April 3rd, 2013Show May 2nd
Just wanted to let you know about the upcoming show of ours on May 2nd. We will be playing at Charlie Bob's here on East Nashville's notorious Dickerson Pike. There is even a song about it: Dickerson Pike. Don't let the song fool you though. It is pretty mellow at Charlie Bob's.
Miss Shevaughn & Yuma Wray are traveling through on their way West. I am so glad to be able to host them here in Nashville. They are incredible, and she has one of the most hauntingly beautiful voices of anyone I have had the pleasure of hearing sing. Also joining me on the bill is Nashville's own Lance Whalen, and The Johnny Foodstamp Show. Lance and I have been playing shows together for a few years now, and has a catalogue full of amazing material to pull from. Come out and join us for a night of great music and great folks at Charlie Bob's on Dickerson Rd.
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February 15th, 20133rd Annual Gentle Evening with Townes Van Zandt: A Songwriter's Tribute
Lot's of big things since last I was on here to write a little update. First off, I am the proud father of a little baby girl by the name of Lillie Kathleen. The last months have been tough to adjust to, but things are settling down and playing shows and planning releases will resume shortly.
Second, the annual Townes Van Zandt tribute show I organize is happening on the 8th of March here in Nashville. You can get all of the details here. I am very excited about this show as it seems to get better and better each year. There is a great cast of excellent songwriters this year that I am sure will do Townes proud.
And last, but not least, "Self Portrait" the next album I plan to release is now finished and ready to be sent off to be mastered. I am really proud of the way it turned out. It consists of 9 tracks fleshed out by myself and good friend Mark Connolly. I cannot wait to post the album and make it available for you to listen. I don't think that it has ever taken me so long to release an album that I was able to record in one day. Well until then, this will have to do.
September 1st, 2012Last show of 2012 Oct. 23rd
I am excited to announce that I have booked a show here in Nashville on the 23rd of October for my good friend Chris Darby. He is on tour this fall with his band Them Damn Kids (Chicago, IL) in support of the release of their new album appropriately titled 'A Retrospective Performed By Friends'. This album includes 15 songs of theirs from the past decade played by some very wonderful and talented musicians. You can take a listen and order your copy of it on their bandcamp (www.themdamnkids.com) or come to the show and pick up a copy in person.
Also on the bill will be Nashville's own Altered Statesman, a wonderfully original folk soul outfit led by Mr. Steve Poulton. They are always an enjoyable show with some of the finest musicians Nashville has to offer.
Rounding out the bill will be Johnny Foodstamp, a one man extravaganza with a vaudevillian flair self described as "Olde Tyme Music from the future. It's happy music for the repression era."
As many of you may or may not know, my wife and I have a child on the way so this will be the last show booked for Aquariums in 2012 both in and out of Nashville. The rest of the year will be spent hammering out all of the details for the next few albums, and the future of music post children.
Since it is a school night, and many of you work early the show will start on the early side of things, so you don't want to show up at normal Nashville show time because it will all be over by then. Boy you better believe it will commence at 8:00 sharp. This will also be a FREE show; that is to say no cover charge for you folks. Come on out on Tuesday the 23rd of October and enjoy some amazing music played by some wonderful folks.
August 17th, 2012Last two out of town shows for a while
For those of you who may not know, my wife and I are expecting our first child in a little over a month from now. Because of this I will be taking a break from traveling for a while to be able to spend time with our new family. The show tonight in Carrollton, GA and the show tomorrow night in Johnson City, TN will be my last two road shows of the fall and winter.
The time here in Nashville will be well spent. I have been working really hard to produce the next few albums, and the first one "Self Portrait" is shaping up very nicely. I cannot wait to be able to share it with you. I plan to be back out on the road next spring in support of its release, so check back here to keep up to date on all happenings Aquariums.
July 25th, 2012Basic Tracks Down
As I wrote yesterday, I am beginning the recording of what will become our next record. In addition to the audio I have also been recording video to go along with this release. Here is the video from what will be the final take of "Burnin' In Me."
July 23rd, 2012Old and New
It has been about two years since the release of our last Full Length album, and since ...In Love And Death there has been a pretty radical shift in the execution of both the writing process and the live performances. I have been concentrating on constructing complete compositions without the use of full instrumentation, while trying to highlight the performance of the material as much as the song itself. This has led me to an approach involving much more finger picking, and less strumming as a means of expanding the use of melody and rhythm with only one instrument.
I am really excited to begin recording again as it is a great passion of mine and is always a joy to hear a song evolve and change during the recording process. There are enough songs to fill two full length records, and I intend to do just that. The first one is already sequenced and ordered in my mind even though I have not broken ground on recording the material. It will be more of a concept record, and the second will be a collection of songs that I plan to record and leave alone as solo acoustic performances. As soon as these recordings are mixed and mastered, I will be sharing them. Until then this material, as with all older songs, can be heard at any of the live shows.
Wish Me Luck,
P.S. Here is a video that I had forgotten about, but came across today. It is a performance from the dining room of the last track off of Dark Age Of Reason. Enjoy
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