November 25th, 1991. My 25th birthday. Everything I owned fit into two boxes which in turn, fit quite comfortably into the ’65 Cadillac Limo my band had been using as a mini tour bus to get us to and from the shitty little gigs we’d been playing around the Seattle area. Nirvana’s seminal album “Nevermind” had been released two months prior and I had a cassette copy. However, that was NOT the tape I put into the Caddy’s crappy, one speaker stereo as I drove out of town on what would be my third and final move to Los Angeles.
A year before, in August of 1990, the band that REALLY broke the ground for the Seattle music scene had put out THEIR seminal record. A band that two years earlier, we were sharing a rehearsal space with at The Music Bank in the Ballard district. That band was then called “Sleaze”. You know them now as Alice In Chains and the record (which I must admit I hated at first) was called “Facelift”. I had a cassette copy of IT too. It was given to me by the lawyers who handled my first (and only) solo demo deal at Warner Brothers Records. A demo which I had recorded at the upstate New York home studio of legendary producer Phil Ramone (Billy Joel, Bob Dylan, Elton John… look him up, his credits are astounding). I don’t know if it’s needless to say, but that demo deal did NOT turn into a recording contract and “Facelift” was also NOT the tape that I chose for my triumphant farewell soundtrack.
As I merged from the onramp onto I-5 South on that typically drizzly afternoon, the voice coming through the Cadillac’s single speaker was one that had long since altered my musical perception and therefore took the place of honor as co-pilot on my journey. The title on the dilapidated cassette tape was “Small Change” by the guru of involuntary solitude and ironic disenchantment– Tom Waits. While the rest of the world was being falsely introduced to what would become known as “grunge”, I would choose to stick with the guy that in my opinion, wrote the book on the elements that movement came from. It’s music like his and other troubadour poets like him that would greatly influence what I did as a musician, if I could ever find the time, dedication and fortitude to actually BE one.
I came to L.A. with a different purpose. I had acted in two indy films while in Seattle so I was gonna see if anyone in Tinsel Town was interested. Well, as most of these stories go of course, at first they were not… and then they were… and then they were NOT, and then… well, you get the picture.
It’s been 19 years since the Caddy sputtered into Hollywood, low on oil with a driver even lower on outlook. In those years and throughout his sometimes rosy, sometimes less than stellar career as a film and TV actor, that “driver” has continued to write songs. Songs that reflect the ongoing experience of never knowing. Songs that he hopes might speak to those with similar presentiments and with any luck, those who just dig some music.
So here, on the precipice of two decades into what was always intended to be a “duel career”, I am about to share with you what was supposed to be the FIRST half, but has now become the second…
With the exception of a couple of very special guest musicians whom I’m beyond elated to have coming in, initial tracking for my first LP is now complete. We’ve got some mixing and mastering yet to do but we’re almost there. It has been such a fucking treat for me to be able to work with the caliber of artists we’ve gathered to make this thing happen. Much credit and my ongoing gratitude goes to producer Dave Darling who saw my vision and fearlessly brought it to life as no one before ever has. I’m not gonna put any useless preconceptions out there and tell you what “kind” of music it is or who you might compare it to so…
We’re just gonna give away one of the tracks for FREE. Give it a listen. Decide for yourself. To be honest, I’m not sure how long the “freebie” will be available as I’ve gotten quite a bit of resistance to this idea, (Whatev. It’s my music, I’ll do what I want with it) so… GET ON THE LIST AND GET IT NOW.
In addition to the album, we’ve got some other good shit in store for the subscribers in the months ahead. As we work out the details, you’ll be informed on how to get in on it. Don’t be shy. Leave a comment, question or unsolicited rant. I’ll be as diligent as I possibly can in responding to everyone (even the jack-offs and smart asses).
At the risk of sounding all squishy and sentimental, this venture has been a long time coming for me, so I really would like to thank you all in advance for coming along…