This summer has been one of great shows and new experiences. McTuff performed at Blacksheep Family Reunion and Summer Meltdown, with a set at Bumbershoot on the way. The band played to a packed house at Seattle’s Nectar Lounge and joined forces with Skerik, Steve Moore, and Hans Teuber for two nights of horn-filled goodness. Outside of McTuff, I had the pleasure of recording on Bill Doerrfeld’s upcoming piano trio album along with Jon Hamar, bringing together Andy Coe and Evan Flory-Barnes for a Lick Trio gig, and maintaining Hardcoretet’s residency at the Seamonster. I’ve performed in Fremont, Columbia City, Cap Hill, Downtown, Redmond, Garberville, Portland, Eugene, Hood Canal, Kenmore, Tidewater, Gray’s Harbor, Yakima, Walla Walla, Darrington, Manson, Missoula, Billings, and Bozeman with more on the way. Oh, I also now play bass in a Lake Street Dive cover band.
On the personal side, I moved to Ballard and I WENT BUNGEE JUMPING! It was incredible.
Shortly after returning from McTour in March I fractured the 5th metacarpal on my right hand, putting me in a cast for six weeks and leaving me with two options: whither away into a music-less existence or push through and find a way to play with one hand.
Thanks to some incredibly open-minded and trusting bandmates I had the opportunity to work my left side, keep earning a living, and endure an endless barrage of Def Leppard jokes (every one of which was unique and hilarious). At first it was disorienting, tiring, and frustrating because so much of my playing had been anchored by the constant beat-aligned motion of my right hand, but as time went on my body relearned how to feel the music and express what my mind was hearing.
The cast has been off for a month now but the experience has had a permanent effect on my playing. My limbs are freer and more independent, my left hand is stronger and faster, the feeling of the beat is more evenly distributed throughout my entire body and, most importantly, the choices I make are generally less note-heavy and dense (not always but, ya know, better than before). I encourage any musician, drummers especially, to set aside a limb or two to see what happens. If you’re anything like me you may be surprised by how difficult it might be to play something relatively simple.
See below for a few videos of McTuff’s LoFi show in April to get an idea of how it sounded. Again, THANK YOU to all my bandmates and the many people who came out to support the music while I was crippled. Love you all!
Back in December McTuff filmed a live set and did some interviews for a new TV show called Band in Seattle. The episode aired while we were on tour in March and has since been posted online. Take a look at the episode above or watch the full performances below.
I’m happy to say that 2013 was even better than 2012. As a performer I’ve had the opportunity to play over 160 shows this year, both with my main projects and as a guest with some of my favorite Seattle bands and musicians. As a teacher I’ve continued my work with schools all over the city as well as with my own students, giving me a chance to make music and have a great time with over 50 kids aged 6 – 60. I got into grant writing, I traveled the coast and border states, and my chickens are still alive. Yep, a good year!