Tiny Desk Contest 2018

My entry for this year’s Tiny Desk Contest is “Pour Me A River,” a song I have not yet recorded in the studio, but I do plan to record an “album version.” It’s a tough competition — it seems thousands of talented bands submit videos, more and more every year the contest happens. The big prize is to appear on a Tiny Desk Concert, on which some of my favorite bands and songwriters, from Joe Henry to Wilco, have appeared. I’m tilting at windmills to submit my own work, but I’m in good company.

Click here to see some of this year’s other entries (search for my friends Joe Krafty, Three At Home, and Matt York, among others).

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A Quick Preview – Live Through You

This will be track number one when Blue Skies and Broken Arrows is released in a couple of months. Nick D’Amico on keys, Chris Harvey on bass, Sean Cahalin on drums, and Melissa Zaino on background vocals. I was thrilled to hear what these guys did with it, having played the song for the first time in the studio the day we recorded it. We got the keys and rhythm section tracked live for four songs that day, and I don’t think we rehearsed any of them more than three times through. That’s what happens when you work with musicians who are better than you.

A Quick Preview – “Giant Ant In the Sky”

I am well on my way to finishing my debut full-length album, Blue Skies and Broken Arrows, and thought I’d give you an advance listen to one of the tracks. This is “Giant Ant In the Sky,” which I wrote as the paranoid rant of a conspiracy theorist a couple of years ago. It is freshly mixed this week. That’s my friend Joe Kowan on the saw. All other instruments/voices are me. I’ll be posting these previews every couple of weeks or so until the album comes out in early 2015, and taking the old ones down as I go.