Hello from a thankfully air-conditioned and relatively mosquito-free room! May this find you well. I’m fair to middlin’, myself. Working on some new songs, playing guitars, plotting and scheming for a better year in 2022. This one is better than the last, no doubt, but seeing festivals get shut down again and more people getting sick has been hard to take. Though I feel very glad to be alive and well, the combination of the climate crisis along with the extreme politicization of the pandemic has given me a fairly dim view of the future. So, I take my solace where I can find it–in an accidental new chord on the guitar, in the daily garden harvest, in the endorphin-inducing ping that my morning walk/run provides every other day. The band and I had a great time playing the 5 Spot, our neighborhood joint, recently. Here’s hoping that with proper precautions and rules in place that we all can continue to enjoy live music IRL.
My friend Otis Gibbs came by the house and interviewed me recently; it was great to see him, and sit down and tell some stories. You can see the first installment on his YouTube channel, where I talk about the recording of a song Gwil Owen and I wrote, Deuce and a Quarter, by Scotty Moore, D.J. Fontana, Keith Richards, Levon Helm and others:
There’s at least one little part of the story that I’ve never talked about before. Check it out, if you haven’t already. And yeah, I suppose it’s the ongoing pandemic state-of-mind that makes me come off a bit like a shut-in who hasn’t had a visitor in a while:). I had fun. And no, I don’t read the comments. I’m a sensitive critter and seeing even 14 “thumbs down” (as of today) was plenty enough negativity for me. And leave it to me to focus on the negative, though the positive far exceeds it! There’ll be a few more excerpts posted soon. Thanks again to Otis for doing such a great job on this.
Save the Date: I’m back on the road! Well, in my dining room, at least. Yes, I’m returning to StageIt for a solo livestream on Sunday, September 12, 3pm CST. Here’s the ticket link:
I’ll be playing some new songs I’m working on, as well as songs from the back catalog. Feel free to send in a request! I’ll play the top 2 or 3 songs that get the most votes. Email your asks to: email@example.com.
Thanks to those of you who responded to the recent survey about what you’d like to see/hear next from me. I’ll probably be asking more specific questions via social media in the near future, and your input is very much appreciated. In case you need ’em, here are some innerweb addresses for you to follow to hear about all things KG:
I just finished reading Milan Kundera‘s novel The Book of Laughter and Forgetting. Loved it, but like any of his books, it would take writing a book to even hint at what all is going on there. Now I’m about 60 pages into another novel, Go Went Gone by German writer Jenny Erpenbeck. Question: when you start a book do you feel compelled to finish it, though you may hear your inner voice telling you it’s not what you need to be reading right now? (Though it seems to be a fine book, no matter my thoughts about reading it.) I usually do force myself to keep going, but I’m really questioning that now.
I’ll update you in the next post about some exciting new projects being developed for next year.
Thanks, as ever, for your support–I hope to see you in person, or at least virtually, very soon!
I must have missed the memo, again: Posting new content regularly helps to grow and maintain your audience. I can’t believe it’s been since April 23 that I’ve shown up here (though I do appear more often on other busy corners of the internet). Maybe you haven’t noticed. Maybe you’ve been busy like me, negotiating human relations in the strange new normal, while attacking the house with various implements in the ever-present effort towards “improvement.” Reading two pages from a book before falling out for the night. Reading the same two pages the next night because I was too sleepy to remember much from the first attempt.
Life is weird, but life is good. Most of the time I feel like the luckiest boy in the whole world, even if stressed out by the small stuff constantly. I’ve started running again, infrequently, and that’s good. Got a couple of songs I’m working on when the time is right and the muse decides to visit. But one thing I’ve lost in the past year of not touring is my own sense of what’s good when I’m writing. It’s a weird deal: I like to try out new songs during shows, not so much to gauge the audience’s response, but to find out how that performance made me feel about it. Also, when on the road, especially solo, I have hours of van time where I can focus, listen to work tracks and get a better sense of where I am with something. Since March of last year, it’s pretty much been me arguing with myself in the privacy of my own home. A different kind of measure, and one I trust less.
Speaking of playing in front of people, I’ll be doing some of that tomorrow night (Tuesday, June 8) here in Nashville, at the Tin Roof, as one of many guests helping my friend Chris Canterbury celebrate his birthday. If you’re in town, it’s an 8 p.m. start. Not sure when (or what) I’ll play–but I’m honored to be there and count one off with Chris, a badass songwriter who is also from my homeground of northern Louisiana.
Some other good things going on:
I wrote a song with my friend Jon Byrd called “I’ll Be Her Only One” that he recorded for his upcoming release, “Me and Paul,” a collection of duo recordings with pedal steel player Paul Niehaus, whom some of you know from his tasty work with Lambchop, Calexico, and others. You can find out more here: http://jonbyrd.com/
It’s always flattering to have someone whose music you love record a song that you had a hand in, but I’m not quite sure how to appropriately react when they make an entire album of only your songs! Julie Christensen, who on her previous album, “The Cardinal,” released a fine version of “Saint on a Chain,” will be doing just that when “Eleven By Kevin” comes out next January. Wow! I’m absolutely knocked out by this. Stay tuned for details–and find out more now, via Julie’s site: https://stonecupid.com/
Okay, there’s a wall behind me that needs patching and painting, and a yard out there in bad need of a trim. And I should pick up a guitar and figure out what I’m playing tomorrow night. I can’t wait to get on the road again, but for now I’m sure making use of the time. Hope to see you in person real soon!
Hi folks, I won’t waste any time here, as time is limited, especially right now–this coming Friday, April 23, I’ll be playing a live stream set with the full band (Joe V. McMahan, Ron Eoff, Joshua Hunt) at our beloved local joint, the 5 Spot! Get your tickets now–this will be the first live stream […]
Hi friends, This Friday, April 2, is another “Bandcamp Friday”— for any purchase made on 4/2, on my site there, Bandcamp waives their usual share of the proceeds–in an ongoing effort to help touring musicians living in a still-so-not-touring world. This time around we’ll be having a sale on in-stock t-shirts; let’s not fool around […]