Summer News, New Mini-Studio, Live CD

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After 1-1/2 years and 2 winters in Michigan, we still love being here. Heck, Brielle lives with her mom and dad, right around the corner from us, now. It used to take 9 hours to drive to their place in Atlanta from ours in Sarasota. Now, we cut across the parking lot and we’re there. We get to see so much more of them, now.

I’m enjoying making new friends and fans in west Michigan. I’m making them from Crystal Mountain down to Saugatuck and points in between. And, these west Michigan folks are so very receptive to what I do. Consequently, I have a very full summer which, began Memorial weekend at Crystal Mountain Resort and The Fillmore of Manistee. I am playing on the SS Badger some, this year and my new, regular venues at TJ’s Pub, The Fillmore, Crystal Mountain Resort, the Fox Barn Winery, the Village Cafe and many more. I’ve also added several new venues such as Douglas Valley Winery, Crane’s Pie Pantry & Winery, Iron Fish Distillery, the SS Badger and others. See Schedule

In addition to staying busy with performances there are also, the responsibilities of home ownership which, we did not have in Florida and, the resulting home improvement projects. Plus, we are also landlords once again. We still find time for fun, though. We’re camping next week at the Wheatland Music camp where Margi will get some instruction on fiddle and I will mostly hangout and do the campfire thing.

Margi is practicing acupuncture, as she did in Florida and, it’s going very well for her here. She has also taken up running and has run in several races in Lansing, Grand Rapids, the Mackinaw Bridge and here in Ludington, too. I’m very proud of her for that. Gardening is another of her passions.

My gigs are all in west Michigan this summer. If you’re in the area, be sure to take a look at my schedule at Interestingly, I will be doing 8 more dates this year on the SS Badger, the Lake Michigan trans-lake car ferry that goes from Ludington, MI to Manitowoc, WI. This should prove to be fun and a very different experience for me. For the dates, times and places of other gigs, you’ll need to check the schedule at

Very recently, I re-discovered an entire evening of live recordings from O’Leary’s, Sarasota, FL: Since my recording studio was out of commission for 2 years, I did not have access to the hard drive on the computer where I found them. I spent time this winter remodeling a small room in the back of our upstairs apartment that I intend to use as a mini-studio.
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The studio is all set up now and I did have a chance to give a quick listen to some of the live tracks. I was very pleasantly surprised! It is my hope to do a live CD from these tracks. So, I plan to start reviewing these live recordings more closely to see what can be used. I want to include as many tunes as possible and still include only the performances that are solid. I would love to hear from you if you think you would be interested in a live CD from me. That’s it for now. Until next time, I remain

Musically Yours.



Merry Christmas & Happy New Year!

First, let me wish for you and yours all the best that the holiday season has to offer for now and all through the next year and years to follow.

More change is in the wind for Yours Truly. Some of you have been on this musical journey with me for a lot of years. You came down to Key West and we partied at the Bull where I played regularly for several years. You might even have made your trip an annual thing. Continue reading →

Greetings from a cooling Michigan


We are still having some warm days in the 70’s and even up to 80 but, by and large, things are cooling here as we head into fall.  Fall is my favorite season!


Northern Express Magazine just did a very nice article on me.  I’m a lucky guy to get this kind of attention.  It was even dated 9/11/15 which, is our wedding anniversary.  Read the Northern Express article.
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Songwriting Award! Eye Surgery & More

Songwriting award for "The Eagle"

I was really excited to get this notification!  It happened about 10 days ago but, several things, including surgery on both eyes, put me way behind schedule.  I can’t tell you what a thrill it is to make Runner Up in a contest of thousands of entries from all over the world.  Ah……it feels so good!  Click the link to hear The Eagle

Shows Coming Up Soon!

But first, did you see this with Alicia at The Mitten last Wednesday?

“One Way Out” – Video from 7/22/15

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What’s Been Going Down and What’s Coming Up

Greetings from west Michigan!

Here’s a reminder to check the schedule for summer performances.  I’ve been doing quite a bit in Grand Rapids at places like Flat Landers Barstillery   and, Vitali’s Pizza and Sports Bar.  And, of course, we are back into full swing with our Wednesday night (mostly guitar) duos at The Mitten Bar in Ludington where I host a different guest artist every Wednesday from 7p-10p.  Many other venues make up the complete schedule.

This week’s Mitten guest is Rick Hicks (Ojays, Betty Joplin, DeBarge, Archie Bell & the Drells).
Next week’s Mitten guest is Stephen Plummer, a local Berkeley grad who can really pick.

One day, maybe, I will play only house concerts but that day has not yet arrived.  I will be happy when it comes.  Already, I’ve done a few this summer and there are several more coming up.  There are art gallery shows at Golden Key Gallery and theShagway Arts Barn, very similar to house concerts.  Perhaps, we can schedule a house concert in your home.  These are so cool and people just love them!  For more info visit
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