Here’s another cover that I had the opening acoustic guitar figure and 1st verse to, sitting in Logic, for about 3 years. I always loved this tune since first hearing it in 1989. I thought about singing it with this wonderful group I work with in Austin called TresMusicos (Mitch Watkins, guitar; Chris Maresh, bass; […]

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Audio only version 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 […]

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Friends, I’m in a new band debuting June 8 at One2One in Austin. Freedonia is John Fremgen (bass), Eddy Hobizal (keys), Christopher Cross (guitar/vocals), James Fenner (percussion), Justin Vasquez (soprano & alto saxes), Russell Haight (tenor sax), Seth Carper (tenor sax), and moi on drums. Sophisticated original pop with jazz influences. All new tunes from Christopher and Eddy and a […]

I love this band. Check out some live tracking we’re working on at our Thursday residency at The Elephant Room, Austin, TX. This is a Mitch Watkins original that I first played with him back in 1983. It’s been over 25 years since we’ve played it, so we pulled it out again.  

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.