Interview on “People Who Matter” podcast.

I was recently interviewed by Harley Eblen for his podcast “People Who Matter.” Check it out here.

Gigs with Cara Luft in the Pac Northwest

My tour with folk dynamo Cara Luft dips into the States this week with gigs in WA and OR. Details below:

Dec 3: Bellingham, WA. Roeder Home, 2600 Sunset Drive, 7:30 pm. For more info, contact   or call 360.647.0741

Dec 4: Portland, OR, Abbie Weissenbloom House Concert. 7:30 pm. And Concert Window broadcast. You can purchase online tickets on a pay-what-you-want basis starting now at Concert Window. House concert contact: Abbie Weisenbloom, 503.233.4945,

Dec 5: Olympia, WA, Traditions Cafe & World Folk Art, 300 5th Avenue SW. 8 pm.

Dec 6: Seattle, WA. House concert. 2226 32nd Ave Seattle, WA 98144. Contact Jeff Lee,

Dec. 7: Bainbridge Island, WA. House concert, 7:30 pm. For reservations and info, contact

Ship in the Clouds Sets Sail


Ship in the Clouds is a new trio with yours truly, Jake Schepps (banjo), and Alisa Rose (fiddle), playing an eclectic mix of string music, including Bartok, Brazilian choro, and original bluegrass-oriented instrumental tunes. We’ll set sail with a short Northern CA tour.

Nov 13: DuendeOakland, CA, 8 pm. Ship in the Clouds.

Nov 14: ViracochaSan Francisco, CA. Ship in the Clouds and the Rob Reich Trio.

Nov 15: Music Near the HearthSunnyvale, CA. 6:30 pm. Ship in the Clouds.

Nov 16: Arcata PlayhouseArcata, CA. 8 pm. Ship in the Clouds.

Peghead Nation Is Live!

Peghead Nation Is Live!

As many of you know, for the last 10 months or so, I, along with my partners Dan Gabel and Teja Gerken, have been hard at work on a new roots-music instruction, gear, and news site called Peghead Nation, which I am overjoyed to announce is now live!!

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We’ve got 15 courses in various styles of guitar, dobro, fiddle, mandolin, banjo, and ukulele, with illustrious instructors like Bill Evans, Mike Witcher, Sharon Gilchrist, Teja Gerken, Stevie Coyle, Brittany Haas, Chad Manning, Orville Johnson, Marcy Marxer, Adrianne Serna, and yours truly.

I’m teaching two courses: Flatpicking Guitar and Weekly Guitar Workout, a series of weekly exercises designed to help guitarists learn the fingerboard. We’ll also have CD reviews, performance videos, instrument demos, and more. So please check it out, sign up for a course (or two), and let us know what you think of our new Peghead Nation.

Sleeping Lady (Fairfax, CA) with Teja Gerken and Mark Goldenberg, Sept. 10

Come on out to the Sleeping Lady in my hometown of Fairfax, CA, for a little guitar round-robin with fingerstylist supreme Teja Gerken and sideman-to-the-stars (and phenomenal solo guitarist) Mark Goldenberg.

Sept. 10, Sleeping Lady Cafe, 23 Broadway, Fairfax, CA. 9 – 11 pm. 

House Concert with David Grier, Santa Cruz, July 13

I’ll be doing a house (backyard) concert with the amazing David Grier at Steve Palazzo’s house in Santa Cruz, CA, on Sunday July 13. We’ll each do a short solo set and then a set together. Email for reservations.

Peghead Nation IndieGoGo Campaign


As some of you know, I’m in the process of launching a new roots-music instruction, news, and gear site for players of guitar, mandolin, banjo, dobro, fiddle, bass, and ukulele. It’s called Peghead Nation and it will launch in May 2014.

Peghead Nation is the brainchild of three former Acoustic Guitar magazine editors: myself, Teja Gerken, Dan Gabel. With Peghead Nation’s subscription-based e-learning courses, musicians will learn to play their favorite instruments with some of the best teachers in the roots music community. They will also stay up-to-date with the latest happenings and news from the roots music world with our video demonstrations of new instruments and gear, reviews of great new albums and videos, backstage conversations with touring musicians, thought-provoking and humorous columnists, and much more.

Before we get started however, we need a little financial support, so we’ve launched an IndieGoGo fundraising campaign. Please check it out and help if you can: