Nov 072015


After a lengthy hiatus from the blogosphere, I’m getting this baby cranked back up. There’s been too much water  under the bridge since I last posted or even cared about posting. I have a whole lot on my plate and so this won’t be as regular sooner as it will be later. I know that right now the design is bare bones but that is sure to change …so stay tune to watch the evolution! This site will serve as an archive for various things I’ve done over the years and I’ll post them as I find them or think them relevant. I’ll also be posting news items that I think are worth sharing. I’ll also be writing reviews about some of the bands I’ve been hearing, some of the books I’ve been reading …yes, people do still READ …books….  and some of the videos and movies I’ve been seeing. There will inevitably be the obligatory political and social rants and then there will be a whole assortment of other items that I find of interest and wish to pass on to posterity.  In this way we’ll get to know one another.

Back last May 16th, Alamantra played a show at Head on the Door in Montgomery, Alabama. It was the only show since our gig at The End in Florence in April 2013 (with Planet Ink and the High Fidelics) and it’s been our only show since …but who knows? We may play out again and we’re pretty certain we’re going to be recording some fresh Alamantra material but, right now there are other priorities. I was joined by original members, Kenneth Shiflett and Andrew Reid. For four hours we explored the full range of the Alamantra catalog, going all the way back to our time in Every Little Flower in the early 90s through the last Alamantra release, Workingman’s Bread. We also threw in some Zeppelin riffage along with some Neil Young and Husker Du. It was a blast!

Right after that gig, Kenny and Drew came on board the new project I have been putting together with my wife, Catt and the multi-talented Jennifer Skates. It turns out the three of us can be quite the songwriting team and have been having a hoot writing this new material! The new project is called The Other Day and we take a musical trek through the land of a thousand dances. The material is more influenced by Bossa nova and Latin jazz. Even though we take a decidedly much softer tone than Alamantra, The Other Day never quite shake our psychedelic and Americana roots. It’s the kind of music that is best served at room temperature in a  Bohemian parlor or at an Austin Powers theme party. It’s really quite the potent mix of musical chemistry, if I do say so, myself ..and I DO! We love it because it’s sweet to hear and because it really makes us raise our game as musicians and performers. Back in late June we went into the studio with Bradley Timko at the helm to start recording our debut album: Night Flowers. For this, we were fortunate to have been joined by keyboardist extraordinaire: Derek Nolin, as well as that brilliant Muse that walks around Birmingham disguised as Jeff Waites, who put the finishing touches with some ‘appropriate’ Latin percussion. The Other Day finished laying down tracks to seven songs and, as I write this Bradley Timko is putting the finishing touches on the mastering. We’re planning a release date for January 14, 2016. As we’ve been working on this record we’ve been uploading the songs in their various stages of completion to our ReverbNation and Soundcoud pages. You can have a listen by clicking the player below.

Next up I’ll tell ya about some of the great music that we’ve had come through Birmingham, lately and some of the phenomenal music I’ve been finding online. Until then, Ciao!

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