Watch Funeral Bonsai Wedding with Strings – live in studio + Midwest tour dates

This week I had the great pleasure of recording a new album live in studio with Funeral Bonsai Wedding (Jason Adasiewicz on vibraphone, Jason Roebke on bass and Charles Rumbeck on drums) AND the Quartet Parapluie string quartet (Melissa Bach on cello, Vannia Phillips on viola and Inger Carle and Andra Kulans on violins). We did three new songs and three songs from my back catalog that seemed like good contenders for strings (“Mastodons,” “The Monkey Mind is on the Prowl,” and “It’s Not What You Think”) all recorded live by the great John Abbey at Kingsize Sound Labs in Chicago. There is still mixing, mastering to be done but the plan is to have it out on LP before the end of the year. I can’t wait to share this music with you all!

The Heartland Songwriter’s Review comes to the Midwest

This past fall I was part of a short tour of Germany with the Heartland Songwriters Revue: Adam Reichmann (Nadine), The Wilhelms (Andy Ploof and John Wendland) and me. The shows went great and so we thought we’d give it a go in the actual heartland. These shows are coming up in 2 weeks. We perform “in the round” – taking turns – and then play a few songs together at the end of the evening. Adam, John and Andy are really wonderful singers and songwriters and I think you’ll really enjoy it…
Wed May 22: St Louis, MOSongbird Cafe (Focal Point)  7:30

2720 Sutton Blvd Maplewood

Thu May 23: Belleville, ILThe Abbey 7pm
5801 W. Main Street, Belleville, IL
Fri May 24: Madison, WI  – Kiki’s House of Righteous Music, 8pm
tickets: write to  Kiki Schueler at
Sat May 25: Berwyn, IL: The Friendly Tap,
8pm 6731W. Roosevelt Road, Berwyn, IL

Other upcoming shows:
Sunday June 2nd: St Charles, IL  – One Mike Stand  at The House Pub, 16 S. Riverside Dr, St. Charles, IL 7pm – Pianist Scott Stevenson and I dig deep into my catalog of songs!
Sat June 15: Evanston, IL – SPACE
The “Big Shoulders” band plays a full set with very special guest Barbara Carr, 7pm
Sunday, June 30th: Chicago, ILMontrose Saloon
Alton Smith, John Abbey, Tommi Zender and I play and sing all night with each of us taking a turn as “leader / singer” while the other three become the “band.” 8pm 2933 W. Montrose, Chicago