Christmas came early for me this year after I stumbled on this box of my first solo album Chickaloon (2004). This is pretty cool for two reasons: A) This album has been sold out and out of print for over 5 years, and B) I rarely play any of these songs today. It’s definitely a trip down the memory lane of my songwriting career.
The album was co-produced and recorded by Don Morrell, and features the talents of great Alaskan musicians Stu Schulman, Aaron Benolkin, and James Dommek Jr. to name a few.
I have 20 copies of Chickaloon and I’d love to sell them over the Holidays. These will make great stocking stuffers.
I just finished recording and producing the new Jonathan J. Bower album. Jonathan (or J-Bow as we like to call him) wanted to push himself artistically on this record, and I was happy to oblige. His new collection of songs, tentatively titled Hope, Alaska, pays tribute to the alt-country sauntering of his 2012 release But So Beautiful, but strikes out into new musical territory as well.
Last month I started working with Portland-based boutique music licensing agency, Marmoset Music. They seem like a bunch of great cats and they seem stoked to work with me so I’m pretty happy about it. Photo courtesy of Alex Lewis @ Oregon Public Broadcasting
Other than that things have been busy with Monolith Agency and I’ve worked with some great Northwest bands including: Terrible Buttons, Alameda, and Ezza Rose Band. We were also recently excited to see Monolith Agency get a nod from NPR’s ‘Marketplace’ courtesy of freelance reporter Alex Lewis. You can listen to the segment here.
This fall I’ll be playing a few shows solo and with Molly Mcdermott, as well as working on a new record with my good friend Jonathan Bower. Lots of great things happening. Let’s all keep working hard and moving forward.
Last year I heard whisperings around town about a young songwriter who had just moved to town from the Kenai Peninsula. All I knew was that her name was Sophia, she just turned 21, and apparently her voice was “amazing”. A week later I found myself at The Taproot open mic hoping I’d stumble into her. Sure enough, an adorable, punky looking kid graced the stage and started playing her guitar and singing. As soon as I heard the chorus, “come on, come on it’s a life shift…” I was hooked, and the rest is history. Sophia’s new EP, Life + Shift is being released in May, 2013. Click HERE to buy or stream the album.
Sophia is one of the those rare talents that comes along every so often and you say to yourself, ‘this is the real deal’. Her penchant for hooks and catchy melodies is effortless, and her voice is exactly what i heard thru the grapevine a year ago: amazing.
I feel honored to have co-produced this collection of songs (with Andy Tholberg), and I am so excited to see the direction Sophia will take her music and art career. A true blossoming talent that Alaska is lucky to have.
Sophia is celebrating her EP release alongside Spokane, WA band Terrible Buttons and Clint Samples at Taproot, May 25.
I wanted to give a shout out to Laura Oden and congratulate her on the release of her debut album Alchemy. Laura signed me on as her producer, and we worked our tails off over the course of six months. I have to say I’m very pleased with the results. Lots of great Alaskan musicians were involved including Brandon Cockburn, Miriah May, Marty Severin, and my good friend and bandmate Aaron Benolkin. Join Laura and friends to celebrate the release of Alchemy at The Taproot Public House on Thursday, May 2.
Here’s another new video I made recently. ‘Space Song’ is from the debut Evan & Molly album (2013). The drawing is inspired by a place I used to spend a lot of time climbing and camping in Eagle River Valley…Enjoy.