One Last Summer Show

I just finished buying what seemed like a million dollars worth of school supplies for my three kids – Freshman, 5th grade and 1st grade. I’m not quite ready for summer to end, so please join us this Saturday, 8/26, for our last show of the summer at Skokie’s Backlot Bash. Besides a lot of great music, there will be rides and food and even a car show! Details are here.

In the Can

Over Memorial Day weekend, we went to Columbia, Missouri’s Centro Cellar Studio to record a new album. And after a couple very long days, the new album is in the can. Katie, Doug, Christian and Jad were all on hand, along with producer, David Cover and engineer, Wil Reeves. There’s no official release date yet – it’ll be late this fall or in the first quarter of 2018, but I’m excited about this one. Thank you to all our friends who made it out to The Hideout the weekend before to listen to a preview show. And thanks for all the encouraging (and constructive) feedback!

Keep on the Sunny Side of Life

There are still a few tickets available for the John McEuen and friends show on January 28 at The Old Town School of Folk Music, and I’m getting more excited as it approaches. Mr. McEuen has given a few more details about what we’ll be doing, and I have several cameo appearances, including singing Mother Maybelle Carter’s Keep on the Sunny Side of Life. And, of course, Will the Circle Be Unbroken will make it into the set. The only other time I’ve ever done that song on a stage was a few years back when I opened for the lovely Carlene Carter. She was kind enough to ask me up during her encore to take a verse…and if any of you were there, you may remember my frenetic running back and forth across the stage trying to figure out whose mic to sing from. Apparently, I become quite nervous in the presence of musicians I grew up trying to emulate. I’m going to hold it together, though. And I hope to see many of you there!

Not the Jet Set

I’ve been thinking about Missouri today and thought I’d share this old video from The Hideout a couple years ago which mentions good ole Festus, Missouri. I sort of always wished I wrote that song (Bobby Braddock did). However, I have written some other songs. And I’ll be playing them this Sunday, 10/16 at 7pm at Wishbone North (3300 N Lincoln Ave) in a songwriter’s showcase with Sue Fink and Ryan M Brewer. Come and join us!

Late Night Benediction at the Y’all Come Back Saloon

Alright, Missouri! Doug, Katie, Christian, Jad and myself are packing up the minivans and headed to Lake of the Ozarks. We have a show tomorrow, September 23 at the Shawnee Bluff Vineyard in Eldon supporting the Oak Ridge Boys. We take the stage at 7pm and the Oak Ridge Boys will perform at 8pm. If you still need a ticket, you can get them here. Even before I could spell my own name, I knew the words to “Y’all Come Back Saloon”. I still love everything about that song – the mysterious man known only as “Cowboy”, the tambourine with the silver jingle, the idea of a late night benediction in a bar….and I can’t wait to hear the Oak Ridge Boys sing it. We’ll be in St. Louis the next night at a secret backyard show that you’re all invited to. If you need to RSVP to that one and get the exact address, you can email me at and I’ll get you the information. Looking forward to seeing you in the Show-Me-State!