When it’s a rainy day and the tour is nearing its end, it’s nice to look back at some of your favorite shows. My pedal steel player Tim Fleming joined me for a week in Tennessee for Americana Fest at the beginning of this tour and one of our shows was captured on video. Here we are performing at Liberty Arts Center. Thank you so much to Pie for inviting us to play and to the wonderful camera team!
You can still get your hands on some really cool stuff through the pre-order of my new album “Big Sky Country”. One of the things is an “acoustic bootleg” with all the songs from the album in acoustic versions, like this one called “Lullaby”.
I’m featured on The Open Stage Berlin this week.
At the end of the summer, my guitarist Marcus was visiting me here in Berlin and The Open Stage Berlin invited us to do a recording of a song. They make live videos with artists around Berlin. This was shot at Museum Insel (Museum Island). I chose one of the songs from my upcoming album “Give Me A Home”.
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Today was day three of recording vocals and guitar for the new album. The first day started out great and I finished 5 songs!!! I was convinced I’d be done recording after day two… which didn’t go so well. I had started out with the songs that I am picking on and it’s much harder to record strumming songs when you sing and play the guitar at the same time (I won’t go into details, it just is). So day two I think I got three songs done, I say “think” because I was too tired to listen through the tracks when I called it quits. So today I was going to record two more strumming songs.
The first thing that happened after I recorded for about an hour was that my microphone stand broke. I had a microphone screen mounted on the stand, and obviously that was too heavy and broke the stand right off when I tried to move it. At this point being crammed in between my bed and wardrobe with three chairs to keep a computer screen, keyboard and mouse on was starting to get on my nerves. I had to put my laptop outside the room because the fan was too loud and had cords and cables all over. So I re-arranged everything and put the computer in the wardrobe instead. This gave me a little more space. I recorded (the same song) for three more hours but just wasn’t happy with it. So finally I deleted all the tracks I had recorded and closed the shop for today. I will make a brave new attempt tomorrow. In the meantime, here’s a little video to show you my set-up.
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I had the great pleasure of being invited to do the Hamburger Küchensessions this weekend. Despite what you might think when you hear the name it has nothing to do with hamburgers. Hamburger Küchensession recipe is basic and genius, artists play a few acoustic songs in a kitchen in Hamburg, Germany.
These videos can then be viewed on youtube or their website (which you can find here!). Hundreds of artists have traveled through Jens and Claudia’s kitchen, and two compilation albums are already available for purchase and the third on is on its way.
Here is one of the songs from my session, you can find the other two we recorded here!