December 10, 2013
I’m heading to London tomorrow. More meetings and
discussions, all related to music, videos, epk, distribution,
radio, and fish ‘n chips.
Going to see my good friends Russ and Kim, and maybe a
few others too. London at Christmastime is always a really
The band and I have been rehearsing quite a bit. 2014 is
going to be a memorable one, to say the least. I can feel it!!
Also, we have been working on more new tunes. Melodies
Some big news: Couple of weeks ago, we made the
decision to make a 6 part video series where each video
leads to the next video. All the songs will be from our
upcoming CD “Don’t Ask.” Exciting stuff!! This is in
addition to the 1+1 song video, which will be separate.
Also, be sure to check out the now released “Maristar” on
CD Baby, iTunes, etc……………anywhere quality music
is sold, is where we are.:)
Will send another note after I get back from London, and
for sure before Christmas. All the best.
December 10, 2013
Hey to all of you out there!
Feels like I’ve been “out there” too! So much left to complete before the end of the year, I keep making to-do lists. 2014 is going to be a rocking year for TFB, I can feel it!!!!!
The Park West show in Chicago was a blast. It was really fun doing some of the new tunes live, many for the first time! The crowd reaction was great. Think it’s universal; our new song
Fat Boy is a real cool rocker!!!! :) Check out pics from the show!
So now it’s November. 2013 for me has been a blur. It just has. The other day, a stranger was talking about how many days until Christmas. I was stunned, and interjected, you’ve got to be kidding!!!
So for Christmas, I have a surprise. We are going to make Maristar available for purchase. Will be on web site, CD Baby, ITunes etc. Maristar was the project before the completion of Ask. It’s a really long story, but Ask became the commercial product, and included 7 tunes off Maristar. But…..Maristar had 7 other tunes that many of you probably have never heard; Red Horse Saloon, Coffee Pot, Knee Pads…………..to name a few. Maristar is a must for all TFB fans if you don’t have a copy.
In the meantime, we’re working on graphics for the new Don’t Ask CD and an EPK, video, all to be released at the same time, hopefully in January, 2014. There is a lot going on.
And I have to mention again, Ask and Don’t Ask, will be available on vinyl!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Right after I got back from Abbey Road last month, I had to buy a new turntable to play both. Vinyl is so cool. Feel like I am a part of the vinyl revolution. Seriously, it’s coming back; I have met many who agree it takes listening to music back to a magical experience. I have missed that in this digital world we live in.
I have been rehearsing with the band a lot too. We want to really get in the zone with live performances on the new tunes. They are so cool and require a lot of detailed parts that come together as one. Also, we’re working on some tunes from past albums Chasing An Illusion and Abstract Man, to start re-doing live. Great music we don’t want to forget about. Tunes like Lollipop Guild and Midnight Pass. Great rockers.
Joel, Ryan, John and Jordy all say hi. We love all of you!
Hoping all is well with you and yours. For me, October has been a complete blur. Happy Halloween in advance!
I’ve been on a whirlwind ride! Just got back from a fabulous trip to London. I was pretty busy everyday, meeting with people and discussing our new album DON’T ASK. All that have heard it are blown away by the tunes. Feels so good!
Last week I was at Abbey Road Studios. Honestly I don’t know how many times I have been there, but each return is always fun. I didn’t sign the wall on this trip, but it looked like everyone else did. Am always amazed by the wall. It’s white and just screams, write something!!!!!!!!!!! :)
Geoff Pesche, my guy at AR, commented that I had created a monster in DON’T ASK! How cool is that? Anyway, the big news is that we’ve decided to make DON’T ASK in vinyl too. Ditto the same for the previous album ASK. I flew home from London, guarding my first vinyl LP’S. What a feel good.
Mastering vinyl records is a very cool thing to watch. I used my iPhone to record a video and you may have seen the postings on Facebook. Geoff had a long fun doing and Phil Tennant and I, were all smiles. Really fun.
So I get on the plane and put the albums in the luggage area. Soon, this guy comes down the aisle carrying a bunch of stuff, and I just knew he was going to stop right where I was sitting. I thought, OMG! So I was nice, explained about 2 masterpieces I was guarding with me life!:) All good, he got it.
Yesterday we had a rehearsal, and Jordan brought over a new turn table so we could hear the tracks. I swear vinyl is a superior sound to CD’s, and especially MP3’s which I hate anyway. Honestly I think I will start my own vinyl collection in addition to the ones I still have. It really is exciting. All of us had a blast listening to. All of us are really excited.
The graphics are being worked on, and that’s a time consuming thing too. The plan is to have all the lyrics, photos, and credits etc, just like on ASK. Both in vinyl will be a first class product.
While in London, I also spent an entire day being filmed for a new EPK. Did a cool interview and also did a couple of tunes live. I think when it’s completed, it will be really fun to watch. I know it was fun to do. I don’t remember much though…..all happens so fast and with a bit of jet lag, my memory gets a bit out there. Nothing new!
Met also with radio plugger people, Press, PR….the usual. All good. Also got a chance to go shopping at All Saints Spitafields, my favorite store in London.
So this Saturday night, 10-26, we’re doing a show at the Park West in Chicago. Hoping our Chicago fans can make it. We get so inspired by crowds. Guarantee it will be a fun night. Thinking we will come on about 8:45 PM. Looking forward to seeing old friends and of course, making new ones too. Come on out and let’s rock Chicago!!!!!
Hoping all is well in your worlds. Can’t believe it’s October. 2013 has been a complete blur.
It has been decided to call the new album project “Don’t Ask.” I love the new title. For a while I thought it would total 12 tunes, but we stopped at 11.
Here they are:
1. Roller Coaster Free Fall
2. Lonely Man
5. Bring Me Down’
6. Fat Boy
7. Sweet Dreams
10. Highest Mountain
11. I Will Always Think About You.
Last week I was in Muscle Shoals, AL finishing up the mixing process at Fame Studios. Don Srygley is a genius at mixing. Love Don, he gets the music and always delivers. Many thanks Donny.
Next up is to head over to London the week of October 14th for mastering at Abbey Road Studios. Always a feel good going back to Abbey Road to hang. While I’m in London, we will be going over all the details of putting the music out there. Many people are involved, but it is so much a work of love. Stay tuned for more details when they are known. A lot is up in the air and many decisions still to be made.
Here’s some more cool news. We’ve been working on a video for 1+1 here in Chicago. It’s pretty awesome and we are very pleased. Will be posting some stills from the video soon and perhaps some trailers you’ll be able to see on the TFB website. It’s really very exciting. Discussions are also taking place with the idea of doing another 6 videos to go with 1+1 and they will all be interconnected in a very creative cool way. 1+1 will be the first radio tune. Exciting.I have so wanted to share this great news, but we needed to wait until it all evolved. Hoping you guys out there will dig it too.
All of us: me, Jordy, Ryan, Joel and John………..send you our love and many thanks for your support and patience.
Numerous killer things are jelling and coming together, and we want all of you to enjoy this cool ride too. Thanks so much.
So much going on, getting hard to keep it all together. Let’s begin, shall we?
The EvenFlow Music & Spirits show was a blast! Three floors standing room only! Way to go Geneva! I love Illinois – what a rockin’ crowd!! Many thanks to the staff at EvenFlow. You guys were great. Be sure to check out the cool pictures we are and will be posting. They all capture the vibe of the night which was fun, good times and good people.
We did 23 tunes total. For those of you who live out of state or country, it truly was one of our best shows. We broke it down to 3 phases. First we did the set we used in Europe, then we did an acoustic set in the middle, and then we did 8 new ones. Here’s the set list and album they’re on:
1. Lovers (Ask)
2. Take Me Way (Ask)
3. Ask (Ask)
4. Doin’ Nothin’ (Ask)
5. Hell Fire Angel (Ask)
6. Dragon Fight (Abstract Man)
7. Anthem Man (Ask)
8. Morphine Maureen (ask)
9. Garden Dreaming Days (Ask)
10.Radio Man (Abstract Man)
11.Best OF Me (Ask)
12.Tomorrow Morning (Abstract Man)
13.Franklin Street (Abstract Man)
14.I Will Always Think About You (The NewColony Six cover)
15.Freedom (album name undecided as of 9-5-13)
16.Sweet Dreams (same)
17.Roller Coaster Free Fall (same)
18.Sidewinder ( same)
20.Bring Me Down (same)
21.Highest Mountain ( same)
22.Fat Boy (same)
23.Coffee Pot ( Maristar)
It felt so fitting to end this historic event with Coffee Pot, which is always a crowd favorite. All of this cool music is available anywhere in case you don’t have. The fun for us is to bring it on live, feel the passion, and deliver it to the Universe.
You guys, the fans, were great. Bands love dancing, applause, screams, and anything else for that matter. We heard you!!!!!!!!! Thank you thank you!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
I really love meeting people at TFB shows. Many thanks to all that came out and had a good time. Especially my friend Dolly. You made my night by being there, dancing, and you brought that awesome smile!
Many thanks to Alice for helping fans add merchandise to their music collection or wardrobe. You are the best!
We videotaped this show too. Look for something soon. Fingers crossed the audio is exceptional!:) Stay tuned for news soon.
New Album Update: 6 are in the can, 5 more are completed and will be in the can soon, and one more I need to finish writing. My reality has been weekly trips to Nashville, Chicago, or Muscle Shoals. Every week more is added, refined, or tweaked. It’s very time consuming, involves a lot of people, and is a work of love. The goal was to raise the bar from the last album “Ask,” and it’s happening. This project has taken on a life of its own. I am starting to be blown away by the speed in which this event is coming together.
This month is the completion goal. Immediately behind that will be more pics, vids, and fun too. Let’s rock it! As soon as the new project is completed, then we’ll start performing it for the world. Thank you for all the support and encouragement we get from you guys. It always is a game changer.
Peace and love to all,
Hoping July is rocking for you. So this past Wednesday we did a killer show in Chicago at the Double Door. Very cool venue and it was great to be back performing again.
We opened for Kyle Gass and his band. Great band and they had a vibe. Kyle was gracious for a photo or two.
Speaking of, hoping you have seen some of the cool pics that were taken. My favorites are the ones with my Orange shades that came with a 6 pack of beer from Belgium. Yeah that’s right. I bought beer for the shades! Check them out!
I have been so busy with the new project. We’re getting ready to go back in the studio the first week of August in Chicago with the band. In the meantime, this week I am headed to Nashville to work with Rick Chudacoff, my producer on the original 6 tunes. The following week to see our old friend Don Srygley at Fame Studios in Muscle Shoals, AL, for mixing and mastering. Then recording here in Chicago, then probably back to Nashville a couple of more times, ditto going back to Alabama.
Anyway, it’s a work of love and beauty. We’re up to 11 tunes in some stage, with another 1 or 2 screaming to be born. Stay tuned.
Hey everyone. The Universe wants me writing and not performing as much live, so I can get a new project launched! Hoping sooner than later, but they take a really long time.
Some of the new tunes are Freedom, Sweet Dreams, Roller Coaster Free Fall, Fat Boy, Highest Mountain, Lonely Man, Sidewinder. Cool tunes. All are different and have their own unique TF vibe. More tunes are on the way. So……….stay tuned!
My producer, Rick Chudacoff is in Chicago and I will be doing vocals in a Chicago studio Tuesday night. I am so excited. Be great if we could get 3 tunes done.
Then on Thursday, I’m heading to London to meet with Phil Tennant to discuss the new project. London is always a good time. UK trips always inspire me. Flying there is 6 to 7 hours from Chicago and is a great time to work on lyrics. I love uninterrupted time to focus.
Summer is almost here. Happy Father’s Day to all the cool Dads out there. Rock on!!
Who are your biggest influences?
I’ve always had a very eclectic love of music and I’ve immersed myself in a number of styles over the years. Folk, rock, jazz, Brazilian, Spanish, blues, country. There are great musicians and incredible songs in every genre. But if I had to name names, the short list would include Dylan, the Beatles, Miles Davis, Wes Montgomery, Segovia, Clapton, Jeff Beck, Steve Earle, John Scofield, Robbin Ford, Nirvana, Tom Petty, Wilco, Little Feat, Weather Report. But I’m just getting started….
If you could collaborate with one artist, living or dead, who would it be?
I have great faith in and reverence for the song writing genius of John Lennon. He would be my go-to guy.
What was the first concert you ever went to?
The first one I remember going to was Andres Segovia, the Spanish classical guitar master. My mother took me when I was quite young.
What is your favorite song to perform?
It’s not so much the song as the people I’m playing with and the vibe that is being shared. The magic of music can happen anytime, anywhere.
What are some of your passions outside of music?
Travel, the Italian language, tai chi, golf, my dog.
So I cruised down to Nashville to record new tunes. Had a blast, played with some great players. All super talented guys and great people.
When new tunes get recorded, I always feel like a Dad with a child being born. All of them turned out great. I look forward to all of you hearing them soon. Still tweaking lyrics, which take a while to craft. I’ve always believed the words should be as powerful as the music. Together equals quality.
In the meantime, there’s another 4 to 6 songs which I will record with the band this summer. Exciting happenings for TFB. I have to admit, so wanting to see crowd reactions to the new ones. I always feel that way. The anticipation, hoping fans like them too.
Knee deep with words. I always know they will come together when its time. But that never stops me from stressing and wanting to get them all done by tomorrow.
Spring is here and it feels great. Happy Mother’s Day to all the Mom’s of the world. Well, actually, I think mainly USA. Different countries have different dates. I do well just to remember here in the US.
God Bless and keep rockin!
So much is going on, and I keep forgetting to keep the fans
The two recent U.S. shows we did with our new friends
suburb of Berwyn was a great time. Full house, new
friends, old friends. Thanks so much for everyone coming
Turner Hall in Milwaukee was really cool. We would most
definitely play there again. Was a fun night, great crowd.
No surprise considering it is Milwaukee.
Couple of weeks ago I went to Nashville to regroup with
Rick Chudacoff, my producer, to go over new tunes, goals,
and make a plan. So the plan is to go into the studio to lay
down tracks on 4-5 new tunes in Nashville with familiar
old friends, Christian Cullen and Danny Parks. Rick will
play some bass, and I hear we have a killer drummer named
Greg. Will be gone the week of 4-22. So excited! But I’m
under pressure to get the tunes into shape. The reason we
are doing it like this now is to get some hot radio music
ready for the masses now.
Right behind that plan is to continue writing some more in
order to record another 5-8 tunes with TFB in Chicago this
summer. We’re all really pumped for this. The new music
We started posting photos on Facebook where I comment
on them. I love it. It’s so easy to do and I love recalling the
moments. Hope you like the pics and quotes too.
Working on a new EPK which will be posted soon and
have many highlights from our Europe tour. In fact, new
they’re pretty hot.
Have made a couple of gear upgrades: Found a cool used
Marshall JCM 900 amp. Heavy artillery.:) It’s the same
amp I used in Europe, and I loved it. Really love the sound.
Will be using on stage another Taylor acoustic. It’s made of
Koa wood and is beautiful. We’ve been doing many open
string tuning songs, that it became a need to have a third
Taylor. Great guitars I trust and rely on. They never let me
I think that’s it from here. Hoping everyone is doing great
and wanting Spring to get here tomorrow.