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Thanks to everyone who supported the GoFundMe campaign! I didn’t quite reach my goal, so I’m currently working on a strategy to make the most music possible with the funds raised. If you are interested in contributing privately, just shoot me an e-mail. I will keep you all posted!

It’s shaping up to be a busy spring. I’m very excited to announce the debut of my new band next month! Rolfe & The Radiators, will be performing 4/30 at Rockwood Music Hall. We will be playing all music I wrote, including some new songs that have never been performed before. If you’re in town, come check it out!

Friday night I got a chance to see David Johansen. David fronted the New York Dolls in the early 1970s, and went on to perform under the Buster Poindexter moniker. It was an amazing show! David’s stage presence and command of his band were inspiring. I’ve been drawn to his New York attitude since I first heard The Dolls hit, “Personality Crisis.” Planning to go see him again next month at the Cafe Carlyle!

Hope everyone is having a great March - I’ll catch you soon! xoxo

NEW MUSIC

Hello everyone! As some of you know, I’ve been writing a lot of music since my last record. I’ve been trying to find a good way to get this music out to you but I need your help. The music industry continues to evolve and we as artists have to evolve with it. I have decided to start releasing a new song once every 4-6 weeks instead of releasing them in the traditional album format. This will be more cost effective and will be a way for me to release music year round.

The past year I’ve put together a home studio. My new plan for this material is to record the big things (drums, horn sections, etc) in a professional studio - and do the rest here right at home. There will be no sacrifice to the quality and I can save money. I have started a GoFundMe page to raise money for this venture. I need to raise $8,600 to get this project off the ground and I need your help. It’s a lot to ask, and I want to be completely transparent about where your support is going. Please click HERE to view my GoFundMe campaign and learn more!

I appreciate your support no matter how large or small. I’ve very excited about this new music and can’t wait to get it out to you!

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The Piano

I remember the first time I saw it. As a five year old, climbing the stairs to the stage seemed like a great feat. There it sat on it’s huge metal casters, hidden beneath it’s quilted cover. I remember pulling back the black tarp and opening the lid. When I pressed the keys it seemed like the sound filled the entire hall. My first notes summoned an angry Minister of Music (the late Anita Tritt) who quickly scolded me for banging on her grand piano.

Little did we both know then, I would go on to be asked to play that very piano for church functions, memorials, and retirement parties. Every Sunday during my teenage years you could find me seated at the Baldwin, working out anything from original compositions to the slow part of Eric Clapton’s Layla. Sometimes I’d have to skip Sunday school (much to my parents’ dismay) just to spend some extra time at the keys.

Now 25 years later, anytime I’m in my hometown of Charlotte, North Carolina, I find my way to the church I grew up in. There on the same stage still sits the Baldwin. The stage doesn’t seem quite as high now, but the sight of the piano still makes me catch my breath. The keys are cracked and yellowed today, and she (?) wears her scratches and dents proudly. The action is perfect like a worn in baseball glove. For a moment, I’m five years old again - and then I play.

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October Favorites

It’s been a minute. Sorry I’ve been MIA, things have been busy around here. I’ve had a month long bout of Bronchitis and have been spending most of my energy trying to get healthy. Currently, I’m still unable to sing but am making progress. Meanwhile, I’ve got some gigs coming up where I’m just playing guitar so keep an eye out for me around town. Hope everyone is well! Thought I would just post a few of my current favorite things so here we go:

Jason Isbell and his mighty band just released a live album from a performance at the Ryman in Nashville. Incredible energy on this record - what you’d expect from such a talented artist in this sacred space. Love all the live versions but hard not to be moved by this take of “Cover Me Up.” When Isbell sings his lyric “…but I sobered up and swore off that stuff,” the audience erupts in roar of cheers. As a recovering alcoholic, this must be a deeply moving moment for him. Go listen to it on  ITUNES  or  SPOTIFY .

Jason Isbell and his mighty band just released a live album from a performance at the Ryman in Nashville. Incredible energy on this record - what you’d expect from such a talented artist in this sacred space. Love all the live versions but hard not to be moved by this take of “Cover Me Up.” When Isbell sings his lyric “…but I sobered up and swore off that stuff,” the audience erupts in roar of cheers. As a recovering alcoholic, this must be a deeply moving moment for him. Go listen to it on ITUNES or SPOTIFY.

My sister Rosemary came to visit me in NYC last week. It was the first time I’ve seen her in almost a year. She studied abroad in China last semester so we haven’t had the chance to see each other outside of Skype. Enjoyed showing her the city and catching up. Definitely a favorite.

My sister Rosemary came to visit me in NYC last week. It was the first time I’ve seen her in almost a year. She studied abroad in China last semester so we haven’t had the chance to see each other outside of Skype. Enjoyed showing her the city and catching up. Definitely a favorite.

We lost our beloved Aretha Franklin recently. This is a subway platform on my way home in Brooklyn. Love this tribute.

We lost our beloved Aretha Franklin recently. This is a subway platform on my way home in Brooklyn. Love this tribute.

This song has been on repeat for a week at my house. Jamie and Allen are forces of nature. Obsessed with this groove.

Current favorite book. Been getting inspired about the world again (easy to get blue with current affairs). Looking forward to checking some of these places off on tour. Get it  here .

Current favorite book. Been getting inspired about the world again (easy to get blue with current affairs). Looking forward to checking some of these places off on tour. Get it here.

Dream House is hard to find even if you are looking for it. Located at  275 Church Street  in Manhattan, the entrance to Dream House is just another nondescript doorway on a busy city street. Ring the buzzer to get in and follow a long flight of stairs. There you will be greeted by an attendant who will kindly request that you remove your shoes and pay the $10 donation/entry fee. Upon entering the space a fairly jarring tone fills the air. It’s a little off putting at first, but as time passes it becomes almost pleasant. The tone is drone of lower and mid frequencies. I noticed that depending on the tilt of the head, the tone changes ever so slightly. Lit by only purple and blue ambient lighting, the space does really feel dream-like. The entire area is completely empty other than a few art pieces on the walls. In the main room a large tapestry covers the largest wall. Behind the tapestry is a projector that seems to bring certain patterns to life as you look at it. The floor is carpeted and I found myself sitting staring at the wall. Other folks wander in and out of the space, sometimes laying down or using one of the provided cushions to sit. This experience is hard to describe and probably sounds pretty trippy - which I guess it is. I thought I had been in Dream House for maybe a 30 mins but when I left it had been over an hour.Afterwards, I felt extremely calm and relaxed.. Later on I did a little research and found that Dream House has been an installation since the 90s and the likes of Brian Eno and David Byrne have made visits. If you’re in the NYC area or are visiting soon try to make time to check this out. More information can be found  here . Also check out this write up in Rolling Stone magazine  here .

Dream House is hard to find even if you are looking for it. Located at 275 Church Street in Manhattan, the entrance to Dream House is just another nondescript doorway on a busy city street. Ring the buzzer to get in and follow a long flight of stairs. There you will be greeted by an attendant who will kindly request that you remove your shoes and pay the $10 donation/entry fee. Upon entering the space a fairly jarring tone fills the air. It’s a little off putting at first, but as time passes it becomes almost pleasant. The tone is drone of lower and mid frequencies. I noticed that depending on the tilt of the head, the tone changes ever so slightly. Lit by only purple and blue ambient lighting, the space does really feel dream-like. The entire area is completely empty other than a few art pieces on the walls. In the main room a large tapestry covers the largest wall. Behind the tapestry is a projector that seems to bring certain patterns to life as you look at it. The floor is carpeted and I found myself sitting staring at the wall. Other folks wander in and out of the space, sometimes laying down or using one of the provided cushions to sit. This experience is hard to describe and probably sounds pretty trippy - which I guess it is. I thought I had been in Dream House for maybe a 30 mins but when I left it had been over an hour.Afterwards, I felt extremely calm and relaxed.. Later on I did a little research and found that Dream House has been an installation since the 90s and the likes of Brian Eno and David Byrne have made visits. If you’re in the NYC area or are visiting soon try to make time to check this out. More information can be found here. Also check out this write up in Rolling Stone magazine here.


That’s all I got for now.

Be well! xo