Spring?

It’s mid April in Chicago and we woke to an inch of snow on the ground and it’s been snowing pretty much all day. Despite that, though, there is the feeling of spring happening: robins are patrolling the frozen backyard for potential worms, flowers are stubbornly poking up through the ground and it feels like it’s time to make new music. I have a pretty sizable and growing batch of songs that I’ve been working on since the last record, “Funeral Bonsai Wedding,” came out 4 years ago. (Four years ago?!?) So the question is how best to proceed and, honestly, that’s been the thing I’ve been stumbling over for the last year or so. It seems like it must be important to record and release these songs but I have had the darnedest time actually convincing myself of that. I’ve begun a bit of home recording of a few – in the manner that I made “I Will Miss The Trumpets and the Drums,” and “Sweet Is The Anchor” – there is a Dolly Varden session booked in May to track a few – and I intend to record Funeral Bonsai Wedding with the String Quartet at some point […]

into the new year

I’m gonna lay low for a while and focus on writing and digging deeper. 2017 was devastating in so many ways. 2018 is the year to re-energize and restore faith in the power of words and music, and to work toward positive change instead of focusing on outrage and anger. So, very few shows in the first half of the year. I AM excited that my friend ellen cherry will be back in town for a house concert on March 10th… at our house! If you want information on that, sign up for the mailing list over there on the right. I’ll send an announcement around in a couple weeks. Tickets will be limited. It’ll be Diane and I doing a duet set and ellen cherry and Andrew Grim both playing. More soon…

September 2017 Residency at the Hideout

I am very excited to announce that I will be doing a residency in September at the Hideout. Here are the details: Monday, Sept 4th: Dolly Varden will play “The Panic Bell” on the 10th anniversary of the album, followed by a set of new songs slated for our 7th album. I’ve been actively writing and the band has been recording since March. We’re about halfway through making a new record. We’re recording at my home studio, Kernel Sound Emporium. Tickets and more info here Monday, Sept 11th: Steve Dawson and Mark Caro’s “Take It To The Bridge” Bridge-tacular featuring Kelly Hogan, Casey McDonough, Nora O’Connor, Rachel Drew, Gerald Dowd, Bill Brickey, Alton Smith and others. Based on the title of the songwriting book I co-wrote with Mark Caro, “Take It To The Bridge: Unlocking The Great Songs Inside You,” we’ve asked some of Chicago’s best singers to sing songs that that contain their favorite bridge, the most misunderstood part of a song. This will be a one-of-kind show. Tickets and more info here Monday, Sept 25: Funeral Bonsai Wedding with Strings. Funeral Bonsai Wedding is me on guitar & vocal, Jason Adasiewicz on vibraphone, Jason Roebke on upright bass […]

June

NEW DOLLY VARDEN ALBUM IN THE WORKS I’m pleased to report that we’ve had two very productive all-day recording sessions and we already have the bulk of 6 songs tracked. We’re recording at my home studio, Kernel Sound Emporium. I’d say we’re looking at an early 2018 release at this point. That could change as we move along. I’ll keep you all posted! RESIDENCY AT THE HIDEOUT IN SEPTEMBER I’m VERY excited to announce that I’ll be doing a residency at the Hideout in Chicago in September. Here’s the info so far: Monday, 9/4: Dolly Varden plays “The Panic Bell” We’ll play the full album to celebrate it’s 10th anniversary, then we’ll play a bunch of the new songs we’re working on for our next album Monday, 9/11: The Take It To The Bridge All Star Bridge-Tacular! Some of Chicago’s best singers will perform their favorite songs with great bridges, at this celebration for Steve and Mark Caro’s songwriting book. Slated to perform are: Kelly Hogan, Gerald Dowd, Casey McDonough, Nora O’Connor, Rachel Drew and more, this could change due to various touring schedules, etc. Monday, 9/25: Funeral Bonsai Wedding with Strings Myself, Jason Adasiewicz, Jason Roebke and Gerald Dowd […]