The Ground is a Shaking

April 18, 2008

I figured I had left the seismic activity behind when we left California.  This morning, Tawny woke me up saying “We are having an earthquake”.  I told her the noise our house was making was just rain in the gutters and Wrigley was shaking the bed because he was scratching himself.  Then I realized that it wasn’t raining that hard and our gutters had never made that sound before.  And Wrigley was at my feet, not moving a bit.  Why should I doubt a native Californian.  She knows what an earthquake feels like. Read the rest of this entry »

Music I’d like to share – Cool Your Jets

April 18, 2008

Now that I am playing more shows, I’m encountering bands that are new and unknown outside of their area.  I plan to share bands with you when I encounter them. 

In the last year, I have played two shows with Cool Your Jets from Greenville, Illinois.  Read the rest of this entry »

New Cubs Related Blog

April 15, 2008

I have started a Cubs blog called Ivy Envy.  There are going to be six life-long Cubs fans writing for the blog.  It’s started, but is nowhere near finished.  Check it out and if you know anyone that might enjoy it, spread the word. 


All Time Favorite Records, Part I

April 8, 2008

My old band Campion, played a show in Evansville, Indiana in 1999 or 2000, somewhere in there.  The guy that set the show up came up to me as we got out of our van and said that it looked like there would be a good turnout and he was really excited that the guys from Mock Orange were there to see the show.  I had never heard of them, but he seemed really excited they were there, so I figured I should see what they were all about.

Mock Orange - Nines and Sixes

I ordered Nines and Sixes (Lobster Records) from Al at Co-op Records in Rock Island.  You know, back in the day when you went to record stores to special order your stuff that was too unknown for them to carry.  Read the rest of this entry »

benefit for mixtapes record store

April 3, 2008

This Saturday evening, one of my bands, The Country Mile, is playing a benefit for our local DIY record store.   Mixtapes, in downtown East Moline, IL is have a benefit show at the VFW Hall on the border of East Moline and Moline to help them stay in business.      Read the rest of this entry »

Walmart does the right thing

April 2, 2008

Call it caving to public pressure.  Call it “seeing the light”.  It doesn’t matter.  Walmart actually announced they will not seek the money awarded to them in a lawsuit against Debbie Shank.    Read the rest of this entry »

daytrotter shares with the quad cities

April 2, 2008


Daytrotter is breathing life into a portion of the Quad Cities music scene that has been dead for as long as I can remember. I have not seen many mid-sized or bigger indie rock bands come through here.     Read the rest of this entry »

Honesty from a Cubs Fan

April 1, 2008


The temperature struggles to hit 40 degrees and a blanket of cold rain smothers the Midwest. It must be opening day for Major League Baseball. I am a Cubs fan.  I root for the team that has now gone 100 years without winning the World Series.  I’m the type of Cubs fan that is optimistic about an upcoming season, but before the ivy has turned green and the first pitch has even been thrown out, I have already prepared myself for a disastrous outcome.      Read the rest of this entry »