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Folklore Podcast. Folk Music Tour. Bicycle Pilgrimage.
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Let's see what Woody Allen has to say...

But seriously, folks...

As we turn towards summer, the season of independence, of roving school children, of sweet corn and swimming holes, I'll head out across this nation at a human pace to see what I can find.

I'll be bringing my folks songs to share, performing shows all across this country, music inspired by this land we share, our common place.

This is the land of my birth, where I took my first wobbly bicycle ride, where I earned my first paycheck, where I'll one day teach my children how to carve a pumpkin. This is a land I deeply love, but it is a troubled romance.

We're losing our connection to place, to the processes that sustain us. We're losing the wisdom that comes from living simply in one place for a long time. And we're losing those stories.

I'm not satisfied with the standard plan - to live in fear, in debt, in isolation, in calculated comfort. I'm not satisfied with landfill economics, to never know my neighbors, to buy my groceries from a machine.

Are you?

But there's more to the picture. In this age of instant information, of infinite distraction, there are still stories to uncover. I aim to find a handful of them, like sand crabs hiding under the shore, and bring them to you.

There are still folks swimming upstream, questioning the party line and finding new ways of living meaningfully. And rediscovering old ways too. I'll find them.

Come along with me to forgotten corners, with a persistent curiosity, in search of what has been lost and what is being found in this nation still dreaming of itself, still finding its way.

How you can help

Besides donating your hard-earned cash, there are a lot of other ways you can be involved and make my project possible:

  • Send this link out to your friends and family, to any cyclists, musicians and dreamers you may know
  • Offer to host me in your hometown or connect me to folks you know who would be willing to.
  • Are you a musician or a booker? Help me set up a show in your area
  • Blessings, prayers, good vibes welcome! I'd love to hear from you.

If you are able to donate, THANK YOU. Your support will go directly towards these necessities:

  • Recording equipment and editing software
  • Camping gear
  • A bike trailer
  • Bicycle upkeep
  • Project promotion 
  • Three square meals a day

ALL WHO DONATE {large or small} HAVE A VOICE IN PLANNING MY ROUTE

Rewards

I want you to be involved. From becoming pen-pals to hosting me for a house show, the rewards are designed to give you an active role in my explorations.

Here are some images of my debut CD, homeland for the restless - printed and pressed by the good people at Atomic Disc - Salem, Ore.

front cover
front cover
back cover
back cover

T-Shirts!

back cover
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These are the original paintings that are available:

Wade in the Water | Acrylic on Canvas | 14"X18" | 2011
Wade in the Water | Acrylic on Canvas | 14"X18" | 2011
Winter Rooftops | Acrylic on Canvas | 18" X 24" | 2011
Winter Rooftops | Acrylic on Canvas | 18" X 24" | 2011

Risks and challenges

Keeping my bike and my body healthy and in good spirits will always be a concern.

I've worked in bike shops and have a good understanding of what bicycles need to be happy. And I've spend enough time traveling on my own to know what I need. I'm sure there will be lonely days but the solitude is all part of the appeal.

There are always risks on the road: bad directions, scoundrels, snow storms. I can take it. I've traveled this country and others many times, relying on the goodness of everyday folks and relying on my own sense and ingenuity.

Crossing the Rocky Mountains won't be an easy task, but I'll just take it one pedal stroke at a time. If I have to walk my bike up the steepest grades, so be it. There's always a downhill on the other side.

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    Become a Commoner! Commoners, you are my inner circle. You’ll have exclusive access to extra content: Demo recordings of new songs, unaired interviews and podcast shorts. (psst... there’s already a few things there)

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    Let's be Pen Pals! I'll send a hand-written letter to your home every month I'm on the road and get you addresses where I'll be receiving mail along my way. Tell me about your life and I'll tell you about mine.

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    Everything in the $100 level PLUS I'll send you a couple gifts from my travels. I'll be all over the country, browsing antique shops and meeting artists, so tell me the kinds of things you like and I'll find something really special, just for you.

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    Got a message you’d like to send to someone special? Leave it to me. I’ll make a short recording using music, sound effects and your words to get the message across. I’ll ask that boy to prom, I’ll apologize to the guy whose car you dented, I’ll explain where babies come from to your curious son.

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    Let’s write a song together! You give me your ideas, imagery, message, characters, a poem you wrote, whatever you got and I’ll whip something special up and send you a recording of me performing it. I won’t stop ‘til you’re satisfied. You can be as involved or hands-off as you want. My song Wildflower Tea came about just this way

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    How’s this sound: I will come to where you live, cook a delicious meal with quality local ingredients for you and a small group of friends (up to 10), and serenade y’all with my finest tunes. More folks can come for the performance. Ask around, I’m a great cook. Brunch is my specialty but the meal is your choice. I’ll even do all the dishes! Let’s dress up too while we’re at it. Bring out your fine dresses and bow ties and you’ll see how nice I can clean up. Needless to say, you’ll be a Commoner and you’ll receive a T-Shirt a copy of my CD and a postcard. And a very large hug and a kiss on each cheek. If you’re into that.

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    What could you possibly want from me? I’ll weed your garden, I’ll take you contra-dancing, I’ll babysit your hyperactive children, I’ll record the oral histories of your relatives, I’ll listen to all of your woes and worries, I’ll tell you a joke so funny, milk will come out of your nose, I’ll teach you how to bake great bread, fry perfect eggs or milk a goat (you supply the goat). Name your request. We’ll talk.

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