Category: Music

Professional songwriter, performer, educator

Here We Go!!!

So you know those songs I’ve been collecting in my online songbook for the past 18 months? Well it’s time to do something with them…like, record them at a studio or something. Since I am only one man, and cannot fund this massive project alone, I am asking you to help me get it done.…
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Can Playing Less Actually Be a Good Thing?

In a word…yes. I’ve had several discussions with musicians in the past few weeks about the nature of the music industry and our role as performers in making it a viable environment for the creation of new, quality music. The crux of these conversations revolved around the question of what we should be charging for…
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Love Me Lonely – Jack Klatt

Jack Klatt’s CD just arrived in the mail. It came in a handwritten package, and those are always the best. I hadn’t heard of Jack prior to backing his crowdsourcing project. I was impressed by his campaign video and thought “Hey, $20 is worth taking a shot on this guy…let’s see what he does.” It…
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Why Do Bands Keep Asking Me to Back Their Projects? Jeez…

It’s inevitable…you hear a band you like at a show, you look them up on your phone and decide to follow them on Twitter or Facebook so you can see where they’re playing next, and then it happens. You weren’t prepared for it. You just wanted information and entertainment. You never intended to let money…
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10 Guidelines To Be A Successful Performer

Recently I had a discussion with someone who questioned the professionalism of my practice of using a music stand at shows and my preference to play shows seated versus standing. This got me thinking, generally, about what it means to be a music professional and what practices one should employ if they want to be…
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Six Strings of Peace and Sanity – Breanne Marie

“Breanne’s debut album is a work of courageous introspection, a work that reveals life unvarnished by typical social niceties that would otherwise conceal the pain of loved ones taken too soon. While it may have been a project for personal catharsis I think that many of us can find solace here too, even the simple…
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Songbook: The Greatest Divide

This one stems from my wandering thoughts about how best to live life. In reaction to the whole media hooplah over the “you didn’t build this on your own” quote I wrote this tune. Fundamentally we do not do anything on our own. Our ability to succeed is inherently tied to our communities, family and…
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Songbook: It Didn’t Work Out That Way (that’s okay)

As Jenn entered her 3rd decade she was ruminating on how her life had turned out. She told me about the dreams she had for herself when she was in her early 20’s and how she would never have guessed that her life would be what it is like now. It got me thinking of…
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Top 10

Thanks to all you guys for listening to and sharing my music I’ve been bumped up to the top 10 folk artists in the St. Paul Area on the Reverb Nation charts! It’s a good day.

Another Review!

This great review comes from John C. McClure over at Victory Review magazine. This is a quote from the June 2012 issue…. “I have a warm place in my heart for people from the Great Lakes area of the country. One of my favorite songwriters in the world, Drew Nelson is from there, and just…
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