Old friend Dave Heumann called the other day to see if I would be up for being part of a proposed Jerry Garcia tribute show at the Creative Alliance in Baltimore this winter. "Hell yes," I said. He gave me some potential dates and the band lineup, which I won't jinx by elaborating upon now; more on this exciting possibility when I learn it. Our conversation was cut short when a guitar student arrived at his apartment. "Are you teaching much," I asked. "Yeeeeah," he said. "Hoping to do more as this Lessonface thing gets rolling." "Lessonface?" "This online lesson thing that Ashford"--Tucker, a mutual friend,--"and his wife Claire started recently." I googled it as we wrapped up. "Yeeeeah, it seems pretty cool," he said, "Walker [Teret] is trying it too. Weeeeel, I better go teach." "Wait," I said, "Gimme your mailing address. I need to send you some copies of this new No Quarter single that you sing on." "Please!" He gave me his address. I sent him some copies of the record. Then I contacted Ashford and checked out Lessonface, and signed up as a teacher.
I like teaching, have taught guitar, improvisational rock band, creative and expository writing, English literature and Latin. While teaching, for me, is too draining to do full time, as I've learned first hand, I'm definitely interested in seeing what sort of students, if any, get in touch with me via Lessonface. Let it be you!
Sunday, October 19, 2014
You can't Spotify this:
(sprouts in compost)
Posted by Mr. Oldham at 9:09 AM
Thursday, September 25, 2014
Thursday, September 18, 2014
at IX Art Park
to benefit the fantastic WTJU
It's a BLOCK PARTY
Posted by Mr. Oldham at 11:18 AM
Tuesday, September 9, 2014
Friday, October 3rd
Mollusk Surf Shop 8 pm
Saturday, October 4th
Santa Barbara, CA
Muddy Waters 9 pm
Sunday, October 5thOjai, CA
Ojai Rancho Inn noon- 8pm
Aram Stith, guitarist, has moved to Los Angeles. But we continue our 20+ year collaborative musical exploration. These shows, harmoniously arranged in mutual with Kyle Field, who will also perform his own set and guest in ours, will feature electric guitars, voices, songs from the Anomoanon with a focus on songs we co-wrote, songs Aram arranged from traditional and Robert Herrick lyrics, and some new songs just released ("Further Gone" b/w "God Will Let Me Know" No Quarter 2014, which we'll be peddling at the shows) and some unrecorded.
The last time Aram and I together saw Kyle Field was in Christiania in Copenhagen, Denmark, nearly ten years ago; Aram and I had the gig, and Kyle joined us to sing on a couple songs. Here's to our sets intersecting on these California shows! Also performing at the Santa Barbara show at Muddy Waters, Little Big Here.
The Ojai Inn show on Sunday, October 5th, is poolside; open from noon with music starting early evening.
Posted by Mr. Oldham at 12:44 PM
Monday, August 18, 2014
You can order this directly from the good folk at No Quarter Records, who were kind enough to press 500 of this 7" package.
Posted by Mr. Oldham at 6:36 AM
Wednesday, June 25, 2014
Burning Bridges and Fifth Column Films are raising funds for a movie about Shirley Collins via Kickstarter, and I've contributed a recording of "The Blacksmith" adapted from Shirley and Dolly Collins' version from Anthems in Eden (part of "Song Story"). I've always loved their version and have been developing an arrangement for some years now. The photo above is of me and my brother Paul at his studio in Louisville, Kentucky, adding modular synthesizer and mixing the track. It, and other artists' versions of Shirley's songs, are being compiled for a record, Shirley Collins Inspired, available as a premium for donation to the project. Shirley recently performed live for the first time in many, many years, and has been in the studio recording as well. I hope to be in the audience for a performance in the near future.
And here is another picture to ring in the next item:
If experience is any guide, there would seem to be little hope in inviting you to come out for a show at the Blue Ridge Swim Club, unless you are a member. It is, however, come one come all, though guests have to pay the regular visitors charge ($15), except that guest kids in middle school or younger are free. I'll be performing with Adam Smith (Invisible Hand, Y'all) and Thomas Gunn; three acoustic guitars and three voices that I think will sound golden to anyone who comes and sits across the beautiful pool from the performance deck this Sunday, June 29, 2014. It's one of my favorite gigs: outside, unamplified, under the trees, beside the green waters of the spring-fed pool.
Posted by Mr. Oldham at 9:31 AM