Take It To The Bridge: Unlocking The Great Songs Inside You

I am very excited to announce the release of “Take It To The Bridge: Unlocking The Great Songs Inside You.” I’ve been working on it with Mark Caro for many years as an extension of my songwriting classes at The Old Town School of Folk Music. The book aims to encourage and inspire anyone who’s ever thought about writing a song through practical, approachable assignments that explore all elements of songwriting: form, lyrics, chords, melody and rhythm. The exercises were culled from 10 years of weekly assignments. Mark and I chose the ones that have had the best results over the years and seem to help people open up and write to their best potential. The book can be ordered direct from GIA, the publisher, now at this link.

We have 2 big events coming up to celebrate the book release where you can buy the book from us in person and get a sheet of stickers for self-application as you complete the assignments!
Sat October 15 at SPACE in Evanston, 1pm
pre-release event with Mark and Steve playing songs and talking about the book
Sun Dec 4 at The Old Town School of Folk Music’s Szold Hall
Book Release Spectacular with Dolly Varden and a cavalcade of stars
more info on that soon!


Dolly Varden at Square Roots and the return of the Jesus Christ Trio!

Dolly Varden will play our first show of 2016 at the Square Roots festival in Lincoln Square Friday, July 8th, at 9pm, headlining the south stage at Montrose and Lincoln.

AND I’ll join Robbie Fulks and Diane Christiansen at a benefit concert for the Chicago Shambhala Meditation Center on Friday, July 29. We’ll sing songs from the Jesus Christ Trio songbook – it’s true, we said it would never happen again, but, well… it is – Robbie’s songs, my songs, Diane’s songs and choice covers we all like. Advance tickets highly recommended