May this find you well and safe; may we all find our way out of the madness that has been very much collectively ours in 2020. I’m looking forward to the holidays, such as they will be. But like every year, I still feel the same quickening pace–the increasingly vertical virtual slide down to December 25 and beyond. I hope your holidays and holiday preps are going well.
The mailroom here at KG Central is still open–same-day shipping on any merch, til the 19th. Consult with the the P.O., et al. to see what sort of shipping method you’ll need to get something to its destination on time. (Email us here at firstname.lastname@example.org if we need to huddle up on that–) And don’t forget those download possibilities–did ya know I put out a little record this year? An archival piece called Down to the Well: Solo Demos Unearthed, available only on Bandcamp.
I’ve told the story before, but the short version is: Before we went in to make what would become the Down to the Well album in late 1999, I made a group of informal solo recordings here at home, to test out arrangements, etc. Kind of a way to hold the record in your hands (ears) before you’ve made the thing. I found these some time ago, lurking on a cassette, and the audio quality was surprisingly good. Transferred them to digital, then had the amazing Alex McCollough at True East Mastering work his magic. A download-only release, it also comes with a PDF booklet with lyrics, photos, etc. Check it out on my Bandcamp site:
There are some other rare recordings there for your listening/gifting pleasure as well.
Thanks to all who tuned in on Stageit the other night for the annual Tom Waits tribute and Second Harvest fundraiser, Get Behind the Mule. Thanks to the band–my extremely talented friends Ron Eoff, Joshua Hunt, and Joe V. McMahan.
It was a quick live delivery of two songs, made fun, safe, and smooth by organizer Mary Sack and The 5 Spot technical crew. One of the very finest photographers around, John Partipilo, was there to catch the action, and take some cool portraits of everyone who played. Just spending an hour in that venue playing, even without a public audience, gave me a good indication of how absolutely great it’s going to feel to play and listen to live music again in a room with other people. There should be YouTube links being posted in the next few days, so that you can see the performances if you missed the initial streaming shindig on Dec. 12.
Better days are coming, folks. In the meantime, let’s play it safe out there.