The first half of 2015 flew by as Rich and I got our recording studio and music education space Acme Hall Studios up and running. During off hours, we’ve been recording our new album. The arrangements for this next release build on the sound we’ve created touring as a live duo over the past few years. With the guitars as the driving force, our approach is more intimate and acoustic. We are so excited to be welcoming in special guest musicians Spencer Cohen, Serena Jost, Greta Gertler Gold, Emily Hurst, Dan Shuman, Deidre Struck, Karen Dahlstrom, Lucy Wainwright Roche, and many more, to add layers of harmony voices, upright bass, cello, and percussion to the record.
The album will be released in spring 2016 with tour dates to follow. I’ll have pre-orders available in the winter. We are releasing one of the songs, “Snowing Sideways”, as a holiday single in early December. You can tell by the name that the timing will be perfect.
In other news: I had a fantastic time opening for Shawn Colvin around the northeast in April. Just as spring was springing, we got to get back on the road and see trees blooming. We played to wonderful audiences of dedicated music listeners and worked out many new songs including our cover of “Heatwave” by The Blue Nile, which will be on the new record.
On July 4, I had the honor of singing with a small choir at the one and only Nathan’s Hot Dog Eating Contest in Coney Island. I don’t think I have ever experience an event that embodied Brooklyn as much as this one. It was awesome to be a part of it. In case you’re wondering, Joey Chestnut ended his 8 year winning streak by being beaten by a newcomer who ate 62 hot dogs in 10 minutes.
Thanks and enjoy these (hot) dog days of summer!