New Album Announcement!

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For more info, visit John’s Kickstarter page.

The time is rapidly approaching, and I’m getting very excited to start recording my fourth studio album, “Old Fashioned”. I have a batch of brand new tunes, all written in the last year, and am hoping to write a few more this summer before recording starts to have a nice selection.

In late August, I’ll be heading to Iowa City to work with legendary producer Bo Ramsey (, who has worked with folks like Lucinda Williams, Greg Brown, Jeffrey Foucault, Calexico, Pieta Brown, and The Pines. Not only will he be producing the record, but he will also be playing guitar throughout. Bo Ramsey is a badass. I am pumped.

Because I don’t have a record label, I’m using Kickstarter to help fund the album. A lot of costs go into releasing a record, with the big one this time around being Bo Ramsey’s fee for producing the album. In addition, I’ll be paying musicians to play on the record. I’m hoping to bring some talented Wisconsin folks from previous releases down to Iowa to record with us, and also enlist some Iowa City musicians as well. After the recording sessions are over, the album will need to be mixed and mastered (mastering will be done by Justin Perkins in Milwaukee), and then printed and pressed, and promoted. All of these things cost a lot of money, and that is where this campaign comes in.