Some Cool Projects I've Worked On Recently

 Brant Miller, longtime Nashville songwriter, singer, harmonicat, tree hugger, and all 'round good egg completed his thirteen song album project just in time for the new decade. He brought in a passel of local hotshots to back him up and even flew in a guest back-up singer from Copenhagen (his sister Tamra). The tunes borrow from the best of bluegrass, Irish, folk, & country styles and there's not a weak track in the bunch. Listen to a brief 6-song sampler here...

   Also rounding out 2019 was an audio book project by Leslie Baer Dinkel. She's written a memoir called "Hope Dancing" (five stars on Amazon!) which recounts her spiritual awakening in the 80's and her subsequent struggles founding and growing Xela Aid, a non-profit dedicated to helping indigenous Mayan people in rural Guatemala. It's loaded with great stories...some poignant, some harrowing, all entertaining & inspirational, and I'm proud to have been a small part of it.

Being in Music City, I have many singer-songwriter friends who have recorded their own CDs. Here's "My New CD", a parody song about the plight of all the indie artists (including me!) trying to get noticed, sung to the tune of the 60's pop hit "This Diamond Ring".

  Colorado-based singer/songwriter Eric Elison's voice bears an uncanny resemblance to Gordon Lightfoot. I produced a five song collection of GL's biggest songs for Eric to use as an entree into the tribute artist arena. Here's a montage of the results.

It's quirky, it's peppy, it's poppy.  Check out  the "Haughty Auteur"   "...he sports a fez and a monocle, he's impervious to ridicule."

   I guess these things come in waves. I've had occasion of late to produce a number of 60's covers for different clients. Pete McIlroy, a longtime fan of folk duo Ian & Silvia, commissioned sweet new versions of four of their biggest songs. The very next week, JD Buhl flew in from Oakland to sing a medley of "Everybody's Talkin'" and "Everybody Loves a Clown". (Gary Lewis & the Playboys, don'tcha know!) And I'm staying in the 60's groove for the rest of the month recording a new batch of ten songs for our app, "Sing Harmonies", including more retro stuff: Beatles, Paul Simon, CSNY, and others. Mighty fun to revisit songs from my salad days!