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Ellery now available

The production and instrumentation by Ben Cosgrove is electric, tautly spare, and multilayered, built on top of Conover’s fingerstyle acoustic. It’s hard not to recall the work that Joe Boyd did with Nick Drake, alongside string arranger Robert Kirby… Cosgrove lets Conover pull back the reins and recall the feeling of a wide open dome of sky, of driving in the American West.”
– Sam Pfeifle, The Portland Phoenix

This year I produced and arranged an album for singer-songwriter Max García Conover, and after several months of work we officially released Ellery in Portland last night. It’s now out there for your delectation, on iTunes, Max’s site, and all the other other places where music can be acquired.

We did several performances together around Portland last week in the lead up to last night’s event, and this week I’m playing four more shows with Max and his wife Sophie to promote the release in the northeast before they head out on a big national tour in a hilarious vehicle. Hope to catch you at one of these:

9/15 PORTSMOUTH, NH – The Red Door, 8pm
9/17 CAMBRIDGE, MA – The Signet Society (46 Dunster St), 8pm
9/18 BROOKLYN, NY – Pete’s Candy Store, 9pm
9/19 MANHATTAN, NY – Pianos, 7pm

Hope you enjoy it. This record was a thrill to work on, and Max and I are both very proud of how it turned out.

Spring 2014 Midwestern Tour

I’m calling it a spring tour, but maybe that’s an optimistic way of describing a trip that will be taking me through a few of the wintriest places there are. In just a week and a half, I’ll be heading out to some favorite stops in Minnesota, Wisconsin, Michigan, Indiana, and Ontario, just to make sure I’m not missing any opportunity to enjoy the snowiest, iciest driving conditions this country has to offer.

You’re invited to come, say hi, and warm up at some of these shows though, because they should be a lot of fun. Many are at great new venues I’m excited to see, and I’ll be bringing a few cases of Field Studies outside of New England for the first time since the album’s release last month. If you don’t already have a copy, you can get the album here on this site, or download it from Bandcamp or iTunes.

Here are the midwestern dates! A very classy tour poster can be downloaded here.

3/14 GUELPH, ON: Community Music Guelph, 9:00pm
3/15 SOUTH HAVEN, MI: Foundry Hall, 7:00pm, tickets here
3/17 MADISON, WI: Crescendo, 6:30pm
3/18 ST PAUL, MN: Black Dog, 7:00pm
3/19 DULUTH, MN: KUMD 103.3 FM, 2:00pm
3/19 DULUTH, MN: Lake Avenue , 9:00pm
3/20 TREMPEALEAU, WI: Historic Trempealeau Hotel, 7:00pm
3/21 MADISON, WI: Indie Coffee, 7:00pm
3/22 BLOOMINGTON, IN: Rachael’s Cafe, 7:00pm

Field Studies Now Available

Field Studies, my first album in three years, is finally out there for the taking, and you can order your copy (with original artwork and everything) right here on this site or follow the links to download the digital version.

Thanks very much to everyone who helped me to make this thing, in particular to the Signet Society at Harvard, which hosted me as its Artist-in-Residence during the recording of the CD, to David Berkeley, whose beautiful and distinctive vocals make a prominent appearance late on the record, and all the others who lent instruments, time, talent, and/or moral support to this project. I’m extraordinarily proud of this music and look forward to hearing what you all think of it.

It is equally important to note that there’s also a sweet accompanying t-shirt available now as well.

Thanks again for all your support, everyone. Have at it!