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What's Happenin' [07.21.16]

It's been a year and a half since I've written anything here on my homepage. Yikes, time flies!

It's mid-summer, mid-political conventions, mid-album cycles... I'm feeling mid-stuff. It's been a fun first half of a year so far. My two bands (ALO & Nicki Bluhm & The Gramblers) have had some fun small tours with a few more to go. It's been a mellower schedule than usual though, which has me feeling both anxious and relaxed. I'd love to be touring more, but being home in Oakland has been awesome. More time for family and friends, more time to connect with my local scene, more time for spinning records, more time for making life plans.

This year, I've found myself with more time to also engage in the political process, which I would credit majorly to the Bernie Sanders presidential primary campaign. His to-the-point issues-oriented speeches and debates have been super inspiring to the imagination. I have enjoyed day-dreaming of a better country and a better world, one that cares for each other, one that puts people and our planet before profits. On the eve of the Democratic Convention (next week!), I couldn't be more excited to see what Bernie brings to the table and if by any wild chance he takes the nomination. It seems buttoned-up for Clinton, but crazy things do happen. Exhibit A - the GOP nominee.

Besides life at home and politics on the brain, I should also mention the music I've released since I last wrote here. In early 2015, Nicki Bluhm & The Gramblers put out Loved Wild Lost, a record we made in Stinson Beach, CA. A personal highlight for me was recording my friend's old Kay hollowbody bass. I loved the bass so much I mail-ordered a re-issue that I now take on tour whenever possible. And with ALO, in late 2015 we put out our fifth Brushfire Records album Tangle Of Time, followed this year by a Record Store Day 10-inch vinyl titled Follow The Yarn and an Amazon Music single called "Summer Dream". So lots of new music for ALO too!

Check out the links below for more to dig into! And till the next scribble... Rock on, Steve

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