I am always truly humbled by the response to my music here on N1M, and grateful to and for all of you who listen to my songs. Last week saw a new milestone, over 100,000 listens, and this week my little folk song, This Song’s For You, was again #1 for California folk. Thank you!
I am really happy to announce, despite the sadness, heartbreak and grief of the pandemic and associated isolation, I have been busy writing and recording new music this whole time. Remotely!
Here’s how it’s gone down for the most part: friends sent me lyrics, poems, photos, ideas, and I put em to music. I then made two-track demos (guitar and vocals), and sent these to my main collaborator back in Indiana, the wizard Michel Kelsey (link), who worked up arrangements, a process we call Kelsification. These Kelsified tracks were then sent, without my vocals, to the brand new REC Room Recording studio in Lafayette, Indiana, where a procession of singer friends of mine recorded new vocals for the tracks. These vocal tracks were then sent back to Kelsey to be loaded into the existing mixes, along with any additional/new instrumentation deemed appropriate.
So just today I have uploaded the first of these COVID Collabs, Love Awaits, a rocker with lyrics penned by Hoosier poet Frederick Michaels (author of the poetry collection, Potholes in the Universe). The fantastic singers, Hans & Brittany Rees, are one half of the band Frank Muffin (link).
I hope you will check out the new track, and check back often in coming weeks for new tracks from the double album, Collaboration, music by warriors, zombies & other joedai friends.
I wish to thank you all so much for listening to my music here on N1M; you have pushed my song Alone (co-written with Gary Allison) to #1 for Folk in California, with five of my songs in the Top 10. Thank you, I am grateful.
I would like to extend my deep gratitude to the many of you who took the time to write to me and let me know how much you have enjoyed the songs, and how much they mean to you. Thanks too for promoting my music on your networks, that means all the world to me.
My way of relating to the world has everything to do with music, so the most authentic way for me to thank you all is to write, record & share my music. In that spirit, I have just posted an old song about finding healing in a world of hurt. I think, and hope, it still has a valid message for today's contentious and fractured world. I hope you will give it a listen.
It was so awesome to see so many of you at Walt's back in August at the CD Release Party for Ordinary Joe by the joedai warriors. Thank you from the bottom of my heart; it is so gratifying to write, record and perform music that connects with you, the listener. I am grateful beyond words. If you were unable to pick up at copy of the CD at the show, it is available for download here at CDBaby:
Now, I am happy to announce I will be back in the Midwest this weekend and next, making music at the Folk Alliance Region Midwest (FARM) annual conference in Grand Rapids. Here is my conference performance schedule with Michael Kelsey, Linda Hicks and Liz Brooks. If you are in the area, I invite you to drop in the Crowne Plaza Grand Rapids Airport Hotel.
Thursday @11:30pm in the Hoosier Folk Room (#101) hosting Songs of Social Justice
Thursday @1:30am in the Foundry Hall Showcase (#108)
Friday @4pm in Performance Lane (Salon G)
Saturday @11:30pm in the Hoosier Folk Showcase (#101)
On the heels of the FARM conference, I will return to Lamb's Retreat for Songwriters in Harbor Springs for the fifth year in a row. At the retreat we receive a song assignment on the Friday, and have to perform our new song on the Sunday. High pressure stakes, but great fun. Past assignments have yielded songs that have ended up on each of my last four albums. Here's a fun example of the fun things that happen there (John D. Lamb's song prompt, my song, covered by another Lamb's attendee, Bruce Smith, which I then set to some pics from past retreats):
Greetings, I just wanted to announce that I have released a new album, Ordinary Joe by the joedai warriors. This is my tenth CD with collaborator and guitar wizard Michael Kelsey. Hope you'll check it out on CD Baby here: