This spring I performed in Lanesboro, MN. Someone from the community who I interacted with at my performance wrote to me afterwards thanking me for my work and inspiration. At the end of their note they said, “Keep making it how you want it to be!”
Those words have echoed in my head nearly every minute since I read them and have played a huge role in helping me to persevere through the challenges and uncertainties that have accompanied the project I am writing to tell you about.
It is with great pleasure and joy that I announce my new record, Sees Like a River. In celebration of its release I leave Monday July 10th to begin a 1700 mile bike and musical tour. The journey starts in Ely, MN, passes along the bottom of Lake Superior, down Lake Michigan and on to Chicago, seeing me home up the Mississippi River.
I will be riding a lot of dirt and back roads between communities and performances on this trip so when possible I will be sharing ride stories and images via my blog and social media. You can follow along here.
In returning home to the Twin Cities there will be a special Mississippi river cleanup and performance on Aug 2nd and a welcome home Record Release Show at Creation Audio Recoding Studio in Minneapolis on Aug 3rd. For this show I will be joined by the band that I made the record with; Jeremy Ylvisaker, JT bates and Mike Lewis. Limited tickets are available here:
Sees Like a River will be initially released on CD and packaged in a limited 250 edition, handset, letterpress printed book that I made with my own hands. Each book is signed and hand numbered. For now Sees Like a River will only be available at my shows, from my websiteand at Kopplin's Coffee in Saint Paul. Buy it now from my website here:
I could not do this work without the support of my wife Amy, the love of my boys; Frankie, Henry and Charley and the generosity of all my friends and lastly my partners Salsa Cycle, Bent Paddle Brewing Co., Swrv, Big Agne, Kate's Real Foo, Banjo Brother, Red Table Meat Co., One Simple Pla, Granite Gea, and Angry Catfish Bicycle and Coffee Ba.