Nashville, a city of vocational 9-5 musicians with yards and kids and dogs and wood-paneled home studios and hot tubs in the backyard, holds a special place in my heart. And though my affection was tested severely on a trip there this past week (because the 5 Spot had apparently suspended their Wednesday-night old-time session two years ago — and where else can one go to drink cheap beer and play tunes with Buddy Spicher?) I do still love that city.

And so I thank Kristin Andreassen, who brought me and Jefferson Hamer and Rosie Newton on a trip around the not-too-South East to play a slew of radio (or internet-radio, or whatever) dates. And I thank the folks at Music City Roots, who had these very nice words to say about me and my unusual-for-Music-City choice of instruments.

Kristin’s album is coming out on Feb. 17. We will playing some shows to celebrate that occasion at the beginning of March. I’ll be at the one in NYC and the one in Boston.

And, also at the beginning of March, I’ll be playing three big and glorious shows with Cuddle Magic, at which we’ll be joining Lady Lamb The Beekeeper as she celebrates, in turn, the release of her new album.

Please come to any and all of these shows!

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I make Country music.

Yes I do. And I do so with clarinets and bass clarinets and flutes.

Very proud to have contributed the woodwinds to this track by Kristin Andreassen that was just premiered on CMT Edge.

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As I learn to accept the nature of the music Industry of the 21st Century …

I am getting acclimated to the presence, significance, and possible future dominance of Spotify.

So, here are a bunch of playlists I made, to serve as online calling-cards/resumes for anyone who might be interested.

Also — I’m playing with Twain (!) this Sunday at the Ace Hotel. It’ll be fun for me, and probably for you, too. It’s free, and the music starts roundabout 9pm.

I’m afraid that I cannot find any music by Twain on Spotify.

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Good People

My bad-ass friends make amazing music. Jefferson Hamer and Kristin Andreassen will be touring as a duo in the UK starting this Saturday. In fact, Jeff is already there himself, opening up for Tiny Ruins. They’ll both be selling special edition, UK-tour only CDs with which I had something to do. I spent four days with Jefferson at Mike & Ruthy’s ‘Humble Abode Studios’ making the decidedly great “Great Western Rail EP”. Stateside folks will have to make due with this taste of the music —

— until the full album comes along (soon!).

And Kristin will have with her some special some advance copies of her new album Gondolier, to which I contributed some not-too-shabby woodwind arrangements. Americans can pre-order the album (out soon!) here:

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Miles from NYC

I am about to spend some much needed time away from NYC. After which, I will certainly return to this great city with a new found appreciation for it’s status as the de facto cultural capitol of the modern world!

From June 7 until June 13 I’ll be living on an island in Lake Winnipesaukee, NH. I shall wake with the sun, bathe in the lake, breathe only the freshest air, and impart some knowledge, re: pop harmony and song craft, as a guest artist at Miles of Music.

Following that, I fly out to the West Coast, where I’ll spend a week at the Berkeley Repertory Theater workshopping (mostly working, probably some shopping!) a piece about the fabled Barbary Coast with maestro Brian Carpenter and his Beat Circus.

And, lucky me, when that’s all done I get to hang for an extra week in California and play some duo shows with Kristin Andreassen.

We’ll be performing songs from her upcoming album, Gondolier on the following dates, at the following places:

June 24 – Bear Valley, CA – email yellowcarsuperstar[at]gmail[dot]comĀ for details

June 25 – Santa Cruz, CA – The Crepe Place

June 27 – Berkely, CA – Poplar Playhouse House Concerts

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Cuddle Magic & Phyllis Chen

The new album from Cuddle Magic & Phyllis Chen is, for your enjoyment (education?, edification, etc.?), streaming on The Wild Honey Pie.

Please head there and take a listen. And then celebrate with us when the album is released (all over the world) this coming Tuesday, April 8, 2014.

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From the Polar Vortex

Befitting our recent weather, I suppose, White Hinterland recently revealed this track to the world, on which I provide reedy low end and Cole Kamen-Green (my partner in winds from Cuddle Magic) supplies brassy flourish. The track has been featured on a music website called Pitchfork, and in a magazine called Rolling Stone, and now, also, here.

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Been busy busy busy the past few months, putting the final touches on the soon-to-drop new album from Cuddle Magic & Phyllis Chen, adding just-the-right-sounds to recordings by Kristin Andreassen and White Hinterland, and making music happen all around NYC.

Cuddle Magic goes back on the road in just a couple of weeks. I hope you’ll come to see and hear us live and in person. And, until that time, let this little session from Audiotree whet all your appetites.

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Another Tour

Being just about settled into Brooklyn life, and playing with folks around the neighborhood and the city (like Baby States, and Larkin Grimm, andĀ The Hot Club of Bushwick, and Elijah Tucker, and JB Flatt, and Kendall Eddy, as well as visiting luminaries (I’m thinking of you, Nick Waterhouse) and making new music (always) with Mike Baggetta, and Dave Flaherty, and hearing surprising and wonderful music like The Pluto Moons … now I must prepare to leave once more:

Cuddle Magic hits the road in November. We’ll be here, and you should be, too. The band is sounding wonderful. And, as much as we all love home, we miss the road.

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Weird Appalachia

Baby States hits it twice this weekend. We back up the ever-mysterious Larkin Grimm on Friday evening (tonight) at the Rubin Museum of Art, and then we play a couple sets of murder-ballads, fiddle tunes, and more tomorrow at Bar Chord in Ditmas Park — from 9 til midnight. “Charlie Boyd”, who is not actually Charlie Boyd, joins us tomorrow. You should be there to hear that.

In other exciting news, finishing touches were made this morning to the Cuddle Magic/Phyllis Chen. Bryce Goggin has this thing sounding very very nice!

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