Today I’ve released two new songs… One is rock and roll (Migration to Divine) and the other is a mostly piano-based song (Find My Way). These songs feature some of Seattle’s finest. They continue the series of letters set to music.
A few moments from last week’s show were captured and I thought I would share them here. It was a true honor to perform and improvise along with these two legends. I’m thankful to everyone who filled the room and made it a special night.
Michael Stegner – music, lyrics, voice, piano, shuitar (Dead Man Blues), accordions, production, mixing & mastering
Forrest Giberson – bass, pedal steel
Colin Higgins – Guitar (Through My Eyes)
Jeff Fielder – Guitars (Dead Man Blues)
Robin Holcom – Voice (Dead Man Blues)
Ehssan Karimi – Hang (Through My Eyes)
Noah Frank – Violins (Through My Eyes)
For a while I’ve dreamed of putting together shows where people from different musical worlds come together and create an experience that can never be replicated. I finally got my act and courage together and curated such an event… The first one is in less than a week away. On Wednesday, May 29 at 7 p.m. at Gold Diggers in Los Angeles we’ll be ready to rock. Click here for tickets.
Here are the details…
Maddie Jay – Through a former student of mine, Danae Greenfield, I met Maddie a few years ago at Berklee College of Music. She is an amazing bass player, writer and producer. She’s one of the most inspiring young artists in LA.
Louis Cole, Sam Wilkes & Sam Gendel Trio – These guys don’t need any introduction. Louis has become one of the most influential jazz/funk musicians around. His videos reach millions of viewers and have sent a ripple through the new music scene across the globe. Sam Wilkes is one of the more funky and in-demand bass players around. But he is also a creative force who puts out great records. Sam Gendel is a multi-instrumentalist who shreds on sax and guitar. He has played with a wide range of artists including Knower, Moses Sumney, Keifer and countless others. His solo shows are inspiring in their own right. You can see Louis, Sam and Sam playing in this Knower video…
Michael Stegner, KJ Sawka & Tim Lefebvre Trio – I’ve dreamed for years of getting KJ Sawka and Tim Lefebvre together musically. KJ Sawka and I go back to playing crazy improv gigs in Seattle before he blew up and began touring arenas with various bands. He also is all over Ableton Live with his masterful sampling packs. Tim is one of the most sought after bass players in the world. He is in New York this week playing on the Colbert Show. He played bass on the last Bowie record, Blackstar. He has toured for years with Tedeschi Trucks Band and Donny McCaslin. Here is Tim playing on NPR’s Tiny Desk…
Here is the video that KJ Sawka posted years ago that went viral and launched his star…
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It’s always a little intimidating to sing/release songs that are raw and emotional. But it’s time for me to start sharing. Over the past few years I’ve been writing and recording a series of songs that are essentially letters set to music. They are written from one person to another and they loosely tell a story.
I’ve been so fortunate to have some of my favorite musicians contribute to this project. On this first set I have Rachel Eckroth singing the lead of the opening song, “A Believer”. Rachel is a remarkable keyboard player who also sings at the highest level (as you’ll hear on the recording).
Just wanted to give a quick heads up that I’m playing tonight… Monday, 2/25 at the amazing Hotel Cafe as part of a long-running songwriter night. The room is legendary and it’s an honor to play there. I go on at 9:30 for a short set on the second stage – the night is called Monday Monday. I’ll be singing and playing some new stuff.
I’m excited to share a new record that I’ve really enjoyed working on. The title pretty much sums it up… It’s a record about the plight of sleeping in the 21st century. So if you’re reading this in a different century, you probably won’t get it.
You can listen, purchase and share it with the player here…
Keyboard and vocal wizard, Rachel Eckroth, came over with her Moog synth to make fun sounds. We organized the blips and added some things which turned into this track. Rachel has toured the world with Chris Botti and is currently touring with and opening for Rufus Wainwright. She is a powerhouse keyboard player and vocalist who was an honor to collaborate with. Check out her latest album, it’s amazing.
You can listen to and buy the song through the Bandcamp Player here…
On Monday, June 18, I’ll be playing and singing a set of original songs at one of my favorite venues in Los Angeles – The Resident. And for those of you who don’t like the late shows, we’ll be starting at 8:30. By “we” I mean this amazing group of musicians I’m very excited to perform with. Here is who is playing with me on Monday…
Francesca Simone (guitar) – has toured extensively with Beyoncé and Kehlani
Maddie Jay (bass) – has her own amazing project called Maddie Jay & the pH Collective
Bianca Richardson (drums) – Moonchild, Genevieve Artadi and many more
Loren Battley (backing vocals) – Michael Bublé & Pomplamoose
The other bands on the bill are Brent Amaker & the Rodeo and We Are The West. Brent Amaker & the Rodeo are from Seattle and have built a nice following up there. We Are The West is one of the most impressive and musical groups I’ve seen since being in Los Angeles.
Come say ‘hi’ if you come to the show and it would be appreciated if you spread the word among your Los Angeles friends.