It is very humbling when I consider the effort and support that so many people have offered toward the production of this new EP. For this, I am grateful.

 There are five songs on the EP. All the lyrics would not fit on the cover. Neither would the short versions of the stories behind each song, but here is a quick narrative of the ones that make up “What It Is...”

 “Flooding Swannanoa ” was written about the Flood of 1916 in the Biltmore Area of Asheville, NC. The story for the song came from articles in “Our State” magazine and It tells about Kathleen Lipe and her Father and the events of July 16th, 1916.

 “Potter's Field” started out with the working title of “Judas Buys a Farm,” because that is basically what the story is about, Judas' suicide. There are references to Lazarus being raised from the dead, Mary's waste of precious oil and to three different versions of Judas' death as told by different biblical writers.

 “Kitchen Soup” is a protest song. That's it. There are lots of political, and social references from Dylan and Guthrie lyric, Orwell's book, “1984,” to NC Amendment One. The basic theme, as repeated in verses 5-8, is a call to do something. War, poverty, politics, equal rights, oppression, governmental control,...“Heat the kitchen, spoil the soup, and let's all 'Give a Damn.”

 “Solace For My Soul.” Every song has its own way of evolving. This one started one night while camping in the back of my van. I finished it as soon as I got home. Home, that's what it's about. A sojourner finding peace before his passing.

 “Blue Shoes” is my “happy song.” I have often quoted Ray Wylie Hubbard as saying, “Keep your gratitude higher than your expectations.” This song is about attitude and perspective. Someone's problems are always bigger than mine. Usually I don't have to look far to be reminded of this.

 The EP has been ordered and is expected to be here December 15th. Yep, I'm excited. For anyone that purchased a “Pre-release” copy and assisted in the production, those will be available upon arrival. I will hunt you down, and thank you profusely.


Pre-release sales are still available. Email, call, chase me down in the parking lot. Also, I am busy booking places to play and promote the EP. Johnson City, Asheville, Boone ... I am even planning a trip to Florida for a weekend "House Concert," and trying to book places along the way  down and on the way back, like Charlotte, Myrtle Beach, Charleston, Savannah,.. If anyone has any leads in that direction, I would greatly appreciate it. Again, I am sincerely grateful to everyone involved.

Thank you, 



Here's an update on my EP project.  I finished the first phase of recording a few weeks ago. Ron Powell and Really Big Shoe Productions recorded five of my original songs.. It was easy and relaxing working with Ron and we finished in just three sessions. Ron did his magic and everything turned out grand.

The songs were mastered at Studio M31   by Yves LF Giraud. There's a complexity to this process that I don't understand, but Yves certainly does. His work is amazing!

Back to the project...the three songs on this web page will all be on the upcoming EP. You can listen to them here and they are also available for download on both and iTunes. Two additional songs will complete my EP  which will be called “What It Is..."

I spent Saturday with a photographer who is doing the cover photos for the CD.  Next we'll choose the photograph that best reflects the  music I chose for this EP.

Kari and I are having a lot of  fun working together on promotions, dates, bookings and budgets. 

I have an immense amount of gratitude for  everyone's help and support with this new endeavor.

Thank You,


When I say something to my friends, like, "Today I killed two people and stole a dead man's horse," they know exactly what I am talking about. It's a song titled, "Reckoning in Bristol."

The idea for this song came to me after I had pondered the line “There's a rope waitin' for me, in Bristol, Tennessee, to hang me for a crime I didn't do.” I was attending the Bristol Rhythm and Roots Festival in September, 2014. Sitting in the back of the “Tour Van,” strumming a few chords.

 It sort of came as a twist on the “Long Black Veil” story. I just wondered how that situation came about and played with my story for a couple of days until the song was finished. It's a little complicated. There is the part about the “tangled web” in the chorus that allows time to digest the previous verses and anticipate what's going to happen next.

Someday, I may pass from this world, quietly in my sleep, but in my sleep I will be robbing a train or driving a stagecoach, rifles and six-guns blasting.

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  • Apr 7
    Honeyfolk House Concert,  Mars Hill
  • Apr 22
    Micaville Music at OOAK Art Gallery,  Burnsville
  • May 3
    OOAK Art Gallery,  Burnsville
  • May 17
    Southeast Regional Folk Alliance Conference,  Montreat
  • May 19
    Southeast Regional Folk Alliance,  Montreat


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