Bassist / Composer / Producer

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One Song, Seven Questions 

Minneapolis-based blogger Joe Swift reached out recently with some questions regarding my role in the recording of Iris Dement's "Going Down To Sing In Texas".

The track was produced and engineered by Brad Jones at Alex The Great in Nashville in September 2020. The other personnel that day consisted of myself, Bryan Owings (dr), and Richard Bennett (gtr).

The post is located here on the One Song, Seven Questions blog.

Thanks for your interest, Joe!

Red Dirt Boys Debut Album 

As a brief but funky musical interlude during this pandemic, my brothers in the #reddirtboys and I humbly offer our self-titled debut album to you today on a donation basis. Visit our Bandcamp page for CDs and/or an immediate download!

PS - Happy Birthday to our dear friend and collaborator #EmmylouHarris! And thanks for singing on the album (-:



Bed-Stuy Beatdown 

Here's a sample track from the "Jazz Scramble" project I recorded a few months ago for GLOBAL GENIUS PRODUCTIONS and The License Lab. 

Brian Blade (dr) Chris Donohue (bs) Jeff Coffin (sax)

Bass Instruction/Musician Coaching 


I offer one-on-one personalized bass instruction for players of any age or ability level. Depending on the student and other variables, Skype/Face-Time sessions will be considered. Send me a PM to discuss current rates and availability.


If you're a musician new to Nashville, a music student at a university, or an active player looking to develop particular skills related to recording or live performance, I offer mentoring/coaching services to help you become a fully integrated musical artist! During these sessions we can explore: 

- Ways to establish and/or develop your unique musical identity 

- The setting of concrete, achievable goals for yourself as a working musician 

- Getting work - and keeping it 

- Building confidence on stage and in the recording studio 

- Deepening your social and intuitive skills as they relate to interacting with other musicians and creatives 

- Establishing healthy life habits that support and enhance your artistry 

I will make every effort to provide you with the condensed perspective on being a professional musician that I sought myself when I began playing professionally in 1993. Full disclosure - I learned most of my lessons the hard way. (-; 

Anthony Matula / The Blue Hour 

This project with Anthony Matula took me waaaaay out of my comfort zone and for that I love it all the more.  Visit The Blue Hour page to preview tracks, pre-order the recording, and grab a "Make Jazz, Not War" t-shirt.  Pictured below - Steve Kummer (piano), Simon Yeh (sax), and Anthony (drums). Photo by Abby Rhyne.

New 3D Headphone Monitoring by Waves  

Russ Long (en), Pat Buchanan (gtr), Jason Cheek (dr) and myself recently had the opportunity to sample the new Nx Virtual Mix Room technology by Waves Audio. Being immersed in the Nx virtual aural environment opened up striking new levels of sonic detail in our headphones and, despite our physical separation in the studio, made us all feel like we were in the same room. The rather surreal sensation of playing in the band while also hearing it from a listener's perspective definitely affected musical choices I was making as we recorded together and made for a more cohesive performance overall. Many congratulations to the Waves engineers!

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.

"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!

Upcoming Shows


w/ Emmylou Harris

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Outlaw Country Cruise #6

You’re invited to join us for the 6th voyage of The Outlaw Country Cruise! We’re sailing from Miami, Florida, February 25 – March 3, 2022 and heading to Costa Maya, Mexico and Harvest Caye, Belize on Norwegian Pearl. Join us for a no-holds-barred 6-night rumble on the high seas with legendary Outlaw Country artists and radio hosts, including Emmylou Harris & The Hot Band, Rodney Crowell, Lucinda Williams, Steve Earle & The Dukes and so many more! This will be a totally over-the-top-rope 6-night adventure for the ages, so don’t miss the boat!


w/ Emmylou Harris

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Cayamo Cruise: A Journey Through Song

Join us for the 14th edition of our annual journey through song! Take some time to look around and enjoy exploring the website--it's stocked with loads of great info to help plan your vacation.

Please let us know if you ever have any questions - we're here to help. The FAQ section is a great place to start OR feel free to contact us via email. If you would rather chat with our guest services Ninjas on the phone, please call 877-379-9175.

Get to know your fellow Cayamoans by joining us on the Cayamo community's Facebook group.

Be sure to check back for more announcements and other updates throughout the year!