Thank You Leavenworth!

I was back in Leavenworth WA over the weekend for a couple of shows, the weather was gorgeous, I went for a couple of beautiful hikes along the river, and I got to sing for many lovely people. I can’t wait to come back!
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Hidden Stash!

I found a secret (even to me) stash of my ‘Welcome’ CD in a box in storage, nice surprise! It features the amazing drumming of Bill Rieflin, rad bass by Scott McCaughey, and legendary guitars by Peter Buck. Come to a show while supplies last, I thought we sold out a while back and it’s a limited edition (1000 copies) so get yours soon.
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TBT Snow Patrol

It’ll be rad to see Snow Patrol in Seattle this Saturday w/Ed Sheeran. This photo is Gary and I on some random night, I really should get better at tagging them. If you haven’t heard their new record yet, do it, it’s beautiful.
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Who Can It Be Now? TBT

I don’t play throw-back-Thursday often, so here we go. I’ve had the great pleasure of opening up for Colin Hay of Men At Work a couple of times, his voice soars and his current songs are treasures. As you can see from this photo we also had a difficult time keeping our hands off each other.
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Is That….Is That Aretha?!?!?

“Is that…is that Aretha?!?!”

In the Summer of 2008 I was getting my first record mastered at Capitol Records, it was my first time there and the engineer gave me a tour of the studios. We walked down a hall and one of the doors was shut but I could hear a voice singing that I’ve heard thousands of times before. I turned and said “Is that…is that Aretha?!?!?”, the engineer smiled to confirm and I almost spontaneously combusted in excitement. On the other side of that door was one of the best voices in rock & roll.

Throughout the day I kept walking down the hall hoping the door would open and I could get a glimpse, and sure enough it was wide open later that afternoon. I peered in, but no one was there, and the studio was covered with Christmas decorations. I figured it out quickly, Aretha was recording a holiday album in the middle of Summer and was using the decorations to get in the “spirit”, she was such a pro. I didn’t get to meet her, but knowing I was working down the hall from one of my heroes was truly inspiring.

I heard Aretha left us today, I hope she knows how much we all love her for sharing her voice.

Love,

SJ

Jalapeño Chips For Breakkie

Everyone is talking about keto and paleo and various other fad diets, but have they considered fried jalapeño flavored potatoes for breakfast? Ok, maybe it’s not really a “diet”, maybe I was too lazy to get something healthier.
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