Dear Music Family,
Greetings from the lovely Comfort Inn in Arlington VA!
Writing from a rare moment of stillness… it has been an extraordinarily jam-packed month. October began on an island in the north of Sweden and has taken me to Chicago to Ottawa to NYC to Washington DC, where I write you now. In the past month I have: glimpsed the Northern lights, written songs with people from Taiwan, Ireland and South Africa, stayed up for 48 hrs to finish mixes for my upcoming album (90 minutes before leaving for tour), tried fried cheese curds for the first time, released my first single in six years, made a music video from the car, played in a wine cellar with some favorite friends (see pic), played 22 shows, driven 4000 miles, and celebrated Charlotte the dog’s birthday by buying her a lottery ticket (she won $2) and an argyle sweater.
Although there is so much more to share, right now I really want to tell you about two big things.
CO-HEADLINING SWEDISH AMERICAN HALL IN SF ON 11/9
I’m playing my biggest show yet as a solo artist on November 9 at Swedish American Hall in San Francisco CA. I’ll be co-headlining with my tour-partner and fellow musical warrior, the absolutely brilliant Megan Slankard. We’ve been touring together this past month and have many new songs, new arrangements and stories to share with you. Maybe even some dance moves. Here are the details for the show:
FRIDAY NOVEMBER 9, 8PM (7PM DOORS)
SWEDISH AMERICAN HALL, SAN FRANCISCO CA
GET TICKETS HERE.
I’ve been fortunate to play some nice venues all over the world supporting other artists, but this is the first time I’ll be playing a venue of this size as a co-headliner. If you live in the Bay Area, it would mean the world to me if you could join us. And if you don’t live in the area, please please please tell your friends in the area about the show! This is a gorgeous venue with incredible sound, and I’m honored and excited to get to share my music with you there.
We are about to start the West Coast leg of our tour. Here are our remaining shows on the West coast… I’d love to see you out there!
FRI 11/9 8PM SAN FRANCISCO CA - SWEDISH AMERICAN HALL**
SAT 11/10 7PM LOS ANGELES CA - THE TROUBADOUR** O/F ANDERS OSBORNE
SUN 11/11 8PM SAN DIEGO CA - LESTATS W/ KING TAYLOR PROJECT
WED 11/14 8PM REDDING CA - VINTAGE WINE BAR
THU 11/15 7PM CORVALLIS OR - HOUSE CONCERT
FRI 11/16 7PM PORTLAND OR - HOUSE CONCERT
NEW SINGLE “THE QUIET VOICE” AND VIDEO OUT NOW!!
I released a brand new single and video yesterday! It’s my first solo release in six years and the first one ever under my own name. Check it out here. You can stream the song on all digital music platforms, including Spotify.
Here’s a little background about the song:
Surprise! I just released my first single in 6 years, called “The Quiet Voice.” It was written with my good buddy Elise Hayes and the video was created entirely by my amazing Patreon family!
This song was born from being sick and tired of power in this culture being falsely associated with brute force, aggression and bullying. In 100% of my life experience, when someone has resorted to anger, yelling or violence, they actually wield very little true power… They have become reactive, they have let the other side get under their skin... they have already lost the interaction.
Two weeks ago, I had no plans to release this song to the public and the video was not even an idea in my head... but in light of the immeasurably important election coming up I decided I needed to do something. I asked my Patreon supporters to send me clips of themselves defining what true power means to them, and was completely blown away by how many amazing responses I received. I mixed the song in the car between Toronto and Ottawa, and edited the video between New Jersey and Virginia so we could release it in time to encourage people to exercise their true power at the polls on November 6.
HUGE THANKS to my Patreon community who have given me the power to create art I believe in. I am so beyond humbled and grateful that so many people showed up to make this idea happen on such short notice. I hope you enjoy the song and video, and I hope you’ll share if it resonates with you.
Since I posted the song 24 hours ago, it has been viewed 12K times and shared over 300 times! I’m totally blown away by the support this message has received so far. Please share the video if it resonates with you, get your ass to the polls next week, and let’s all redefine true power on our own terms from now on!!
Thank you for being here.