December, 2013 
Or is it November?  Well, close enough...

Just finished putting the finishing touches on Crystal Bowersox’ new single, “Coming Out For Christmas”.  Co-writer Maia Sharp and I produced this latest one for CB, available on iTunes and all digital outlets.  It was a wild and crazy quick schedule, and I would’ve been more stressed if I had time to think about it.  Flew to Nashville to track CB’s vocals, flew home, mixed, delivered, touchdown!  I mean, iTunes!  

Wrapping up the year by looking forward to next year... “Whose Line Is It Anyway?” is coming back for more, we’ll start filming in January.  Laura and I even took a day to do a “Reddit” about it.  Three hours of typing “yes i love ho-downs”.  It was a blast, until my hands cramped.

Speaking of Laura Hall, we recently recorded her upcoming CD.  Laura and her band “The Sweet Potatoes” are writing some lovely music, Americana, folk, very traditional and warmly familiar.  And Laura keeps me hopping between dobro, acoustics of all sizes, banjo, basically anything with strings attached.

Finished another score for my long-time collaborator, filmmaker Mark Ryan.  Mark has a way of filming that really inspires me, it’s always a creative rush to work with him.

I’ve had the nicest balance between recording, writing, playing and touring recently which rarely happens.  I think that may be my Xmas gift....thank you Santa!

Enjoy your holidaze, however and whatever you do.
-lt


April, 2013
And they say you can’t go home again...

Clearly, “they’ve” never heard of the CW Network.

After 12 years (I’ll have to check the dates on my floppy disks), “Whose Line Is It Anyway?” is filming new episodes, and making a comeback on the CW Network this summer.  The original cast is returning, Ryan Stiles, Wayne Brady, Colin Mochrie, Laura Hall and myself.  The new host is Aisha Tyler, and, baby she just owns that chair.  You’ll see some familiar faces in the coveted 4th chair as well.  Our premier episode is in July, keep your eyes on the golden cable guide.  And everyone except Ryan (bless him) is Twitter-enabled, so if you want the dirt, head on over.  

Maia Sharp and I continue to support the fossil fuel industry with constant touring.  Except for the fossil fuel part, I wouldn’t have it any other way.  We’ve been from San Diego to New York and all points between in the last few months, and had a nice run opening for Bonnie Raitt.  The artistic satisfaction of playing with this artist is one of my true joys.  Check out Maia.

I joined Terri Lyne Carrington and some amazing musicians a couple weeks ago for a lovely gig in Palm Springs.  TLC is always a joy, always a lesson, and my only complaint is when the gig ends.

Looks like the Troubies are back and threatening with their Midsummer Saturday Night’s Fever.  I’ve found my platform shoes (under the bed) and my wah-wah (always, always on the pedalboard) and I’m ready to laugh my ass off at the Bard.

Onward....


November, 2012
Well, there’s that quickly moving time thing again.

Just finished a rich, musical two weeks with RnR Hall of Famer, activist, Grammy winner, bad-ass muso, singer, etc., etc., Bonnie Raitt.  Vanessa Freebairn-Smith and I joined Maia Sharp as she guested on the final leg of Bonnie’s “Slipstream” tour.  We played 4 cities in Florida, narrowly missing Storm Sandy by one day, then finished at the Ryman in Nashvegas.  I could laud accolades all day long about Bonnie, but you’ve heard them already.  Thank you, once again, to Maia for bringing me along for the ride.  

 from left to right, Tim Craven (our road manager), Vanessa (cello), me, Manny Alvarez (Guitar Tech to the Stars) and Maia, on stage at the Ryman.

On our first day off, we had an extraordinary tour of the Big Cat Rescue Sanctuary in Tampa, FL.  Big Cat Rescue is the largest accredited sanctuary in the world dedicated entirely to abused and abandoned big cats.  They are home to over 100 lions, tigers, bobcats, cougars and other species most of whom have been abandoned, abused, orphaned, saved from being turned into fur coats, or retired from performing acts.  Our Sanctuary guide, Jeff Kremer, was a most patient and informed teacher, he took great care to introduce us to the magnificent creatures that call BCR home.  It was truly an unforgettable experience.  I’m so grateful to Maia for making time in the itinerary for this.  Please visit BCR online to learn more about this gentle, noble organization.

Oh, right, back to music.  Can’t we just talk about animals?  

I joined Maia, Garrison Starr, and AG (Adrianne Gonzalez) on their “Evening With” tour.  Man, did we cover a lot of ground over 3 weeks.  The ladies combined their individual songs and musicianship into a supergroup, Writer In The Round-type show, playing and singing on each others’ music (while I danced over the myriad of pedals that each required).  Lots of driving, and by the time Maia and I passed Capital Hill the 14th time, we were able to correctly identify some of the buildings without pulling out our paper money.

Had a truly Awesome evening recently with Ron Meza’s Afro Beat big band.  Imagine James Brown meets Fela Kuti and the whole thing arranged by Count Basie, and that would be kinda it.  Kinda.  Got to play with fellow guitarist Ken Rosser, and a whole stage filled with monster cats.  Ron writes his ass off, it’s always a thrill and a challenge.  Thank you, Ron!

Got my ballot off today after careful study.  Since I can’t vote for Cameron the Lion or Zabu the tiger, I guess I’ll have to pick some guy.  

Onward....


June, 2012
It’s been quite the journey the last few months...

We were recently at Henson Studios for the one and only Art Garfunkel.  His upcoming release, “The Singer” features two new songs, both produced by Maia Sharp.        With Leland Sklar, Russ Kunkel, Dean Parks, and Ryan Freeland at the board, it was a glorious two days of music.  Look for “The Singer” to be released sometime in August.  (L-R, above, me, Maia, Art, and Ryan).

Promo and radio tours for Maia’s “Change The Ending” has begun.  We’ve been to Oregon twice in the last week, all parts of the Northwest (lots and lots of cows), and had a lovely evening at the Britt Pavilion opening the show for Melissa Etheridge.  We leave again in a few days, starting off a run of dates in Nashville.  

In July, Maia will be sharing some shows with Garrison Starr.  There’s some beautiful songs in the Garrison catalog, so I expect Maia and I will do everything to invade her set.

It was an extraordinary Playboy Jazz Festival at the Hollywood Bowl with Terri Lyne Carrington’s Mosaic Project.  A quick rehearsal, then onto the rotating stage with Mimi Jones, Helen Sung, Ingrid Jensen, Patrice Rushen, Dee Dee Bridgewater, Tia Fuller, Carmen Lundy, Gretchen Parlato, Nona Hendryx, Dianne Reeves and Dr. Angela Davis.  What an experience...

My long-time friend Ed Roth’s debut album is making waves, and his first single “Summertime” is already charting.  Think I’ve got a note or two on there, we’ve been doing a lot of recording together, and Ed always promises a great groove, a great hang, and an adult beverage or two.

Well, I’m sitting here staring at my brand-new Guytron 100F/V, which arrived the evening before my last run with Maia, and I haven’t had a chance to really see what this baby can do.  So, put in your earplugs....it starts.

Time it was and what a time it was, it was...


March, 2012
The new year is beginning to reveal itself...

Started January with a run to the finish line of the Troubies’ “A Christmas West Side Story”.  I think bass player Kevin Stewart counted up over 300 performances, but I may have to check his math.  I still use “Cool” as a warm-up exercise.

Got back together with my “Whose Line” crew Drew Carey, Laura Hall, Chip Esten, Jeff Davis, and some new faces for an “Improv-A-Ganza” in Vegas over the Super Bowl Weekend.  Laura and I haven’t done that in years, but it felt great to get those ‘chops’ back.  The cast was terrific, and I thoroughly enjoyed my weekend with them.

Maia Sharp is getting her summer tour schedule finalized, which includes some shows with Adrianne Gonzalez and Garrison Starr, and an opening slot for Melissa Etheridge.  Time to bring the music to the pe0ples!  Maia’s record is nearly complete, and, baby, it’s time.  Release it.  Let’s go, Road-Warriors!

I’ve started work as a freelance composer for Elias Arts Music, a wonderful music library.  I’m very proud of my association with them.

Terri Lyne Carrington’s “Mosaic” won the Grammy for best Jazz Vocal album, and I couldn’t be more delighted and humbled to be a part of this record.  Congratulations, TLC!  She’s rounding up most of the players on the album for the Playboy Jazz Festival....I know that’s going to be a show to remember.

and back to the woodshed...


December, 2011
Ah, the holidaze are upon us...perhaps I can just work through them....

The episode of NBC’s “The Office” I was in aired this month.  Too much fun!  It’s called “Pam’s Replacement”, and you can watch myself and some other musos be obnoxious at The Office jam session at NBC.com.  It was a two fast days, but the cast and crew were wonderful, and made for a very enjoyable experience.  Thanks to Ed Helms, Brian Baumgartner, Craig Robinson, James Spader, and Ameenah Kaplan for making us feel very welcome.

Tracking on Maia Sharp’s new one finished just last week.  Basics were done at The Lair, and bassist Dave J. Carpenter, drummer Matt Chamberlain and I had just 4 days to explore Maia’s new material!  No worries, I had an extra day of love and grooviness doing overdubs with Greg Leisz, and horn players Martha Catlin and Glenda Smith.  What an experience....I know Maia is cutting lead vocals right now, but from the little bit I’ve heard....ahhhh...it’s going to be wonderful.

Terri Lyne Carrington’s “Mosaic” is doing very well.  She is nominated for a Grammy in several categories, and Mosaic is up for Best Traditional Jazz Album at BET.  I’m delighted to say that I will be joining TLC at next year’s Playboy Jazz Festival, playing her music from this wonderful album.

And it just wouldn’t be a holiday without the Troubies!  Yes, I’ve signed on to get Bernstein’d in “A Christmas West Side Story”.  We’re running through mid-January, and I’ll be churning through Leonard’s score for the rest of time, apparently.  The man absolutely loved 32nd notes.  Tri-tones.  Breakneck tempos.  What a card.  Get yourself to the Falcon Theater and get your holiday Troubie on.

Okay, enough typing....back to work.


October, 2011
Filmed an episode of NBC’s “The Office”.  Yup, life in L.A.  I’m not sure when the episode airs, but I play the obnoxious guitar player who just walks in and relieves Andy of his guitar cable and amp.  Kinda like a night at Harvelle’s. 

Terri Lyne Carrington’s “Mosaic” project is available now, on Concord Records.  TLC has brought together a diverse and stellar combination of musicians, including Dianne Reeves, Dee Dee Bridgewater, Nona Hendryx, Cassandra Wilson, Esperanza Spalding, Geri Allen, Patrice Rushen, and many many more.  What an honor to be a part of this album...

Maia Sharp’s “Echo” continues to do well, and the touring hasn’t stopped.  She’s now planning her next release, and we’re scheduled to start recording in October.

Edwin McCain’s latest release, “Mercy Bound” is doing very well at Amazon and ITunes.  Maia and I caught up with Edwin and his band at the Euphoria Festival (two words: Southern humidity).  Maia and I played her show to a very welcoming crowd, then sat in with Edwin and his band  of southern gentlemen on several songs.  Great night, even if I did go through 4 shirts.  

Let’s see, Kiki Ebsen’s album came out, I’m proud to say I’ve been working with my ol’ homie and bad-ass keyboardist Ed Roth quite a bit on his projects, and, and....

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