Much of 2014 & 2015 has been spent collaborating in my new home in the California Central Coast with the brilliant Karoline Hausted and local faves Bob & Wendy (bobwendy.com). With the blend of the three distinct songwriting and vocal styles of Karoline, Wendy and myself along with the voice of Bob's cello - "ethereal folk-pop" we call it - we have been garnering some notable "buzz" in the area, including winning Best Song for the New Times in the Open Category plus having played the Main Stage at the Live Oak Festival back in June. Check out our CD release and upcoming shows here: http://shadowlandscalifornia.com
Video for Sunlight Support by Shadowlands
From Back of Beyond
(In Tribute to Duane Jarvis)
In the years after we stopped playing together regularly, every time DJ and I would cross paths, he would rave about the “great record we made.” He was talking about a live-to-2-track session our band recorded in one long day at The Control Center in Hollywood back in 1991. Nowadays, I wonder why we didn’t put it out as a record back then. It just wasn’t “how it was done,” I suppose. But there’s something special we captured, and Duane’s magic is all over the place. My favorites are his noisy chaos at the end of “Is That Right?,” squeezed out of our 3 a.m. fatigue; and his spontaneous “woo!” during the violin solo on “When Ya Gonna Come On Down.” When I learned of Duane’s passing in 2009, I knew I wanted to put the record out for him.
What you have here are those sessions, sandwiched between new recordings of two songs DJ and I wrote together, “Back of Beyond” and “Dove in the Snow.” We did these at the studio of Kevin Jarvis (DJ’s brother), where we borrowed some magic from Duane’s guitars, wonderfully brought forth by Rich McCulley. The last track is a little window into DJ’s 1994 Santa Monica apartment as he and I worked up a 4-track demo of “Back of Beyond.”
The title “Back Of Beyond” came from Duane- I hadn’t heard the phrase before he mentioned it to me, speaking something about the spiritual realm. I like to think - and perhaps you’ll join me in the thought - that he’s listening right along with us, sending us that mischievous smile we all loved, from back of beyond.
50% of proceeds from sales of this record will be donated to Sweet Relief Musiciands Fund in Duane's honor.
Your Photograph- mark davis and the inklings
Because There's Nothing Outside
While both my previous albums, You came screaming and Immaculate, touched on spiritual matters, my latest release of new music, Because There’s Nothing Outside, explores my own journey head-on, as does the companion piece, God In Chains, my first book (see godinchains.com). In short, I was raised Catholic, became evangelical and preachy in my young adulthood, and then over time, through some deep crisis and questioning, came to a place where I let those beliefs fall away, and found a new freedom. The songs aren't so much telling my story in any detail (the book does that) as much as they are explorations of the landscape, one in which many Americans find themselves.
The recordings were mostly made at home, affording me the time and space to experiment liberally with sounds and instrumentation before turning the tracks over to Matt Walin’s Bitemark Studios (where Immaculate was recorded). Several musician friends contributed, including longtime Inklings violinist Todd Compton and bassist Al Wolovitch, and also Simon Lynge and David Zink on guitars.
Some Live Performances