Back in 1994, I released an acoustic CD titled “Confidential Reasons”. It was a collection of songs that had been written over the years with my songwriting partner and Last American Heroes band mate George Schneller. While the Last American Heroes really focused on presenting an air-tight, rockin’ live set, we did perform the occasional acoustic or “unplugged” gig – often opening for friend and producer Jerry Giddens from Walking Wounded. Our plan was to record acoustic versions of some of of our live set while documenting some of the “quieter” songs in our catalog that didn’t fit the regular live set.
On Friday, November 19, at the Spot Café and Lounge, we will perform all of the songs from that CD live in one set for the first time ever. Joining me will be Peter Sheppard, a long-time friend and the former guitarist in both the Orchids and the Last American Heroes. Pete played these songs for years and it was Pete’s idea to take much of the Orchids/Last American Heroes songbook that was left unrecorded and head into the studio. We’ve fallen a bit behind schedule in the recording plan but this live show should be a nice way to kick off what I like to call Our Fall Project.
I hope you’ll join us. To kick things off that night, my friend Mike V and I will dig into a separate bag of originals during the opening set.
Pete and I will also be performing at the Talking Stick on Friday, October 29th as part Cafe Night, a community outreach event presented by some friends of ours at the Venice Santa Monica Free Methodist Church. It will also feature the jazz band Blue Noise and West of Lincoln, who perform a rockin’ mix of 60’s and 70’s covers. Pete and I will play between those acts from 7:00 to 7:45pm.
Both shows are free and both venues are family-friendly environments. I hope you’ll be there!