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HOW TO PLAY THE QUEER GOSPEL

this spring, as i was preparing to start my summer tour season (22 states and counting since april!), i was feeling a deep need to have a song i could carry with me around the country and leave […]

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WHY I AM PLAYING IN NORTH CAROLINA THIS WEEK

ok folks, here’s the topline byte you can pull, then read on for more discussion: this week i will be playing two shows in north carolina because i think it’s necessary to gather queer community and straight allies […]

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“AMY” AND THE PROXIMITY EFFECT

last weekend i saw “amy”,  the new documentary by british director asif kapadia chronicling the life of singer amy winehouse. it has received justly deserved excellent reviews and inspired many worthy think pieces. as i watched, i was glad to […]

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MUTUAL REVIEWING SOCIETY

jed gottlieb of the boston herald asked me to review my favorite song from my friend ryan montbleau. the original review ran here. Is there such a thing as the “humble strut?” I believe there is. And it […]

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2014 READING LIST

i am a pretty busy person. between touring, teaching, and writing plus having a life outside of work, i don’t have too much spare time. however, reading is one of my greatest pleasures, and i always seem to […]

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37 THINGS I HAVE NEVER DONE

to celebrate today, my 37th birthday, i went on my local radio station with my favorite host EVER, monte belmonte, and gave him a list of 37 things i have never done. some of which i never want […]

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GOODBYE OLD FRIEND!

goodbye old friend! how can i possibly thank you enough for the last 7 years? you lasted longer than you should have, longer than they said you would. goodbye old friend! how can i possibly thank you for […]

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review of “9 Dead Alive” for The Talkhouse

this review first appeared on THE TALKHOUSE. Instrumental music occupies a unique niche in my listening habits. While I’m a singer-songwriter who desires and appreciates precision-crafted lyrics, in my down-time I have no remaining appetite to listen to […]

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SUMMER OF RADIO

while it’s been a quiet summer away from the road, i’ve been working hard on the internets and air-waves for WNYC: New York Public Radio. i love these folks, and it’s been a dream come true to host […]

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HAPPY 10TH BIRTHDAY, GRAND!!

Ten years ago this week, my second album Grand was released. I remember at the time being highly disappointed with the June 10 release date, worried that it would consign my record to a mere drip of an […]