My good friends Rolling Vertigo and I have done a killer cover of a Cult classic! You may remember Deb from our previous covers Missionary Man and She Bop. This time her hubs Brian, who mastered The Answer is None joins us on drums and mixed the song as well. Rounding out the foursome is Joe Verdi on Bass. Enjoy!
Some of you may not know this, but I bought my first guitar when I was 36. I bought my first electric guitar when I was 37. At that point, I started writing songs and learning the ins and outs of home recording. I had a few songs under my belt when I decided I wanted to release my first album before I turned 40.
I did exactly that, releasing the self published “It’s Hard” in 2009 on iTunes and Amazon just before my 40th birthday. That’s 3 years from beginning to learn how to make music to the release of an album with 8 original and 2 cover songs.
In that time I learned how to write, arrange, record, mix, and master music as well as publish and license songs. Not to mention play guitar and bass and sing just well enough to do all of the above! 10 years later, I’m still doing all of those things for myself and others, and still going strong with my original project Mojo’s Army.
This year, as a celebration of the 10 year anniversary of my first album, I’m giving it away as a free download on Bandcamp through the end of 2019. Find the remastered & rereleased version of It’s Hard, now called It’s Still Hard, on Bandcamp here!
Okay, we all know what a dumpster fire 2017 was from a political and social standpoint, so I’m just going to focus on the music here.
At the beginning of the year I released “Undercover”, a compiliation of all of the cover songs I’ve done over the last 10 years, including the very popular version of the Eurythmics’ “Missionary Man” I did with Deb Criveau, plus two new songs, “Need You Tonight” and “A Criminal Mind”. Undercover is available exclusively on Bandcamp.
While the middle of the year may have seemed like not much was going on, I was continuing to mix songs for other indie musicians like And Then There was One, plus helping Troy Adams with his ambitious concept album, while also continuing to run the weekly DIY Music Chat on Twitter, now heading into its third year!
I also got chances to see a whole host of great live bands, including Iron Maiden, Ghost, Dorothy, Devil in California, Zed, The Watchers, Thadeus Gonzalez, Truckfighters, Y&T, and more, hanging out with old friends and making some new ones.
This fall, I released a new single, Shadow Me, and am currently finishing up producing a video for it, which I hope to have out around the beginning of the year. Shadow Me and my last few releases can now be streamed on Spotify, Google Play, Apple Music, and Amazon!
Of course, new music is in the works! I will have a new single in January, an EP out in the spring and hope to have a full length album available some time next year.
How was your 2017? Let me know what bands you saw, what were some of your favorites?