Sounds Like Me - The Live One

On February 11, 2017, a bunch of folks gathered at the home of Denise and Rick Williams (aka Hillbilly Haiku Houseconcerts) to bear witness to Jefferson Ross recording his first live album. I was on the list to attend and then Jefferson asked if I'd like to (a) open the show for him and (b) record my set. I answered yes to both. So that's what you'll hear here--my 5 song opening set from that evening. You'll likely recognize some of the songs: Gambler's Prayer, Red Haired Boy, and Chickenwashing are on other albums, though I play them a little differently now. A few of you might have heard me play Me and Him live somewhere. And even fewer of you will have heard Mr. Copley's El Camino. Worth noting that Chickenwashing includes a roomfull of courageous heroes sing-yelling "Cock-a-glossolalia-la-doo, y'all" and I'm fairly certain this is the first live recording of that happening anywhere. History in the making. Indeed. And there are stories between the songs because several folks have asked for me to record some of my banter and now--heypresto--I have.

The band is 100% me and I did it in one take because I didn't want to bog down the evening with second attempts and hiccups and missed notes are part of live music. Or recorded music, in this instance. So it's me playing my 1928 Martin 0-18 (first time this guitar has been recorded and it sounds pretty danged sweet) and blowing a bit of harmonica and jangling my toejangler. I should point out that Thomm Jutz is the man who set up the room and ran the board and did the editing and mastering later and I guess I just did so that's taken care of. If you have an opportunity to work with Thomm do it--he's topnotch.

And in case you are reading this and have no idea who I am: my music comes from somewhere between eating guacamole and taking a nap from eating too much guacamole. From late night drives in the rain with Miles Davis on the stereo. From long runs through the wooded hills of Western North Carolina. From the jolt of dewy grass on bare feet first thing in the morning. From the freight train on the other side of town that wakes me up at 2am and leaves me wondering in the dark about destinations and what we each carry with us along the way. Hell...I just write down and sing about whatever I think bears repeating outside of my head.

Lastly: 100% of the money you spend on this download will be donated to the Human Rights Campaign. You can learn about them and their important work to promote lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer equality in these United States at www.hrc.org. Doing this because I'm a very nice person just like my mother has said all along.

Thanks for listening. I hope you dig the set.

PS The photo on the "cover?" That's me and Guthrie sitting on the couch trying to stay out of the way as Thomm was setting up the room. In case you were wondering.

Southland - The Third One

Acoustical. Bluesyfied. Folksyish. Whimsytinged. Countryfried. Songs laid down in the south but--like kudzu and Wal-Mart--creeping beyond the land of sweet tea and collards. Deeply dark darkened depth sits hand in hand with frivolity. Much like life, yes? Please note that every last cent from the purchase of this CD goes to the good folks at Feeding America. You can learn more about their work to end hunger in America at www.feedingamerica.org.

CD Baby is run by real folks. Real nice folks. They volunteer in the community and call their mothers regularly. Buy the CD from them. Thanks.

The Turning of the Wheel - The Second One

The Turning of the Wheel offers up a batch of songs that stretch across a wide range of moods, sounds, and topics. There's a toe-tapping grin for spring's arrival and a slump-shouldered sigh as autumn fades into winter. There's a leisurely stroll down Main Street in Mayberry (attention Andy Griffith Show fans) and a brassy sashay down barlined 6th Street in Austin, Texas. There's a piano lounge jumper for love of a "genuine" woman and a back alley howl for a gambler on his way down. There's even a sing along on Townes Van Zandt's "Heavenly Houseboat Blues." Tasty arrangements + polished production = a recording that will stay in your CD player for some time. Probably until you take it out. Please note that every last cent from the purchase of this CD goes to the good folks at Feeding America. You can learn more about their work to end hunger in the USA at www.feedingamerica.org.

CD Baby is run by real folks. Real nice folks. They have goldfish and potted ferns. Buy the CD from them. Thanks.

UPDATE: Okay. So I've run out of physical copies of this album and won't be making any more (though you might be able to find a used copy on Amazon for a ridiculous price). Or you can download it from CD Baby. Them's the options. Good luck and happy listening.

Headed West on 10 - the first one

Headed West on 10 features songs about West Texas, late-night conversations with bordertown prophets, and idyllic summer evenings; topics that reflect Hoke's life in Texas. You'll also hear songs about intolerance, homelessness, and embracing the life we're given; topics that reveal Hoke's focus on the world beyond his home state. Included are 10 of Todd's own songs, plus a dead-on cover of Townes Van Zandt's song "Marie." Texas Songwriting legend Ray Wylie Hubbard produced the recording, and enlisted top-notch players to lend their talents. Ladies and gentlemen, it's a swell recording. Please note that every last cent from the purchase of this CD goes to the good folks at Feeding America. You can learn more about their work to end hunger in the USA at www.feedingamerica.org.

CD Baby is run by real folks. Real nice folks. They have dogs and children. Buy the CD from them. Thanks.