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I'm a bassist, producer, music supervisor, and platinum-selling songwriter who has recorded and/or performed with Tom Jones, Emmylou Harris, Indigo Girls, Dave Matthews, Collective Soul, Daniel Lanois, Patty Griffin, Ben Folds, Guy Clark, Tiffany, Lucinda Williams, Robert Plant, Donovan, Steve Martin, Pete Seeger, The Fairfield Four, Gillian Welch, Lyle Lovett, Iris Dement, Arlo Guthrie, Leo Kottke, The Civil Wars, Steve Earle, Elvis Costello, Suzy Bogguss, Brendan Benson, The McGarrigles, Solomon BurkeThe McCrary Sisters, Shawn Colvin, Buddy Miller, and many others. After sessions and before shows I can be found on a hiking trail or at the climbing gym.

News

"Mockingbird Lane" nominated for UK Album Of The Year 

SO PROUD of Danni Nicholls for the 2016 UK Album Of The Year nomination of "Mockingbird Lane", recorded right here in East Nashville! Many thanks to Stephen Leiweke, Bryan Owings, Will Kimbrough, Ralph T. Lofton, Billy Livsey, Pete Lanctot, Phil Madeira, Sam Ashworth, Brandy Zdan, Amy Stroup, Rebekah Powell, Steve O'Brien, Tommy Reilly, Alex McCullough, and Laura Donohue for their talents, and to The Americana Music Association UK for the support!

Merripennie EP RELEASED 

My dear friends Eleonore Denig, Jordan Brooke Hamlin, Cindy Morgan Brouwer, Stephen Leiweke, and myself have been storing this little project in the cellar for some time and have now decided that it's reached its peak of flavor! It pairs particularly well with a loved one. (;


You can purchase the Merripennie EP on Amazon, iTunes, etc.  Here's a video for the song "Trouble Magnet":
 


 

Danni Nicholls' BBC feature by "Whispering" Bob Harris 

Offering most sincere gratitude to Whispering Bob Harris for his spin (at 1:37:15) of "Long Road Home" by my buddy and collaborator Danni Nicholls, and for his generous support of her new "Mockingbird Lane" album which we recorded almost exactly one year ago right here in East Nashville!  You can hear the rest of Danni's new tunes here.

Aguilar Amp video 

My friends at Aguilar Amplification hosted me at The Artist Loft late last summer for a brief conversation about ways I approach bass playing within the framework of "Americana" music, and about how I use the Tone Hammer amps when doubling on electric and acoustic bass.  I'm most grateful to Dave Boonshoft, Marco Passarelli, Jay Denes, and all of the team at Aguilar for their hospitality and support, and of course for their exceptional bass amplifiers and cabinets which inspire me greatly:

Iris Dement Band - live photos 

Thanks to John Taber and The Center For The Arts in Grass Valley, CA, for these beautiful photos of our gig there last weekend:

 

 
 

 

Stream BEKEN - Troubadour at Afropop Worldwide 

I'm FOREVER grateful for my family, friends, and colleagues who've listened to me talk (since 2010!) about the Haitian folksinger Beken as we created his first album for international release. It's truly hard to believe that Troubadour will finally be released on Thirty Tigers this Monday, May 4.

And I'm ALSO grateful today for Afropop Worldwide, who has just presented the inaugural stream of the album which they describe as "fantastic" and "a warmly powerful work that presents Beken’s voice and guitar to a brand new audience."

Thank you for sharing this link and helping bring attention to this remarkably talented and resilient singer/composer/poet:

BEKEN album releases May 4 on Thirty Tigers Music 

After a long period of waiting and watching, I couldn't be more delighted to finally be able to announce the public release of the Beken project on Thirty Tigers Music!!

BEKEN - Troubadour releases on May 4, but The Utne Reader has just released a preview of the "Kote'w Te Ye (Where Have You Been)" track with accompanying English lyrics on its website.

To all my friends who worked long and hard to see this project come to fruition - I am very much in your debt and offer my most sincere thanks on behalf of all of our team in Haiti.

Felisitasyon, maestro!

Boulder Creek Acoustic Bass review  

Bass Musician Magazine just ran a review of the Boulder Creek EBR acoustic/electric bass I've been using and loving for the last six months.  Based on AEBs I've played in the past I hadn't felt any urgency to own one myself, but this one was too good to pass up for all the reasons I gave to the reviewer.  I use the 4-string model with D'addario XL Chrome flatwound strings for extra warmth and wooliness.  Here's the bass in action during a Tom Jones performance at the Bridge School Benefit Concert from last October:



 

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