New live in the studio video for “Look At Miss Ohio”

When I heard Gillian Welch & Dave Rawlings’ “Soul Journey” it made an immediate impression on me as my favorite of all their music they had released at that point.  Just like I would do with songs I loved when I was a kid with a band I learned “Miss Ohio” and started playing it right away.  I loved the song and the small band sound that went with it.  When Ryan Adams called to ask if Dave and Gil along with guitarist David Steele (fellow Steve Earle & the Dukes alum) on drums could come down and play the Lakeside Lounge after their big gig at Town Hall celebrating the music of the “Oh Brother Where Art Thou” soundtrack the answer was  Of course, please, be our guest.  They came down to Avenue B with their own little Shure Vocalmaster PA and a bag of mics.  Gillian in a short leather car coat playing a cool Danelectro bass.  They called themselves The Esquires.  They did a lot of classic rock songs.  Did them their own way which usually meant they’d play the whole song and then do a couple more choruses at the end a’capella.

It was a great sound, a great night.  We let ‘em play past our curfew ‘cause they were wonderful.

When I was making my Lakeside album with Jimbo Mathus at a point we just started doing songs that we knew in the studio and we came upon “Look At Miss Ohio”.  Around the time I was working on my record there was a new Dave Rawlings Machine record that had an awesome video for the song “The Weekend” with Dave and Gil in matching red and white Nudie suits.

This all sort of jogged my brain a little while back.  I loved that song and I also had a life long dream of doing a gig with a band wearing matching suits.  I ended up getting 4 matching red and white track suits off of Amazon for Keith, Phil, Mo and myself. and We fulfilled another dream by actually making a live performance/recording video at my friend Erik Braund’s studio in Greenpoint.  It’s live, we are playing.  Cheers to you Gillian an Dave.

Thanks for a terrific 2014

Hello Friends and music fans.  It’s been a while since I posted over here but it’s not for lack of music making.

2014 brought a bunch of records that I was lucky to produce including “Good Luck” by Girls, Guns & Glory, “Fall On In” by Maynard & The Musties, “Hipster Retirement Home” by Los Dudes and “Volume One” by the brilliant Sad Bastards of Brooklyn.  Also mixed “The Last Days of Winter” by George Usher and Lisa Burns and the audio for the upcoming Bottle Rockets live DVD release.

I’ve got new recordings underway with a bunch of great artists including Esquela, the Surreal McCoys, The Jack Grace Band, Jollett, Planetary Nights, HEAP, Girls, Guns & Glory and The Bottle Rockets studio followup to 2009’s “Lean Forward”.

2014 has seen a lot guitar sessions too including tracks for The Gang produced by Jono Manson, the single for DL Marble’s upcoming release “Drag Me Back” and Jimbo Mathus‘ latest “Dark Night of The Soul”.

I had much fun performing with Spanking Charlene, Los Dudes, Mark McKay and Jimbo Mathus & The Tri-State Coalition this year.

2015 is going to bring more great new music from the Del-Lords and also the first new Eric Ambel release since 2004’s Knucklehead to be produced by the very awesome Jimbo Mathus.

The hardest part of all this year was loosing my mentor, friend, life coach and guru the incomparable Louis B. Whitney.  I’ve never known a more giving person. Lou carried a spark that could never be extinguished.  Lou will be missed every day as I work the path that I learned from him and with those thoughts I think of all the other lives he touched and his lovely wife and Honey Bunny Kay Tolliver Whitney.  RIP Lou.

Lou Whitney at Column One in Springfield, MO during the recording of "Roscoe's Gang"

Lou Whitney at Column One in Springfield, MO during the recording of “Roscoe’s Gang”

 

February Communique

First 2013 news blurt:  New Del-Lords record titled “Elvis Club” will be released on GB Music May 14.  It has been a long time coming and all of us are excited about the release.

The Eric Ambel produced Jimbo Mathus record “White Buffalo” was just released by Fat Possum Records and it’s available as a cd, download or vinyl LP.  Super excited about Jimbo’s new record.  I am sure you will dig it.

Jimbo & Roscoe at the White Water Tavern in Little Rock, AR

Jimbo & Roscoe at the White Water Tavern in Little Rock, AR

In the Studio: The 2nd Esquela record which was recorded up in Bovina, NY and mixed at Evies is ready for mastering.  Ambel is in the final mix stage of the upcoming Los Dudes “Hipster Retirement Home”, Karen Hudson‘s “Sonic Bloom” and a record for Ellen Foley.

Plenty of guitar gigs coming up with Chris Berardo & The DesBerardos and also the Mark McKay Band.  Keep an eye on the Gigs page for the latest.

Jimbo Mathus & the Tri-State Coalition: In the Garden