Wednesday, September 30, 2009


So I've been looking for some kind of representation (a label, an agent, a promoter) for a few years now. Not aggressively though. And I'm not waiting around for it either, as the show schedule indicates.

In 2005 I found that I couldn't book certain rooms in NH, because a particular booking agent held exclusivity on those rooms. So I contacted him and asked for a spot on his roster. He did what anyone who has bothered to write back has done so far; he told me he had a full roster, but good luck in my endeavors. Well, I did my own booking and played over 100 shows that year. And work has been generally steady since then. Every now and then I stumble upon a rep that seems like a good fit, and I send them my info. I hear back from them less than half the time.

The rooms I play are happy with what I have to offer. I'm pretty consistently well-received these days, and I take great pains to be professional about my work. It's my hope that eventually I'll find a company that sees the progress I'm making and decides to benefit from helping me take it even further. In the meantime, I'm out booking work and in the basement recording the next album. Stay tuned for updates on both.

Thursday, September 24, 2009

Back to business.

Last night I stopped in at Ernie's Club Hong Kong in Plymouth. They have an open jam on Wednesdays, and I didn't get to participate for most of the summer. It was nice to catch up with some players I hadn't seen in a while. And I'm glad to see that there's a little bit of a music scene thriving downtown. Things have been too bleak for too long in Plymouth.

Tonight I'm playing a solo show at the Country Cow in Campton. The show starts at 6:30. I like that room a lot. Plus, Thursday is pizza night. Works for me!

In other news, I'm getting my old screenprinting setup going again. I've got a few shirt ideas, and I can update my gear and do my own 'band shirts' for about the same price as ordering them from someone else. DIY!

Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Made To Be Played.

I've got a new song in this week's Song Fight competition. The title we were given was 'Made To Be Played'. As usual, I could have done a lot more with it if I'd had more time, but I'm reasonably happy with the results. Pop on over to, listen to all the entries, and vote for your favorites!

It's nice to get back into the studio. I've got a couple song projects I want to put some time into this week. And that CD still needs to get done. One thing at a time, I guess...

In other news, it's a somewhat busy week for me. Thursday is a solo show at The Country Cow in Campton. On Friday I'm playing in a park in Belmont with No Limitz. And (Who Are The) Brain Police are playing at Mad Bob's Saloon in Manchester on Saturday.

Thursday, September 17, 2009

Live @ Lago.

I was the featured performer at Lago's songwriter night this past Monday. Linden Mazurka (the host of the show) played a set too, as did Maury Stauffer and my buddy Stefan Zwahlen. The whole show (Live At Lago #86) can be heard right here:

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My set list - 1) Ignorance Is Bliss; 2) Between The Rain; 3) God Hates Penguins; 4) A Pint In A Broken Glass; 5) Hey Ruth; 6) The Wall; 7) Courage; 8) House Of Hodgman; 9) I Don't Want To Be Your Friend; 10) Sherman The Brave; 11) I Know My Rights.
In other news, it's a comparatively slow week for me. I'm playing the Black Cat Cafe on Saturday with No Limitz. But last night, I actually got some recording done. I think there may be a Song Fight entry in the near future! Details to follow.

Tuesday, September 8, 2009

Weekend recap.

Friday night was a good time at the Bridgewater Inn. (Who Are The) Brain Police put on a well-received show. I was worried that the band would be a little heavy for that room, but apparently they get bands in there doing Godsmack and stuff like that, so we're fine. I got some video of this show, and I'll be getting it uploaded later this week.

No Limitz played for the fine folks at the Meredith Yacht Club on Saturday night. Now there's a group that likes to have a good time. And the band was a great fit; I think we'll be playing for them again next season.

On Sunday, No Limitz played the Totem Pole Campground in Freedom, NH for the last time this year. If you followed my Twitter updates, then you already know my take on this show. We weren't told we'd be playing outside, and we were all in short sleeves and shorts, and it got COLD. I won't do that again. They have a perfectly good indoor facility that we've always played in, but they had some function going on in there the next day and they didn't want to do two setups. Well, we set up and break down every time we play, so I don't feel too bad about that. Still, we soldiered through, and the crowd got into it by the end. I think they were dancing just to keep their blood moving, really.

I leave you with a picture of the sign outside my alma mater. It saddens me every time I drive by, and it's been like this since late August. Wow.

Friday, September 4, 2009

The destruction of Bristol by fire.

Okay, not really. But (Who Are The) Brain Police are playing at the Bridgewater Inn tonight, and it's going to be good. And loud. Plus, the place offers Japanese/American/Italian dining. I don't know if you can get 'em all on the same plate, but there's something for everyone, I'm sure.

In other news, I'm working a little bit on my Youtube page. Pop on over and check it out, hmm?

Wednesday, September 2, 2009

Back at it.

I missed a couple shows this weekend, which is pretty unheard of. But I did some damage to a finger on my left hand, and I decided I should skip my Friday gig at Shooter's Tavern to let it heal. And the next day, my show at Waterville Valley was rained out. I did play a private party on Saturday, and I hosted the open mike at the Sunset Grill on Sunday.

The finger is pretty close to 100% now, thankfully. Tonight is the open mike at Shooter's, and I'm the host. It starts around 7:30 or so. We haven't gotten a lot of participants t this open mike, so more often than not, it's just a solo show. So if you want to play a set, there's plenty of room for you! If you want to just come hang out, listen, drink beers and watch the Red Sox, that's cool too.