Update! Japan, Australia, more! - April 20, 2016
Greetings from Tokyo! Just a quick check-in here! I have been in Japan the past few weeks rehearsing for the sold out KYOSUKE HIMURO #LASTGIGS Dome Tour. In just a couple days we will play the first of two shows in Osaka. We then go to Fukuoka, Nagoya, and culminate with 3 nights at the Tokyo Dome. I am happy to announce Himuro's latest record, "L'EPILOGUE", which I played drums on, is the number one album in Japan! Thank you Himuro for including me on the journey!
Just a week before I flew to Japan, I was in Australia on tour with the great Colin Hay, (of Men at Work). We had a fantastic run of shows, including headlining the Port Fairy Folk Festival and the Blue Mountains Music Festival, shows at the Melbourne Zoo and Sydney Zoo, Lizzottes in New Castle and many others. I hope to return to AU soon! Also, we have been in the studio working on Colin's next record. Below is a clip of the drum solo and last chorus of the Men at Work classic, "Down Under", live in Australia from our recent tour. (If you look closely you may see a little dancing from Colin!).
Here are a few other things that I have been up to recently:
I spent some time at Ocean Studios in Burbank with Austin based singer songwriter, Shawnee Kilgore and Writer/Director Joss Whedon, (The Avengers/Buffy the Vampire Slayer), on a colborative project they are working on. Great to lay down some tracks with them and my friend Eric Holden on Bass. Sara Watkins is featured on fiddle and vocals on some of these songs. Excited to hear this one!
In February I was invited to take part in the 25th anniversary concert of Cecilia Noel & the Wild Clams at Catalina Bar and Grill in Los Angeles. I consider The Wild Clams a musical institution and feel it's an honor to perform as a part of that ensemble. Musicians performing that night included, Jimmy Earl, Mitchito Sanchez, Alan Deremo, Jeff Babko, Toshi Yanagi, Kevin Ricard, Cleto Escobedo III, Munyungo Jackson, Richie Gajate Garcia, Bernie Dresel, Greg Bisonette, Fred Kron, San Miguel Perez and Yosmel Motejo....just to name a few! A great night!
I continue to play around LA with Tony Award winner, John Lloyd Young, (Jersey Boys). I always look forward to playing John and the band which consists of the monster duo of Tommy Faragher (Musical Direction and keyboards) and Davey Faragher on Bass.
Speaking of Tommy, I had the pleasure of recording drums for a movie he scored, the animated short, "Follow You Heart". Included on this soundtrack is a song featuring Lucinda Williams, "It Hurts Me Too". Davey Faragher played bass and Marcus Watkins played guitar. "Follow Your Heart", is curently being screened at various film festivals right now. Thank you Tommy! Below is a teaser for the film.
Alright everyone! Thank you all for the support!