Keeping the Irons in the Fire

It's hard to believe we're only a little over a month into 2016. I've been all over the place, and I've already been lucky enough to work on several projects with talented musicians who are also great friends. 

I hit the ground running on New Year's Eve playing with Joelle and the Pinehurst Trio at a restaurant in Times Square. It was a crazy but very cool experience.  A week later I got back on the road with my pals HoneyHoney. We traveled down the west coast opening for one of my new favorite bands, JD McPherson. Getting to know JD and his band as we traveled from Vancouver to San Diego was a great time. The band is killing and all super sweet, and I hope to hook up with them again in the future.

When we were got to Los Angeles I finally had the opportunity to go to NAMM, something I've wanted to do for years.  I connected with a bunch of great companies that I love (more on that in the future). A highlight was meeting one of my personal heroes, Bernard "Pretty" Purdie! 

I flew from San Diego to Miami to spend the last week of January with Andy Suzuki and the Method on the Rockboat XVI. We cruised from Florida to Costa Maya Mexico then to Grand Cayman Islands. Like last year, it was an incredible experience playing for appreciative crowds, being surrounded by great music, and getting to make friends with some really talented musicians.  It wasn't easy saying goodbye to the Method and the climate, but flying west to Denver meant a reunion with HoneyHoney and headlining new venues in Colorado with a new set list. 

After a week in the mountains, I flew back home to get the semester at Williams started and meet some new students.  I can't believe it, but this is my 10th year teaching drums at Williams College!  

It's kind of crazy, but somehow this year already seems like it will be busier than 2015. In a good way! I'm back on the road now with HoneyHoney until the end of winter, and I'm looking forward to continuing to polish up the new songs we're performing over the next couple of months.  Come check us out if you can! Tour dates are on my shows page, and on HoneyHoney's website . There's nothing as good as seeing old friends while on the road, except for making new ones!  

2016's coming in hot! Honeyhoney Tour & Rockboat XVI w/ Andy Suzuki

Honeyhoney Westcoast Tour w/ JD McPherson

Jan 11  The Biltmore w/ JD McPherson - Vancouver, Canada   
Jan 12  The Showbox w/ JD McPherson - Seattle, WA   
Jan 13  Wonder Ballroom w/ JD Mcpherson - Portland, OR   
Jan 15  The Fillmore w/ JD McPherson - San Francisco, CA
Jan 16  The Rio w/ JD McPherson - Santa Cruz, CA   
Jan 17  Harlow's w/ JD Mcpherson - Sacramento, CA   
Jan 19  The Ritz w/ JD McPherson - San Jose, CA   
Jan 20 Teragram Ballroom w/ JD Mcpherson - Los Angeles, CA   
Jan 21  Alex's Bar w/ JD McPherson - Long Beach, CA  
Jan 22  Beauty Bar w/ JD McPherson - Las Vegas, NV   
Jan 23  The Belly Up w/ JD McPherson - Solana Beach, CA   

Andy Suzuki & The MethodRockboat XVI - Miami/Costa Maya Mexico/Grand Cayman Islands

Jan 26  Rockboat XVI
Jan 27  Rockboat XVI
Jan 28  Rockboat XVI
Jan 29  Rockboat XVI
Jan 30  Rockboat XVI

Honeyhoney Headlining Tour continues:

Feb 03  Ivywild School - Colorado Springs, CO   
Feb 04  Bluebird Theater - Denver, CO   
Feb 05  Sherbino - Durango, CO   
Feb 06  Taos Mesa Brewing - El Prado, NM   
Feb 11  River Road Ice House - New Braunfels, TX  
Feb 12  House of Blues Dallas - Dallas, TX   
Feb 13  House of Blues Houston - Houston, TX   
Feb 14  Spanish Moon - Baton Rouge, LA  
Feb 18  1884 Lounge - Memphis, TN   
Feb 19  Camp House - Chattanooga, TN   
Feb 20  The Grey Eagle - Asheville, NC   
Feb 21  Cats Cradle - Carrboro, NC    
Mar 02  Knitting Factory - Brooklyn, NY  
Mar 03  World Cafe - Philadelphia, PA    
Mar 04  The Hamilton - Washington, DC  
Mar 05  Club Cafe - Pittsburgh, PA  
Mar 10  The Bishop - Bloomington, IN  
Mar 11  River Roots Music Series - Madison, IN   
Mar 12  Memorial Opera House - Valparaiso, IN   
Mar 13  Seven Steps Up - Spring Lake, MI   
Mar 16  The Ark - Ann Arbor, MI   
Mar 19  Beachland Ballroom - Cleveland, OH
Mar 20 Mountain Stage - Charleston, WV

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On the Road Again - Honeyhoney Fall Tour Dates

Sep 22nd  Vintage Wine Bar - Redding, CA
Sep 23rd  Sierra Valley Lodge - Calpine, CA
Sep 24th  Harlow's - Sacramento, CA
Sep 26th  The Federal - Long Beach, CA
Sep 27th  Adams Ave Street Festival - San Diego, CA
Sep 30th  Coconino Center For The Arts - Flagstaff, AZ
Oct 1st  Skylight - Santa Fe, NM
Oct 2nd  Cactus Theatre - Lubbock, TX
Oct 3rd  Club Dada - Dallas, TX     
Oct 6th  Scoot Inn - Austin, TX
Oct 7th  Grand Opera House - Crowley, LA
Oct 8th  One Eyed Jack's - New Orleans, LA
Oct 9th  John Emerald Brewery - Opelika, AL
Oct 10th  Red Clay Theatre - Duluth, GA
Oct 11th  Third & Lindsley - Nashville, TN
Oct 15th  The Ballroom at Taft Theatre - Cincinnati, OH
Oct 16th  Hi-Fi - Indianapolis, IN
Oct 17th  Harvest Party @ Founders - Grand Rapids, MI
Nov 4th  Bluebird - Bloomington, IN
Nov-5th Limelight - Peoria, IL
Nov 6th Turner - Milwaukee, WI
Nov 7th  St Andrews - Detroit, MI
Nov 10th Iron Works - Buffalo, NY
Nov 11th The Drake Hotel - Toronto, ON
Nov 13th Colby College - Waterville, ME
Nov 14th Billsville House Concert - Manchester Center, VT

more to come...

Good things happening in Pittsfield! Whiskey Treaty Roadshow Live CD/DVD

For those of you who don't know, The Whiskey Treaty Roadshow is like the Captain Planet of folksy roots-rock music. Five individuals with each their own unique and powerful singing and songwriting gifts: Blues, Bluegrass, Folk, Rock, and of course, Heart.  And when their powers combine...  

Anyway, these guys are the shit and have a lot of energy, soul and great songs to share. Last Monday I was lucky to join them (Billy Keane, Tory Hanna, David Tanklefsky, Greg Smith, Chris Merenda along with bassist extraordinaire Andy Wrba) in recording a live CD/DVD as part of the "Shire City Sessions," a new this year Pittsfield concert series that will hopefully be around for many years to come.  Check back for some clips soon.

Also thanks to Hudson Whiskey for providing arguably the most important part of any Whiskey Treaty Roadshow performance:  the whiskey!  And to the Novel Ideas for opening the show - they are awesome!

Photo: Michael J. Valenti

Honeyhoney Summer US Tour 2015: A Retrospective.

I'm looking back on this Honeyhoney tour and I'm glad we made these videos cause it's all a blur at this point. Weeks on the road? 12. Show's played? 45. Bison seen? 1. Visits to Denver? 3. Denver Omelets? At least 30. Miles driven?  About 1.3 million by my estimate.  It was crazy and a lot of fun. If you missed it, no worries: We're hitting the road again this fall.  Check us out!

Honeyhoney is going HAM!

This is a big year for Honeyhoney and I'm psyched to be a part of it.  Their long awaited third album is coming out this May on Rounder Records and we're hitting the road in a big way to support it this spring and summer.  I'm especially looking forward to a hometown show at one of my favorite NYC venues, Bowery Ballroom on June 15th as well as dates throughout New England in mid June.  Come get yourself some sweet Honeyhoney!  Dayum dayum daaayum!!

APR 14th  George's Majestic Lounge - Fayetteville, AR 
APR 15th  Proud Larry's - Oxford, MS
APR 16th  Greetings From Levy Park Series - Crowley, LA
APR 17th  The Nick - Birmingham, AL
APR 18th  Earth Day Festival - Nashville, TN
MAY 23rd Meadowgrass Festival - Colorado Springs, CO
MAY 24th Campout for the Cause - Bond, CO
MAY 29th  Soda Bar - San Diego, CA
MAY 30th  Valley Bar - Phoenix, AZ
MAY 31st  Santa Fe Railyard - Santa Fe, NM
JUN 2nd  Bluebird Theater - Denver, CO
JUN 4th  Bottleneck - Lawrence, KS
JUN 5th  Wakarusa - Ozark, AR
JUN 6th  Crossroads KC - Kansas City, MO
JUN 7th  Old Rock House - St. Louis, MO
JUN 9th  7th St. Entry - Minneapolis, MN
JUN 10th  High Noon Saloon - Madison, WI
JUN 11th  Lincoln Hall - Chicago, IL
JUN 12th  Woodlands Tavern - Columbus, OH
JUN 13th  Music Box Supper Club - Cleveland, OH
JUN 15th  Bowery Ballroom - New York, NY
JUN 16th  Iron Horse Music Hall - Northampton, MA
JUN 17th  Sinclair - Cambridge, MA
JUN 18th  Higher Ground - South Burlington, VT
JUN 19th  The Ballroom At The Outer Space - Hamden, CT
JUN 23rd  World Cafe Live - Philadelphia, PA
JUN 24th  Thunderbird - Pittsburgh, PA
JUN 25th  Hamilton - Washington DC
JUN 26th  The Southern - Charlottesville, VA
JUL 3rd  High Sierra Festival - Quincy, CA
JUL 1st  El Rey Theater - Los Angeles, CA
JUL 7th  The Independent - San Francisco, CA
JUL 9th  Doug Fir Lounge - Portland, OR
JUL 10th  Tractor Tavern - Seattle, WA
JUL 11th  Electric Owl - Vancouver, BC
JUL 13th  Top Hat - Missoula, MT
JUL 16th  Reverb Lounge - Omaha, NE
JUL 17th  The Mill - Iowa City, IA
JUL 18th  Riversong Music Festival - Hutchinson, MN
JUL 22nd Egyptian Theater - Boise, ID
JUL 23rd OK Theater - Enterprise, OR
JUL 24th Top Hat Lounge - Missoula, MT
JUL 25th  Live From the Devide - Bozeman, MT
JUL 26th Babcock Theater - Billings, MT
JUL 28th State Room - Salt Lake City, UT
JUL 30th Belly Up Aspen - Aspen, CO
JUL 31st Dillon Amphitheatre - Dillon, CO
AUG 1st Mishawaka Amphitheatre - Bellvue, CO
AUG 2nd Ivywild Music - Colorado Springs, CO
AUG 5th AAA Radio Convention - Boulder, CO 

Check here for more info.

Rockboat XV with Andy Suzuki & The Method

While NYC was being repeatedly covered in snow this January, I was cruising from Miami to Mexico on a floating rock music festival with Andy Suzuki & The Method.  I'd never been on a cruise and had no idea what to expect, and aside from the literal rocking of the boat, the RockboatXV was pretty much awesome on all counts.  There were a ton of great bands playing constantly at at least 7 venues and a whole family of Rockboaters who love and support the artists and each other year after year.  Sixthman and Sister Hazel do a great job curating such a unique and inspiring experience.  A big thanks to all the Rockboaters for accepting Andy Suzuki & The Method into the Rock Boat Family. I hope we see you again on Rockboat XVI!

It's 2015. Happy New Year!

The second half of 2014 seemed to fly by and now I'm writing a "happy new year" post and January is already almost over.  I'm just trying to keep up!  I played a lot of great shows last year and saw a lot of the projects I'm a part of progress in really exciting ways.  I love the energy the new year brings and am always eager to get back to work after the holidays.  Hopefully this will include some quality "me time" in the practice room.  I'm starting this year with a lot of irons in the fire: 

Honeyhoney is releasing a new album in the spring on Rounder Records and will be hitting the road this summer in support, including some summer festivals.  Andy Suzuki & the Method will be starting off aboard "The Rock Boat XV" next week, cruising from Miami to Cozumel Mexico with over 40 other bands and a literal boatload of fans.  Horizon Bell is a new band off to a good start with a bunch of shows in NYC + some fresh new tunes that we'll be recording in the next couple months.   I'll be playing at Birdland and Rockefeller Center with Joelle Lurie this February.  

I've recently reunited with my western MA homeboy and 7-string guitarist extraordinaire Jason Ennis and along with bassist Michael O'Brien, we've vowed to make 2015 "the year of Trio Jota Sete!"  We play a mix of traditional and contemporary Brazilian arrangements, jazz, and Jason's originals, which incorporate a little of each.  Looking forward to see where we take it!  

So many more to mention, but I'll leave it at that for now.  Check out where I'm playing and come hear some live music.  See you soon!

Andy Suzuki mini-tour this November!

After being on tour with Marc Broussard this Sep/Oct, Andy Suzuki is back on the road this November with an east coast mini-tour.  

NOV 7th - Choate Rosemary Hall - Wallingford CT
NOV 9th - Church of Boston - Boston MA
NOV 11th - Rockwood Music Hall Stage 2 - NYC
NOV 12th - Tin Angel - Philladelphia PA
NOV 13th - Ebeneezer's Coffee House - Washington DC

Come out!  Click here for more info. 

Honeyhoney on tour this October in CO, NM, TX, AZ, CA!

Honeyhoney is back on the road this October:

OCT 16th  Belly Up - Aspen, CO
OCT 17th  Larimer Lounge - Denver, CO
OCT 19th  Vilar Performing Arts Center - Beaver Creek, CO
OCT 20th Low Spirits - Albuquerque, NM
OCT 22nd House of Blues - Dallas, TX
OCT 23rd Live Oaks Ballroom and Bar - Monroe, LA
OCT 24th Continental Club - Houston, TX
OCT 25th Farm Aid - McKinney, TX
OCT 26th Uncle Billy's Brewery & BBQ -Austin, TX
OCT 28th Skylight - Santa Fe, NM
OCT 29th Orpheum Theatre - Flagstaff, AZ
OCT 30th Winston's - San Diego, CA
NOV 1st  Bootleg Theater - Los Angeles, CA

Come say hello!
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New Releases 2014!

Check out these 2014 releases from a few great projects I'm proud to be a part of:

Matt Kanelos "Love Hello"

Recorded between 2011 and 2014, this album is a beautiful collection of songs and sonic images.  Check out this review and buy it here.

Joelle Lurie "Take Me There" 

This is a great album of reimagined jazz standards, pop songs, and original compositions tied together by arranger and producer Ben Gallina's musical vision and Joelle's strong and versatile voice.  Check out  CD release show in NYC September 29th 2014 and listen here.

The Tickety Boos "The Tickety Boos"

John Eichleay's third record comes in the raw and rocking form of "The Tickety Boos".   Gritty surf rock love songs and a sentimental ballad to top it off.  Come to The Tickety Boos CD release show in NYC Friday September 12th 2014.


New Honeyhoney tour dates this August!

Honeyhoney can't get enough midwest!  After a fun and successful tour this June, we're going back out for another lap through the heartland.  We're modest, hard working people too, so come hang out with us at a show:

August 6th - The Grey Eagle - Ashville, NC
August 7th - Melting Pot - Athens, GA
August 9th - Souther Revelry - Opelika, AL
August 10th - Nashville Sunday Night - Nashville, TN
August 11th - Willie's Locally Known - Lexington, KY
August 13th - Subterranean - Chicago, IL
August 14th - SPACE Studio - Evanston, IL
August 15th - Music Box Supper Club - Cleveland OH
August 16th - Bacon, Blues & Brews Festival - Batesville, IN

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Playing w/ The Barefoot Truth at Gathering of the Vibes! 8/2/14

9/9/14 update - Check out pictures from this show here.

I'll be joining my friends "The Barefoot Truth" at Gathering of the Vibes!  Seaside Park in Bridgeport CT Aug 2nd 2014 - 2:30pm on the Green Vibe Stage.  Stick around for Widespread Panic, Dumpstaphunk, Disco Biscuits w/ Mickey Hart and Bill Kreutzmann, Karl Denson's Tiny Universe (with my man Max MacVeetey on drums!).  Also John Fogerty Friday night!  I'm psyched to be a part of a great weekend of music!

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Check out "Dem' Sticks"

Thanks to Dave Demming for hooking me up with some of his hand made "Dem' Sticks."  These are fantastic rods great for achieving lower volume and a soft texture without sacrificing the tone of the drums.  These are very durable too (not one of the bamboo rods has broken in over two months) and they've even been breaking in nicely as I play them and feeling better each time.  These are quality sticks at a great price.  Check it out!

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They're part of the arsenal - w/ Andy Suzuki @ Serendipity Festival - Cloverdale IN 

Dem' Sticks

Honeyhoney Tour this June!

I'll be going out on the road w/ Honeyhoney this June.  Come check out a show and say hi if you're around.  Here are the dates:

June 15 - Summer Breeze Series - Norman, OK
June 16 - Czar - Kansas City, MO
June 17 - Demo - St. Louis, MO
June 18 - The Mill - Iowa City, IA
June 20 - 7th Street Entry - Minneapolis, MN
June 24 - Radio Radio - Indianapolis, IN
June 25 - Southgate House Revival - Sanctuary - Newport, KY
June 26 - Zanzabar - Louisville, KY
June 27 - Masquerade - Atlanta, GA
June 28 - Musicians Corner Series - Nashville, TN