Conversationalist | Musician | Video Producer 

I love music. People. Talking to people. Talking about music. Playing and listening to music. And finding the music, metaphorically speaking, in the life going on all around us. 

As a musician, I’m a drummer who sings and writes a little too. I’ve been a regular with Austin, TX. souljazz group Church on Monday for seven years. I’ve also worked with Freedonia, Christopher Cross, Alejandro Escovedo, TresMusicos, Red Young, Ephraim Owens, and others. I think I’m the only person in history who successfully auditioned for Leonard Cohen on a pair of Bic ballpoint pens. Years ago, I wrote a bunch of humorous songs. Some of you may remember Moose in My House, Monkey Motel, Planet Earth and others heard on morning show radio, Radio Ahhs, Sirius XM, and Doctor Demento. 

As a journalist and conversationalist, I’ve worked for programming on Public Radio International, the Osgood Files on CBS Radio, and IBM. On my own time, I host SLRadio (Facebook Live & archived on Youtube). It’s primarily, but not exclusively, focused on the Austin, Texas music scene and the many performers and supporters I’ve worked with and have known as extended family for decades. It’s a labor of love that have grown out of living through the pandemic, looking for ways to spread a little sunshine and community.  With so much loss in 2020, I’m trying to celebrate the richness of where we’ve come from through music, memories, and more. 

Hope you enjoy it all, or some portion of it. 

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Some Audio Tracks

Fire and Rain (James Taylor cover)

I remember the first time I heard this tune, on the radio, in the early 1970s. I think I was around 11 or 12 years old. It haunted me, melodically, sonically, the refrain “I’ve seen fire and I’ve seen rain,” which I couldn’t stop thinking about. I wasn’t even trying to understand what it meant. I just loved the way those words sounded sung.
Doing a cover of the song has been on my mind for years. This idea, came to me just a few nights ago. Pure pandemic lockdown therapy.


Words and music by Scott Laningham. My first original during the lockdown. My Church on Monday brother, Elias Haslanger, adds the sublime tenor saxophone. He’s one of the most dedicated, focused, accomplished musicians I’ve ever known.

Moose in My House

I wrote and recorded this tune way back in the late 1980s. It won a novelty song contest on a morning drive radio show in Houston in 1990 and quickly made its way around the country to other stations via bootleg and the TM Comedy Network. I’ve met a lot of people over the years that have memories of this tune while commuting to work.

Free Fallin’ (Tom Petty cover)

Song by Tom Petty & Jeff Lynne. I started this arrangement of it a few years ago and then got sidetracked with something and never finished it. Came back to it under the flood of songwriting inspiration during the pandemic of 2020. Such a terrific song. Miss your music, Mr. Petty.

Music Videos

I’ve had the privilege of working with the great Alejandro Escovedo on numerous ocassions and this is one of my favorite moments with him and a truly outstanding band – Brian Standefer (cello), Mitch Watkins (guitar), Karla Manzur (background vocals), Daniel Durham (bass), Elias Haslanger (sax), Sean Giddings (piano)
An original of mine from 2020, meant to celebrate the circle of life during this difficult time of loss for so many.
An original instrumental of mine.
Freedonia is a musicians collective that includes some A-list Austin, Texas musicians – James Fenner (percussion), John Fremgen (bass), Christopher Cross (guitar/vocals), Justin Vasquez (alto sax), Russell Haight (tenor sax), Seth Parker (tenor sax), Me (drums/vocals), Randy Miller (Engineer/Producer)


I’ve started doing this little stream in the Spring of 2020 as the pandemic raged. Sitting in my closet studio, playing tunes, sometimes chatting with friends and fellow musicians, looking for the light shining through the cracks of our weird shelter-in-place world.

A favorite early episode with Roscoe Beck, Steve Meador, Paul Ostermeyer, Mitch Watkins, and Jennifer Warnes

More SLRadio episodes HERE.