My new single “Taking the Long Way Home” is part of the Keep Safe Boston compilation featuring 50 songs from Boston artists. “Keep Safe Boston is a community organization and movement to reach out to artists, musicians, college campuses, area politicians, and activists to join us in fostering a safer, more compassionate community.” In addition to my song, new tracks from Parlour Bells, Magen Tracy and Oldjack are also included. Pay what you want, get music and help a great cause.
Just returned from a great weekend of shows in New York City during CMJ. Met some great people, saw old friends and made plenty of new ones. Also the solo band couldn’t have performed better. Thanks to everyone who came out see us and for capturing some photos. Full set available Here.
Happy to announce two solo band shows at this year’s CMJ Music Marathon in New York City.
Twenty years ago, Willie Nelson’s album Across the Borderline, was on constant rotation during a cross country road trip to California. It still remains one of the most influential recordings to me. He performs many heartfelt duets on the album but the one which has always stuck with me is the song he does with Bonnie Raitt called “Getting Over You” which was written by Stephen Bruton.
Earlier this year, a friend and her husband were having a moving sale prior to their move to California. Being musicians themselves, Jessica and Leo had a great selection of gear for sale. The one thing which caught my eye immediately was a Spanish Guitar. As soon as I picked up the guitar and started playing it I knew I wanted to buy it. It had all the cool markings and wear a vintage, well played guitar should have…not as much as Willie’s guitar, Trigger, but still. Turns out it was Leo’s first guitar and was constructed in Granada by a Guitarrero named Jose Morales. A deal was made and I bought the guitar promising to be a caring owner and to write many songs with it.
Some of the first songs I played on it were from the album I adore so much from Wille. I’ve always wanted to pay tribute to the album which had such an impact on me so I decided to start by doing a version of “Getting Over You.”
It wasn’t until this past Summer that I finally saw the plan start to take shape. After playing a gig with Ruby Rose Fox and speaking with her and Guitarist/Videographer, Roger Metcalf, we decided to make a video of Ruby and I performing the tune. Shortly thereafter we popped in to Q Division Studios to record it.
What happened next was magical.
Coincidentally, Ruby and I would later be nominated for a 2014 Boston Music Award in the same category for Singer-Songwriter of the Year.
Like I said, magical.
The first single from Magen Tracy’s forthcoming EP has been released.
“You know those jam-packed gems recorded at Muscle Shoals? Oh, you know the ones, some Aretha Franklin album cut we dug for years but just learned Duane Allman played guitar on, Tom Dowd produced and Mick Jagger cameoed on maracas, all while some dude from Dr. Hook is passed out in the bathroom. Magen Tracy’s debut single “Fiercely” feels like one of those Muscle Shoals moments. The singer-songwriter-keyboard queen doesn’t sound retro, but she delivers old-school sleazy swagger — you can almost hear that “Gimme Shelter” scream in the background. Behind her Nate Leavitt plays the role of Allman and Dowd…”
Voting is now open to the public for the 2014 boston Music Awards. Vote for Parlour Bells in the Live Artist of the Year Category!
Excited to announce I’ve been nominated for two Boston Music Awards this year.
Excellent company to be in.
The nominations were announced yesterday during the Sound of Our Town Music Festival which took place at The Lawn on D in South Boston. The event was curated by Vanyaland and could not have been a better way to kick off the BMA season.