As usual, I haven't been finding time to work on my website very often! There's so much going on, it's pretty mind-boggling, and sometimes a bit hard to keep up with! A few things - Howlin' Dog Records is becoming a much more "real" label - helping on both ends of recording projects - financing on the front end and promotion on the back end. I've partnered up with my old friend David Clemmer, of Bloomington, Indiana and new friend Jana Pochop of Austin, TX, and we've got a few artists signed up under this new model - the legendary Bill Hearne, Americana artist out of Santa Fe, New Mexico, 2-Bit Palomino, two-time vocal group of the year out of Houston, Texas, and Don Conoscenti, legendary folk-rock road warrior, currently living on Taos, New Mexico. For more info go to www.howlindogrecords.com and check it out!
The Rifters have had a great year, with a great mini-tour of Texas in October, and we hope to do that again in 2015! Plus a year chock-full of superb gigs around what I think is one of the most vibrant, creative and unique music scenes anywhere, here in our backyard of northern New Mexico and southern Colorado.
David Clemmer and I released a new record of original material, called "Promised Land" this spring, and are working on another one, in an on-going collaboration or writing and recording. Why? Because it's fun! And I think we're coming up with some great stuff.
Howlin' Dog Recording (the studio end of things) continues to be booked many months in advance and continues to be an outlet to help many regional and beyond artists to get their music out. We continue to upgrade equipment and I think continue to refine the art of putting out a great record. Like all art, recording is an infinite journey of learning and refinement, but we've put out hundreds of albums over the years, and we love what we're coming up with these days!
So onward we go into 2015! I'll try and post an update now and then! You can keep up with me on Facebook at my personal page.