March 11, 2014
If the 15 year old version of myself knew that this was going to happen one day, he'd have ran to the basement immediately, turned up his crappy Crate amp to ear piercing levels and quietly freaked out while rehearsing Nevermind riffs.
This was a surreal night. At the FairVote Democracy Party on Sunday, March 9 we backed Krist Novoselic up on Lorde's Royals. Watch it here.
March 5, 2014
Miriam and I hiked a few miles in the snow yesterday to Fedex (closed), big chain coffee shop (closed) and finally out of desperation to get warm, 7-11 (open!). Their hot chocolate isn't going to win any awards, but it did the trick. I just came back inside from digging the car out so Mir could get off to work today, and I'm about to demo a new song, but first I wanted to tell you about some happenings...
This Sunday, March 9, The Cowards Choir will be performing at Republic in Takoma Park for FairVote, featuring former Nirvana bassist and recent Grammy Award winner Krist Novoselic! Holy crap! The middle school versions of ourselves are freaking out... and the adult versions a little bit too. Our friends The Beanstalk Library will also be playing. Please come out if you're nearby!
Next on the docket is our headlining show at IOTA on Saturday, April 5 with the fantastic Lauren Calve Band. We'll be stretching our legs a bit at this one. You can look forward to hearing new songs and old. See you there!
San Fernando Valley's Run River North just released their new self titled record and are coming to Jammin Java on Tuesday, April 15. The Cowards Choir is very excited to open the show! This is ALL AGES. Get your tickets here!
This June, I will be touring solo with three other singer songwriters: Dean Fields, Eliot Bronson and Jason Myles Goss. We're calling it The Parlor Sessions. Check the site for tour dates and for tour dates and 12 songs, including four NEW unreleased tracks from each of us! (Which reminds me, I need to get back to recording that new demo for you)
Miriam and I watched 20 Feet From Stardom last night. When being interviewed about the crazy talented Lisa Fischer, Sting talks about how important the journey is for an artist to mature. He says that people think they can just go on American Idol and become a star, but their career will only be "wafer thin", because they are skipping some important steps in their artistic progression. That really struck a chord with me. I have spent over ten years learning to play my instrument, to sing, to write a song... and I am still learning. Still maturing.
Thank you for being there to listen as I continue the journey.
December 9, 2013
We have one last show in 2013. Thursday, December 12 at Sixth & I Synagogue with Lowland Hum. You don't want to miss it.
If you don't have the Reunion EP yet, you can still pick up at iTunes, Spotify, Rdio, and Noisetrade.
September 27, 2013
September 6, 2013
I, for one, am ready for the fall. There's a pile of dry branches next to the fire pit in my back yard ready for a late night of jean jacket philosophizing.
Since the release of the Reunion EP last month, many of you have reached out to share kind words. Thank you! Please continue that good old fashioned word of mouth. :)
In case you don't have the EP, you can get it on iTunes, Spotify, Rdio or Noisetrade.
The Cowards Choir did a short run of shows in August with our good buddy Lauris Vidal. LV is a true original. One of the last soul medicine men.
We are hitting the road together again at the end of this month. Down the east coast into FL and up into New England.
Come hear the songs from Reunion and several new, unreleased tunes:
Sep 10 | Arlington, VA | IOTA - A Call To Arms: Benefit to help Ben Tufts
Sep 28 | Arlington, VA | Clarendon Day
Sep 29 | Lynchburg, VA | Keep Colony
Sep 30 | Charlottesville, VA | The Garden
Oct 01 | Columbia, SC | New Brookland Tavern
Oct 02 | Gainesville, FL | Civic Media Center
Oct 03 | Tampa, FL | Rock The Park
Oct 04 | Orlando, FL | 1300 Brookhaven Dr
Oct 05 | Ybor City, FL | Plan B Block Party
Oct 06 | Chattanooga, TN | Owen Manor
Oct 07 | Atlanta, GA | TBA
Oct 08 | Nashville, TN | The End
Oct 09 | Richmond, VA | TBA
Oct 10 | NY, NY | Rockwood Music Hall
Oct 11 | New Haven, CT | The Outer Space
Oct 12 | Setauket, NY | Velvet Lounge
Oct 14 | Washington, DC | 16th St House
Recently, I spoke to WAMU 88.5 Metro Connection about The Cowards Choir and how I got started building songs. If you're in the DC area you can listen to that segment TODAY at 1:40pm and Saturday at 7:40am. Listen online from anywhere in the universe after it airs.
Ryan, Ben, Adam and I were guests on The Circus Life podcast a couple weeks ago and played "Where The Hand Don't Hold Me Down" and "Maybe I" live. The recordings came out great! I also read from my favorite children's book. Check it out!
Enjoy the last days of summer. Please come out to a show if you're nearby. We need your voice to fill up the room.
August 10, 2013
Friends, the "Reunion" EP is now available at iTunes, Spotify, Rdio and Noisetrade!
Please listen and share. Your voice is more helpful than you know.
Come hear these songs (and new unrecorded material) live:
August 10 - Arlington, VA - IOTA - Info
August 11 - Richmond, VA - The Camel - Info
August 12 - Lynchburg, VA - The Keep Colony
August 13 - Asheville, NC - The Bywater - Info
August 14 - Charlotte, NC - Evening Muse - Tickets
July 16, 2013
I hope this message finds you well.
Virginia is bright and balmy after some recent rain. I'm gonna wait until the sun sets before I go out to chase that red fox I keep seeing by the creek in the park.
But first I have some news for you...
I have a new name: The Cowards Choir.
My first release as The Cowards Choir will be available at iTunes, Spotify, Rdio, Noisetrade, and all the other digital stores on August 10.
Please pick it up, turn it up and share it with your friends.
Why the monicker? I have actually been thinking about doing this for a couple years. You may be familiar with The Cowards Choir EP I put out in 2009. I've always liked that title. I feel it marks the time I began to find my voice as a singer and songwriter. In 2011 with Jealous Hands I found that voice. Now with the Reunion EP, I want to open a new chapter. I'm excited for all the possibilities.
So The Cowards Choir is about renewal. It says more than my name can say, and gives me some freedom to grow as an artist.
The band and I have been sweating it out in the rehearsal space for these shows. Come out and see us.
August 10 - Arlington, VA - IOTA w/ Dean Fields & Wendell Kimbrough
August 11 - Richmond, VA - The Camel w/ Lauris Vidal & Carl Anderson
August 12 - Lynchburg, VA - The Keep Colony w/ Lauris Vidal
August 14 - Charlotte, NC - Evening Muse w/ Lauris Vidal
*More tour dates TBA.
Thank you for coming along on this journey with me. See you out there!
P.S. In other news…
Stumble On The Line will be featured in ABC's "The Fosters" on July 22! Check it out.
Here's a cover of What's Going On my drummer Adam Neubauer and I did for the ONE Campaign.
July 11, 2013
Just released a cover of Marvin Gaye's "What's Going On" for the ONE Campaign.
June 7, 2013
Some thoughts on Maybe I for my friends TWLOHA:
March 27, 2013
Friends, I am very excited to release song 2 - "Where The Hand Don't Hold Me Down".
You can download it directly from Facebook, Twitter, Instagram or this link for $1.
Buy song 2 to build song 3, and please help spread the word.
Thank you for creating with me.
February 18, 2013
Here’s a live solo performance of Maybe I that OurVinyl.com filmed upstairs at St. Elmo Fire Hall in Chattanooga, TN. The natural reverb in this room is pretty spectacular.
February 13, 2013
I am very pleased to announce song 1 - "Maybe I".
You can download it directly from Twitter, Instagram or this link for $1.
If you have enjoyed Jealous Hands, I think you will like this tune.
There will be more to follow.
Buy song 1 to build song 2 and spread the word!
Let's create something together.