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BIG NEWS (March 11, 2013)!
Alex Bosworth launches her Kickstarter Campaign.
This is a project I am very excited and honored to be a part of. I am blessed in my life as a producer, musician and educator to be able to help people discover themselves and their art and share that with the world. I have been working on Alex's project for about a year and a half now, and we’ll be bringing it to the studio the end of May. Her Kickstarter Campaign is in progress and closes April 12th. You can check it out here. She's really decided to go for it in a big way, which costs a decent amount of money. I’m so happy for her, but I also am pretty stoked myself, as it is going to be a blast, and an education, to work with the incredible people that she has brought on board for this, and the depth, sincerity and talent she is bringing to the table. Please consider supporting this project by your donations, or just sharing it with others.
But that's not all! I have been in a whirlwind of studio projects the last couple of weeks, all of which are really good, with people that are really trying to do it right by bringing quality stuff into the world.
Brad is a really talented saxophonist and composer, and a really nice guy. We’ll be recording his debut disc at the new Axis Studio in June. He’s put together a great band, and I’ve been doing some production consulting and helping him with the pre-production demos. This is going to be a very strong modern-jazz statement when it is released.
I’m helping Bill make a record this summer. Might play on it a little, but mostly producing and helping him help himself. Bill is a powerhouse of energy and enthusiasm, and really fun to be around. He never half-does anything, so I am sure this is gonna be really good when it’s done.This will probably be the most overtly New Orleansy project I do this year.
Scott is a fine guitarist, composer and photographer. His music is a blend of Brazillian dance and pop, with some jazz and New Orleans thrown in. You should check out his band Chegadoa if you get a chance. All old friends of mine and longtime collaborators - they have a great sound as a unit. I’m helping Scott with the production of their forst record.
I’ve been helping Cindy plan out her next couple of projects, which look like they’re going to be a fairly straight ahead record with a piano trio, and probably a live Voice and Guitar record. Cindy and I have worked together a lot in the last five years; it is a very fruitful collaboration, and I think some great music has come out of it. We’re also currently building a Europe tour for the fall, and trying to flesh out a multi-mind-meld with talented cellist/singer/composer Helen Gillet. We’ve done a couple of trio things already, and there is some magic in that one!
The High Points of 2012:
- A record I worked on/co-produced with Missy Bowen and Camile Baudoin, Camile’s Old Bayou Blues, was selected for an OffBeat award for best country/folk record. A tune I co-wrote with Camile is on the record and I hear it on the radio a lot!
The Alex Bosworth recording project that I am producing is moving along quite well. Alex won a grant that will cover some of the recording costs, we’ve been playing out with different configurations of the band at Snug and fine-tuning things. The fund-raising campaign to pay for creating the disc is in the works (stay tuned to KickStarter). The band is killing, people are digging it, and it is one of those projects that reminds you how good good can be.
Cindy Scott is working on a video for our duo project, and we’ve done some great duo hits in Texas, New York, Connecticut, Germany and Kazakhstan! (Also cool band gigs in Istanbul, Germany, Texas, New Orleans, Florida...) It’s very rewarding working with Cindy, and it has been a lot of fun watching our thing develop and grow.
I had the chance this summer to tour with Alex in Europe and got to introduce her music to some of my longtime musical and personal friends in the Czech, Germany, and the Netherlands. Thanks again to Jirka, Eva, Louisa, Tim, Matthias, Maarten, Patrik and Michael for being such beautiful folks and for making things happen for me and my friends.
- Got to perform at one of the coolest places in the world, The Gallery Inn in Old San Juan, Puerto Rico. Thanks Jan D’Esopo for treating us like part of the family. Can’t wait to come back and perform for you and your guests.
One of my favorite young bands, The Session, asked me to produce their debut record. That was a very special date for me, I was psyched to help these guys get their stuff out there. The disc sounds great and should be out soon.
Had an amazing set at Jazz Fest with Cindy Scott.
Produced a record for two old friends of mine, Jason Bezou and Marci McGrath that will be coming out soon. It was an all-star cast for sure, Stanton Moore, Brent Rose, Cass Faulconer, John Gros, Eric Lucero and Mark Mullins. The CD and accompanying book should be out early in 2013.
- All of the many occasions when I got to stand on stage with musicians that are completely at the top of their game. Getting blown away by them up close and personal is one of life’s greatest pleasures.
I became a minister and performed the wedding ceremonies for 4 of my best friends! File under “Whoda Thunk!” Thanks for the honor you all, being part of your special days was a privilege I hope I deserve.
The list could go on, but perhaps the most important part of 2012 for me isn’t really stuff in the achievement category. It’s all you all that care about me and my art. The kindness and the love that I get from so many of my old and new friends as well as from my students and the people that support me by coming to the shows, booking the gigs, playing my tunes, sending me nice emails and things like that keep me going. It means a lot to me you all. Thanks so much - you know who you are!
I also need to thank the people that keep me sounding good with their fine products: Mesa Boogie, D'Addario Strings, Bryan Galloup Guitars and Robert Keeley Effects.
Stuff You Can Look Forward to in 2013:
That’s all for now,
ps: I started an email list thing a while ago, the big plan being
to send out my news and my gig list about once a month. So far I’ve
sent out exactly one mailing! I swear I will get it together eventually.
So, if you want to take the chance that one day you might get something, click these words.
If, at some point, you become terminally swamped by electronic correspondences
(which at the rate I’m going could never happen!), you can un-sign
up too, the convenient and automatic disconnect link comes with every email!
Also, you have the option of letting me know where you are, so I won't bother
you with gig notices for stuff nowhere near you.
STUFF TO CHECK OUT!!
Paul Wiltgen & The Paislies
Martin Urbach’s Free Will
Cindy Scott’s Let the Devil Take Tomorrow
Jirka Hala’s Make You Wanna Hala