September 2015 Newsletter

There is nothing so stable as change.

Bob Dylan

Boxes and boxes… I’ve been living out of them most of my life, the colored kind with zippers and handles, “fragile” stickers and scuff marks; the kind that keeps your guitar safe (even when the airlines “misplace” it) and the ones your drive around in. Lately it’s just been the good old cardboard kind, in which my wife, daughter and I have carefully and lovingly wrapped, stuffed and moved everything we own. Moving  house is vexing to be sure, but moving across a continent the size of Canada is simply epic. We left Halifax (our home for 8 years) in July and now we reside in Victoria BC where, for the past three weeks, our life has been consumed with unpacking and figuring out where to put everything… oh and scraping, painting, mudding the cracks and filling the holes (there’s a metaphor in there somewhere.



Certainly people have asked me
“why the big move?
Was it the weather?”

Let’s just say it was a factor…



When The dust settles – tourdates


And so to the future… this kind of odyssey is costly and so Yours Truly is hitting the road hard in the next few months. Happily, I make my living doing what I love, and I’m really happy to announce that along with a full dance card of upcoming shows in Canada, I will once again be returning  to the UK and (drum roll) for the first time, I’ll be performing solo shows in The Netherlands and Germany as part of a new partnership with Lucky Dice Music. It’s been a long time coming, but I have finally connected with a reputable agency in Europe and over the next few years, I look forward to building a touring base in Europe to add to my growing UK circuit.
The Fall Tour which starts and finishes in Holland will run from Oct. 2nd to 25th as follows: Dates are on my website under TOUR



New Recordings

As 2016 rolls around, Blackie and The Rodeo Kings will be unveiling a new album  – proposed release date is sometime in April/May. I can’t tell you much about it because I’ve signed a confidentiality clause… however I can tell you it will be called Kings and Kings – that should give you something to think about.

As for my solo self, I plan to spend 2016 writing and recording a new batch of material which will likely see the light of day in UK, NL and Canada in 2016/2017… we’ll see how those plans unfold, but that’s the general idea. 2016 = new recordings and music from B&RK and myself , plus a lot of touring and festival work on both sides of the pond. Stay tuned for further details.


And Finally….

Those of you who enjoy geeking out on guitar stuff may wish to check out my new Guitar Database which I have updated substantially as it was woefully out of date. Check it out hereAmp case

As ever, thanks – for lending me your eyeballs and your ears, for clicking, listening, and coming to the shows.
See you on the flipside.