I'm a musician in Portland, Oregon with a passion for pre-war folk and blues music. I used to write original songs and perform as a singer-songwriter; I now prefer discovering old songs and performing with other musicians whenever possible. I've also taught classes and private lessons, and organized benefit concerts and jams. Read on for more details….
September 7, 2013
I became inspired to recreate two rare and inspirational videos of pioneering jug band musicians, so I gathered some friends, borrowed some vintage instruments and recorded copies of Whistler's Jug Band playing Foldin' Bed and Will Shade and Charlie Burse playing Kansas City Blues.
New Video Demo
May 6, 2013
The Spodee-o's have recorded some new demo videos, which include my first performance on a resonator guitar, the Regal Tricone I picked up last month. Good thing I was wearing a lavalier or you'd never hear me over that thing! Watch the videos
March 22, 2013
Last week's Jugapalooza event was a success, growing in attendance since the first year and earning some good coverage from the local press. You can read my profile in the Willamette Week, Portland's alternative weekly, or watch me and members of the monthly jug band jam on the KATU evening news.
New Video Demo
February 11, 2013
The How Long Jug Band has had a few lineup changes during its three years. We try to capture each iteration with at least one set of demo videos. Our latest set features new members Sam on mandolin and Giued on washboard and washtub bass. Watch the videos
Whither Zither Profile
February 6, 2013
Two of my most admired songwriters are Lou and Peter Berryman, a folk duo I met while living in Wisconsin years ago. We've kept in touch and Peter just wrote this profile about my jug band activities for his monthly column in the Madison Folk Music Society newsletter. Read the article