Happy to announce that my 2003 album “Rooster Nudes” will inexplicably be reissued on vinyl later this year. I made this record in Minneapolis in ’02 with my friend Mike Wisti (“it strikes me that the piano part here is a little didactic”) producing at his Albatross studio. Mike was awesome to work with. He was very efficient. He has impeccable instincts musically and his personal grooming habits are second-to-none. He’s in the great Minneapolis band Rank Strangers, who this past year released a trilogy of really cool records on vinyl, which I highly recommend.
I was stoked and fortunate to have one of my musican heroes Slim Dunlap play guitar on a couple of songs. And my old bandmate Brien Lilja did amazing drum work and mandolin and accordion on it. I had several friends who defended the record publicly to the Austin Chronicle who hated it when it came out. I was really humbled by that show of solidarity at the time, and it still means a lot to me that they did that.
I’ll probably write some long-winded liner notes for this, replete with anecdotes of debatable relevance, because why the fuck not? – but for now I’ll just say this record holds a lot of memories for me, and I was surprised and touched when my friend Jason called and said he wanted to put it out on vinyl. It can be strange to go back and revisit something you did a decade or more in the past, like an old photo album – This is who I was? What was happening?… and then put it out again.
I hope it holds up for whoever hears it now. Stay tuned for updates on a release date later this year!
Hey everybody. I’m playing just one show during SXSW this year, doin’ the duo thing – The Jimmy Smith System and myself, pictured here at a show we did a the Nomad last month (thanks Davis for the gig and the cool photo!!). Come down and hang with us on Tuesday night March 15th, on a fantastic bill at Hole in the Wall. We go on in the front room at 10:45pm. A bunch of great acts playing this show which is brought to you by my favorite rock ‘n’ roll band in the world, Grand Champeen. Happy SXSW!