Wednesday, December 29, 2010

We're taking "Prine: A Tribute Concert" to Chicago!

For those of you who gloriously followed our "Pure Prine" project, we have great news to share: the new touring-friendly. concert-only production "Prine: A Tribute Concert". Same tremendous line-up of 30-plus John Prine compositions, and same tremendous cast - with one notable exception: the very talented (and very pregnant) Jenni Gregory has been replaced by delightful Chicago-based singer-songwriter Megon McDonough. Lou Harry, in the Indianapolis Business Journal, just listed "Pure Prine" in his "Ten Best Of The Year" column, and here's what he says:

"The Phoenix Theatre not only staged, but created. “Pure Prine” transcended the usual jukebox musical to such an extent that it was brought back for a revisit just months later. It’s also likely to have an afterlife, with a concert version opening this month in Chicago. See what happens when great raw material, a first-rate cast, and an ideal set are managed by a talented director with a passion for the material? This one made it look easy, but anyone who knows theater knows it wasn’t. Kudos to all involved. Some of the “Pure Prine” crew were also involved in the infectious, surprisingly joyful “Hoosier Dylan” at the Athenaeum..."

The shows run Friday, Saturday (two shows) and Sunday, starting January 14th. (No show on Jan. 29). Hope you can make it! Who doesn't love Chicago in the winter, you babies!

Friday, December 24, 2010

Different Beat Radio #7: "That Time Of The Year: 2010 Holidaze Edition"

Peace on Earth and Goodwill Toward Men, everybody! Different Beat Radio returns just in time to close out the year with the long-awaited "Episode #7: That Time Of The Year: 2010 Holidaze Edition." A cornucopia of seasonally aural delights of all creeds and denomination, including:

+ "That Time Of The Year", the original recording of Tim's holiday chestnut that appeared on the 1995 WTTS-FM "Overeasy Xmas" CD that also featured holiday fare from Matthew SweetLisa Germano and Henry Lee Summer...

+ Two tracks produced by Tim for the Phoenix Theatre "A Very Phoenix Xmas" franchise: "How Do You Spell Channukkahh" (written by Adam Gardner of Guster fame) and "Toys", from a sketch written by Tim and Bryan Fonseca for this year's "Regifted" production...

+ A wonderful "found" gospel medley courtesy of Emmett Cooper and Lloyd, Avanell, Bertha and Floyd, recorded in southern Indiana sometime in the early to mid-1940's...

+ The quirky "I Saw Santa Driving A Hearse" from Louisville's quirky "Rock and Roll Grandpa" Lynn Charles (Chuck) Foster...


+ The soon-to-be-holiday-classic "May Your Light Shine Brightly" from Detroit's Rosetta Pebble, from their upcoming album which may or may not be titled "Three"...

Plus, a holiday gift for you from Ben Wah Salami,

and information on the upcoming January, 2011 Chicago production of the new "Prine: A Tribute Concert".

(2010, approx 30 mins.)

Thursday, November 11, 2010

Pre-empted at Scotty's Lakehouse

Just a quick note: I have been pre-empted for awhile at Scotty's Lakehouse. So no gig tonight or on 11.18. The return of "Thursday Night Football" means I can work instead on all the music that is due soon for the upcoming "A Very Phoenix Xmas #5: Re-gifted", which opens the day after Thanksgiving at - of course - the Phoenix Theatre. More on all of this later - hopefully back at Scotty's after football season! And don't forget to thank all the folks in your life who've served in the Armed Forces today .....

Monday, November 1, 2010

"Pure Prine" November 19 and 20 in Madison, IN!

   Our little musical, "Pure Prine: The Music Of John Prine" will hit the road for the first time later this month in a stripped-down, "theatrical concert" version debuting November 19th and 20th at the Riverrun Theatre in Madison, IN. Presented by the Cultural Continuum of Madison, and co-produced by both the Phoenix and Riverrun Theatres, the show will differ somewhat from the original Phoenix production of earlier this year - mostly in the lack of the elaborate bar set (we'll suggest the bar on a mostly-bare stage with some tables, a jukebox, etc.) Also, lovely and talented Jenni Gregory (waitress "Angel" in the show) must be pretty darn well showing her marvelous pregnancy by now, which is going to add in interesting dynamic to the various overlapping love triangles onstage.
   As you may know, "Pure Prine" was conceived by Phoenix Artistic Director Bryan Fonseca, a near life-long Prine fanatic, and it tells the interwoven stories of six characters in a bar, playing and singing approximately 30 Prine classics, with no dialog - the songs tell the story. Besides myself and Jenni, the rest of the cast is: the marvelous talented couple of Tim Grimm and Jan Lucas-Grimm. Bloomington singer-songwriter Bobbie Lancaster, and Phoenix stalwart Michael Shelton.
   Showtime is 7:30PM each night, and the Rivverun Theatre is at 125/127 E. Main in beautiful, downtown Madison. Click here or the title of this entry - to get your tickets now. In related news, a deal is in the works to bring "Pure Prine" for a run in Chicago early next year (it's coming right up, you know...) Stay tuned for details.

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Todd Rundgren/Daryl Hall : Can We Still Be Friends?"

When I saw Todd Rundgren last year at Depauw U., he mentioned recently being on Daryl Hall's internet TV show, "Live from Daryl's Place". I finally looked it up. Wow. Great band, great arrangement of this great song from Todd's great 1978  "Hermit Of Mink Hollow" LP. Both of these guys still possess amazing voices, eh?

Saturday, October 2, 2010

The List.

It varies. It's a life work in-progress.  It's whatever little musical bender I'm on at the time. It's a hell of a lot of fun. We've gotten to a place in the band where some shows we throw THE LIST of tunes we can do out there and let the audience call the show. (Inspired, I mean ripped-off, from my brother Chuck's favorite bar band from Vancouver BC, The Bobcats.)  Tried it for the first time in a Broad Ripple bar last week at the Monkey's Tale, and it was a bloody blast, moments of the true cosmic throb, cel phones were ignored. Rock and Roll is like democracy, it's a participatory sport. (We're back at the Tale, 10:30PM, on October 9th - which would have been John Lennon's 70th - and the 22nd.)

1         A Long December COUNTING CROWS
2         A Song For You LEON RUSSELL
3         Across The Universe BEATLES
4         Ain’t Too Proud To Beg TEMPTATIONS
5         Alison ELVIS COSTELLO
6         All Along The Watchtower DYLAN/HENDRIX/DMB
7         All I Want Is You U2
8         All Over Now ROLLING STONES
9         Ain’t No New Girls Around TB AND THE BH
11     Androgynous REPLACEMENTS
12     Amoreena ELTON JOHN
13     Ash and Blame (One Day, Jack) TB AND THE BH
15     Babylon DAVID GRAY
16     Back In The USSR BEATLES
17     Bang A Gong (Get It On) T. REX
18     Behind Blue Eyes THE WHO
19     Bennie and the Jets ELTON JOHN
20     Brandy LOOKING GLASS
21     Carolina In My Mind JAMES TAYLOR
22     Casey Jones GRATEFUL DEAD
23     Cinnamon Girl NEIL YOUNG
24     City Of New Orleans STEVE GOODMAN
26     Country Road JAMES TAYLOR
27     Crazy Mary PEARL JAM
28     Dancing With Myself BILLY IDOL
29     Daydream LOVIN’ SPOONFUL
30     Dead Flowers ROLLING STONES
31     Doctor My Eyes JACKSON BROWNE
32     Don’t Think Twice DYLAN
33     Domino VAN MORRISON
34     Downtown Train TOM WAITS
35     Drift Away DOBIE GRAY
36     Duncan PAUL SIMON
37     Everybody Knows This Is Nowhere NEIL YOUNG
39     For What It's Worth BUFFALO SPRINGFIELD
40     Friend Of The Devil GRATEFUL DEAD
41     Good Morning, Hackensack TB AND THE BH
42     Gone Daddy Gone V. FEMMES/GNARLS BARKLEY
43     Got To Get Back Home TB AND THE BH
44     Hallelujah LEONARD COHEN
45     Have A Little Faith In Me JOHN HIATT
46     Have I Told You Lately? VAN MORRISON
47     Here Comes A Regular REPLACEMENTS
48     I Ain’t Ever Satisfied STEVE EARLE
50     I Can't Tell You Why EAGLES
51     I Saw Her Standing There BEATLES
52     I See You In Everything TB AND THE BH
53     (I Want To Give To) Charity TB AND THE BH
54     I Wish I Was Your Mother MOTT THE HOOPLE
55     I Won’t Back Down TOM PETTY
56     I’ll Be Your Baby Tonight DYLAN
57     I’m A Believer MONKEES/NEIL DIAMOND
59     I’m So Tired BEATLES
61     Into The Great Wide Open TOM PETTY
62     Is She Really Going Out With Him? JOE JACKSON
63     It’s Only Rock and Roll ROLLING STONES
64     It’s Over (The Fat Gal Is Singing) TB AND THE BH
65     Jumpin’ Jack Flash ROLLING STONES
66     Just Breathe PEARL JAM
67     Lay Down Sally ERIC CLAPTON
68     Lay Lady Lay DYLAN
69     Let It Bleed ROLLING STONES
70     Levon ELTON JOHN
71     Like A Rolling Stone DYLAN
73     Lola KINKS
74     Long Distance Love TB AND THE BH
75     Long May You Run NEIL YOUNG
76     Lost Highway HANK WILLIAMS
77     Man On The Moon REM
78     Man Out Of Time ELVIS COSTELLO
79     Mary Jane’s Last Dance TOM PETTY
81     Message In A Bottle POLICE
82     Mighty Quinn, The DYLAN
83     Mr. Bojangles DIRT BAND
84     Never Been To Spain THREE DOG NIGHT
85     North Dakota LYLE LOVETT
86     Oliver’s Army EVIS COSTELLO
87     Only The Good Die Young BILLY JOEL
88     Ophelia THE BAND
89     Out Of Control DAVE ALVIN
90     Paradise JOHN PRINE
91     Photograph RINGO
92     Prove It All Night BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN
93     Radio, Radio ELVIS COSTELLO
94     Rain BEATLES
95     Raspberry Beret PRINCE
96     Reckless With Love TB AND THE BH
97     Revolution BEATLES
100  Rocket Man ELTON JOHN
101  Scientist, The COLDPLAY
102  She Can Take Me For A Ride TB AND THE BH
103  Should I Stay (Or Should I Go?) CLASH
104  Sitting On The Dock Of The Bay OTIS REDDING
105  Sitting, Waiting, Wishing  JACK JOHNSON
107  Slow Turning JOHN HIATT
108  Something In You TB AND THE BH
109  Step In Peace (Tic Tac Toe) TB AND THE BH
110  Sunny Afternoon KINKS
111  Sunshine Superman DONOVAN
113  Sweetheart Like You BOB DYLAN
114  Tangled Up In Blue DYLAN
115  Tequila Sunrise EAGLES
116  Under The Milky Way THE CHURCH
117  Up On Cripple Creek THE BAND
119   Waiting On A Friend ROLLING STONES
120    We Were High TB AND THE BH
121    Weight, The THE BAND
122    When You Were Mine PRINCE
123    While My Guitar Gently Weeps BEATLES
124    Who Says? JOHN MAYER
125    Wild Horses ROLLING STONES
126    Willin’ LITTLE FEAT
127    With A Little Help From My Friends BEATLES
128    Workin’ At The Car Wash Blues JIM CROCE
129    Yellow COLDPLAY
130    Yes, It Is BEATLES
131    You Always Were The First TB AND THE BH
132    You Can’t Always Get What You Want STONES
133    You Wreck Me TOM PETTY
134    You’ve Got A Friend CAROLE KING/J.T

Wednesday, September 8, 2010

All Hail WITT-FM!

I have been incredibly remiss in not congratulating Jim Walsh and all the folks at our (relatively) new community radio station, WITT-FM, for recently celebrating their first year on the air. An incredible achievement of pure dedication by longtime hip broadcaster Mr. Walsh, and an excellent implementation by all involved! A-Squared RadioMatt Masters' Rock N Rhythm Revue, and Stuck In The Psychedelic Era are my current fave shows. I hope to track the hosts down and interview them soon. Thanks, folks - for brightening our lives!

Tuesday, September 7, 2010

Different Beat Radio #6: "Pure Prine" returns, The Elect, Punkin Holler Boys, Simon Brawl, Lon Ohnder

Different Beat Radio returns with the long-awaited Episode #6Tim gives you the rundown on the remounting of "Pure Prine: The Music Of John Prine", which is playing now thru September 12, 2010 at the Phoenix Theatre in Indianapolis. The show features Tim playing and singing with amazing cohorts Michael Shelton, Jenni Gregory, Bobbie Lancaster, Tim Grimm and Jan Lucas. Tickets are available at
The cast of "Pure Prine: The Music Of John Prine"
Plus, fabulous music from three acts from The Wilds Of Indiana:
The Elect is an incredibly tight 6-piece rock band from Indianapolis. Listen to the groovin' cut "Use Me Up", from their latest LP, "In Your Heart There's A Light"
The Elect

The Punkin Holler Boys are a long-running singer/songwriter collective who have just released a career-spanning retrospective, "Tin Ears (Ten Years)". Listen to to fabulous Ralph Jeffers-penned "You Changed Your Mind."
The Punkin Holler Boys
Simon Brawl is a loud and wild rock trio, featuring Kentucky-born guitarist/vocalist Garson Combs. Now living in Indy, check out Garson's sprawling epic inspired by his grandfather, "Head To The Mountains".
Garson Combs of Simon Brawl

Plus, (in honor of the release of the Major Motion Picture "Howl" - featuring James Franco as Allen Ginsberg) spoken word from poet/painter/singer/songwriter Lon Ohnder. Dig his poem, "Life".
Lon Ohnder

Friday, April 30, 2010

Different Beat Radio, Episode #5:"Pure Prine: The Music Of John Prine", danny flanigan, Paul Matthew Lauck and Richard Torres, 4.30.10!

The latest episode of my new "Different Beat Radio" show/podcast is up and out. You can read all about it here, listen by right-clicking on the title to this entry, or go to and subscribe. Or subscribe via iTunes. It's all so damn confusing, I hope you can figure it out and give it a listen!?!? (I still think the easiest way is to subscribe at the DBR site, and it will just show up in your e-mail!) Happy Spring, all.......

Different Beat Radio, Episode #5:"Pure Prine: The Music Of John Prine", danny flanigan, Paul Matthew Lauck and Richard Torres, 4.30.10!

Brought to you by Greek's Pizza!

Ah, Episode #5, an eclectic offering rather quickly compiled by the currently rather time-crunched Mr. B. Featuring a quick preview of the upcoming "Pure Prine: The Music of John Prine", a theatrical concert experience at the Phoenix Theatre conceived and directed by Bryan Fonseca, starring Tim GrimmJan LucasMichael SheltonJenni GregoryBobby Lancaster, and the currently rather time-crunched Mr. B. We don't want to give away to many details, but it is going to be an enlightening and entertaining overview of the work of Mr. Prine, one of the wittiest and warmly wryest American singer/songwriters of the past 40 years. We believe it's going to be a pretty wild acoustic rock and roll theatre ride, Jim! There are 7 performances - May 7-9, and then May 13-16. Click and go to the Phoenix Theatre website for tickets!


In honor of Mr. Prine, we then feature music from two area singer/songwriters continuing the classic American singer/songwriter tradition. danny flanigan (he prefers lower-case, like e.e. cummings) is a Louisville, KY resident, and Paul Matthew Lauck is from Greenfield, IN. As you'll hear, they both know how to write a pretty damn good song. Then, a good bit of a little post-bop tenor from Tim's long-time saxophonist colleague Richard Torres, with "L.A. Stomp" of off his "From Kenton To Now" release with sometimes Steely Dan drummer Peter Erskine!

And news of our new sponsor, Greek's Pizza, who besides sponsoring Different Beat Radio, is now featuring Tim performing outside on their groovy, vibe-laden Broad Ripple outside deck Wednesdays and Sundays at 6PM (and Paul Matthew Lauck on Thursdays). We aim to reclaim Pottersville. people! Approx. 25 minutes, 2010)

Wednesday, April 7, 2010

Different Beat Radio, Episode #4: Low Flying Helicopters, Tom Gulley. Plus: Our 212th Download!

   Episode #4 of our new Different Beat Radio show/podcast is live and on-the-air for you to listen to or download at! (Or click on this entry title.) Go subscribe at the DBR website, will ya? This episode features a fabulous new rock band, Low Flying Helicopters (featuring the songs, voice and guitar of Ray Lincks) and comedy segments from noted Mad Man/broadcaster Tom Gulley.
   Plus, we just passed a milestone - our 212th download. To celebrate, we shall drink some delicious Bell's Beer.

Sunday, March 21, 2010

The Passing Of Claude Sifferlen.

 With deep regret, I share the sad news of the passing of Indianapolis jazz piano great Claude Sifferlen, at the age of 69. Claude was a musical hero of mine, who I first saw perform in 1986 at the Chatterbox. His playing - the pure beauty of his other-worldly harmonic architecture, the intellectual power and spiritual grace of his improvisation, and his simultaneous fathomless complexity and quiet simplicity - was one of my favorite things in the world. Claude was an inspiration that truly altered my life's trajectory, and that of so many others. I will never forget the moments of brief grandeur he found - and shared - with us.
   I did not know him well as I would have liked to, but I heard him perform probably hundreds of times through the years and had the sublime opportunity to record him on a session at Hit City a few years ago. The fact that he even knew my name was a great pleasure to me. Claude was a true gentleman and one of those rare virtuosos whose ego did not overshadow his amazing gifts. I would like to offer my condolences to his family, collaborators and friends, and let you know that there are two musical celebrations scheduled (to both honor his infinite spirit and pay some earthly medical expenses): March 31 at the Jazz Kitchen, and at the Chatterbox on April 8.

Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Different Beat Radio, Episode #3: "Writers + Restaurants = Rock", 3-2-10. Plus, our 112th Download!!!

Last week saw the successful launch of Episode #3 of my new Different Beat Radio show/podcast, featuring music by and interviews with Richard Sullivan and J.J. Pearson. You can click on the title of this entry to listen, or better yet, go to to subscribe to future episodes via iTunes, RSS or e-mail....

And in related news, this morning we passed our 112th download! I know it's rather ridiculous to be excited about that when iTunes just passed it 12 Billionth Download, or something like that, but hey, somewhere out there, you are listening - and for that we are incredibly grateful......

Thursday, February 25, 2010

"Different Beat Radio" on iTunes, new website....

The second episode of my new Different Beat Radio podcast/radio show is out, and after a two-week, rather steep learning curve (for this old-school sort) - it's now an actual, honest-to-Gawd podcast. You can- and I urge you to! - subscribe in a variety of ways:

If you are like me, iTunes is the easiest way to subscribe, download and listen to podcasts. You need to have iTunes on your computer, then go to:

hit "subscribe", and you'll get all the upcoming episodes.

You can also go to:

which is where the podcast "feed" lives. You can read up on each episode, listen or download, and subscribe via a variety of "podcatchers" (such as iTunes) or - in a handy feature - subscribe via your good, old-fashioned e-mail - each new episode will be delivered to your mailbox. Sweet!

And, finally, while I will continue to post the episodes here, there is a new site specifically for the radio show, and that is:

Go check it out - interesting stuff there about Episode #2, "The Birth Of The Geez"......

Monday, February 15, 2010

Different Beat Radio, Episode #2: The Birth Of The Geez, 2-15-10

OK, getting closer on this becoming an actual podcast. But not there yet. For the time being, download here:

This episode was a blast to do. Mostly, because as I neared the end of it I realized I was actually going to do at least two of these things.

But really mostly because of the music. This episode features Indianapolis singer-songwriter Scott Sanders, and Louisville-by-way-of-Portland, Oregon Chuck Foster. Plus a track-in-progress from your's truly.