Album Cover Art Contest

I’m thrilled to announce that I will be enlisting the talent of local artists in an album cover art contest. I support talent of all forms and I want to reach out to undiscovered artists. We are working out the details and guidelines to make sure that we are not asking for anything too specific. I want to see the artists interpretation of what “Welcome to My Head” might mean to them or what thoughts and images the title provokes. Every artist that makes a submission will receive a free download of both my albums to show my appreciation. So let’s get to it!

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For The Love of Bluegrass

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The “high lonesome sound” isn’t always heard in more modern contemporary Bluegrass music. The genre feels like its evolving but all the while still paying tribute to the original style. I can hear the influence of blues in the soulful lyrics and I can hear the influence of jam bands in the mind blowing solos. I have experienced large scale performances of every genre but no style can speak to my soul and fill my body with energy like Bluegrass.

In the past few years I’ve been showing my support for local music and going to see Horseshoes & Hand Grenades as well as Dead Horses perform. HHG plays with a progressive high energy unique style. When they perform they are always having a blast. All five members sing into the same mic that literally pulls the whole show together. Dead Horses brings an intensity to their shows that makes the hair on the back of your neck stand up. It makes you tap your toes, bounce your knees, and bob your head. They have an approachable sound that can be appreciated by all genre lovers. The talent that I’ve witnessed time and time again makes me proud to be a musician from Wisconsin. I’ve traveled near and far to see both these bands and I will never stop SUPPORTING LOCAL MUSIC!

How Music Helped Me Battle Lyme Disease

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300 different symptoms are associated with Lyme Disease. I think I’ve experienced most of them. I started feeling sick when I was 8. Doctors couldn’t figure out what was wrong because of the large range of symptoms. There were so many different ways that I hurt. My pain was at a seven. Seven was my baseline.

11 years of testing and doctors without any solution or relief. When I was 19 I was finally diagnosed. FINALLY AN ANSWER. A culprit. A name for my pain. I can remember how relieved I was when we finally had an answer. It gave me a new outlook. I thought the doctors know what’s wrong and they can treat me and I’m going to feel better.

That wasn’t the case. It meant more doctors, more traveling, more pills, and more unanswered questions. In the midst of everything my older brother Eric started playing the acoustic guitar.  He played all the time and he was good. He naturally caught on and he had rhythm. I had always been interested in music but that interest became an obsession when I saw my brother start playing. I had to start playing too. Playing the guitar always made me feel better. Even when I was weak and it was difficult to find the energy, it always made me feel better to hit those strings. Instant relief. When I was sick I didn’t have the power to do anything. But I had the power to make beautiful music that made me feel good inside and out. Most days were still a battle but in the back of my mind I knew I had my guitar and I could always play.

After I had been playing for a few years I still wasn’t getting any better. Out of frustration, I quit taking all the prescription meds and started taking Mitosynergy Supplements and continued playing guitar. The combination was what my body needed and what I was looking for. Mitosynergy impacts the bodies cell energy producers and helps your systems push out the bad and start rebuilding. Mitosynergy was giving me results and my body was rebuilding on the inside while I was rebuilding my soul through music.

Many people know that I have Lyme Disease and that I’m a musician. But not many of them know the true impact music has had on my life and continues to have each day. Music is a huge part of healing for me. I’m grateful to play and I’m gratedul to share my music with others. The journey I’ve been through is nothing compared to the journey music takes me on.

Tunes I Rock

Its difficult for me to categorize my music. Its hard to pick one genre. I appreciate music of all styles and I’m influenced by music from all styles. And my music pulls from every style. Here’s a few of the artists that I’ve been jamming to recently. Some local, some mainstream, all incredibly talented musicians.

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Henhouse Prowlers I had the pleasure of seeing this group perform this summer at the first annual Blue Ox Bluegrass Festival in Eau Claire WI. Wow. I was sucked right in. Their finger picking was impressive and  they sounded so polished together. This band will be touring as long as they want to.

ben josephBen Joseph I met Ben in Chicago at Rax Trax Studio when I was recording my debut album “I Wrote These Songs For You.” His song “Dreaming of Electric Sheep” is a mood lifter. Its got almost a sexy jazz vibe to it.

Brian-Wilson-the-beach-boys-33556919-680-400Brian Wilson The impact that Brian Wilson of the Beach Boys had on the music industry is something that could never be measured. Brain pushed the limits early on and paved the way for others. Musical genius.

steam-powered-giraffeSteam Powered Giraffe This group is all about the experience. They are true performers. Their shows include comedic skits, multimedia visuals, steam effects, and robot pantomime. Their style might not be for everyone but their level of talent is unmatched.

Who Really Likes Getting Their Picture Taken

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By far my least favorite part of releasing a new album is the ever dreaded photo shoot. Being behind a microphone is awesome. Being on a stage is incredible. But being in front of that dang camera is a really awkward feeling. I’m always pleased with how the images come together but that awkward feeling still resonates inside. If anyone has tips or tricks to melt away the “all eyes on me” feeling, please do share. Here’s a tiny sneak peek.