If you’ve never heard my music before and would like to at no cost to you, please send an email to email@example.com and let me know which 3 songs of mine you’d like to have and I will send them to you for free. It’s not always easy to take a chance on something new these days but as someone wise once said, “If it’s free, it’s for me.”
Hello friends…greetings from Sunny Tennessee…Chattanooga, that is. I’m out here playing guitar and singing with my friend Jonny Burke. We’re opening for one of America’s great songwriters, James McMurtry and having a great time. What might happen tonight? Maybe we play the show…maybe we just go up there and dream…nobody really knows until we strike the first note.
I’m playing with Anton Fier and Chris Morrissey at Rockwood Stage 2 on May 7th. You can get tickets by clicking here. They are $10 and the great Mia Dyson is opening for us…the show will start at 7pm so come on down.
Gonna be a busy summer for me, with lot’s of traveling…can’t wait to see you again. Got some shows in Texas, California and more coming up…in the mean time, check out the album art for my new record, above. Love, ALT
Last fall, I filmed a couple of songs for Take Part TV’s new series Eye Level. The folks at Take Part then generously made a contribution to my favorite charity, Play For Change Foundation, which helps to build arts and music schools in countries where they are too poverty stricken to build them on their own…these schools give all kinds of kids throughout the world the opportunity to explore their creativity and learn more about their own artistic endeavors. Here are two of the videos we filmed with more to come on April 17th. Please visit www.playingforchange.org for information on how you can help.
The reviews for The Thinking Man’s Filth continue to pour in and they’ve been really great.
The Aquarian says, “Consisting of six gritty little diamonds, this homemade dish is one best served over and over again…Aurally tight, the use of dynamics to the most extreme manner is both maddening and appreciated.” Read the full review by clicking here.
Dingus on music (best blog name ever) says, “The force of nature recorded here is comparable to Jeff Tweedy, Ryan Adams and other alt-folk legends but with this solo endeavor Tasjan proves he doesn’t need a Wilco or any Cardinals. The chunky, distorted, stringy guitar throughout the album mixed with ageless, soul-wrenched vocals leaves almost no room for a rock band.” Read the full review by clicking here.
I’d also like to note that, due to circumstances beyond my control, I won’t be doing most of the dates in April with Sylvain Sylvain. However, I’ll still be appearing with him on April 1st at The City Winery and we will begin recording an album with Tommy Price and Kenny Aaronson on tomorrow night. Hope to see you on tour down South with Jonny Burke this May. Rock on, rock on. ALT
I’m going on tour with Sylvain Sylvain next week and we’ll be on the road with Glen Matlock of the Sex Pistols. You can check the shows page for all the dates. I’ll also be playing NYC again soon…Rockwood Stage 2 with Anton Fier on drums and Chris Morrissey on bass. Tickets are $10 and can be purchased by clicking here.
In the mean time, you can enjoy this video from SXSW 2013:
See you on the merry highway…ALT
Greetings from back in cold and grey New York City. Texas was a hoot from start to finish. Rolled into Austin airport at 11:30am after catching a 7am winger from DC…went straight to the first gig at J Blacks…John Jackson sat in on Mandolin on Santa Monica and Vine…got a great review of the show from Kristen Blanton at bestnewbands.com. You can read it by clicking here. Then it was off to BD Reily’s for BP Fallon gig #1. It was such a treat to have the great Barrie Cadogan of Little Barrie and Primal Scream join us for some top notch twanging. I’ve always been a fan but I can now say first hand that he is the real deal. Scott Asheton from the Stooges joined in on double drums with our own Clem Burke and we were off to the races. From there, I hit the Shriner’s Saloon with BP and company before it was off to the Austin Ale House where I was doing a set opposite a great Texas singer/songwriter, Johnny Burke.
Saturday started not a minute too soon at 1pm at The Whip In…it was a great day of music curated by one of my favorite songwriters, Matt The Electrician and featured yours truly, Tim Easton and Megan Palmer, Freedy Johnston, Steve Poltz and The Rugburns and many more. It was a blast…I even played a wee bit o’ the drums for Easton’s set. Played later that night with BP again at The Dirty Dog bar. After which we ran into our old friends Alison Mosshart and Lizzy Jagger and the band Turbogeist…after Lizzy cooked us all a meal that couldn’t be beat, as Arlo would say, she presented me with her elephant onesie and things finally got back to normal as you can see below…
The next few days in Austin were filled with a great session at Red Horse Ranch Studios featuring BP Fallon, Arum Rae, Clem Burke, Nigel Harrison and Scott Asheton. Josh Cornell and myself helmed the controls and we recorded two brand new Bandits tracks. Then it was off to see Steve Poltz and I even managed a writing session with the great Bonnie Whitmore…wish I could remember what we made up though I’m sure it was great!
In the mean while, I’m up for The Deli Magazine Sandwich Artist Of The Month…you can vote for me by clicking here and if I win everyone will get a turkey and swiss on a roll…though I’m honored to be nominated I’m voting for The Harmonica Lewinski’s to win based on the name alone.
Ok kids, that’s all for now. See you in April when I’ll be touring playing guitar for Sylvain Sylvain whose opening for Glen Matlock of the Sex Pistols. See the dates on the “Shows” page now. Love, ALT
“Songwriters: The Next Generation”
Live Webcast – March 14 20l3 from 6:00 – 7:00 p.m. (EDT)
“Songwriters: The Next Generation,” a program of The ASCAP Foundation and The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, will showcase the work of four emerging songwriters and composers in a free concert on the Kennedy Center’s Millennium Stage on Thursday, March 14 and Friday, March 15, 2013 at 6 p.m. Each show will be streamed live beginning at 6:00 p.m.
Each evening’s hour-long program, designed to spotlight the talent of young songwriters and composers, will be hosted by celebrated singer/songwriter and ASCAP member, Larry Groce, host of the NPR radio program Mountain Stage.
To view the live streamed performances and the Q&A with the artists go to:
http://www.kennedy-center.org at 6:00 p.m. and scroll down to Millennium Stage on the right hand side. Click on: “Tonight’s Free Performance.” My show will start at 6:30pm.
The performances will also be archived on the Kennedy Center’s Millennium Stage site for future viewing.
“Songwriters: The Next Generation:” presented by The ASCAP Foundation and made possible by the Bart Howard Estate, is part of the Kennedy Center’s free, daily performance series.
In the mean time, dig this video of me, Anton Fier and Chris Morrissey playing Junk Food & Drugs off my latest EP The Thinking Man’s Filth…our next gig is May 7th at Rockwood Music Hall Stage 2: