Ironically, this new song Home Again, has nothing to do with quarantine or staying home over and over again. I wrote this song long before all that, at the beginning of a new relationship. One that turned into the most beautiful kind of relationship. One where two hearts decide to commit to loving each other through it all. This is a song about falling in love. It’s a song about figuring out how to communicate our love for one another and ultimately build a life & make a home together. It’s a song about someone making you feel like you’re home again.
Over a year after writing this song, I proposed to my girlfriend in December of 2018 (she said yes). We decided to take our time planing our wedding for the summer of 2020. We finally booked a date, June 26, 2020. We had no idea that the world would be flipped upside down and literally inside out by a deadly virus before we could get to that date. So of course, like everything in 2020, the wedding has been postponed to a very far away date. But the day, June 26, 2020… has come. That date has been in my head for the past several months as our wedding day. A day that for much of my life I didn’t think would even be legally possible.
We’re still trying to figure out how to spend today, June 26. We’re not sure how it’s going to feel to watch this day come and go. This is the day that we planned to gather with family and close friends to declare our love and commitment, but we just can’t do that safely. One thing I could do to honor what this day was supposed to be, would be to release this song, a love song to my future wife… An expression of love and gratitude for how we did indeed make a beautiful home together and we will indeed be able to get married surrounded by the people that we love, just not today. So here it is… “Home Again”
Thank you to American Songwriter for premiering the music video today! This was filmed by Ryan Mastro in a very special spot in Rhode Island. (and edited by Mike Smith). Read the American Songwriter article HERE.
And a special thank you to Racine Holly, a local Providence, RI artist for the painting that serves as the artwork for Home Again.
I am very excited to share this new version of my song “Patience” with you today. Listen wherever you like to listen digitally, or head to Bandcamp to download the song today. Bandcamp is waiving their cut today (May 1) so 100% of the purchase goes to the artist. For a limited time this song is available on a “pay what you want” basis. Take it as my lil gift to you, or pay whatever you want. I plan to make a donation to COVID-19 relief funds (Oxfam and Project Hope) for "Giving Tuesday" which is coming up next week.
Read on for how I feel about this song + check out the beautiful video that accompanies the song...
ABOUT THE SONG...
There are certain songs of mine that people always ask me about after I play them at live shows. Patience is one of those songs. People seem to instantly connect with it and I love when that happens. That's why I started making music in the first place. It's a song I wrote to overcome a period of time where I needed patience the most. Now, it's one of my most requested songs throughout my recent livestream shows. Understandably, a lot of folks can relate to needing and wanting a little extra patience right now. I started wondering how I could reimagine this song from my home. I went back to the original recording and stripped a bunch of layers off until it was just vocals, piano and strings. The result, I think, has a pretty powerful and moving feeling. I hope you enjoy this reimagined stripped back version inspired by some especially trying times, and I hope you and your loved ones find patience and peace.
ABOUT THE VIDEO...
I met Mike Smith, a super talented photographer, videographer and all around nice guy, while on tour with Chadwick Stokes last year. I asked if he might have an idea for a visual representation of this new stripped down version of “Patience” and he really nailed it. He seamlessly integrated some footage from his past Iceland travels with my home isolation footage. I am mostly confined to our home and lovely backyard with our dogs, here in Providence, Rhode Island. Laid against Mike's beautiful footage, the video creates this nostalgic mix of emotions. For me, it feels like longing… to go on an adventure, to see the people we love that we can’t be with right now, to travel, to explore…. but at the same time very much appreciating where I am in the moment, and being grateful for everything I have.
Hope you enjoy the new version of the song, and the video.
Hello there! I hope this e-mail finds you well, safe and healthy. I'm writing to you from my home in Rhode Island (the smallest state in the US), though on my calendar it says I should be in Laval, France. Oh, how I wish! One day I'll make it to you over there in Europe. Today I'm taking one small step towards that day...
RESCHEDULED EUROPEAN DATESI’m gonna go ahead and unofficially call this the “Fingers Crossed Tour.” We still have no idea what the world will look like in a few months, but with hope and fingers crossed, I announce a few rescheduled European tour dates for December 2020. If it’s safe to travel & gather, I hope to see you in December. A couple venues needed to be changed due to availability but the new venues will honor tickets if you held on to them.
3 December - Winchester, UK @ Railway TICKETS | INFO
4 December - London, UK @ The Grace TICKETS | INFO
7 December - Amsterdam, NL @ Paradiso TICKETS | INFO
8 December - Nijmegen, NL @ Merleyn TICKETS | INFO
9 December - Cologne, DE @ Die Wohngemeinschaft TICKETS | INFO
10 December - Rodenberg, DE - Private House Concert
11 December - Berlin, DE @ Curfew Bar TICKETS | INFO
NEXT ONLINE LIVE SHOW FROM MY HOUSE
The dates in France will be rescheduled as well, but currently are still sorting through options. In the meantime join me for a live concert from my home supporting French venues who have been closed due to this crisis... next Wednesday April 29 at 12pm ET / 18h00 (FRANCE) on my Facebook page. Donations will be split between the French venue listed in the Facebook Event, myself, and my French booking agency who has also been impacted by this crisis.
29 April - FACEBOOK LIVE - INFO - 12pm ET / 18h00 UTC+2 (local time in France)
VIEW PAST LIVE STREAM SHOWS
I’ve played several live stream online shows since all of the music venues in the world are shut down. They are a really great way to connect with you all right now. You can revisit ones I’ve already played here:
Facebook Live Stream (March 30 + April 15)
Sofar Sounds Live Stream (April 21)
Parlor Room Live Stream (April 7)
It is with great disappointment but hope for the future that I have to announce the following regarding my EU/UK tour:
All scheduled tour dates need to be postponed due to the coronavirus crisis. We are working on rescheduling the entire tour and hope to have these dates soon. Tickets will be valid for new shows, so we ask that you please hold onto your tickets until we have more info. If you would feel better getting a refund, you may do so at point of purchase but our hope is you’ll keep your tickets to support live music and know we are doing our best to get the tour rescheduled as quickly as possible. Thank you for understanding.
I plan to use this unexpected time to write new music, play songs for you live online, and hopefully connect in a different but meaningful way since we are unable to connect in person. These are very strange and unprecedented circumstances we are experiencing and we should all do what we can to remain emotionally connected.
I'm crushed... but I know this tour will happen, eventually. For now, more patience and more hard work. I look forward to sharing that news with you when we've rescheduled. Be safe, be healthy, be kind.
I first learned The Beatles' "I Will" over 10 years ago for my cousin’s wedding. My cousin and his then fiancee each chose a song for one another. They kept the songs secret, until I played them during the ceremony as a part of their vows, one song from him to her and one song from her to him. It was a pretty special moment to be a part of. I’ve been covering the song ever since. I thought it would be cool to rearrange the song just a bit, make it a little darker and dramatic, but still keep the song’s sweet and well, endearing qualities. The result is this recording, and I'm really excited to share it with you today... Happy Valentine's day!
Listen where you like to listen.
I’ve got some really big news to share today. I’m announcing my FIRST EVER EUROPEAN TOUR. I’m pretty much BURSTING with excitement about it. I’ll be playing 12 shows in Europe including: France, the Netherlands, Germany, and the UK.
In addition to these European dates, I’ll be playing several US headline shows this winter in the Northeast. The phenomenally talented Anna Vogelzang will be sharing the stage for the Pittsburgh, Philadelphia & Providence dates.
Tickets for all shows are on sale now!
Feb 20 - Northampton, MA - Parlour Room # - TICKETS | INFO
Feb 26 - Boston, MA - Cafe 939 % - TICKETS | INFO
Feb 29 - Pittsburgh, PA - Thunderbird Cafe* - TICKETS | INFO
March 1 - Philadelphia, PA - The Locks* - TICKETS | INFO
March 4 - Providence, RI - AS220* - INFO
# with Francesca Blanchard
*with Anna Vogelzang
% with Hayley Sabella
15 April - Amsterdam, NL @ Cinetol TICKETS | INFO
16 April - Nijmegen, NL @ Merleyn TICKETS | INFO
17 April - Cologne, DE @ Wohngemeinschaft TICKETS | INFO
18 April - Rodenberg, DE - House Concert
19 April - Berlin, DE @ Auster Club TICKETS | INFO
22 April - Laval, FR @ Le Jardin Bavarois INFO
23 April - Fontenay le Compte, FR @ La Chopine INFO
24 April - Saint Aubin du Pavail, FR @ La Grange du Pavail INFO
25 April - Mellionnec, FR - House Concert
26 April - Rennes, FR @ Bistrot Cocagne INFO
29 April - Winchester, UK @ Railway TICKETS | INFO
30 April - London, UK @ Slaughtered Lamb TICKETS | INFO
Now that Halloween is over, it's time for holiday music, right? (Maybe not for you, but hey, the hallmark channel has been airing holiday movies since July, so I think I'm actually behind schedule). Anyway, here is a new-to-you recording of “O Come, O Come Emmanuel” - I recorded this all the way back in 2011 at The Smoakstack down in Nashville, TN with my friend Justin March (who produced my record, The Simple Fear). I’m so excited to finally share this with you! Listen now and/or add it to your holiday playlist for later :) https://tonetree.ffm.to/emmanuel
More music in the world alert! This is a special one for so many reasons. One of my favorite songs to play live has been transformed a bit, by one of my best friends Mark Ramsey. When Mark & I met in Pittsburgh a several years ago, we were both already fans of each other's songwriting. We began playing music together shortly after & our mutual respect has continued to grow. He recently recorded a piano arrangement of "Collided" at his house and sent it to me. I loved the vibe instantly. I recorded vocals at my house, and sent it to my friend Ariel to mix. The result is this wide open, vulnerable feeling version that I hope you'll enjoy, wherever you like to listen...