Legendary drummer Harold Jones talks with me about growing up in Chicago with legends Herbie Hancock and Frank Strozier, and touring with Count Basie, Sarah Vaughn, Duke Ellington, and countless others that will make your jaw drop. He reflects on the great clubs of the 1950s and 60s and the fertile ground they offered […]
Two ships, in the night I met Scott Martin 30 years ago when he was was making a record in Boston. It was a brief introduction in a hallway and we both went on our way, not knowing if our paths would ever cross again. They did, and after two decades of life that […]
Gerald Stockton – Bassist, composer, very funny guy. We’ve been friends since 1991 when he contacted me about writing for a music production library company in Dallas after he heard a cassette tape of my comedy song, Moose In My House. Gerald is an enormous talent, has written for film, television, recording artists, and his […]
Late last year, my 93-year-old stepfather passed away. My wife and I drove 7 hours to be at the funeral, then drove back home the next day. Before I left, I complained inwardly about the long trip and the interruption of my life routine. 36 hours later I couldn’t relate with that complaint. I returned home […]
Our cover of Bob Dylan’s great tune.
Chris Maresh, Scott Laningham, and Mitch Watkins groove out on a tune by Chris, live at Austin’s Elephant Room.
I have never, ever seen so much selfie taking in all my days as a smartphone operator and people observer. That was at Yellowstone, anyway. Hope you enjoy this little video I put together from iPhone video footage and photos we shot while on a combo family Summer vacation and gig excursion. Some beautiful stops […]
Some people grumble that roses have thorns; I am grateful that thorns have roses. ― Alphonse Karr, A Tour Round My Garden Perspective. Is there a more important word in helping us make sense of life? I find the flowers in our yard offer up valuable perspective, when I’m open to it – how we all struggle, […]
About time for an update. Church on Monday, Alejandro Escovedo, The Trio w/ Mitch Watkins and Chris Maresh, Fall River Footmen, and Jon Blondell make up the bulk of my music calendar of late. Sean Giddings’ project, which he calls Fall River Footmen, brings together Sean (songwriter, keys, lead vocals), Mitch Watkins (guitar), Brandon Guerra (guitar & drums), and […]
Reprinted form my February 4th subscription email newsletter What a dichotomous start to the new year. It was tough losing so many legends in the entertainment industry — David Bowie, Glenn Fry, Alan Rickman, Vilmos Zsigmond, Natalie Cole, to name a few. At the same time I found myself knee deep in some thrilling work with Alejandro […]
Being a working musician, for the vast majority of us full-time or part-timers, results in a wide spectrum of gigging experiences. For me, January 9th at the ACL Live Moody Theater in Austin, TX. was at the high end of that spectrum. Four straight days in rehearsal with ten musicians plus a children’s choir and […]
Here’s a couple of short videos from some my recent stint with Alejandro and the Sensitive Boys when we visited Cleveland, OH, Lexington, KY, and St Louis, MO. A little taste of van travel between towns. The band performs “Castanets” at Off Broadway in St Louis.