I’ve always considered myself very fortunate to be able to actually make a living doing what I love. To sing and play music with my friends and share it with others around the world is something many dream about but few get to experience. My heartfelt thanks to all of you that have supported my music through the years and made this dream possible.

Side Trips

Having just been elected to serve on the Board of Governors of the Los Angeles Chapter of the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences (the Grammy Organization), I’m honored and looking forward working with some of the most talented, inspired and giving people in the L.A music community. My thanks to all that supported me in the election and have faith in my ability to bring energy and experience to the many issues that affect the recording industry and music education these days.  My sister, who has been teaching in the Philadelphia public school system for the last 30 years, has been witness to the program funding cuts and diminishing importance placed on the arts in education. For more information on how one of the 12 city chapters of NARAS are involved in your area please go to: www.grammy.com.

Spring is here, so it must be time to get to he airport. The rest of the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band and I are looking forward to be touring Canada with Willie Nelson for three weeks starting on April 27th. For more info these dates and other dates with Willie in the U.S. go to: http://www.nittygritty.com/tour.html. We haven’t seen Willie since we recorded two tracks with him for our “Will The Circle Be Unbroken Vol. III” album and it’s been even longer since we played our last show with him at Red Rocks in 2001.  Having toured with him and the “Family” quite a few times over the years, it’s always a great experience.
Willie is just like you expect him to be, gracious and low key and easy to be around and his band and crew are the same. When people ask me “what are some the greatest gigs you ever played?” I always tell them about Willie’s invitation to play the first “Farm Aid” in 1985.  From Dylan to Denver and 70,000 people, it was a show I’ll never forget.

And from one end of the musical spectrum to the other, I just finished recording keyboards on tracks for the new Quite Riot album. Yes, that quite Riot. Don’t ask me how that happened. Let’s just say that the music gods work in strange and mysterious ways. Although I’ve never been a “head banger” I enjoyed the sessions and the challenge of recording in a totally different element. The lead singer, Kevin Dubrow, can still sing his butt off and needless to say I left my  accordion at home.


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