Set list for this Saturday at cafe steam, Rochester, Mn

Here is the basic set list for this Saturday. Order may change and I might add a song or two depending on time. The folks from Carpet Booth studios are going to be recording it which will also be super fun! If you are free, feel free to stop by and say hello!


Full show at cafe steam jan 20th

It’s been a long time coming but I’m finally going to be playing my first full show again in a couple years. I’ll be playing at Café steam in Rochester Minnesota on January 20th. I’ll start playing about 7 PM and should finish up around 930.

I’m putting up a set list that will include a lot of older songs as well as majority of the material from the two CDs I released this fall. If you’re free in the area feel free to stop by and say hello!

To catch up with any of the music released this fall you can follow the links at the top of the blog to listen on Spotify or the newer CD on Bandcamp. Most of my material is available anywhere you can stream digital music.

Dan Berger’s Songwriter’s Corner

Once a month for the last 17 years Dan Berger has been hosting a Nashville style live music session in La Crosse, Wisconsin. I played for the first time last year and got the chance to play again last night. It’s really fun and relaxed feel. For one hour, for songwriters trade songs and occasionally jump in to collaborate with the other musicians.

I played five songs and had a blast. Looking forward to playing again in the next month or so. Right now, it is set as the second Wednesday of every month. They play currently at our corner bar in La Crosse. Check out the Facebook page for more info and updates.

I’ve got a bucket that the songs go through

Josh Ritter said that. I guess it’s how I’ve been feeling this last month or so. I’ve been writing fairly regularly and finished close to 10 songs in the last month. Maybe twice that in short ideas. But not many of those songs are grabbing my attention the way I want them to. There’s a few in there that I like. I’m going to try and record those over the next couple weeks to see if I can polish them up a bit. Most of them follow the liar theme that I’ve been thinking a lot about lately.

So here’s to writing some songs that getting some traction.

Exploring Distribution

So, I primarily use cdbaby for my distribution. The negative: it costs a fair amount of money. I usually wait until there is a sale to pay for licensing and distribution. The positive: They make my music available on so many platforms (youtube, amazon, Spotify, iTunes, etc). This is great in terms of reaching an audience, but I’ve recently been directed to look into sites like bandcamp and soudcloud. It seems both have their advantages and were even created for slightly different purposes.

From what I can tell, if I want to distribute music on my own, and get it to the listener in a format that allows me to sell it, bandcamp is the way to go. Selling it is nice. I also understand the dilemmas of poor distribution for smaller artists with substandard reimbursement from Spotify and the like… That being said, I just want to reach as many people as possible. I am not doing this for a living. Some people are. I am torn. If someone creates art and people consume it, the artist should be reimbursed. I pay for a Spotify membership for that reason (unfortunately, it seems the money doesn’t find its way to the artists).

So, in an effort to better understand this issue and see what it means, I’ve created 

I don’t have anything up yet, but I’m thinking my next release will, at least initially, be on bandcamp.


So here is to being fair. Here is to supporting music. Here is to trying something new!