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Shows in April

While in Texas for SXSW I sang in this chapel on Willie Nelson’s ranch just before evening.

The shows on the road since SXSW have been a backroads-shining diner-country road-main street adventure.
I’m looking forward to playing every Tuesday night in April at The Rockwood Music Hall with my band and working up some new songs, besides a few shows in NJ, CT and The Parkinson’s Unity Walk in Central Park in April. All dates below, I hope to see you soon!

Tuesday, April 3, 2012 | Rockwood Music Hall | New York, NY
Tuesday, April 10, 2012 | Rockwood Music Hall | New York, NY
Saturday, April 14, 2012 | Northwest Park Nature Center | Windsor, CT
Tuesday, April 17, 2012 | Rockwood Music Hall | New York, NY
Saturday, April 21, 2012 | Union County Performing Arts Center | Rahway, NJ
Tuesday, April 24, 2012 | Rockwood Music Hall | New York, NY
Saturday, April 28, 2012 | 72nd Street Bandshell, Central Park | New York City, NY

Nine Bullets

Ana Egge- Bad Blood

March 8, 2012

Canada keeps delivering great musicians, and one of my latest personal discoveries is Ana Egge. This is her seventh album, so I know I’m late to the party but better late than never, right? I’ll also have to admit that I only found out about Ana Egge because this album was produced by Steve Earle. And knowing that Steve Earle has managed to get the best from female singers before, this was placed in my “need to listen to” pile.

We’ve all heard Lucinda Williams ultimate masterpiece “Car Wheels On A Gravel Road”. Don’t be fooled though, this is not another Lucinda. Ana Egge has her own sound, and her mellow voice is nothing short of beautiful. She has a floating way of singing that just makes your head spin with happiness, and her words stick to your mind all the way.

The songs on this album are recorded in Levon Helms’ studio in Woodstock, produced by Steve Earle – and both Steve Earle and wife Alison Moorer sing on the album. Naturally it’s mixed by Ray Kennedy. And the sound is just so utterly perfect for these songs and this voice. The biting guitars and the laid back rythm-section compliment her voice – and makes this a pleasure to listen to.

According to her website, Lucinda Williams called her “the Nina Simone of folk”, and I can totally see where that’s coming from. But the voice is one thing, in my opinion a good voice is nothing without songs and substance in the lyrics. And her lyrics are constantly great throughout the album. They are haunting, and explore mental illness from a perspective that will make you consider how sane your own mind is.

It’s hard to pick favorites, as the album is of a consistently high quality that’s rare these days when most artist have 2-3 good songs in them, and fill albums with crap just to get something released.

But I’m very fond of “Hole In Your Halo”, “Bad Blood”, “Hands And Knees” and “Shadow Fall”.
And let’s not forget “Silver Heels” !!
The latter being one of the best songs released last year, the guitar on the song is plucked right from a dark David Lynch nightmare, and the bass is so brilliant I want to sell my own bass and never even consider playing music again. I’m annoyed at myself for not getting around to listening to album earlier. It would have caused havoc on my year-end list for 2011…

I’m careful to play out the “Essential Listening” card, but if you like female singers with a story to tell, and music that’s close to Neko Case, Lucinda Williams, Gillian Welch or Iris DeMent – you should give Ana Egge a listen. You won’t regret it. That’s a promise

Folk Alliance, Malcolm Holcombe, SXSW and Willie Nelson

Folk Alliance in Memphis was a blast this year. Here’s a picture of Malcolm Holcombe and I, we played the same night at the BMI showcase. His set was firey and inspired.

At the moment I’m packing for my trip to Austin for SXSW. I’ll be keeping busy, so many tacos, so little time. Besides my showcase, I’m playing a day party out on Willie Nelson’s Luck, TX ranch on Thursday afternoon with a bunch of amazing songwriters.. all info below.

See you on down the road,


thu  15
Heartbreaker Banquet
Willie Nelson’s Luck TX Ranch -SXSW Day Party
Luck, TX  (30 min drive S. of Austin)
6:10-6:50 PM  -Solo
thu  15
The White Horse
Official Showcase
500 Comal
11:00- 11:40 PM  -Band
sat  17
Second Stage
Radisson Hotel
111 Cesar Chavez
7:00- 7:45 PM  -Solo