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Happy New Year, 2019
1-26-19 First post of 2019 and the first thing I want to do is to wish everyone out there a happy, healthy, and rockin' New Year. I can't think of a better way for me to get it started than to be working on a new album, once again with guitarist/producer, Eric "Roscoe" Ambel at, Cowboy Technical Studios in Brooklyn, NY. Also thrilled to have drummer, Shawn Murray aboard for another album, along with Keith Christopher on bass! Please check back and we'll keep y'all posted. Here's a couple of pics from our first session. Hats, courtesy of Keith.
A Note of Thanks
11-27-18 With Thanksgiving 2018 now in our rear view mirror I just wanted to say thanks to all our friends for coming down to the many fun, sometimes wild, always unpredictable gigs we had this year. We are lucky to see so many familiar faces every where and every time we play. The WellDiggers "acoustic revue" will be playing 2 dates at Big Daddy's in December, where we have been doing a bi-monthly residential, and then finish up the year at RS Jones, a wonderful venue that I have been playing at since 2007. Thanks to all of you, and to the cool music venues for another great year!
Original Music Matters
9-5-18 Sadly, many local music venues have been pushing so-called "tribute" bands and seem to have lost their way in terms of offering a thriving creative music scene to the public. They need to get real. As the late, great Sam Phillips said, "If you're not doing something different, you're not doing anything". Meanwhile, we're bucking the trend (as usual) and forging forward. Gonna keep on writing, recording, and playing music that matters; "till we can't no more...."
Return of My Father's Place
6-29-18 The legendary New York music venue is re-opening on Friday, June 29. The WellDiggers will be playing at the new, My Fathers Place on the first week that they open with, "Roomful of Blues" on Sunday, July 1. The show is sold out.
Hope and Fear MkII
5-20-18 I'm urrently working on a remastered version of the 2012 album, "Hope and Fear" with Both Stander. The album has been unavailable for quite a while since we sold out all the Cd's. The new (and improved) edition will be available in Cd and streaming formats soon.
Saints of the Mardi Gras
2-13-18 There's no place in the world that has the style and diversity of music quite like New Orleans. Dixie-land jazz, cajun, zydeco, funk, soul, blues, rock 'n roll, etc. I had the good fortune to see Louie Armstrong perform when I was a young child and as they say, it left it's mark on me. Here's a song from my latest album which celebrates the wonders of New Orleans, Mardi Gras, and Fat Tuesday.
Mardi Gras Week
2-10-18The WellDiggers will be celebrating Mardi Gras 2018 with shows scheduled for Sunday, Thursday, and Saturday. Ahhh haaa!
Last Show at the Lighthouse
1-14-18 After an early afternoon "residential" show at Big Daddy's, Steve was a special guest, joining Ray Lambaise's band for a couple of songs at The Lighthouse. It was the last installment of,"My Father's Place Presents" to be held there. The Lighthouse had been hosting shows this past year during construction of a newly built, "My Father's Place". Throughout the 1970's and 80's the legendary venue featured many up and coming acts such as Bruce Springsteen, Tom Petty, Blondie, The Ramones, Charlie Daniels, The Runaways, etc. The new venue will be re-opening in 2018 in Roslyn, NY. The WellDiggers play the new venue on July 1 along with, Roomful of Blues.
12-16-17 Sweet Simple Life a top pick for 2017
"Sweet Simple Life" has been acknowledged as one of the top albums of the year by, Colin Fielding, of "Folk 'n Roots", 3INR (96.5 inner fm). I am thrilled and humbled to be mentioned in the same company as Jason Isbell, Chuck Prophet, Justin Townes Earle, Chris Hillman, Rod Picot, and Slaid Cleaves, as well as several other excellent singer/songwriters.
Annual Toy benefit set for December 10
We are happy to once again be involved in this annual multi-band toy drive to benefit the, John Theissen Chilidren's Foundation. Looking forward to another jam packed house filled with excellent music and lots of goodwill.
Album review from American Roots, UK
9-24-17 ... "In a nutshell, "Sweet Simple Life" is an album that any lover of roots music with strong country leanings will need in their collection and one that will be pushing towards the upper echelons of my albums of the year in a few months time!" Mike Morrison American Roots, UK Click on the link to read the full album review of, Sweet Simple Life at American Roots, UK.
CD Release Party, Friday September 22
Come on down to Big Daddy's and join us in celebrating the release of the newest album, Sweet Simple Life. It will be a full band performance along with special guests.
Music in the Mountains
The WellDiggers head up to Livestock in Bovina, NY this weekend (Saturday, Aug 26) A wonderful line up of bands this year along with the famously delicious bbq dinner.
|5:00-6:00pm||The Orchard||Nathan Carter's Famous BBQ Dinner w/ music by John Houshmand & Eric Ball|
|6:00pm||The Barn||Daria Grace & The Pre-War Ponies|
|7:00pm||The Barn||Butch & The Elevaters|
|8:00pm||The Barn||The Stone Coyotes|
|9:15pm||The Barn||Robbie Fulks|
|11:00pm||The Barn||The College Farm|
Trouble Behind, new video
8-10-17 Here comes trouble, or there goes trouble. Either way here's a new video for you to check out. The song is called Trouble Behind from the album, Sweet Simple Life. Once again this video features, Eric "Roscoe" Ambel, Bob Stander, Shawn Murray and myself. It was made using all natural ingredients; bass, drums, guitars, a little cowboy, a bottle of Apple Jack, and a train. Hope ya like it!
From New York to California and Melbourne
7-29-17 A couple of debuts for the soon to be released new album. The California based "desert roots" site, "Alternate Roots" posted the, Sweet Simple Life video on their top pics of the week. Colin Fieldings' "Folk and Roots" show at 96.5 inner fm Melbourne spun 3 tracks from the new album. Cheers mates!
Video Premier, album preview
7-5-17 Hi. Hope everyone's enjoying the summer so far; it's always been my favorite time of year. I just posted this video for the song,"Sweet Simple Life" and wanted to share it with you. It is the title track for the soon to be released album and will offer a little preview of the music. The video features, Eric "Roscoe" Ambel, Bob Stander, Shawn Murray, and yours truly. Please check it out and if you like it, please "like it", and pass it on to all your friends. Thanks, and enjoy!
New album, coming soon
4-1-17 A new studio album is in the works and will be ready to roll soon. All new toe-tappin', roots-rockin', folkin', and country bluesin' songs coming soon! Check back here and we'll keep you posted.
Sunday, February 10: Big Daddy's 1 Park Lane Massapequa. NY 12:30 pm
Thursday, February 28: Big Daddy's 1 Park Lane 6:30 pm
Acoustic Revue (trio)
for more dates and details please check out the, gigs page...