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June 2010

June 2010 newsletter

“Constantly risking absurdity and death whenever he performs above the heads of his audience, the poet, like an acrobat, climbs on rhyme to a high wire of his own making.” – Lawrence Ferlinghetti We are home from England, happy to be back but still buzzing from the shows. In some ways I was more sorry … MORE

Without A Net

Circus Girl – Without A Net set lists

Complete list of set lists for the Circus Girl – Without A Net UK tour. Last minute changes may have been made after these were printed. ROBIN 2 – BILSTON 12 MAY, 2010 1. Waiting For The Light To Turn Green 2. Let That Pony Run photos #1 – BW 3. Germantown photos #2 – … MORE

My Hometown

My Home Town

I’ve always struggled with the question “where are you from?”. For as long as I can remember I’ve never felt I had a home town in the sense that most people do. I never felt a strong sense of rootedness in any one particular place. I was born in Westchester, New York and lived there … MORE

May 2010

May 2010 newsletter

“Crash on the levee, mama Water’s gonna overflow Swamps gonna rise And no boats gonna row” -Bob Dylan, “Down In The Flood It’s been a rather eventful weekend in Nashville. The worst flood in the city’s history, 15 inches of rain in two days, cars under 10 feet of water, carp swimming down city streets, … MORE

Sunday In The South

Sunday in the South

an iPod playlist I made recently for a trip through North Carolina, South Carolina and Georgia. Sylvie – Sweet Honey In The Rock Father, I Stretch My Hand To Thee – Rev. C.L. Franklin Son Of A Preacher Man – Bobbie Gentry Two Little Fishes, Five Loaves Of Bread – Sister Rosetta Tharpe Willie And … MORE

April 2010

April 2010 newsletter

“Give the people what they want.” – The Kinks Next month I’ll be heading back to the UK for a tour that’s been in the works for almost a year. The idea for the “Circus Girl – Without A Net” tour grew out of many conversations after shows that began something like: “Great show, but … MORE

Alex Chilton

Guest Blog: Barry Walsh – remembering Alex Chilton

The news of Alex Chilton’s death has hit us hard. It was 9 years ago, on a cold January morning in 2001, when I first got a call to play a string of dates in Canada with The Box Tops. I met Alex that morning at the airport in Minneapolis, where we all met for … MORE

March 2010

March 2010 newsletter

“A writer is somebody for whom writing is more difficult than it is for other people.” – Thomas Mann In a theoretical sense, writing seems easy. I’ve done it my whole life, with not insignificant success. Virtually everyone has written something – a love letter, an email, a journal entry. So why should the act … MORE

February 2010

February 2010 newsletter

“Although the world is full of suffering, it is full also of the overcoming of it.”
- Helen Keller Songs for Haiti The horrific situation in Haiti has been on everyone’s hearts and minds. If you would like to help out and receive some free music at the same time, check out Paste Magazine’s Songs for … MORE

January 2010

January 2010 newsletter

“It is the best of all trades, to make songs,
and the second best to sing them.” – Hilaire Beloc I came across this quote while watching Clint Eastwood’s recent documentary on Johnny Mercer, who is probably my favorite of the “Great American Songbook” writers. Mercer wrote, among other things, “One For My Baby (And One … MORE

Gingerbread

Gingerbread & Silent Night

Tomorrow starts Christmas week and I am going to take some much-needed time away from music, touring, websites and the rest to take a deep breath, relax and reflect on the 12 months that have just flown by. I love this time of year, but it’s easy to lose the peace in the midst of … MORE

Tour Diary

2009 European Tour – Tour Diary

The month-long marathon European Tour of 2009 is history. We started out in Northern Ireland after a short but miserable flight from Newark. The airlines are the new Greyhound buses. Enough said. Got through passport control/customs in record time and got our rental car – we decided we’d drive ourselves throughout Ireland for the first … MORE

Walk-In Music

2009 European Tour walk-in music

Here’s what you’ve been listening to before the show: Lost, Night – Bill Frisell (from his wonderful Disfarmer album) That’s Alright, Mama – Bill Frisell King of the Road – Rufus Wainright & Teddy Thompson Blackberry Winters – David Mead Streets Of Baltimore – Gram Parsons I Feel A Change Comin’ On – Bob Dylan … MORE