What We've Been Up To...

Hello! It's been a minute since my last news post, so what do you say we catch you up?

First, I released a tribute this week to one of my all time favorites, David Bowie. The song is a cover of "Golden Years", one of my favorites from the album Station to Station. I was lucky enough to get Claire Morales to come and sing with me, and I think it turned out fantastic! I produced, engineered, and played all of the music on the track (with the exception of Gunnar Ebeling on the bass guitar), and it was mixed and mastered by the great wizard, Roy Robertson. Hear it and download for free on Bandcamp or Soundcloud, and enjoy this photo gallery below, courtesy of The Vision Beautiful. 

Second, we've been shooting some videos that we're very excited to share with you (soon). The first of these videos was a live session at the Denton Music Workshop where we played three tracks from our upcoming record, Memos. The best part about these sessions is that we were accompanied by a makeshift orchestra made up of some of the best artist in all of North Texas: Leoncarlo, Jacob Metcalf, Teddy Waggy (Siamese), and Roy Robertson (Pageantry). The other video we've got coming for you is an official music video for a fan favorite track, Humanitarians. Without giving away too much, here are a couple of photos from our incredibly cold shoot in Colorado: 

Other than that, we've been playing some great shows and have more coming that we hope to see you at. Thats all folks! As always, the best way to keep up with whats going on is by following us on Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter! Cheers!

Live Music is the Best Music

Photo by Emily Cline

Photo by Emily Cline

Hey folks! Sorry its been a while since my last news update. We've been all over the place trying to play as much as possible. We've got one more show with Sofar Sounds to wrap up our 2016 this Sunday in Dallas, TX. See our SHOWS tab for details. 

We'll be lining up more dates after the new year, so keep a lookout. One that we are very excited to announce is our official showcase with SXSW! Click HERE to see our SXSW artist profile and get a sneak peak at one of our tracks. More news will be coming shortly, until then, enjoy this little thumbnail gallery of photos from some of our recent shows:  

The Long Awaited Return to Dallas

House of Blues Dallas, Aug 14, 2007

House of Blues Dallas, Aug 14, 2007

I'm excited to announce a new show in Dallas after nearly 10 years! Its crazy to think that it has been that long but I'm looking forward to returning, and this time as a local. We'll be playing at Club Dada with A Silent Film on Friday, September 2. For info on the show, including ticket purchase, check out the event via Facebook. Hope to see you out there. Cheers!

Sofar Sounds

Photos by Anthony Najera 

I got invited to play my first Sofar Sounds event last week and had an amazing time. The "secret" show was held at The Bearded Monk in Denton, TX and included three other fantastic bands ELEL (Nashville), Neonnoah (Dallas), and The Daybreaks (Nashville). It was a great night and we couldn't have asked for a better crowd. We should have some live footage/recordings for ya'll to see soon, so stay tuned. Thanks again to Sofar for including me, you're the best, cheers!

People of Denton part 2

Here is a second video from People of Denton talking about why I chose Denton, TX of all places (including some cool shots of the town), and a live acoustic version of "Control" to follow. I can't say enough about this amazing town and the great people who live in it. I've felt nothing but support since the moment I arrived, and I know I made the right choice coming here. Cheers to a bright future in a wonderful new place!

People of Denton Feature

People of Denton put together an amazing video and I'm excited to share it with ya'll. The first half is an interview talking about my new record, my recent move to Denton, my family and life in general, followed by a live acoustic version of new track "Decide" from the upcoming record Memos (coming out later this spring), shot at Denton's Chairy Orchard. Enjoy! 

Thanks so much to Wesley Kirk and Erin Summerlin for doing such a fantastic job and being so fun to work with. Cheers!

Denton Love

An awesome Denton, TX blog known as The Dentonite just put together a great list of bands to look for, of which I'm thrilled and honored to be included. As the new guy in town, it feels fantastic to be so well received by such a wonderful community. To read the nice write up and hear some other great bands, click HERE. Cheers!

Paste Magazine Premiere

Hey folks, the great Paste Magazine is premiering a brand new song off of our upcoming record, Memos. Click HERE to listen to the track, "Carpenter", and to read more about the song itself. The album is coming this spring so be sure to keep an eye out for it. Until then, we'll be giving you more tracks to listen to, as well as videos to watch. Get excited folks. Its all happening. 

"Memos" and Denton, TX

Hey folks, sorry it's been a while since my last post. Time can really fly when you move across the country to a brand new city. My family and I are really starting to settle in to our new home, and we couldn't be happier. Denton is an absolutely amazing place, full of incredibly nice people that support the artistic and creative community. I'm looking forward to getting some musicians together soon and playing some shows around DFW. On that musical note, I'm happy to announce that the new album "Memos" is finished and will be coming out sometime in the spring of 2016. Get pumped folks, I think you're really going to love this one. Along with live shows, we should have some new tracks and videos coming soon, so keep a look out. Until then, you can click here to read more about the making of the album, and get a sneak peak of a track called "Grow". Hope all is well with you readers, Happy Holidays to you and yours! Cheers!

We have launched a Kickstarter

Hey folks! We have launched a Kickstarter! For those of you who aren't familiar, Kickstarter is a brilliant sight to help creatives find funds for their projects. If you would like to donate to help the finishing of our new record, Memos, you can do so by clicking HERE. Depending on the dollar amount donated, you will be awarded some pretty cool prizes from yours truly. It's only open until August 16th so don't wait too long! Cheers! And thank you! 

 

Refresh Time

Hey folks, it's been a while! We've been hard at work on our new record, "Memos" which you should be hearing blips and blurbs of very soon. Along with this brand new record coming out, all kinds of other things are happening as well... the big one being that I am moving from Northern CA over to Denton, TX. I can't tell you how exciting this move is, it's going to be fantastic! Now, with a new record and a new move, the site will be taking on a big refresh here soon. Keep a look out for new photos, videos, tracks, etc. Good things are coming, stay tuned! 

New Live Video for New Track

ABOUT THE VIDEO

This is a brand new video we did with our talented friend JD Hudson at Whiskey Hound Studios. It's an idea that I had last year that I never got around to doing until being re-inspired recently by NPR's Tiny Desk Contest being putting on with Lagunitas Brewing Co. It seemed like an absolutely perfect fit for this concept, and I couldn't be happier with how it turned out. The idea is that my character is a bit of an instigator, a figment of the band's imagination, pushing them to want to break out into song in the middle of their boring work day. We did it all live in a single shot fashion, using real life office instruments including: paper, staplers, paper clips, pens, rulers, stamps, computer keyboards, coffee mugs, and of course our tiny desks. Enjoy! 

ABOUT THE SONG

This song is called "Control" and is one of our favorites from our upcoming 2015 album "Memos". I don't want to give away too much with this new record, but I'm happy to say that we are heading up to Portland, OR this Thursday to start tracking. Please stay tuned for updates, pictures, and snips! Cheers!

Recording A New Record

It's that time of year, yes, the time where we throw all of our thoughts, blips and blurbs, onto the table to record yet another album. I'm thrilled to say we are officially in the studio working on pre-production demos for our upcoming release appropriately titled, "Memos". There is a ton of excitement around this record, not only because the songs are meaningful and real, but also because of the many people that will be helping put it together. Along with myself and my very talented band mates, the brilliant Brian Hall will be acting as producer and head of arrangements. Brian is a specialist when it comes to orchestral composition and is known mostly for his amazing work scoring film and video. That being said, this is a very different record than our latest rock and roll effort, "Californian"; you can expect every song to be musically intricate and intriguing- a unique blend of fresh sounds with retro soul, and an entirely timeless approach. Keep an eye out for photos, videos, and updates as we venture off into our creative world. Cheers, and Happy Holidays my friends! 

-W

Top 25 Songs of All Time

I'm writing a new record right now that I'm very excited about. This is the one I've been wanting to write for a while but has somehow been pushed to the side again and again. I think its the best stuff I've ever done, and in honor of trying to make some unforgetable tracks of my own I thought it would be fun to try to tap into my favorite songs of all time.

This was no easy task. It started with 100, then down to 80, and so on. If I'm being perfectly honest, I probably could have picked most of the songs by just using The Beach Boys, The Beatles, and Neil Young. BUT, I wanted to push myself to think a little more than that. So, without further ado, here are my favorite songs of all time based on: favorite bands, favorite albums, catchy pop tunes, good vibes, emotional connections, and overall writer's envy. I feel like I'm missing some good tracks here, and will most likely want to make changes 2 weeks from now. That being said, let the arguments begin! 

Top 25 Songs of All Time

 

1. I Just Wasn’t Made for These Times- The Beach Boys

2. Tell Me Why- Neil Young

3. Two of Us- The Beatles

4. Rock and Roll- The Velvet Underground

5. God Only Knows- The Beach Boys

6. Beast of Burden- The Rolling Stones

7. Golden Years- David Bowie

8. Strangers- The Kinks

9. Fruits of My Labor- Lucinda Williams

10. The Way I Feel Inside- The Zombies

11. Uncle Albert/Admiral Halsey- Paul McCartney

12. Ooh La La- Faces

13. She’s a Jar- Wilco

14. I Want You- Bob Dylan

15. Into the Mystic- Van Morrison

16. Let Down- Radiohead

17. Dreams- Fleetwood Mac

18. The Only Living Boy in New York- Simon and Garfunkel

19. Mambo Sun- T. Rex

20. Oh Yoko- John Lennon

21. This Guy’s in Love With You- Herb Alpert and The Tijuana Brass

22. Dear Someone- Gillian Welch

23. Major Label Debut- Broken Social Scene

24. My Sweet Lord- George Harrison

25. With or Without You- U2

 

Honorable Mention: Surf’s Up- The Beach Boys, Breakdown- Tom Petty and The Heartbreakers, Harvest Moon- Neil Young, Gimme Shelter- The Rolling Stones, Landslide- Fleetwood Mac, Summertime- The Zombies, Here Comes the Sun- The Beatles, Dear John- Ryan Adams, Listen to Her Heart- Tom Petty and The Heartbreakers, Do You Realize??- The Flaming Lips, Ashes of American Flags- Wilco, Sleeping Lessons- The Shins, Someone Great- LCD Soundsystem, Secret Garden- Bruce Springsteen, Lost Cause- Beck