Tracks are POPPIN'! 

Today's jaunt to tonight's gig in Rhode Island is, thankfully, a charter bus affair. Let somebody else drive for a change, while the band has bloody marys and breakfast burritos. 

It also allows me an opportunity to do some laptop post-production on the John Popper harmonica guest appearance you'll be hearing soon. John NAILED it!

Vintage gear is the best!  

I’ve got Fender amps from the 70s, Ampeg amps from the 60’s, tape machines from the 50’s, and instruments from the 40’s and 30’s in here. 

So today’s purchase was a “vintage” Zoom 505 from…1996?  These were nifty little portable guitar effects units for commando gigs, but their secret was some of the effects that could be used in the studio.  In fact, never mind guitar sounds - there was one particular auto-wah setting I was able to get on VOCALS in the studio that I’ve never been able to duplicate with any unit, at any price.  So when the first one crapped out, I found another one, which has now crapped out. 

I need that sound again, so I plunked down a whopping $42 to have a THIRD used 505 shipped today from somewhere in Florida.  Hey, we’ve got an album to finish here - money is no object!  No price is too high for great production! 

OK, maybe $43 would have been too high.

"What do you want, a medal?" YES! 

I played a three-hour gig in New Jersey Wednesday night, then drove ten hours to play a three-hour gig Thursday night in Charlotte NC, spent Friday afternoon with my wife, played a three-hour gig in Columbia SC Friday night, then drove eleven hours back up to play another three-hour gig in New Jersey tonight. Closing out this "five-day weekend" with a four-hour gig in the Hamptons today.  I'm never doing this again. 

Wait, I'm doing it again in August. 

Twice.

If you ask me "what do you want, a medal?" Yes. I want a fucking medal!

The official video for FADE is here! 

OK, I guess I was wrong when I said “The Switch” would be the last video from the Sixteen Sundays album.  A lot of people tell me they think “Fade” is one of my best if not THE best song I have, so how could we not have a go at a visual treatment?

We shot this while on tour in Denmark and Germany, with some additional scenes shot in New York, and I had a lot of fun doing it.   Enjoy! 



 

Sneak peek at the new album and the JT "warehouse staging area"... 

Yes, I’ve been off of the whole social media treadmill since I got back from Europe a month ago, but it’s because I’ve been BUSY! Here’s a little sneak-peek at the new album...

(RUN-ON-SENTENCE ALERT) When you’re finishing a record between live dates and you play several instruments so you prepare different gear and actually schedule different loads for the van days in advance and then you realize what was once an apartment is now a warehouse and your entire life is now just a never-ending staging area.



Fringe benefits of working on music for film and TV...you discover great films! 

Two jobs I had briefly while I was in college that most prepared me for making a living from music were 1.) a professional mover, and 2.) a telemarketer. 

This week I'm working on a tune for the new Amazon series from director Boots Riley. I just watched his 2018 flim, "Sorry To Bother You:, and it was fantastic. And the telemarketer angle was most enjoyable. Highly recommended!

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