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Wintry Transmission

This coming weekend, on January 27th, I am playing the Ann Arbor Folk Festival, which is the biggest winter folk festival out there.  Worthy of a road trip...   Then in early February I play two shows in Virginia (Vienna and Ashland).  John Jennings, longtime collaborator and guitarist with Mary Chapin Carpenter, who also produced my Acoustic Valentine CD, will accompany me for these VA shows.  See info below, and find more info at my web site.  

When I was in high school, I learned to play guitar by listening to songs and picking out the chords.  At least twenty of those songs were by Karla Bonoff.  This past weekend, I played a couple dream gigs with Karla.  We ended with "The Water is Wide," and it was like standing inside the recording that I've carried in my head for all these years, singing along with it.  Thanks, Karla!

I am deeply in to the process of recording the new album.  Last week, my car transmission died at about 11:30 PM, as I was leaving the studio.  Producer Lorne Entress and guitarist Mark Erelli followed me, going about 5 miles per hour until I arrived home.  That's kinda what they're doing in the studio, too.  Patiently following where I need to go.  We tried lots of different approaches for each song, until we felt that "ahhh."  I am loving the vibe of this project, thanks to Mark, Lorne, John Sands on drums and Mike Rivard on bass.  I will be posting photos on my website in the next couple weeks as the process continues.

Digging out of the snow,