My oldest friend (born a week apart, a house apart) released his debut solo record today and it’s fantastic. If you feel like day-drinking, I recommend “Brown Sugar Blues” and if you feel like taking a walk and getting lost, tune into “Evelyn.” Either way, you’re sure to find something in these six tunes that you can hold on to.
The record is called “Nighthawks” and it’s available over at Bandcamp. Give it a listen here: https://mikecastle.bandcamp.com/album/nighthawks
What a privilege it was to play inside the beautifully crafted walls of Wentz Concert Hall! Thank you to everyone who came out to share the experience with us, and a special thank you to Whitney Roberts and The Union staff for having us.
Up next! The Hideout in Chicago on Thursday, October 24th with our friends Escondido! Check the “Tour” section for details.
It won’t be long before the leaves at your feet, folks. Here are some recommendations for records that will fit nicely with that new hoodie of yours:
1. Grateful Dead – American Beauty
2. Feist – Metals
3. Townes Van Zandt – Self-titled
4. Neil Young – Harvest
5. The War On Drugs – Slave Ambient
6. Timber Timbre – Creep On Creepin’ On
7. Yo-Yo Ma – Influenced by Bach: The Cello Suites
8. Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds – Push The Sky Away
9. Explosions In The Sky – All of a Sudden I Miss Everyone
10. The Milk Carton Kids – The Ash & Clay
The band and I are happy to be reconnecting with our new friends Escondido for a show at The Hideout in Chicago on October 24th! Click on over to the “Tour” section for ticket info!
Our Daytrotter session is now streaming over at www.daytrotter.com. Head on over and give it a listen, and catch us on 9/4 at Schuba’s in Chicago supporting Amanda Shires. See you then!
What a night we had in Dekalb opening for our new friends Escondido and Lord Huron! I walked away reminded that the writing, recording, and performing of music is not fully realized until it is shared. And I have the lively, generous, and attentive audience (some of whom are pictured below!) to thank for that realization. So, thank you. It means more than you know.
Next up, we’ll be at Schubas Tavern in Chicago on Tuesday, September 4th supporting the talented Amanda Shires. Amanda is getting ready to release a new record titled “Down Fell The Doves,” and if it’s anything like her past records, we’re all in for something special. Ticket info can be found in the “Tour” section above.
Here’s a video of the band and I rehearsing a new tune called “My Dear, My Darling” off the forthcoming record. Enjoy, and we’ll see you on Tuesday, July 23rd at The House Cafe for our show with Lord Huron!
My Dear, My Darling
Life is happening, everyone. Here are five things happening in mine:
1. New website.
This new website was designed by the talented Rob Holysz. Here you’ll find music and video streaming, Twitter and Instagram feeds, tour and ticket information, and links to all the branches of social media that keep us connected. Read, share, like, tweet, ignore, etc.. You know how it works.
The band and I had the pleasure of recording our first Daytrotter session in Rock Island, Illinois back in April. Can’t say for sure when it will be up, but you’ll be the first to know when it is. Thanks to Sean Moeller and the gang over at www.daytrotter.com for the support.
3. Lord Huron
On Tuesday, July 23rd, I’ll be supporting the fantastic, Lord Huron at The House Cafe in Dekalb, Illinois. Check the “Tour” section for more information! And check out Lord Huron at www.lordhuron.com
4. New music
Not tomorrow, but soon, you will have new music from me. Here’s a preview of a new song called “When The Morning Comes.” Very much looking forward to sharing this new record with you.
When The Morning Comes (Preview)
And on a personal note, I am happy to announce that I recently became engaged to my love and light, Aly. It is a time of great joy, and we share in this joy with our friends and family.
All the best to you,