As I write this I am sitting in St. Germain at the fountain in front of St. Sulpice enjoying the beauty of Paris. I have been here for over a week now with my art director, Molly Tuttle, and photographer, Danielle Rubi-Dentzel, for a photo shoot, video shoot and to play some music. California folk rock is really happening in Paris right now and there are so many places to play and so many musicians all over the city. It is so fun to be here.
This last year has been packed with new developments in my music world. I worked with a great team to re-build Harrison Street Records in San Francisco and Pine Mountain Studio in Alexander Valley and they are magnificent. My band and I spent August at Pine Mountain Studio recording my latest record Messages in our new studio with our shiny new API console. Ricky Fataar, my friend and co-producer, had the vision for a new Pine Mountain Studio and my team and I made it happen. We spared no expense to make Pine Mountain Studio a dream place to make music…and then rebuilt HSR as well.
The band, Ricky Fataar, George Marinelli, Drew Zingg and Marc Levine helped bring my songs to life with their years of experience, fearlessness and talent. Chris Carmichael added lush orchestral touches with violin, viola and cello and the finished project is one that we are all very proud of. Messages will be released in December and available on iTunes, CD Baby & my website.
We will introduce the new record at our 5th annual Meals on Wheels SF Benefit Concert, at the new SF Jazz Center. We will be joined by Michael Bluestein on piano, Anton Patzner on Violin and Lewis Patzner on Cello. This is a show that sells out every year so please get your tickets early. A $20 ticket provides 4 meals for homebound seniors and a $100 ticket provides 20 meals. ‘Tis the season…
We hope to see you at the concert. Please visit MOWSF.org if you are unable to attend and see what kind of love they spread around San Francisco. If you feel inclined, please donate to mark the blessings in your life. I have been committed to helping MOWSF for over a decade and it feels good to know that so many people have been fed nutritious meals because of our concert and work.
See you in December!