Last November, while I was playing in the UK as the touring behind my 2009 solo record was winding down, I was sort of wondering what 2011 would hold. It was definitely time to start work on my second record, but having been on the road for much of the previous year and a half, I hadn’t had time focus my thoughts on what my follow up record would sound like While over there in England somewhere, I opened an email to see that The Decemberists were inviting me to join their 2011 touring, as part of their band! What a crazy idea to me.
Aside from a sleepy hello (when the Nickel Creek and the Decemberists’ buses crossed paths on tour once at a truck stop in who-knows-where) I hadn’t met them, but they seemed like cool folks, I liked the new record a lot and I had free time so at the end of the day i thought, “sure, why not!” I’m so glad I made that decision. I played as their sideman on their tours from January thru August and got to hit a drum, play a little baritone guitar, and fake my way on a few other instruments as well. They were so generous and fun to be with. I couldn’t have asked for a better experience. Jenny, Colin, Funk, Nate, John – Thank you!! The day after the last show with the D’s I flew to Alaska (the most beautiful state, sorry everyone else) to join Garrison and A Prairie Home Companion for the last leg of their Summer Love Tour. It was great. I love those guys.
i had goals for my time on tour with the Decemberists. I wanted rest and catch up with myself, I wanted to find music that I hadn’t heard yet, and then – to focus on writing.
I have really enjoyed putting this collection of songs together and in December I’m going to go in the studio, somewhere in LA, and record the suckers. But first, my brother Sean and I will be opening for the Blind Boys of Alabama in November and mid December so keep a look out for us!