Turkey Day, Bellingham, The Clash, Tom Petty, the Traveling Mercies, and Anthony Bourdain

Hey friends – I’d love for this website to feel more up-to-the-minute about important news, but sometimes I’m too in the thick of it to be able to comment. So since getting back to Nashville in early September here’s what’s been going on. On October 20th, I was part of a great all-star tribute to Tom Petty featuring Heath Haynes & the Hi-Dollars backing up a long list of great singers including Sammy Barrett and Josh Hedley. Oct 29th marked the debut of the Clash cover band, White Riot, in which I play and sing Mick Jones’ parts. Here’s a clip from that fun night at the Mercy Lounge: Complete Control (Cover) – by White Riot.

On Nov 11th (11.11.11!) I performed alongside a number of American Idol contestants as well as a solid group of Nashville singer-songwriters at the Listening Room for a fund-raiser/silent auction that benefited Second Harvest Food Bank. The concert raised $3,458, which means 13,636 meals for hungry folks in middle TN. Throughout all this, I’ve continued working on the documentary soundtrack for Touch The Wall, which should be all wrapped up this week. And the final highlight to share with you is an exciting one. Last month we had “So Hard to Make an Easy Getaway” featured in a Lifetime TV movie, and now next Monday (Nov 28th) “Lost Myself Again” will be featured on the premiere of Anthony Bourdain’s new show, The Layover 9pm EST on the Travel Channel. Here’s more about the show: travelchannel.com/tv-shows/the-layover.

And now that we are caught up, let me tell you where I am now. Back in Seattle. My sister flew me out here as a surprise to my folks (they were surpised!). And while I’m here, I’ve put the original Traveling Mercies back together. My cousin Ryan Tutmarc on bass, and my brother Brandon Tutmarc on drums. We’re playing The Shakedown in Bellingham with one of my all-time favorite local bands the Dusty 45s, who have spent much of the year backing up Rock & Roll Hall of Famer, Wanda Jackson on the road. Here’s some more INFO and here’s my Facebook EVENT for it.

I’ll check back in with y’all after the show. Hope you all have a cozy Thanksgiving holiday with family and/or friends.