Worth The Wait

Who in the heck is Poncho Stevens? I don’t really know but I was in the studio with him over the weekend, recording basic tracks for his upcoming debut album and we had a ball. He sings, plays guitar, writes cool songs and delivers them with a voice somewhere between J. Mascis & Neil Young. Fragile, humble & honest. I liked him right away. He greeted me with a smile and warmth usually seen in older, more seasoned folk and I knew right away we were gonna be friends.

This is Poncho.

This is Poncho.

My good friend, Jason Soda has a wonderful little studio here in LA that he’s been producing music out of since 1998 and I wanna live there.

Jason Soda at the helm.

Jason Soda at the helm.

Killer room. It’s got everything you’d want or need, including great old gear, warm tones, good vibes, analog tape (!) and lots of laughs. In fact, other than a few snare drums and cymbals I brought with me, there was a bitchin’ little kit already setup and waiting for me when I arrived that sounded amazing!

Istanbul Agop, Ludwig, Slingerland, Leedy, Craviotto and (of course) Rogers, were all in attendance at the party.

Istanbul Agop, Ludwig, Slingerland, Leedy, Craviotto and (of course) Rogers, were all in attendance at the party.

My partner in crime on the bass was, Steven Mertens, whom I’ve recently begun working with and this cat lays it down smooth with no b.s. Super nice guy, too.

Steven Mertens, contemplating his next move.

Steven Mertens, contemplating his next move.

As of this post, unless you live in his hometown of St. Louis or already know him on facebook, Poncho is a bit of a mystery. You can’t buy his music, he doesn’t have a website, no one’s really heard about him yet but he’s on fire for this music and I can promise you, when the record is finished, I’ll be encouraging all of my friends to go out and get it cause I know it’s gonna be good.

Good crew. From left: Steven, Jason, Poncho & yours truly.

Solid crew. From left: Steven, Jason, Poncho & yours truly.

Xoxo

In An LA State Of Mind

Home.

It’s a good thing. No matter how much I love to travel, getting back to the comforts of my own little nest is always so rewarding. The island of Saint Barth is one lovely place that I hope to be lucky enough to visit again in the future. We played, we swam, we ate, we swam, we sunbathed, we swam… it was extraordinary. And the coffee was great, too!

It's just too bad there wasn't anything to see. HA!

It’s just too bad there wasn’t anything to see. HA!

Back to work. Check out my shows page to see where I’ll be!

Xoxo

Happy Island Times

My friends can’t believe it when I tell them I’m headed to the French West Indies next month for a two-week stay…well…a gig, really but I think it’s probably gonna be hard to call it work when I’m playing music with a great band and living on a tropical island in the middle of the Caribbean, right? Right. So, yeah, I can’t believe it myself but there it is and in a few short weeks, I’ll board a plane headed for beautiful St. Bart’s, where I’ll be backing up a badass youngster whom I’ve known for a little while now, Jonah Smith.

He can sing. He can write and he can damn sure play. Dig it,

Should any of you fine folks happen to be in the neighborhood while we’re there, come to the Baz Bar and say hi! Meanwhile, I’ve got sunshine on my mind…

Saint Barthélemy

Saint Barthélemy…courtesy of St. Barths Online

Later.

A Conquering Young’n

I am really psyched to be kickin’ it, once again with my good friend and super badass cat, Trevor Menear and it’s my plan to get in as many chances as possible before he gets scooped up and leaves our little trio. He has a brand new EP that me and a few other drummers played on that’s just been released on bandcamp and it’s quite good. Check it out and you can find me on trks #1 & #5…

Trevor Menear — The Conqueror Root

Here’s one from gig we did a while back…

Thanks for listening and much love, y’all!

2015?

If you had told me back in 1986 that I was not only about to graduate from high school and become a professional drummer but would also continue on to the present day touring the world doing just that, it would have taken some convincing. And yet, here we are…twenty-nine years later. Ha!

Watkins Overton High School, Memphis, TN. Hasn't changed much since 1986.

Watkins Overton High School, Memphis, TN. Hasn’t changed much since 1986.

Happy new year, everybody. We made it to another year and I am extremely grateful to be here.

The CRB -- it's 3AM and the last note of the last song on Jan. 1st, 2015 -- Cervantes' Masterpiece Ballroom, Denver, CO...courtesy of Stuart Levine Photography

The CRB — it’s 3AM and the last note of the last song on Jan. 1st, 2015 — Cervantes’ Masterpiece Ballroom, Denver, CO…courtesy of Stuart Levine Photography

It’s going to be a busy year!

Xoxo

Set-Break

The holidays. Time-0ff. Yes! I’m going to sleep.

at rest...

at rest…

San Fran, Is Too Cool

Four nights at the Great American Music Hall in SF this past weekend…what a great time we had. The crowds for the CRB were not only cool but very respectful of us. Not a single person got rude with their cell phone nor did anyone have to be thrown outta there for bad behavior, and over the course of that many shows, it’s worth it to make note of that. The music, the energy, people dancing, the gorgeous venue & sound was just wonderful and we soaked it all up. I am quite literally exhausted.

So, here’s to all the beautiful folks who came to see us…thank you!

All that remains...courtesy of Neal Casal.

All that remains…courtesy of Neal Casal.

Off to San Diego for a two-night run at the Belly-Up Tavern.