– New City, New Music! –

Happy to announce that I’ve just made the move to Nashville, Tennessee!  It’s been a lifelong dream, and I’m looking forward to diving right in and learning more about this great musical mecca.  Over the past year I’ve been busy with my sweet little family, but have also stayed busy in the studio, making music with some of my most talented friends.

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I’ve grown very close with these wonderful women, and am honored to play bass on this beautiful new record celebrating their fifteenth anniversary.

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Anna Tivel is a breath of fresh autumn air, a truly rare, humble, and unique species of songwriter.  I can only hope my few notes help to bring out the magic, honesty and poetry in her lyrics and melodies.

“These are the kinds of songs that will break you down and then build you back up.” – No Depression
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From Portland, With Love

It’s been a busy year on the road and in the studio, and I’m grateful and excited to be a part of these new albums by some of my favorite songwriters.  Give them a spin!

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Aoife is a true treasure, and being a part of this record produced by local magician Tucker Martine was a definite career highlight for me.  It’s a true honor to appear alongside such great musicians as Aoife, Chris Thile, Steve Nistor, and Eyvind Kang.

“O’Donovan pushes her genre’s often confining envelope into brave, exciting territory.” — American Songwriter

 

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Anna is a hero of mine.  She has a boundless and wild spirit, and it is always a pleasure making music together.

“There is a stark beauty and vastness to her music…”  – Glide

 

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We had some serious fun making this record at The Map Room with one of my favorite engineers, Josh Powell.  Did the twelve layers of B-15 distorted bowing make it on the record?  No.  But we tried it!

“…her voice is a single directional beam…” – NPR

New Ruth Moody Videos

Had a great summer touring Europe and North America with the Ruth Moody Band.  We made a couple videos to kick off the season with my good friend, LA videographer Brian Morrow, and I’m really happy to be a part of them.  Grateful for the all the wonderful opportunities and adventures with my band-family.  Enjoy!

A Beatles cover:

A prayer for peace:

RECORDS FROM PORTLAND

Excited to be a part of all these wonderful records, out right now, made right here in Portland, OR.

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NEW RUTH MOODY BAND VIDEO!

We shot this in Victoria back in April, and we all put some hard work into making it happen.  We came up with this arrangement together, and it’s been fun watching people’s reactions when we kick into it during our show.  Hope you enjoy our little tribute to The Boss!

FOSSILS

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I’m honored to be featured on my friend Aoife O’Donovan‘s new album, Fossils, out on Yep Roc Records.  It’s a beautiful, innovative, and inspired record, made right here in Portland and produced by Tucker Martine.  Her band is one of my favorite outfits out there right now, and their approach to the songs combined with Aoife’s gorgeous voice takes the music to a really unique and wonderful place.  Pick up a copy on vinyl at your local record store!

NEW MUSIC FROM PORTLAND

Really excited to be featured on new vinyl records from two great Portland bands that just came out this past month:

THE CLEAR BLUE PEARL:

Is an epic concept album composed and envisioned over a period of two years by my roommate and friend Ben Darwish, and performed by the band Morning Ritual.  We recorded the bed tracks live over two days at Jackpot! studios with producer Paul Laxer (Typhoon) and later added extra orchestration featuring special guests Shook Twins to make the vision a reality.  It’s been garnering rave reviews in the local press, and we’re all really happy with how it came out!

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SWIM:

Alt-Indie-Jazz outfit Blue Cranes has long been one of my favorite bands, their ability to meld genres, cross boundaries and connect with diverse audiences truly sets them apart.  It’s been a great pleasure to tour with them on a few different occasions, and we recorded the final track on the album for what was initially supposed to be a split 7″ record with our friends, psych-rock band Elders from Davis, CA.  We tracked with both bands set up and playing together in a sweaty basement, and it was awesome.  While the split 7″ never came to fruition, I’m so glad they used the track on their beautiful new album.  Aptly produced by my studio-mate Nate Query, you can hear their spirit of adventure and spontaneity leap right off of the blue vinyl, through the needle, and straight into your living room.

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