New EP New Mexico Dirt now underway...

Greetings and salutations, people of Earth! Sorry for the radio silence. It's been a whacky bunch of months. I did a whole tour of Route 66 with my good friends Jennifer Westwood and the Handsome Devils; and then I did a tour of Italy with Americana goddess extraordinaire, Mary Cutrufello. I had planned to be out on the road this fall both on my own and with the Handsome Devils again, but you know how it goes - the best laid plans of mice and men, and all that jazz. In other words, shit happens. 

Big news on the music front, though. Y'all have no idea how much it means to me to get emails, messages, texts, and social media posts pertaining to how much you like the music, and asking when you can have some more. As a songwriter, there's no higher honor than knowing there are people out there who not only paid money for something you've created, but actually want to do it again. It's really humbling; and for me, it's a fairly major responsibility. So when will you fine folks get some new music?

Funny you should ask! I'm currently in New Mexico, at my top secret writing facility in the Sangre de Cristo mountains. I'm working on getting 7 to 8 all new tunes done this week, for what I hope will soon be a brand new EP entitled New Mexico Dirt. The material is stemming from notepads and scrap paper dating back about a year. Ideas that came to me at various points during the last year's travels, that I have either been unable or unwilling to commit to finishing up until now.

Details? For the songs, you get none. Patience, grasshoppers. You have to wait for release day. As for format, it's going to be a VERY bare bones record. I've made a conscious decision with this one to strip away the fat, and let these songs stand on their own. This will be the most honest, totally naked recording I've ever released. The whole idea is to use nothing to color it at all. I really wanted this one to be the closest thing to me sitting with you in your kitchen at three in the morning, with just an acoustic guitar and no amplification, playing you some songs.

I also wanted to get back to basics. When I was a kid, I would sit in my room with an acoustic guitar, pop a Memorex cassette into my boombox, press record, and play songs. Just to see what I sounded like. There was no studio, no fancy mics, no EQ, compression, reverb or other effects. Just one voice and one guitar. With New Mexico Dirt, I want to get back to that. Thankfully, simple recording has evolved, so you'll get much better sound quality than a Sears boombox and a worn out Memorex cassette. 

If all goes as planned, I'd like to release around Christmas time. This will be a strictly digital release. For the first few weeks, it will be available only here, at Later it will be available at all the usual outlets...iTunes, Amazon, etc., and streaming at Spotify and Amazon Radio.

I know what you're thinking..."But what about pictures, and artwork, and lyrics?" Ok, you probably weren't thinking that. You were probably thinking it's about damned time I finally caught up to the 21st century. But all that stuff will be there. I promise. I'm gonna get it all done, and make sure you can download that along with the music, or view it here, if that's what suits your fancy. 

That's all I've got for now. Here's hoping everything is great in your world. Things are looking pretty good from where I'm sitting in New Mexico. 

Peace, and fried chicken,