Hey folks and friends. I'm lucky enough to get a lil' taste of summer and (hopefully) fall in the Great North Woods this month. Current plans: swim in lakes, record an EP about my summer drive up the Mississippi River, drink plenty of Bell's 2H, and play these shows...
A hearty thank you to family, friends, and former strangers who gave me shelter as I hawked Hungry Heartland across the Midwest and Northeast last month. My shows in Montpelier, Portland, Cambridge, and New York City were among the best I have played on my own. I sha'n't be gone long!
Here is a glimpse of what went down...
Thank you Ben Cosgrove for composing a haunting and beautiful string arrangement for "Emily." Thank you Jenn Fagre for performing all of it!
About HH: For many years, I've been accruing songs that couldn't necessarily move a bar full of people to dance but that I always thought were "pretty good." By some coincidence or not, these quieter and under-performed songs were written largely in and about the lower upper Midwest...even though I spent about 50% of my nights in Massachusetts during the time they came into my life. I've finally recorded this set, and am pleasantly surprised by how cohesive the thing seems to be. I hope you like the songs.
I'm emerging from my winter cave and some live situations are on the horizon once again. The first one is this Thursday night at Gulu-Gulu Café in Salem, MA at 9PM. The rest are listed on my shows page. I hope to see you out and around!
I'm back in the North Country for Christmas and am playing a show with my fellow Saints at Amazing Grace Bakery and Cafe in Duluth, MN. If your holiday home happens to be the same as mine, come out to my favorite café-type establishment tomorrow night, Christmas Eve-Eve. They now serve beer and wine! SA will start stomping-grass at approximately 7 PM...
Toad is my favorite tiny bar in Cambridge. This will also be 90MP's last show together for some months - stop in and say hi!
The next month will be pretty varied. I'm performing a solo show in New Orleans, LA and will be jumping on stage with Dane Aaron, Ben Cosgrove, and Saint Anyway in a variety of places. See below!
11/29/14: New Orleans, LA - Neutral Grounds, 7pm
12/3/14: Superior, WI - Red Mug Coffee, 7pm (w/Dane Aaron)
12/11/14: Salem, MA - Gulu Gulu Cafe, 8pm (w/Ben Cosgrove)
12/12/14: Cambridge, MA - Toad, 10pm (w/Ben Cosgrove)
12/23/14: Duluth, MN - Amazing Grace Cafe, 7pm (w/Saint Anyway)
I've been holed up in my closet studio in Somerville for a good couple months now and am more than ready seek colder climes and denser city streets. Starting on November 16, I will be touring from Vermont to New York City by bus, train, and subway car. This is the first time I have undertaken an automobile-less tour, but it is something that I've been planning to try for a long while now. I hope it won't be the last! I need to somehow prove to myself that I can still do this sort of thing without a vehicle - so the stakes are high. Come out to one of my shows on the "road" and I will let you know how it is going.
11/16/14: Montpelier, VT - The Skinny Pancake, 6pm (w/Ben Cosgrove)
11/17/14: Montpelier, VT - Bagitos, 11am
11/18/14: Morrisville, VT - The Bee's Knees, 7:30pm (w/Ben Cosgrove)
11/19/14: Northampton, MA - Sam's Cafe, 7pm
11/21/14: New York City, NY - The Fifth Estate, 9pm (w/Caity Richards)
11/23/14: Somerville, MA - The Burren, 8pm (w/Ben Cosgrove)
For many years, I've been accruing songs that couldn't necessarily move a bar full of people to dance but I always thought were "pretty good." By some coincidence or not, these quiet and under-performed songs were written largely in and about the upper Midwest...even though I spent about 50% of my nights in Massachusetts during the time they came into my life. I'm finally recording this set, and am so far surprised by how cohesive the thing seems to be. The photo below was taken a few blocks from the house I grew up in, and it seems like a fitting book cover for the new music.
I'll be playing some of these new songs on the internet this week, though the virtual concert hall Concert Window. I hope you can tune in!
Date: Thursday Sept. 25, Time: 9 PM, Cover: $1.00