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New BD Article about Pete Seeger - February 15, 2014

Here's an article I wrote on Pete Seeger for the new issue of Flickhead. I had the chance to open for him years ago, and saw him perform many times. Nice to be asked to write something about him.

Lincoln Highway Video - June 20, 2013

I posted a video in honor of the 100th anniversary of the Lincoln Highway. It is, of course, of my song, "Lincoln Highway" from "Peaches of August". Give it a view...

New Download Single - Retroactively Retired - July 28, 2012

I just released a new single in honor of the 2012 election: "Retroactively Retired". You can get the down load now at CD Baby:

Nosferatu Update - May 9, 2012

Nosferatu ran for its limited run of April 19-22 for 8 performances, most of them sold out. The run was successful and the response has been very strong. At this point discussions are going on between the writer/director and a few different producers who are interested in taking the show to either Los Angeles or New York(or both). I'll post updates as they come.

Nosferatu Returns - March 15, 2012

Rehearsals begin this week for the return production of "Nosferatu: the Vampyre". This will include my score for the original 2010 production, plus some additional music I've been working on in the last months. The show will be at Edison Valley Playhouse in Edison, NJ.

The performance schedule is:

Thurs. April 19 - 22
Thurs: 7:30
Fri: 7:30 & 10:00
Sat: 2, 7:30 & 10:00
Sun: 2, 7:30

For more info go to:

1/13/12 Live Performance - By the Hand of Horace - January 1, 2012

Alex Dawson's legendary and soon to be vanished book store The Raconteur will be presenting this multi-media event. Alex will read his lengthy short story, By the Hand of Horace, with illustrations by Janice Fried and a live accompaniment by yours truly. This is my first live public performance in years. I've composed an instrumental guitar score (with considerable improvisation) for Alex's dark and creepy story.

I previously collaborated with Alex on his play Nosferatu (music snippets can be found on the music page of this website). This is the first time we're performing live together. Should be interesting, especially with Janice's artwork projecting overhead.

'Soul Traveler' in movie 'I Heart Shakey' - September 25, 2011

Jono Manson's recording of our song "Soul Traveler" will be prominently featured in the upcoming 3D children's movie "I Heart Shakey". No release date yet but hopefully we'll have that info son. Meanwhile you can go to their website to learn more about the film:

Nosferatu Fall Update - September 1, 2011

Unfortunately, it turns out Nosferatu won't be performed as a staged play this fall. However, it looks like there will be a live radio play performance some time in Oct or Nov, probably at the Forum Theatre in Metuchen, NJ. Another venue is being sought for the staged version. Ah, showbiz...


Regardless, an album of the music WILL be released this fall. Stay tuned.

Nosferatu Update - May 1, 2011

It indeed does appear that "Nosferatu" is going to be officially premiered in October. More details will follow - including info about a soundtrack CD, which I hope to produce in time for the opening. Stay tuned!

Nosferatu to Return??? - April 1, 2011

Discussions are going on to produce Alex Dawson's "Nosferatu" at a commercial venue in NJ. If it goes through, and right now it looks like it probably will, the play would run for the month of October (just in time for Halloween). The production in October was considered a workshop production so script is being revised.

As a result I am returning to the original score and writing MORE music for the play, as well as completing some pieces which I didn't have time to finish to my satisfaction (they worked fine in the performances but need some polishing). If we get the green-light to go I will most likely proceed with a producing CD of the score. Because of the cost of studio time (this stuff REALLY needs proper mixing and mastering) I may try going the crowd-funding route (Kickstarter, Ulule, etc). If so, I'll be posting updates soon.

The Nosferatu score may have been the best-received work I've ever done. I was honestly surprised by the response. Something totally out of left field for me and it gets raves. In the immortal words of Randy Newman, maybe I've been doing it wrong.

George Lopez Show - March 2, 2011

3/1/11 - John Popper & the Duskray Troubadours on "Lopez Tonight" performing "Something Sweet" by yours truly & Jono Manson - quite a thrill:

Something Sweet Released! New Single from John Popper & the Duskray Troubadours - February 13, 2011

"Something Sweet", a song I co-wrote with Jono Manson, has been released as the single from the upcoming album "John Popper & the Duskray Troubadours". The single is now available for download from iTunes. Buy it here:

Something Sweet - Single - John Popper and the Duskray Troubadours
The album gets released March 1. Touring begins soon for the band and at least one TV appearance is coming up performing our song. Very exciting.

Something Sweet Teaser - December 30, 2010

As I noted before "Something Sweet" - written with brother Jono Manson - is the 1st single off the upcoming John Popper album (March 1 release date). 429 Records is using our song in the ad campaign - here's a taste:
I'm told the single should be available from iTunes in February.

And of course, Happy Holidays - and let's ALL have a healthy, successful and peaceful 2011.


Something Sweet - December 10, 2010

"Something Sweet", a song I co-wrote with br'er Jono Manson, will be the first single off the new John Popper album, "John Popper & The Duskray Troubadours". The album is being released March 1 but the single comes out in early-mid February. You can get a taste of it here:;Once it's out look for downloads on iTunes, or good old fashioned CDs (sheesh, whatever happened to LPs) at your local mom & pop record store (i.e.

Music for Nosferatu - October 23, 2010

I've written a score for the new stage production of "Nosferatu" adapted and directed by Alex Dawson (based on the silent film by the GREAT F.W. Murnau, one of my favorite filmmakers).The world premiere of the show is this month. MOre info here:

The score is very different from anything I've released before: all keyboards, loops and ambient sound. Some sound collage, some melodic pieces, some underscoring. There are about 14 or so pieces - it runs through a good deal of the play.

I may produce a soundtrack album of it, probably just for download. Stay tuned.

John Popper - October 10, 2010

John Popper has recorded "Play Me Something Sweet", written with br'er Jono for Popper's next album (Jono produced it). It should be out in March, 2011 on 429 Records.

Together Again - October 1, 2010

Sorry I haven't been keeping up on this. A song co-written with br'er Jono - "(Ain't it Good to Have the Family) Together Again" - - has been used in the Kara Sachs film "Freedom" soundtrack, which Jono produced. It also was recently recorded by Lee Simpson.

Jaime Michaels - May 19, 2009

I've co-written 2 songs with Jaime Michaels, both on his new cd "crooked". The songs are "Maybe Superman" and "Momentary Thing". Jaime is opening the Kerrville Festival Sunday, May 24. Not sure if the CD's available online yet but you can check out .

Soul Traveler - April 23, 2009

I've been a bit delinquent updating news on the site. Sorry!

Jono Manson's recording of our song "Soul Traveler" is now a KIA commerical. I'm told it's currently playing in movie theatres around Italy. Not sure if it's on TV?radio yet.

You can see the 3 versions on Youtuvbe. Here's one of them:

Teaching Songwriting at NGW - June 22, 2008

I'm teaching again this year at the National Guitar Workshop Acoustic Summit in San Francisco (actually, in Belmont, CA). The classes are from July 12-17. For more info:

Janice Fried Art Opening - December 6, 2007

I'm playing a set sharing the bill with the lovely Janice Fried. She'll be showing her artwork at an opening at the bookstore The Raconteur in Metuchen, NJ. Should be fun.

8 PM, FRI. DEC 14
The Raconteur
A Damn Fine Bookstore
431 Main Street
Metuchen , NJ 08840

Home Again - November 11, 2007

Back from the Italy tour. A real pleasure to play for a completly new audience in another country. The show in Savona was espcially good (anyone out there tape it?) and I was treated wonderfully by Marco and the folks at Raindogs. Hopefully I'll be back next year with a longer tour visiting more towns. Grazie!

ITALY TOUR 2007 - September 5, 2007

I'm currently booking a tour of Italy for October. So far two dates are confirmed (Savona and Arcola), with a few others pending. This will be brief but wonderful. I hope my Italian fans will be able to make it to the shows.
I'll post more dates as they come in. Check the calendar for more information.

Songwriting Workshop in Central NJ - August 23, 2007

I'm teaching another songwriting workshop. This is for both the novice songwriter and the musician who is already writing but needs help moving forward or gaining a better understanding of how songs work. An emphasis is placed on lyric writing and general musical concepts, so although having the ability to play a musical instrument is helpful it is not necessary.

The workshop meets once a week for four weeks at The Raconteur (431 Main Street, Metuchen) and consists of no more than ten students.

7:00 - 9:30 PM, Weds. Sept 19 - Oct 10

Contact me for more info.

Teaching Songwriting Workshop Sept 19-Oct 10 - August 15, 2007

I will be teaching a new Songwriting workshop at The Raconteur Bookshop in Metuchen, NJ. The workshop will run Sept 19 through Oct 10, 7pm-9pm. For more information you can e-mail me or contact:
The Raconteur
431 Main Street, Metuchen
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