Friday, June 18th, 2010
Marina Tait and Eve Moon have created a beautiful video
for the title track of my upcoming record (out this September!), Sweet Time
Friday, March 12th, 2010
My band and I have just been accepted to the Los Angeles County Arts Commission's 2010 Musicians Roster
Thursday, August 6th, 2009
Last November, my band and I entered Dennis Moody's studio in Cypress Park (Los Angeles) to begin recording a new album. Now, nine months later, the mixing is (almost) complete. What's taking so long? Conflicting schedules, busy lives, day jobs, vacations, tours. Anyway, the songs are sounding great and I'm very proud of this, my fourth LP. For the first time, I have asked someone else (other than the engineer) to be my producer. Dan Janisch has been a delight to work with in that role. Dan's one of my favorite musicians in the LA scene, and, apart from his talents as a songwriter and performer, I love the way he thinks about music. He's also as funny as hell. As far as I know, Dan's never produced before, apart from his own records (he made his last LP, Medicine Man, all by himself -- all the instruments, the artwork, the lot). Nevertheless, he's doing a great job with my songs, working with Dennis (no slouch himself!) as the engineer.
The album, which will be titled Sweet Time, will feature 11 of my original songs:
(1) Walking out the door
(3) Sweet time
(4) Anything at all
(5) Part of me
(6) Under the blue skies
(8) Save me
(9) Oh, how I wish
(10) Run away
(11) Fly away
The core band comprises Mark San Filippo on drums, Geoff Rakness on bass (upright and electric), and me on rhythm guitar (acoustic and hollow-body electric). Peter Kavanaugh, my lead guitarist at live shows, plays electric guitar on four of the cuts; Dan plays guitar on a couple; and one of my guitar heroes, Tony Gilkyson (I have to pinch myself -- Tony Gilkyson!), plays on three. Mike Bolger, a man of many talents, came in to record piano, accordion, and trumpet on three of the songs. Honey-throated songbird Lisa Finnie combined with Dan to come up with some tasteful harmonies and backing vocals, which are featured throughout the album. Mark, Geoff, Peter, Tony, Dan, Mike, and Lisa: thank you so much for your beautiful contributions -- I am so proud of this record.
The plan is to finish the mixing (honestly, very minor fixes) in about two weeks, and then send the songs off for mastering. The artwork is ready (thanks to Laura Heffington for photography and Charlie McGovern for design), so once we get the master we will be set to go with duplication. Realistically, I don't expect to have the CDs until October at the earliest. Be patient, my dears. Be patient.
Thursday, September 13th, 2007
Thanks to Glen Starkey of the San Luis Obispo New Times for this humorous review
and plug for my shows in SLO this Saturday:
My new love
I love Dafni's new CD Charlie's Lonely Sunday so much I'm thinking of marrying it. Right now I'm cleaning the spit off it because we were making out a little while ago, but now I want to play it again and all that good makeout juice is making it skip.
The CD moves smoothly between swinging rockabilly songs like "Dimes" to tango-esque numbers like "Let's Pretend" to folky heartwrenchers like "Broken Letter" to oh hell, every song is a revelation. On my new paramour, I mean Dafni's CD, Dafni sings under the influence of classic jazz vocalists like Billie Holiday and Ella Fitzgerald and Nina Simone (or, if you prefer, think Norah Jones or Madeleine Peyroux for more modern touchstones). It's just a super cool theme record about Charlie's lonely Sunday, I guess. Me likey! That's all you need to know.
Dafni (one name like Seal or Charo or Madonna) is a terrific singer who toured through town last year and is back again to play Linnaea's Cafe on Saturday, Sept. 15. She wrote to say, "I have a new record that I just finished recording with producer Charlie McGovern and I would love it if you could write a review on my new record in addition to mentioning my [8 p.m.] Linnaea's show."
I'm sorry, Dafni, but I don't have time to write a review. Your CD and I have eloped and we're leaving on our honeymoon. I think we'll be very happy together. Don't try to follow us. Our love is too strong to be broken.
In addition to Linnaea's, Dafni and Wil Forbis (lead guitar and banjo) will also be on KCBX's The Minstrel Song Show hosted by Sonnie Brown at about 2 p.m. and doing an in-store appearance at Boo Boo's around 4:30 p.m.
Listen Dafni, you can play your songs for your SLO shows, but your CD and I will be parasailing in Mexico. Don't hate your CD. It couldn't deny our mutual love anymore than I could.
Working in the tradition of jazz classics like Ella, Nina, and Billie, one-named Dafni has created a stellar new CD from which she'll draw for a 2 p.m. KCBX radio spot, a 4:30 p.m. Boo Boo's in-store appearance, and an 8 p.m. Linnaea's Cafe concert.
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Monday, September 10th, 2007
Thanks to "Tied to the Tracks
" host Larry Wines for having me and my band in to the KCSN
studio for an interview and live performance last Saturday morning. Wil, Geoff, Mark, and I had a fun time playing some songs from my new CD, "Charlie's Lonely Sunday
," plus a cover of the tune "Me, Myself, and I," which Billie Holiday recorded back in 1937. I've put a copy of the interview on the mp3 player on the home page
. Please note that the CD onto which Larry was recording the show maxed out about two-thirds of the way through, so you don't get to hear my answer to his question about my influences (I answered something about how I grew up listening to Judy Garland and old Greek music as a kid, and how in later years I became a fan of Ella Fitzgerald, Billie Holiday, and Nina Simone). After that we went to a station ID break and replaced the CD, so you don't miss much. Thanks again to Larry for the opportunity to play on his show--and for recommending the all-you-can-eat Chinese buffet for lunch afterward!