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My First Byline

 I was sorting through some magazines the other day and came across the Sports Illustrated for Kids that contains my very first byline. Back in ye olde days of the early 90s, SI for Kids had a feature called "You Write the Story," where they would post a picture and readers could send in a little tale about it.  The thing I remember most about the experience is coming home from school to my sister saying: "I'm not sure how your day was, but it's about to get a lot better." She'd taken the call from an SI editor and was so excited and happy for me - it felt really special. I vividly remember returning the call to their office in New York, which felt like calling the moon.  Seeing my name in print had a real impact on me. Even though it was a tiny story surrounded by a bunch of others, it made me feel like a real writer. I'm not sure if SI for Kids even exists anymore, or if another magazine offers a similar experience for young readers (and writers) b

Book Recommendation: Lonesome Dove saga (RIP Larry McMurtry)

I think I read more this past year than I have in any year since grad school, and nothing kept me reading quite like the Lonesome Dove saga. I picked up Lonesome Dove because one of my favorite podcasts, The Watch, was doing a special on it - I'm so glad I did. Not since I was a kid have I been so fully immersed in a novel as I was with this series.  The sequels are each great too (Dead Man's Walk especially), but nothing quite like the first. If you haven't read them yet, I highly recommend diving in, and The Watch pod is a great companion. I've been picking up other McMurtry books since finishing.  I first posted this yesterday (3/25) and just read that Mr. McMurtry passed away today. Thankful for the books he wrote, especially in this pandemic year.   

The Melted Coins - new EP!

Like a lot of folks locked-down during the pandemic, I found myself with a desire to do something positive with the stressful energy building up inside me. That led me back to the creative comfort food of songwriting, which has always been a way for me to get lost in the moment in a different way than other forms of writing. I also had a tremendous amount of fun messing around in GarageBand, recording new instruments and playing with the tools in the program. It was a lovely distraction from everything happening this year. The five songs on this EP  are part of a larger batch I wrote and that may find themselves on other projects, but they felt of a piece and of a time - written and recorded in my home office/guestroom (dubbed the Nana and Papa suite). It's been a refuge for me, and I hope you enjoy what came out of it. Check out Home Office Suite on Bandcamp here: https://themeltedcoins.bandcamp.com/ And the Melted Coins website here:  https://www.themeltedcoins.com/

StichMethod interview

Really enjoyed speaking with Ian Stich of StichMethod guitar lessons for this Performer Magazine piece. I've learned a ton from Stich over the past few years, and he was a humble and kind as he comes across via his YouTube lessons.  Be sure to check out his stuff (especially his breakdowns of Trey's solos) here:  https://stichmethod.com/

Hard to Handle - the Life and Death of the Black Crowes (book review)

Wrote about the new memoir from Black Crowes drummer Steve Gorman for Performer Magazine.  Check out the review here  and then dust off your Black Crowes albums to remember what a killer band they were.

Yvette Young Interview

I interviewed guitarist extraordinaire Yvette Young for Performer Magazine,  which you can check out here . As a guitar-strummer and rudimentary soloist, watching what Yvette is able to do with a guitar is pretty mind-blowing to me. That she's as humble and good humored about her incredible skills is all the better. Check out Yvette in action!

Let's Go!

I wrote about Jeff Tweedy's new memoir for Peformer Magazine - check it out here! Super excited to see Jeff in Dallas in early March. I've been to a few Wilco shows, saw The Autumn Defense (John Sirratt and Pat Sansone's side gig) at the Basement in Nashville a few years back, and now Jeff Tweedy solo. All I need is to check out The Nels Cline 4 and one of Glenn Kotche's projects to round out my complete Wilco fanverse. Also have to post this video, which Jeff mentions in the book with the following quote:     Indeed.