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Hey all!
Happy New Year! I feel like I can say that until February 1st. It eases the pain of having to live through January, which has to be my least favorite month. Sorry, January.

Other things that ease the pain of January: being in the studio!

recording the guitar for "206 bones."

recording the guitar for “206 bones.”

Right now we’re working on demos and hoping to have some stuff for you to hear sometime soon. Not sure if we’re releasing one album or maybe two EPs… lots of things in the works though!

Also, I’d like to introduce you to a little side project: Eunice and Bart.

We Are Unstoppable

We Are Unstoppable

Eunice and Bart are a Vanessa Peters cover band, though they do original material from time to time. They’re playing this Saturday night in Dallas – come check them out if you’re around!

Plans for this year include some touring with Eunice and Bart around the US and Europe, as well as some full-band shows here and there. We’ll keep you posted.

Love and best wishes for the new year,

Kicking off 2013 with a big ol’ European tour…


After a bit of holiday dormancy, I’m crawling out of hibernation and hitting the road again. We’ve got big tour lined up in Italy, the Netherlands, Germany, and Belgium, and we’ve got a few open dates left if any of you in Austria or Switzerland wants to host us for a house concert. See below!

You can find all the details on the SHOWS page. Feel free to email me with questions or if you’d like to do a house concert.


6 Feb – La Spezia (IT)
7 Feb – Firenze (IT)
8 Feb – Città della Pieve (IT)
9 Feb – Pisa (IT)
12 Feb – Urbino (IT)
13 Feb – Bologna (IT)
14 Feb – Perugia (IT)
15 Feb – Treviso (IT)
16 Feb – Poggio Berni (IT)
17 Feb – Correggio (IT)
20 Feb – Padova (IT)
21 Feb – Trieste (IT)
22 Feb – Cantù (IT)
23 Feb – Bergamo (IT)
24 Feb – Mantova (IT)
28 Feb – Den Haag (NL)
1 Mar – Den Haag (NL)
2 Mar – Ghent (BE)
3 Mar – Walsoorden (NL)
7 Mar – Ede (NL)
8 Mar – Groningen (NL)
9 Mar – Vlierden (NL)
10 Mar – Waardamme (BE)
11 Mar – Amsterdam (NL)
12 Mar – Heerlen (NL)
13 Mar – Den Bosch (NL)
14 Mar – Den Haag (NL)
15 Mar – Zaltbommel (NL)
16 Mar – Aachen (DE)
17 Mar – Paris (FR)

Nominated for Best Folk Act!

Dallas Observer Music Awards


I am so excited to tell you guys that I’ve been nominated for Best Folk Act in this year’s Dallas Observer Music Awards!  I was born and raised in Dallas, and after all these years of independently releasing albums, it feels great to get some recognition from my hometown.

You can vote EVERY DAY until November 10, and you don’t have to be from Dallas.  You only have to enter your name and email address – no other personal info, and you don’t have to register.  It’s a super-easy voting process and I would greatly appreciate it if you’d take a minute to cast your vote for me.  Just click on the link below and you’ll be done in no time flat!

Dallas Observer Music Awards 2012

Thanks for your support!

Tour Dates!

We have begun booking the fall tour dates!
We’re kicking things off with a bang in our home state with FULL BAND gigs. Yowsers.

Pecan Street Festival – September 29
Austin, Texas

AT&T Performing Arts Center – October 4
Patio Sessions
Dallas, Texas

More to come soon!

Piccadilly Festival
Chiaravalle, Italy
July 2012

The Burn The Truth The Lies :: Now Available!

CD Cover Original

The long wait is over!
Mostly, anyhow.
Somehow the good folks over at iTunes have spaced out and didn’t release the album today (don’t worry, the elves are HARD AT WORK on this one), but happily, you can find the album just about anywhere else, including Bandcamp, CD Baby, and Amazon. If you live in Dallas, you can also find the album at Good Records (support your local music store!).

I would greatly appreciate it if you would share the album somewhere out in the world – on your Facebook page, via Twitter, or in an email to a friend. Also, if you have a local radio station that plays independent music, please request the album so we can get added to their rotation. The first review of the record came in this morning too, courtesy of Jim Beal Jr at the San Antonio Express News, and it’s fantastic. Thanks Jim!

We’ll be adding photos from the Italian tour soon – tomorrow we play in Piazza Santo Spirito, in the heart of Firenze. If that doesn’t end up being massively photogenic, nothing will.

Big hugs and thank you, as always, for listening.

The Burn The Truth The Lies

CD Cover art for The Burn The Truth The LiesThe new album is finally finished! Artwork is done, tees have been designed, stickers are getting sticky wit it, and we’re just waiting on the manufacturing plant to ship us the physical CDs.

It has taken longer than I expected (what doesn’t?) but I am so happy with how it turned out. The wait was worth it for me, and I hope you’ll feel the same.

The pre-order portal of fun is now open! You can pre-order the CD starting TODAY on Bandcamp.  When you pre-order, you’ll get an instant download of one of the tracks!

There are also some cool, limited-time offers available for people who pre-order on Bandcamp.  You can get an autographed CD – PLUS an awesome T-shirt – and, if you’re feeling really special, a signed TOUR POSTER!  The T-shirts are all super-high-quality American Apparel shirts with the album logo printed in soft “vintage-style” ink.

So head over to Bandcamp and order up!  And, do me a favor, if you will – share this page on Facebook with your friends, and get them to come check out the new record.  In the new era, that’s how it all happens.

Note for my Kickstarter backers: don’t panic.  You’ll still get the entire album FIRST, before it’s commercially available, and a free download of “The State I’m Living In” is on its happy little way to you later today.

living in a state of excitement,

Snazzy New Website!

Actual toast

Actual toast (as eaten by elves)

We’ve been feeding our elves whole-grain toast and french-press coffee every morning for a week, and you’d be amazed at how productive they can be when we put their stubby little noses to the grindstone.

elves + coffee + toast + grindstone = NEW WEBSITE!

This has been a week of dealing with technojank. Facebook ate my music page and then spit it back up in a slightly modified version and meanwhile, I accidentally released my entire album on SoundCloud, for free, for a few hours, thanks to some kind of nefarious Twitter-SoundCloud bait-and-switch. I think I’ve eliminated the traces of its existence, but if you see a shadowy mp3 of “grateful” lurking on a bit torrent somewhere, holla.

The only thing, technologically speaking, that has gone right this week is the NEW WEBSITE (thanks largely to the size of my grindstone). The new website should play nicely with your phone (if it doesn’t, let us know) and it lets you share posts to Twitter and Facebook and Hooziedoodle and I suggest that you do just that. The world is a nicer place when we share.

Let me know what you think of the new website! And in a few days, I’ll let you know how to PRE-ORDER the new album. OH YES.

vp elves for president!