I am excited to announce that the official release of my CD "Lost and Lookin' will be on November 12th! As part of the Pony Boy label I will be having two celebrations. The first in Seattle at Egan's Ballard Jam house on November 12th and the 2nd on November 19th at Boxley's in North Bend!
Wow. It has been a great couple months being a part of the amazingly fun, funk/soul band Eldridge Gravy and the Court Supreme! This 11 (sometimes 12) piece ensemble is composed of true driving talent. Led by the soaring dynamic vocals of Eldridge Gravy himself, flanked by 3 horns, 3 back up singers, and a 4 piece rhythm section with keys, guitar, bass and drums, this band can really fill a stage (and pack the house!) Playing mostly original music with a few carefully chosen covers, The Court Supreme gets people up on their feet and out on the dance floor like few can.
The band functions with a cohesive old-school aesthetic and disciplined work ethic. Hard work is always balanced with good times. I feel lucky to have been asked to be apart of this infectious group, along with fellow vocalist (Alex "Spicy Brown" Kitchen). We got thrown directly into the fire, spending 3 awesome days at AVAST studio recording a full length album with the great sound engineer, Mell Dettmer.
Eldridge Gravy and the Court Supreme has one CD already released called Us Is What Time It Is. As well as a single on vinyl called Exceptional. I'm very excited to be playing at Nectar Lounge this Friday, January 21st ! Tubaluba will be opening for us and it will be a dance party to remember, for sure!
While in Brooklyn for the New year I joined forces with my talented sister Kia Davis. She directed and executed a fabulous photo-shoot that will hopefully yield the cover art for my album.
We hit the snow covered streets of Brooklyn a few days after the huge blizzard that shut down the entire city.
The stark and cold urban landscape proved to be an appropriate background and set the mood for the searching quality I feel Lost and Lookin’ evokes. Kia, a student of photography at Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, captured some brilliant shots with the digital camera and I look forward to seeing the photographs that she took with film, once she develops them in the darkroom!
The 2nd half of the shoot moved indoors and provides a warmer and more intimate portrait. I was interested in having many contrasting patterns to provide a deeply textured scene. We are considering handcoloring the photographs with simple tints in the pre-color style that is evocative of photography in the 1st half of the last century.
This is just a small selection of the photos we took and there is much thinking, editing, choosing, cropping, coloring, etc. to come, but I wanted to share some of what we captured. Let me know what you think!
In the spring I began a huge undertaking. The recording of my first full length CD. Bringing together the amazing talents of some of most favorite and most talented musicians this city has to offer, we arrived at David Lange's studio and recorded 12 tracks in one day.
I was truly thrilled to be playing with my long time musical friends, Eric Verlinde and Chuck Kistler. Eric has been playing piano with me for as long as I have been singing jazz and has been instrumental in the arrangement and development of many of the songs that I sing, including all of the songs on this album. Chuck Kistler played with Eric and I every Wednesday for 3 years at the Whisky Bar and also played a big role in how these tunes evolved over the years.
From the time I first played with Clark Gibson, when he first arrived from Denver, I fell in love with his playing. The deep edge and soulful grit of his horn playing was exactly what my ears wanted to hear. I knew from day one that he was the horn player I wanted when I was ready to record. I am so greatful that I was able to have Clark on this project before he left Seattle for Chicago. I hope he'll be able to come back for a visit for the CD release party!
Jeremy Jones brings an infectous energy and creativity to his playing and I have always felt incredibly inspired by his artistry. I feel truly lucky to have gathered such an all star cast for this project! Stay tuned for further developments....