We have a new name!

For the past several years, I've been working on developing a new, exciting approach to music based on all the influences I've been exposed to in my life, but grounded in the music of my childhood and my southern ancestry. I certainly haven't been working in a vacuum, and I thought it was high time that the name of this project reflected that. "Blood will tell" is an old hillbilly saying meaning that family traits (often bad) are inescapable, and will return generation after generation. I prefer to see it through the lens of genetic memory: all the things we are, good and bad, are influenced by the actions of those that came before, and will influence those that come after, on a blood-deep level. There are infinite stories within us. Our blood will tell those stories, given the time and the silence. In any case, I think it rolls off the tongue. Big thanks to my two main bandmates, Briana Lobbett and Pearl Rhein, as well as Ryan Hyland and Rob Nelson who played on my last album, and all my friends and family who bring their energy and inspiration to this work. You are all The Blood Will Tell.

2 New Shows Added in March and April

First off, thanks to everyone who has been coming out and braving the cold to support local music (me)! I'll be returning to Pete's Candy Store on Friday March 13th at 9pm. This also happens to be my big sister Kim's birthday (39 again!), and without her love and support, there's a good chance I'd be off making widgets in Nebraska somewhere instead of strumming a guitar for all of you in the wilds of New York City. So come on out to My Big Sister's Birthday Show! Bring your own sister! There might be cake, but there will certainly be great tunes, laughs, and booze. Check their website for directions.

In April I'll be making my debut at The Treehouse at 2A, a great East Village tradition of cool American-roots, rock, punk, country and rockabilly songwriters curated by the incomparable Tom Clark. I've enjoyed more hours of great music there than I can count on my callused fingers, and it's a great honor to be included. That one is Sunday April 19th at 10pm. Info and directions are available on their Facebook Page.

Brooklyn Show Added, 11/16/14

Hey all- I'll be playing my first local show in quite a while on Sunday, November 16th, at the incomparable Goodbye Blue Monday, one of my very favorite places to play. It is wonderfully weird, they make a mean grilled cheese, and they're named after a line in a Kurt Vonnegut book. You don't get more legit that that. I'll be going on at 8pm and playing for an hour. No cover! I'll be rolling out some new tunes for the first time, so don't miss it! Directions at the link above.

Playing in Michigan, Labor Day Weekend

Hey all-

I think the last time I played in my hometown, I was 19 years old. My music has changed somewhat since then, but I still run with much the same crowd. Some of them will be sharing the stage with me Saturday August 30th at the Northville Winery, starting at 7pm. I'll be playing songs from my new EP, as well as some older stuff and select covers. The show is outside in the sun and fresh air, and kids are more than welcome. The Northville Winery is a great place run by my friends Rob and Carina Nelson. Come check out their local wines, beers, and hard ciders, some with original label art by my dear pal Jon Cooney. Sunshine, music, and booze, folks! Ahh....summer.

Info and directions to the winery can be found on their website.

It's Off to the Proverbial Presses...

So, proofs have been approved, money has been shelled out, files uploaded, and after I caught the 5 or 6 errors in the graphics work...IT'S COMING!

The Difference will be available in physical form within a couple of weeks, and I'm going to set a release date of June 15th, 2014

Release events will be announced soon in Brooklyn and the Detroit area, so stay tuned! Those of you who pledged to the Kickstarter project should get your deliveries within a week after the release date, and folks who selected the download-only reward option will get your download link the weekend before the release. Thank, you all so much for your support. Really looking forward to sharing this with you. I think it's my best work, to date. And it damn well ought to be!

New EP Out Soon!

John's new short-length album, The Difference, will be available for purchase in June. Thanks to a hugely successful crowd-funding campaign, the project was recorded in Detroit, Michigan with producer Ryan Hyland and featuring Rob Nelson on guitars, mandolin, and organ. Contrasting with John's two previous EPs, The Difference is a pared-down, intimate album, featuring songs of loss and redemption.