Given the unusual snowfall in Chicago yesterday, I thought I had better affirm that we are indeed plowing ahead with tonight's presentation at the fabled Hideout. Steve and I love playing so much that it doesn't bother us if only nine people listen.
My guest is the widely beloved Steve Dawson, and we'll sing and play a borderless mix of songwriter music (e.g. ours), rock, jazz, avant-garde, folk, and country.
It's the Pussycat Trio, which is Robbie Gjersoe, Beau Sample, and me. As usual, we'll do midcentury jazz, R&B, and country, and a couple of my tunes too.
I've been late as usual in posting new dates but the few I have through February are now up. For those too lazy to move their eyes slightly to the right, I'll be in Lafayette IN and Nashville this weekend with a hot quartet composed of Don Stiernberg, Shad Cobb, and Chris "Stop Calling Me Earl" Scruggs. Next weekend I'll be in St. Paul for A Prairie Home Companion as well as a post-show concert; I believe the radio broadcast is sold out, not sure what the status is with the afterward thing or how to force your way in -- readers of robust constitutions, please investigate. For those shows my quartet will include Robbie Gjersoe, Aaron Till, and Chris "I Play Everything But Banjo" Scruggs. Also the usual array of creatively curated Hideouts. But I'm performing very little until mid-March, not a choice exactly, but it works out that way most years and it's a good time to write music.
Thanks for the couple of comments on my recent post about various projects. By way of reply, the large digital album I'm working on, a la 50-vc. Doberman, will be close to as many songs (50) as the older album contained. Could be exactly 50, or 49, or 52, we'll have to see. I guess my first thought was to go one higher or lower so I could retain the fabulous and widely beloved brand-name and just change the number. The duo dates with Redd Volkaert are summer through mid-September. There's plenty of dates either contracted or held -- I think over 20 at this point -- but sorry, Nick, none in the U.K. Come to think of it, none in Chicago either; maybe that'll change. The travel takes us midwest, east coast, and Texas.
The Blue Note re-mastered reissue series on vinyl that Don Was is helming is life-enhancing, to say the least. Not having the disposable wealth to buy them all, or the scholarly knowledge to give me a consistent basis for preferring some over others, it's exciting to look at the covers and personnel and take some small gambles. I must say that I'm still very much in love with the audacious style of Mr. Eric Dolphy. Out to Lunch sounds killer no matter what, but played back to back with Sonny Clark's Cool Struttin', both sound better. I think the avant-garde and the rooted are excellent companions, and in fact would bore quickly of one without the other.
The writing seems to be going very well for me -- definitely going well quantitatively, the quality is more vividly exposed over time -- so I'm going to get back to it now, check in soon...
I'll do a set of Jesse Winchester songs in honor of the eccentric master (and, by the way, what isn't much acknowledged, a triple-threat dude, as natural and grooving as his nylon-strung guitar picking was; it's regrettable that his brand-name producers built castles around him rather than letting his own hands do more of the work) who died last April. The material will range from his first record in 1970 to his last, the posthumous release from 2014, though there will be a noticeable hump in the mid-period recordings, which are most familiar to me and most embedded. Playing with me will be Gerald Dowd, Steve Dawson, Brian Wilkie, Scott Stevenson, and, as special guest, Ingrid Graudins.