My New CD, "Rise Up," Will Hit the Street in March 2019
I'm excited to report that I have a new CD, "Rise Up,"  that will hit the street in March of 2019.  Like all my previous studio records, "Rise Up" features all original songs.  It's firmly rooted in the blues, while taking some side roads into other musical genres.    Containing eight new tunes, it is a bit different than my previous studio records in a couple of ways.   

First, it was conceived as a more acoustic sounding project, with what I consider to be a sort of old-school vibe. A real grand piano, a real Hammond B3 and Leslie, upright bass, a bunch of cool and funky old guitars and amps, and my voice and tenor sax.    Second, unlike my previous studiorecords, which have featured a lot of other folks singing with me (Janiva Magness, Tommy, Malone, Francine Reed, The McCrary Sisters, Bekka Bramlett, to name a few) and a lot horn section parts, etc., this one is more stripped down.  It's just me singing my songs and playing the tenor sax with a fine rhythm section.   I'm really digging the way it has turned out.

In addition to me on vocals and tenor sax, the record features: 

Shane Theriot (Guitar)  currently serves as guitarist and musical director for “Live From Daryl's House,” on MTV Live.  Dividing his time between New Orleans and the New York City area, Theriot has either recorded or performed with Hall and Oates,  The Neville Brothers, Boz Scaggs, LeAnn Rimes, Beyoncé, Harry Connick Jr., Allen Toussaint, Dr. John, Willie Nelson, Madeleine Peyroux, Sam Moore of Sam and Dave, Aaron Neville, Maria Muldaur, Larry Carlton, John Waite, Leni Stern, and Steve Earle.  He is also a Grammy-winning producer and the author of a number of guitar instructional videos. 

Wes Lanich (Piano and Organ)  currently resides in Aspen, CO, but until recently made his home in Washington DC, There  he taught music at The Field School and performed with Bobby Thompson, The Ron Holloway Band, and many other acts.   

Paul Langosch (Upright Bass) --  DC-based Upright bass man Paul Langosch has performed and recorded with a wide range of top jazz players, and spent 20 years holding down the bass chair in singer Tony Bennett’s band. 

Emre Kartari (Drums) has toured and performed extensively with the spoken-word, hip-hop group Jazz Poets Society. He has also performed and recorded for the rock band Brindley Brothers, the electric jazz group “Signals,” as well as with Houston Person, David Liebman.  He serves as an adjunct professor at Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond, VA.