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.