know or know. As long as a person says, ‘When I look at the horizon from the top of the mountain I become dizzy. This immensity of space frightens me,’ he should not look at it. But if it does not make one dizzy it is a great joy to look at life from above. And from that position a Christian, Jew, Muslim and Buddhist will all see the same immensity. It is not limited to those of any one faith or creed. Gradually, as they unfold themselves and give proof of their response to the immensity of the knowledge, they are asked to go forward, face to face with their Lord.”

    What will save humanity from itself? Humans. Not necessarily leaders of religious sects or political institutions. Just regular people with compassion, gentleness and kindness in their hearts who willingly share it with those around them on a continuous basis for no other reason other than that’s what they feel inside. The challenge for us as individuals is in widening these circles of compassion. I firmly believe that the vast majority of the 7 billion people on this planet are inherently good in this way. Some are continuously led astray by religious dogma or charismatic/ruthless leaders who are driven by ulterior motives and use fear and greed to carry out their plans. We as people need to wake our asses up. Turn off/tune out the round-the-clock news (whether you think it’s crooked or not, you must admit that anything beyond a small dose starts to disturb your inner peace/present moment). Hey, it’s okay to interpret religious doctrine metaphorically! I’ve always liked what Coltrane once said about this, something along the lines of ‘I believe in all religions’. Anybody who has traveled extensively at home and abroad learns the valuable lesson…that there is one human brotherhood. We are all the same. United. One.

    Speaking of gentleness and kindness, Allen Toussaint’s passing last week affected me very deeply. Saw him in concert for the first time in 2009. I’ll never forget it, or any of the subsequent times I saw him live. The show was at Red Butte Gardens in Salt Lake. They did the classic introduction, you know where the band warms up the crowd for a few moments with a joyous groove?! (In this case it was “Yes We Can” the Lee Dorsey hit). One of the band members stepped up to a mic and exclaimed “Ladies and gentlemen, would you welcome please the High Priest of New Orleans…Allen Touissant!” Out comes Toussaint, dressed in a beautiful yellow suit, wearing sandals, twinkle in his eye. It really seemed like he was walking on air as he walked around the stage and waved at the crowd. I was blown away before he even played a note. He immediately struck me as some sort of royalty from another dimension. High Priest he was. As they say, ‘Music Heals’ and in that case Allen Toussaint was a true healer. He gave everybody in the audience that evening a soul healing. Everything you hear about this man is always the same: a gentleman in the truest sense of the word. Not to mention one of the greatest American songwriters–hands down. A towering legacy as a producer, a keyboardist with an incredibly masterful touch, delicate but always funky and soulful. For me, he truly embodies everything I love about New Orleans. His passing is a huge loss for the world.

    This blog’s installment of musical recommendations:

    Allen Toussaint, From A Whisper To A Scream
    Adam Levy, Town & Country
    Carole King, Tapestry
    Paul McCartney, Driving Rain
    Percy Hill, Color In Bloom
    Ahmad Jamal, Jamal Plays Jamal
    Milt Buckner & Jo Jones, Buck And Jo
    Aaron Neville, The Minit Recordings
    Big Joe Turner, Texas Style
    The Subdudes, Behind The Levee

    “To become a spectator of one’s own life is to escape the suffering of life.” -Oscar Wilde

    Peace everybody,

  5. RIP Wilton Felder

    September 28, 2015 by admin

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    Incredibly soulful man. This comes just over a year to the day of Joe Sample’s passing.

  6. August ’15

    August 9, 2015 by admin

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    Greetings from Challis, ID. We are up here for the 37th Braun Brothers Reunion. Incredible spot for a music festival. As the name suggests, there is a wonderful family atmosphere. Everybody is very down-home and generous. Honored to be here with some of the best in Red Dirt Music (Turnpike Troubadors, Reckless Kelly, Wade Bowen, Chris Hillman & Herb Pederson, and more).

    We’ve been on the road 7 out of the last 9 weeks. Some incredible experiences to share. We did a co-bill with Larry Campbell and Teresa Williams a few weeks back in Raleigh. Such beautiful people and incredible musicians. We were very fortunate to have them sit in on a few tunes (When I Paint My Masterpiece, Ain’t No More Cane, and Got Me A Woman). Also played the Redwood Ramble, a festival in Navarro, CA (near Mendocino). The setting was something out of a hippie utopian dream…sunshine, Redwood groves, children running around, music and dancing. It was awesome and inspiring. Our set followed Scott Law and Tony Furtado, who are both complete masters.

    All this time on the road has lead to a lot of burly drives. On our three-week July run, we did the following drives:

    Austin-Denver: 18 hours
    Denver-Park City/Park City Denver (back to back): 8.5 hours
    Denver-Telluride: 10 hours
    Telluride-Boise: 13 hours
    Boise-Tacoma: 9 hours
    Tacoma-Navarro: 14 hours
    Bakersfield-Chattanooga: 31 hours
    Chattanooga-Raleigh: 7 hours
    Charlotte-Austin: 19 hours

    And (after a week off) to start this tour, we drove from Austin to Challis, by way of Denver and Salt Lake. A solid 30 hour plus haul. Not for the faint of heart! At least most of the driving has been done out West, where majestic scenery abounds.

    One nice thing about all the driving is that it has afforded me lots of reading time. My journey through the Tom Robbins catalog continues. Since the last post, I have finished Another Roadside Attraction, Tibetan Peach Pie, Fierce Invalids Home From Hot Climates, and have 40 pages to go on Even Cowgirls Get The Blues. I’ve enjoyed every single one of them immensely. That leaves one novel (Villa Incognito), a novella (B Is For Beer), and a collection of short stories (Wild Ducks Flying Backward). Found time to read Herman Hesse’s Steppenwolf last month as well (needed to take a break). Also reading an interesting book called Piano Playing With Piano Questions Answered by Josef Hofmann (1876-1957), a Polish-American virtuoso who is widely considered to have possessed the finest piano technique of all the greats from the 19th and early 20th century. His motto? “An aristocrat never hurries”. Dig that!

    Here are some records I’ve been digging a lot lately:
    -Bonnie Raitt, Nick of Time
    -Jimmy Smith and Kenny Burrell, Keep On Comin’
    -Miles Davis, Files De Kilimanjaro
    -Paul Simon, Hearts & Bones
    -Sam Lewis, Waiting On You
    -Mike Henderson, If You Think It’s Hot Here
    -Herbie Hancock, Crossings

    Thanks for checking in,

    “I love music passionately. And because I love it I try to free it from barren traditions that stifle it. It is free art gushing forth, an open-air art boundless as the elements, the wind, the sky, the sea…Music is the expression of the movement of the waters, the play of curves described by changing breezes. There is nothing more musical than a sunset. He who feels what he sees will find no more beautiful example of development than in the book of Nature.” -Claude Debussy

  7. Hello Old Friend

    May 7, 2015 by admin

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    Man, it’s been a long while since I’ve posted anything. I apologize. What I can tell you is that during the interim I haven’t just been sitting around, surfing the web or something. The past 18 months have been extremely busy. I’m very grateful that I’ve had the chance to perform (and in some cases record) with some incredible artists during this stretch of time. They include: Hayes Carll, Alison Moorer, Leopold & His Fiction, Jazz Mills, Kid Rock, Lynrd Skynrd, Blackberry Smoke, Tom Bukovac, Delbert McClinton, Glen Clark, Bob Britt, Kevin McKendree, T-Bird & The Breaks, Ray Benson, Adrian Quesada, Sunshine Garcia Becker, Mingo Fishtrap, John Fullbright, Maurice Brown, Tim Easton, David Bromberg, Davis Causey, Papa Mali, David Jimenez, Warren Hood, Emily Gimble, John Dee Graham, Scrappy Jud Newcomb, Andrew Combs, Ray Wylie Hubbard, Marcia Ball, Lewis Stephens, Eric Zapata, Ray Benson, Papa Mali, Birds of Chicago, Stuart Mathis, Bruce Katz, Charlie Sexton, Ben Kweller, Kelley Mickwee, Miles Zuniga, Bruce Robison, Kelly Willis, Joe Ely, Shawn Colvin, Johnny Nicholas, Deadeye, The Unfaithful Servants, Scott Davis and Bruce Hughes (who am I forgetting?!).

    And of course, the Band of Heathens…through all the changes that life brings (i.e. moves, weddings, babies) we continue to march on! In fact, we just finished up a week of recording at the incredible Echo Mountain studio in Asheville. It’s our third multiple day session in the last couple months. We now have a bunch of material recorded (something like 23 songs) and are just beginning the process of whittling it all down. Should have a new record out by the end of the year. Stay tuned on that front. Another big highlight for TBOH was back in November when we were fortunate enough to open a few shows for the Tedeschi Trucks Band. Anybody who knows me personally can more than likely attest to hearing me wax poetic about how this is not only one the greatest bands on the planet right now, but also one of the greatest bands of all time. I’m serious y’all. Call it what you want, but it’s the real thing. Hearing them live, it’s just undeniable. They are really wonderful folks too.

    I’ve been reading a lot lately. Went on a big Vonnegut kick, tearing through Slaughterhouse-Five, Cat’s Cradle, Breakfast of Champions, Player Piano, Sirens of Titan, God Bless You Mr. Rosewater, and Mother Night. I’ve now moved on to Tom Robbins. So far I’ve read Skinny Legs And Alll, Half Asleep In Frog Pajamas, Jitterbug Perfume, Still Life With Woodpecker and am almost done with Another Roadside Attraction. I have many friends who are huge Vonnegut and Robbins fans and I’m almost embarrassed that it took me so long to get around to these treasures. I truly don’t have the words to adequately describe the depth and quality here. Both authors possess incredibly profound insight into humanity, keenly mixed with wit and humor. I can only say that if you haven’t yet already, check them out. It’s very difficult to pick but if you wanted my favorite from each I’d probably go with Jitterbug Perfume and God Bless You Mr. Rosewater. Another book I just finished that I would highly recommend is called The Soul Of An Indian: The Writings of Ohiyesa, edited by Kent Nerburn. It’s a beautiful compilation of the writings of Ohiyesa (aka Dr. Charles Eastman, Dartmouth alum 1887) that brings to light the universal spiritual truths of the Native American people. Ohiyesa was a very great man and an eloquent writer. I plan on it picking it up again in the future.

    Lots of great music recommendations for you as well.

    Bop English, Constant Bop
    Alabama Shakes, Sound And Color
    Stephen Doster, Arizona
    Larry Goldings, Jay Bellerose, and David Pilch, Music From The Front Room
    Gene Clark & The Gosdin Brothers, self-titled
    Blake Mills, Heigh Ho
    Buddy Terry, Electric Soul
    Kenny Burrell, Asphalt Canyon Suite

    Here’s a cool clip of a session I did with my dear friend, Jazz Mills. It aired on a PBS program called Hardly Sound, a documentary series focused on underground music and artists in Texas.

    Go to the 18 minute mark for the session footage.

    I’ll try to stay more on top of this blog going forward, to keep those of you who are interested informed on all that’s happening. Sincerely appreciate you checking in.


    “What are the fruits of silence? They are self-control, patience, dignity, and reverence. Silence is the cornerstone of character.” -Ohiyesa

  8. Quick hello

    August 28, 2014 by admin

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    Hey now!  Check it…

    Jimmy Witherspoon with Brother Jack McDuff, Blues Is Now
    J.J. Cale, Shades
    Charles Earland, Leaving This Planet
    Ray Charles, Doing His Thing
    Hoyt Axton. Joy To The World
    Ray Brown Trio, Soular Energy
    Danny Barnes, Pizza Box
    Emmylou Harris, Pieces Of The Sky
    Gene Clark, No Other
    Otis Spann, The Complete Blue Horizon Sessions

    Also, I highly recommend this marvelous show from the best band on the planet, TTB, from Red Rocks last month. This music heals.

    Check out this clip of George Duke and Charles Earland. Dueling B3′s. Wish we had more concerts like this these days…

    And next we have Johnny Rivers with a killer band. Jim Gordon on drums and the great Michael Melvoin (from my alma mater) on piano. Playin the hell out that piano

    “Improvisation, it is a mystery. You can write a book about it, but by the end no one still knows what it is. When I improvise and I’m in good form, I’m like somebody half sleeping. I even forget there are people in front of me. Great improvisers are like priests; they are thinking only of their god.”
    -Stéphane Grappelli

  9. April

    April 16, 2014 by admin

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    Hope this finds you well.  According to the Chinese Zodiac it’s the year of the Horse, which apparently means that 2014 will move fast and reward those who work hard and keep themselves busy.  Now I can get on board with that!!

    The past few months have been very busy.  In between tours with tBOH, shows with the Unfaithful Servants and Deadeye have been a blast and well-received.  There’s also been some pretty exciting session work in there as well (more on that later).

    Really love David Crosby’s new album, CROZ.  The songs are so deep and personal, and lyrically it is profound and beautiful.   The music is harmonically rich, with lots of cool open tunings and vamps.  The piano playing by James Raymond bowled me over. Check it out.

    If you are bored, here are some video clips from recent shows.

    Here’s to being like the Chinese Horse!


    “The usual person is more than content, he is even proud, to remain within the indicated bounds, and popular belief gives him every reason to fear so much as the first step into the unexplored.” -Joseph Campbell

  10. Jan-Feb 2014

    February 20, 2014 by admin

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    Greetings. Thanks for checking in.  Per usual, here are some records I’ve really been enjoying lately.  Hope you can find the time to check these out:

    Little Richard, The Rill Thing.  Little Richard makes his comeback with this record, made in 1970.  Recorded in Muscle Shoals with the Swampers, it’s some greasy rock n’ soul.  Speaking of Muscle Shoals, if you haven’t seen the new documentary of the same name, do yourself a favor and check it out.  It is beautifully shot and tells the story of Rick Hall, the man who started it all.  So much incredible music (as Jerry Wexler put it, “the heaviest R&B ever recorded”) came out of this small town in the 60′s and 70′s.
    The Section, Self-Titled.  Lee Sklar, Russ Kunkel, Craig Doerge and Danny Kortchmar were the Asylum Records house band in the 70′s and played on a slew of incredible albums (James Taylor, Jackson Browne, Crosby Stills & Nash, Carole King, Joni Mitchell).  Their easy going, delicate artistry was the perfect complement to many of the great singer-songwriter records to come out of California during that era.  They became known as The Section and put out a few beautiful instrumental albums of their own.  This is the first one.  Mellow and easy, good way to wind down.  Musicianship on a level nonpareil.
    Les McCann, The Gospel Truth.  Les McCann is one of the kings of soul jazz.  On this album, from 1962, he takes it back to the church.  Instrumental, yes, but the uplifting message of this music comes through.  Makes you want to get right out of your seat and dance.
    Danny Barnes, Dirt On The Angel.  Barnes is an incredible and uniquely-talented musician and songwriter.  Just went to see him here in Austin the other night and it was pretty mind-blowing.  He has a bunch of records, but I picked this one up because it features my man, Chuck Leavell on piano.  Needless to say, it does not disappoint!
    James Taylor, One Man Band.  James Taylor live from a beautiful old theater in Western Mass with only Larry Goldings (who is seriously the master of every musical setting he is in) as an accompanist.  Wonderful.
    Bruce Katz, Live At The Firefly.  Bruce is a journeyman keyboardist who has played with Gregg Allman, John Hammond, Maria Muldaur, and Delbert McClinton.  I’ve been a fan of his for a long time so it was a real honor to meet Bruce and his wife Vikki on the Delbert Cruise last month.  This is his newest record and it’s fantastic.
    Deep Dark Woods, Jubilee.  I just got turned on to these guys.  They are from Saskatoon, Canada.  Based on their ascetic and nationality it’s easy to compare them to The Band.  They also remind me a bit of Dawes and The Fleet Foxes.  Either way, this is their new album (produced by the omnipresent Jonathan Wilson).  It’s a slow burner but after a few listens really gets under your skin.  Highly recommended…
    White Denim, Corsicana Lemonade.  Some of Austin’s finest right here.  They did a tour opening for Wilco two summers ago and since then their rise to the top of the heap has really accelerated.  We played before them at ACL fest this year and you can tell these guys are the real deal…great people who play their asses off.  Their latest record is killer.  If you took ZZ Top’s “Tres Hombres”, The Black Keys, and Jeff Beck’s “Blow By Blow” and put ‘em in a blender you might get a delicious smoothie that would taste something like “Corsicana Lemonade”.
    Crosby & Nash, Graham Nash David Crosby.  1970.  Backed by The Section, also with Jerry, Phil and Billy Kreutzman.  Some of the headiest music to come out of the headiest times.  Dreamlike.
    Phil Upchurch, Darkness Darkness.  This one must have been pilfered through many times during the 80′s and 90′s by hip hop and rap artists looking to sample the real shit.  Donny Hathaway, Joe Sample, Harvey Mason, Chuck Rainey, all holding it down, deep in the cut, while Upchurch sings like a bird.  Again, this is the real shit.

    Also, read recently:

    “Wild Tales” by Graham Nash (autobiography)
    “Ubik” by Philip K. Dick
    “More Than Human” by Theodore Sturgeon
    “Einstein” by Jurgen Neffe (biography)

    “Music is something that has optimism built into it.  Optimism is another way of saying ‘space’.  Music has infinite space.  You can go as far into music as you can fill millions of lifetimes.  Music is an infinite cylinder.” -Jerry Garcia

    Fare thee well,