A Majestic Month in Los Angeles

Sugarplum Fairies 1998 record Flake

Sugarplum Fairies 1998 record Flake

January seemed to come and pass in a flash for me this year. After a fairly uneventful (due to sickness) but restful holiday period the New Year got going immediately with a recording session with Sugarplum Fairies (1/4). This record is sounding so incredible and I feel very lucky to have collaborated with Silvia Ryder on our song ‘Bonnie Brae’ which will feature on the album. I’ll post more news about this album as soon as I know where it’s at, though I believe the recording parts are nearly done!

Trevor from Tall Tales

Trevor from Tall Tales

Next up was having a wee cameo in the new Tall Tales and the Silver Lining video for their single “Something To Believe In” from their forthcoming album “Tightropes” which drops Feb 24th on Other Music/Fat Possum records. These boys are dear friends and one of my favorite LA bands right now. This record sounds so beautiful so please check out Tall Tales and fall in love!

Just before Christmas I started working with the Manimal Group who are now managing me, to be specific, a wonderful Scots girl by the name of Lou Marron-Paige is now looking after all my music stuff. I’m super excited about this and have been a big fan of all things Manimal for a long time. I work with several of their label artists at Harvard & Stone where I book and it’s an awesome team of creative people to work with. Exciting times ahead!

Dash with Haim

Dash with Haim

After all this it was back to the studio for me where I did a session at Grandma’s Dojo Studio (1/23) with Eric Mcann (Feel Something Producer) and Dash Hutton from Haim. This is for a 7″ release I have planned in the next couple months. The Devils Pulpit/Sleepwalking 7″ will come out under the name ‘Charlie Clark and the Majestic 12′. These songs were a bit too the left for Broken Arrow and a bit too happy for my next solo EP so I wanted to have total fun with this project and pretty much just make up a band for this release. We had a total blast doing these songs and I’m working on them again tomorrow (2/3) at Sugarplum Fairies HQ with producer Eric McCann. More news on that as we go along.

Charlie Clark and the Majestic 12

Charlie Clark and the Majestic 12

Now, onto Broken Arrow.

We were back in the studio recording some more backing tracks for our forthcoming record (1/24) then went in with Producer Pablo (Snow Patrol) to finish off the song ‘Promises’ (1/26). Brandi and I are so pleased with how this song turned out and can’t wait to share it with y’all. We team up again with director Paul Orehovec this week to start a 4 day shoot for Warning Signs/Promises so this whole week will be spent putting everything and everyone together for this shoot. It’s our biggest production to date since working with Mr Orehovec so we’re looking forward to seeing the results!!

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I’m really happy to announce that ‘Grateful’ from my “Feel Something” EP just got picked up for City Walk on KCET and will feature on Episode 4 which airs locally on February 3 on KCET and a few days later nationally on Direct TV and Dish Network.

A very big thank you from Brandi and I to Kevin Bronson from Buzzbands LA for spinning ‘Warning Signs’ on his show on KCSN. This is the first radio play we’ve had for Broken Arrow.

The Vaselines

The Vaselines

After a month in the studio and booking/working with 36 different LA bands for Harvard & Stone this January it was time to get a night out and catch up with some old friends. The Vaselines were in town last Wednesday night (1/28) for the last night of their US tour. The Scots were out in full force at The Roxy for this amazing show and we, kind of, had a works night out with Brandi, Pablo, myself and my wife showing the guys round LA afterwards. Always a pleasure seeing these lovely peeps!

Eric McCann and I getting down to business

Eric McCann and I getting down to business

Finally, whilst Brandi and I are shooting the Broken Arrow video/s Eric McCann will be starting work this week tracking bass and drums for “Lemon, Water & Ginger” my next solo EP. This is a lot more cinematic than the last and will feature a whole host of guests this time round, I think nearly 20 or so! My good buddy Joel Patterson (David J/Mark Gardener) is playing drums on this one and hopefully the boys will get wrapped up for me coming in next week and putting down all my parts before the revolving door open for the other guests. More news at the end of Feb…..

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Are You Local?

It seems that 2014, for me anyway, has really been a year for making records, writing songs and collaborating with some super talented local musicians and songwriters here in Los Angeles, the city I proudly call home. It’s been a little frustrating not being able to release anything but I can be an impatient little turd from time to time and nothings ready to come out yet anyway! If I look back over the year that’s past, it’s been one of the most creative and interesting years since I started putting records out. The industry has changed so much from when I first started playing music and dinosaurs roamed the earth. It’s not all bad like people make out. Honestly, when I signed my first deal, everyone you spoke to in the industry would talk about how fucked it was back then (199…something!) and It’s no different now. It does however look bad from the outside. It’s harder for younger musicians, yes, the album is dead, yup, but the whole industry has gone through a crazy digital transformation over the last decade or so and everyone is still trying to figure out how to monetize “the artist”.

The good news is that vinyl sales are stronger than ever, good indie labels are out selling the majors (on some acts that they throw a ton of money at and fail), recording is cost effective and a smart video can go viral instantly creating an audience that hopefully (in theory) a small percentage of those people will actually go and pay money to see that band or artist live. I certainly don’t have the answers on how to make it work nor does anyone else for that matter so the best thing to do is keep writing the best songs you can, making great records and working with a good team of people that share your vision. Punk rockers, indie pop and DIY bands and labels have always had this hard work ethic and complete control over every aspect of their art and it seems like any good band that breaks through these days shares that same belief.

Here in LA there are so many good examples of local labels and companies that nurture new talent and give musicians the chance to have a platform to be heard and actually make physical copies of records, tapes, CD’s and other interesting items to help promote their artists. Burger Records, Manimal Vinyl and Lolipop Records are a few examples of these “companies” that are self-sufficient and work to put on great local live events showcasing their artists and helping them out along the way.

Then, there are also a few local legends and champions of the local scene like Kevin Bronson (Buzzbands LA), Brad Roberts (Feed Your Head), Valida Carrol (KCRW/Desert Nights) and musicians like Joel Jerome (pictured below) who play, produce and support so much of the upcoming talent. Joel Jerome is an L.A. based singer/songwriter/producer who’s former band dios (aka diosmalos), were critically acclaimed psych-pop hailing from the Beach Boys and Redd Kross’ hometown of Hawthorne, California. Joel has become an acclaimed studio producer working with bands ranging from Cherry Glazer to La Sera (ex-Vivian Girls) and has also provided music for Yves Saint Laurent’s Spring/Summer 2014 collection (Lifted from Joel’s bio). When I first started working as a booker in LA Joel’s band, Babies on Acid, were one of the first bands I put on at La Cita in DTLA and he is also a regular performer at Harvard & Stone where I book now all these years later.

I’m not really sure where that rant came from but anyways back to business! So, the Sugarplum Fairies record has started and I’m pleased to say the song I wrote with Silvia Ryder, ‘Bonnie Brae’, will be featured on that record and we also recorded a Jackson C Frank cover that I mentioned in a previous blog. There’s no ETA on the album yet but I will keep y’all posted as things progress.

The debut Broken Arrow record has been a long process but I feel like it’ll be worth the wait. Brandi and I have been trying to narrow down the track list to one we’re both really happy with. We wanted the rest of the songs to sit well with the first single ‘Warning Signs’ which is mixed, mastered and ready to go. Our dear friend, bandmate and producer Paul Wilson (Snow Patrol) has been in Scotland so we recorded more backing tracks with Eric McCann and we’re going to crack on with all these songs throughout the holidays.

I should also mention the fact that we had the incredible Brady Leffler (pictured below) from Gold Star come in to play organ on ‘Warning Signs’ and really helped bring the track to life. All his parts were recorded at Sugarplum Fairies HQ also, so big shout out to Brady and Silvia, thank you both so much!

Finally, pre-production started at Bedrock Studios for my own solo EP planned for next year. Eric McCann (Producer) and Joel Patterson (drums) came into the studio with me to work on drums and bass parts for 7 songs. I have a lot of guests coming in to play on this next EP so I’m really excited to be working with all of these musicians I love and respect and I’m eager to see how it will all sound when it’s put together.

There’s a lot of good things to look forward to in 2015 and in the meantime a big thank you to anyone who has followed this blog, bought a record or come to a show this year. Happy Holidays!

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Silence is Golden

I’ve been very quiet on this site for the last month or so for various reasons. One of which is recording with Broken Arrow and I’ve also been back in the studio writing and recording with Silvia Ryder from Sugarplum Fairies. Silvia and I were so happy with how ‘Moment of Fame‘ turned out from her last record that we are working on a Jackson C Frank cover and hopefully an original collaboration for her next release.

Jackson C Frank

Jackson C Frank

So, Brandi and I were hoping to have the first Broken Arrow single out for the second week of November but we have now moved the release to January 2015. We’re trying to make the most cohesive record we can so we’re recording all the material we have and writing some more new songs as well. The first single is called ‘Warning Signs’ and was engineered by Eric McCann (who did Feel Something) and produced by Paul Wilson from Snow Patrol.

Paul & Brandi hard at work

Paul & Brandi hard at work

We are also getting ready to shoot the video for this single and will be teaming up once again with Paul Orehovec who shot all the videos for my last record. We love working with Paul and his ideas for this video are pretty incredible so more news on that soon. We’ve already done some location scouting and are in the process of putting everything together for the shoot. A very different vibe this time round.

Paul Orehovec, Eric McCann, Me & Brandi on the Don't Let Me down shoot.

Paul Orehovec, Eric McCann, Me & Brandi on the Don’t Let Me down shoot.

I’m pleased to say that the venue I book for here in LA recently won 3 awards in the 2014 LA Weekly Readers Poll including ‘Best Bar with live music’ so I’ve also been very busy with my nights at Harvard & Stone.

Me, Silvia Ryder, Jeff McElroy & KCRW's Valida Carroll at H&S

Me, Silvia Ryder, Jeff McElroy & KCRW’s Valida Carroll at H&S

In regards to my next solo outings, I have the next two EP’s written and ready to be recorded so I’m going to try my best to have both records come out next year. The next EP is called ‘Lemon, Water & Ginger’ and the one to follow that is called ‘A Bridge To Your Idol’. I plan on working with the same team as on ‘Feel Something’ but also will have a lot of new guests on these records. Once I find the time (and money) to get these recorded I will have them come out pretty close together.

Me & Eric

Me & Eric

Finally, the last live show I’m doing this year will be at the Hotel Cafe for their annual ‘HoHotel’ fundraiser. Eric and I will be doing a couple of songs together and I’ll announce the date when the line ups are confirmed. Hope to see some of you there!

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Tales From The Canyon

Last week Brandi and I went to finish tracking the last of the ‘Broken Arrow’ single with Paul Wilson at his place in Laurel Canyon. It doesn’t matter how long I’ve lived in this city, I still get chills when I think about the history and stories from certain parts of LA. Whether it’s the neighborhoods Bukowski used to roll in or places where some of my favorite movies were shot. Laurel Canyon is certainly the most rich in musical history and the energy there is tangible. It’s a pretty wonderful environment to be creative in and I guess that’s why it still remains such a popular place for artists and musicians. It was a nice way to finish up these recordings which were spread out over 4 different studios.

We spent a fair amount of time working on ‘Warning Signs’ which is Brandi’s nod to some of the records that have influenced her songwriting over the years. When I was recording my backing vocals on this song I couldn’t help but thinking that the track has a very delicate, authentic 70’s feel to it so I’m really excited about sharing this record once we fix a release date. Her vocal on this song is heartbreaking, just beautiful.

‘Danger Signals’ is the flip side of this single and was the first song Brandi and I got together after promotion of my solo EP wrapped last year. It was fairly obvious when we played this song with a full band that it was time to start a band and move away from the singer/songwriter thing.

Paul Wilson & Eric McCann

Paul Wilson & Eric McCann

Eric McCann plays hypnotic bass on this song mixed with Paul Wilson’s angular, 90’s style guitars and so far that mix is working a treat for us. We’re spending the next few weeks putting a plan together for this release and as soon as we have details I’ll post them on this site.

After having said all that about moving away from the singer/songwriter thing I’ll be playing a solo show (very rare for me these days) at Malo in Silverlake, this Wednesday night (09/10). I’ll be playing with my buddies Rodney Eastman and Michael Miller. This is a free show so if you’re around please come and grab a taco or two with us. This event starts at 8.30pm. It’s always an intimate, cosy vibe at Malo so I’m really looking forward to it. I’ll be playing 3 new songs which I have written for my next solo record, some older songs and maybe a Matthew Teardrop cover or two.

Deejay Sean Patrick and I have been busy recently putting together some great line ups and events for our Monday nights at Harvard & Stone. This coming Monday (9/8) we have Lou Barlow playing solo and Joel Jerome and his Babies on Acid. All our events are free and this is a special solo show as Lou is away with Sebadoh pretty much the rest of the year so let’s send him off in style!

Then in October (10/6) we are having Mark Gardener (Ride) come visit us and play a mix of old and new songs. It’s been a few years since I saw Mark so I’m looking forward to seeing him and hearing his new material.

I’m also happy to announce that Harvard & Stone has been nominated in 7 categories in the “Best of LA” LA Weekly Readers Poll. We were nominated in the following categories BEST BAR FOR PEOPLE WATCHING, BEST BAR WITH LIVE MUSIC, BEST BARTENDER, JILL WEBSTER, BEST HAPPY HOUR, BEST MUSIC VENUE, BEST WHISKEY BAR, BEST MODERN COCKTAIL BAR and Sean Patrick is also down for best DJ too! If you feel up to it and would like to vote for us in any of the categories just click here and follow the instructions. To keep up to date on the shows I’m booking at Harvard & Stone just go direct to their website and check out the calender.

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God Speed & Silver Linings

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I’ve really been neglecting my blogging duties as of late for many reasons but the main one being that I’ve been working a lot more at Harvard & Stone lately, so apologies to anyone who might even have noticed that! I’m now booking 3 nights a week at this quality LA bar/music venue and I’m getting to see, hear and work with so many great new bands and also some well seasoned scenesters. The whole “World Cup” thing has passed me by completely. I have noticed though, this last few weeks, when people hear my accent the first question they ask is “who are you rooting for?” and in all honesty I’ve been more excited about the latest pictures of Kevin Smith crying on the set on Star Wars Episode VII or having Tashaki Miyaki come play at H&S at the end of this month to care about football! Admittedly, I’m a terrible Scotsman I don’t drink (anymore) or like football. I do however enjoy a good black pudding but that’s pretty hard to find in LA.

Last week was the official launch party for the release of ‘God Speed & Silver Linings’ by Sugarplum Fairies out on Starfish Records now. This is my record of the year so far next to ‘Lost in the Dream’ by The War on Drugs. The album was produced by Marlon Rabenreither (Gold Star, Lael Neale), mixed by Todd Burke (Belle & Sebastian, Ben Harper) and features guest performances by me and RT Valine. Silvia Ryder, who pretty much is SPF, is an old friend and I’m so happy she asked me to be involved in this project as the full record is really something quite special indeed. Silvia’s vocal on this record has developed so much since it’s predecessor and to quote ‘American Songwriter Magazine’ sounds like Nico on a double date with Leonard Cohen! There’s a whole range of different styles on this record ranging from Americana to Jazz yet it’s solidly cohesive sounding and held together perfectly by Marlon Rabenreither’s beautiful production. You can purchase this record from all good online record stores.

So, an update on Broken Arrow. We recently finished our run of shows at The Hotel Cafe and have started to record our first two singles which we hope to have finished by August. We really did have such a great time during the residency and thank you everyone who came down to support us.

Tommy Schobel

Tommy Schobel

We had a new line up for these shows including Tommy Schobel (who played with Brandi in The Fox Must Pay) on drums and Paul Wilson from Snow Patrol on guitar. Paul’s out here in LA right now and though we shared many adventures in the past I’d not seen him in years so it’s been great catching up not to mention playing music together. Paul and Tommy did such a great job so thanks from Eric, Brandi and myself for helping us out.

Paul Wilson

Paul Wilson

Brandi and I also did a little run of promotion to help with these shows including a 2 hour interview with 5 songs live for Suicide Girls Radio. This was definitely a new one for me as these straight talking ladies gave me a radio experience I’ll never forget! It’s certainly not the BBC but hey, that’s not a bad thing! If you would like to hear acoustic versions of some of our new songs or better still watch me sweat profusely for 2 hours you can watch it here! The whole thing was filmed so I’m definitely looking forward to my Mum and Dad hearing me share about my extensive knowledge of uncircumcised penises.

Brandi & I will be returning to The Hotel Cafe as a duo on July 24th opening for Fred Page from the UK.

Once we get our record finished we will be announcing more dates and release news. In the meantime Brandi and I are continuing to write some more new material together. Keep checking this site for updates on Broken Arrow.

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Broken Arrow: Hotel Cafe Residency June 11th

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It’s just after noon on the 15th of May, it’s 100 degrees outside (so I’m not leaving the house today) and it’s the day after the first Hotel Cafe Residency show for Broken Arrow. It was such a great night, Lou Barlow was magnificent as were Gold Star and Tara Fox not to mention the fact we were pretty happy with how we performed also. We were a little nervous as Brandi and I had just finished writing 5 of these songs 2 weeks ago in our little cave in Silverlake. It all turned out fine in the end. Take a look at my post for the May 28th show at Hotel Cafe which is followed by an Indie 103 session on the May 29th. I am now super excited to announce the line up for our final show on June 11th.

Ben Lee

Ben Lee

I first met Ben Lee when I was a young whipper snapper playing in a band called ‘astrid’. Our first European tour was with Ben when he released his ‘Breathing Tornados’ album in 1998. It was a pretty amazing tour and that record was never off the tour bus for a long time after that. A few years ago, after I moved to LA, I met Ben at my regular Yoga class (yes, this is very LA) and it was really nice to reconnect with him after all these years! He is an incredible talent and a true gentleman so we are all really excited about Ben jumping on the bill for the big Hotel Cafe Finale!

Jason Keary

Jason Keary

Jason Keary is a songwriter from Nashville. His self produced “Another Bird Here Has Flown” EP came out last year and was mixed by Clay Jones (Modest Mouse, Elvis Costello and Counting Crows). Jason contacted me earlier this year and we’ve stayed in touch ever since. I’m really looking forward to finally meeting him and hearing the songs I love from his EP. We will also be doing a song together so that’ll be fun too!

Skin & Bones is a folk/blues duo with hints of alt country and bluegrass. This cocktail of genres makes for an explosive live performance. I was recently turned on to these young lads by Silvia Ryder from Sugarplum Fairies and I loved what I heard. The duo consists of Taylor Borsuk and Peter Blackwelder. I recently had them come play at my Monday night at Harvard & Stone and they blew the room away! Really looking forward to seeing Skin & Bones play again!

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Broken Arrow: Hotel Cafe Residency May 28th

I’ve been having a rare old time these past few weeks collaborating on other projects for 2014. I recently recorded with my friend Silvia Ryder from Sugarplum Fairies and we did a cover of ‘Moment of Fame’ originally by Son Of The Velvet Rat. The song is going to be featured on the new Sugarplum Fairies long player, ‘Godspeed & Silver Linings’ due for release May 27th. The song was premiered on BBC Radio 1 Scotland by my old friend Roddy Hart last week. I’m so happy with how this collaboration turned out and you can listen to the track here. Silvia and I are talking about working on more material later this year so I look forward to that when it happens.

Sugarplum Fairies

Sugarplum Fairies

The Second night of the residency at Hotel Cafe (May 28th) is now confirmed and I’m pleased to announce our guests for this date…..

Victoria Williams

Victoria Williams

Victoria Williams is an American songwriter and musical legend. Brandi and I met Victoria at a house party in Yucca Valley when we all played in a mutual friends front room. I’ve seen Victoria perform several times since then and have been spellbound every time by her unique voice and incredible songwriting. She is also an absolute darling! In 2006 Victoria was ranked #89 on Paste magazine’s list of the Top 100 Living Songwriters. Although her debut album, Happy Come Home was released in 1987, Victoria was largely overlooked until artists like Soul Asylum, Lou Reed, Evan Dando, The Jayhawks and Pearl Jam recorded her songs for the 1993 Sweet Relief tribute/benefit album, the proceeds helped cover Victoria’s medical expenses in her battle against multiple sclerosis. We are very honored to have Victoria play with us at The Hotel Cafe.

Miranda Lee Richards

Miranda Lee Richards

I’m so happy to have Miranda Lee Richards come back and play with us at Hotel Cafe again. Miranda has been playing at some of my events round LA recently and playing songs form her forthcoming album which sounds absolutely incredible. Miranda got her professional start in the Brian Jonestown Massacre, and that led to her subsequent appearance in seminal documentary DIG! Miranda landed a record deal with Virgin Records, who released her debut album, The Herethereafter, in 2001. Since it’s release, Miranda has collaborated in the studio or on stage with Tricky, Tim Burgess (Charlatans), Neil Halstead (Mojave Three), Tyler Hilton, Harper Simon, the Jesus and Mary Chain and The Lovetones.

Georg Altziebler

Georg Altziebler

Georg Altziebler is the front man of Austrian starlets, Son Of The Velvet Rat. Georg has collaborated with Lucinda Williams amongst others over the years and has created a unique style and sound with SOTVR’s beautiful poetry and music. We’ve played a lot of shows together this year but Georg had to go back home to Austria recently so I was delighted when he let me know he’d be back in town for this show. Always a pleasure to share the stage with ‘The Rats’.

DJ Sean Patrick will be taking care of our ears between bands and tickets for all 3 nights are priced at $10.

The rest of my time has been spent with Brandi Emma getting a set of brand new material ready for the first show at Hotel Cafe on May 14th. Tickets went on sale this week and can be bought via The Hotel Cafe website.

I will be announcing the June 11th line up very soon.

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Broken Arrow: Hotel Cafe Residency May 14th

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Broken Arrow is the new project I started with Brandi Emma several months ago. The whole concept came about after promoting my solo EP from last year and we both started writing together. I am pleased to announce that we will be showcasing our new material and launching this project properly over a 3 night residency at The Hotel Cafe (May 14th, May 28th & June 11th). I will be announcing full line ups for each individual date over the coming weeks but here is a little bit about our guests for May 14th……

Lou Barlow

Lou Barlow

I grew up listening to Dinosaur JR, Sebadoh and all things Lou Barlow. When I was about 21 my old band (astrid) opened for Lou at Glasgow’s legendary Nice ‘N’ Sleazys. He did a 3 night solo residency and my friends and I set up camp in the pub for 3 days and nights! Words can’t even express how excited we all are to have Lou perform with us.

Gold Star

Gold Star

Gold Star is a new project from Marlon Rabenreither. I’ve known Marlon since I first moved to LA over 3 years ago and started booking shows around town. His other project, The Sister Ruby Band, were undoubtedly the standout act from any night I booked. His songs are old beyond his years and Gold Star have since gone on to stir up a lot of buzz in this town. We are very happy to have Marlon and his band join us during our residency.

Tara Fox

Tara Fox

I recently got introduced to the music of Tara Fox, funnily enough, through Marlon from Gold Star. I had both bands come and play my night at Harvard & Stone. Tara is an extremely talented songwriter and performer and we all look forward to seeing her with her full band at Hotel Cafe.

DJ Sean Patrick

DJ Sean Patrick

In between all these wonderful artists performing we will have DJ Sean Patrick spinning and keeping changeovers vibrant! Sean is a good friend and my co-host/resident DJ from Harvard & Stone Monday Nights. We’re all looking forward to seeing what Sean has in store for this residency and very grateful for him sharing his talents to make these nights extra special.

Keep an eye out for more news on The Hotel Cafe residency.

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And The Rain Came Down

After nearly 3 years of drought in Los Angeles the rain finally came down in abundance this week, it’s been rather quite nice and very much needed. I’ve fallen out of rhythm with my blog posts recently so now the rains on and The Oscars are over it’s probably a good time to sit down and write an update.

Last month Brandi Emma and I launched our new project ‘Broken Arrow’ at the world famous Hotel Cafe. We played with Miranda Lee Richards, Son Of The Velvet Rat and Rachel Goodrich. We had an incredible night and for those of you reading this who came, thank you very much indeed. I am pleased to announce we have been asked to do a Hotel Cafe residency starting May 14th and ending June 11th so, click on the shows section of this site for more details. We are going to have some very special guests and friends joining us over these 3 special dates and we will be doing something different for each night so more news on that soon.

The Hotel Cafe was followed by a show (minus Brandi this time) at Malo in Silverlake where we were joined by Michelle Vidal, Matt Van Winkle and Son Of The Velvet Rat.

Next Saturday, March 9th, I’ll be heading back out to the desert to play a solo show with Tracey Newman, Broken Arrows very own Matt Van Winkle and dear friends Son Of The Velvet Rat. We are all performing an early show that is part of a monthly songwriters-in-the-round event at the Radio Free Joshua Tree Listening Lounge curated by Phillip Rosenberg.

Later this month I’m doing a live webshow on Concert Window, which starts at 4:00pm EDT on March 23. I’ll performing the ‘Feel Something’ EP in it’s entirety and also playing some new songs. I’ll be joined by Brandi Emma, Eric McCann, Joel Patterson and Matt Van Winkle for this performance.

The next Broken Arrow gig before our residency at Hotel Cafe will be at Harvard & Stone on March 24th. I’ve been lucky enough to have started working there this year and I’ve been working with some really talented local bands. This show on the 24th will be the final date with Son Of The Velvet Rat before they head back over to Austria for a few months. It’s been a treat to play so many shows together and we promise to give them a special send off. Check out their new record ‘Firedancer’, you will not be disappointed.

I’ll be doing a solo show with Tall Tales & The Silver Lining in Ventura at Bombay on March 28th.

In other news Matt Van Winkle who plays guitar and sings with Broken Arrow released his own fantastic new record, Sunshine National Dust, last week and I was lucky enough to make it to his shows at The Standard in Hollywood and record release party at Origami Vinyl in Echo Park last Friday. Check out Matt’s record it’s a cracker!

In between working, playing and writing I managed to start demoing some new material which I’ll be posting on Soundcloud. I’ve put one new song up so far, ‘I Always Need To Remember‘ and I’m finishing another just now called ‘Chain Smoking Cigarettes’ which should be up later this week. More news soon.

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Yucca Valley & The Hotel Cafe

Last Saturday I went out to the desert to play a show with the band in Yucca Valley. The show was curated by our friends Georg and Heike from Son of the Velvet Rat and the event was held in their home. I headed out a day early with my wife and we hired a little cabin in 29 Palms about 30 mins drive from Yucca Valley in the heart of the hi desert.

For this Scottish boy it was quite the adventure. Having grown up in one of the most remote parts of Scotland I immediately felt a sense of familiarity when we left Los Angeles, hit the highway and ventured into vast, open territory. It’s so beautiful in such a unique way words can’t describe it because it’s a feeling you get when you’re out there.

Mitch (my wife) and I relaxed and enjoyed our rental the day before the show, hot tubbing under the moon, star gazing and looking out over Joshua Tree national park when we woke.

Photo by Heike Binder-Altziebler

Photo by Heike Binder-Altziebler

The day of the show we had a pre gig barbeque with Matt Van Winkle and Celeste Bacchi before meeting the rest of the band at the venue. Matt played a solo set to open the show followed by music from Phillip Rosenberg, Ted Quinn. The house was full and the atmosphere was incredible. We took to the living room floor stage and played a set including 3 of our new songs, ‘Danger Signals’, ‘The Things I find’ and ‘Tell It To Your Friends’ plus 3 songs of ‘Feel Something’. People were dancing and seemed to be singing along so I think we did a good job.

Victoria Williams

Victoria Williams

After we finished Victoria Williams played a set with her band. Such a great performance and what an honor to play with such an accomplished musician and songwriter. You could hear a pin drop when she played! The show ended with The Out of Towners playing a wonderful and rockin’ set, they even had our hosts for the evening come up and close the night with a rendition of ‘Dead Flowers’. A great weekend, thank you Georg and Heike.

Feb 5th will be the first offical LA performance of my new (kind of) project with Brandi Emma, Broken Arrow.

Charlie Clark & Brandi Emma

The band is Eric McCann, Joel Patterson, Matt Van Winkle, myself and Brandi. Our name was taken from a song of a previous solo record Brandi did called ‘Photographic Memory’. The venue for this show is The Hotel Cafe and the line up for the night is pretty damn good even if I do say so myself.

Miranda Lee Richards

Miranda Lee Richards

Miranda Lee Richards is opening the night with her band at 9pm. I first saw Miranda play 2 years ago at The Clean Air Festival held at Pappy & Harriets in Pioneer Town (back out in the desert funnily enough). It was about 2am and she performed a delicate and haunting show that has always remained a musical highlight for me since moving here. It’s an absolute pleasure to play with Miranda and I’m really looking forward to seeing her again.

Son of the Velvet Rat

Son of the Velvet Rat

Broken Arrow will play at 10pm followed by Son of the Velvet Rat. We’ve been playing some shows together and really just enjoying the creative flow of working together. I’m certainly looking forward to hearing songs from their new record ‘Firedancer’ which everyone should buy! I’ve watched SOTVR win over audiences round LA over the last year so it’s always great to do shows together.

Rachel Goodrich

Rachel Goodrich

Closing the night will be old friend and possibly the best guitar player I’ve seen since moving to LA, Rachel Goodrich. We played together at The Standard in Hollywood years ago. Rachel was a regular performer at my night at Taix and we’ve been good pals ever since. Rachel will be the perfect end to the night as her latest band, The Grrrls, have been blowing peoples minds round Echo Park recently.

It’s $8 well spent and you can buy tickets in advance here. Hope to see some of you there.

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