It’s Here!

Monday, September 8th, 2014

It’s here!

Introducing my seventh record, Sad Songs Happily Played.

Playing live is one of my favorite things to do in the world. It’s impossible to predict how a show will go from night to night– so much of what I do depends on the energy that a crowd brings into a room. Sometimes it’s a night to remember, occasionaly it’s a night to forget, but it’s always, always, an adventure.

This is a live record– one I didn’t even know was being made until the show was over. At first, I wasn’t planning on releasing it. I figured I’d just add it to my own personal archive of shows I’ve played over the years. The more I listened, though, the more I knew we had captured a truly special night of songs and stories.

I remember scouring tape-trading message boards on the still-young internet for live bootleg recordings of some of my favorite bands, and then offereing up some of my prized recordings as trade bait when I found what I was looking for. I loved that a lot of my favorite bands actually encouraged this practice. This record is a lot like that, in many ways– it’s an honest representation of who I am as a songwriter and a performer on any given night. And so, here we are.

I hope you’ll give this record a chance. You can do so for free, in fact, by streaming a few of the songs and stories at

If you like what you hear I hope you’ll consider grabbing the set in it’s entirety, either in its physical form through my online store, or in digital form through your favorite vendor. I’ll include links to all of those options at the bottom of this email.

Press is starting to come in as well– CMT Edge just posted a short interview here, if you’re interested in reading a little more about the nuts and bolts of the project.

I’ll also be streaming a performance live from my back yard TONIGHT at 8 pm central to celebrate the release. You can pay what you’d like to view the show, and you can even request a song if you’d like. The link for this even can be found right here. I hope you’ll join me!

CD Release Shows on the horizon:

Tuesday- Roots and Branches of Americana, live on KNBT- New Braunfels, TX

Wednesday- Magnolia Motor Lounge- Fort Worth, TX

Thursday- Blaine’s Pub- San Angelo, TX

Friday- The Gage Hotel- Marathon, TX

Saturday- Pecos Flavors Winery- Roswell, NM (w. Bob Livingston)

And plenty more! Check out my upcoming tour dates here.

Here are the links to buy:

physical cd’s here and here // digital: itunes // amazon

Thanks everyone!



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