This year we're adding a second night to our annual year-end comedy & music bash at FitzGeralds of Berwyn. Night one is December 26th, night two is the 27th; tickets just went up; get 'em now. There won't be much difference in what we do across the nights, maybe just a few songs' worth of difference. Though if you want to come both nights, be my guest! Our recent wonderful gubernatorial campaign in Illinois will be just one of many, many 2014 nuggets maliciously shish-kebabbed.
I see my rather distressed looking mug is splashed all over Rolling Stone online, in a story about Bloodshot Records' 20th anniversary. Link:
I also observe that Paste, another distinguished organ for those who like to keep abreast of things, is streaming a vid of Robbie Gjersoe and me, at a suburban hotel, undertaking a dangerous act in the name of bluegrass music:
I look forward to entertaining in Houston on Thursday with the savagely talented and personally beloved Mary Gauthier. A glance at the tour dates also reveals that I'll be in Nashville at the Station Inn on Saturday with a quartet of heavy hitters (me, Aaron Till, Shad Cobb, Chris Scruggs). Couple guests are gonna swing by as well. If you were at the Station last time I was there, you must have seen John Cowan singing "White Freightliner" with me warbling the Bush line under him. In other words, don't be lulled into complacency by the casual locution, "couple guests"! Either I'm at a career apex where scads of geniuses are willing to work with me...or the geniuses have shitty agents and aren't doing anything Saturday nights.
It's plain old country music, as I front Chicago's premier honky-tonk outfit The Hoyle Brothers.
I play duets with Don Stiernberg. Country, bluegrass, swing, fiddle tunes.
Me + my old friend and inspirer Gerald Dowd play diets. I mean duets! We'll play mostly songs from his new record, and fill it out with some of mine and some backcountry tunes.
Couple things happening with me at present:
Foo Fighter Promo Ballyhoo. While the Fighters were in town for a show, their guitarist, Chris Shiflett, interviewed me for his podcast at the Bloodshot office. You just never know what strange thing is going to happen next; Mr. Shiflett is a country music devotee, and knows his stuff. We talked about such matters as Redd Volkaert, Steve Albini, and my fateful fork in the career road back in the early 1990s, between Bloodshot Records and Music City USA. I'll post more info on how to hear it, when it comes to me.
Andrew Bird Co-Chair Plastic Single Dance Delirium. Bloodshot, the concern just mentioned, is fixing to release a spiffy looking 45-RPM record of Andrew Bird covering me ("I'll Trade You Money for Wine") and, on the other side, me covering Andrew ("Core and Rind"). Nora O'Connor sings on both, a fantastic coincidence. I can't honestly vouch for how good my track is, but Andrew's cover of me is a real success -- you can hear it on Time.com, where it's streaming free right now.
Bonkers Lifelong Tour Soldiers On. I won't be at the Hideout on the coming Monday, but I will be various other places the next several days: Asheville, Brooklyn, Cincinnati, District of Columbia...does it go on all the way down the alphabet? Doubt it, but check the tour sidebar and see! I'll be quartet: Robbie Gjersoe, Shad Cobb, and the mighty Todd Phillips. I've listened to and loved Todd's playing since I was 13, and am thrilled to share the stage with him. Come on out and see how instruments sound played into mikes.