Lucky Ball & Chain

Hey all, I finally finished a single I’ve been working on. It’s a cover of They Might Be Giants’ “Lucky Ball & Chain.” I decided to favor the country style even more than the original on TMBG’s Flood album from 1990. It features a great pedal steel guitar part by Edwardsville, IL musician, Jerry Cobetto. As with most of my recent recordings, it was mixed and mastered by Steve Hoover of the Bob Kuban Band and Abbey Road Warriors, amongstRead more

Bounce It Off Your Satellite

ON DIFFICULT ALBUMS… I’ve always been fascinated by the difficult albums by bands I like. I’m not talking about bad albums—bad albums are cynically or lazily made, but difficult albums are the products of difficult situations—Records where the pieces didn’t fall into place as easily for the artist as their other recordings. The possible circumstances are many: record company pressures, intra-band conflicts, road weariness, simple writer’s block, and so on. Often commercial failures, these records and are typically only appreciatedRead more

We’re Not the Jet Set

For your listening pleasure today is a recording of Tracie Potochnik and I singing the Tammy Wynette & George Jones classic, “We’re Not the Jet Set” sometime in 2014 at the Mediator Stage in Providence, RI. Tracie is a super-talented acoustic singer-songwriter out of Providence. You can find out more about her solo music here and also about her duo, Carboard Ox. Tracie has a special fondness for the male-female duet tradition of country music, and so we performed a handful of them whenRead more

Love Letters in Latin

Today I’ve decided to share some of my early recordings. My friend Rich Ives helped me clean up and digitize the first four tracks from my 1996 cassette album, Love Letters in Latin. Maybe I can finish the rest of the tracks in time for the album’s 20th mother f’ing anniversary. How did I get so old? The songs are downloadable, so feel free. I was a senior in high school at the time, in love with rock music and in love withRead more

Greetings from the commons.

The other day, the good people at STL-Style posted the above image on their Facebook page. It’s my “Greetings from Chesterfield” postcard that I designed and first printed in 2006 for my then-business, Big Small Town Designs. STL-Style’s post got 153 likes, and most of those were from people I’d never met. It felt pretty good that my old work was still affecting people, even if just to give them a small chuckle at the subject of suburban sprawl. This,Read more