All posts in January 2016

Happy 2016!

Happy New Year, everyone! I hope the first few days of 2016 have been restful and enjoyable.

Now that the holidays are done and the new year has officially begun, I want to give my sincerest thanks to everyone who made 2015 such a special year for me. I completed recording an album, shot multiple music videos, toured with three artists, met countless more, released a live record, and in October I released my debut album, Take the Good.

Getting to play these songs for so many people all over the country has been an honor and I can’t wait to get back out on the road again.

This isn’t to say the year was without its obstacles.

Balancing work and music is always a challenge – but it is one I wholeheartedly embrace, as it affords me the freedom to create the music I want to create (and, probably more importantly, not default on my student loans).

Two days before I was set to embark on a three-week tour with Tony Lucca, my doctor sent me to the emergency room for fear of brain lesions – 24 hours and 3 MRIs later, I was cleared. I drove straight from the hospital to play two shows, one in New Brunswick, NJ and the second in Lancaster, PA. The following morning at 6am, I flew out to Denver to meet up with Tony and the band.

In August, United Airlines at Charlotte Douglas International Airport smashed apart my beloved Martin D-28. Derek the baggage handler let the guitar drop straight off the plane onto the tarmac below – breaking through the hardshell case. They still haven’t bought me a new instrument. Howie, though, was kind enough to lend me one of his own guitars for the entire tour.

That last bit is important.

If I’ve learned one thing this year, it’s that no matter what awful situation life throws at you – there are good people who will help you out. I have countless examples from over the course of the year: my parents hanging out at midnight by my hospital bed; Howie lending me a guitar for an entire tour; Tony, Steve, Mic, and Keaton taking me across the country in their van; Pat giving solid advice and sharing his pretzel with me in Brick Store; or any of the number of familiar faces I saw in so many cities.

Thank you so much to the family and friends who traveled all sorts of distances to see the shows. Thank you to everyone who let me crash on their couch. Thank you to all of you who have kept in touch throughout the record release, interviews, and my learning curve with Instagram.

I’ve got plans for 2016 – I’ll be going in depth with the songs on Take the Good as well as releasing some new tunes in the coming months. I hope you all were able to check out The Long Way Home. It has the word “Christmas” in it, but it’s not really a Christmas song – feel free to enjoy it in the post-holiday winter weather.

Stay tuned and I hope to see you all very soon.