Newsy Bits
"A Touch of Class" is mastered! Thank you,Ray Ketchem. And thank you for everything, Clint Newman! This is as much yours as mine. Self Release in Summer 2018

Withered and Died on "The Good Fight" Sunday, March 11

Hello, y'all! 

I just got word that a very old recording of 'Withered and Died' from a radio show circa 2002 will be on the CBS series "The Good Fight" on CBS on March 11th. 

I hope Richard and Linda Thompson are not offended by this rendition!






Well, it seems I didn't get the memo regarding the plan for summer births! Bob van Pelt  on my friendships and Marcelle Good welcome baby Felix into the world in June. Clint Newman and Jessi Wortham followed suit with a duo! Welcome, Cecelia and Alice!

Based on my friendships with all of you and your insane collective talents, you are going to be amazing parents. You already are. 


Thank you, Greil!

The Mendoza Line were a great band that I never would have discovered without your writing, even though they were practically my neighbors in Brooklyn at the time. They seem to have been consigned to oblivion except for the very small number of people who heard them. I pull out Lost in Revelry at least once a year and it shows no signs of getting old. Even though their eventual bitter collapse seems written into their story from the beginning, I can’t help but wish they had managed a longer run. Do they still hold up for you? Have you followed any of the members post-Mendoza work?
– Erik

They more than hold up. Their music seems more unlikely and brave under Trump than it did with Bush, and just as funny, warm, melodic and open as ever.
    I’ve kept up with Shannon McArdle who I admire enormously. We’ve worked together—a great privilege.


Halyards on Monday, March 20th


I' d love to see ya on Monday, March 20th for an acoustic set of songs from SM records, current and past. Bob van Pelt is graciously joining me. We predct we'll be on around 8, but you simply must be there for an acoustic set by Poor Pretty Eddie, as he showcases numbers from his newest release.


Show at Branded Saloon Weds, June 22, 8 pm

Join us at 8 pm at Branded Saloon in Prospect Heights Brooklyn for a tasting of the record, A Touch of Class. And stay for the amazing Zamba 2 Samba at 9 pm.