Color Songwriting Challenge

Escalating songwriting challenge idea: write a song for every Crayola color in the box. (That is, the song lyrics should include the color name. This should be good for writing 120 songs.) Level 1: Blue, black, brown, green, orange, red, violet, yellow. (Move up to bigger boxes) Level 4: cadet blue, chestnut, melon, peach, sky […]

Rings on a Tree

8 songwriters, 10 musicians, 15 songs. The new album – Rings on a Tree  – is released. You can hear it here. If you trace the branches of any family tree back far enough, you can see we’re all connected. Rings on a Tree is a concept album looking at our shared family histories and the way […]

25 Years in the Life of a Record Label

This week, we’re celebrating 25 years of releasing recordings through El Paisano Records.  I started this record label as a sophomore at UT after spending a week at the (very rundown, pre-renovation) Hotel Paisano in Marfa. Our first products were cassette tapes(!) and CDs, and this week, our 15th and most recent release this week […]

Bull Creek Park

This is a drawing I did of a picnic table at Bull Creek Park in Austin, Texas. The table is surrounded by a crowd of 200 to 300 year-old live oak trees. Many, many, times, Walt Wilkins and I have met here – on that luckiest of days – Tuesdays. Five of the songs on […]