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Resting

I'm catching up on some sleep I missed while scoring this TV movie, Truth Be Told. It will be on FOX April 15th at 8:00. It stars Ronny Cox and is part of the new Family movie night series of…

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Deep in scoring mode

Writing, mixing, proofing orchestrated cues, and preparing prelay tracks for my music editor! Deadline approaching!

 

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Recording electric guitar

 

 

I’m having fun recording some distorted guitar sounds with my new Keeley over drive pedal. The tone controls make it very flexible and combine with the overdrive channel on my Carr amp it really sings. I was thinking my Carr’s…

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Ernest Troost Live at McCabe’s Album in the works

 

I just heard one tune, “Travelin’ Shoes,” from the upcoming “Ernest Troost Live at McCabe’s album.” It was pretty cool to hear. Dennis Reed, who is doing the mastering is doing an amazing job on this one. Wayne Griffith, the…

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Opening for Peter Case at the Folk Music Center

 

Saturday I played the opening set for Peter Case at the wonderful Folk Music Center in Claremont. I love the vibe of this place. The walls are filled with instruments from all over the world. The sound system is great…

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Performing in Colfax and Nevada City, CA.

 

This weekend I was up in the Colfax, Nevada City area for some radio show interviews and a performance at Evangeline’s Cafe. Saturday morning I played live on Larry Hillberg’s radio show, “Back Roads” on KVMR. Larry has become a…

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Mark Adler and Stravinsky

 

I had lunch with Mark Adler, a terrific film composer and all around great guy. He recently did a beautiful score for Hallmark’s “The Last Valentine,” which aired on CBS.

 

We got to talking about some of our early work…

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Strumming and Chinese Music

I'm working on a new song, which is a real simple country flavored tune that uses a strum instead of my usual finger-picking style accompaniment. Strumming with a pick feels really awkward to me, so it’s going to be a…

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Blood Meridian and Mandolin nut files.

I’m deep into Cormac McCarthy’s Blood Meridian and this is definitely a dark ride. Whole towns are wiped out in one sentence. Folks that think my songs are dark best leave this book unopened. It's bleak, but the language is…

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Songs Alive Workshop

I did a short presentation on songwriting at the Los Angeles branch of Songsalive! Members presented their songs for feedback and then I played a couple of my tunes,  SWITCHBLADE HEART and RESURRECTION BLUES and shared some of my songwriting…

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McCabe's Show

 

McCabe's Show January 7th, 2011


We had a great time playing to a full house last night at McCabe's. Mark "Pocket" Goldberg and his band (Nick Kirgo, Dave Fraser and Debra Dobkin) played a rockin' opening set. It was Mark's…