Hello there. Please start off by reading this blog post regarding my year of touring, including some heartfelt thanks:
Every time anyone puts an album out, they always try to have a lengthy “Thanks” section to everyone who helped make an album possible. Of course there is a huge cast of characters that help an album come to fruition, but I’d argue that even more love and generosity is needed for successful tours to happen - ESPECIALLY when they’re of the DIY variety.
I sincerely hope to get my third album, Anthems released in 2011, but I didn’t want 2010 to expire without giving some appreciation to some of the folks who helped me survive on tour for 4 of the 12 months this year. So please take a moment and read my sincere TOUR thanks for the time I’ve spent on the road this past year:
Ben De La Cour, Mika Revell, Thomas Ian Nicholas, Amza Moglan, Jason Krangel, Shay Godwin, Thai Long Ly, Larry Cohen, Misty & David in Oklahoma, Marc Nuttle, Sylvia (& Chacho) in San Antonio, Chet & Cindy Harum, Jeff & Judy Harum, Rob & Sarah Leifer and Justin Siegel (who housed me for my 6 weeks back in L.A. with nowhere to live), Bert DiViterbo, Ryan Dishen, Michelle Martello & Joe Galanek, Mike & Michelle Schoenholtz, Michael & Rachel King, Anne, Tracy, The entire Olsen Family (of Logan,UT and beyond), Amelia (for the bgv), Brock DeShane, Driftwood, Emerick, Mimi & Harold, Roni Page, Colleen Doherty, Kristin Flammio, Gina Flammio (& esteemed roommates), Madani, Al Hubbard, Mitch Daniels, Luke Hanlin, Cheryl & Benny, Jonathan Bender, The Royce Family (of Cincinnati), Patrick Wilson, Pat Hanlin (for always making Boston great), Jugghead Band, The Shills, Sidehatch Entertainment, Ben Maitland-Lewis, Chris at Spice Street, Casey Stone, Val & Gary Basciano Sr., Clay & Ashley, Gary Jr., Alecia, Bill Villany, Shawn Sugrue, Brian Moskin, Giulio Carmassi & the rest of the NYC/CT gang, Stacy, Vito Basciano (& esteemed roommates), The Ethnographers, my faithful booking agent Alanna McKeever, my manager Adham Hunt, Morgan & Jeff Zuehlke, The Bell Family, The Vincent Family, Phil Schrieber, Fox Ellipsis, Eddie Simon & Christina Ballstaedt, Tyler Hicks (for coming through again and again as booking agent, promoter and friend), the whole Shreveport family, Caroline, my dad, and my mom (who personally designed AND silk-screened the handsome t-shirts I sold on tour.)
A special thanks to Mandy, who saw more shows than anyone while I was on my fall tour (4 in all) and Alexis, who traveled to shows in MD, PA, and TN, Kate & Britton Carr for hosting a house concert in MD, and Abby for keeping me alive & mostly sane through an inspiring but often difficult September/October/November of touring.
Of course thanks to EVERYONE who saw the shows, bought CDs, books, and T-shirts, and filled tip jars and made this year possible.
Lastly, to the fans - many friends but many strangers - who made a point to come up to me at shows, share their stories and their scars and tell me how important my music is to them: I cannot say you are all the reason why I got into this business, but I can promise that YOU are the reason I don’t quit. Your support means everything and I humbly thank you from the bottom of my heart.
Okay, still with me? Great!
In 2011, I'm hoping to keep the momentum of 2010 going. On January 9th, I'm planning to kick off another tour across the country with dates in New Mexico, Oklahoma, Kansas, Texas, Louisiana, Tennessee, North Carolina, Maryland, New York, New Jersey, and Massachusetts. A bit later in the year, I hope to FINALLY release the album I've been wanting to unleash for nearly 3 years now, Anthems. I've been able to get involved with some projects recently that will earn me enough cash to make this happen sometime in 2010. Of course I'll let everyone know when that will occur, and a big national tour all over the country will no doubt follow.
In the meantime, here's another little treat. Now, many of you who've followed my career further back than 2007 and Welcome to the Danger Show know that before I rasped out songs on acoustic guitar, I made music of the louder variety. While I feel 100% about the changes I made to my musical life, I do like to make some noise every now and again. So, in September, i got together with a few close friends and formed a side-project with a VERY different musical flavor than my solo records. With Rob Leifer (The Neon Calm, Thomas Nicholas Band), Frogs (The Neon Calm, City (Comma) State, the L33T STR33T Boys, The Dead Messengers) and Drew Langan (City (Comma) State, Betawolf), I formed a band called Love Song at the Apocalypse. Our debut EP, entitled Martyrs with Megaphones will be available on iTunes in the coming weeks, but for a preview, you can stream all four tracks here: (www.lovesongattheapocalypse.com).
To any of my fans who like my records but decidedly do NOT enjoy loud, fast, abrasive music, I'll give a warning that this band may not be for you. And don't worry, I'm still committed to doing what I've done the last 4 years, including getting Anthems released, working on a new record, and of course continuing to tour in support of my first two records, Welcome to the Danger Show and Beneath a Balcony.
I hope to see you all soon!