Washington Blues Show at the Muse

It was a lot of fun playing the Conway Muse on Saturday Night during this holiday long weekend.

DSCN2487eThe Muse is an eclectic venue that features original music and has hosted a lot of great blues and roots acts, most recently Karen Lovely and Margaret Wilder.  Situated in rural Conway, WA just south of the tulip fields that envelope the Skagit Valley and on the banks of the Skagit River, the Muse was an old  dairy barn from the 1900’s that has been converted into a two level arts/music venue.  It’s got a warm and welcoming vibe, a funky atmosphere complete with lights and a soundman (Kevin).  The boys in the band, Kelly Van Camp (drums and harmonica) and Rob Mitchell (bass) did a great job holding down the rhythm.    I look forward to returning to the Muse.

Everything I Need

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Got It Bad

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Too Hard to Handle

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New Album Update

It’s been a busy fall. I’ve been in the recording studio finishing up the final touches on my new album.  We’ve finished all the overdubs with brilliant harmony vocals  from Vancouver R & B singer, Cecile Larochelle , and some bluesy harp work from Keith Bennett.  It was a great experience recording with my opera singing daughter, Michelle,  as a harmony vocalist on two of my songs. 

The new CD features 9 original songs and one a co-write with my former band mate and award winning songwriter, Lynna Goldhar-Smith. 

With all the tracks recorded, the engineer and I have been working long hours on final mixes.  This album has truly been an international effort with great players and engineers from the U.S. and Canada.

Special Thanks to Tommy and Polly, former Seattle based rhythm section for Too Slim and the Taildraggers and Conrad Uno from Egg Studios.  

I’m looking forward to scheduling some CD release shows in the New Year.

So stay tuned.

Summer in the City @ Lions Park

Sequence 01.Still027Summer in the City at Lion’s Park in POCO was a blast.  I had the great opportunity to kick off their summer concert series and played a bunch of my newest songs from my upcoming album with my blues trio.  

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My daughter, Michelle,  an opera/musical theatre performer agreed to join me for a few songs and it was so fun having her up there.  

The Lion’s Park venue was gorgeous with lots of trees and shade and a hardworking crew of volunteers and staff……an awesome way to spend a summer Sunday afternoon.  Jill POCO 5

Now it’s back to the studio in Vancouver where I am busily doing guitar and vocal overdubs, with bed tracks finished and ready to go.  Check back in for more news and updates on shows.