I picked up a guitar during my senior year of high school, in order to start writing songs. I've since learned a bit of harmonica and banjo, as well. I like to think of my music as the sound of the band at the drunken shotgun wedding of all the places I've ever lived, from rural upstate New York to the South Side of Chicago, from Cork, Ireland to Jaipur, India. You'll find some things old (lyrics that actually tell a story, chicken-fried slide guitar) and some things new (waves of distortion, trip-hop beats, found sounds); some of it's borrowed (samples of Delta blues and Hindi film songs), and it's all pretty blue. Other people have compared it to early Wilco, Sparklehorse, Tom Waits, Lou Reed, Smashing Pumpkins gone country and "folk music from Pluto," whatever that means.
Between 2002 and 2005, I wrote and recorded three full-length albums on a digital 4-track. Highlights of those recordings, as well as new solo endeavors, can be found here and on my Bandcamp page.
the lost cartographers.
In 2007 I helped found the Chicago alt.country band The Lost Cartographers. We've performed in just about every conceivable type of venue in the Windy City, from indie rock clubs like the Empty Bottle, to intimate singer-songwriter venues like Schubas, to headlining the local music stage at The Taste of Chicago. In 2009 we released our debut album, Walk On.
hey, mr. dj.
Virtual DJ (now playing, via Last.fm):
Real Life Radio Experience:
- WHPK 88.5 FM, Chicago, 2005-2006: "Bottle Up and Go" (Blues)
- WOBC 91.5 FM, 1995-1999, Oberlin, OH: "61 North" (Blues), "Acoustic Hookah," (Acoustic), "One World Under a Groove" (Eclectic), "Scream! by Amnesty International" (Talk/Current Affairs)