Miles of Music

I’m very excited to announce I’ll be spending the last week of June teaching (and learning) music on an island in a lake in New Hampshire. The 120 or so attendees, I predict, will all have a wonderful time and leave the island spiritually and physically refreshed, a little more ready for whatever challenges are to follow.

Act quick if you’d like to come. There are ways (working a few hours in the kitchen, for instance) to attend for less money. And there are straight-up scholarships.

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New Cuddle Magic

Here is music of which I’m immensely proud, made with 5 people who are among my closest friends and collaborators.

I hope you’ll listen.

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New Album coming in January from Cuddle Magic

Here’s a taste of it, from NPR’s All Songs Considered. (We’re in good company, with Solange and Gillian Welch!)

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Baby States – New Old Time

Baby States is a trio I share with my very good friends Jeremy Gustin and Benjamin Lazar Davis. These guys are among the finest musicians I know.

It’s been a while now, since we commenced a collective obsession with old Appalachian fiddle tunes and murder ballads. It was more than a couple years ago that we began the process of re-imagining that material for our very non-traditional ensemble (at its core: drums/electric guitar/baritone saxophone). We recorded an album’s worth of that music maybe two or three years back, with Cedar Apffel.

Sideman obligations (all of us have been so busy, for which we are thankful!) kept delaying the release of that album. But, now, we’re finally letting it go into the world.

The Bluegrass Situation is posting a stream of the album right now!

We celebrate this release with a couple of shows: beginning at the Lizard Lounge in Cambridge, MA tomorrow night. Then we head to The Hoot, at Ashokan Reservoir in Olivebridge, NY for the weekend. And then we play a hometown show at the Manhattan Inn this Monday night, in Brooklyn’s Greenpoint neighborhood.

In other, equally exciting news, I will be working with Pokey Lafarge & associates this October to record a new album. The songs, even in nascent (baby?) form, are good!

And, finally, I just spent a wonderful weekend with Mr. Andrew Dimola, of Montague, MA. In between hikes and creek swims, we began the process of editing and mixing and overdubbing-upon an collaborative album-in-the-works that features Trevor Dunn on bass and Jason Nazary on the drum set. It’s some tweaked-out music! Don’t know the music of Andrew Dimola? You should.

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New Single From Cuddle Magic – Touring with Pokey La Farge

Cuddle Magic has released the first single from our upcoming album. The British music magazine, DIY, broke the news first, and accompanied that with some nice words about our song:
We hope this early press coverage (from across the pond) portends international success. If it does not, we are all still very proud of the music, and we are happy to share it with everyone we know!
I have also attached myself, for the foreseeable future, to the Pokey La Farge organization out of St. Louis. I will be touring around the United States and Canada and Western Europe with that fascinating, out-of-time songwriter for the foreseeable future. We just returned from our first trip down the East Coast, and we will hit the Pacific at the end of this month. A detailed itinerary can be found here:
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Happy Valentine’s Day

… from me and Session Americana and Salt Stage


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Automatic Alec

Eric Rosenbaum & I made something new. Head here: to play me!

Also I have news:

Kristin Andreassen is visiting the Northeast. Me & Jefferson Hamer & Steph Coleman accompany her on some shows this weekend, including a house concert in the Brooklyn neighborhood of Red Hook this coming Friday.

On Tuesday Feb. 23, at Burrows presents me. Vilray Bolles hosts this monthly series at Bar Below Rye. I will sing songs, including these, and also some newer material.

Cuddle Magic will be playing shows in the Northeast this March. Our NYC show will be with the Kneebody/Deadelus colalboration (“Kneedelus“) at Le Poison Rouge on Mar. 13 — don’t wait to long to get tickets! More shows are up at, and more will be added!

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Everyone should enjoy the experience of improvising with a computer.

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Here’s a song, written last year, recently recorded. Benjamin Lazar Davis can be heard on the bass and Dave Flaherty on the drums.

You’ll hear this song played live, plus a new one about the little town of Bird-in-Hand, Pennsylvania, if you come to the Silent Barn (603 Bushwick Ave, Brooklyn) at around 9pm this coming Monday, June 22.

You’ll hear lots of other songs played live, including a couple that I wrote, if you are able to catch Cuddle Magic in DC, Brooklyn, or Philadelphia, later next week, opening for our friends Rubblebucket.

Details for those shows, as per usual, may be found at

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Lizard Lounge this Wednesday, May 13

I’m excited to announce that I will be playing the middle set for Dennis Brennan’s residency this coming Wednesday, May 13, at the Lizard Lounge in Cambridge, MA.

What does that mean?

It means that between two sets of immediately-felt rock and roll from that almost-famed, left-handed-guitar-strumming, musical Godfather of Massachusetts (and his always engaged associates — most likely Duke Levine! and Kevin Barry! and Billy Beard! and Richard Gates!) …

I will provide intermission entertainment – singing labyrinth rhyming couplets (and quatrains) about online dating and the Third Reich and fine haircuts and love-never-gained-in-the-first-place, as I contrapuntally accompany myself on the distorted nylon string guitar gifted to me by my wonderful mother (happy Mother’s day to her!)

(Scroll down for a sample song.)

And, before I make the trip to Boston, I will be spending three days (wonderful days!) out of the range of the internet, deep in the wilds of Maine, hard at work on the next Dietrich Strauss record along with Mr. Zachariah Hickman, Mr. Sam Kassirer, and Herr Strauss, himself.

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