He's back... 

Sandman, having been sequestered for a year or so, has recently returned to the land of the living, and to this virtual world We needn't go into detail. There have been troubles, mostly behind us now. We'll leave it at that The big news, I suppose, is that Sandman goes solo these days - a year of sitting alone at home fostered a different approach, and brought about a newfound comfort with with solo performance. One reason for the website absence is a crashed computer, and neither the resources nor the…

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Long Time... 

Yes, it has been a long time since I sat down to compose an entry here. Where to start ONE DOOR CLOSES At the last writing, Sandman had just ended a five (or 6)-year long stint with the Rivergods, due to an overload of personal commitments, with a determination to complete a solo record (or, at least get working on it). Things progressed according to this plan for a month or so. Gigs were sparse, due to holidays and various band members having their own personal commitments. Sman had been "sitting…

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HB&HB;ISLAND ADVENTURE 

If it's October, it must be Martha's Vineyard This was our fourth consecutive year playing at the infamous Ritz, by all accounts the rowdiest place on the island. We always have a blast. Most of the summer folks are gone. It's a great time for a weekend visit, so the ferries are nearly full, and the towns lively with souvenir-shoppers looking for an end-of-season bargain. The weather was gorgeous, breezy and autumnal, crystal-clear and cloudless We all arrived late Friday afternoon. Preston got there…

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A-FEST 3 

Well, summer's wound down again. Last weekend we enjoyed the last hurrah of the season, the 3rd annual Americana Festival at the always-wonderful Hygienic Art Park. Those of you who made it know there were a few great out-of-town acts this year, giving the event a little more of a "big-time" feel. Mostly, for me, this remains a celebration of the wealth of "local" talent, of which I'm proud to be a part I had fun in my role as a member of three bands. The Hoolios set started a bit shaky, owing to the…

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13 SANTAS... 

That's right. In Iceland, they have 13 Santas. I learned this tidbit yesterday, while preparing for a commercial shoot in Manhattan. I say "preparing" - let me define, refine, and further explain Last Tuesday morning, I got an email from my friend Todd (he not only plays fiddle and sings a mean "high lonesome" tenor in the band Hellbent & Heartbreakin' - he's also an actor). He forwarded a "casting call" from an agency looking for a lap-steel guitar player, the client being Icelandic Air. Todd…

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Old Days 

I recently stumbled on a name I recognized from my past. Actually, it's the daughter of someone I remember. I browsed her photo page, and found a picture of her with her father, so I got in touch. We exchanged a few notes. I didn't really remember her - she's a few years younger than I, and in high school, that can be a big gap. Seeing her name, though, had stirred a memory; In the summer after I graduated h.s., her father had opened a coffeehouse in a nearby town (compared to my little backwoods town, it…

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Traveling Zydeco Circus 

So, we had this gig booked. It was nebulous from the start. We knew the Hoolios would play, and Roadside Attractions (basically, adapted for Zydeco, with some additional players). As the date drew closer, bits of info trickled in, and it became obvious this was going to be one of those "just let it unfold" kind of gigs. It all started coming into focus during the last few days leading up to it, and we all had a pretty good feeling about it. Then, at the eleventh hour, news came that we couldn't do it at…

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Inspiration... 

... comes from out there and within. I've come to look for it. I'm hungry for it. It's a need I have. I expect to be awakened, surprised, delighted, disappointed, and sometimes shook up by life - the life going on in my house, my town, down the road, around the world, and across the universe If you've visited my little space here with any regularity, you may recall my previous musings on this particular time of year. In short, it is usually my most creative season. Forced by nature to spend a good…

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2K10 

It's been a while. The holidays have been filled with the usual festivities, punctuated by the occasional stress-test. Not a lot of gigs over the past month, but those that were fell on the festive side of the scale. New Years Eve was a quiet affair, with a little jammin' with friends, home before midnight, and in bed watching "The Thin Man" by 12:30. Nearly perfect Last night the R'gods played at the Bean & Leaf - first gig of the new year. If the rest of the year goes like this, we have some fun…

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That's Showbiz... 

As the holiday season approaches, we who entertain are often faced with hard choices. The happy obligations of family and the (often) similarly happy obligations of work are sometimes at odds. This is always a factor, but the consequences seem more immediate from Thanksgiving to New Years Case in point: Last year I had a gig on Christmas Eve - a party for the staff and regular, faithful patrons of a watering hole where one of my bandmates frequently relaxes. I had my family's blessing to do the gig,…

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