New Wave Time Trippers at the Top Hat

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The Time Trippers made their way down to the Top Hat in Missoula for an amazing show featuring Dan Debuque opening the night.  Thank you to the Top Hat crew for treating us like kings and making us sound and look good on stage!  We WILL be back!

-Tommy P

Opening for Dweezil Zappa at the Crown of the Continent!

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I had the pleasure of Joining an all star cast of Montana characters at the Crown of the Continent Guitar Festival and Workshop!  Rob Quist, David Griffith, Craig Davey and Halladay Quist made up the band that opened for Dweezil Zappa.  What an amazing experience it was this year meeting the entire Zappa plays Zappa band and seeing all of my friends at the Crown.  Looking forward to next year!

photo by Brenda Ahearn

Flexing my producer muscles

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We’re moving through April with lightning speed. This month has been busy with gigs and recording. I had a great time playing at the Casablanca-themed Chef’s Table event at FVCC, and am really excited to jam with John Zoltek and Ron Reeves for Jazz with the Maestro, an event hosted by the Glacier Symphony and Chorale that will take place at the Alpine Ballroom in Kalispell. Want to buy tickets?  You can here.

The recording project of the past few weeks has involved local artist Oshinn, who needed some songs for an upcoming radio interview. It really gave me a chance to flex my producer muscles and learn the ins and outs of editing. I was also able to experiment with recording in different spaces and with different accoutrements. The next step is recording an entire album, and with what we’ve learned with these initial two songs, I think the final product will be impressive.

We’re heading into summer. Make sure to keep checking my calendar for gig updates. I’ve added a form to my contact page, and if you want to find me on Facebook, you can like my page at http://www.facebook.com/doncaverlymusic.

Recording around the Flathead Valley

Hello, friends and fans.  I’ve been involved in so many recording projects lately that it’s really got me appreciating the abundance of resources that are available in what many would consider a very small place.  Who would think that so much talent lies in this small northwestern Montana valley?

I’m no stranger to Snoring Hound Studio, but recently had the pleasure of working with their new engineer, Jeff Wagoner, whose ears can’t be beat when it comes to recording.  I was lucky enough to produce five tracks with God Fearing Women and Erica von Kleist, who did the horn arrangements.  I’m updating my music page to include some of the work I’ve done with them- check it out!

I’ve also had a blast working with Nick Speer and Marco Forcone at Renegade Ridge Studios.  The place is like home and the session afforded me the opportunity to play both upright and electric bass on Nick’s album, which contains some of the best music I’ve ever heard him write.  If you’re not familiar with Nick, look closely next time you come to see the New Wave Time Trippers.  I think you’ll find the singer bears a strong resemblance.

Last Wednesday, I got to record for the first time at Snow Ghost Studios with Erica von Kleist on her new album that also features Gerald Clayton, Richie Barshay and Rebecca Nelson.  I couldn’t to be with a better group of people, and the piece we were collaborating on was a gift and a challenge.  “El Choclo” is a tango that really pushes me on the upright bass, to both play it deftly and use it as a percussion instrument.  The engineer at the studio is Brett Allen, and I’m a huge fan of his work.  Marco was on hand to record the session on video.

All in all, it’s been an excellent few months.  Current projects include my work with EVK and God Fearing Women, as well as playing and recording with Oshinn on her first album.  Make sure you follow the blog for more information and stay tuned for all the awesome that’s coming up.

Weekend with Gerald Clayton

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I spent an amazing weekend with jazz pianist Gerald Clayton preparing for and performing in the Groovetrail Kickoff Concert at the Whitefish Performing Arts Center.  Groovetrail is the brainchild of noted musician Erica von Kleist, a nonprofit organization dedicated to putting music in the hands of the people that need it: students who can’t afford lessons, shelters and assisted living facilities, schools that need instruments.  Its focus is connecting the talented musicians of the Flathead Valley with opportunities to serve their community.

I was lucky enough to help produce the concert as well as being on the bill with Donny & Kleist.  The next day was filled with the sounds of Gerald and Erica recording some astounding pieces of music including my personal favorite “Deke” by Darcy James Argue.  Aside from being a stellar musician, Gerald is also an all-around good guy, and was very inspiring both to me and the kids in attendance at the show.

For more information on Groovetrail, visit the website at http://groovetrail.org/ or follow them on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/Groovetrail.

Gerald Clayton http://www.geraldclayton.com/

 

Brannigan’s Pub

We had a fantastic time performing at Brannigan’s Pub last night!  Their outdoor tent setup made it easy for fans to dance their hearts out while avoiding the freezing temperatures.  I enjoyed drumming with Mr. Radical himself, Marco “The Force” Forcone, in our rockin’ rendition of “Burning Down the House”.  It’s a pretty fun setup.  Here’s a photo of us playing it last year:

Man, do we miss that wig.

My “Calendar” page is now being updated via ReverbNation, so if you have an account there, make sure to become a fan.  You can also check out my Facebook page for the latest information on shows.

Happy St. Patrick’s Day!

 

Rocking with the New Wave Time Trippers

I had a blast playing with the New Wave Time Trippers at Crush this past Saturday!  What started out as a private party soon swelled to riot proportions after the doors opened to the public, and everyone was rocking their gear and shaking it to the sweetest tunes we had to offer.  Here’s a photo of me dazzling the crowd while singing the Red Hot Chili Peppers’ “Give It Away”.

Looking for some slammin’ 80s hits for your party?  Let us know by heading over to the band website: http://1985theband.com/

I can die a happy bass player!

Last night was one of those life changing moments for me–I saw Victor Wooten give a clinic/concert at Shapeshifter Lab in New York. When I got there, I thought I was having a bad day.  I saw Mr. Wooten dealing with technical issues himself and rise above like a true professional.  He gave advice like a philosopher–my attitude changed instantly, and my heart filled with love! Just to let you know how cool the clinic was, professional bassists Christian Fabian and Joe Sanchez were in the audience! Thanks, Victor Wooten, for being everything I thought you were and more!

IMG_8539Victor Wooten just came out with a new book, The Music Lesson, which is high on my list of books to read!

Legends in a horse field

The Crown of the Continent Guitar Festival and Workshop has been one of the most evolving projects I have been a part of for the last 3 years.  This year was the largest most attended of the entire history of the festival

photophoto-2Producing shows with such amazing artists as Pat Metheny, Bill Stewart, Larry Grenadier, Lee Ritenour, Sonny Emory, Abraham Laboriel, Jonathan Beasley, photo-1Robin Ford, Mac McAnnaly, Livingston Taylor, Scott Tennant and the LA Guitar Quartet would seems like it would be enough but that’s just on the main stage at 1239503_10151915804962415_1801809247_n1174986_10151515829936184_1569377394_nnight.

 

 

1173725_10151515830356184_1364484885_n One of my favorite people in the world Danielle Di Giovanni! (who has worked with everybody in the business).  Such a vibrant spirit and professional demeanor.  The whole week at the Flathead Lake Lodge is filled with amazing rhythm section members Clipper Anderson, Brad Boal, Pete Sweeny, Mark Coronette, and many local rhythm sections from Montana such as Valley Lopez, Trebor Riddel, Rosie Brunnetto, Micheal McDaniel and Andrew Repsold.

 

photoWe haven’t even touched on the heart of the festival witch is the faculty!  Matt Smith, Jody Fisher, Mark Dziuba, Bret Boyer, Jeff McErlain, Suzan Maazar, Doug Smith, Andrew Leonard, Tobias Hurwitz, Dennis McCumber, James Hogan Jr., are some of the finest players and teachers from all over the map! These teachers literally wrote the book on guitar playing and added so much life and energy to our valley for the short week they all were here.  Thank you to everyone who was a part of this wonderful festival!

photography courtesy of Steven Pickel and Brenda Ahearn!