Rufus & Martha Wainwright's Nashville Noel Nights 

Thanks to Tim Hibbs for this photo of last weekend's holiday celebration at the Ryman Auditorium with Emmylou Harris, Rufus Wainwright, Martha Wainwright, Loudon Wainwright III, Alison Krauss, and many others! All of these folks brought a message of peace and light much needed during this particularly strange and dark winter solstice. So thankful for them all.

Private instruction and mentoring now available 

Having had numerous inquiries about teaching and mentoring, I'm now excited to be accepting a limited number of bass students! Sessions will take place at either my home or studio (both located in East Nashville). Mentoring sessions via video chat are available as well. Visit my contact page if you're interested and #letsdothis!

"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:

Upcoming Shows

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Rufus & Martha Wainwright's Nashville Noel Nights

Ryman Auditorium, Nashville, TN


w/ Iris Dement

The Old Steeple, Ferndale, CA