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A modified version of the Country Combo (featuring Luke McKern on guitar and Thomas Paul on bass) and I will be performing at Ione, OR's annual 4th of July Celebration. Free!


I'll be playing one of many Johnny Cashes in The Elgin Opera House's production of the Johnny Cash bio-musical, "Ring of Fire" presented at the Vert Auditorium on Mother's Day Weekend. What Cash songs am I going to sing? You'll have to attend to find out...


The Oregon East Symphony's Chamber Music Festival is taking place this Saturday in the Vert Clubroom (345 SW 4th, Pendleton, OR). For my portion of the evening I will be performing minimalist Steve Reich's "Electric Counterpoint" for solo electric guitar and tape.


The country combo and I will be warming up for Jackalope Jamboree by making an appearance at Tiger Town Brewery's 12th Annual Music Fest. If you can make the trek out to Mitchell, OR, you'll be in for a wonderful free festival with country/Americana bands from across Oregon.


For Treefort 10 (coming up in Boise next week) I will be releasing a cassingle of the original honky-tonk ditty "Precious Jewel" b/w the western noir instrumental "Desert Nocturne". Recorded at Zimm Sound in February 2022 by Addison Schulberg, featuring Roger Conley (pedal steel), Aaron Engum (bass), Andy Steele (drums). Original artwork was produced by the inimitable Bonnie Day. There will only be 20 of these hand dubbed cassettes (w/ download code) available to the public, so get yer tuchus down to Pengilly's Saloon on Friday, March 25th to cop a copy.


My country band and I will be providing music for the Echo Red to Red Mountain Bike Race in Echo, OR, the afternoon of Saturday, March 19th. Find us downtown (you can't miss us, it's the small of a downtown) with music starting between 1:30-2:00pm. You don't have to be a bike racer to enjoy the music too!



My set time for Treefort Music Festival 10 (Boise, ID) has been announced!

Fri 3/25

9:50pm - 10:50pm

@ Pengillys Saloon (21+)

w/ High Pine Whiskey Yell, Jacob T Skeen, This Lonesome Paradise, Lonesome Jetboat Ramblers, Missy Jo, Abigail Lapell

Purchase festival passes here: https://www.treefortmusicfest.com/


The Baker City, OR Christian-noise, freakout-acid-jazz, no-wave-funk collective Swäwm Pass, of which I am a participating member, will be part of a livestream concert from Churchill School this coming Sunday (1/30/22) at 6:30pm PST, opening up for psyche rock band Moogyman.

Swäwm Pass sets are usually very epic affairs, lasting sometimes three hours. This will be a much more measured dose of 30 minutes. As long as the roads and weather permit me to travel, I will be in the mix playing my electric piano/synth rack set up (Fender Rhodes Mark II/ Moog Werkstatt/Folktek Resonant Garden).


Cold Cold Heart (Hank Williams) has been recorded for the Pendleton Jazz Club's 2021 Holiday Pageant album. Within its track-listing one can find a wonderful installment of holiday music, both familiar and obscure, brought to you by the finest musical fraternity in the West.