Origin of a song: By fours and fives and sixes (with video)

Yes, the inspiration photo of folks arriving at Ellis Island in 1907 is perfectly evocative of my own family history. Lyrics: With what little he had my great granddad bet big on a new country When he stepped on a ship from a stone staircase in Southern Italy To first set foot on what he […]

Origin of a Song: Work Without War

Where to begin? I would have said Work Without War had a rich origin story prior to the current crisis. Present circumstances moved me to revisit and re-record it. First off I ought to credit singer-songwriter Billy Bragg. His style and lyrics–sometimes anthemic, at others empathetic–influenced me. (“The World Turned Upside Down” was a favorite […]

New EP: I Ain’t Got Money, But I Got Wise

Just vocals & guitar, plus some of my favorite lyrics…. Tracks: I Ain’t Got Money, But I Got Wise Bonded and Bought Doing Without Hard Money Men Ain’t Got No Pity The Farmer’s Hired Hand