Standing at Crossroads (Cafe)

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Dave and I did a set at Crossroads tonight, opening for Staygold and the Ponyboys (a.k.a. our friends Ben and Bjorn). Second night in a row I’ve started off confident and then consistently fucked things up (mostly musical micro-aggressions conflated by monitoring struggles – all of my own doing). Still, playing with Dave is always fun, at least for me. Not making assumptions about the audience. The highlight was actually the two songs we did as a quartet (as Texas Headphones) between our two sets; Wayfaring Stranger and Willie Nelson’s Nightlife. I think we may need to explore the potential of this group. The other highlight for me was getting a few Super Ego + (the stompbox) ideas from Ben.

Texas Headphones.


Bardela meets Robot Dog

Had an amazingly fun time recording an in-studio performance with Bardela for the Burlington Music segment of Tim Lewis’s WBKM radio show. Cranked out 4 songs and some banter between. Tim is a great champion for local music (and has really similar tastes to mine – example: he plays at least one Fish song each week and we kept referencing the Genesis track (well, album side) Supper’s Ready. Things went pretty smoothly, tho’ fumbly-fingers, yours truly did drop the ball a couple times but recovered quickly if not gracefully. Just have to remember – make sure you can hear your instrument at all times and DO A VOCAL WARM-UP!

The session was done at Robot Dog studio, and it was a blast. Everybody was in a good mood, and a huge part of that is attributable to Tim’s supportive environment and (engineer/owner/mastermind) Ryan’s demeanor and efficiency. Robot the dog was also helpful in keeping the vibe relaxed. I think he’s my spirit animal.


Mixing at Lovetown

Started mixing the first couple of songs for Dark and Getting Darker, the forthcoming Radio Underground album.  I am hoping we will be able to release a tune or two as a digital pre-sale incentive.  More on that plan as it formulates.







Bennett demonstrates how the hat is the most important accessory for mixing sessions.


Arty and Mark

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So, as the year winds down, gigs get more sparse ’round here (“here” being the greater Burlington/Winooski area) allowing for some housekeeping and re-organizing.  In the process I unearthed (or whatever the digital version of that is) the mix-downs of the abandoned “Marty” project (Mark + Arty = Marty).
About 12 years ago as the John Tower Group was slowly dissolving Arty booked some studio time to track some of the songs he’d been writing and he asked if I wanted to be involved.  After about 4 seconds of consideration I said yes, but offered to play guitar as I had been more focused on that instrument at the time.  So we assembled one our favorite rhythm sections, Mike Scott on bass and Zack LaVigne on drums and invited Mike Colbourn along to throw down an additional guitar solo or two. We worked intermittently throughout the Summer and Fall at Egan Media in Colchester, one of the most state of the art recording studios in Vermont that isn’t built into an Anastasio outbuilding, with Aaron Flinn and Rob O’Dea engineering.  The session went pretty smoothly and I even got to stretch out on piano and resonator on a track or two.  Got some mixes we were happy with and then…

… nothing. For 12 years.

So, upon revisiting the completed mixes we discovered we were really happy with them.  I was startled to discover I really liked a lot of my playing on them.  They also captured some songs in their infancy that had since evolved and become regulars in the Radio Underground cannon.  After pondering it, we decided to release the album as a sort of archival release/fundraiser for the Radio Underground album we are currently tracking. We both agreed that as funny as it seemed to us, as an album title, Marty sucked. We decided to call it Tomorrowland after one of the songs in that batch o’ tunes. Now you, dear reader, can own this chunk o’ Vermont rock history for as little as… well actually you can have it for free if you want.  Head on over to our Bandcamp page and pay as little (or as much) as you want.  Really, our top motivation is sharing these songs with you so don’t feel any pressure/guilt.  Just rock on. If you find you like the album, share it with a friend (or a hundred friends – I don’t know how popular you are!) and let us know what you think.

And as always, thanks for listening.


RU recording



Radio Underground have been working on basics at Lovetown in Middlesex, VT with Bennett Shapiro handling the engineering.  Arty and I had such a good experience tracking the Bardela EP that this choice was a no-brainer.  So far, things are going pretty smothly.  In an effort to keep things focused and moving forward, I am limiting the number of guitars I bring on any given day.  So far the Rickenbacker 12-string and the Burny LP have been the heavy-hitters with the Frankentele and Gretsch baritone making brief but fiery appearances.


Adult Recess

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Did our first dudo gig at Recess for adults otherwise known as “Peterson Quality Malt presents a day of big stupid fun. Vermont Beer, Vermont Music, Vermont Food, Vermont Games.”  Had an absolute blast tho’ I am still not sure what a “Vermont game” is.  Dodge-the-idiot-flatlander-on-a-bike?


Dave G and me at Recess:



Dave and I went on the afternoon show The Getaway on WDEV to play a couple songs and plug the upcoming Adult Recess gig.  Click the image to listen.


Bardela Review

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The Stone Document Continues Moving Forward

Pressing forward, ever onward!  I think the mixing is just about done but I am still not sure what to make of this new recording.  It’s a departure for sure, but whether it is just an experiment or a new direction remains to be seen.



Awoke to a Facebook post from Louise Holdsworth that her father, guitarist-extraordinaire and hero of my youth (and beyond), passed away yesterday.  I am without any other words than these: go listen, now.



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