Dear John (2011 reissue)
Frustrated Conversation b/w I Don’t Want Her To Know 7″
St. Louis didn’t have the quite the thriving Power Pop scene as that of other blue-collar Midwestern cities Milwaukee or Champaign, but what little it did have was cut from the same cloth. Dear John was one of the few, and like their counterparts from those more Northern regions, they too worshipped ‘70s guitar-based pop like Big Star, the Shoes and the Raspberries. The band only lasted a couple years, but they managed to release one regionally acclaimed single in 1981 on their own A.K.A. Records. They broke up the first time before the record was even back from the pressing plant, and even though they would briefly reform a year or so later….Dear John soon called it quits for good.
The single has been a tough find for Power Pop collectors, easily fetching $40-60 on auction sites. We found out why it has been hard to locate, when Robert Kuhlmann of Dear John let us know he found half the vinyl from the original pressing in storage during a visit to his mom’s house! They had only printed a small number of sleeves at the time, so we’ve repackaged the remaining, original vinyl copies in a new sleeve featuring liner notes, gig posters and other ephemera.
This re-release is limited to the 350 copies on hand and is available at local record stores in St. Louis, or via mail order from Rerun Records.
The R & D Project (2005)
10 original songs co-written with my friend Don Jung. Click on the cover to purchase the physical CD or digital tracks from CD Baby. Digital downloads are also available through the usual outlets such as iTunes and Amazon.
Confidential Reasons (1994)
Solo acoustic recording produced by Jerry Giddens and the late Ethan James. Click on the cover to purchase the physical CD or digital tracks from CD Baby. Digital downloads are also available through the usual outlets such as Amazon and iTunes
NoVanGogh – My Own Gallery (2009)
Excited to have been a contributor to this project with my friend Doug Sparks. Played some guitar on “Give Me Something To Believe” and co-wrote three of the songs: “Never Fell So Hard”, “One Wish” and “Romance Is Dead”.