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The Complete Singer-Songwriter Second EditionComing April 2016: the expanded second edition of The Complete Singer-Songwriter

New Folk Alley Session

Googling: the song you’ve been searching for

We Used to Be Birds video

JPR Band performs in the Emerging Artist Showcase at the 2015 Falcon Ridge Folk Festival (see photos)

Almost There wins the 2015 Sammy Award for Best Americana

JPR and Wendy Ramsay selected for official Quad showcase at NERFA

Interviews with Don HenleyEmmylou Harris, Norman Blake, the Milk Carton Kids, Brandi Carlile, and Elvis Costello

 

JPR Band with Colleen Kattau 2.21.16

I’m so happy to announce this Syracuse show for 2016, featuring the full JPR Band (Wendy Ramsay, Josh Dekaney, and John Dancks) along with special guest Colleen Kattau—a fantastic singer and writer of songs in both English and Spanish and a joyous spirit onstage. Colleen and I have talked for a while about doing a show together, and it’s finally happening! We’ll each play a set and mix it up with some new collaborations. Showtime is 7 pm on Sunday, February 21, at Funk ‘N Waffles Downtown in Syracuse.

For a taste of Colleen’s music, listen to this song she wrote for the Acoustic Guitar Project in 2014. And preview the JPR Band’s music here.

Buy advance tickets, and invite friends on Facebook. See you there!

2016.02.21 Funk

 

Favorite dog songs

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It seems like dogs are making more and more appearances in my songs, thanks I’m sure to the presence of Waldo (pictured) in my life. Who wouldn’t be inspired by that face? Along the way I’ve started a little collection of favorite dog songs by various artists and thought I would share it here (I included my own top dog song, “Dog for a Day,” as well). Quite a few musicians seem to have a soft spot for writing and singing about their furry friends, including Jane Siberry, Loudon Wainwright III, Fred Eaglesmith, John Cadley, Norah Jones, Tom Russell, Dolly Parton, the Monkees, John Hiatt, George Clinton, and Greg Brown.

What other songs belong here?

New duo video live at SubCat Studios

In October 2015, I performed with Wendy Ramsay in the Sub Rosa Sessions at SubCat Studios in Syracuse, New York. In this wonderful series, the musicians play right in the main recording room with an intimate audience, and everyone goes home with a limited edition CD. Here is one of the songs from that night–the title track from Almost There.

Don Henley on avoiding writer’s block

Don Henley Acoustic Guitar

I’ve learned you can be too self-critical. I know people who are so critical of what they do that they get writer’s block. So I realized that once I lightened up on myself a little bit, I actually wrote better. There’s a delicate balance between being too critical and not being critical enough, and you have to find that middle ground and then work from there.—Don Henley

From the December 2015 issue of Acoustic Guitar. Read the full interview here.

Folk Alley Session

Folk AlleyI’m a long-time fan of Folk Alley–the 24/7 online radio station as well as the videos and other features they produce in affiliation with NPR Music. So I’m honored and thrilled to have been invited recently to record a Folk Alley Session up in Saranac Lake, New York. Wendy Ramsay and I performed three songs. The full video/audio session, with an interview, is posted on the Folk Alley website.

New Googling song and video

Here it is: the song you’ve been searching for—with lyrics suggested by Google based on the first few words of each line.


I just released this video today, and the song (my first-ever single!) is also up on iTunesAmazon, Bandcamp, Spotify, etc. Please take a minute to watch, and if you like it, would you share it? I would love to see this song travel far and wide, and you can help make that happen.

Photos from Falcon Ridge

I had such a blast playing the Emerging Artist Showcase at the Falcon Ridge Folk Festival, with my bandmates Wendy Ramsay, Josh Dekaney, and John Dancks alongside so many talented musicians from all around the country. Here are some images from our main stage performance and from an informal set at the Acoustic Live tent.

P.S. This is a bit of a shot in the dark, but Wendy is trying to find contact info for a woman she met at the festival who had requested a special version of Wendy’s birthday song. If this happens to be you or you know who it is, please email Wendy.