Another Thanksgiving Day night at The Costa-Lessa Inn.

It’s the day after Thanksgiving and I am sitting in the bar of this hotel speaking with friends I’ve met over the past few years. This hotel is north of perogy line (The Yellowhead Highway) in Manitoba, Canada.  I don’t want to tell the name of it is as I believe it will be better …

Mitch Podolak – Rest in Peace

The world lost one of its premiere folk music ambassadors this weekend: Mitch Podolak.  Imagine Mt. Rushmore without Lincoln. This is a huge loss. Personally, I've lost a spiritual advisor, intellectual jouster, artistic curator, employment counselor, employer, breaded veal cutlet impresario and eventually – a friend. I've just put the finishing touches on my first …

Simple Pleasures and Buried Treasures

Watch this little interview first:  https://www.cbsnews.com/video/john-prine-the-singing-mailman-delivers-again/ The last time I saw Prine was at Massey Hall about 13 years ago. My girlfriend snuck us in backstage by sweet talking the security guard at the back of the theatre. We made our way down the hallway to stand in line with the other autograph seekers (about …

Chip Taylor // Hugh’s Room Live // March 7 (and WHY YOU NEED TO GO!)

Hello friends, this is a concert you need to know about. Like the rest of the world, I grew up singing Wild Thing and hearing Angel of the Morning just about everywhere. (Thanks, Shaggy!) As a songwriter in the business I must confess to being only vaguely familiar with Chip Taylor (the writer behind so …

AT SEA

If you've read the chapter entitled: The Sludge Boat you'll know I did a very short, horrendous stint on a cruise ship during a weak moment about ten years ago. When I arrived back home to Toronto, I was perusing a Goodwill thrift shop and came across this poster entitled: AT SEA. I didn't realize …

Part 2 – Excerpt from The Chicken Came First. Chapter 12: The Rise and Fall of Jake Rivers

I made my pit stop back at the motel a quick one. I took another thirty minute power nap, changed my guitar strings, put on black jeans, black shirt, black boots, black belt (with silver belt buckle) and mentally morphed into Jake Rivers during the short drive over. Upon pulling up the building, I noticed …

Excerpt from The Chicken Came First. Chapter 12: The Rise and Fall of Jake Rivers

The Rise and Fall of Jake Rivers It was the perfect day to drive around the mountains.  A Saturday in July and I’d finished my show in Chilliwack the night before. Chilliwack! What a classic Canadian band! (Wish I had the same affinity for the town) “Whatchya gonna do when I’m gone”.  I’ll tell you …

LIVE RECORDING: THE CHICKEN CAME FIRST: JAY AYMAR and THE ABERCROMBIE ZOMBIES – LIVE

Just a very quick update to those of you across Canada who read my occasional musings. Something is happening here and you should know what it is - isn't that right Mr. and Mrs. Jones? I'm recording my first live record. I realize you may not be in Toronto but I'm sure you may have …