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Abilene, Abilene - July 4, 2017

I am happy to announce, that after three years of seminary in Sewanee, TN, my wife, Claire, is now serving as an Episcopal priest! We have moved to Abilene, TX and are readjusting to the heat... 

I am looking to reconnect and book house concerts and other listener-oriented venues. Please contact me if you would be interested in a concert (even if you have never hosted one before).

Lots of new songs, rewrites/rearrangements of older songs, and lots of positive feedback on the new record, Loop That Big, have affirmed and inspired me to feel that it is time to hit the road again and share the music with you! 

Back to Tennessee - October 18, 2015

In 2001 I left Nashville. I valued my time there among trees and some of the nicest, talented musicians I have met. In the summer of 2014 I have returned to Tennessee. This time I have the company of my beautiful wife Claire, our two young boys, and our aging beagles. This fall brought back many memories. For me, the colors and the feel of the air in these foggy hills make the autumnal prelude to the holidays somehow more tangible. Now spring is here and it does something powerful and meaningful as well. We are not in Nashville, but Sewanee (East on I-24 on Monteagle Mountain). We came here so that Claire could follow vocation into seminary for the Episcopal Church at The University of the South School of Theology. This is an ancient place. If you have not seen it, put Google to work and check it out... Songs are thick up here and I am trying to sort out the ones I need. Who knows maybe I will stumble on to one for you as well.

The San Angelo Concert Series - October 15, 2015

*In the summer of 2014 we celebrated our 11th season of the San Angelo Concert Series. We have now featured over 100 artists and paid them over $65,000 for their performances. Thanks to all who have attended these special concerts. We will be on temporary hiatus for three years of seminary, but stay tuned for more!

Since 2004* the San Angelo Concert Series has had a simple mission: "Award Winning Songwriters, Listener Oriented Concerts." We are proud to host nationally known songwriters in West Texas and to hear them perform original music crossing genre barriers in an acoustically superb setting. Artists share insights and inspirations behind memorable and genuine songs. Refreshments and dessert are provided.

Shows run on selected dates at 7 pm. Doors open at 6:30 pm for $15 cash/check in the Emmanuel Church Great Room - 3 South Randolph (Downtown San Angelo near corner of Harris and N. Bryant/N. Hwy. 87) There are no pre-sold tickets.

A guest visual artist is also showcased at many concerts.

For dates please visit the "calendar" page

Previous Guests:

Dana Cooper -
Johnsmith -
Susan Gibson -
Adam Carroll -
Michael Jarrett -
Gordy Quist -
Ed Miller -
Pierce Pettis -
Kim Miller -
Karen Mal -
Buddy Mondlock -
Jack Williams -
Beth Wood -
Abi Tapia -
Butch Morgan -
David Noland -
Brooks Williams -
Mad Agnes -
Billy Crockett -
Terri Hendrix -
Muriel Anderson -
George Ensle -
Ken Gaines -
Rhett Butler -
Billy McLaughlin -
Albert & Gage -
Michael Schneider -
Nathan Brown -
Paul Finley -
Chuck Pyle -
Michael O'Connor -
Shake Russell -
Caroline Herring -
Grace Pettis -
Dirje Smith -
K.C. Clifford -
Slaid Cleaves -
Beaver Nelson -
Nathan hamilton -
Arthur Thompson -
Ellen Tipper -
Betty Soo -
Dale Watson -
Andy Gullahorn -
Ellis -
Nicolette Good -
Johann Wagner -
Danny Schmidt -
Carrie Elkin -
Alicia McGovern -
RJ Cowdery -
Moors & McCumber -

Songwriter Showcase Radio - December 20, 2011

Songwriter Showcase was a radio program which aired on KNCH 90.1 FM - Public Radio San Angelo. The selections were focused on quality, genuine lyric songwriting. Shows consisted of "mini-sets" featuring 2-3 songs per artist, but every 4-5 episodes or so one songwriter was "showcased" for the entire program in chronological (discography) with pertinent background/production info thrown in. "Showcased" Artists included: Dana Cooper, David Wilcox, Willis Alan Ramsey, Paul Simon, Adam Carroll, John Vandiver, Dave Noland, Lyle Lovett, Tom Petty, John Denver, Norah Jones, The Indigo Girls, Keb Mo and others. The show was a first step in locally produced content for San Angelo's public radio station. It was a joy and a lot of work to bring this quality content to our airwaves in West Texas, but my schedule demanded I let something go... Please visit and thanks for supporting public radio.

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