Song off Day – “I Hate Horses”

  This song is on my Dottie’s Charm’s record and was co-written by one of my favorite writers, Sam Lipsyte. He is not known for his songwriting, but did once have  a noise- punk band called Dungbeetle.  I gave him a Stirrup Charm to work on, thus the horse theme. I, by the way, don’t hate horses. I think they are beautiful.  I just…don’t trust them. Listen right…here. And you can hear more…here. Oh, the wonderful Adam Levy also worked... Read More

When My Ship Comes in – in Treme with Bonerama, Wendell Pierce & Trombone Shorty

Here I am, onstage with Bonerama, Trombone Shorty and Wendell Pierce  for the season 3 finale of Treme. That is with, count them…six trombones! This might have been the most fun band that I have ever played with. What I dug, was that the music folk from the show did not want us to rehearse. They wanted it real with all the glaring mistakes and great energy – like you really see in a New Orleans club. And no Glee auto-tune. This must have been sometime late 2012. The... Read More

Old Song of the Day: Underachiever (w/ special guest blogger the Underachiever)

Here is the story of my song, “Underachiever”, and my pal, Liz Vesper, who defended my good name back in 1996 on the “old” Internets.  Liz is my hero. She was even brave enough to go to The Creation Museum with me. Underachiever: Lyrics here Hi everyone, this is the Underachiever, you know the one who only passed Spanish and Gym.  I’m out in Los Angeles right now living the life... Read More

The Latest – duet with Jackson Browne, Jail Guitar Doors, shredding with Tom Morello, a couple new shows and way more

  Last night, I sang a duet with Jackson Browne. Yes, Jackson f#%king Browne! I’m telling everyone! The event was a benefit  for  Jail Guitar Doors. Then, we  joined Tom Morello, Ben Harper, and others for an encore of the MC5’s “Kick Out the Jams”. Jail Guitar Doors, founded by Billy Bragg and my pal Wayne Kramer, is an amazing organization that seeks to do what our prisons don’t do so well…rehabilitate,  and with the power of music... Read More



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