The new album OLD FREIGHT -

  • #10 Album, March 2018 Folk DJ Chart
  • #15 Album, March 2018 Roots Music Report
  • #4 song "Old Freight," March 2018 Folk DJ Chart (tied)
  • #4 song "Bowling Green," March 2018 Folk DJ Chart (tied)
A fella that sings like this with this kind of work on the lyrics must be channeling Woody Guthrie... The pickin’ is real nice, but the vocal steals it... You just believe every line he sings. ”

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IBMA Songwriter Showcase 

I am honored to have my song I Heart Mountains selected for the Songwriter Showcase at the 2018 IBMA World of Bluegrass festival. The Songwriter Showcase "puts the selected writers in front of dozens of artists, producers, and labels who attend looking for new material. The participants are chosen in a competitive process with only ten making the final cut." I watched the showcase in 2017 and it is indeed a fantastic part of the festival.

The showcase will happen on Thursday, September 27 at 1pm in the Raleigh Convention Center. Learn more about the Songwriter Showcase from Bluegrass Today.

SERFA showcase artists playlist 

A new playlist is out on Noisetrade featuring one track from each of the 2018 SERFA showcase artists. (SERFA is the Southeast Regional Folk Alliance Conference). My song Old Freight is included - you can check out the playlist here:

I'll be featured in one official showcase and three "guerrilla" showcases this year at SERFA. You can find my showcase schedule below and also on my shows page.


Opening for Robbie Fulks, May 24 at Motorco 

I am excited to open up for Robbie Folks at Motorco Music Hall (Durham, NC) on Thursday, May 24! Robbie Fulks is a top notch songwriter and one hell of a guitar picker. His most recent release, 2017’s Upland Stories, earned year’s-best recognition from NPR and Rolling Stone among many others, as well as two Grammy nominations, for folk album and American roots song (“Alabama At Night”). My personal favorite off the release is the track "Fare Thee Well, Carolina Gals", with references to local favorites like Franklin Street in Chapel Hill and Northgate Mall in Durham.

Get more information and RSVP at the Facebook event page
You can also find out about more of my upcoming shows at my shows page

Telluride Troubadour contest honorable mention 

While not selected as a finalist for the renown Telluride Troubadour songwriter contest, I am delighted to have been noted as an honorable mention. It is a nationally recognized competition with past winners including Gregory Alan Isakov (2007) and Anna Tivel (2016), to name just a couple. Rob Nance, a stellar musician and songwriter from here in Durham, will be attending this year as a finalist. A very cool contest indeed from the folks at Planet Bluegrass!

I submitted the songs Childhood Ghosts and I Heart Mountains to the contest. You can give them a listen on Spotify:

#10 album & two top 5 songs in the Folk DJ charts 

I am pumped to share that Old Freight is #10 in the Folk DJ charts for March, with two songs (Old Freight and Bowling Green) in the top 5 songs! This means the songs and album were among the top played by folk radio DJs in March. This list is based on 14,096 plays from 529 playlists from 137 Folk DJs across the country. A big thanks to Kari Estrin for her work getting it there.

If you haven't heard the record in a while, give it a listen on Spotify:

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