Solo show at Checkered Past Winery

This Friday, November 11, I’ll be playing a solo acoustic(ish) show at Checkered Past Winery from 8:30 to 10:30. Expect a lot of Bob Dylan and Neil Young songs, some original tunes, some weird stuff, and at least half a dozen instances of me getting out over my skis attempting to perform something I’m not

Outrun the Reptile now available

My songwriting collaborator and I have at long last completed our album! It’s called Outrun the Reptile, and we’re releasing it under the name H&S Salvage. We’re really proud of these tunes–solid groove rock with a few surprises. Visit my music page for details, including samples, links to where you can buy it, and complete

My Year in Art – 2014

I’ve started writing this retrospective each year to disabuse myself of the notion that I didn’t get shit done each year. It helps.     Goals from last year: 1.            Finish writing the first draft of third book in the Arcane Underworld series. Done! And several people who are not prone to blowing smoke up

On Monitoring…

Scene: My dad’s study/music room, which is furnished with some top-notch recording equipment. DAD and ME are sitting there, each with a pair of headphones on, attempting to get his recorded vocal and guitar to sound right. DAD: The voice sounds too thin. Why doesn’t it sound warmer? ME (twiddling EQ knobs): How’s that? DAD:

Jamie’s Quick Rules for Recording

These are highly idiosyncratic and personal, so likely don’t work for everyone, but these are the rules I live by: 1.) If I need more than 22 tracks to say something, I probably can’t say it. 1a.) Recording guitar tracks in stereo is almost always a waste, barring unusual use of effects. 1b.) That goes

My Year in Art

Every year, I look back and think, “I didn’t get shit done this year!” Sometimes that’s accurate. Other times, that’s more a result of failure to step out of the day-to-day frustrations and look at the broader picture. And also a result of having unrealistic goals, I suppose. In any case, this year, I started


So I’m recording a tune with my musical partner in crime, D. We’re trying to get all the backing vocals nailed down so we can get the track out to our session drummer with the right amount of energy in it, and D is really sweating the harmonies. There are a lot of them, five