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12.21.12Cypress Wine Bar @ Westin Bellevue – 600 Bellevue Way Northeast Bellevue, Washington 98004 – Lincoln solo – w/ Half Rushmore
Setlist: (solo set) Poplar Bluff / So Long, Radiant Flower / Sweetheart Like You (Dylan) / I’ve Forgotten More Lately / Another Generation / Holiday Pathos / Dangerous Game (Reigning Sound) / 22 Rose Petal Place / (combined RJM/Half Rushmore set) Red Line / Nickel & Dime / Local Girls (Graham Parker) / Skint City / Just a Boy / Never Found a Girl (Al Green) / Northern Star / Novelty’s Gone / Life Begins at the Hop (XTC) / Can You Please Crawl Out Your Window? (Bob Dylan) / Bellar & Bawl

Lesson #1: when booking a show in a town other than your own, no matter how close, always ask if there’s going to be a parade. This had to be the craziest load-in odyssey of my music career. My compatriot Jeff Brown (Half Rushmore) and I pulled into Bellevue approximately an hour and twenty minutes before showtime (8pm), and as we approached the Westin hotel, we noticed a large congregation of people lining the streets. I didn’t think much of it – it was the Friday before Xmas, after all, and I’d expected a lot of shoppers to be out and about, given our proximity to Bellevue Square. Jeff suspected a bit more, though, and his suspicions would soon be confirmed.

Once we entered the parking garage below the Westin (after a very illegal U-turn), we were informed that all levels were full, and we were eventually shuttled through a tunnel into an adjacent “Bellevue Place” parking garage. I didn’t know what that meant, but didn’t feel we had much choice, either. We eventually found a spot, grabbed a couple of guitars, and headed upstairs to see just how far we’d ventured from our intended destination. The answer: a mile or so? Given that we had about 5-6 more trips’ worth of gear to load in (including amps and PA), this was not a promising development. We had to find the fuckin’ place first, though, and to say that I don’t know my way around Bellevue very well would be an understatement.

After wandering around Bellevue Place mall (?) for a while, asking for directions, and taking a *skybridge* to another mall, closer to the Westin (Lincoln Square?), we were forced outside for the final stretch of our journey. It looked like we were only a block or so away from the Westin, so how bad could it be? The answer: very bad, in the middle of a holiday parade, replete with girls on stilts, snare-drummers on pedestals, and approximately one million little kids and old people. Gripped by absolute panic, we clutched our guitars like shields and started pushing our way through this awful mass of humanity and holiday cheer.

We eventually made it to the Westin and inquired about an alternate means of accessing the club. This comedy of errors continued, but it gets boring at this point, so suffice to say that when we finally got all of our gear in the club, it was after 8pm. Fortunately I was able to tip Andy off to the situation before he got into town, so he was spared the worst of it. We began drinking immediately, and after some PA/speaker cable shenanigans, we got everything set up and were ready to begin around 8:45.

Things went pretty well from that point on. My buddy Jeff turned in a highly entertaining solo set, that included acoustic versions of Foreigner’s “Urgent,” Skynyrd’s “What’s Your Name?,” Neil’s “Barstool Blues,” and GBV’s “Echoes Myron,” (you heard me correctly) plus a bunch of original gems. I played a quick solo set, featuring my recently-penned holiday numbers and the debut of a brand-new (still being written, in fact!) tune called “Another Generation.” Then we joined forces for the RJM/Half Rushmore super set, backed by the ever-faithful Andy Salzman on drums. That was great fun. In spite of it all, thanks to the Cypress for having us, and thanks to all of our friends who made the trek! Happy holidays…see you in 2013!

12.15.12Shadowland – 4458 California Ave. SW, Seattle, WA 98116 – Andrew & Gina’s Holiday show – Lincoln solo
Setlist: Holiday Pathos / I’ve Forgotten More Lately (Than I Thought I Knew)

Always nice to be invited to play some songs with good friends. This time around, my pal Andrew Norsworthy and his lady love (and fine songwriter in her own right) Gina Belliveau were hosting a night of holiday cheer at my favorite West Seattle haunt Shadowland, so I jumped at the chance to participate. One problem: I don’t know any Xmas tunes, and didn’t really want to learn any. So I wrote a couple of my own: a cheery, Squeeze-soul number called “Holiday Pathos” and a country jumper called “I’ve Forgotten More Lately (Than I Thought I Knew)” – both informed by recent personal experience. I packed up my Strat and my Champ and aired ‘em out, to laughter and kind appreciation, then spent the rest of the night making merry and heckling my pals – Patrick Porter, Kyle Stevens, and the aforementioned Mr. Norswothy and Ms. Belliveau. Good times all around…thanks to Andrew & Gina for having me.

11.18.12Sorrento Hotel Fireside Room – 900 Madison Street, Seattle, WA 98104 – Lincoln & Dan duo
Setlist: Poplar Bluff / 22 Rose Petal Place / Any Major Dude (Steely Dan) / Sweetheart Like You (Bob Dylan) / Skint City / Town Cryer (Elvis Costello) / So Long, Radiant Flower / Dangerous Game (Reigning Sound) / Such an Easy Thing / Nickel & Dime / I Trained Her to Love Me (Nick Lowe) / Listen Up / You Left Me Sore (Todd Rundgren) / Bellar & Bawl / set break / Novelty’s Gone / Grow Your Own / Ron Nasty / Hook Me Up (Alex Chilton) / Permit to Preach / It’s Different for Girls (Joe Jackson) / Someone Else’s Cake

Soggy Sunday night, with the attendance that description would suggest, but Dan and I somehow managed to have a great time anyway, racking up a massive bar tab and laughing our way through the evening. The performance wasn’t nearly as sloppy as it sounds, though – Dan sounded marvelous on the Sorrento’s Yamaha baby grand, I felt in fine voice, and we weaved our way through quite an assortment of RJM originals and choice covers. The Fireside Room is cozy, all old-fashioned class…I’d love to play there again, preferably on a Friday or Saturday night, and see what kind of fun we could have. Hopefully we’ll get the chance.

11.03.12The Triple Door – 900 Madison Street, Seattle, WA 98104 – Lincoln solo – w/ Steve Forbert
Setlist: Nickel & Dime / Poplar Bluff / Skint City / Ron Nasty / Have You Got a Permit to Preach on This Corner? / You Don’t Mean It (The Possibilities/The Minus 5) / Novelty’s Gone / Someone Else’s Cake / Bellar & Bawl

Wow! I’m not sure this night could’ve gone any better. It’s always a joy to play the Triple Door…the finest stage in town, in my estimation, and we’ve played most of ‘em. And opening for a songwriter of Mr. Forbert’s stature is an honor indeed. So I was counting my blessings before I hit the first chord of he night on my buddy Brian’s lovely Webber acoustic…fortunately, my set gave me plenty more to be thankful for. Steve’s crowd seemed to really enjoy it, and I had a tremendous time…probably the best solo gig I’ve ever had. Good timing, eh?

I had the late-breaking notion to include the Minus 5′s (actually the Possibilities’, but I learned it from McOi & co.) “You Don’t Mean It,” a staple of my solo sets back in the Missouri days, and I’m so glad I did…love that tune. After my set, I tucked into a massive smorgasbord of delicious Wild Ginger food, and a cellar selection from home – a 1985 Montecillo Rioja that I received for my 30th birthday. The perfect funky, mushroom-scented topper on a night for the books. Thanks to my buddy Scott, Mr. Forbert, and all in attendance for making it so memorable. Here’s a photo of me and Mr. Forbert in the green room post-show.

10.14.12Locöl Barley & Vine – 7902 35th St. SW, Seattle, WA 98126 – Lincoln solo
Setlist: Poplar Bluff / 22 Rose Petal Place / Sweetheart Like You (Bob Dylan) / Me Too / So Long, Radiant Flower / Dangerous Game (Reigning Sound) / Nickel & Dime / Skint City / You Left Me Sore (Todd Rundgren) / I Trained Her to Love Me (Nick Lowe) / Bellar & Bawl / Listen Up (If the World is Going to Hell) / I Hate to Eat Alone (10cc) / set break / Novelty’s Gone / Grow Your Own / Ron Nasty / Hook Me Up (Alex Chilton / Johnny Guitar Watson) / Have You Got a Permit to Preach on This Corner? / It’s Different for Girls (Joe Jackson) / Better to Be Broken Than Blind / Fascinated / I Feel for You (Prince) / Any Major Dude (Steely Dan) / Someone Else’s Cake / Kinda Kute (Joe Jackson) / Nighttime (Big Star)

A real nice autumn night in the cozy confines of West Seattle’s aptly-named Locöl, made even sweeter by a Cardinal win in Game 1 of the NLCS. Friends in the audience (expected and unexpected) made this the most fun solo gig I’ve had here…and the music was pretty good, too! Tried out a couple of new covers – a slightly rearranged version of Nick Lowe’s fantastic “I Trained Her to Love Me” and a spooked-up, slowed-down version the Reigning Sound’s “Dangerous Game.” Altogether a fine evening!

09.29.12Sunset Tavern – 5433 Ballard Ave. NW, Seattle, WA 98107 – w/ The Jilly Rizzo & The Glass Notes
Setlist: Amy / Nickel & Dime / Engineer / Any Major Dude (Steely Dan) / Grow Your Own / Ron Nasty / Skint City / Listen Up / Novelty’s Gone / How Long (Ace) / Bellar & Bawl / Someone Else’s Cake

Fun night with friends old and new. Nice little crowd at the Sunset…not a sellout, but enough folks to make it feel like an event, and the right kinda folks, if you know what I mean. The Glass Notes and the Jilly Rizzo were great billmates – super nice folks all around. We went on at midnight, so the crowd was thinning a little bit, but the good folks stuck around and I’d like to think we kept ‘em entertained. Even busted out our cover of Ace’s (Paul Carrack-fronted) gem “How Long.” Thanks to all the folks who made it out! Spread those stickers far and wide, and enjoy the downloads!

09.23.12Fremont Oktoberfest – Seattle, WA
Setlist: Grow Your Own / Poplar Bluff / Amy / Engineer / Any Major Dude (Steely Dan) / Skint City / Listen Up / Nickel & Dime / Such an Easy Thing / Ron Nasty / Someone Else’s Cake / Bellar & Bawl

We did this one power-trio style, as Dan was on a session in Dallas, and I must say, it gets harder all the time to gig without him…especially when you’ve just been in the studio listening to his amazing parts! These outdoor festival-y gigs can be a little soul-sucking at times, but overall, this was a nice diversion (with beer!) in the middle of our mixing session for our upcoming album. Thanks to the nice folks who listened, and the cop who gave us strict orders to “be better than the last band.” We didn’t go to jail, thankfully!

09.20.12The Triple Door Musicquarium Lounge – 216 Union Street, Seattle, WA 98101
Setlist: Grow Your Own / Ron Nasty / How Long (Ace) / Engineer/ Skint City / When You Were Mine (Prince) / Listen Up / Rosy Days / Undun (The Guess Who) / Bellar & Bawl / set break / Amy / Nickel & Dime / Never Found a Girl (Al Green) / Novelty’s Gone / Poplar Bluff / Any Major Dude (Steely Dan) / Better to Be Broken Than Blind / You May Be Right (Billy Joel) / Have You Got a Permit to Preach on This Corner? / Someone Else’s Cake / set break / Kinda Kute (Joe Jackson) / etc.

This was a weird one. The first set was promising…we were playing well, at a moderate volume, and most folks seemed be enjoying it. We had the obligatory most-likely-mentally-ill gentleman in the back brace dancing suggestively right up front, but he got into a fight and thrown out of the bar before the second set, and that’s when things took a turn for the worse. A middle-aged couple boogied through the first half of the second set, but then, inexplicably, after “Novelty’s Gone” (I think), the female half of said couple walked right up to me, stuck her middle finger in my face, and angrily said, “YOU NEED TO GROW UP!” I wish I knew what I’d done, so I could do it again…and again. Apparently they stormed out angrily and complained to the valet on the way out…we were already jamming “Poplar Bluff” by then.

By the time the third set rolled around, we were all pretty spent, and I’m sorry to say our performance suffered considerably. Our friend Scott McCaughey made a surprise appearance in the bar…always nice to see him, but I sure wish he could’ve heard us at our best. As they say in showbiz, “another gig bites the dust.”

08.24.12Sunset Tavern – 5433 Ballard Ave. NW, Seattle, WA 98107 – w/ Chuck Prophet & the Mission Express
Setlist: Nickel & Dime / Amy / Any Major Dude (Steely Dan) / Skint City / Listen Up / Ron Nasty / Bellar & Bawl / Someone Else’s Cake

What a great night. It had been an eventful week for our friend Chuck, as he’d discovered just days before that his beloved ’84 Squier Telecaster, which he’d bought brand-new and played on thousands of gigs since, had been stolen out of his van in San Francisco along with a Harmony bass owned by his compatriot Kevin T. White. Chuck was understandably distraught, and to make matters worse, the west coast tour they were leaving for immediately prevented him from doing any searching around town for the lost instruments. Fortunately, his friends stepped up to the plate, big-time, and just hours before our show at the Sunset, word came through that the lost instruments had been found. As you might imagine, this improved Chuck’s mood dramatically, and a terrific show ensued. We had tons of good friends in the audience and played a short-but-spirited opening set to a very appreciative crowd. Thanks to all who joined us for the fun!

08.19.12 – Dreams on Draft: Benefit for Seattle Children’s Hospital @ Big Al’s Brewing – 9832 14th Ave. SW, Seattle, WA 98106
Setlist: Grow Your Own / Poplar Bluff / Any Major Dude (Steely Dan) / Amy / Engineer / Skint City / Never Found a Girl (Al Green) / Listen Up / How Long (Ace) / Novelty’s Gone / Someone Else’s Cake / Bellar & Bawl / set break / Nickel & Dime / Ron Nasty / Have You Got a Permit to Preach on This Corner? / Such an Easy Thing / When You Were Mine (Prince) / Rosy Days / Undun (The Guess Who) / Better to Be Broken Than Blind / So Long, Radiant Flower / You May Be Right (Billy Joel) / Bellar & Bawl

Not the most “rock & roll” crowd we’ve ever played for, but still, an afternoon well spent, playing music in front of nice people for a great cause. Toughest part was keeping my stage banter in PG-13 territory. Thanks to Nikki at Seattle Children’s and the crew at Big Al’s (not to mention the Hot Dog Girl) for making us feel welcome. Big thanks to Roy, Sonny, and the gang for doing sound. And thanks to everyone who bought CDs!

08.03.12Brown Lantern Alehouse – 412 Commercial Avenue Anacortes, WA 98221 – Lincoln & Dan duo
Setlist: Setlist: Poplar Bluff / 22 Rose Petal Place / Any Major Dude (Steely Dan) / So Long, Radiant Flower / It’s Different for Girls (Joe Jackson) / Nickel & Dime / Hook Me Up (Alex Chilton) / Skint City / Listen Up / I Hate to Eat Alone (10cc) / Bellar & Bawl / set break / Novelty’s Gone / Such an Easy Thing / When You Were Mine (Prince) / Have You Got a Permit to Preach on This Corner? / Sweetheart Like You (Bob Dylan) / Never My Love (The Association) / Fascinated / Never Found a Girl (Al Green) / Showponies / I Feel For You (Prince) / Grow Your Own / Undun (The Guess Who) / Kinda Kute (Joe Jackson) / Someone Else’s Cake

Always a good time in Anacortes. We did this one as a keys-and-guitar duo, as Andy & Matt were unavailable, and it was apparently a great weekend to be in town…Arts Festival, or some such thing. We pulled into town and found the main drag (Commercial Avenue) blocked off and filled with vendor tents, which made actually getting to the venue a bit of a trick (for us and our prospective customers, too, I’d imagine). The lower-key duo was just right, volume-wise, but the Anacortes crowd typically likes to a dance a little, so drums & bass would’ve come in handy. Dave, Erik, Mike, and the rest of the crew took good care of us, as always, and we also discovered a (relatively) new gem on the Anacortes scene: The Juicy Dog, right next door to the club, and open into the wee hours. Someone saved my life tonight!

08.02.12Belltown Arts Revue @ Bedlam Coffee (9pm) & The Upstairs (10:45pm) – 2231 & 2209 2nd Avenue, Seattle, WA 98121 – Lincoln solo
Setlists: Poplar Bluff / 22 Rose Petal Place / Any Major Dude (Steely Dan) / Nickel & Dime / Skint City / Bellar & Bawl / more…

A pretty cool Belltown scene, marred by some acoustic guitar-related technical difficulties. Now I remember why I don’t play acoustic live! Too many variables…I soldiered on, but felt like I was strumming on wet cardboard through a distortion pedal all night, which was distracting to say the least. Ah well…

07.13.12Cypress Wine Bar @ Westin Bellevue – 600 Bellevue Way Northeast Bellevue, Washington 98004 – Lincoln & Dan duo
Setlist: Poplar Bluff / 22 Rose Petal Place / Any Major Dude (Steely Dan) / So Long, Radiant Flower / It’s Different for Girls (Joe Jackson) / Nickel & Dime / Hook Me Up (Alex Chilton) / Skint City / Listen Up / I Hate to Eat Alone (10cc) / Bellar & Bawl / set break / Novelty’s Gone / Such an Easy Thing / When You Were Mine (Prince) / Have You Got a Permit to Preach on This Corner? / Sweetheart Like You (Bob Dylan) / Never My Love (The Association) / Fascinated / Never Found a Girl (Al Green) / Showponies / I Feel For You (Prince) / I Sleep Just Fine / set break / Grow Your Own / Ron Nasty / Undun (The Guess Who) / Kinda Kute (Joe Jackson) / Someone Else’s Cake / You Left Me Sore (Todd Rundgren) / Nighttime (Big Star) / Listen to Her Heart (Tom Petty)

After nearly seven years as a band, we still hadn’t played in Bellevue, so I figured it was time. The hotel bar gig seemed to call out for the loungey sounds Dan and I brew up with guitar & keys, so we limited the lineup to that, and it went extremely well. Sparse crowd all night, but some very good friends showed up and made our night. Musically, it was terrific…Dan can take anything you throw at him and make it sound ten times better. Just the kind of help I need! Thanks to Maia and everyone at Cypress for the incredible hospitality…hope to be back soon!

07.09.12Once In a Future: Post-Post-Rock Fin Records Showcase for The Next Fifty @ Intiman Theatre at Seattle Center- 201 Mercer Street, Seattle, WA 98109 – w/ Stag & Seacats
Setlist: Someone Else’s Cake / Nickel & Dime / Ron Nasty / Listen Up / Bellar & Bawl

Interesting little event curated by our beloved label, Fin Records, featuring panel discussions and performance from several Fin artists – Seacats, Stag, and us. Attendance was sparse, but we still managed to have a good time. Stream the entire event here.

06.24.12Locöl Barley & Vine – 7902 35th St. SW, Seattle, WA 98126 – Lincoln solo
Setlist: Poplar Bluff / Such an Easy Thing / 22 Rose Petal Place / Sweetheart Like You (Bob Dylan) / Me Too / So Long, Radiant Flower / Nickel & Dime / Skint City / Bellar & Bawl / Listen Up / I Sleep Just Fine / set break / Novelty’s Gone / Grow Your Own / Hook Me Up (Alex Chilton/Johnny Guitar Watson) / Have You Got a Permit to Preach on This Corner? / Better to Be Broken Than Blind / I Hate to Eat Alone (10cc) / Fascinated / Any Major Dude (Steely Dan) / Rosy Days / Someone Else’s Cake / Kinda Kute (Joe Jackson) / Take Care (Big Star)

By the time Sunday evening rolled around, my voice was feeling pretty happy that its third multi-set gig in 36 hours was a solo performance, and not a full-band belter. I did manage to sneak in a little nap that afternoon, which helped immensely. Locol is a lovely little low-key spot in West Seattle, and it’s always fun to play this kind of place. It’s a nice change of pace from the more look-at-me posturing of a big ‘rock’ show, and it gives you a chance to just play your tunes and let people enjoy them for whatever purpose they choose…pleasant background noise, rapt attention, or someplace in between. It also helps when this type of joint has great food and wine and friendly, hospitable staff, all of which Locol delivers in spades. A great way to end a crazy (but very good) weekend.

06.23.12Sirens Pub – 823 Water Street, Port Townsend, WA 98368 – w/ Clay Bartlett
Setlist: Grow Your Own / Amy / Any Major Dude (Steely Dan) / Engineer / Skint City / Ron Nasty / Never Found a Girl (Al Green) / Listen Up / Bellar & Bawl / set break / Novelty’s Gone / Poplar Bluff / Such an Easy Thing / Undun (The Guess Who) / Better to Be Broken Than Blind / Rosy Days / Have You Got a Permit to Preach on This Corner? / Nickel & Dime / Someone Else’s Cake / Kinda Kute (Joe Jackson)

After going home for a few hours and attempting to take a nap (unsuccessfully), we saddled up the Holy Van and headed out to Port Townsend for the day’s second show. We were playing multiple sets for this one, too, but fortunately we had our buddy (and PT resident) Clay Bartlett along to help us lighten the load. (Clay also graciously hosted us that night, for which we are eternally grateful – 5:30am load-ins and 3:00am load-outs, followed by 2+ hour drives, don’t mix.) Amazingly, our energy held out and we had an incredible time, kicking out the power-trio jams with conviction and mirth. Thanks to Kwab and whole gang at Sirens for having us back!

06.23.12Seattle’s Rock and Roll Marathon2nd & Pike stage, 7am
Setlist: Grow Your Own / Amy / Any Major Dude (Steely Dan) / Engineer / Skint City / Ron Nasty / Never Found a Girl (Al Green) / Listen Up / Bellar & Bawl / Novelty’s Gone / Poplar Bluff / Such an Easy Thing / Undun (The Guess Who) / Better to Be Broken Than Blind / Rosy Days / Have You Got a Permit to Preach on This Corner? / Nickel & Dime / Someone Else’s Cake / Kinda Kute (Joe Jackson)

Ah, the annual rock & roll marathon. Pretty much the only time I’ll be caught getting out of bed at 4am, let alone playing a gig shortly thereafter. This year was a lot of fun, though – we had a coveted (?) position as first band to greet the runners at mile 1, right on the corner of 2nd & Pike downtown. This locale lent itself to some…ahem…colorful street life, as well as some heated exchanges with condo-dwellers across the street who apparently hadn’t received the memo that a rock band would be soundchecking across the street at 6:30am. The show itself was good – we pretty much ran through our entire repertoire and kept things nice and loose. The morning was blighted only by some over-eager stagehands, who in an attempt to dismantle our stage while we were still on it managed to misplace a couple of essential speaker & power cables of mine…go figure! More on that, later in the day…

06.17.12High Dive – 513 N. 36th Street, Seattle, WA 98103 – Post-Fremont Fair party w/ The Young Evils & D.evolution.aires
Setlist: Grow Your Own / Amy / Engineer / Any Major Dude (Steely Dan) / Ron Nasty / Skint City / Someone Else’s Cake / Listen Up / Bellar & Bawl

This set worked so well at Darrell’s the previous weekend that I thought it bore repeating, and it didn’t let me down, despite a sore throat and a badly-bleeding right index finger two songs in! I’d “gotten weird” on cold medicine before the show, but I don’t think I said anything too offensive, and we had a damn fine time all around. Lots of friends and friendly strangers in attendance. Special thanks to Justin & all from D.Evolution.Aires for having us on their CD release bill, and for letting me sit in on guitar for a raucous rendition of ZZ Top’s immortal “Just Got Paid”! Thus begins a week of five gigs…buckle up!

06.08.12Darrell’s Tavern – 18041 Aurora Avenue N, Shoreline, WA 98133 – w/ The Tripwires & Thee Midnight Creep
Setlist: Grow Your Own / Amy / Engineer / Any Major Dude (Steely Dan) / Ron Nasty / Skint City / Someone Else’s Cake / Listen Up / Bellar & Bawl

Lovely night at our favorite dive bar, surrounded by good friends. Brand new rave-up “Someone Else’s Cake” got its first airing, and we threw “Bellar & Bawl” the party it deserved, I think. Our billmates Thee Midnight Creep and the Tripwires were both killer, in extremely different ways, and Dan & Scott at Darrell’s once again proved themselves the most hospitable, gracious dudes in Shoreline. Thanks to all who celebrated with us!

05.05.12Luckey’s – 933 Olive Street Eugene, OR 97401 – w/ The Golden Motors & Purple Sparrows
Setlist: Grow Your Own / Amy / Better to Be Broken Than Blind / Any Major Dude (Steely Dan) / Ron Nasty / Skint City / Listen Up / Kinda Kute (Joe Jackson) / Bellar & Bawl

Wow, what a killer gig. Five hour drive each way, but we had beautiful driving weather for the most part, and a good friend and host in Mr. Dan Jones waiting in Eugene. We got into town early, and ended up killing time at a pretty grim dining spot called the Horsehead. I hadn’t spent much time in Eugene before, but its downtown has a creepy, anarcho-punk, opioid-laden, 28 Days Later vibe. Once the show started, though, we had an absolute blast. I’ve gotta think this was one of our best four-piece sets ever…everything felt loose and a little wild, but not out of control. I’m still riding the high from this one in a lot of ways. It was also great to finally meet Craig Leve (and his friend Aaron McCoy) from KWVA, who’s been incredibly supportive. Great night!

05.04.12The Triple Door Musicquarium Lounge – 216 Union Street, Seattle, WA 98101
Setlist: Grow Your Own / Novelty’s Gone / How Long (Ace) / Amy / Skint City / Cissy Strut (The Meters) / Listen Up / Ron Nasty / Bellar & Bawl / set break / Poplar Bluff / Such an Easy Thing / Any Major Dude (Steely Dan) / Engineer / Never Found a Girl (Al Green) / Better to Be Broken Than Blind / So It Goes (Nick Lowe) / Rosy Days / Undun (The Guess Who) / set break / Amy / Ron Nasty / When You Were Mine (Prince) / Engineer / Kinda Kute (Joe Jackson) / more…

A three-hour marathon gig in the Triple Door’s swanky lounge…we had to play very quietly, which took a little getting used to, but by the second set, we’d settled in and had a lot of fun. I love these ‘background music’ gigs, as they can take on a very irreverent, “nobody’s listening” kinda vibe (in a good way). This one was no exception…lots of friends in the audience, too!

04.20.12Brown Lantern Alehouse – 412 Commercial Avenue Anacortes, WA 98221
Setlist: Grow Your Own / Novelty’s Gone / How Long (Ace) / Amy / Skint City / Cissy Strut (The Meters) / When You Were Mine (Prince) / Listen Up / Kinda Kute (Joe Jackson) / Never Found a Girl (Al Green) / Bellar & Bawl / set break / Poplar Bluff / Such an Easy Thing / Any Major Dude (Steely Dan) / Engineer / Never Found a Girl (Al Green) / Better to Be Broken Than Blind / So It Goes (Nick Lowe) / Rosy Days / Undun (The Guess Who) / more…

Always a good time in Anacortes. First set was a little sleepy, but we got a crowd for the second set and made ‘em dance. Thanks to Erik & company for their unflagging hospitality. Looking forward to the next time!

03.25.12Locöl Barley & Vine – 7902 35th St. SW, Seattle, WA 98126 – Lincoln solo
Setlist (order suspect): Such an Easy Thing / Poplar Bluff / 22 Rose Petal Place / Sweetheart Like You (Bob Dylan) / Me Too / Nighttime (Big Star) / You’re Breakin’ My Heart (Harry Nilsson) / Skint City / When You Were Mine (Prince) / Bellar & Bawl / Undun (The Guess Who) / Listen Up / Never My Love (The Association) / I Sleep Just Fine / set break / Grow Your Own / Novelty’s Gone / Hook Me Up (Alex Chilton/Johnny ‘Guitar’ Watson) / Better to Be Broken Than Blind / I Feel For You (Prince) / I Hate to Eat Alone (10cc) / Fascinated / Any Major Dude (Steely Dan) / Starboard Meets the Sound / Rosy Days / Kinda Kute (Joe Jackson) / Take Care (Big Star)

After the stress (and mild disappointment) of the previous night, it was great to play a low-key dinner gig at this super-friendly West Seattle neighborhood joint. I played quietly, mostly for myself, and the regulars in attendance were attentive, but not too much. Lots of covers and some new originals, followed by a great dinner and a couple of glasses of wine with my lady. Not at all a bad way to spend a Sunday evening.

03.24.12Chop Suey – 1325 E. Madison, Seattle, WA 98122 – Lincoln solo w/ Loney Dear & Bahamas
Setlist: Novelty’s Gone / Poplar Bluff / Better to Be Broken Than Blind / Hook Me Up (Alex Chilton/Johnny Guitar Watson) / Skint City / Sweetheart Like You (Bob Dylan) / Me Too / Listen Up / Bellar & Bawl

I’d been looking forward to this show for weeks, and while it wasn’t at all bad, it didn’t quite live up to my (admittedly high) expectations. I’ve been a big fan of Bahamas for a couple of years now, and when I noticed a West Coast-shaped hole in their calendar between SXSW and some Canadian dates, I emailed their agent about their plans. Sure enough, they were looking for a Seattle date, and I was able to connect them with the folks at Chop Suey (and subsequently hop on as local support). Needless to say, I was stoked! Unfortunately, the show itself was a little underwhelming – sparse, very muted crowd (for all acts), and a little bit of a chilly vibe backstage. Still a big fan of the band, but I’d hoped to get a little more friendly. Oh well, I tried! Fortunately, not everyone felt the same – see Brittney Bush Bollay’s very kind review on Sound on the Sound for another take.

03.10.12El Corazon – 109 Eastlake Ave. E, Seattle, WA 98109 – w/ Hugh Cornwell (The Stranglers) & Glen Matlock (Sex Pistols/Faces)
Setlist: Grow Your Own / Amy / Engineer / Listen Up (If the World is Going to Hell) / Rosy Days / Skint City / Bellar & Bawl

When the opportunity to open for these UK punk legends arose, it was just too interesting to pass up. And when we discovered that legendary Blondie drummer Clem Burke would be backing both artists, we were even more intrigued! Our opening set was cut to a paltry 20 minutes, but I (for one) didn’t care. We prepared a concentrated blast of RJM’s most pogo-worthy material, and performed it with appropriate intensity. We probably weren’t what the crowd was expecting, but we had a lot of fun, and hey, we even sold some merch right off the stage. And then we got to watch Clem Burke (not to mention Messrs. Matlock and Cornwell) do their thing! Good times.

03.03.12LIVE on KEXP’s Audioasislisten on KEXP’s streaming archive!
Setlist: Poplar Bluff / Skint City / Listen Up (If the World is Going to Hell) / Bellar & Bawl

I’d been looking forward to this day for a long time, and I’m pleased to report that it lived up to my expectations. Ever since RJM released its first ‘band’ EP in 2006, I’ve been lobbying for a KEXP in-studio, but as with most things, it happened in its own time…and right on time. Special thanks are due to our buddies Jacob London & Nathan Wade, affectionately dubbed the Afterthoughts, for helping us out on backing vocals. Listen to the full session on KEXP’s Live Performances archive!

02.22.12Tractor Tavern – 5213 Ballard Ave. NW, Seattle, WA 98107 – w/ Chuck Prophet & the Mission Express
Setlist: Grow Your Own / Poplar Bluff / Any Major Dude (Steely Dan) / Rosy Days / Amy / Skint City / Listen Up (If the World is Going to Hell) / Bellar & Bawl / Kinda Kute (Joe Jackson)

I’ve wanted to share a bill with Chuck for years, and what better occasion than the celebration for our first vinyl release? A terrific night all around…excellent crowd for a Wednesday night, great sound, good vibes. We had another reason to celebrate, too – this was our buddy Dan Walker‘s first hometown show with us, and he didn’t disappoint. An auspicious beginning to what I think is going to be an outstanding year. Thanks to all of the friends who attended, all the new friends who bought our 7″, and to Chuck & co. for sharing the stage. Hope to do it again real soon.

02.11.12Sirens Pub – 823 Water Street, Port Townsend, WA 98368 – w/ Clay Bartlett
Setlist: Grow Your Own / Poplar Bluff / I’ve Never Found a Girl (Al Green) / Engineer / How Long (Ace) / Rosy Days / Kinda Kute (Joe Jackson) / Bellar & Bawl / So It Goes (Nick Lowe) / Listen Up / set break / Novelty’s Gone / Such an Easy Thing / Any Major Dude (Steely Dan) / Amy / When You Were Mine (Prince) / Skint City / Undun (The Guess Who)

Our first visit to the quaint harborside town of Port Townsend, and our first show anywhere joined by our new keyboard buddy, Daniel Walker. Our good times were initially jeopardized by two monstrous flights of stairs (up which we had to carry all of our gear!) and some missing cymbals, but no one had a heart attack, cymbals were borrowed, and the show went on, much to the locals’ delight. Special thanks to our new buddy (and Port Townsend resident) Clay Bartlett, who made the much-needed cymbal connection and turned in an excellent opening set. Hope to be back in PT real soon…we’ll bring cymbals next time!