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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.

I’m one of many. Each of us brings our own flavor to the music. But the one constant is Alejandro Escovedo and his music, and even more importantly, for me, the atmosphere he creates as a leader. Every time I get to play with this rich spirit, I find something new inside of me to tap […]

Reposted from my Sep 9, 2015 subscription email newsletter Hello everyone! I hope the week finds you peaceful and open to the possible. If not, put on the Nancy Wilson/Cannonball Adderley 1962 recording. I must say, I had forgotten just how wonderful that recording was until I heard it playing at a recent gig with […]

I must admit that all of the hoopla about “Whiplash” actually delayed my watching it by many months. I’m not always anti-hoopla, but when it comes to something as close to my heart as the great American art form of jazz, and drums in particular, I have a natural skepticism regarding anything blessed by the […]

I play every Thursday at The Brass House in Austin, Texas, 6-8:30pm, with two Austin music legends – quitarist Mitch Watkins and bassist Chris Maresh. I met Mitch in 1981 and he has a been a close friend, mentor, and inspiration ever since. He and the other members of the group Passenger set the bar […]