brand new “Gospel” video on for MLK Day

Hello everyone! I am happy to live in a country with a national holiday honoring the “steady, loving, confrontation” of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and the struggle of generations to make ours a more perfect union.

And I’m delighted that this amazing, brand new video of my song “Gospel” by K8 Howley and Jak Ritger has been given the distinction of an exclusive premiere on, introduced by the great radio host John Schaefer:

Please click on, view and share widely! Thanks so much for watching, and listening,


Happy New Year Friends!

Here’s what I have going on music-wise for the next month or so:

This coming Sunday I’m spending an afternoon at the beach! Kinda sorta. I’ve been invited to join the Light of Day Winter Fest-ivities for “Songwriters by the Sea” in Asbury Park NJ and am looking forward to sharing a few songs (solo) with other able writers donating their time. The following weekend the trio goes north to Rochester NY and Niagara Falls ON, then we’ll play back closer to home at an intriguing new vegetarian restaurant/eco-retailing/entertainment space in Westchester County, Recologie.

In February, Stephan Crump and I will share music from our home to yours in our 2nd online show via Anyone around the world with a decent internet connection can pay-as-you-wish to watch and listen and interact with comments online. We had much fun last time, and the audience seemed to as well — even our 9-year old Maceo who typically declines to see us live was happy to watch from the next room on my laptop and type in his more-than-2¢ worth. (Then again, I’m reminded that the young ones will do anything if it involves a screen and keys to click.. ) Click here to sign up for a reminder and see how it all works. Please send me a note if you’re planning to tune in and would like to make a song request, or let me know anything else on your mind!

Thanks so much for listening,


Happy New Year Y’all!

Lots of house-cleaning and transitions going on here, but I’ll be announcing new shows, videos, and other good stuff soon.. Thanks for listening, and here’s to a peaceful and wonderful 2015!


This Thursday December 18th in Brooklyn NY!

Stephan Crump, Jamie Fox and will be closing out the year’s shows (and what a year it’s been! From Des Moines to Dickey Lake; TEDx to Tiverton..) with a concert this Thursday 12/18 at the very special and very intimate Jalopy Theatre in Brooklyn NY. We’ll be joined by two of my favorite songwriters from my earliest days playing in NYC: KJ Denhert and Mike Errico are soulful singers, excellent guitar players, and both no slackers in the wit department, onstage and off. Tickets are available here and at the door. The evening starts at 7:30 pm. Please join us!

from our home to yours..

Stephan Crump (acoustic bass and other sounds) and I (voice and guitar) are doing our inaugural (hopefully the first of many!) online show via Concert Window this coming Saturday December 13th at 9:30 pm EST, and we hope friends from around the world will join us from their computers. Check it out here!

Hungerthon 2014

I’ve got two concerts in New Jersey this weekend in support of Hungerthon, the annual awareness and fundraiser event that provides most of WhyHunger‘s budget. I have been a Board member, spokesperson and volunteer for WhyHunger for 20 years now, and my passion for its mission and belief in its work only gets stronger over time. Details on these an other upcoming events are here on the “shows” page.

If you can’t make it to a show, please check out to find out more, donate, or bid on an array of swanky auction items. We’ll be on the air this coming Tuesday, November 25th — nationwide at SiriusXM radio as well as various NYC-area stations. Join us!


“Paris” lyric video, Hope North, solo shows!

Hello! Please watch the latest creation from my friend Nathan James Leatherman, a lyric video for “Paris” from last year’s Purple Chair Music release Reckoning. You can see more of what Nathan is up to (he also did videos for “Go Away” and “Reckoning,” as well as an amazing collaboration on Stephan Crump’s “Thwirl”) on his website, here.

This Saturday! I won’t be singing, but I’m honored to serve on the host committee for the Hope North Gala here in NYC on Saturday November 1st. Hope North is a school for escaped former child soldiers, orphans and refugees started by former child soldier and performing artist Okello Sam. Okello has become a friend and inspiration, and he knows something we often forget in this wealthy country — that music and arts education is not a luxury, but necessity for young people needing a lifeline out of violence, poverty, or just plain adolescence. Come join us if you can! Learn more and support Hope North online here.

I was privileged to be able to contribute my songs “Feed Your Baby” and “Gospel” to the Food Justice rally immediately preceding the massive and amazing People’s Climate March on 9/21/14. It was a beautiful celebration of diverse humanity, joining together for our own survival and the planet’s. The conversation, and the myriad small changes we each can make each day toward sustainability, are starting..

Performance-wise, I have three solo benefit shows next month — in Connecticut for Operation Hope and New Jersey for WhyHunger. Kinda terrifying as I’m used to leaning hard on my virtuoso bandmates, but I’m working on getting my non-virtuoso guitar playing up to a listenable level. Come on out and don’t be shy with the critiques!

Stephan and Jamie will be back with me for shows in December and January in NJ and NYC, and then we return to Ontario for a late January working visit to Niagara Falls. I’ll probably try to wrangle another Toronto-area show that weekend so please let me know any suggestions or ideas.

Please keep in touch and don’t be shy about getting in touch via I’m happy to hear from you. Thanks for listening!


Good to be home..

but we loved being away, too. It was such an amazing summer with two trips up to New England and Canada, and I am eagerly making plans to return.
In the meantime, it’s great to finally be home in Brooklyn for a stretch and I have big aspirations to write some tunes, play some guitar, and maybe even tackle the pile of random papers on my desk. An early fall subway trip to Coney Island might happen too.
On Saturday September 27th, my trio will perform a free outdoor set at 3 pm in Garden City to help kick off the Arts Alive LI festival. Bring the kids! We’re bringing ours..

On a different note, there is much good news among the bad things that the TV likes to highlight. I was honored to be invited to sing my tunes “Feed Your Baby” and “Gospel” at the start of the People’s Climate March in NYC this past Sunday, and I was amazed at the size, diversity, and joyfulness of the 300,000+ people assembled. The beginning is near.

So many stories to tell. We remember my dad Harry as a storyteller in song, but his legacy lives on also through the work of WhyHunger, which tells the story of hunger and amplifies the voices of the grassroots efforts to counter it. Check out some of the good news here at our “Community Voices” digital storytelling site. and support our work by joining “Harry’s Giving Circle” of friends and fans who want to make a difference.

Thank you!


Summer continues

I almost won a sandcastle building contest today, but I guess it wasn’t meant to be. Back to the day job. Luckily it’s one that also involves playing..

I’m one who favors the official calendar definition of summer as something that stretches way into September (Autumnal Equinox: 9/23), and my brave trio will once again be heading to parts north, for shows in New England and Canada to wrap up my favorite season. 9/13 in Bath, Maine; 9/14 in Hull, Massachusetts; and 9/17 in Toronto. Please see “shows” for details and to order tickets. Thank you thank you thank you dear friends!


Where we’ve been, and where we’re going next! (hint: north!)

Happy August Everyone!

The summer has been mellow for me so far, performance-wise, leaving some time for fun with the kids and some attempts at writing new tunes. But here are a few highlights of where we’ve been lately:
To my childhood home of Huntington NY, for a “Homemade Jams” benefit for WhyHunger, nicely documented here by Greg Blank for Fios. (By the way, WhyHunger earned the coveted 4-star “exceptional” rating  — for sound fiscal management and commitment to accountability and transparency — from Charity Navigator, for the fourth consecutive year!)
To Pittsburgh, Bloomington IN, Cincinnati, Columbus and Cleveland OH..
To downtown NYC, where Ryan Muir captured on camera some of the fun of our free outdoor show on July 2nd.
To Sayville NY for a show last weekend at Soul Sounds Records, one of the growing handful of cool little record stores around the country carrying Reckoning on vinyl.
LP, CD, or mp3, I’m so grateful for the response the album has received..
“sumptuous…irresistible…a surefire gem: the kind of carefully-crafted and sophisticated pop that used to be associated with Paul Simon. Yeah, it’s that good.” Will Layman, Popmatters

But now comes the annual August adventure up north. The Trio featuring Stephan and Jamie plus Maceo and Van is heading first northwest for 5 shows in Ontario, then all the way east for four shows in Maritime Canada before we head back down to play in Rhode Island and Massachusetts. Among the highlights is an August 11th benefit at the esteemed Hugh’s Room in Toronto for “Kids Right to Know,” a campaign for the right to know what’s in our food, founded by the teenage activist Rachel Parent whom I had the pleasure to meet almost exactly a year ago. (We’ll also be back at Hugh’s Room on September 17th for a double bill with our friend Chris Brown & Kate Fenner) I’m looking forward to making some noise in Canada! Please click on “shows” here to check out the schedule and order tickets, and I would be very grateful if you were compelled to share with friends along our route!

Thanks so much for reading, listening, sharing and caring!


PS I’m honored that the vital alternative news website Truthout just republished my story “Have You Ever Been Hungry?” — You can read it here and follow the link from there to the official music video for “Feed Your Baby”

PPS All my albums are available for physical purchase or download at my store here, but the latest is that Linger (2004) and Ready (2006) are now back on itunes! (Not sure why they were gone exactly) I know many of you already have these — please click some stars or leave a quick review if you are so inclined, as the pages are kinda lonely now!