Here’s the playlist that got me through the year. Hopefully it adds the appropriate ambience for what follows
It was raining on the evening of June 27, 2014, which was a problem. The plan was to camp after the coffeehouse gig, but we stayed late to talk to a really nice mother and son who’d been at the show, and before we knew it, it was dark and wet. We were tired and had little interest in setting up a tent. Continue Reading…
I wanted to let you know about a Christmas song that I’ve released this week. It’s called “The Best You Can”, and it’s a retelling of the Nativity that highlights the aspects of the story that strike me as most beautiful. It’s currently available on iTunes, Spotify, and most other places you can hear music online.
http://open.spotify.com/track/7fuwIbfjD48TXFoYd8XWIx Continue Reading…
**UPDATE—free download is expired, but feel free to purchase the song through the retailers mentioned below.** I really like giving away music for my birthday, so right now through September 13th you can snag yourself a song! Enjoy a free download of the final track off my latest album The Optimist, “Little Spoon”, by clicking here and choosing “Download” along the left side of the page. If you like what you hear, you can purchase the album in its entirety on iTunes, Amazon, or Google Play.
Somehow I’ve gone quite a while without capturing any video of the band, which is a shame. No more! Below are three videos from a recent gig in Arnold, CA, with Josh Certo on drums, Kevin Bernido on bass, and Chris Stevens on guitar. (See, it’s not all just “guy with acoustic guitar” music!)
Tour has wrapped up, and there were many fun adventures shared, but two of my favorite were captured on video below. First, Jimbo and I played “Pick Up Your Horn” beneath the Grand Tetons. Then, we played “The Downside” about as close to a moose as you can safely be. Both videos are below, thanks to Katie Schluntz for filming (and working moose-lookout.) See you on the next tour!
I’m hitting the road on Wednesday, flying out to join Jimbo Scott on our Monster & Fools Tour. We’re hitting seven western cities, a couple for the very first time. Full venue details are over on the Shows page. See you in the world?
I sent a copy of The Optimist to Mike Dawson when it was released, hoping to receive an invite to play the California Avocado Festival as I had in years past. Imagine my surprise when he called me up and invited me to appear on his (relatively new) podcast, Front of House. I cruised down to his Burbank Bungalow and sat down for an hour of conversation and music. The podcast is in the iTunes Podcast App, search either “Front of House” or “DawsAngeles”, but you can also stream it from your browser. The songs I played are: The Lampolier, Westward, Philip Marshall Cates, Moonshine, Boulder, & Chain of Fools. Thanks to Mike for having me!
I’m over the moon to see that TheOptimist has not only broken into the rotation at KALX 90.7, UC Berkeley’s radio station, but it was #14 on last week’s charts among the fine company of Beck, Wye Oak, Broken Bells, Aloe Blacc, and St. Paul & the Broken Bones. If you’re in the Bay Area, feel free to tune in and keep your ears peeled! Oh, and by the way, their request line is 510-642-KALX. (Please don’t harass them, but who knows what effect a phone call could have? )