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12/5/13

So... Things have been happening.. It's been a busy year. Lots of Poco touring, recording projects, blah blah.. The big news is that Poco will stop touring this coming February. Founding member, Rusty Young is retiring. I've been a member on and off since 1985. Some of the best music and times of my life. The band started in 1968. Click here for the band's wikipedia story.

So you may ask, "Jack, what are you going to do?" I've been asking myself the same question. I won't be retiring - this much I know for sure. I have a few irons in the fire, as they say; recording projects I've been meaning to do (solo stuff, some collaborations), I'll be touring with Idlewheel more (see the entry below), solo performing, perhaps I'll learn sword-swallowing or taxidermy.. The future is not exactly clear, OK!

I do, however, plan to be a participant in the Big Sky Songwriter's Festival. This songwriter workshop/performance event will take place in beautiful Big Sky, Montana this Dec. 19-21. There is still time to sign up!

There are still 4 Poco shows between now and Feb. 15, 2014 - which is our last scheduled show. Check out poconut.com for band related info, merchandise, forum and more.

9/11/13

Roots Cover



There is a brand new Idlewheel EP! Craig Bickhardt and I have done a new 6-song EP. It's bare-bones acoustic music. Now available at Idlewheel.com.

And here's release information from Trespass Records.

7/24/2013

Just back from some west coast shows with Poco. Mendocino is a beautiful seaside village.. I loved it and want to return soon. About an hour north is Hendy Woods, home of some of California's giant redwoods. Photo by Micahel Webb.

Next week, we're off for a string of shows on the east coast. I'm looking forward to seeing a lot of friends.

Reaction to the new Poco CD, "All Fired Up" has been really strong and positive. The band is sounding better than ever and our shows have been a blast! Thanks to all..

Please visit poconut.com for all the latest tour dates and info about the band. And while you're there, stop by the store for the new CD or other Poco flavored stuff..

Then, on August 7th, I'm taking a brief break from touring with Poco to do a few shows with my old friend Craig Bickhardt. We have kind of a standing date to do a few shows together at least once a year. Last year, we played in my home town of Oklee, MN. It was such a sweet time and we've been invited back to do it again this year. Also on the schedule is a show in Fargo, ND. I lived in Fargo for many years and it was so good to see old friends there last year. Here's a list of shows I'll be doing with Craig:

Wednesday, August- 7:00pm
The Brink (with Beth Kille)
701 E Washington Ave
Madison, WI 53703
(608) 661-8599
www.thebrinklounge.com

Thursday, August 8 - 7:30pm
Crossings  
320 East Avenue
Zumbrota, MN  55992
www.crossingsatcarnegie.com 

Saturday, August 10 – 8:30pm
Oklee Community Center
101 Main Street
Oklee, MN 56742
 218-230-8960

Sunday, August 11 – 8pm
Studio 222
222 Broadway, Fargo, ND 58102
(701) 478-6893
www.222fargo.com

redwood 2013
5/27/13

Thanks to Jon Rosenbaum for this cool photo! Poco at the Steel Stacks, Bethlehem, PA. It was a cold night, but the crowd stayed and we had a great time..

Steel Stacks
5/7/13

I came across this photo today. I always liked it - it's the mood, I guess. Great Plains CD artwork back in '91. I took a photo of the photo with my phone, so the quality is not good.

See the photo down a ways for the full "Then and Now" effect..

Great Plains - Jeez
3/15/13

MIXING:

Over the last few years, I've done several mixing projects with my good friend, Bill Halverson. Bill engineered, produced and mixed some of the most iconic artists in 1970's Rock: Crosby, Stills & Nash; Jimi Hendrix; Eric Clapton; Neil Young; The Beach Boys; Cream; Bill Withers; Emmy Lou Harris - the list continues..

Bill and I have been talking about combining our audio recording experience & expertise and offering ourselves as a mixing team for hire.

We mix mostly in Digital Performer, but .wav files from any format should be no problem.

We talked about having a price rate, but that would be too complicated. There are so many variables in a digital music project that blanket pricing simply wouldn't work.

So - if you would like Bill Halverson and myself to mix your single, demo, album or whatever sort of audio project you may have, just contact us. We'll listen to it, we'll see what we feel we can offer you - and then we'll make a bid on mixing your project.

Remember, it doesn't hurt to ask..

3/3/13

gp 2013So good to see these two! Michael Young and Russ Pahl. Together, we were 3/4 of the band Great Plains. We were the flavor of the country music scene for the blink of an eye back in the early 90s. Denny Bixby is out in Oregon and couldn't join us. We have shared many tales and many miles. Great Plains was not only fun, but artistically rewarding. Our awesome producer, Brent Maher showed us how to make records that are about the music - the song, the groove, the vocals, the vibe.. We were a fortunate group. And Brent also, along with his daughter, Dianna, taught me all the things I didn't know about songwriting. I couldn't be more thankful..

1/26/13AFU-cover


"All Fired Up" - The new Poco CD is finally finished and off at manufacturing as I write this.

We had a blast making this album and I look forward to supporting it around the country in the coming year.

Check out poconut.com for tour details and to order the CD.

The Legend continues..

1/10/13

I hope your 2013 is off to a good start. I spent a nice stretch of time with my dad recently. We got to hang out and laugh a lot. My 95 year old dad went through a case of influenza while I was there. This year brought a particularly tough version of the flu virus, we're told - and he pretty much sailed through it. When I asked him how he was doing he'd say, "Not bad, for an old plug.." That's my dad.

Jack and Omar: 2013



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