Battle of the Bands Round 2 – watch our video and VOTE!

We submitted this video from our appearance at Suzy’s last December to an original song contest on and are now in ROUND 2!

We’d appreciate it if you would click the link above, watch the video and vote for us. It would be great if you would also forward this link to your friends via email, Facebook or Twitter – heck, even Pinterest! The more votes, the better shot we have at some free recording time!

We could win some cool stuff so please watch often – you can vote once per day.

Pete and I appreciate your support!

RTK at Suzy’s in Hermosa – Friday, Nov 1 @ 9:00p

Hey everyone!
Our next performance will this Friday, November 1st when Pete Sheppard and I return to Suzy’s Bar and Grill in Hermosa Beach. It’ll be a 30 minute acoustic set of originals from our various CD releases plus some surprises!

There are 3 other acts on the bill including the hard-rocking song stylings of The Ride featuring our pals Bruce Braddock and Ben Davis. And did I mention that Ragin’ Cajun has taken over the kitchen?  Oh yeah!! See you Friday night…

Friday, November 1
Suzy’s Bar and Grill
1141 Aviation Blvd
Hermosa Beach, CA 90254
(310) 379-6171
(corner of Aviation Blvd and Prospect Avenue, next to Big Lots)


Backwards Hat Attack
The Ride
Robert Thomas Kuhlmann
Mark Ennis


Thanks to Mary and everyone at the Namaste Café! I had a great time performing last night. There was a very receptive, supportive audience and the bonus of a guitar-playing sound man named Paul!

Since it was my first time in this room and a coffeehouse environment, I changed the set list a bit. I opened with King of Fools and segued into Moon Comes Around. For some reason, I’ve never thought to pair them together live even though they both reference a specific evening in Austin…

The rest of the set was from Confidential Reasons (This Cruel Rain, The Inside, Lonely Girl, and Someday) and then we closed with And I Did Not Know from the R & D Project recording.

It didn’t seem like a solo performance, though –Paul the sound guy added some tasteful Stratified textures from behind the sound board, and even took a few solos albeit hidden from the view of the audience.  It created an intimate connection with the audience, including the Namaste regulars.

It was also fun sharing the evening with the other performers, including Mike V and his pal Steve.

We’ll do it again in early 2014!

Solo Acoustic @ Namaste Cafe this Friday night!

My next solo performance will be at the Namaste Cafe in Redondo Beach this Friday, September 27.  I’ll be doing a 25 minute set, and several other artists (including my friend Mike V) will be appearing as well. Plus there will be coffee and snacks.
Friday, September 27
Namaste Cafe
Redondo Beach Center for Spiritual Living 907 Knob Hill Avenue Redondo Beach, CA 90277
$8.00 donation at the door…
(corner of Knob Hill Avenue and Prospect Avenue, across the street from AltaVista School and Park.)
Phone: 310.540.5080

July Shows

I’m excited to be part of the upcoming Seasons of Love show next Saturday! We are celebrating Steve Bullard’s 20 years with Faith UMC & 20 years with the International Children’s Choir with a concert on Saturday, July 13 @ 4 PM at Centinela Center for the Arts in Lawndale.  The concert includes many individuals and groups he has been associated with, and I’ve been asked to perform my song “He’ll Be There” along with the Faith Chancel Choir. Tickets are $10. Call 310 817-0731 for ticket information.

Jackknifed Big Rig will be appearing at the Dragonfly in Hollywood on Sunday, July 28th. Tickets will be available in advance or at the door.


Dear John: The Sugar Creek Sessions – now available!

In June of 1981, our band Dear John recorded six songs at the newly opened Sugar Creek Studios in Fenton, MO. From the session, we chose “Frustrated Conversation” and “I Don’t Want Her To Know” as the “most Power Pop”, and therefore the best choices for a 45 release. We recently celebrated the 30th anniversary of the release of that single, and now, all 6 songs from that session are available.

There is an extremely Limited Edition 30th Anniversary CD available via CD Baby or purchase a digital downloads from iTunes.


Music Cafe Night Update

I’m really excited to be performing at Venice Santa Monica Free Methodist Church’s Music Café Night this Saturday, May 18th. It’s going to be a great night of music, coffee, food, desserts, worship and praise. Also appearing will be David Gaulton and Seven Years.

I’ll be joined by Gina Fletcher (drums) and EJ Wells (bass) for a full 45 minute set.  And we are debuting a batch of new songs! Don’t miss it – we go on at 7:15pm…

Hope to see you there!

Venice-Santa Monica Free Methodist Church
4871 S Centinela Ave, Los Angeles, California 90066

Music Cafe Night Venice 5-18-13 final