December 5, 2013
It has been way too long since I've put an update on here..... So, picking up since the last post.... Mixing on the 'Unyielding' album has been going great and nearing completion. Still looking forward to a release next year.
In other recording news, I recently finished mastering James and Jane's first release, 'Bluebird Crossing'. Great songwriting and vocal harmonies from this acoustic duo. I had a lot of fun working with them and getting into their music. Check out more info about here: https://www.facebook.com/JamesandJane
Last month saw the debut of a new group I've been working on with Jason Scaggs, of Jatoba (https://www.facebook.com/jatobamusic). The official group name -- Old Man Joe. Its a combination of drums, acoustic guitar, effects and loops. Recording session coming up at the end of this month. Webpage coming soon. Plus a number of gigs booked for next year.
April 1, 2013
Great weekend of recording with the BCMP. We recorded in a live studio setting, with the vocals and percussion being overdubbed. The tracks sound sweet and tight. All original compositions ranging from two step swing to reggae, blugrass to bembe, and some solo 'ukulele too!
Many events happening this month..... click over to the events page to learn more.
March 10, 2013
Ahhh... Spring is in the air!! Feeling refreshed and alive with the natural world waking up again. I'm currently booking a late summer solo tour through the NE. Also putting together the final preperations for the BCMP recording session at the end of this month. Pre-Sales for the album will be announced soon! Rock on with your bad selves.....
January 21, 2013
Exciting happenings about in this month. Firstly: On Sunday, Jan. 27, I am hosting an 'Ukulele Workshop at Main St. Arts in Saxtons River, VT. The workshop runs from 10 am - 2:30 pm (with 1/2 hr lunch break) and is geared toward the beginner and intermediate player. Visit http://mainstreetarts.org and contact them to register for this event. Secondly: Is a recording session this week with the Milkhouse Heaters (acoustic guitar, bass, me on drums). Check them out at: https://www.facebook.com/themilkhouseheaters?fref=ts The music has a catchy two-step jazz and rock vibe while being lyrically driven. I'm really pshyched to be playing them. Thirdly: The BCMP is set to record in late March! I'm really amped to put down some BCMP standards and also feeling inspired to finish up some half composed ideas for possible tracks on the session. 'Unyeilding' will be the title track. Check the video page for a sample of 'Unyielding'.
January 2, 2013
Happy Solstice and New Year! Thanks for being a fan and visiting my website. Plans for a new recording project are set for late March. Release date TBA.
October 15, 2012
Busy mixing down recordings from the Mole Hill Theatre gig in July. Will have some tracks posted soon.
September 24, 2012
The busy summer has gently eased into this wonderful autumn. My gig schedule was not as busy as previous years, but quite rewarding and enjoyable. The Ben Carr Music Project had some great performances -- Thanks for your support!! This Sept. is also bringing a number of new music education opportunities. It's a fantastic honor to be able to share this knowledge and instill in others the joy that music offers.
Thanks for visiting my site and keep in touch.
May 22, 2012
The past few months have seen me involved with another ensemble through the Open Music Collective, which has prompted me to do some more woodshedding on the drumset.... not to mention the consistent woodshedding on the 'ukulele and tabla. As always, this ensemble experience really pushes (and makes me think about) my musical abilities and relationships with the musicians I'm playing with. Tonight is our final performance.
My first year of the James Hill 'Ukulele Initiative (teacher certification) is also coming to a close as I prepare my portfolio for presentation. In August I will begin Level 2.
Video page coming soon to the website, but for now check them out on Facebook -- footage from the Ben Carr Music Project on "Valley Homegrown". Or search YouTube for BenCarrMusic.
March 20, 2012
Coming up with a plan of attack for the next album. I can't spill the details yet.... but they will be spilt soon!! Happy spring. This equinox is a welcome day!
March 3, 2012
The band performed a TV gig for 'Valley Homegrown' on GCTV last week. The video turned out good and I should have some clips up soon. Feb. was full of great gigs, including a rare Mo Ambesa winter show at Magic Mtn!! Thanks to all those Mo fans who showed support! Not many gigs booked for March. Looking forward to spring coming soon......
Feb. 11, 2012
It's been a busy couple of months -- gigging, booking, refining the press kits and bio, and getting the band nice and tight. I'm also on a creative writing spree..... whew!! Lots of good stuff. And I just started tabla lessons! January was the first meeting of the Southern Vermont 'Ukulele Society. We'll continue to meet the last sunday of every month. Thanks for checking out the new website, and come back often.